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Hall of Fame

Oak Grove Hall of Fame

Oak Grove is pleased to announce its 2017 class of Hall of Fame recipients. 

Clark Tufte
Clark Tufte, Former Faculty & Administrator
Inducted 2017

Dr. Clark Tufte first became acquainted with Oak Grove in 1951 when as a ninth grader from Ada, MN and a member of Bethany Lutheran Free Church, he attended a youth retreat on campus. It was a high point of his adolescence to be with others in a faith event and to learn that the Lutheran Free Church had a high school like Oak Grove and a “cathedral” like Pontoppidan. 

Clark earned a BA degree from Concordia College and a masters and doctorate in education at the University of North Dakota. He was a teacher in grades three through twelve for nineteen years; taught at the college level for twenty-six years, and served as a school administrator for eight years. 

During the years 1978-1980, while on leave from Concordia College where he taught courses in elementary education and served as chairman of the Education Department, he was called to serve at Oak Grove. During those two years he taught in and helped organize the newly established seventh and eighth grade program. He was called back to Oak Grove in 1993 to serve as academic dean. While dean, he also served as one of the junior high teachers. He served in this position for three years.

Clark’s passion is providing education for a child where developing faith is the central core. To quote him, “Faith formation is the important alternative that we offer. It is our reason for being. Early founders did not organize Oak Grove to have better science, math or English than other schools. They wanted a faith based education for their children. That is still a parent’s reason for sending a child here and is something that should happen here. That is why we teach here.”


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Inducted 2017

The 1982 Championship football team, coached by Curt Hagness, ended their season with a perfect 12-0 record and in post season play, became the North Dakota Class B 11-Man State Football Champions. They were the first Oak Grove football team to earn a state championship. Coach Hagness was awarded Coach of the Year for the State of North Dakota. Six players were also named All-Conference; Brian Durkop, Kevin Hamm, Kent Hannestad, Greg Mueller, Dan Bueide and Craig Clarin. 

Row 1: Jon Forkner, Tim Aronson, Greg Mueller, Brian Durkop, Kent Hannestad, Kevin Hamm, Dan Bueide, Brad Christensen, Paul Manley, Troy Sohljem.

Row 2 : Eric Sharbo, Mark Durkop, Steve Olson, Craig Clarin, Jeff Dutton, Shannon Erickson, Dave Todd, Marshall Forness, Dave Mueller.

Row 3: Dan Enebo, John Sharp, Barry Rahman, Troy Teigen, Mark Olson, Rick Klaus, Scott Scheer, Kris Gordon, Brett Morrison.

Row 4: Carter Anderson, Steve Hersrud, Dave Everson, Jay Liebert, Paul Miller, Todd Henderson, Mark Murphy, Jeff Schelinder.

Row 5 : Scott Jonas, Jim Fuglestad , Brian Berg, Clint Faust, Peter Sharbo, Bill Humphrey, Joey Solem, Brad Forness, Jeff Nichol, Dan Todd, John Blegen, Tim Murdock, Nick Christianson.

Back Row : Asst. Coach Morgan Forness, Head Coach Curt Hagness, Trainer Robert Fuglestad, Cheer leaders Kristen Murdock, Cheryl Refstal, Stacy Hersrud, Gloria Schwalm, Vicki Larson, Asst. Coach Steve Carnal, Asst. Coach John Liebert, Trainer Matt Leach. Not Pictured: Randy lwerks, Head Trainer.


Membership in the Hall of Fame is comprised of outstanding alumni, teachers, administrators and coaches who have made significant contributions to Oak Grove Lutheran School. Competition for election to the Oak Grove Hall of Fame reflects a very high standard. Those wishing to nominate individuals for induction should recognize the elite nature of this group.

Purpose of Award

The Hall of Fame will recognize those individuals who best exemplify the spirit, integrity and philosophy of Oak Grove Lutheran School. Alumni, faculty, staff, coaches and teams who have made significant contributions and have brought honor to Oak Grove Lutheran School are eligible for selection to the school’s Hall of Fame. We believe it is good and right to reaffirm Oak Grove’s mission and Christian philosophy through the recognition of these individuals.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

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Brian Berg
class of 1986

Brian was active in a wide variety of activities while attending Oak Grove. He played trumpet in the Oak Grove Band for four years and was a tenor in the Concert Choir for three years under the direction of his father, Arvid Berg. In 1986, he was involved in 11 solos and ensembles at the Regional and State Music Contest and received Star (superior) ratings in all 11 performances.
Following graduation in the spring of 1986, Brian entered the North Dakota National Guard, serving as a trumpet section leader in both the Jazz and Concert Bands as well as other ensembles. He served 20 years in the NDANG retiring in 2006 as a Staff Sergeant. In 1991, Brian graduated with a Bachelor or Architecture degree from North Dakota State University.

After graduating from NDSU, Brian began his architectural career with the firm that eventually became Mutchler Bartram Architects. In 2001, Brian left MBA to start a new architectural firm, Zerr Berg Architects, where he continues to practice today. Brian and his wife Marea, class of 1986 live in Fargo with their three children, Tyler, class of 2013, Justin, class of 2017 and Kara, class of 2020 and continue to be active in the Oak Grove Community.

