When I was 17 years old with a brand new driver’s license, I applied for my first job at the Vanilla Bean in Two Harbors. I needed some income to pay for all those movies I went to and all the sickeningly sweet lattes I consumed. I got the job and promptly began my career of serving food. I remember the first time owner Paul Bergman came into the restaurant when I was working. He had an easy smile, but it was always a little terrifying waiting on him and the important-looking people he usually dined with.
Paul Bergman’s nameplate and empty chair sat unattended at the far right side of the table in the Lake County Board’s chambers as fellow commissioners honored him with a moment of silence at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.
After a lung transplant and three months at a hospital in Pittsburgh, Lake County Commissioner Paul Bergman returned to Two Harbors at the end of April, just in time to experience some late-season snow storms.
There are many ways to give to one’s country. Serving in the armed forces. Serving one’s community. Serving as an elected official. Paul Bergman, the Minnesota Twins honorary flag raiser at the game in Minneapolis July 17, has done all three.
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