Alan J. Bartels

Polk County lies north of York County along the Platte River. Osceola, population 800, serves as its county seat and is approximately 20 miles north of York. Nearby Stromsburg is known as the “Swede Capital of Nebraska.” This community of 1,200 people celebrates its heritage with traditional Swedish storefronts and two annual events: the Swedish Midsommar Festival and Swedish Steel. 

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  • Townhouse

    Townhouse is a gift store in the Victor Anderson Building in downtown Stromsburg. Other unique shopping destinations are found in the same historic building....

  • Stromsburg Civic Center

    The Stromsburg Civic Center is a community gathering place located in the restored 1929 former Stromsburg High School. Weddings, reunions and other special events take place in the full-size gymnasium ...

  • Swedish Midsommar Festival

    Swedish heritage comes alive for three days in June with Stromsburg’s Swedish Midsommar Festival. Residents don costumes of yellow and blue – the colors of the Swedish flag – and ...

  • 4th Street Coffee House

    On the north end of Stromsburg's town square, 4th Street Coffee House serves fruit smoothies, iced lattes, cinnamon hazelnut coffee and white chocolate mochas. There is occasional live music. ...

  • Swedish Steel

    Swedish Steel is the latest event to draw throngs of Swedes to Stromsburg. It is the largest metal art event in Nebraska with more than 30 vendors showing and selling ...

  • Frocks & Flowers

    Frocks & Flowers is a women’s clothing boutique and flower store in the Victor Anderson Building in downtown Stromsburg....

  • Spindle, Shuttle and Needle

    The sight of a spinning wheel in a storefront window in Stromsburg sparks curiosity seekers to walk into Spindle, Shuttle and Needle. Owner Kelsey Patton is always happy to ...

  • Rose Colored Glass

    Many interesting businesses make their homes in Stromsburg, and a bunch are on that busy town square. The Rose Colored Glass wine tasting room is in the Victor Anderson ...

  • Unlimited Welding

    Unlimited Welding’s imaginative metal creations take on a variety of shapes. In the back of the building, which retains the classic architecture of the 1950s-era Chrysler dealership it ...

  • The Economy Hometown Market

    Swedish heritage reveals itself in many unique flavors at the Economy Hometown Market in Stromsburg. Meat cutter Mike Branting’s store is well-known for its lutefisk, pickled herring, lingonberries, ...

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