Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame announces first 2018 honoree

July 09, 2018

Daniel O’Donnell to receive the Humanitarian Award

MINOT ND USA — Daniel O’Donnell has been nominated to the 2018 Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame for the Humanitarian Award.

O’Donnell has been chosen to receive the Humanitarian Award as a beloved Norsk Høstfest performer and as a tribute to his work with charitable causes — most notably the Romanian Challenge Appeal, which by 2015, had raised more than $800,000. The charity builds houses for disabled and abandoned children. It was through this charity work that resulted in O’Donnell receiving Romania’s second highest honor “Officer of the National Order of Loyal Service” which he received in 2000 by the then-president of Romania.

O’Donnell will be honored with the Humanitarian Award during the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame banquet on September 25 at the Grand Hotel in Minot, ND. The next day, O’Donnell will be performing in the Great Hall of the Vikings at 7 pm, September 26. Hall of Fame banquet tickets and Daniel O’Donnell concert tickets are on sale and can be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at (701) 852-2368.

The Scandinavian American Hall of Fame was established in 1984 as an enduring means of honoring those persons of Scandinavian descent in North America who have achieved greatness in their fields of endeavor and/or whose efforts have contributed significantly to the betterment of mankind. Deserving individuals of other ethnicities may be honored with special awards as well. Recent honorees include Kris Kristofferson and Josh Duhamel.

Norsk Høstfest – North America’s largest Scandinavian festival – runs for four days September 26-29 with Great Hall of the Vikings concerts by The Beach Boys, Johnny Reid, Tanya Tucker & The Texas Tenors, Engelbert Humperdinck, Michael Bolton, Daniel O’Donnell, Alabama and Darci Lynne & Friends. In addition to Great Hall of the Vikings lineup, Høstfest is chock-full of free side stage entertainment, Nordic shopping and dining and a Viking Village. Høstfestivarians will see the return of many favorite side stage acts such as Williams & Ree and Mollie B along with new entertainment such as the Medora Gospel – a Musical Celebration and The Killer Vees’ Neil Diamond Tribute Show. Festival doors open at 7:30 a.m., Wednesday, September 26.

General admission is $40 per day or guests can take in a Great Hall concert starting at $67 reserved seating. The purchase of any concert ticket includes complimentary general admission to the festival. Festival tickets can be ordered online at, by calling (701) 852-2368, or in person at 1020 S. Broadway, Minot ND 58701.

About The Festival

Norsk Høstfest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization the raises funds to preserve, improve and share Scandinavian culture, heritage and educational programs. The Scandinavian festival is held annually in the fall in the North Dakota State Fair Center on the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot, N.D., USA. Entering its 41st year, the festival has become North America’s largest Scandinavian festival with tens of thousands of people attending from all over the world. The festival features world-class entertainment, Scandinavian culture on display, handcrafted Norsk merchandise, authentic Scandinavian cuisine plus a fine dining establishment, En To Tre, lead by Norwegian chefs. Norsk Høstfest celebrates Scandinavian culture from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.


For More Information

Please visit or call Norsk Høstfest at (701) 852-2368.