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Published April 07 2012

Honors and Officers (April 07, 2012)

Sutherland earns communicator award

Billie Sutherland, Fargo, has received the Competent Communicator award from the Great Plains Toastmasters Club.

She received the award for completing 10 speeches in the Toastmasters communications manual.

Bahm, Leiphon elected to ND wheat board

Jim Bahm, New Salem, was elected to his first four-year term in District I, and Francis Leiphon, Crary, was elected to his third four-year term in district IV, on the North Dakota Wheat Commission board.

Bahm represents producers in 13 counties in the southwest part of the state and Leiphon represents seven counties in north-central North Dakota.

Bahm has served as the Morton county representative to the wheat board since 2004. He grows hard red spring wheat, barley, flax, corn, oats and sunflowers on his farm near New Salem.

Leiphon is the Ramsey County representative and has served as the commissioner for District IV since 2004. He is chairman of the NDWC and represents the commission on the U.S. Wheat Associates Board of Directors. He grows hard red spring wheat, durum, winter wheat, barley, canola and soybeans on his farm near Crary.

Other commissioners are Louis Kuster, Stanley; Brian O’Toole, Crystal; David Clough, Fessenden; Greg Svenningsen, Valley City; Harlan Klein, Elgin; and Bruce Freitag, Scranton. Bahm replaces Klein, who will have served the allowable three, four-year term limits.

Producers elected as county representatives through June 30, 2016 in the districts are: (* denotes incumbents)

- District I – Southwest: Adams, Steve Wegner, Reeder*; Billings, Loren Bock, Belfield*; Bowman, Neal Freitag, Scranton; Dunn. William Flaget, Halliday*; Golden Valley, Andrew Smith, Beach; Grant, Wes Frederick, Flasher; Hettinger, David Anderson, Dickinson*; Mercer, Gary Knell, Hazen*; Oliver. Patrick Doll, New Salem*; Sioux, Jamie Heid, Selfridge*; Slope, Jim Powell, Bowman; and Stark, Bob Kuylen, South Heart.

District IV – North Central: Benson, Phil Volk, York*; Bottineau, Lenny Artz, Bottineau; McHenry, David Thom, Granville*; Pierce, Ken Schaan, Rugby*; Rolette, Matt Graber, Rolette; and Towner, Jeff Teubner, Cando*.

Food bank recognizes community partners

Great Plains Food Bank has awarded its 2011 Hunger Relief Champion awards to the North Dakota Community Action Partnership and to Microsoft and its employees for their contributions and commitment to end hunger.

The Cando (N.D.) Area Food Pantry was named Agency of the Year. In 2011, the food pantry distributed more than 13,000 pounds of food.

Change is Good earns Circle of Service award

Change is Good, a senior move management company owned and operated by Linda Lammers, has been awarded the Circle of Service award from the National Association of Senior Move Managers.

Change is Good serves the Fargo, Moorhead and surrounding area and assists older adults and families with the physical and emotional demands of downsizing, relocating or modifying their homes.

ND earns awards from Farmers Union

Active local and county Farmers Union organizations were recognized for outstanding leadership this year at the national convention.

North Dakota collected 12 Leadership Achievement Awards this year:

- Foster County, first year.

- Dickinson Happy Co-op Local, Stark County, second year.

- Sarnia Local, Nelson County, third year.

- Sargent County, fifth year.

- Ransom County, eighth year.

- Stark County, ninth year.

- Griggs County, 10th year.

- Barnes, Morton and Williams counties, 11th year.

- Burleigh County, 18th year.

An Outstanding Leadership Award was also given to North Dakota Farmers Union in recognition of its 16th year of success.

Odean Olson, retired general manager of Farmers Union Insurance, Jamestown, was honored with a Meritorious Service Award to recognize his contributions to the agricultural industry and Farmers Union during his career.

DMF elects Vetter as board chairman

Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo has elected Dr. Richard Vetter to a two-year term as chairman of the board.

Dr. Susan Mathison was elected vice chairman, Jon Wanzek was re-elected as secretary and Curt Noyes was elected treasurer.

Vetter replaces outgoing chairman Dr. Joel Haugen, who will continue to serve as an ex-officio board member.

