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Scandinavian events planned at Brainerd library

The Brainerd Public Library will present two Scandinavian events next week. "Searching for Your Scandinavian Ancestors" will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday and "Scandinavian Cuisine" will be held at noon Thursday. Jackie Henry, administrative director...

The Brainerd Public Library will present two Scandinavian events next week.

"Searching for Your Scandinavian Ancestors" will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday and "Scandinavian Cuisine" will be held at noon Thursday.

Jackie Henry, administrative director of the Norwegian-American Historical Association at St. Olaf College in Northfield, will present "Searching for Your Scandinavian Ancestors." Henry will talk about the resources available to search for Scandinavian ancestors. Family historians will learn about resources available, how to find and use records and how to research names.

Henry is responsible for membership, public relations and fundraising for the association. She earned a masters in library and information science from the Dominican University. She is a member of Hadeland, Trønderlag, Sigdalslag and Nordlandslag.

Beatrice Ojakangas will present "Scandinavian Cuisine." Ojakangas, nationally known expert in Scandinavian cuisine and author of a James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame-winning cookbook, will share traditional methods of preparing and preserving foods that have been enjoyed in the region for generations.

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With 27 books under her belt, Ojakangas could be said to be the Julia Child of Finnish cuisine.

Ojakangas spent a year in Finland traveling around learning recipes and writing her first book, "The Finnish Cookbook." Rye, lingonberries and cloudberries were the elements of Finnish cuisine that were used in recipes passed down verbally from generation to generation. Growing up, Ojakangas was the only grandchild who could speak Finnish so her grandmother taught her Finnish food words.

"While I was there I would ask people about the words my grandma taught me," says Ojakangas.

The events are a free Legacy Program, funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's art and cultural heritage.

All are welcome and no registration is required.

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