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Concordia Lutheran Church

Old Concordia


Concordia Lutheran Church was founded by Norwegian immigrants and their descendants from Telemark, Norway who had created what became known as the "Buffalo River Settlement" northwest of Moorhead MN.  Many of the farms in the community were owned by distant cousins of the Heglands.  Sophie, Alet, Bernhard, and Carl attended services at Concordia when they came to the Buffalo River Settlement. Leonard and his family also belonged to Concordia for many years.       Larger image


In 1931, a tornado destroyed the original church building.  A new church was dedicated in 1938. There are Current Churchstill family members who are members of Concordia. It remains an active congregation associated with the ELCA.

Heglands buried in the cemetery surrounding the church include Sophie and Ted Bekkerus and their son Harold; Carl and Evelyn Hegland; Allette and Elmer Grover and their sons Ray and Jerry and their wives. A memorial stone was placed for Bernhard next to his brother's gravesite in 2007. 





Ted BekkerusSophie (Hegland) Bekkerus
Theodore Bekkerus 1886-1966Sophie (Hegland) Bekkerus  1888-1970
Harold Bekkerus 
Harold Bekkerus 1918-1991 
Carl and Evelyn HeglandBernhard Hegland
Carl Emil Hegland 1898-1943
Evelyn (Grover) Hegland 1896-1978
Bernhard Hegland
Alet GroverElmer Grover
Allette (Hegland) Grover 1893-1943Elmer Grover 1889-1962
Gerald GroverRay Grover
Gerald Alexander Grover  1918-1989
Ruby (Alm) Grover  1913-2002
Raymond Hegland Grover  1915-1993
Pearl I. (Boulton) Grover 1916-2013


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