Dalesburg Historical
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Midsommar Weekend – At Home!

Celebrate Midsommar on June 20 with a virtual weekend hosted by the American Swedish Institute!  ASI is offering an online Midsommar Celebration with activities and resources that you can enjoy at home, in the park or wherever you are. 

Visit the event page at https://www.asimn.org/midsommar2020

Dalesburg Lutheran Church Memorial Day Rememberance

Upcoming Events!

Dalesburg Scandinavian Association announces these upcoming events!

Welcome! Invite Your Friends & Relatives!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in Beresford
Annual Meeting / Luncheon
Call Connie Richards (605-763-5128) for information and to make a reservation.
Call Ron Johnson (605-253-2575) with nominations for the Lucia Court.

Sunday, December 15, 2019; 3:00 p.m.
at Dalesburg Lutheran Church
The 42nd Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg

Friday, June 19 and Sunday, June 21, 2020
at Dalesburg Lutheran Church
The 151st Annual Midsummer Festival in Dalesburg

Saturday, October 26, 2019
Wausa Swedish Smörgåsbord in Nebraska.
Contact: Doug Johnson (402-586-2266) for information.

December 2019
Lutfisk and Meatball Supper at St. Paul Lutheran Church
Contact Pat Olson (712-277-4043) for information.

Midsummer 2019 Program


150th Annual Midsummer


Dalesburg Midsummer Festival 2019

Join us for Dalesburg Midsummer Festival  

Date: Friday, June 21, 2019


Programs at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Smorgasbord Supper from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Miscellaneous Eats from 1:00 to Closing.


Featured Performer: 

Chuck Suchy – Performer and Songwriter from Mandan, North Dakota

More information on Chuck Suchy: 

St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg

St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg

Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 p.m. at DLC.

Guest Speakers:

Andreas Lindstad, 17 years old, from Vingrom, close to Lillehammer, Norway.

Dr. Julia Maren Hellwege, Political Science Professor at USD from Stockholm, Sweden.



Midsommar at Dalesburg 2018



Midsummer 2018 – Performers

Dalesburg 149th Annual Midsummer Festival
Friday, June 22, 2018

Featuring the duo Vidar Skrede and Patrik Ahlberg!

Vidar Skrede (from Haugesund, Norway) is a freelance Nordic folk musician on guitar, harding fiddle, fiddle and Greek bouzouki. He has a background in the traditional music from Rogaland (Southwest part of Norway), and has a master degree in Nordic folk music at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm.

Patrik Ahlberg (FROM Örebro, Sweden) is a multi-instrumentalist. He regularly plays and performs music of both the United States and Sweden.  His current projects include duets of contemporary tunes and arrangements with Nashville fiddler George Jackson, a duo with Norwegian hardanger fiddler Vidar Skrede, and a solo exploration of Swedish fiddle tunes on the classical guitar.

Also Featuring

the Tri-Valley Chorus


the Allnighters Quartet! 


Also remember to save the date for, Midsummer Sunday Service on Sunday, June 24, 2018

St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg

The 40th Celebration of the St. Lucia Tradition was held on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. – View Full Program

“St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg”

            I have put this at the end so that I can now say that we have completed 40 Celebrations of the St. Lucia Tradition in Dalesburg.  We have heard the music and sung the songs, eaten the food, heard the Legend of St. Lucia and pondered the Lucia tradition in our own modern lives.  We have celebrated the Lucia court and heard the Julevangelium – the Christmas Gospel.  We have remembered food and song from the past.   

            We have been doing these things now for 40 – 41 years.  There have been changes, and there have been things that have stayed the same.  People have come.  People have gone.  Children have grown, children have moved on, and children have stayed.  There are people in photographs from years gone by who are no longer with us.  We have girls in the Lucia Court this evening who were not around for the 23rd Lucia in 2000.  

            As you can see at the end of the program… 2017 was not a good year for the membership of Dalesburg Scandinavian Association.  We lost members and friends – old and young.  We lost Joanne, Phyllis, Carol, Alda, Ruth and Jenna.  We also lost Howard Kennedy who was a founder of this organization 40 years ago.  Blessed Be Their Memory and Blessed be the memories they created.  Thanks Be To God.

            Forty-one years ago there was a young woman named Karin Flodell Mann who was involved with the first Lucia event.  Karin was born in Stockholm, Sweden and was living in Vermillion at the time.  Today Karin is living in St. Louis, Missouri.  Interestingly enough.. today there is again a young woman who is born in Stockholm, Sweden,  living in Vermillion.  Her name is Julia Marin Hellwege.  She was not able to be here this afternoon.  I asked her to write a story about herself and her Swedish traditions, and this story is included in the program.

            We close by thanking all who worked and participated in this Lucia event.  We close by thanking all who have worked and participated these forty-some years.  I would like to recognize Lorraine Carlson who has been on the team these forty years.

            And.. thank you all for coming today!  We close as we have closed for forty Lucia celebrations with the song “Nu Är Det Jul Igen” (“Now Is It Christmas Again”)…


God Jul och Gott Nytt Ar!                         Good Yuletid and Good New Year!


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