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12/31/2013 12:53:00 PM
New year, new life
Owner of Viking Realty, Richard Masching on right, and realtor Rich Fjerstad will be scaling back. Photo submitted
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Owner of Viking Realty, Richard Masching on right, and realtor Rich Fjerstad will be scaling back.

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• Long time realtor changes direction

By Tara Lindquist

Owner of Viking Reality, Richard Masching has decided to take the business in a different direction.

He will no longer be doing residential real estate transactions. Instead he has decided to focus on being a farmland broker. Masching farms as well, so he felt this would be easier to handle with his farming business. "When the farmers are busy so am I," he explained. "This will work better for me." He also added he wants to slow down a little and start enjoying his life more.

Masching has been a realtor since 1998 and purchased Viking Reality from Bruce Tiegen in 2006. His employee Rich Fjerstad will still be selling some homes and will stay on to work for Masching in selling farmland. Fjerstad is going on his sixth year with the company. Viking Realty will remain a multi-listing agent for the time being.

Viking Reality was started in 1985 with four partners Jim Gesme, Bert Fuller, Dean Fritze and Jim Coughlin. After a year, the partnership was down to just Jim Gesme and Bert Fuller. Fuller sold his half of the business to Gesme in 1993. In 2000, Gesme sold the business to Bruce Tiegen. Masching worked for him until buying the business in 2006.

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