An article from Vesterheim, Vol. 7, N0. 2, 2009 – That Old Norwegian Song and Dance.
In the year 1868, four young immigrants from Norway came together in Decorah, Iowa, to form a male quartet and sing the songs of their native land in four-part harmony. One of them, Hartvig Engbretson, was a native of the Norwegian capital city of Oslo, then called Christiania. Growing up in Christiania, he had enjoyed listening to a male choral society named Luren and proposed that the Decorah quartet should take that name as well. They did, and Luren has been singing Norwegian songs in Decorah, Iowa, ever since.