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Fugleberg recipient of law enforcement career recognition

Rep. Kim Koppelman (West Fargo-Dist. 13), Judiciary Committee Chairman, left, presents an award to John Fugleberg in recognition for his dedicated law enforcement career. (Submitted photo)

John Fugleberg, West Fargo, was honored Wednesday with an event marking his retirement after a long career in law enforcement, beginning as a young deputy in a small North Dakota community and culminating with distinguished service in the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation and work in special areas of law enforcement.

Law enforcement officials at numerous levels, from around the region filled the West Fargo VFW, joined by court personnel and other officials from the local and state level to wish Fugleberg well.

After praising his long record of service and unsung accomplishment, Rep. Kim Koppelman, who represents West Fargo in the North Dakota House of Representatives and chairs the Judiciary Committee, emphasized the point, in a presentation honoring Fugleberg.

“The most unfortunate reality, on an occasion like this, is that most of the work you do is behind the scenes, undetected, and unnoticed by the general public,” Koppelman said. “That’s as it must be, in the chosen field in which you’ve demonstrated not just competence, but excellence. It is, therefore, my honor to offer you the thanks and congratulations you so richly deserve, on behalf of our community and state, for a job well done!”

Koppelman also read a letter from Gov. Jack Dalrymple, commending Fugleberg on his service, and presented a plaque from the Governor.

Chief Deputy Attorney General Tom Trenbeath presented Fugleberg with a letter from North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, followed by comments from several law enforcement colleagues and other well wishers.