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Trolls thrive at Høstfest

(Minot Daily – Minot, ND) – The Scandinavian trolls that have greeted visitors to Norsk Hostfest for about 25 years will be back to welcome folks again this fall.

Jeanne Brekke, who along with her husband, Duane, has attended Norsk Hostfest since the organization began in 1978, recalls painting the cutout trolls in the late 1990s.

The 36 trolls were cut out of plywood in three sizes, with the largest about 8-feet tall.

“I sanded them and then primed them all,” Brekke said. She painted them according to patterns provided by Hostfest. A former teacher, Brekke said a couple of former co-workers would stop by and pick up paintbrushes to help a little, but the pattern was too particular for them to get very involved with it.

The completed trolls then went to the former Fisher Motors to be given a protective coating that has enabled them to still look good all these years later.

The trolls have lined the Troll Stroll over the years and taken up spots on Chester and Joy avenues.

The trolls weren’t the first Hostfest project for Brekke.

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