Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village upcoming events: Saturday, May 12th is Uff Da Day, with escape rooms, from 1-4 pm.  The cost is $5/adults, $2/children; the escape rooms will have additional charges, with the money going towards fixing cabin roofs.  They will also have a Viking Costume Contest and a Button Design Contest.  Saturday, May 26th is opening day for the village.

The Viking Diner is serving a Mother’s Day Dinner on Sunday, May 13th from 11am-1pm.  The menu includes meatballs or roast beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, baked beans or scalloped corn, dessert, and a beverage.  The price is adults/$12.50, children and under/$5.

Enjoy a concert by Norwegian musicians Inger-Kristine Riber and Reidun Horvei, as they perform “Migrasong-the Tunes they Carried Across the Sea”. This performance is scheduled for Sunday, May 13th at 7pm at the United Methodist Church in Thief River Falls.  Monday, May 14th is Norwegian Movie Night, with the award-winning 1948 film “I Remember Mama” being shown at the NCTC Auditorium at 7pm.  A Freewill donation is included at both events.

Don’t miss the Syttende Mai Smorgasboard on Wednesday, May 16th from 5-7 PM at Zion Lutheran Church in Thief River Falls.  The traditional Norwegian menu includes meatballs, lefse, rommegrot, sweet soup & more.  The price is adults/$12, children 10 & under/$5; tickets available at the door.  All are welcome!

Enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and fun at noon on Tuesday, May 22nd at the American Legion in Thief River Falls. Come and hear Michelle Oie from Pillager, MN, talk about “Love Your Body-Love Yourself”, a great way to make changes for a new season.  Jordan Koland from Viking will also share her beautiful voice and musical talent for you to enjoy.  The cost is $9.00; for reservations or cancelations call Diane at 681-3229 or Carmen at 681-3091.  Reservations are appreciated by Thursday, May 17th, call by Monday noon; sponsored by the Thief River Falls Christian Women’s Clubs/Stonecroft Ministries.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is thrilled to announce a group exhibition of Portrait Art, now open at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks through May 19th.  Adult and student artists from our region created all of the artwork on display.  An Artist’s Reception will be held for all the portrait artists on Saturday, May 19th, starting at 1:00pm during the Art and Wine Walk Event.  For more information contact Mara Hanel at 218-745-9111.

Tickets are on sale now at Hugo’s for the performance of “Ole and Lena’s Wedding”, on Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th, during the final days of the celebration of Norwegian Heritage Week.

Make plans now to attend the 25th Annual “Lace’em Up” Basketball Camp to be held at the Red Lake Falls High School gym from June 4th-8th.  The camp is open to any boys or girls who are currently in grades K-11.  For more information call 218-253-2499 or email

The Thief River Falls Chamber of Commerce is working on the annual flower basket program.  This program allows 140 beautiful flower baskets to be hung in downtown Thief River Falls and on the highway 59 double lanes.  The purpose of this program is to beautify the streets and add color to our community; if you would like to help, please consider sponsoring a hanging flower basket.  The fee to sponsor a flower basket is $70 per basket and that fee covers the cost of the plant, a pot, hanger, brackets, cart maintenance and daily watering with fertilizer.  Contact the Thief River Falls Chamber of commerce at 218-681-3720 or by email at to help keep this great project going.


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