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Published December 10 2011

Honors and Officers (December 10, 2011)

Hauge, Blegen win Carnegie course awards

Jordon Hauge has won the Human Relations Champion Award and Harley Blegen received the Innovation Project Award for their participation in the Dale Carnegie Leadership Training for Managers course they completed recently in Fargo.

The recipients for the awards are voted on by class members upon completion of the course.

The Human Relations Champion is awarded to the individual who best exemplifies the standards, qualities and principles on which this training is based. Hauge is the process engineer for American Crystal Sugar Co., Hillsboro, N.D.

The Innovation Project objective is to lead team members through brainstorming, consensus-building, decision-making and concept implementation to achieve significant, measurable results for their team and their organization. Blegen is the plant manager at SK Food Specialty Processing in Fargo.

Otte named editor of Wetlands journal

Marinus Otte, professor of biological sciences at North Dakota State University, has been named editor-in-chief of Wetlands, an international scientific journal.

The journal, published six times per year, includes all aspects of wetlands biology, ecology, hydrology, water chemistry, soil and sediment characteristics, laws, management and regulations.

Otte is a lifetime member of the Society of Wetland Scientists, and his career has included research and teaching in the Netherlands, the salt marshes of South Carolina and in Ireland. He has led the wet ecosystem research group at NDSU since 2006.

Fargoans win state home builder awards

Jason Eid and John Koerselman, members of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead, were named State Builder of the Year and State Association of the Year, respectively, at the annual meeting of the North Dakota Association of Builders.

Eid is president of Eid-Co Homes in Fargo and is a past president of the HBA of Fargo-Moorhead, currently serves as the second president of NDAB and is a national director of the National Association of Home Builders.

Koerselman is owner and operator of Red River Drywall and Painting Services, Fargo, and is an active committee member of the HBA of Fargo-Moorhead. He is a member of the NDAB’s Governmental Affairs Committee and has participated in legislative issues at the state level.

FM Area Realtors group elects new officers

Todd Anhorn of Advantage Realtors, Fargo, was elected president of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors.

Others elected in-clude:

Kevin Fisher, Park Co. Realtors, president-elect; and Al Havig, Coldwell Banker First Realty, Ben Schroeder, Park Co. Realtors and Gena Syvertson, Re/Max Legacy Realty, directors.

Elected to serve as directors of the North Dakota Association of Realtors were Bob Lee, Park Co. Realtors, and Peggy Isakson, Coldwell Banker First Realty.

Rydell participates in mentoring program

Alex Rydell of Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, Fargo, was one of only 50 funeral di-rectors nationwide selected to participate in the Na-tional Funeral Directors Association’s inaugural Meet the Mentors program held Sept. 13 at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

The event brought young funeral professionals together to learn from the country’s leading funeral directors and network with like-minded peers.

Rydell has worked for Hanson-Runsvold since 2007 and is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota. He studied music at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with a bachelor’s degree in mortuary science.

Nurses recognized for extraordinary care

Registered nurses Anna Ruthenbeck and Jamie Upton have received the Daisy Award, which is given to nurses who are recognized as outstanding role models who consistently demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate, extraordinary care.

Ruthenbeck works in the cardiac intensive care unit, and Upton works in critical intensive care, both at Sanford Health in Fargo.

Local Toastmasters elects new officers

Continuum Toastmasters, a local chapter of Toastmasters International, has elected new officers for 2012. Those elected include:

- Josh Malnourie, president, Noridian;

- Paula Tuttle, vice president of education, Turtle Logic;

- Christopher Clemenson, treasurer, Border States Electric Supply;

- Sharon May, vice president of membership, North Dakota Trade Office;

- Josh Jaeger, vice president of public relations, Life Energy Chiropractic and Wellness;

- Steven Hohnadel, sergeant at arms, The Village Family Service Center;

- Joyce Eisenbraun, secretary, Elim Rehab and Care Center; and

- Kris Ottem, webmaster, Noridian.

Braham appointed RPAC fundraising liaison

Daryl Braham, chief executive officer and broker of Prudential Premier Real Estate, Fargo, has been ap-pointed the 2012 Realtor political fundraising liaison for the National Association of Realtors.

The 2012 NAR president appointed Braham to this role, and he will act in this capacity nationwide, concentrating on states in the upper East Coast.

TNT Kid’s Fitness elects officers for 2012

TNT Kid’s Fitness in Fargo has elected officers and board members for 2012. Those elected include:

- Tom McDougal, High Point Networks, president;

- Jodi Crouse, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, vice president;

- Jon Kretchman. BlackRidge Bank, treasurer; and

- Nicole Hahn, Designer Smiles, Fargo, secretary.

Board members include: Kevin Bucholz, Moore Engineering; Danyel Johnson and Beth Astrup, North Dakota State University; Dave Piepkorn, TRUGreen; Andy Obermoller, Results Unlimited; and Dr. Jenifer Jones, Essentia.