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'Uffda Day' in TRF to celebrate all things Norwegian

If you didn't get your fill of lefse and krumkake yesterday, Syttende Mai, don't lose heart. Saturday is "Uffda Day" at the Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village in Thief River Falls.

Get a taste of Norwegian culture as you mingle with Vikings, a blacksmith and people dressed in traditional Scandinavian garments making Nordic favorites such as lefse, rommegrot and krumkake.

You also can take in the theatre production "Looney Lutherans"— two words you usually don't usually see together—at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at Northland Community and Technical College.

It's all part of the city's Norwegian Heritage Week.

For more information, call (218) 681-5767 or visit www.facebook.com/snorrelodge.

For those not lucky enough to have Norwegian ancestry, Syttende Mai—literally 17th May—is Norway's Constitution Day. The national holiday marks the anniversary of the day Norway finalized its constitution in 1814, although true independence would occur quite a bit later.

Every year on this day in Norway, children walk in parades, play organized games and enjoy ice cream and other treats. It's a celebration that calls for young and old, men and women alike to don the traditional costume, the bunad, which varies somewhat in design depending on which part of Norway it represents.

We might not have sun-bathing weather this weekend, but it might just perfect to take a kid to the Fish 'n' Fun event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the CCC Memorial Shelter at Turtle River State Park, Arvilla, N.D., 20 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2.

Door prizes will be given out every half-hour.

The picturesque park is in a wooded valley along the meandering Turtle River. It features year-round recreational activities including camping, fishing, hiking and mountain biking.

Programs are free. A $5 entrance pass to the park is required.

For more information, call (701) 594-4445 or go to the park's Facebook page.

If an evening of relaxing and listening to music in an intimate setting is your cup of tea, you may want to take in the Backstage Project at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. Featured artists are Ali Rood and Mudbucket.

Admission is $5 per person at the door.

For more information, visit www.empireartscenter.com.

Or join the Walk MS on Saturday morning at Valley Middle School in Grand Forks.

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Register at www.walkms.org. Check-in opens at 9:30 a.m., and the walk begins at 11:15 a.m.

Valley Middle School is at 2100 Fifth Ave. N., Grand Forks.

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