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Woodcarver Phillip Odden demonstrates his woodcarving skills at Hostfest, November 1996
Woodcarver Phillip Odden demonstrates his woodcarving skills at Hostfest, November 1996. Photo: Barbara Stitzer

Norsk Hostfest

North America's largest Scandinavian festival, held in Minot, North Dakota, the Norsk Hostfest celebrates the strong immigration ties North Dakota has to the Scandinavian countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Finland. Originating in 1978, Norsk Hostfest is a long weekend of celebrations honoring the heritage and traditions of those countries.

Originally submitted by: Byron Dorgan, Senator.



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