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Published August 29, 2013, 04:07 PM

Dar Gorder: Longtime Oak Grove coach, teacher, and administrator passes away.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One of the "greats" of Fargo-Moorhead has left us. Longtime Oak Grove coach, teacher, and administrator.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One of the "greats" of Fargo-Moorhead has left us. Longtime Oak Grove coach, teacher, and administrator.

Dar Gorder has died. The 73-year old Gorder was the consummate cheerleader for Oak Grove during his 45-year tenure there. He was known as the Gentle Giant.

He became the face for Oak Grove's flood fight in 1997 and some of the high water years that followed. The night the dike broke in 97, and the river came in the back side, it devastated Gorder and the entire Oak Grove community.

John Andreasen, retired Oak Grove Admin., says, "perhaps the toughest time he went through he worked to hard to build it up and it worked and then it came in the back side and I sensed the grief in him and he had a total commitment to Oak Grove--it was a amazing."

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