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2019 Trønderlag of America Heritage Tour

Our Tour Director (and fellow Trønderlag of America member) Erling Hansen, like us is currently  staying put until the Coronavirus is resolved. He writes "But I am using this time to "play" a little, trying to update my web page (, and I have also been trying to put together a little video clip from the tour. The purpose is to have something to refer to for other groups that might be interested in traveling to Norway. (I do hope that we will some day be back to normal and people will continue to travel again....)".<CLICK/TAP HERE> to watch the video Erling created showing a bit about our 2019 tour.

Ken Domier

March 7, 2020

Our member, Ken Domier, passed away March 7, 2020. Those who attended our stevner will remember Ken for his interesting presentations, his smile and his kindness. Our condolences go out to Elaine and Linda who would be with him at the stevne, and to their extended family. We are including a copy of Ken's obituary in case it is no longer available on the Internet, where it currently can be found HERE.

Ken, Elaine & Linda at a Trønderlag of America stevne.

Kenneth Walter Domier
AUGUST 30, 1933 – MARCH 7, 2020
On Saturday, March 7, 2020, Dr. Ken Domier of Edmonton, Alberta passed away peacefully at the age of 86. Ken was born on August 30, 1933 on his parent’s farm near Norquay, Saskatchewan to Helmer and Ida Domier. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1955 and 1957, respectively, and his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1967. After some years of teaching at the University of Manitoba, Ken moved his family in 1969 to Edmonton, Alberta to take a position as the Chair of the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Alberta. He was a Fellow of Engineers Canada, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and an Honorary Fellow of Geoscientists Canada. Ken retired at age 60, becoming a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences.

Ken has had a strong and lengthy interest in all things Scandinavian. He was awarded the Sankt (Saint) Olav’s medal by His Majesty King Harald V of Norway in 2019 for his “important contributions in serving Norway’s interest and growing the relations between Canada and Norway in the Province of Alberta.” He has held a variety of offices in the Solglyt Lodge of the Sons of Norway. He has been a supporter and active member of the Scandinavian Studies Association since its founding in 1990, having served on the Board as Vice-President and President. He also served as president and officer of the Scandinavian Heritage Society of Edmonton, the Scandinavian Businessmen’s Club, the Scandinavian Centre Co-operative Association, the Scandinavian Studies Association, the Edmonton Scandinavian Centre Association, and as “Bas” of the Edmonton Torskeklubben or Cod Club. He has held leadership roles with the Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada as well as the Scandinavian Trade and Cultural Association (sponsor of the Scandinavian Showcase at Edmonton’s 2003 Klondike Days). His pan-Scandinavian involvement includes the Swedish Lunch Group and the Scandinavian Seniors Group.

Ken will be deeply missed by his wife Elaine, brother Duane (Darlene), son Calvin (Vinita), his daughters Sharon (Shane) and Linda (Greg); grandchildren Ria (Nathan) and Arvin; step-children Dale (deceased), Victoria and Robert Blezard; step-grandchildren Amanda and Kimberly; step-great grandchildren Ethan and Ben; as well as an extended group of family and friends. He was predeceased by his first wife Selma, parents Helmer and Ida, brother Robert and sister Violet. The family will hold a “Celebration of Life” for Ken at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to be made to the Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada.

Nancy Hawkinson, Secretary

January 3, 2019

We relect with sadness at Nancy's passing and remember all she has done for Trønderlag of America.

Nancy's contributions to Hudson, Wisconsin, were significant.

She was recognized for her many efforts on behalf of genealogy researchers and those interested in the history of Hudson and the St. Croix Valley with the naming of the Nancy L. Hawkinson History Room at the Hudson Area Public Library.

Nancy was posthumously named 'Citizen of the Year' at the Town of St. Joseph annual meeting on April 11, 2019. Nancy's husband, Art Hawkinson and members of their family were present to posthumously accept the award.
Nancy was one of the many poll workers the township relied on every election day. Nancy had a passion for documenting the history of the area, genealogy, traveling, reading extensively, was an active participant in organizing the History Room at the Hudson Area Public Library and much, much more.

Half of Nancy's Norwegian ancestry came from Stjørdal in Nord-Trøndelag, her great grandfather's family emigrating to Minnesota in the 1880.


NORWAY HOUSE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
We recently made another $500 donation to Norway House taking our total to $1,100 (and with matching grants, effectively $2,100).

 NIDAROS DOMKIRKE, Trondheim, Norway
Trønderlag of America donated 15.000 NOK to Nidaros Cathedral to help pay for the restoration of the Steinmeyer organ. The donation was presented at the cathedral in 2014 where our Heritage Tour group was given a private tour of the cathedral, a private performance on the organ and photographed and interviewed by the Norwegian newspaper, Aftenposten. When it was learned we were in Trondheim, we were interviewed by three different newspapers, attended church services at Nidaros with the King and Queen and marched in the Syttende Mai parade on the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution.

Officers of Trønderlag of America were also present at the 1930 dedication of the organ. That year the Norwegian-American community also donated a Silver Crucifix in 1930 made of 90 KG (198 pounds) of silver.  This was all done on the 900th anniversary of the Battle of Stiklestad.
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HANS BARLIEN MEMORIAL, Sugar Creek (Keokuk), Iowa
When a group of 30 Trønders came from Norway to place a memorial at Scandinavian Cemetery in rural Lee County, Iowa, Trønderlag of America assisted with some tour logistics and donated $500 to help pay for the placement of the memorial. Our President traveled to Iowa for the placement ceremony and our Treasurer and the Norwegian Consul General of Chicago were guest speakers at the groups farewell dinner prior to their returning to Norway. Our President also made a generous personal donation to the group.  Hans Barlien has been credited with the 1839 establishment of the first Norwegian-American immigrant settlement in Sugar Creek, Iowa. On our 2019 Heritage Tour our group traveled with one of the original members of the group to the Norwegian area of Hans Barlien's heritage.
Photo Attribution: Lauren Zechin / Daily Gate City

Trønderlag of America has published a series of Årbøker (year books) which contain family histories, biographies, etc.).  In 2017 our Board voted to donate årbøker to genealogy/family history organizations. That donation list can be found on our publications page.