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Iverson-Freking winners humble about community work



The 2019 Iverson-Freking Award winners are (left to right) The Rev. Mark Solyst, Monsignor Delbert Malin, and Cindy and William Berg

A lot can be accomplished, if you don’t care who gets the credit. 

That’s one way a Lutheran clergyman in La Crosse reacts to getting credit for his own contributions to the community. 

Pastor Mark Solyst of the English Lutheran Church in La Crosse is one of four persons chosen to receive the Iverson-Freking Ecumenical award this year. 

Solyst says being a volunteer is not something he deliberately set out to do, but he says “God puts opportunities in our path.” 

Monsignor Delbert Malin of Holmen says he tries to make the world better. 

Retired Dairyland Power president Bill Berg and his wife Cindy are being honored as a volunteer couple. 

Cindy Berg says the work she and Bill have done for the community has always been as part of a group. 

The awards are named in honor of former Catholic Bishop Frederick Freking, and Lutheran businessman Carl Iverson. 

It’s the 33rd year of the awards given out by the Bethany-St. Joseph organization.

The four newest honorees will be recognized at a La Crosse luncheon on January 23rd. 


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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