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Supporting all things Nordic

Looking to learn more about your Nordic heritage? The Nordic Center, 21B N. Lake Ave., might be able to help if you’re searching for information about a Nordic country.

“Our goal is to reach out to the community and bring all things Nordic to Duluth,” said Kris Eide, the center’s co-chair.

The term “Nordic” refers to the countries of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.

“We are really inclusive. We have flags on the front of our building for all the different Nordic countries,” said Eide.

The Nordic Center is funded in part by a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Committee. The organization formed in 2011, and the center opened its doors in October of 2013 with the Gingerbread City display.

This winter marks the center’s first full winter-term of language classes, art programs, lectures, kids’ programs and even a film series.

“We’re always looking for volunteers. If people want to teach a class, give a lecture, share artwork, teach a new skill, we’re always open to it,” said Eide.

This term offers language classes in Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish. Eide hopes to offer more classes in the future.

The center is also holding “SunFundays” programs one Sunday a month. SunFundays are family-centered crafts and activities for all ages.

Thursday evenings at the center are dedicated to a free lecture series and film club, with each alternating between a Nordic film showing and a lecture by a member of the community.

Lecture topics include “Nordic designs as Patterns of Inspiration in Paintings,” “The Well-Dressed Viking,” “Shadow on the Mountain: A True story of Courage and Espionage in WWII Norway” and “Outdoor Education in Finland.”

For more information about the Nordic Center, visit its website: (See the stories on lopapeysa knitting and rosemaling too.)

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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