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Arland O. Fiske
October 4, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The story of Cleng Peerson’s boyhood in Norway
He is remembered as Cleng Peerson, the man who played an important part in the migration of 800,000 Norwegians to America. His real name was Kleng Pedersen Hesthammer, born May 17, 1782 in Tysvaer, not far from Stavanger on Norway’s southwest coast. I always like to learn what...
October 4, 2013 - 6:59pm
September 27, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: Bindslev – a small town in Denmark
It’s a village unknown to most tourists, even to those who visit Denmark. Bindslev, (pronounced BIN-sloo) is located four miles from the sand dunes of the North Sea on Denmark’s north coast and about 25 miles southwest of Skagen, the northernmost point of Europe’s oldest kingdom....
September 27, 2013 - 5:33pm
September 20, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: Story of Stockholm’s ‘Gamla Stan’
One of the quaint places to visit in Scandinavia is “Gamla Stan” (“Old Town”) in Stockholm. It is built near the royal palace. A fortification was erected there about 1150 for the city’s defense. The present palace was completed in 1760. It’s now a museum open to visitors....
September 20, 2013 - 6:28pm
August 30, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The promise of America
America has been the dream of many people. Scandinavians may have been the first Europeans to arrive, but later ones were slow to follow the voyages of Columbus. Many individual Norsemen came in pre-revolutionary times, but only the Swedes along the Delaware River formed an early...
August 30, 2013 - 7:26pm
August 23, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The icebreaker ‘Fram’
Across the road from the farm where I grew up in Richland County, N.D.,there was a township called Nanson. We farmed some of that land. Later, I discovered it was named after a famous Norwegian, Fridtjof Nansen (“sen” endings were often changed to “son” in America at the ports...
August 23, 2013 - 7:35pm
August 8, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The American church in Oslo
After World War II, Norwegian-Americans sent money to Norway to rebuild and repair churches that had been destroyed during the war. It was also decided to build a church for an English speaking congregation as a "living monument" to remember the bonds between the two nations.
August 8, 2013 - 7:38pm
July 19, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: Homecoming to Hemsedal
We arrived late in Hemsedal. The shortcut through the mountains took longer than we had expected. It was 11:30 p.m. Our dinner was waiting for us at the hotel when we arrived. Normally it is pretty quiet in mountain villages by this time of the night, but not on the second Monday...
July 19, 2013 - 8:03pm
July 12, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: Trolls and mountain roads in Norway
If you ever go Norway, look out for the trolls. I’ve never actually seen a live one, but there is so much talk about them that they must exist. The time to be on the alert is after dark. I thought about this as we left Lyngdal shortly before sunset to drive to Hemsedal, north...
July 12, 2013 - 4:12pm
July 5, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: Discovering Numedal, Norway
For many years, Numedal was a place in Norway that I could not visualize; though I knew it must be there. It was important to me as the birthplace of Grandpa Hellik (1859-1931), who was born “Thoreson,” but was given the Scottish name “Thompson” in America when he received...
July 5, 2013 - 4:15pm
June 28, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: Norwegian deaconess builds a hospital in Chicago
Much has been written about the strong character of Norwegian women in ancient times and during the Middle Ages. The description of Helga in the comic strip, “Hagar the Horrible,” is amusing but not atypical. That determination and strength continued in the Norwegian deaconesses...
June 28, 2013 - 7:49pm
June 21, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The tale of ‘Scoop’ Jackson — counselor to presidents
The Seattle area became home to a large number of Norwegian immigrants. Among these were Peter Greset Isaaksen from Aure, west of Trondheim, and Marine Andersen from Norfold. Little could they realize that their futures would be joined in the New World and that their son, Henry, would...
June 21, 2013 - 7:36pm
June 14, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: Flying with the Scandinavian air system
There are many good airlines and several that travel to Scandinavia. None of them, however, is structured like the Scandinavian Air System. SAS is a consortium owned by the Danish, Norwegian and Swedish Airlines. The government and private companies own the parent companies 50/50. We...
June 14, 2013 - 3:54pm
May 31, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The tale of Lindholm Hoje: Viking winter camp in Denmark
Sheep safely graze over ground where once mighty Viking warriors encamped. The place overlooks Aalborg in northern Denmark where the Limfjord cuts through the Jutland peninsula. Lindholm Hoje (pronounced “HOI-yah” and translated “heights”) gives a commanding view of the area,...
May 31, 2013 - 3:20pm
May 24, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The story of Hans Hyldbakk ‘King of the Cliff’
“Kleivakongen,” “King of the Cliff,” they called him. Hans Hyldbakk was the best known person in Surnadal, my family’s ancestral valley, about 75 miles southwest of Trondheim. He was born on May 8, 1898. At 88, he was waiting for another book of poems to be published. In...
May 24, 2013 - 4:31pm
May 17, 2013
Arland O. Fiske: The story of Helsinki’s ‘rock church’
What should city planners do when a huge rock formation lies in the middle of its downtown development? Blast it with dynamite or leave it? The Finns, being among the world’s most creative architects, had a better idea. They designed Helsinki City Square around it with one of...
May 17, 2013 - 4:15pm