Nisswa-stämman to host virtual concert Friday

Concert hosted for the past 20 years in the Nisswa Pioneer Village.


The Nisswa-stämman Scandinavian Folk Music Festival will sponsor a virtual “Worldwide Concert” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, June 12, from its Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The in-person concert, which has been hosted for the past 20 years in the Nisswa Pioneer Village, was canceled due to COVID-19. Nordic musicians who were planning to travel to Nisswa for the concert will be part of the virtual concert. The concert will be presented in a pre-recorded format and will be available to stream from 7 p.m. Friday through 11 p.m. Saturday. The concert may be streamed at .

The concert will include performances by Peter and Jeanett Rousu, violin and guitar, Sweden; Anna Rynefors and Erik Ask-Upmark, nyckelharpa and harp, Sweden; the Sturla Eide Trio, violin, accordion and guitar, Norway; Antti and Arto Järvelä, violin and guitar, Finland; and Harald Haugaard, violin, Denmark.

There will be an opportunity for the public to donate money through . All donations will be sent to the musicians, as Nisswa-stämman is a nonprofit organization.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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