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College professors. A photographer for a major magazine. An editor for another top magazine. A seminary president and a seminary student. A big-city mayor.

College professors. A photographer for a major magazine. An editor for another top magazine. A seminary president and a seminary student. A big-city mayor.

These and many other men and women once worked in The Forum newsroom, then went on to successful careers elsewhere in journalism or in other fields.

Some worked in the newsroom part-time, often while attending Fargo-Moorhead colleges. For others, a Forum newsroom job was their first real step into the working world.

A sampling of Forum newsroom "graduates:"

- Ralph O. Nafziger was an editorial writer for the old Fargo Tribune and the editor of the Enderlin (N.D.) Independent, then became a reporter for the Forum for several years.


Nafziger left the Forum in 1923, worked for the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, then returned to the University of Wisconsin, his alma mater, for graduate study.

During World War II, he headed the media division of the Office of War Information in Washington, D.C.

He later operated the University of Wisconsin News Bureau, taught journalism at Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota, then was named director of the School of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin.

- Arthur Naftalin worked for The Forum while he was a student at North Dakota State University. He left the paper in 1936 when he transferred to the University of Minnesota.

He was chairman of the social studies program at Minnesota for a few years, then he jumped into politics.

He ran Hubert Humphrey's campaign for mayor of Minneapolis in 1943, helped Humphrey merge the Farmer-Labor and Democratic parties and was elected mayor of Minneapolis in 1961.

He served as mayor for eight years, then returned to the university as a professor of public affairs.

- Glenn R. Parson came to The Forum from Grand Forks, N.D., and became its night editor in the late 1920s.


Parson and his wife Ruby moved to Minot where he was associated with a radio station, then worked for the Daily News.

He went on to work for newspapers in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Both he and Ruby worked for the military during World War II. After the war, they were living in Berlin when the Russians blockaded the city. Parson's articles about the blockade and the Berlin Airlift were carried in many newspapers.

He concluded his career as a writer for the San Francisco Examiner.

- Dave Kolpack, now the Associated Press correspondent in Fargo, was a Forum reporter for several years.

Kolpack was The Forum's sports correspondent in Grand Forks while he was attending the University of North Dakota from 1978 to 1982, and he worked on the sports desk those summers.

He was a reporter for the Watertown (S.D.) Public Opinion from 1982 to 1984, covered sports for the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune from 1984 to 1989, then joined The Forum, covering sports and other news until 2002, when he joined the AP in Bismarck. He became the AP correspondent in Fargo this year; his office is in The Forum building.

His late father, Ed, was Forum sports editor for many years. Father-and-son worked together for eight months shortly before Ed's death.


Kolpack's brother, Jeff, is a current Forum sports writer.

- Richard Hegrenes was a Forum reporter in the early 1950s.

He was named managing director of the 3M Company in Switzerland in 1977.

- Nick Kelsh, a Fargo native, was a photo intern at the Forum in 1974 while he was attending NDSU.

He transferred to the University of Missouri, from which he gained an internship with National Geographic magazine.

He became a photographer for newspapers in Missouri and Washington, then, after working for the Philadelphia Inquirer, started his own business doing corporate publications and free-lance photography.

He was one of the photographers who shot pictures for the book, "A Day in the Life of China."

American Photographer magazine named him one of six "who show promise of making a significant contribution to photography in the years ahead" in 1979, when he was 25.

- Charles R. "Chuck" Johnson, of Williston, N.D., was on The Forum sports staff from 1948 to 1952, when he joined the Milwaukee Journal.

Johnson spent 34 years with the Journal, eight of them as sports editor.

He covered the Green Bay Packers for 16 years and wrote two books about the team.

- Andrea Berninger was a writer for Rage, a Forum entertainment section, in 1995. She became a Forum features intern in 1996, wrote freelance features from then until 1999, then worked full-time in the features department from 2000 to 2002, primarily covering entertainment.

Berninger was born in Fargo and grew up in Moorhead and in Madison, Wis.

She now is a teaching assistant at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., teaching exercise classes while pursuing a master's degree in exercise science. She also writes travel articles for a Seattle-based magazine.

- Alma Riggle, of New Rockford, N.D., joined The Forum in 1926 as a reporter whose primary interest was feature writing, after working for newspapers in Hibbing, Virginia and Duluth, Minn.

Publisher Norman B. Black referred to Riggle as "our special writer." As such, she was given the responsibility of interviewing many Very Important Persons who came to Fargo.

She later was named The Forum's reviewer of plays, books and operas, left the paper to live in Hollywood, then was rehired by The Forum to edit its Sunday paper.

She also did freelance writing, including articles for an aviation publication when airplanes were still relatively new.

Riggle moved to Oregon where she wrote for Pacific Northwest and other publications.

- Steve Aakre, of Hawley, Minn., interned at The Forum in 1974, then joined the staff in 1975.

Aakre's beats included Clay County government and sheriff's department, the Moorhead Police Department and Minnesota district courts.

