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Published April 28 2012

Honors and Officers (April 28, 2012)

Watkins awarded Fulbright business grant

Brian Watkins, a 2011 graduate of Concordia College, has been awarded a Fulbright Binational Business Grant to Mexico. He was one of nine recipients nationwide.

He is the son of Sheila and Hoad Harris and Bob and Yvonne Watkins.

The grant includes a full-time internship with a participating company in Mexico City or Monterrey, and the opportunity to enroll in graduate level courses at the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology.

Directors elected to power co-op boards

Collin Jensen, Roseau, Minn., was re-elected chairman of the Minnkota Power Cooperative board of directors. He represents Roseau (Minn.) Electric Cooperative on the 11-member Minnkota board.

Russell Okeson, Detroit Lakes, Minn., was re-elected vice chairman. He represents Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, Mahnomen, Minn.

Jeffrey Folland, Halma, Minn., was re-elected secretary-treasurer. He represents PKM Electric Cooperative, Warren, Minn.

Newly elected to the board were: Kay Green, Ada, Minn., Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association; and Larry Trefz, Bagley, Minn., Clearwater-Polk Electric Cooperative.

Directors re-elected to one-year terms on the board of directors were: Terry Diffley, Bemidji, Minn., Beltrami Electric Cooperative; Robert Huether, Lisbon, N.D., Cass County Electric Cooperative; Donald Skjervheim, Langdon, N.D., Cavalier Rural Electric Cooperative; Lee McLaughlin, Lankin, N.D., Nodak Electric Cooperative; Steve Arnesen, Roosevelt, Minn., North Star Electric Cooperative; and Kelly Lundeen, Trail, Minn., Red Lake Electric Cooperative.

At the Square Butte Electric Cooperative annual meeting, Gary Mathis, Gonvick, Minn., was elected president of the Square Butte board of directors. He represents Clearwater-Polk Electric Cooperative. Paul Sigurdson, Edinburg, N.D., was elected vice president. He represents Nodak Electric Cooperative.

Gary Bergan, Hawley, Minn., was elected secretary-treasurer and Roger Krostue, a new board member from Fisher, Minn., was elected assistant secretary-treasurer. Bergan represents Wild Rice Electric Cooperative, and Krostue represents the Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association.

Newly elected to the board were: Rick Coe, Bemidji, and Sid Berg, Colfax, N.D. Coe represents Beltrami Electric Cooperative, and Berg represents Cass County Electric Cooperative.

Directors re-elected to one-year terms on the board were: Anthony Ottem, Cavalier Rural Electric Cooperative; Randy Bergan, North Star Electric Cooperative; Gordon Bernstrom, PKM Electric Cooperative; Steve Linder, Red Lake Electric; and Roger Amundson, Roseau Electric Cooperative.

Daniel Fremling earns MDRT membership

Daniel Fremling has been awarded membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.

Fremling is the owner of Fremling & Associates in Fargo, an affiliate of Foster Klima & Co. He has worked in the financial services industry for 30 years.

Ormsby recognized with safety excellence award

Larry Ormsby, a driver with Jobbers Moving and Storage, Fargo, has been recognized by Vanliner Insurance Co. with a safety excellence award.

Drivers were nominated and selected in recognition of their commitment, dedication and effort for an outstanding safety performance in 2011.

Krieg among 2012 caregiver award winners

Karmen Krieg of Rosewood on Broadway, Fargo, has received a 2012 Caregiver Award from the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.

The award recognizes long-term care staff who significantly enhance the quality of life for residents in North Dakota’s long-term care facilities.

Krieg has been employed with Rosewood on Broadway since 1987.

Other recipients of this year’s award include: Trista Bates, Strasburg Care Center; Janelle Woinarowicz, Leisure Estates, Grafton; and Jenna Jablonsky, Maple View Memory Care Community, Grand Forks.

The winners each receive a $500 cash award and a recognition plaque.

ND Soybean Council elects board members

The North Dakota Soybean Council has elected members to its board of directors. Those elected include:

Monte Peterson, Valley City, chairman; Scott Gauslow, Colfax, vice chairman; Tyler Speich, Milnor, secretary; and Jared Hagert, Emerado, treasurer.

Other members include: Harvey Pyle, Fargo; Art Wosick, Minto; Lucas Rode, Adrian; David Gasal, Jamestown; Charles Linderman, Carrington; Dusty Lodoen, Westhope; and Mike Appert, Hazelton.

Westgard named MDRT, Premier Club member

Jessica Westgard of the Fargo Business Center of the Principal Financial Group, has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table and has also qualified for the company’s Premier Club.

Westgard is a third-year qualifier of the MDRT. The Premier Club recognizes producers for sales of products and solutions.

Two engineering firms receive design award

Houston Engineering, Fargo, and Moore Engineering, West Fargo, received the state level 2011-2012 Outstanding Engineering Design Award from the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers for their F-M Area Diversion Feasibility Study Technical Assistance project.

The project entailed the technical assistance performed together by Houston Engineering and Moore Engineering in an effort to resolve the flooding problem in Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas.

The award recognizes outstanding engineer firms based on the engineering design content of a project completed or under construction in 2011. Judgment was based on innovation, quality and uniqueness.

