Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Join the Team and Make a Difference with Sons of Norway

Sons of Norway Seeks Insurance New Business Representative

Sons of Norway of Minneapolis, MN is seeking a New Business Representative that will assist in our Insurance Services Division. 

About us:
Sons of Norway  has been in the business of selling annuity and life insurance products since 1895.  Since then we have grown to become a $360 million Fraternal Life Insurance company that serves 60,000 members in nearly 400 communities throughout North America and Norway.  We are headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and have agents selling insurance and servicing members throughout the United States.

Job Summary:
This position is primarily responsible for processing of new applications, ordering requirements as part of the underwriting process, and generating insurance contracts after the application has been approved.  This position communicates regularly with our agents and outside vendors during the application, underwriting and issue process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Summary of core duties and responsibilities. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Prepares and completes  initial set up process for all annuity and life applications.
  • Perform the initial underwriting review of all annuity and life applications, and when appropriate, will take them through the approval process.
  • Order the underwriting requirements as directed by the underwriter.
  • Coordinate all communications for 1035 exchanges, rollovers and transfers.
  • Upon application approval, generates policy pages for distribution to the agents and delivery to the clients. 
  • Share responsibility for processing all new business mail.
  • Manage vendor websites by receipting and distributing underwriting requirements.
  • Reinsurance Administration.
  • Commission and Production maintenance for the agents.

Job Requirements:
·         Undergraduate degree preferred.  Associates degree required.
·         5+  years demonstrated knowledge and experience related to Insurance processes and procedures preferred.
·         Strong Technical aptitude.  Ability to analyze and use various computer software programs with minimal direction.  Intermediate Microsoft Word and Excel preferred.
·         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
·         Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to effectively work with both internal and external customers.
·         Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
·         While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk.  The employee is frequently required to use hands.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

To Apply:
Please submit your cover letter, salary requirements and resume to:
Sons of Norway
Attn: Diane Gill
1455 West Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Or Email:

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Jarle Bernhoft Up for a Grammy

You may recognize Oslo-born musician Jarle Bernhoft’s name from Viking’s January issue in which we asked Norwegian notables about their favorite places to dine, shop and play in their home country. Check out his favorites, including Oslo's Rockefeller Music Hall, Credo restaurant and the Henie-Onstad Art Center, on page 23.

Last spring, Bernhoft released his third full-length studio album, “Islander,” to rave reviews. The album is nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award in the R&B category. It’s the first time a non-American artist has received a nod in the category’s 20-year history. Tune in to the Grammy Awards on February 8, 2015, to see if he wins!

Photo: Fred Jonny

If you’re in Scandinavia this winter, catch Bernhoft on tour in Norway and Sweden through March and stay up-to-date by following him on Facebook and Twitter. 

Anya Britzius is editor of Viking magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and enjoys baking, reading and keeping up on modern Norwegian trends.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Founders' Day!

Happy Sons of Norway Founders' Day!

It was on this day 120 years ago that 18 Norwegian immigrants came together in Minneapolis, MN to form a mutual assistance group that would support their community members in times of tragedy. Since then, Sons of Norway has grown exponentially and you are now part of an international organization with a network of members and lodges throughout North America and Norway.

As I reflect on the occasion, I can't help but wonder if our founders could ever have conceived the notion that their small, community-based group would one day grow into the Fraternal Life Insurance company we know today?

So, in honor of Founders' Day, I encourage you to spend time out in the community today wearing your membership pin and talking to friends and neighbors about Sons of Norway. You can tell them about the member benefits, philanthropic opportunities or financial products offered exclusively to members, as well as the great work being done by your lodge. 

Above all, today is an opportunity to celebrate our founders, show pride in our heritage and boast about all the great things Sons of Norway does in your community. 

In closing, on behalf of everyone at the Sons of Norway Headquarters, I wish you a happy Founders' Day and offer my heartfelt appreciation for your dedication to the organization. 

