Ringsted, IA

Town in Emmet County, IA

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Ringsted calendar coming soon! Event on Sep 03, 2018
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Sponsors of Ringsted, IA

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About Ringsted, IA

Located in Emmet County, the town of Ringsted, Iowa has a population of about 422 people and is known for its Danish-Lutheran heritage. The St. Ansgar Danish Lutheran Church was organized by the city’s original founders in 1882.

In 1894, a theological debate erupted when factions within the national Danish-Lutheran community argued whether activities such as dancing were biblically endorsed. A primary question became whether the Bible or the Apostle’s Creed held sway as God’s truest word. The Danish Lutheran community divided into two groups nicknamed the “Happy Danes” and the “Sad Danes.” Not until 113 years later in 2007 were the two Lutheran factions reunited into the United Lutheran Church.

Ringsted gained particular notoriety in the 1940s when a folk-dance group called “The Happy Dancing Danes” popularized the Lutheran leader N. F. S. Grundtvig’s belief that “amusements such as dancing, dramatics, songs, games, reading of novels and card playing… festivals and celebrations of a social and national character” weren’t necessarily spiritually wrong.

Businesses of Ringsted, IA

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Community Organizations of Ringsted, IA

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Events of Ringsted, IA

The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Organizations of Ringsted, IA

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Points of Interest of Ringsted, IA

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Emmet County, IA

Visit our county page and you will find information about our town and county's points of interest, festivals/events and faith community. You also will learn about the community organizations that have built and continue to build strong communities (chambers, community groups, and departments, etc) and much more when you visit the Emmet County, IA page.

Veterans of Emmet County, IA

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