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Published July 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Orvin G. Hagen

Orvin Gerhardt Hagen was born July 14, 1921 to Agnes (Melhus) and Thomas O. Hagen in Bottineau County the 4th of 9 children. His family moved to Rolette County when he was a young boy where he attended Beaver Dam School. During this time he spent 2 years taking care of his Grandpa Ole and Grandma Gro Hagen and was schooled at Look Lake #2, Bottineau County while living with them. He was determined to get a high school education and did earn his G.E.D. from Bottineau High School many years later in 1957.

On his 11th birthday, July 14, 1932, The International Peace Garden was dedicated and he and his whole family attended the occasion, never ever dreaming that some day he would be known as “The Flower Guy from the Peace Garden” or “Mr. Peace Garden” – after working there for 30 years.

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