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Bob Lind, Published April 14 2013

Neighbors: Berger boys sure made their mark

Lorraine Berger has every reason to be proud of her father.

He was a man who, with his family, moved around a lot because he was continually offered better positions in the field of education.

A story about Lorraine, of Minneapolis, appeared here last Christmas in a column telling of her own career as an educator and as an artist; her paintings have been displayed in Fargo, Bismarck and around the country.

But it’s of her father, Fred E. Berger, that Lorraine writes.

Fred was born in 1904 to the Rev. A.H. and Karin (Strinden) Berger, Fort Ransom, N.D.

He was a lifelong educator who taught at McHenry, N.D., then became school superintendent in Glenfield, N.D.

He went on to become educational director of the Minnesota Civilian Conservation Corps camps, a field director for the American Red Cross during World War II, a full professor at the University of Minnesota and director of that university’s Nolte Center for Continuing Education for 25 years before retiring. He died about 1988.

“I have always been very proud of my dad’s accomplishments and honors,” Lorraine says.

Very likely Fred’s sister is, too. She’s Edna Revland, who lives in Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo.

By the way, his brother also made a name for himself in education.

He was the late L.E. Berger, a teacher who became superintendent of schools in West Fargo for 25 years and for whom the L.E. Berger Elementary School there is named.

L.E. retired in 1972, taught at North Dakota State University and was twice elected to the North Dakota House of Representatives.

No question, those Berger boys made their mark.


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