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The public is invited to celebrate Syttende Mai with the Bemidji Lodge 1-500, Sons of Norway beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to be served at 6:30 p.m. May 17 in Skogfjorden at Concordia Language Villages in Gimle, the dining hall, where rosemalling adorns the entire ceiling and trolls on the walls grin at diners.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Sons of Norway members, Becky Haskell, Darlene Lind and Jan Kittleson or at First National Bank on Paul Bunyan Dr. N.W. Seating is limited to 100 individuals and tickets will not be available at the door.

The menu will be a traditional Norwegian meal beginning with smørbrød (open-faced sandwiches), chicken with geitost sauce and rømmegraut for dessert.

Syttende Mai means seventeenth of May and celebrates the day in 1814 when Norway adopted a democratic constitution. It is also called Constitution Day and is celebrated throughout Norway with flag waving, singing, and children's parades.

The highlight of the evening will be a presentation by Eric Dregni, author of "In Cod We Trust" and assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul. Winning a Fulbright Fellowship afforded Dregni and his wife the opportunity to go to Norway to research his Norwegian roots. He will note some of the cultural differences he found and will discuss the events of that year in Norway, including the birth of their first child.

Books will be available for purchase and Dregni will be available to autograph them.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call Becky Haskell at 444-7777; Darlene Lind at 444-5424 and Jan Kittleson at 444-4361.