Norwegian Heritage Week continues today in Thief River Falls, with the celebration of Syttende Mai – Norwegian Constitution Day, and the annual Open House at Northern State Bank.
In Norway, this day is celebrated as a national day of independence; The Constitution of Norway signed on this date at Eidsvoll in 1814 declaring Norway to be an independent kingdom.
For years the Beito Family and Northern State Bank have memorialized the day and their own Norwegian Heritage with an annual open house, a tradition that continues today as Mark Allen broadcasts live from down town Thief River Falls.
The recognition continues tonight with the Syttende Mai Dinner at Zion Lutheran Church, tomorrow the Community Arts Council Production of Looney Lutherans premiers on the Northland Stage and Saturday, Uffta Days with a Vikings Encampment and Reinactment at Pioneer Village on Oakland Park Road.
According to the 2000 Federal Census, 50% of Thief River Falls residents identify themselves as Norwegian-American, making Thief River Falls one of the most ethnically concentrated communities in the nation. Key Teeters, Thief River Falls Radio.