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A cultural presentation, “Under the Northern Lights,” will be offered 7 p.m. Monday by a troupe of Norwegian performers, who will honor the Arctic Scandinavian northern lights, at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum.

Themes running from the long polar nights to the glow of the midnight sun, performances will be presented through songs, fun facts and stories of the Norse, Kven and Sami people.

Performing will be Joan Paddock, music professor, award-winning cultural presenter and conductor formerly of Minot. Paddock is of Norwegian heritage and a Norwegian birch bark lur/flute player and trumpeter. Trine Strand is an Arctic Norwegian from Malangen, Norway. She is a well-known singer and performer from a minority folk group of Norway, the Kven people, and the coastal Sami. Stina Fargertun, from Tromsø, Norway, is a cultural presenter and traditional storyteller, who shares stories and songs from the same cultures as Strand. Fagertun was named the Best Storyteller in Norway.

The performing troupe is engaged in a cultural exchange with David "Doc" Brien from St. Ann’s Mission in Belcourt and will be attending the Norsk Høstfest in Minot. For more information, call 701-328-2792. 

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