Inductees for the 2013 class of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame were announced Friday.
Keith Johanneson, president and CEO of Johanneson's Inc., oversees the successful retail grocery store management business founded by his parents, Thelma and John Johanneson, 73 years ago. Headquartered in Bemidji, Minn., Johanneson's Inc. today operates more than 25 businesses, including Minot's five Marketplace Foods supermarkets, liquor stores, convenience stores and several regional real estate entities. Johanneson is of Icelandic heritage and will receive his award from Christine Schulze, vice president of Concordia Language Villages at Concordia College.
Three generations of the Nelson family have found success in the entertainment business. Baby boomers and their elders will remember Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, whose popular television sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," aired from 1952 to 1966. The show starred the real-life Nelson family, which included sons David and Eric "Ricky" Nelson. Rick Nelson went on to become the first "teen idol," but his career was cut short when he was killed in a plane crash. His twin sons, Matthew and Gunnar, are singer/songwriters in their own right, and will accept the Hall of Fame honor on the family's behalf. The Nelsons are of Norwegian descent.
Kris Kristofferson has earned three Grammys, a Golden Globe and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Kristofferson got his start in Nashville, where he collaborated with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings to record several albums as part of The Highwaymen in addition to a successful solo career. Kristofferson, of Swedish descent, has found success in Hollywood, too, appearing in more than 70 films.
He will receive his award from supermodel Stephanie Seymour, whose high fashion photographs have graced the covers of numerous magazines.
Established in 1984, the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame is a means of honoring persons of Scandinavian descent in North America who have achieved greatness in their fields of endeavor and/or whose efforts have contributed significantly to the betterment of mankind and is a permanent component of Norsk Hostfest.
The Hall of Fame banquet will take place Wednesday, Oct. 2, at the Grand Hotel, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Rolf Stang will serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets for the banquet are $46 and can be obtained by calling the Hostfest office at 852-2368 or by visiting (hostfest.com).