Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

September 07, 2017

Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees


A four-generation business, a Finnish chef and author, and a visionary technology and business leader will be added to the honor roll of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame at its annual award banquet Tuesday, September 26 at Minot’s Grand Hotel. Held in conjunction with Norsk Høstfest, the SAHF honors persons of Scandinavian descent who have achieved greatness in their field.


What is known today as Tollefson's Retail Group was begun in 1925 with the purchase of a used furniture store in Minot by Ole T. Tollefson, whose parents had emigrated from Norway and settled in North Dakota.  The furniture and flooring business has grown steadily over the decades under the guidance of succeeding generations and now has locations throughout Montana, Minnesota and North Dakota. Emily Tollefson Mackner (4th generation) will serve presenter for the award.


Finnish-born chef Soile Anderson of the Twin Cities is well known in her adopted home for her catering business, founded in 1982, Deco Catering. Featured in Martha Stewart Living and on the Food Network, she has served US presidents, the Dalai Lama and royalty. Anderson recently co-authored a book drawing from her experience and expertise, Celebrations to Remember. She will be introduced by her co-author Eleanor Ostman, former food columnist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press.


Bill Gates calls him the smartest man he knows. An inventor, physicist, chef, photographer, author and former CTO of Microsoft, Norwegian-American Nathan Myhrvold is co-founder and CEO of Intellectual Ventures, a company whose mission is to create a financial climate that supports the process of invention, both in-house and independent. Myhrvold is also a chef and author and penned a series of books addressing the science of cooking, entitled Modernist Cuisine. Governor Doug Burgum will present Myhrvold for induction. 


The SAHF Annual Awards Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26 at Minot’s Grand International, with the social beginning at 5:30 pm and dinner and program beginning at 7 pm. Tickets are $50 per person and available online at www.hostfest.comor by calling 701-852-2368.