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Published May 16, 2011, 07:50 PM

Local Norwegians Preparing for Syttende Mai

It's not the fourth of July, but Norwegians in the Grand Forks area are gearing up to celebrate an independence day of sorts. Syttende Mai, or the 17th of May, marks the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution and is the National Day of Norway.

It's not the fourth of July, but Norwegians in the Grand Forks area are gearing up to celebrate an independence day of sorts.

Syttende Mai, or the 17th of May, marks the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian Constitution and is the National Day of Norway.

Members of The Sons of Norway lodge have spent the last few days cooking and decorating for the big celebration.

It marks 197 years since the signing of their constitution.

The party will feature many tradition Norwegian favorites, including "blute-kaka," a fruit and cream cake, and over 500 handmade lefse.

One member says all this planning has become an exact science.

"This is our Norwegian Bible, but no she keeps very accurate records and pictures and things. Because you know, you come back and 'how did we do this and where did we set that?'" Darlene Holien with the Sons of Norway said.

Along with all of the food, there will also be a live accordion band and traditional costumes.

The event is at the Sons of Norway Lodge and starts at 11 a.m. Tuesday. It's open to the public.

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