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Drinking the Scandinavian Way

In Wisconsin we’re known for our love of beer and brandy.  But a micro- distillery in the small city of New Richmond

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Lutefisk:

Thanksgiving isn’t the only traditional fall feast. For those of Scandinavian descent, fall also means lutefisk suppers. Writer Eric Dregni tells us the story behind this famously pungent fish.

Eric Dregni is the author of several books, including Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America and In Cod We Trust.

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Leif Erikson Day:

Monday is Columbus Day, when we celebrate the discoveries of Christopher Columbus. But ask some Scandinavians which European really discovered America, and they’ll tell you that Columbus arrived 500 years too late for that honor. Commentator Eric Dregni tells us about the Nordic explorer behind Sunday’s celebration of Leif Erikson Day.

Commentator Eric Dregni is an assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul. He’s the author of several books including the Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America.

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Coffee Break:

French writer Balzac once wrote that “Coffee is a great power in my life.” Wisconsin’s Scandinavian immigrants could relate, bringing their prodigious thirst for the morning brew with them. But while coffee has been around for centuries, taking a daily break to drink it is a more recent development. Commentator Eric Dregni tells us the origins of the summer Coffee Break Festival in Stoughton.

Commentator Eric Dregni is an assistant professor of English at Concordia University in St. Paul. He’s the author of several books including Vikings in the Attic: In Search of Nordic America.

Image courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society Image #23363

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