Meet your neighbor – Rich Bergstedt |

Meet your neighbor – Rich Bergstedt

Rich Bergstedt
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How long I’ve lived in Nevada County: 12 years

Why I like living here: We have always liked the small town atmosphere of Grass Valley and Auburn. The weather is almost perfect. We enjoy the many local sports that we can attend at the high schools. For the most part, Nevada Countians are a friendly bunch of folks.

What I do in my spare time: Enjoy yard work, attend football and basketball games at Bear River and Nevada Union. I’m always trying to learn more about the computer and Internet.

My family: I am married to Montie, a wonderful lady who has put up with me for over 32 years of “married bliss.” We have two grown children. Our son is serving in the Marines and our daughter works and lives in Roseville and attends Sierra College. We also have a great pup named Leia, one of Nevada County’s finest mixed breeds.

Friends: My best friend is my wife. She is the reason I have been as successful as I have in life and without her love and support, I would be a mess!!

Favorite food: My wife makes a dish called Armenian Rice that is absolutely delicious. It is an old family recipe – even though there is no Armenian blood in her family.

Pets: Leia, our dog, is one of those mysteries of life. According to our son, she just showed up one day in our backyard. Of course we had to keep her. We love her very much and she keeps us in line and shares our king-size bed with us.

Job: For the past six months, I have worked for a nonprofit ministry called EMF Broadcasting in Rocklin. I provide software technical support to the headquarters’ staff on all of the desktop applications we use from Microsoft and other vendors.

What I like about my job: I like everything about it. The people I work with are the best.

What I would change about my job: Nothing at all except I wish it were closer to home.

The best job I ever had: The one I have now. For those in the reading public who believe there is a God who guides and directs our lives, I am confident that this is where he has lead me to be employed right now and for some time to come.

If I won a million: Pay off my mortgage, give half to my church, and save the rest for my retirement or for my wife’s nest egg if something happens to me.

My favorite vacation: When I was small, my parents always took us on family vacations. One of the most memorable was when we drove from Indiana to Seattle for the 1962 World’s Fair.

My dream vacation: A trip to Hawaii with my family for our 35th wedding anniversary. Separate rooms for the kids, of course.

What I’d change about the world: If I had the power to communicate the love of God to every person on earth, that would result in a revolution of faith and hope and love in every nation.

The most important lesson I’ve learned: To tell the truth, to always try to look for an opportunity to help someone who needs it. I am not always right and the other person is not always wrong.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: Jesus Christ, my mom and dad, my oldest brother, and my brother who is a pastor.

Who is your hero? Ronald W. Reagan has become more of a hero to me since his death. I also regard our current president, George W. Bush to be a very heroic person.

The best book I’ve read recently: The Bible.

My personal theme song: I have just become acquainted with a group known as Building 429. They have a song out on their latest CD called “The Space in Between Us.” It ministers to me in many ways as I think about my relationship with my wife and my relationship with my God.

Favorite TV Shows: “Law and Order,” all of them, “M*A*S*H,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” and anything that’s not a reality show. I also really like “Jeopardy!” as long as Ken Jennings keeps winning.

A movie I’d recommend: “The Passion of the Christ.” In the current political climate, the remake of “The Manchurian Candidate” was very interesting to watch.

What you should know about me: I am a very friendly guy who would love to meet everyone I could, shake their hand and give them a smile and a word of encouragement for their day.

I also enjoy table tennis if it is played according to the rules.


Who are your neighbors? If you know of a western Nevada County resident to be spotlighted in this feature, contact Becky Trout at or 477-4234.

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