Høstfest Heritage Foundation sponsors Minot officials’ trip to Norway

May 7, 2019

The Høstfest Heritage Foundation has agreed to sponsor an upcoming trip to Minot’s sister city of Skien, Norway, for two City of Minot officials.

Minot Mayor Shaun Sipma and City Manager Tom Barry will travel to Norway in May to foster economic ties between Minot and the Telemark region of Norway through meetings with the city, county, and economic development officials. North Dakota and Norway have engaged in economic development conferences for years during Norsk Høstfest, sparking the development of business ties related to unmanned aircraft and other industries.

“The ties between North Dakota and Norway have been strengthened by the sister city relationship between Minot and Skien established nearly 40 years ago,” said Norsk Høstfest President David Reiten. “This visit by Minot city leaders is critical to maintaining and expanding that relationship, and that’s why the Høstfest Heritage Foundation agreed to provide funding through contributions it has received.”

Sipma and Barry will travel with and introduce the Minot State University Concert Choir as it performs throughout Telemark. The trip is scheduled for May 13-25.

“We’re grateful to the Høstfest Heritage Foundation for recognizing the importance of this trip and providing the necessary funding,” said Sipma. “This trip will be critical in re-establishing our sister city relationship and building on our existing economic partnerships.”

Skien officials have made frequent visits to North Dakota, both during the annual Norsk Høstfest and throughout the year.

“The Norwegian town’s leaders have been very loyal in paying regular visits to Minot over the years. We consider this goodwill trip by Minot’s leaders to be an important reciprocal gesture to continue to foster economic ties between our regions,” said Høstfest Heritage Foundation board member Karen Krebsbach. “Minot has become a destination for many people from Norway, and a big reason for their interest in the sister city bond established in 1981 between Minot and Skien.”

For additional information or interviews contact the Public Information Office at 701-857-4727 or by email at pio@minotnd.org.


USA TODAY awards Scandinavian Heritage Park

By Allan Blanks, Minot Daily News

July 10, 2017

America has spoken, the Scandinavian Heritage Park in Minot, was voted North Dakota’s best attraction by USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice Award, Friday.

According to USA TODAY, voters across the country were mesmerized by the Dala Horse, which towers over trees and landmarks at a whopping 25-feet tall.

Along with the striking size and bold artistry of the Dala Horse, the panel from USA TODAY were impressed with the captivating monuments and exquisite landscape of the popular tourist destination.

Described by USA TODAY as a trip across the pond, both experts and voters marveled at the many replicas and statues that celebrate Scandinavian countries, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden.

From an enchanting waterfall producing a stream that retires to tranquil ponds to historic homes which surround the Danish Windmill, the stunning landmarks, immaculate landscapes and unique ability to interact with history scored a prestigious victory over a competitive field of statewide contenders.

Marian Anderson, the office manager at the Scandinavian Heritage Park office, expressed great delight for the park’s recent accomplishment.

“It’s a great honor,” Anderson said. “All along, we believed we were number one and it feels nice to earn the award. We’re very thankful for all of the voters who voted for us.”

According to Anderson, the most popular sight at the Scandinavian Heritage Park is the Gol Stave Church Museum.

As a popular wedding and tourist destination, the Gol Stave Church Museum is both a Magic City landmark and a wooden marvel.

In addition to the wonderment provided at North Dakota’s top destination, visitors can experience the Scandinavian Heritage Park, free of cost or provide donations which are used to maintain the popular attraction.

For more information about the Scandinavian Heritage Park, visit online at www.scandinavianheritage.org or call 852-9161.


Visit the official Hostfest site
Visit the Scandinavian Heritage Association site
Visit the Scandinavian Hall of Fame site