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Kala and Jonathan Kvernen, who recently moved from Fargo to North Carolina, had their friend, Jon Bertsch, of Mapleton, N.D., officiate their wedding. Special to The Forum

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FARGO – Jon Bertsch didn’t set out to officiate weddings.

But a joke between friends led to a meaningful wedding for a former Fargo couple and a bit of a calling for the Mapleton farmer.


Kala Kvernen, 24, said she and her husband, Jonathan, didn’t like the idea of a big, scripted, traditional wedding.

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Tracy Frank
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