Linda Hofstad Helleland
Norway’s Minister of Culture
Born 26 August 1977 in Klæbu, Sør-Trøndelag
Ms Helleland was appointed Minister of Culture on 16 December 2015.
She joined the cabinet from the Storting (the Norwegian parliament), where she chaired the Standing Committee on Transport and Communications.
The Minister of Culture is responsible for cultural policy, church, religious and belief-related matters, media policy, sports policy, gaming and lottery regulation, and the coordination of government policy relating to the voluntary sector.
- Member, Trondheim City Council, 1999–2001
- Member, Klæbu Sparebank board of directors, 2004–2007
- Member, Sør-Trøndelags Idrettskrets board of directors, 2015–2015
- Organizational Secretary, National Federation of Young Conservatives, 2000–2001
- Care assistant at Radiumhospitalet, 2001 (part-time)
- Information and Press Officer, Conservative Party Parliamentary Party Group and Conservative Party Central Board, 2007–2009
Working beside many a great man, one can often find, an even greater woman such as, Nancy Stang, widow of Seattle’s former Norwegian Consul Emeritus Thomas A. Stang. Nancy was born in Hellesvik, Helgeland, in the Nordland fylke of Norway and lived on a farm at Sundoy near Sandnessjoen. She came to Poulsbo with her parents and brother in 1949. Since she didn’t speak English at that time, it was very embarrassing for 12yearold Nancy to have to start 1st grade when she should have been in the 5th grade. She completed her education on time with others her own age at North Kitsap High School, graduating in the top 10 of her class for which she received a Scholarship to attend Olympic Junior College in Bremerton. Nancy was employed at the Bremerton Sun for two years before moving to Seattle in 1959. She worked for Greyhound as a secretary and later in the charter bus department until the summer of 1962.
Tom and Nancy met at his sister’s 21st birthday party in 1959 and were married on September 2, 1961. Nancy started working for Stang Travel in June 1962. She eventually expanded the business to include commercial accounts and making travel arrangements to all parts of the world. Stang Travel received the Royal Viking travel award every year as one of the top producing agents in the USA for SAS. Her first love is of course Norway. She greatly enjoyed assisting people wishing to visit the birth places of their ancestors as well as experience the midnight sun and Norway’s beautiful fjords. She often assisted people in their research in locating the small villages for family farms of ancestors and also helped make contact with their relatives in Norway.
Nancy has been a member of Valkyrien Lodge #1 Daughters of Norway since 1964 and a member of Leif Erikson Lodge Sons of Norway since 1971.
Arlene (Wangensteen/Sandvig) Templin
Arlene is the daughter of Knute Wangensteen, from Vang i Valdres, Norway and Inger (Sandvig) Wangensteen whose parents were from Tau, Norway (across from Stavanger) and has lived in Seattle for many years. She and her husband, Ernest (Ernie) Templin, have three children: Bruce & Kris Templin and Victoria Sangrey Hunter as well as a daughter and soninlaw, five grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. Arlene carries on all the Norwegian traditions for the family including lutefisk every Christmas Eve. Her passion for her heritage leads her to many Norwegian organizations and thousands of volunteer hours.
In 1973, as co-President for the Ballard Youth Band, she and Director, Dr. Alf Knudsen, and others, were invited to a dinner with the Mayor of Stavanger on the 17th of May. The band marched in the parade that day and she received a Stavanger plate from the Mayor. It was a tremendous honor. In 1989, Arlene joined the 17th of May Committee as a representative of The Norwegian Ladies Chorus of Seattle, of which she has been a member and past president for over 30 years. The day she joined; the 17th of May Committee asked her to be Treasurer, a position she has held for over 25 years, minus the two years she was Chairperson of the committee. In addition, Arlene has been a member of the Leif Erikson Lodge for over 30 years and an office volunteer on Mondays. She spent nine years on the LEBA board, seven years on the LEL board and was honored as Woman of the Year Award by the lodge. She is also a member of Norwegian Commercial Club, Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce and the Nordic Heritage Museum.