Other members who will serve on the board are Jay Eisenbeis, Dr. David Clutter, Dr. Walter Johnson, Sindy Keller, Chris Kennelly, Larry Leitner, Debra Magnuson, Dr. Fadel Nammour, Jane Skalsky, Michael Warner and Patrick Traynor, who also serves as president of DMF and Impact Foundation.

Thrivent Financial recognized for ethics

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has been selected as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies for 2012 by the Ethisphere Institute.

Thrivent Financial was named to the list as a result of its leadership in promoting ethical business standards and for introducing innovative ideas to benefit the public.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the Fargo area by Red River Financial Associates, which includes wealth adviser Shad Connor and financial representatives Bruce Saum and Todd Schaffer.

Companies recognized by young professionals

The North Dakota Young Professionals Network has chosen Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Bismarck, as its 2011 best place to intern. The group named Applied Engineering in Bismarck as the 2011 best place to work.

Runners-up as top places to intern are Altru Health System Applied Engineering and Sundog.

Runners-up as top places to work are Absolute Marketing Group, Moorhead; Ackerman-Estvold Engineering and Management Consulting, Minot; Bank of North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Coventry Health Care and Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, all Bismarck; and Appareo Systems, State Bank and Trust and Sundog, all in Fargo.

The awards were created to acknowledge creative approaches that enrich careers for young professionals.

Kiewel, Coldwell Banker earn top awards

Tom Kiewel of Coldwell Banker Commercial First Realty, Fargo, been named Coldwell Banker Commercial’s Top Professional in North Dakota and earned a spot in the company’s Bronze Level Circle of Distinction based on transaction revenue for 2011.

Kiewel joined the company in 1990 and specializes in the sale and leasing of office and industrial buildings.

Coldwell Banker Commercial First Realty was also named the 2011 Number One Office in North Dakota for Coldwell Banker Commercial.

A.M. Best affirms Nodak Mutual rating

A.M. Best Co. has affirmed the financial strength rating of A- to Nodak Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo, and Nodak Mutual Group, which includes Nodak Mutual Insurance, American West Insurance and Battle Creek (Neb.) Mutual Insurance.

A.M. Best states the ratings and outlooks of both Nodak Mutual Insurance and Nodak Mutual Group have been affirmed despite the severe weather-related losses experienced during 2011.

RDO recognizes area employees with awards

RDO Equipment Co. has presented Fargo-Moorhead area RDO employees with the company’s Choice Award, which recognizes employees for excellence in exemplifying the company’s core values.

Team members nominate each other by submitting examples of how their fellow employees practice the core values through daily interactions with each other and customers.

Recipients from the field support office in Fargo are Jason Coles, data reporting; Ruben Esquivel, accounts payable; Darin Feragen, inventory analysis; Summer Froemke, employee relations; Angela Morrison, accounting; Luke Norenberg, central trucking; Kurt Riffey, aftermarket operations; Travis Sjolin, information systems; Tara Winterquist, sales support; and Jessi Zenker, communications.

Recipients from the Moorhead RDO Equipment Co. store are Scott Remmick, parts warehouse specialist; and Jake Steichen, service technician.

Kiefer wins regional director of year award

Tammy Kiefer, regional operations coordinator with Classic Restaurants, Bismarck, which operates Ground Round restaurants in Bismarck, Minot, N.D., and Fargo, was named regional director of the year.

The award also recognizes the three Ground Round locations for marketing best practices.

Kiefer has worked for Classic Restaurants for 26 years.

Keller earns second quality service award

Kim Keller of Park Co. Realtors, Fargo, has received the Quality Service Certified Platinum award, which recognizes earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2011 as measured by Leading Research Corp.

She also received the award in 2010.

Park Co. Realtors earns five-star recognition

Park Co. Realtors of Fargo has received five-star recognition from the Cartus Broker Network.

The award is given to real estate brokers who met or exceeded their individual objectives related to outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during 2011.

Ameriprise reps recognized for service

Dennis A. Draeger and Michael J. Linster, certified financial planners with Ameriprise Financial, Fargo, have received awards from RiverSource Life Insurance Co., which recognizes Ameriprise financial advisers who have helped clients use annuity solutions to help plan for a more confident retirement in 2011.

McCulley to head annual Bowls event

Melissa McCulley has been named chairwoman of the annual March of Dimes Bowls for Babies event, which will be Dec. 5 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo.

McCulley is owner of McCulley Optix Gallery in Fargo.