He left The Forum in 1978 to attend law school and now is an attorney in Fargo.

- Gerry Vuchetich, Apple Valley, Minn., was a photographer for The Forum from 1973 to 1984.

Vuchetich was born and raised in Brainerd, Minn. He graduated from Bemidji (Minn.) State College in 1973 with a mass communications degree.

After he left The Forum, he worked for the University of Minnesota for 14 years, serving as department photographer and assistant sports information officer for women's intercollegiate athletics and as the information director for the women's swimming and diving team and women's golf team.

In 1998 he opened Midwest Photo Agency, which he still operates, focusing on sports, but also doing special corporate projects. He also was the first director of photography for Varsity Photos Inc., Burnsville, Minn.

Vuchetich also is attending Bethel Theological Seminary, Arden Hills, Minn., working on a master's of divinity degree. He is a volunteer chaplain at Fairview Ridges Hospital, Burnsville, Minn.

- A husband-and-wife team, Chris Sprung and DeAnne Hilgers met in 1988 when they were hired as Forum interns to help with a special project concerning the North Dakota centennial. They later were hired to work on the night desk and moved into reporting positions. They were married in 1991.

Sprung worked in the Moorhead office, covering Moorhead and Clay County. He also wrote a book The Forum published about the 1997 flood. He later became chief of The Forum's bureau in St. Paul.

In 2001, he became a communications officer with Minnesota's Department of Trade and Economic Development. His duties include writing speeches for the governor and other high-ranking state officials.

Hilgers covered religion, Cass County and Fargo government while at The Forum. She left in 1997 to attend law school. She clerked for Justice Russell Anderson of the Minnesota Supreme Court for a year, and now works for Lindquist & Vennum, a 160-lawyer firm in Minneapolis. She focuses on antitrust and commercial litigation and assists employers with immigration-related manner. She also does a considerable amount of pro bono (no fee) work in immigration.

- Another husband-and-wife team, Virgil "Pete" Larson and Jan Jelleberg, also met in The Forum newsroom.

Larson, who had been a reporter and news anchor at KTHI-TV (now KVLY), Fargo, joined The Forum in 1968 as a night copy editor/reporter. He later became a Moorhead reporter. He was named night copy desk editor in 1975.

Jelleberg joined The Forum in 1970 as food editor/writer. She worked in what was called the "Living" section as a reporter, copy editor and page designer. Then she was assigned the Fargo schools, city parks and North Dakota statewide education as her beats.

Larson and Jelleberg were married in 1974.

They left The Forum in 1980 when Larson received a fellowship for journalists in Asian studies at the University of Hawaii. He then became news editor for the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald, while Jelleberg taught at the University of North Dakota journalism school, freelanced for the Herald and then worked there full-time in its "Living" section.

The couple moved to Omaha, Neb., in 1985. Larson became the city editor in charge of Sunday local news for the Omaha World-Herald. He later was named editor for business in 1998 and now is a business writer and a senior editor.

Jelleberg has been a reporter for a suburban Omaha weekly, the editor/general manager of another suburban weekly, managing editor of an Omaha-based bridal magazine and news editor of a publication in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

- Cathy Jelsing, a native of Worthington, Minn., joined The Forum in 1987 as the entertainment writer. She later was named features editor.

After five years in that position, she left The Forum in 2001 to become a grant writer for the Trollwood Performing Arts School. She has been the senior feature writer for North Dakota State University Relations since 2002.

- Wallace "Wally" Lindell, the longtime Forum city editor who was a key figure in organizing the coverage of the 1957 Fargo tornado, became press secretary to Secretary of Agriculture Orville Freeman, a former governor of Minnesota, in 1967.

Lindell later worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

- Chuck Klosterman was an entertainment writer for The Forum from 1994 to 1998.

Klosterman later became a critic-at-large for the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and now is a senior writer for Spin magazine in New York.

He has written two books: "Fargo Rock City: A Heavy Metal Odyssey in Rural North Dakota" and "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto."

- Edward K. Thompson, who was editor of Life magazine in its prime years, was Forum night editor in the late 1920s.

He left The Forum to join the Milwaukee Journal , became managing editor of Life in 1949 and was named the magazine's editor in 1961.

Life publisher Henry Luce called Thompson "one of the great editors of America."

- Lloyd Svendsbye worked in The Forum newsroom before his graduation from Concordia College in 1951.

He went on to become president of Northwestern Lutheran Seminary and Luther Seminary, both in St. Paul.

- George Rulon worked in The Forum sports department while he was attending North Dakota State University.

He became national director of American Legion baseball, with headquarters in Indianapolis.

- Sarah Coomber, a reporter for The Forum from 1997 to 2001, now is working on a master's of fine arts degree in creative non-fiction writing at Eastern Washington University, Spokane.

- Kevin Carvell, of Mott, N.D., worked at The Forum from 1971 to 1981, with one year off to serve as an assistant professor of journalism at the University of North Dakota.

Carvell initially covered Fargo City Hall. He then became The Forum's North Dakota political reporter. Later, he became a copy editor.

