Sons of Norway waffle feed declared a ‘wonderful success’If the Sons of Norway waffle breakfast fundraiser is any indication, Lake Countians love their morning meal, and all the more if lingonberries are served.
By: Tammy Francois, Lake County News Chronicle
If the Sons of Norway waffle breakfast fundraiser is any indication, Lake Countians love their morning meal, and all the more if lingonberries are served.
According to the group’s president, Ralph Jacobson, the third annual event has grown significantly since it began. In 2010, 202 waffles were served. Last year the count was 400 and over 10 pounds of lingonberries. This year’s final tally was 539 waffles and customers cleaned out the 20lb supply of lingonberries halfway through the morning. Best of all, said Jacobson, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
“There was not one complaint. Everybody walked out saying they’d never had better waffles,” he told the Lake County News-Chronicle Monday.
The waffles, along with sausage, juice and a wide variety of syrups were served to hungry diners by members of the Two Harbors football squad, who will receive a portion of the event’s proceeds. Jacobson said that another portion of the profits will also be made to Zion Lutheran Church in Finland where a fire recently devastated their building. Other projects under consideration for funding by the Sons of Norway are a park in Knife River and the restoration of the Viking ship, which has been on display in Leif Erikson Park in Duluth for decades, but is now being repaired and stored until a new shelter can be built for her. Donating to the project is, according to Jacobson, in line with the goal of “remembering from whence we came.” He also recognized that other projects and issues may arise for which funds may be needed.
“Of course, there are always needs in our own community, too,” he said, adding that outreach to the community is another of the group’s priorities.
Monies raised, donations and outreach are just a few of the benefits of the event, however. According to Jacobson, it was a good day all around.
“It was fun to see people visiting with people they hadn’t seen for a spell,” he said smiling, “it was a wonderful success. It blessed us who put it on, and it also blessed the community.”
Jacobson said the waffle breakfast would not have been possible without the help of the Two Harbors football team and the loan of tables from First Baptist Church. He also acknowledged many local businesses for their donations and wished to thank them all, including Cavallin Plumbing and Heating, North Shore Steel, Cooperative Light and Power, Holiday Station Stores East and West, Super One Foods, State Farm Insurance, Bodies in Balance, The Lake Bank, Dr. Erickson, Cavallin Funeral Home, Two Harbors Federal Credit Union, Anderson Greenhouse, Auto Value, Sterling Auto Parts NAPA, Two Harbors Auto Body, Broadband-Bob Thompson, Tru-Value, Blackwood Restaurant, Louise’s Place, and Moose-cellaneous Gifts. Finally, Jacobson thanked members of the Sons of Norway, each of whom purchased 10 tickets for the event.
Next year’s waffle breakfast fundraiser is slated for July 26. Here’s hoping