Rockford Lutheran students make Korv, keeping Swedish holiday tradition alive

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford Lutheran students learn how to make Swedish sausages, also known as Korv, as a way to keep a Swedish holiday tradition alive.

Dating as far back as the 1850's, many Swedish families would meet in the basement of churches across the Rockford region to make the holiday meat.

On Wednesday morning, more than 50 volunteers were able to make 2,500 pounds of Korv to serve to stateline families.

"This is something that has been handed down for several generations," said the Rev. Jane McChesney, pastor of First Lutheran Church in Rockford. "There's more to it than making a roll of sausage. We're making these links, and it links you to traditions and families that go way, way back. We lose so much of that these days."

The tradition became a part of Rockford's history in 1852 when Swedish families began calling the city their home.