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Bob Lind, Published July 29 2013

Neighbors: Calling all Berlin, N.D., natives

Heads up, you who hail from the Berlin, N.D., area. You may be able to help someone.

Leora (Trenary) Anderson writes in, asking if any older readers of The Forum from that area knew people by the names of Coleman, Fradet or Hank Rudolph in the 1930s and 1940s time frame and have snapshots of their farmsteads.

“I grew up on a farm 1½ miles south of Berlin, just south of the Fradet place,” Leora writes. “My cousins, Clara, Margie and Doris Osborn, lived briefly on all of these farms, but do not seem to have pictures of any of those farmsteads.”

Anyone having the pictures Leora seeks can write to her at 11626 59th St. S.E., Fort Ransom, ND 58033, or email her at lanebike@yahoo.com.

Accomplished educator

Speaking of Fort Ransom, here’s another item about someone with ties to that community.

Some time ago, Neighbors carried a story about artist Lorraine Berger, of Minneapolis.

The story mentioned that she lived in several area communities while growing up. That’s because, Lorraine writes, her father, Fred E. Berger, was a lifelong educator who was invited to apply for better and better positions, which he accepted.

Fred was the son of the Rev. A. H. and Karin Marie (Strinden)

Berger, of Fort Ransom.

Fred taught in Glenfield, N.D., Blackduck and Remer, Minn., Larimore, N.D., and Minneapolis.

He went on to become a school superintendent, an educational director of the Minnesota Civilian Conservation Corps camps, a Red Cross field director 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 he retired.

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

And well she should.

If you have an item of interest for this column, mail it to Neighbors, The Forum, Box 2020, Fargo, ND 58107; fax it to 241-5487; or e-mail blind@forumcomm.com