2012-09-13 / News

Scandinavian artwork, Motley history on tour

By Mark Anderson
News Editor

From the original light fixtures from the 1930s to the wooden floor, the Berndt home is filled with farm decor. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson) Roger Randgaard lives every day surrounded by Vikings, trolls and Norwegian kings. He eats meals under Swedish costume and Christmas plates. Randgaard’s collection will be on display during the 2012 Staples Area Tour of Homes. He said he enjoys the workmanship of the hand-made art.

Randgaard’s father Jim was Norwegian and his mother Hazel was Swedish. Although they were proud of their Scandinavian heritage, Randgaard said they never made a big deal about it. Roger, on the other hand, has recently filled his home with Scandinavian artwork.

He got started on his current collections when his brother Jim gave him a few items. After that, the online auctions at eBay became the source for much of his collection. Randgaard added most of his collection and started others from searching for Scandinavian artwork.

Roger Randgaard has taken his artworks. (Staples World photo by Scandinavian heritage to an extreme, filling Mark Anderson) his home with Norwegian and Swedish He started collecting Dala horses and roosters when he found a woman in Arizona selling three of them. He then went online to find different colors of the carvings.

Besides the Scandinavian artworks, Randgaard also has Navajo mandalas and autographed photos of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers on his walls.

His home is at 1702 8th St. NE, Staples

Berndt home

An old farm home filled with Motley history will be one of the stops on the 2012 Staples Area Tour of Homes. Bill and Florence Berndt live in the home constructed by Bill’s grandparents in 1935, a couple of miles east of Motley. Bill’s parents Albert and Ada Berndt also lived in the home before Bill and Florence came back to their home town and began remodeling the house in 1993.

They expanded the house with an addition that still kept the similar style of the original house, and restored much of the original part so it is exactly the same as when it was built, such as the wood floors and the original light fixtures they still use. “We did a lot of the work ourselves,” said Florence.

They have filled the house with artifacts, some original to the home such as their china cabinet and old table that belonged to Betty Berndt. The next two generations also have collected decor that makes the home look like a farm house from the 1930s. Florence said she has picked up several oil lamps over the years, for example.

As for the Motley history, the Berndt family was formerly the owners of the Motley Castle, a big house on the northeast side of Motley.

Other homes

The other three homes on the Staples Area Tour of Homes are notable for the function of the home as much as the style and architecture. Greg Haglin’s home is designed as an “executive hunting lodge,” with hunting property as his back yard. The house is notable for it’s woodwork, which fits in with the north woods theme.

Keith and Sandy Porter are converting their home from a place to raise children to a gathering place for returning children and extended family.

Rick and Karen Anderson will show how they have scaled down to a townhouse, yet still have a porch to enjoy the outdoors and added a workshop for

Rick’s projects.

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