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Norwegian Home Guard officers hit the airwaves

CAMP RIPLEY, Minn " The Norwegians took to the air, the air waves that is, in order to discuss this year's 39th Annual Norwegian Exchange program on KLTF's "Party Line" radio show broadcasting out of Little Falls, Minn
 
Appearing on the air were Norwegian Home Guard officers: Lt. Col. Vidar Dahl, the officer-in-charge of the Norwegian contingent, Lt. Col. Per-Ivar Evjenth Norman, Lt. Col. Trond Rayner Thomassen and Lt. Col. Vigdis Osbak

The Norwegian officers were accompanied by Lt. Col. Jennifer Flikke and Maj Kim Venable of the Minnesota National Guard  "This was a really neat experience for our Norwegian guests as they got to experience what "live" talk radio shows are like in Central Minnesota," said Venable"I used to listen to this program all the time while I was growing up in the Little Falls area" 

Steve Vanslooten and station owner Chris Grams hosted the show Ron Specker, morning announcer at KLTF, produced the show  The Party Line program has been on the air for 40 years and can be heard from 10-11 am Monday through Friday  Interesting guests and great recipes make it Little Falls' most listened-to program
 


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Dahl had this to say of the program, "It was great fun to talk to the hosts about Norway and the Norwegian Exchange program  Next time we are on the air we will have to bring some recipes to share" 

Questions for the Norwegian officers covered topics about food, culture, geography and the weather in Norway The guests also talked about their time in Minnesota and how much they enjoyed training with the Minnesota National Guard 

This year marks the 39th iteration of the exchange program between the Minnesota National Guard and the Norwegian Home Guard  Plans are already underway to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the exchange program in 2013 

14 Feb, 2012
Maj John Donovan
Camp Ripley Public Affairs Officer




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