Raynard Huglen was born in Wildrose, ND in 1927. He attended schools in Govan, Saskatchewan, Canada and Westby Montana before moving to Newfolden. He graduated from Newfolden High School in 1946. Early on in life, he felt the call to serve his Lord in the ministry. Raynard then attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, earning a B.A. degree in 1950 before entering the Augsburg Seminary. He finished school with a Theology degree and was ordained to the Lutheran ministry in June 1953. He served parishes in Medicine Lake, MT (1953-1958), New Effington, SD (1958-1963), Hatten, ND (1963) and Roslyn, SD (1963-1972). Raynard then became an Instructor and Dean of Men at the Association of Free Lutheran Bible School in Minneapolis, MN (1972-1977). He served as editor of the AFLC newsletter, the Lutheran Ambassador, from 1963-1990. Raynard returned to live in Newfolden in 1977, and he still resides in his family home. He served the Telemark Lutheran Church in rural Goodridge from 1975-2004. Raynard used his excellent writing and organizational skills to write and publish a very inspirational book, “The Race Before Us”, a summary of his Lutheran Ambassador articles. He has also served as an interim pastor in churches in Fargo, ND, Greenbush, MN, and Winger, MN. At age 94, he is serving churches in Badger, MN and Wampum, Manitoba. Raynard has been a consistent supporter of the Marshall County School system and has hardly missed school events since returning to Newfolden in 1977. He joins his brother, Erling (Hall of Fame), and his sister, Valborg (Wall of Honor), as family members honored for outstanding life-long service. His dedication to the Lord’s work and his consistent support of the people he served are simply exemplary. He has earned the un-official title of the “Most Respected Man in Newfolden.” His concern for others and his humility are without equal.
Stuart moved to Newfolden in 1943 from Pelican Rapids, MN. His parents had purchased the local grocery store because his dad said Newfolden’s school system had a good reputation. He played six-man football and basketball, but his tenure in school did not last long. Towards the end of his junior year, Stuart enlisted in the United States Navy. Since World War II was very active, he felt the need to do his part. After boot camp at Great Lake in Illinois, Stuart was sent to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he performed his yeoman duties. After returning from the war, he attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN for two years before returning to Newfolden. He worked for the Soo Line Railroad and drove school bus for 13 years. During this time, he became very active in various civic organizations in which he often had leadership positions. Such groups as the Eagles Club, the Lions, the city council, local sportsmen’s clubs, fire department, church council and the American Legion benefited greatly from his involvement. In 2017, Stuart received recognition for 70 years of service to the American Legion. In 1963, Stuart and his wife, Joan, purchased the Hartz Store from his parents and continued a lifetime of service to the Newfolden community. He ran a great business and his smiling, friendly personality made shopping in his store enjoyable. He especially enjoyed visiting with the high school students who flocked to his store during the noon hour. He continued this interaction with young people into his 90’s. Stuart is an uninhibited gentleman who has left an indelible mark on Newfolden. Whether it was during his portrayal of Helga on the Lion’s Lutefisk Express in many years of local parades or his clown duties, he simply made locals feel good. He and his wife raised four sons, all of whom were very good athletes in our school. He was a staunch supporter of our school system and has been a significant contributor to our community being an excellent place to raise a family. He still is active in his deer hunting and farming hobbies. At age 95, he is still a good ambassador for Newfolden. In a recent article in the Grand Forks Herald, Stuart simply stated, “Newfolden is a wonderful place to live.”
Mark Carlson graduated from Newfolden High School in 1963, excelling in vocal and instrumental music. He attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, graduating in 1967 with a degree in Communication and Business Administration. Mark served with distinction in the U.S. Army from 1968-1970, with the majority of his time spent in Viet Nam. He returned to Newfolden, and with his wife, Betty, farmed and raised their four children. In 1986, he became the Area Head Start Director, working with teacher and pre-school children in a three county area. He was an excellent administrator and worked diligently to serve the needs of all levels of his responsibility. Mark was first elected to the MCC School Board in 1980, beginning an incredible 38 year run that ended with his retirement in 2018. He served as board treasurer for many years and completed his tenure by serving as chairman from 2005-2018. His dedication to the school district knew no boundaries and his reputation was that he had a genuine concern for all levels of students. His service to the district in employee negotiations and technology advancement was simply outstanding. The time he committed to school issues knew no limits and he was remarkably consistent in his service to our school district. After the disastrous high school fire in 1991, the State of Minnesota Department of Education was leaning to not allowing the district to rebuild. Mark worked tirelessly and made many trips to the cities leading the fight to rebuild. Thankfully, his efforts succeeded. The key to his longevity and success was his unquestioned consistency to always put students first. Our community owes a huge debt to Mark Carlson. He received the highest honor possible in the MInnesota School Board system as he was one of only 7 state-wide board members to be selected to the 2006 Minnesota State School Board. Mark certainly deserved this recognition.
Wall of Honor Program 2019
video by Mike Weber
2017 Wall of Honor Program (All Class Reunion) video by Mike Weber
The Wall of Honor Committee members are: John Rokke, Ron Ueland, Diane Waterworth, Greg Hestekind, Jeff Sorenson, Jake Rantanen and Brian Longerbone.
Marshall County Education Foundation PO Box 189 Newfolden, MN 56738