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Milan residents celebrate at 'A Taste of Syttende Mai'

Following 2-year hiatus, Norwegian celebration returns

Jonathan Stevenson, 3, hoists a pair of Norwegian flags while waiting for the Uff-da parade to begin during the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Milan.
Jonathan Stevenson, 3, hoists a pair of Norwegian flags while waiting for the Uff-da parade to begin during the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Milan.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune
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MILAN — A gentle hum of Arnie Anderson's accordion created a soothing and welcoming atmosphere to the downtown streets of Milan as folks gathered for the first time in more than two years for a very special occasion.

Arnie Anderson, right, and guest player Richard Handeen perform with "Skólmusik" on the sidewalk of Main Street in downtown Milan during the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022.
Arnie Anderson, right, and guest player Richard Handeen perform with "Skólmusik" on the sidewalk of Main Street in downtown Milan during the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Tuesday, May 17, serves as Constitution Day in Norway, bringing the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai" celebration to the small rural community of Milan. The day began with Kviteseid Lutheran Church hosting the Smorgas Team, where Norwegian foods of all kinds were on tap for residents to enjoy with friends and family.

Norwegian celebration returns to Milan

Ann Thompson, at left, and Maureen Heinecke wave passing floats during the Uff-da parade at the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Milan.
Ann Thompson, at left, and Maureen Heinecke wave passing floats during the Uff-da parade at the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Milan.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Across town, busy artists were in the process of soldering silver in The Milan Village Art School, which typically opens its doors for spectators to come in and watch the artists, but restricted access due to the pandemic this year.

Ann Thompson hands out Norwegian flags during the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Milan.
Ann Thompson hands out Norwegian flags during the 16th annual "A Taste of Syttende Mai," Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Milan.
Macy Moore / West Central Tribune

Over in front of the Arv Hus Museum and Billy Maple Tree's, "Skólmusik" performed to the crowd before the day wrapped up with the annual Uff-da parade throughout the heart of Milan.

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Macy Moore is an award-winning photojournalist at the West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minnesota.
She can be reached via email: mmoore@wctrib.com or phone: 320.214.4338.
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