Icelandic Communities Association of Northeast North Dakota
Statement from Icelandic Communities Association Curtis Olafson, President
Greetings to all of our friends and supporters of the Icelandic Communities Association.
I am pleased to report that the 121st Annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration will take place, but in the face of today’s pandemic, it will be modified to do everything we can to keep everyone as safe as possible. We will have the Saturday morning parade and the Saturday afternoon Heritage Program. The Parade will be conducted as in previous years, with the only likely exception being we will ask people to not throw candy. The parade will be broadcast live on KXPO 1340AM radio. The Heritage Program will be on the big screen in the Mountain Community Center, and on a webinar for people to enjoy from wherever they might be. Limited seating will be available at MCC. The Mountain/Thingvalla Fire Department is tentatively planning to stage the Saturday Night Street Dance.
A full schedule of events will be posted on the “August the Deuce” Facebook page and on our website at http://thedeuce.org/ Please be aware that some events could be subject to cancellation or modification.
While we will do everything we can to provide as safe an environment as possible, everyone needs to make their own decisions on whether to attend any of the events during the weekend. If you or someone close to you is vulnerable, or if, for whatever reason, you are worried about your health, you should stay home this year and resolve to gear up for the Celebration next year when we will hopefully be able to get back to normal.
We hope to see you at The Deuce, but our first and foremost wish is that we all stay safe and enjoy good health and happiness!
Icelandic Roots will host a Virtual Genealogy Room
Time: Jul 31, 2020 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada). We will be online for 3 hours (until 4 PM) to help with any questions and give some tips and tricks for working on Icelandic Genealogy, historic farms and churches in Iceland, plus finding your cousins.
The Icelandic Communities Association Board of Directors has prepared the following statement in an effort to keep our very dedicated supporters informed on what we are planning at the current time for the 2020 Celebration in response to the corona virus pandemic:
At the May 9th regular monthly meeting of the ICA, the following actions were taken. A motion was introduced to continue plans at this time to stage the parade for the 2020 Celebration. The motion passed unanimously. Another motion was introduced to cancel the Tractor Pull for 2020. The subsequent discussion centered on the fact that this event would not only involve great difficulty in providing social distancing, but also would involve the greatest financial risk for our Association. Many people expressed the concern that attendance would likely be diminished significantly and our Association would incur a major negative financial impact. That motion also passed unanimously. Another motion was introduced to cancel the Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull for 2020. That motion also passed unanimously.
The attendees also discussed and agreed that it would be very likely that most, if not all, of the other traditional events would be canceled for 2020. We will reassess the status of all other events at the June 13th monthly meeting and make final decisions on those events at that time. Please check back after our June 13th meeting for an update. Thank you for your continued support!
2020 Date for the Þorrablót is FEB 22nd!
To purchase tickets contact: John Johnson in Langdon @ email@example.com (701) 256-0254 or Pat Morrison in Cavalier @ firstname.lastname@example.org (701) 265-2165 or Judy Geir in Edinburg @ email@example.com (701) 331-0634 or Kathy Thorlakson in Mountain @ firstname.lastname@example.org (701) 265-2986
The dates for the 121st Annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration for 2020 July 30th-August 2nd
Lilja D. Alfreðsdóttir, Iceland’s Minister of Education, Science and Culture, will join us on August 3rd for the 120th Annual Deuce of August Celebration. She will be the Keynote Speaker at the Saturday Afternoon Heritage Program.
She has been a Member of Althingi (The National Parliament) for the Reykjavík South Constituency since 2016 and has previously served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade from 2016-2017 and as Minister of Education, Science and Culture since November 2017.
Ms. Alfreðsdóttir holds a master’s degree in International Economic Policy from Columbia University and received a Fulbright grant during her studies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Iceland. She also studied at the University of Minnesota and Ewha University in Seoul. Ms. Alfredsdottir has written numerous articles on economic and educational affairs in Icelandic papers and international journals. In addition, Ms. Alfredsdottir has held presentations on economic affairs in the United States and Europe.
The Icelandic Communities Association is honored to announce that Her Excellency Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland, will attend the 119th Annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration in Mountain, North Dakota. The Celebration runs from August 2nd through the 5th. The Prime Minister will attend on Saturday, August 4th, and will take part in the morning parade and will be the Keynote Speaker at the Heritage Program on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM in the Mountain Community Center.
With her visit, Prime Minister Jakobsdóttir will be the 5th sitting Prime Minister to attend the Celebration, beginning with the 2005 visit of Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson. A 6th Prime Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, attended the Celebration in 2012 while serving as the Chairman of the Independence Party before later becoming Minister of Finance, and then Prime Minister,
in January of 2017.
The Deuce of August Celebration hosted the former President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson during the 100th Deuce of August Celebration in 1999, and has been attended by multiple Ambassadors from Iceland to the US and Canada, and multiple Cabinet Ministers.
The Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration has been certified by the North Dakota Tourism Department as the longest running ethnic festival in the State of North Dakota and is the largest Icelandic ethnic event in the United States.
North Dakota officials who have been invited to attend include Governor Doug Burgum, US Senators Hoeven and Heitkamp, and Congressman Kevin Cramer.
For up to the minute updates on the event, visit the “August the Deuce” Facebook page or www.thedeuce.org
Being apart of the Scandinavian countries, Iceland has many wonderful neighbors and just how we like to preserve our Icelandic heritage, there are several other clubs and communities of Scandinavian decent that like to do so as well. Watertown Sons of Norway, in Watertown, SD, is a club that is very proud of their Norwegian heritage and recently they have been wanting to learn more about their neighbor countries. Last Thursday, September 21, Linda Frey, (filling in for the INLNA president Sunna Furstenau), shared information about her home country, Iceland. Linda enjoyed elaborating about the beauty of Iceland, the customs and culture of the people, and stories of her own. Linda was proud to share how our Northeastern Icelandic community holds firmly on to those Icelandic roots, preserve the history of the beloved Icelandic settlers and instill the ways of an Icelander around the community. She was welcomed by many wonderful Norwegians, their great stories and treated with refreshments in good company after the presentation. Linda says Takk fyrir mig or like our neighbors say, Tusen takk for meg!