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Charitable foundation in Devils Lake receives $750k gift from late community leaders

The Devils Lake Area Foundation announced Tuesday it received a gift of $750,000 from Fred and Vivian Hoghaug, late leaders in the Devils Lake community.

"We're very appreciative," said Rose Johnson on behalf of the foundation. "We'll be able to do even more grant distribution."

The DLAF, a charitable community foundation, was created in 1975 and received its first donation from the Hoghaugs. The couple provided the foundation with stock shares totaling $6,700, according to a DLAF news release.

The foundation provides grants to local nonprofit organizations from its general fund. Since its creation, the DLAF has $1,364,265 to almost 190 of these organizations. Johnson said this recent gift will be added to the general fund.

The grants provided by the foundation fund educational, scientific, musical, art, historical and human services.

Fred Hoghaug began his banking career at the Ramsey County Bank at age 19 as a clerk and worked his way up to president of Ramsey National Bank and Trust Co.

He served on many city and organization boards. Hoghaug also was elected to terms as Devils Lake mayor and a state legislator. He passed away March 25, 1993.

Vivian Hoghaug also served on numerous boards and was very active in her church, serving as president of the St. Olaf Lutheran Church Ladies Aid, Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star. She passed away April 7, 2011.

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