WILLISTON, N.D. – First Lutheran Church in Williston hosted what organizers believe is one of the largest lutefisk dinners in the state this weekend.
The church served one ton of the Norwegian delicacy Saturday to locals, new residents to the oil boom community and people who traveled from afar for the codfish.
“People just come from all over for it,” said Ron Lund, a longtime cook for the event.
Byron Trowbridge, better known as Hambone the Mailman, ate two plates filled with lutefisk and followed it up with meatballs and potatoes for dessert.
“I never used to like it but I kept eating it and boy I really like it now,” he said.
Visitors immediately noticed the smell of the codfish prepared with lye as they entered the church Saturday night. In recent years, the church replaced its air exchange system, so the smell goes away within a week, Kjos said.
“Before that, it used to last about a month,” he said.