President Torgerson to speak at Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast

Luther College President Richard Torgerson has been invited to speak at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in Bloomington, Minn., at the annual Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast presented by the Sons of Norway.

The event will take place at the Double Tree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn., 7800 Normandale Boulevard. Reservations are required and may be made through Sons of Norway, telephone (612) 921-4640.

Other speakers include Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and Marcia Zimmerman, senior rabbi at Temple Israel. Dayton will speak about freedom, Torgerson will speak about faith and Zimmerman will speak about the importance of family and friends.

Mirja Hanson, honorary consul general of Japan at Minneapolis, will serve as the morning's master of ceremonies.

The breakfast features musical entertainment from the American Swedish Institute Male Chorus and the Norwegian Glee Club of Minneapolis.

First held in 1985, the Nordic American Thanksgiving Breakfast is intended to bring together people of Nordic heritage and for an opportunity to offer thanks for the privileges of freedom, faith, family and friends.

This year, the breakfast will benefit Second Harvest Heartland and the Minnesota Military Family Foundation. Second Harvest Heartland strives to alleviate hunger in 59 counties throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin through a network of dedicated partners, volunteers and donors. The Minnesota Military Family Foundation provides loans or grants during time of extraordinary financial hardship to the spouses and children of deployed Minnesota military personnel.