Hallman reappointed to social work board

David Hallman, Moorhead, has been reappointed by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton to the Minnesota Board of Social Work and will serve a third four-year term.

The board is the state agency responsible for promoting and protecting the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of Minnesota through the licensure and regulation of persons who practice social work in Minnesota.

Hallman, a licensed social worker, is a foster care licensing specialist with Clay County Social Services in Moorhead.

Dakota Supply Group names three to board

Dakota Supply Group, Fargo, has named Chief Executive Officer Todd Kumm as chairman of the board of directors. He replaces Ben Herr, who retired.

Mike Tupa and Todd Eber have joined DSG’s board of directors. Along with serving on the board, Tupa serves as DSG’s Electrical Group manager, and Eber is president of W.A. Roosevelt, which was recently acquired by DSG.

Flacksbarth earns state student employee award

Eric Flacksbarth, Fargo, a senior at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, has been named State Student Employee of the Year and UND Student Employee of the Year.

He has worked for two years in the office of the associate vice president of finance and operations. Flacksbarth is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting at UND.

Sponsored by the National Student Employment Association, Flacksbarth will receive a $500 award and will have his name on a plaque.

Welle earns award from Pharmacists Mutual

The 2011 Pharmacists Life Insurance Co. Sales Leader award was awarded to Sheila Welle for having the highest Pharmacists Life production total for the year.

Welle is a field representative for North Dakota and northern Minnesota. She has been with Pharmacists Mutual for 16 years.

Concordia honors Hannasch with award

Mary Jo Hannasch, director of social services at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo, was honored by Concordia College with the Ruth Blom Award.

The award recognizes a community social worker or agency for outstanding partnership, support and service to social work field education.

Hannasch has helped provide field placement for students in Concordia’s social work program for more than 10 years, has also served on Concordia’s Social Work Advisory Council, and has been a guest lecturer and worked as an outside evaluator of student work.

Hannasch has bachelor degrees in social work and social behavioral sciences from University of Mary, Bismarck. She joined Bethany Retirement Living in 1994 and was named director of social services in 2005.

College of Business maintains accreditation

North Dakota State University’s College of Business continues its status among the top 5 percent of business schools worldwide.

The program recently underwent an accreditation review by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

To maintain accreditation, a program must demonstrate faculty qualification, strategic management of resources, interactions of faculty and students, a commitment to continuous improvement and achievement of learning goals in degree programs.

Ron Johnson is dean of the College of Business.

Fargo Ramada receives Best of 2012 award

The Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo, has been awarded The Best of 2012 award by Ramada Worldwide, ranking it among the top properties of the brand’s 900 hotels.

Carol A. Johnson is general manager of the hotel and is director of operations for National Hospitality Services, Fargo, the hotel’s management company. Norman H. Leslie is president and chief operating officer of National Hospitality Services.

The hotel became eligible for the award through outstanding performance in customer service, revenue generation and overall quality. Fargo’s Ramada was the featured hotel at the Ramada National Conference and earned the award for being No. 1 in Wyndham Reward enrollments.

John Fode competes in Toastmasters contest

John Fode of the Gate City Toastmasters Club, Fargo, recently competed in the Toastmasters International’s District 78 international speech contest.

He represented Division D with his presentation entitled “More Than Art.”

The contest requires contestants to present an inspirational speech that lasts between five and seven minutes. Fode has been a toastmaster for more than three years.


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Mental Health America ND wins national award

Mental Health America of North Dakota was named one of six national recipients of the 2012 Advancing Minority Mental Health Award.

Sponsored by the American Psychiatric Foundation, the awards recognize psychiatrists, mental health professionals and mental health programs that raise awareness of mental illness in underserved minority communities.

The North Dakota group is being recognized for work it accomplished at the Fort Berthold Reservation to increase access to behavioral mental health services for tribal residents.

The award includes a $5,000 monetary award and it will be presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting on May 7 in Philadelphia.

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Andrews Herman named to super lawyers list

Sarah Andrews Herman of the Dorsey & Whitney Law Firm, Fargo, has been selected to be listed in the 2012 Super Lawyers for her expertise in employment and labor, employment defense litigation, business litigation and civil litigation.

Andrews Herman has also been named 2012 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers and has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America

She has practiced in the Fargo area since 1977.

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RE/MAX Realty 1 agents recognized with awards

Several RE/MAX Realty 1 agents have been recognized with awards for their work in 2011.

RE/MAX Realty 1, Fargo, was recognized by the RE/MAX Mountain States Region as the No. 1 office in North Dakota in average transactions per agent.

Dave Noah was recognized with the Platinum Club award and also ranked as the No. 1 individual agent for closed transactions in North Dakota. Robb Johnson and Jo Kvamme ranked as No. 2 and No. 3 in the state, respectively.

Three Realty 1 teams were leaders in the number of closed transactions by a team for North Dakota: Troy Walseth, Del Boschee and Bruce Johnson ranked No. 1, 2 and 3.

Four Realty 1 agents received the RE/MAX Executive Club Award: Ron Boe, Laurel Mahan, Morris Pyle and Curt Winter.

Eight agents earned the 100 Percent Club Award: Johnson, Steve Lunde

, Walseth, Ryan Frisch, Kvamme, Curt Winter, Boschee and Johnson.