Torskeklubben Boss Robert Gisvold (standing) Treasurer Larry Molsather (seated left) Secretary Jeff Woll (seated right)
Torskeklubben was founded in 1933 by Arne Fremmegaard. Torskeklubben's original goal was to lend aid to Norway after World War II in addition to forming a club of Norwegians to gather and converse in their native language.
Torskeklubben is a non-profit club which gives scholarship aid to students wishing to study at the University of Minnesota Graduate School.
Torskeklubben meets the first Saturday of the month during the winter months at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. A lunch is server which includes torske with a boiled potato, melted butter, and aqua vit. There is usually a guest speaker and suits and ties are required.
Interlachen Country Club is on Interlachen Blvd in Edina. From the east, exit highway 100 at 50th street and proceed west. Turn right at the Holiday gas station. Continue on Interlachen Blvd until you are at the country club. From the west, take Excelsior Blvd to Blake Road and proceed south. Blake will turn into Interlachen Blvd. Continue until you see the country club.
Special Important Notice
Our prized assistant, the Boss's legal secretary, Jackie Campbell, has retired. No correspondence will be accepted at the Boss's former law office on Summit Drive. Please direct your correspondence to:
Torske Klubben is proud to be a member of the University of Minnesota President's Club
Students for 2016-2017
Elizabeth Fast, Psychology
Lucas Franco, Political Science
Christian Graefe, Chemistry
Anna Kvinge, Public Affairs
Solveig Mebust, Musicology
Welcome New Members as of 2015
Students for 2015-2016
Brent Perreault, Physics
Kaja Kierulf, Economics
Sarah Nelson, Biochemistry
Tyler Best, Social Work
Welcome New Members as of 2014
Students for 2014-2015
Jared Goplen, Applied Plant Sciences
Ian Gunsolus, Chemistry
Erik Torgerson, Educational Psychology
Vegard Nygard, Economics
Petra Kranzfelder, Entomology, Studying at NTNU in Norway
Students for 2013-2014
Torske Klubben Members who are recipients of awards instituted by His Majesty, the King of Norway, or approved by His Majesty:
The Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav, instituted by H.M. King Oscar I on August 21, 1847, is conferred as " a reward of distinguished services to the country and mankind".
David W. Preus, Commander - 1976
The Grand Master of the Order of Merit, by Harald Rex
Gary Gandrud, Commander - 2015
The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit, instituted by H.M. King Olav V on June
14, 1985, is conferred on foreign and Norwegian nationals as a reward for
their outstanding service in the interest of Norway.
Gary Gandrud, Knight First Class - 2007
Kjell Bergh, Knight First Class - 1996
Lawrence O. Hauge, Knight First Class - 2004
John M. Lund, Knight First Class - 2004
Walter F. Mondale, Grand Cross - 1996
Todd W. Nichol, Knight First Class - 2006
Tor Dahl, Knight First Class - 2009
Odd Lovoll, Knight First Class - 1985
The Haakon VII Freedom Cross is awarded for distinguished service in the Armed Forces duringWorldWar II (1940-45), and for the benefit of Norway's war efforts.
Norman E. Midthun - 1945
The Medal of St. Olav, established in 1913, is conferred as a reward for advancing knowledge of Norway abroad and for strengthening the bonds between their country of residence and Norway.
Kjell Bergh - 1983
Lawrence O. Hauge - 1981
Odell Bjerkness - 1981
James T. Johnson - 1985
Orlyn A. Kringstad - 1996
Magne Smedvig - 1966
The Haakon VII Freedom Medal is awarded for meritorious service in the Armed Forces and the Merchant Marine duringWorldWar II 1940-45.
Hans J. Skalle - 1988
The Defense Medal 1940-1945 is awarded to persons who participated in military activities duringWorldWar II 1940-45.
Norman Midthun - 1945
Hans J. Skalle - 1982
The Home Guard Medal of Merit is awarded to persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Home Guard.
James T. Johnson - 1990
1. Every member of of the club pledges to serve as toastmaster, contribute to Torske Klubben's scholarship fund, which is a deductible contribution to the University of Minnesota, and tell a
good story when called upon, but only when called upon.
2. Acceptable attire is a suit or sportcoat and a neck tie.
3. Fresh cod is served at each luncheon and is specially ordered for this meal early in the week. Therefore, reservations are required by noon on the Monday before the meeting. Please respond
to your monthly invitation, whether or NOT you will be coming. This is very helpful to us.
4. We finalize the count and make our reservation at this time. We order a couple extra fillets but, at this time, they are about $10 per serving, so we do not order a large number of extras.
Walk-ins and very late reservations may not be served torsk. At this point we are committed to paying for all of the reserved places. Despite this, we allow cancellations up to the Thursday
before the meeting. Emergency late cancellations are dealt with individually, but only serious health issues are considered.
5. No shows by a member or a member's guest will be billed to the member. Please inform your guests that they must cancel by Thursday to avoid a charge.
6. A maximum of two guests are allowed per meeting.
7. If your guest speaks during his introduction, the member or guest must pay $100 immediately to the treasurer.
8. Members are always welcome to come to a meeting if you reserve late but you may not be served torsk.
9. And our most important rule, the Boss is always right.