2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Darin Lindig graduated from Fergus Falls High School in 1985. He attended and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1990. He was captain of the 1985 undefeated and Section Championship Otter Swim team which finished 11th in the state. He was an All-State swimmer in the 100 Breaststroke. He was a 3-time letter winner at the U of M, a 3-time Academic All-Big Ten swimmer, and a 2-time Williams Scholar. He graduated from the U of M with a Bachelor of Material Science Engineering degree. He and his wife Angela designed and developed a $1.3 million universally accessible playground for the city of Meridian, Idaho. In 2010, they received the Legacy Award given annually to the people of the year in Meridian. He is the owner of 6 patents.
As a child growing up in Fergus Falls, Chuck Knapp‘s broadcasting dreams were sparked by evenings spent listening to iconic rock radio station WLS in Chicago from the basement of his home. Within 10 years of graduation from Fergus Falls High School in 1962, Knapp was on the air at WLS. He continued his radio career for half a century in Boston, Philadelphia and Minneapolis, where he programmed and anchored the morning drive on radio station KS95 for 15 years. Knapp was inducted into Minnesota’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame and is included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s “Rock & Roll Radio” exhibit in Cleveland. A highlight of his extensive community service involvement was receiving the Salvation Army’s highest civilian award, “Others.”
Ann Newell earned her BA from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN. She taught elementary music in Cottage Grove, Chatfield, OLV and 18 years at Cleveland Elementary School. She also taught art for 12 years. She was a piano instructor in Rochester, Minnetonka and Fergus Falls. She has been the organist, and choir and handbell director at Grace Methodist Church for 30 years. She is an original board member and president of Lake Region Children’s Theater and has directed four plays. She was Fergus Falls Teacher of the Year in 2003. From 2002-06, she was arts grant coordinator with Cleveland School, A Center for the Arts and the Perpich Arts Center. In 2006, she received Minnesota’s “Excellence in Arts Education” award. She served on the Board of Directors for A Center for the Arts for 6 years. She and her husband Norm have three sons.
Michelle (Danielson) Berger graduated with honors from Fergus Falls High School in 1993. She won the 800 meter run at the state tournament in both her 8th grade and senior year. She attended Moorhead State and North Dakota State University. Michelle was a 6-time All-American in track in the 800 meter run and the 4X400 relay. She also ran Cross Country at NDSU. She ran a career best of 2:10 in the 800. She studied exercise science, nutrition and coaching. Michelle started and owns the company BuffMother.com. She has impacted thousands of women over the past 11 years. She is an author and fitness guru to women all over the world. Michelle is married to former Otter athlete Travis Berger. They have four children.