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Former KFGO radio personality Larry Ristvedt dies

FARGO — Larry Ristvedt, a longtime KFGO agriculture broadcaster and radio personality who suffered in recent years from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has died. He was 71.

Ristvedt was one-half of KFGO’s popular “Tom and Larry Show” with partner Tom Wynn until he retired in 2010.

KFGO operations manager Joel Heitkamp said their show was like “waking up with a friend.”

“That’s why people called him ‘Uncle Larry,’” Heitkamp said Tuesday. “A lot of people saw him as a member of their family.”

Heitkamp said people like Ristvedt, who worked at the station for 34 years, helped build the station’s strong foundation.

Though he was fighting a form of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, Heitkamp said he remained at the station for as long as he could before retiring three years ago.

After word spread through the station that Ristvedt had moved to the Fargo VA Medical Center, Heitkamp visited to say his goodbyes.

“It didn’t catch any of us by surprise, but everyone here was obviously disappointed,” he said. “The evil side of that disease is that I’d like to think he’s in a better place.”

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