Lindsey Leitner 
Class of 2001

Lindsey Leitner saw success in academics, athletics, music and leadership. She was a member of the Chapel and Concert Choirs as well as the National Honor Society. Lindsey was also crowned Homecoming Queen in 2000 and was the Valedictorian for the class of 2001.

Lindsey was an accomplished volleyball and basketball player. She played varsity volleyball for five years, was team captain for two seasons, and amassed numerous recognitions during her career including Most Valuable player, Top Defensive and Offensive player, Top Server and Most Dedicated player.

After high school, Lindsey attended college at Colorado State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Mars Hill and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Counseling Education and Supervision at NDSU. Lindsey credits her coaches and teachers for being instrumental in forming what she believes to be a call to work with kids. 

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Tracey Martin
Class of 1987

Tracy was very active in clubs while a student at Oak Grove. Including, Pep Club, Letterman’s Club, Key Club, and Choral Club. She was class Vice President her freshman year and was a member of the student council her sophomore and junior years.

Tracy was a three sport athlete and played varsity basketball her sophomore, junior and senior years. She was named All Conference three years in a row and received such honors as Top Rebounder, Most Dedicated Player and Most Valuable Player. She was named to All State Team her Senior year.

Tracy played Volleyball all four years of High School. In track, Tracy qualified for state both her junior and senior year and was named Most Valuable Player. She was the recipient of the Quanbeck Award. Tracy was named Homecoming queen in the fall of 86. Tracy currently is 3rd in single season scoring ’86, 3rd in single season field goal %, 9 in single season field goals made in basketball.

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Kyle Bakken (Class of 1988)
  • Glen “Tuck” Leverson (Class of 1955)
  • Jamie (Stensgard) Cota (Class of 2001)
  • Dave Vold (Class of 1954)
  • Ruth Buffalo-Zarazua (Class of 1995)

2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • 1969 Boys Basketball Team
  • Steve Carnal (retired faculty member 1980 - 2014)
  • Rick Deegan (class of 1961)
  • Don Idso (class of 1966)
  • Laura Utke (class of 1995)
  • Beth (Coughlin) Zier (class of 1975)

2013 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Jerilynn Brantner Adams  (class of 1986)
  • Arvid Berg  (retired faculty member 1969-1999 & 2003)
  • Kevin Hamm  (class of 1983)
  • Alton Quanbeck  (class of 1943)
  • Wade Webb  (class of 1988)

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Robert (Bob) Bower (class of 1958)
  • Jim Frisk (class of 1958)
  • Marshall Haaland (class of 1957)
  • Paula Langseth (class of 1977)
  • Merrill Ronning (class of 1963)

2011 Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Anna Legreid Dopp (class of 1995)
  • Calmer Elness (retired faculty member)
  • Curt Hagness (retired faculty member)
  • Chuck Petersen (retired faculty member)
  • Mary (Tennefos) Shoji (class of 1980)


To nominate someone for the Hall of Fame, complete the online form below. Or, you may download this form, complete and return to:

Oak Grove Lutheran School
Hall of Fame Committee
124 North Terrace
Fargo, ND 58102

Hall of Fame Constitution & Bylaws

For more information, please contact the Advancement Office at 701.237.0210 or e-mail oakgrove@oakgrovelutheran.com.

If you are interested in donating to the Hall of Fame fund for on-going costs, you can e-give online.

Selection Criteria for the Induction of Alumni
  1. The inductee must be a graduate of Oak Grove Lutheran School.
  2. There must be a lapse of ten years since the graduation date of the alumna or alumnus. (The Hall of Fame Selection Committee has the authority to give earlier consideration in unusual, outstanding cases.)
  3. The inductee must reflect the mission of Oak Grove Lutheran School, exhibiting Christian values, ethical behavior and good character.
  4. The inductee’s achievements and endeavors while a student at Oak Grove.
  5. The inductee’s outstanding achievements and service in his or her vocation, church and community after graduating from Oak Grove.
  6. Alumni serving on the Hall of Fame Selection Committee must exclude themselves from discussion of their own or a family member’s possible induction.
Selection Criteria for the Induction of Faculty, Administrators and Coaches
  1. Inductees must have completed their tenure at Oak Grove. (The Hall of Fame Selection Committee may give earlier consideration in unusual, outstanding circumstances.)
  2. Inductees must reflect the mission of Oak Grove Lutheran School, exhibiting Christian values, ethical behavior and good character.
  3. Inductee’s dedication and concern for the intellectual, spiritual, physical and social development of students.
  4. Inductee’s dedication to and promotion of Oak Grove Lutheran School.
  5. Inductee’s outstanding achievements and service in his or her vocation, church, and community during and after completing his or her tenure at Oak Grove Lutheran School.
Hall of Fame Committee Members
  • Mike Slette
  • Scott Gorder
  • Chuck Petersen
  • Marc Langseth
  • Curt Hagness
  • Arvid Berg
  • Karol Hilkerbaumer
  • Karen Spilde
  • Lance Bergstrom
  • Carrie Pierce
  • Rebecca Conant

Provide a one-page letter of support describing the reasons this candidate should be recognized as a nominee to the Oak Grove Lutheran School Hall of Fame. List accomplishments while at Oak Grove, as well as character traits and additional achievements/significant contributions in his or her vocation, church and community. You may email this document to oakgrove@oakgrovelutheran.com.

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving person for recognition! We will follow up on this information as soon as we are able.