After a week of dreary, wet weather, the sun finally broke through the clouds Friday morning, just in time to shine down on the presentation of a large donation to the Scandinavian Heritage Association in Minot.
Dan Langemo, vice president and trust officer with First Western Bank & Trust of Minot, was on hand to present a ceremonial check to Gail Peterson, president of the Scandinavian Heritage Association, on behalf of the estate of Edna Solheim, a longtime supporter of Scandinavian culture who passed away in December 2009.
A large group of people gathered at the Map Plaza just off the Scandinavian Heritage Park's parking lot to watch the presentation, where the oversized check was presented under a brilliant sun.
Dan Langemo, left, vice president and trust officer with First Western Bank & Trust of Minot, and Gail Peterson, president of the Scandinavian Heritage Association, hold a ceremonial $100,000 check during a presentation at the Scandinavian Heritage Park Friday morning. The donation was from the estate of Edna Solheim, a longtime supporter of Scandinavian culture who passed away in 2009.
"First Western Bank & Trust of Minot is the personal representative for the estate of Edna Solheim, and therefore it is my distinct pleasure today to present to the Scandinavian Heritage Association on behalf of the Edna Solheim estate, a check in the amount of $100,000," Langemo said.
"This is a great honor. She was a dear friend to our organization. Her gift is greatly appreciated," Peterson replied. "She's also reminded us how important it is to leave a legacy. We will miss her, and she'll be remembered. Thank you so much."
"She was important to our organization. (This) work was very important to her," Peterson added.
Peterson said the gift will have a large impact on the association, which relies solely on donations to stay solvent.
She reiterated how grateful they were for the gift and noted other projects at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, such as the Gol Stave Church, came about because of similar generous donations.
Although no plans for the money have been put in place, Peterson said there are plenty of potential uses.
"There's a lot of perpetual care that people don't realize and there's expansion that we would like to do, so the money will be used, and like I said, we haven't determined at this time, but we will find a good use for it," she said.