Lutefisk meal draws hundreds to Emmons

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(ABC 6 News) – Emmons is a town of about 350 people. Tuesday, one local church served up a meal that draws in close to a thousand people.

The main course is lutefisk. Lutefisk is a jelly-like fish dish made of cod soaked in lye.

It’s a Norwegian meal had around the holidays, and organizers at Emmons Lutheran Church say very few places still serve lutefisk, which is why their annual dinner draws in such a crowd.

“You know, it brings back memories from home. They were raised and had it every fall,” said Imogene Opdahl, a chairman of an Emmons Lutheran committee.

“This fits really well into what we do as a church to serve our community and serve our neighbors,” added church Pastor Ryan Henkel.

Emmons Lutheran has been serving up lutefisk for over 60 years because Emmons has a large Norwegian population.

Proceeds go towards the church’s annual budget.