Wold Johnson, P.C., has a long history in the Fargo-Moorhead area. The firm was established in 1916 when A.R. Bergesen graduated from Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois, and moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to establish a law practice. “Berge,” as he was known to his many friends, set up a law office on Broadway and went on to become Cass County State’s Attorney, State Representative, and Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives. Together with his partner, Otto Haakenstad, he founded Western States Life Insurance Company, which developed into one of the state's largest insurance companies. At the age of 64, "Berge" left the practice of law to become President of Gate City Federal Savings and Loan Association and presided over its state-wide expansion.