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Published May 05 2012

Honors and Officers (May 05, 2012)

FMCVB named tourism organization of the year

The Fargo Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau was named the Tourism Organization of the Year at the recent 2012 North Dakota Travel Conference in Bismarck.

The convention and visitors bureau was honored for completing the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program and for hosting several major events in 2011, including the Pyrotechnics Guild International, USA Curling Nationals, Fargo Airsho, Squirt International Hockey, Rumble on the Red, USA Wrestling, the American Legion World Series and the 20th Discrete Simulation of Fluid Dynamics Conference, which was last hosted in Rome.

The CVB was also recognized for its innovative marketing efforts that increased walk-in traffic to the visitor center by 30 percent in 2011. More than 30,000 travelers stopped by the visitor center last year, an increase of nearly 9,000 over 2010.

Lori Goering honored for support of military

Lori Goering, general manager of Otto Transportation, West Fargo, has been awarded the Patriot Award by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Goering was nominated by Otto Transportation employee Kent Shackelford, Air National Guard, who has been on leave since September 2010 and will return to his job at Otto Transportation on May 21 after an extended leave to fulfill his military deployment with the Air National Guard.

Kasper earns 38th MDRT membership

James Kasper, Fargo, has achieved membership in the Million Dollar Round Table.

He is a 38-year member of MDRT, the longest years of membership achievement in North Dakota.

Kasper is president of Asset Management Group and a member of the North Dakota House representing District 46 in southeast Fargo.

Deckmasters named top in sales by Sport Court

Deckmasters, Fargo, was named top U.S. sales in market penetration by Sport Court of Salt Lake City.

Deckmasters is the Sport Court dealer for North Dakota, designing and installing residential and commercial game courts.

The sales category is based on total sales numbers in any given year in relation to the total population in the dealer’s area.

Scott Klemetson is manager of Deckmasters and the Game Court sales representative.

Torstveit accepted to leadership academy

Allyson Torstveit, a registered nurse and member of the nursing faculty at Rasmussen College, Moorhead, has been accepted as a member to the national Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy.

She will work with national leaders in nursing education and with Barbara Matthees, professor and chairwoman of nursing at Minnesota State University Moorhead, who was Torstveit’s adviser while she was attending MSUM.

Torstveit’s project at the academy will be to expand on the new faculty orientation processes at Rasmussen College that support the transition of expert clinicians into the academic setting.

Parker appointed to Special Olympics board

Mitch Parker, Fargo, has been appointed to the board of directors for Special Olympics North Dakota.

Parker is vice president of finance at Northstar Agri Industries.

Kenworth recognizes Wallwork with award

Wallwork Kenworth, Fargo, was named a 2011 Gold Award winner by the Kenworth Truck Co.

The awards were announced at the annual Kenworth dealer meeting held recently in Columbus, Ohio.

Area landscape businesses earn awards

Hoglund Landscape Construction, Fargo, won the top prize in the commercial division in the annual North Dakota Nursery and Greenhouse Association Landscape awards program.

The company was honored for a landscaping project at Trollwood/Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead called “Yellow Brick Road.”

Signature Landscape, Fargo, received an honorable mention in the residential backyard division; and S&S Landscaping, Fargo, received the Award of Merit.

Holland’s Landscaping and Garden Center, Moorhead, was honored for its entry in the hard-goods display division for an eye-catching and customer-friendly display of pottery.

Moorhead district honors Kerri Kava

Kerri Kava, The Forum’s Newspaper in Education coordinator, was selected by the Education Moorhead Communications Committee as the 2012 School Bell award recipient.

The award recognizes people in the media whose outstanding coverage of the Moorhead schools keeps the public information about education.

MSUM students win District 8 ad title

Minnesota State University Moorhead mass communications advertising students took first place in the District 8 American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.

For the competition, the students presented an integrated marketing plan for Nissan.

MSUM senior Mark Radcliffe won the Best Male Presenter award and the team won the Best Original Use of Social Media award.

The MSUM team will now participate in the national competition against 14 other district winners at the AAF national convention June 2-5 in Austin, Texas.

Rachel Ramstad earns communicator award

Rachel Ramstad, a member of the Fargo Great Plains Toastmasters, has received the Competent Communicator Award.

To earn the award, a member must complete 10 speeches in the Toastmasters communication manual.

NDSU Agribusiness Club honors Ryan Bohnsack

American Federal ag and business banker Ryan Bohnsack has been recognized by the North Dakota State University Agribusiness Club as the 2012 recipient of the John Lee Coulter Award.

Each year since 1967, the student agricultural organization has recognized an individual with the award who has made outstanding achievements in the agribusiness sector.

Bohnsack was recognized for his successful career in ag lending and for his leadership and commitment to agriculture and the NDSU department over the years. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and a master’s degree in business administration from NDSU.

He has 11 years of banking, branch management and agriculture and business lending experience.

AgCountry Farm Credit elects directors

AgCountry Farm Credit Services, Fargo, has re-elected Mark Ellison, Elbow Lake, Minn., and Roger Weinlaeder, Drayton, N.D., to serve four-year terms on its board of directors.

Ellison has served on the board since 1995 and he is part of the fifth generation to operate their farm in Grant County. He represents the Minnesota counties of Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Todd, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin.

Weinlaeder has served on the board since 2002 and he began farming in 1975. He represents the North Dakota counties of Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ramsey, Steele, Towner and Walsh.

David Johnsrud, Starbuck, Minn., was elected chairman and Michael Long, Berlin, N.D., was elected vice chairman for the next year. Jack Hansen, Hillsboro, N.D., was reappointed to another four-year term. He has served on the board since 2000.

Roger Bernstrom, Hallock, Minn., retired from the board after 14 years.

Nicky Besette earns state caregiver award

Professional caregiver Nicky Besette of Creative Care for Reaching Independence, Moorhead, has been selected from more than 150 nominees as one of five winners of the annual Association of Residential Resources in Minnesota Cares Award.

ARRM is a statewide association of community-based providers who support people with developmental and physical disabilities, autism, brain injuries and mental illness.

Recipients of the award have demonstrated that they are committed to providing innovative, professional services to people with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities.

Thomas elected YMCA board president

Michael Thomas, an attorney with Conmy Law Firm, Fargo, was elected YMCA board president for 2012.

Thomas also serves on the finance, executive and nominating committees at the YMCA.