Norwegian newspaper: ‘Christmas town has reached USA’

Foreground to back: Paul von Goertz, dressed as a gnome; Scott Jasperson, wearing a troll mask; and Mary von Goertz, dressed as an elf, peer out from one of the 10 vendor huts that will be manned during the Knife River Norwegian Julebyen celebration. (Bob King /

Last week I wrote about a small Norwegian town’s festival that Knife River residents planned to recreate at the community recreation center. Word of the festival made it back to Egersund, and it was written about in the local newspaper with the headline “Christmas town has reached USA.”

The Norwegian newspaper’s coverage pulls from the Star Tribune’s story about the event and includes this nugget about how chatter about the festival reached Norway. (This is translated from Google, so never mind any clunkiness of phrasing): 

“It was Brit Marie Bauge from Egersund who tipped valleys Tidende that Christmas Town has reached USA.

‘I got a message from a cousin … about a newspaper article that says that the stock juleby model from Egersund,’ explains Bauge, who find it amusing that Christmas Town has appeared in Minnesota.”