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Published September 06, 2013, 10:27 AM

Norsk Høstfest announces 2013 Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame inductees

Minot, North Dakota – Norsk Høstfest will honor a business mogul, a legendary sitcom television couple and their multi-talented family, and a star of music and film as the 2013 class of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame.

Minot, North Dakota – Norsk Høstfest will honor a business mogul, a legendary sitcom television couple and their multi-talented family, and a star of music and film as the 2013 class of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame.

Keith Johanneson, President & CEO of Johanneson’s Inc., oversees the successful retail grocery store management business founded by his parents, Thelma and John Johanneson, 73 years ago. Headquartered in Bemidji, MN, Johanneson's Inc. today operates more than 25 businesses including Minot's five Marketplace Foods supermarkets, liquor stores, convenience stores and several regional real estate entities. Johanneson is of Icelandic heritage, and will receive his award from Christine Schulze, Vice President of Concordia Language Villages at Concordia College, the premier language and cultural immersion program in the United States.

The Nelson Family has earned a spot in entertainment history with three generations finding success in the business. Baby boomers and their elders will remember Ozzie and Harriet Nelson whose popular television sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, aired from 1952 to 1966, making it the longest running live-action American family sitcom in television history. The show starred the real-life Nelson family, which included sons David and Eric “Ricky” Nelson. Rick Nelson went on to become the first “teen idol,” but his career was cut short when he was killed in a plane crash. His twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, are singer/songwriters in their own right, and along with presenting and accepting the SAHF honor on the family's behalf, will be performing a tribute show, “ Ricky Nelson Remembered” daily at Norsk Høstfest. The Nelsons are of Norwegian descent.

Kris Kristofferson has earned three Grammys, a Golden Globe, and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Kristofferson got his start in Nashville, where he collaborated with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to record several albums as part of The Highwaymen in addition to a successful solo career. Kristofferson has found success in Hollywood, too; to date, he has appeared in more than 70 films. Of Swedish descent, Kristofferson will also perform on Høstfest's main stage Wednesday, Oct. 2. He will receive his award from iconic supermodel Stephanie Seymour, whose high fashion photographs have graced the covers of magazines like Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, and W.

The Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame is an enduring means of honoring persons of Scandinavian descent in North America who have achieved greatness in their fields of endeavor and/or whose efforts have contributed significantly to the betterment of mankind. It was established in 1984 as a permanent component of Norsk Høstfest.

The 2013 banquet will take place on Wednesday, October 2, at the Grand Hotel in Minot, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Rolf Kristian Stang will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Tickets for the banquet are $46 and can be obtained by calling the Høstfest office at (701) 852-2368 or by visiting their website, here.

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