Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Junior Nordic Dancers, we would like to say a big "Tusen Takk" to all those who contributed and participated in the Nordic Dancer Norwegian sweater raffle over Nordic Fest.

We were able to raise over $1,700 with over 350 tickets sold. Interestingly, we had tickets sold from 13 different states and two foreign countries. We would also like to extend a sincere thank you to Vesterheim, Decorah Bank and Trust and the Nordic Express for their leading sponsorship as well as to Kephart's and the Family Care Clinic for selling our tickets.

These young people dedicate many hours practicing and performing the traditional Scandinavian dances and are excellent ambassadors for our Decorah community. We thank all of you "True Norwegians at Heart" (who, despite the hot July weather, bought a wool sweater raffle ticket) for your support of these young people and the sweater raffle - it is greatly appreciated.