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Dalesburg Scandinavian Association – April Update


Midsommar at Dalesuburg – Friday June 23


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Dalesburg Scandinavian Association – December Update

Weather permitting… Pandemic permitting…

Dalesburg Scandinavian Association will host the 43rd Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition on

Sunday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. at Dalesburg Lutheran Church.  Welcome! 

To learn about the Nordic tradition of St. Lucia in Sweden, please go to:   


To find out how Lucia is celebrated in the other Nordic countries, Google the name of the country and the name Lucia. 

For Sale:  The Book:  History of the Swedes Who Settled in Clay County, South Dakota and Their Biographies by August Peterson (1947).  Contact Ron Johnson for information at:  ron@dalesburg.org 

Dalesburg Midsummer Festival will be Friday, June 23 and Sunday, June 25, 2023.

For holiday giving with a Dalesburg touch, go to:  www.dalesburg.org or contact Ron Johnson.  There are quilts, t-shirts, mugs, cookbooks, etc. for sale. 



Fundraiser for Friends of Midsummer

Dalesburg-Made Yellow and Blue Tie Quilts – Two quilts available.

$150 / quilt + postage & handling.


Quilt 1

Quilt 2

If interested please email Ron at Ron@dalesburg.org

Payments will be sent to

Friends of Midsummer

30595 University Road

Vermillion, SD 57069-6507

Dalesburg Scandinavian Association membership

Spring 2022!

Dear Friends of Midsummer,

Midsummer is Friday, June 24

and the Church Service is Sunday, June 26

the band Jaerv from Gothenburg, Sweden

will be our featured performers on June 24. 


We are sending the renewal notices for the Friends of Midsummer in the same envelope as the Dalesburg Scandinavian Association membership notices, as many of you belong to both organizations.  We would appreciate if you would write two separate checks as the organizations have two separate checking accounts.  Thank You!

Midsummer was not held in 2020 although the fundraising letters went out before the Pandemic.  Midsummer was held in 2021 and we used the funds raised in 2020.

Please visit our website:  www.dalesburg.org for information about Midsummer 2022.  Check out:  www.facebook.com/Dalesburgmidsommar

Thank You to the American Scandinavian Foundation in New York City for funding the performances of Jaerv in South Dakota in June.

We appreciate your continuing support of the Dalesburg Midsummer Festival.  We look forward to hearing from you – our faithful supporters!

… and we hope to get back to normal!


Welcome to Midsummer 2022! 

Ron Johnson for the Friends of Midsummer

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Membership Classification:

  ___  Husband & Wife ($35.00/year)

___  Individual ($20.00/year)     ___  Organization or Business ($50.00/year)

Please make check payable to:  FRIENDS OF MIDSUMMER, and mail to:  Friends of Midsummer, c/o Dalesburg Midsummer Festival, 30595 University Road, Vermillion SD 57069.  (You may also enclose it in your envelope to Dalesburg Scandinavian Association.)  Thank You.   

Dalesburg Scandinavian Association Updates

June 2021

Yes!  We will celebrate Midsummer in Dalesburg!  Yes!  We will celebrate Scandinavian and Rural Heritage!  Yes! We will celebrate Summertime!  We will celebrate on Friday, June 25 and Sunday, June 27, 2021, but it will be different.  It will be different from Midsummer 2019.  You should have received a Midsummer flier with information.  I am including some additional information in this letter. 

“Dalesburg Spelmän” is a fiddling group from Southeast South Dakota. They play traditional Swedish, Danish and Norwegian dance music on fiddle, nyckelharpa and guitar. The group is led by Bill Peterson and members include Tom Carlson, Tom Weisbecker, Carol Skallerud and Ken Duda; and they welcome other musicians interested in traditional Scandinavian music.  For information about “Dakota Road Music,” visit:  www.dakotaroad.com

Dalesburg Scandinavian Association did not have any activities in 2020.  We did not collect membership dues in January-February of this year.  We will hold over the membership renewals until 2022.  Financial information furnished upon request.  Thank You if you did donate in 2021.  Please contact me.  We did purchase two signs with money from the Arneson-Hoglund Fund.  A sign has been place on the grounds of Dalesburg Lutheran Church, telling the story of the unmarked graves in the churchyard.  Another sign was placed at the Clay Point Cemetery in Prairie Center Township, Clay County. 

We did not collect Friends of Midsummer membership dues in January-February.  The Friends of Midsummer memberships will also be held over until 2022.  Financial information furnished upon request.  Thank You if you did donate for 2021.  Please contact me.

Glad Sommar!  Happy Summer!

Ron Johnson

Midsummer Food Updates – Key Changes for 2021

WELCA is sponsoring a catered Swedish Meatball meal at a cost of $12 per plate. The meal will include meatballs, potatoes, two salads, a bun, and water or lemonade. Meals will be served – no buffet line – from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

The DLC Youth will again host a food stand, which will include pie, fruit soup, and some additional food items to be determined.

Food will be served out of the narthex, and outdoor seating will be available under tents. No indoor seating will be utilized this year. All hospitality items (e.g., ticket sales, restrooms) will also be outdoors.

On Memorial Day Sunday 2021 at Dalesburg Lutheran Church, we had the “unveiling” of the sign, next to the wooden cross, southwest of the church.  Here is the text of the sign:

During the 1870’s and 1880’s burials of members of Dalesburg Lutheran Church, were made in this area of the churchyard.  The ages ranged from the young to the old – men, women and children.  The exact number of burials is unknown, and there is no cemetery map for this area.  The monuments still existing were removed in the 1940’s with the final monument removed and a wooden cross placed here in about 1960.  Blessed Be the Memory of These Early Members of the Congregation.

The funds for this sign are from Karin & Winfield Arneson and Virginia Hoglund of Michigan in memory of C.R. Hoglund.  The sign is placed here by Dalesburg Scandinavian Association in 2020.

This spring another sign was placed at the Clay Point Cemetery, an abandoned cemetery, between here and Vermillion in Prairie Center Township.  Here is that text:

Clay Point Cemetery
Cemetery of the
Clay Point Free Church
also called
Swedefield Mission Church
also called
Ansgarii House
also called
Cast Iron Church

Books for Sale!  HISTORY OF THE SWEDES WHO SETTLED IN CLAY COUNTY, SOUTH DAKOTA AND THEIR BIOGRAPHIES by August Peterson (1947) $25.00 / book plus postage, handling etc.    Available from Ron Johnson (ron@dalesburg.org or 605-253-2575) 

Anna’s Lilies: A Legacy of Hope

Read Anna’s Lilies: A Legacy of Hope at http://www.fyi-dakota.com/index.php/anna-s-lilies

Santa Lucia Festival on SDPB Dakota Life

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What Ever Happened To…

What Ever Happened To…

The roll curtain that was in the west room at the Dalesburg (Country) School.

If you know what happened to it, or remember the last time you saw it, please contact Ron Johnson (ron@dalesburg.org) or Connie Richards.



1900s Centerville Music Store

Music store in Centerville, South Dakota  in the early 1900’s.

Proprietors:  Alfred Haverberg and August N. “Piano” Anderson.



Photos courtesy Bob Haverberg, Belmont, Michigan.