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, Vol. 25, Issue 2, Fall 2015

Dear Friends,

We’re off to another great academic year. Things have been going at warp

speed since the semester started!

Things are flying high – pun intended – with some of our technical programs.

The use of unmanned aviation systems has created many opportunities in

industry, such as agriculture, law enforcement, wind turbine maintenance, and

simulation, all programs at Lake Region State College.

The college’s Precision Ag program has been using UAVs, showcasing how

they can assist with producer and rancher needs for plant and animal health.

The Law Enforcement program also has a UAV component in its curriculum

as these machines are used more and more in investigations.

So, it’s more than exciting that a UAS industrial park broke ground near

Grand Forks Air Force Base earlier this fall. New journeys in aviation through

the use of UAVs means new opportunities for many industries and the entire


Unmanned systems have a role in maintaining large structures like wind

turbines. EdgeData is a Grand Forks-based company that works on automated

condition assessments of wind turbine blades. EdgeData captures, computes,

and consumes data in a manner that fits within business processes. The

company met with me and Wind Energy Technician Instructor Jay Johnson

for an unmanned aerial vehicle inspection of LRSC’s 1.6-megawatt wind

turbine blades. Representatives from LM Glasfiber, our blade manufacturer,

were also present when EdgeData and SkySkopes did the blade inspection.

The inspection, aimed at solidifying processes and procedures, was conducted,

and a group of students joined the activity as observers, with Jay and his

students positioning the blades for best results.

It’s amazing the way the UAS industry has expanded in so little time, and

there are so many things yet to do with UAS.

And LRSC is right in the heart of it, diving into new technology and

enhancing curriculum to meet workforce needs without losing the personal

touch with customers, educational partners, and most importantly, students.

Interesting times are ahead. Stay tuned!

From the desk of

Doug Darling


Lake Region State College

cision was made to create a

two-year college in Devils

Lake, and Art supported

this progressive decision.

William (Bill), son of

Art and Marjorie Berg-

strom, joined the family

business in 1960. Bill and

Anne-Marit supported the

college in many ways. Bill

was instrumental in the

growth of the college and

served on its first board of


Through the years,

the Bergstrom family has

supported the college in

many special ways. Anne-

Marit (Mrs. Bill Bergstrom)

has engaged in multiple

fund-raising efforts for the

college. These efforts have

resulted in many oppor-

tunities for the college,

including acquisition of

the Steinway grand piano

which is used on the stage

of the Robert Fawcett

Auditorium and creation

of the Chautauqua Gallery

which is dedicated to Mrs.

Bergstrom’s parents, Leo

and Alma Mehus Studness.

In 1991, Bill and Anne-

Marit were joined in the

family business by their

son and daughter-in-law,

Renard and Candace, and

in 1996, Renard succeeded

Bill as CEO. The business

and family continue a close

working relationship with

the college and employ

many students each year in

work internships.

Bergstrom Automotive today

Currently, Bergstrom

Automotive has 94 employ-

ees. Renard Bergstrom said

that of those 94 employees,

39 have taken classes at

LRSC, and 15 of them have

degrees from LRSC.

“It’s a

privilege to continue our family

support for Lake Region State

College. It’s had a positive

influence on our family, our

business, and our community

as a whole. We’re grateful to

the forward thinking people in

the past and present who have

given tirelessly and selflessly

to make it possible for LRSC

to flourish as it does today,

Bergstrom said. “

We believe

the future is bright for LRSC

and are excited to be able to be

part of it.”

The Bergstrom family

gift comes in two parts. A

generous endowment will

be used to strengthen the

Automotive Technology

program through scholar-

ships and program support.

Funds from a bequest will

be used to support prior-

ity needs for technical

education when it matures.

Both parts of the gift were

matched by the ND Higher

Education Challenge fund.

The Bergstrom family

gift was critically important

to the success of the Chal-

lenge campaign, and it will

enable LRSC to provide

a level of excellence be-

yond the base provided by

traditional funding sources,

said Laurel Goulding, vice

president for Advancement.

The college and its founda-

tion are extremely grateful

to the Bergstrom family for

their enduring commitment,

Goulding said.

Technical center project

This project had long

been at the top of the col-

lege’s priority list because

once again, the college

was out of space, renting

classrooms off campus. In

2013, North Dakota’s legis-

lature funded a $5.9 million

capital project for technical

education. It funded a suite

of new classrooms, mostly

for the nursing program,

new mechanical systems,

and a touch-up to the

exterior of the two older

technical buildings which

were wrapped into the de-

sign. However, no resources

were allocated to the needs

of the 32,000 square feet of

classroom and workshop

space inside the two 70s-era

buildings. Committed to

make the older classrooms

as new and technologically

advanced as the new ones,

LRSC launched a $2 mil-

lion fundraising initiative.

LRSC’s foundation cap-

tured its assigned match of

$1 million. It also claimed

$100,000 from the residual

left by other small cam-

puses unable to qualify for

their entire allocation.

Many generous donors

responded to the challenge, and

the major gift from the Berg-

strom family completed the

home stretch for the challenge


” Goulding said.

The match campaign

energized donors to invest

in LRSC, and essentially in

student success,” President

Darling said.

The college cut the rib-

bon on the new Bergstrom

Technical Center, a true

state-of-the-art instructional

resource, in September


Doug Darling, Ph.D.


Technical ctenter named

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