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Dr. Bergren goes on a South Pole adventure


Petersburg’s Dr. John Bergren landed on the Pegasus ice shelf runway, in Antarctica, in this Air Force C17. Dr. Bergen is one of 160 residents who will spend the southern winter at McMurdo Station.

A long-time Petersburg doctor is now living and working in Antarctica. Dr. John Bergren, 50, is currently serving as the Lead Physician at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Bergren is one of only 160 residents who will stay in McMurdo over the winter months, which runs from early February thru mid-October. Bergren arrived at the beginning of winter, when the population was about 1,000, he said.

“There were some exciting moments for the medical staff about two weeks prior to our arrival,” Bergren said. “A Korean fishing vessel operating in the Ross Sea caught on fire. The nearby U.S. res...

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