Eighty-two years ago this week, Lindsborg celebrated the formal dedication of the Swensson Memorial Band Shell with a live performance by the Bethany College Band. Born out of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), native stone and the muscle of men who were eager to be employed during the Great Depression, the Band Shell was a marvel of design and function that still shines today. Watch Video
Instead of a power nap, Dale Sader uses powered flight to get energized at the end of the day. The long time pilot and rural Lindsborg resident loves sharing the sky and the feeling of freedom found in his 2-seat ultralight aircraft. Over the years he has given the gift of flight to over 135 passengers, including his dog, Sako who now wears goggles and regularly straps in for a ride in the sky….(Read more, watch Video)
Lindsborg artisan Brian Holdsworth uses a coal fired forge to heat steel to over 900 degrees Fahrenheit, pounding and shaping an old world symbol to celebrate Little Sweden’s past, present and future. When finished, the steel branches and leaves of the Järnkors will grace the northwest corner of … (Read more/see video)
Young and old stepped up to the starting line Saturday to begin a day-long celebration, marking the 145th anniversary in Marquette, Kansas. The men’s race was won by Eddie Grier of Manhattan while Ashtin Klepper of Ellinwood won the women’s heat. (read more).
Discover who will get their wishes granted after a journey deep into the forest, bringing changes to a group of well known fairytale characters with a twist. Watch the video for behind the scenes interviews … (Read more)
Instead of a stone monument, new memories were made to mark the passing of 150 years in Lindsborg over the Independence Day weekend as thousands with a connection to Little Sweden connected with each other. This photo essay by Olivia Garretson is a snapshot of some of the festivities that took place to honor the growing community launched by Swedish immigrants in 1869.
The Lindsborg swim team hosted a quad meet over the weekend at the municipal pool in Riverside Park. The aquatic festival was a chance for families to gather and watch a medley of 80 events as competitors from ages 5 to 18 hit the water and raced for the gold.
Bailey Roberts saw a need at Smoky Valley High School to improve the recycling program. The 2019 SVHS graduate worked diligently through her senior year to find grant money and allies in the community to launch the plan. Watch the VIDEO.
A blue sky painted over the Midsummer’s festival in Lindsborg was the perfect canopy for Swedish music, dancing and food in downtown and Riverside Park for the day long event. Our photo essay by Randy McKinney provides a quick journey through the 2019 festival and hopefully stands as an invitation for those yearning to come home to Little Sweden.
Long before the Dala Horse was a signature art form in Lindsborg, the handcrafted toy was carved by woodsmen in Sweden for their children to enjoy. Watch the video to meet the some of the people who are carrying on the Swedish tradition of Dalahäst craftsmanship here in Lindsborg.
After several weather related delays, the Smoky Valley Track and Field team wrapped up a successful weekend at the 2019 Kansas State Track and Field Meet. The boys team finished second in 3A with 50 points, while the girls finished third in 3A with 46 points …(Read more)
The City of Lindsborg’s youth soccer program continues to be a springboard for learning and growing on the soccer field. Recreation Director Beth Ferguson says, “We have a great connection with the Bethany soccer program.” (Read more)
Erik Peterson’s ancestors broke ground near New Gottland in 1876 and the Petersons have been farming and raising livestock in the Smoky Valley ever since. President Grover Cleveland signed their paperwork for a quarter section of land as part of the Homestead Act in 1885 to finalize the deed … (Read more)
Track and field athletes from around the area descended on Lindsborg Friday to compete in the the Smoky Valley Invitational held on the campus of Bethany College. Our photo feature by Gracie Lott is a glimpse at some of the competition centered on classic events …(Read more)
Brandon Draper was born to keep the beat. “Before I could walk I was thumping my leg in the crib, so my mom called me Thumper,” he said. The live music will cap off a busy Friday evening in Lindsborg as the 3rd Annual Jazz Walk … (article and video here)
Just how does a tradition like this get started, anyway? Nine years ago, a few brave waffle people stood on Main Street, inviting folks to eat waffles after church on a Sunday morning … (article and video here)
It’s where kids will stand to watch parades, husbands will wait for wives to finish shopping and conversations between visitors and locals will link the past to present. When completed, a number of new metal benches from Dauer Welding and Machine will grace the downtown walks and other locations around Lindsborg with a place to rest and feel welcomed … (Read more)
Välkommen turned into a hearty aloha in Lindsborg over the weekend after a Swedish Luau broke out downtown. Merchants and a few big kahunas helped plan the first ever crossover event that celebrates the warmth of the Hawaiian culture during the cold winter in Little Sweden … (Read more)