Thursday, January 15, 2015

"The Imitation Game" Nabs 8 Oscar Nominations

This year’s Academy Award nominations were announced this morning, and Norwegian director Morten Tyldum’s film
“The Imitation Game” has a shot at winning eight Oscars. Here’s as recap of the categories in which the film is nominated:

• Best picture
• Best director (Morten Tyldum)
• Best actor (Benedict Cumberbatch)
• Best supporting actress (Keira Knightley)
• Best adapted screen play
• Best film editing
• Best original score
• Best production design

The film tells the story of British mathematician, cryptanalyst and war hero Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch). During World War II, he created a machine that cracked the codes of Germany’s Enigma and saved millions of lives. His work generated a field of research into "Turing Machines"—what we know today as computers. The film is based on Andrew Hodge’s book, “Alan Turing: The Enigma.”
Photo: Jack English courtesy of Black Bear Pictures
Tyldum has directed several films in his native Norway, including the BAFTA-nominated “Headhunters,” but “The Imitation Game” is his English- language directing debut. Early in the process, filmmakers were excited to welcome him to the project.
Photo: Jack English courtesy of Black Bear Pictures

In the film’s production notes, Teddy Schwarzman, head of film production and financing company Black Bear Pictures, knew Tyldum was the man for the job: “Ultimately it was a Norwegian who blew me away with his true understanding of the characters. Morten Tyldum knew what was driving everybody in the story and that it was a story of love and loss and triumph.”

Screenwriter Graham Moore was also thrilled for Tyldum to join the production: "I never dreamed that we would end up with a director with the level of skill and craft that Morten brings to this movie. From the first second I sat down with him, I left the meeting and called everyone else and said 'It has to be this guy. This is the director of the film. He just got it and so instinctively.'"
Benedict Cumberbatch and director Morten Tyldum on set.
Photo: Jack English Courtesy of Black Bear Pictures

“The Imitation Game” is no stranger to award nominations, as it also garnered five Golden Globe and three Screen Actor Guild Award nominations earlier this winter. Check out the Academy Awards to see the results on February 22, 2015.

Have you seen the film? What did you think?

Anya Britzius is editor of Viking magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and enjoys baking, reading and keeping up on modern Norwegian trends.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Upcoming Film Festival

If you’re in the Seattle area, check out the sixth annual Nordic Lights Film Festival from January 15-18, 2015, presented by The Nordic Heritage Museum. Features, documentaries and short films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden will be shown at SIFF Film Center.

“The Nordic Lights Film Festival is one of the Museum’s most compelling programs,” said Nordic Heritage Museum CEO Eric Nelson. “By screening films that are both critically-acclaimed and wildly popular in the Nordic countries, we are able to connect our community to this intriguing component of contemporary Nordic culture.”

 One heartwarming film is a Norwegian documentary called The Optimists/Optimistene, which follows an extraordinary Hamar volleyball team consisting of ladies between 66 and 98 years of age. Director Gunhild Westhagen Magnor and cast member Anne-Grethe Westhagen will be attending the screening and the opening reception.

Festival passes are available for purchase. Prices are: $65 for the general public and $55 for Nordic Heritage Museum and SIFF Members. Single-ticket admission is $8 for Nordic Heritage Museum Members and SIFF Members; $12 for the general public. Check out the festival page and purchase tickets here. 

Anya Britzius is editor of Viking magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and enjoys baking, reading and keeping up on modern Norwegian trends.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Viking's Travel Issue

Happy New Year from Viking magazine! Our January issue is all about travel, and we couldn’t be more excited to start 2015 off by sharing some Norwegian destination inspiration. In the issue, we highlight Norway’s wildlife safaris, Bergen and recommendations from three notable Norwegians—chef and television host Andreas Viestad, Olympic snowboarder Silje Norendal and musician Jarle Bernhoft. 

If you need even more reasons to set your travel plans in motion, check out this link for stunning photos of Norway’s landscape. Let the travel planning begin!

Anya Britzius is editor of Viking magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, Minn., and enjoys baking, reading and keeping up on modern Norwegian trends.