He now is district director for Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., in Dorgan's Fargo office.

- Nancy Edmonds Hanson, who was a Forum reporter from 1967 to 1974, went on to become a magazine writer and editor, a writer and publisher of books, a television producer and advertising executive.

She has written five photo-essay books on North Dakota, published in collaboration with North Dakota Horizons magazine.

She and her husband Russ Hanson own Hanson Photo Video Communications, Fargo.

- John Sundvor, who was with The Forum from 1971 to 2000, is a media consultant for a public affairs law firm in St. Paul, representing, among others, the Coalition of Great Minnesota Cities.

Sundvor was a reporter for The Forum, headed the Moorhead bureau, then opened The Forum's capitol office in St. Paul in 1990.

- Cal Olson, of Sioux City, Iowa, and Grand Rapids, Minn., was with The Forum from 1950 to 1976 other than for a one-year leave of absence when he served as editor in residence at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Olson first was a news photographer. He was named chief photographer in 1957, special projects editor in 1967, city editor in 1968 and then managing editor in the early 1970s.

He left The Forum in 1976 to become executive producer for KFME-TV, Fargo, for which he also anchored a weekly news magazine, "Spin."

He went on to become editor of the Sioux City Journal from 1978 until he retired in 1989.

He was national director of marketing for the Service Corps of Retired Executives from 1993 to 1995.

He has been editing "The New Calliope," the official journal of Clowns of America International, for 15 years.

Olson twice was elected president of the National Press Photographers Association.

- Cathy McMullen, Cal Olson's daughter, interned in The Forum newsroom in 1980 and joined the features department, which then was called Lifestyle, in 1981. She wrote Lifestyle stories and editorial page columns.

Since she left The Forum in 1994, McMullen has earned a master's degree in writing and literature from Bennington (Vt.) College and now is teaching writing and journalism courses at Concordia College, where she is a tenured assistant professor.

She was instrumental in launching a print journalism program at Concordia in 1999.

- Photographer Leo Kim interned at The Forum in 1972, then worked as a part-time photographer for two years.

After graduating from North Dakota State University in 1975, he was a photographer and graphic designer for 10 years.

He now has his own commercial photography business in Minneapolis.

Kim recently published a book titled "North Dakota: Prairie Landscapes."

- Mike Lien, a Fargo native, was The Forum's photo chief in 1967. He was named the National Press Photographers Association press photographer of the year in 1966.

In 1968, he was named a photographer in the New York Times' Washington bureau.

He was killed in a car accident in 1977 in Baltimore.

- Al Gonsorowski was a Forum sportswriter, then a copy editor and page layout editor from 1979 to 2001.

He now operates Federal Express routes in Ft. Collins, Colo., and officiates at sports events there, as he did in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

- Sylvia Paine Lindman, who worked at The Forum from 1973 to 1976 and from 1978 to 1982, was born in Detroit Lakes, Minn., and grew up there and in Battle Lake, Minn.

At The Forum, Lindman was a clerk-typist, assistant librarian, city desk news assistant, women's desk reporter, food editor, Clay County reporter, Fargo police reporter, arts reporter and arts and entertainment editor.

After leaving The Forum, she freelanced, then was the food editor/lifestyle reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.

She joined MSP Communications, for which she wrote for Mpls. St. Paul magazine, edited publications for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Minnesota Twins and was managing editor and later executive editor of Mpls. St. Paul magazine.

Lindman went on to be a writer/editor for a marketing agency, then spent five years as communications director for the McKnight Foundation.

She now lives in Portland, Ore., where she is self-employed, writing and editing for McKnight and for Oregon Health and Science University, as well as for a marketing communications company and other businesses.

- Jim Corcoran, of Casselton, N.D., was a Forum reporter from 1976 to 1985. His beats included West Fargo, Fargo school, the police, state higher education and federal courts.

Among the stories he covered was the Gordon Kahl shootout near Medina, N.D., in 1983. He later published a book, "Bitter Harvest," about the Kahl story; the book in turn was made into a TV movie. He also co-authored a book, "Gathering Storm: America's Militia Threat" and he has written several articles about domestic terrorism for a number of newspapers, including the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald and the Denver Post.

He has appeared on more than 200 regional, national and international TV and radio programs to discuss domestic terrorism.

Corcoran now is an assistant professor of communications at Simmons College, Boston.

- Ellen Voss, of Marion, N.D., worked for The Forum from 1978 to 1992 as copy editor, night editor and graphics editor.

Voss has worked for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution since then, first as graphics editor, then as Page One editor.

She was design desk director from 1995 to 1998; during which she also was editor for news about the Atlanta Olympic games.

She then was named presentation editor, became assistant features editor and now is director of content development.

Voss has been a judge for the Society of News Design international competition, has taught at the Poynter Institute, St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Cox Academy, based in Atlanta, and currently teaches career development and leadership at the Journal-Constitution.

She has won a number of Society of News Design awards and several other honors.

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