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Published May 12 2012

Business Digest (May 12, 2012)

Bergstrom, Koebele attend national forum

Dr. Lance K. Bergstrom and Courtney Koebele attended the 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology Mid-Year Forum in April in Washington.

Bergstrom represents the North Dakota Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons as a councilor to the AAO. He is in private practice at Bergstrom Eye and Laser Clinic, Fargo.

Koebele is the executive director of the North Dakota Medical Association and the NDSEPS, Bismarck.

The forum included a Congressional Advocacy Day during which Bergstrom and Koebele met with members of the North Dakota congressional delegation and staff to discuss the health care system and Medicare reimbursement to physicians

Aerotek staffing service opens Fargo office

Aerotek, a leading provider of recruiting and staffing services, has opened its first staffing office in North Dakota at 1535 42nd St. S., Fargo.

The office will serve North Dakota and western Minnesota.

The Aerotek Fargo staffing office will focus primarily on placing individuals in industrial, scientific, professional and engineering positions in a variety of industries.

Interested candidates looking for a job or companies seeking employees can visit www.aerotek.

com or call (701) 526-3010 or (855) 234-5990.

Online voting still open for Innovate ND award

The public is invited to vote online for their favorite new business idea from a field of 20 finalists participating in the final round of the Innovate ND competition.

Voting for the Innovate ND People’s Choice Award is open through Friday at www.InnovateNDPeoplesChoice.com.

The winner will receive $500 and a trophy during the Innovate ND social and awards ceremony on May 22 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites in Fargo.

The social and awards event is from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In addition to the People’s Choice Award, Innovate ND Idea Champions named for 2012 will receive cash awards plus thousands of dollars of in-kind support.

The top participants in the competition will showcase their new ideas at individual booths during this casual business social and networking event.

Registration is available at InnovateND.com/

Award, and tickets may also be purchased at the door. The cost to attend is $20.

Goebel to present at Honeywell symposium

Jeff Goebel, Minnesota State University Moorhead physical plant manager, will give a presentation on energy savings in relation to MSUM’s integration of building schedules with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system at the 2012 Honeywell Users Group Symposium in June in Scottsdale, Ariz.

He also recently presented at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Information Technology conference on energy management system/HVAC integration and received the Outstanding Achievement Award, recognizing the complexities and success of these two systems operating together.

Press project granted IRS nonprofit status

The People’s Press Project, Moorhead, has been granted nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service.

The PPP provides training for communities, students and new journalists to develop media skills through independent news sources, social networks and through the Internet.

Essentia Health names UBS as blood provider

Essentia Health St. Mary’s, Detroit Lakes, Minn., has named United Blood Services as its sole blood provider.

Essentia previously operated an on-site blood donation facility and the decision to use only UBS was a necessity to streamline processes, according to a news release.

Blood donors who previously donated at the hospital are encouraged to continue volunteering at blood drives organized by UBS on the third Friday of every month.

The first drive will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the EMS Conference Center at Essentia Health St. Mary’s.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (800) 917-4929 or visit www.bloodhero.com.

Plains receives grant for power plant project

The Plains Art Museum in Fargo will receive $50,000 in grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts through that agency’s Art Works funding program.

The funds will be used to develop an environmental work of public art at the site of the defunct Moorhead Power Plant as part of the museum’s defiant gardens for Fargo-Moorhead initiative.

Moorhead city officials, members of Moorhead’s Woodlawn neighborhood, the Moorhead Power Plant Study Group and the museum have been involved in creating a site plan to transform the grounds around the plant into a contemplative public garden space.

The effort also involves artists Rob Fischer and Kevin Johnson of Brooklyn, N.Y. Both are Minnesota natives who focus on environmental sculpture and the creation of meaningful spaces.

Home builders group announces fall events

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has announced dates for its upcoming fall events. They include:

- Fall Parade of Homes, Sept. 8-9 and Sept. 15-16; a wide range of homes and prices in developments throughout Dilworth, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo will be featured.

- Remodeled Home Tour, held in conjunction with the final weekend of the Parade of Homes Sept. 15-16; featuring remodeling projects in a variety of rooms in existing homes and possibly landscaping and yard improvements.

- Fall Home Show, Sept. 28-29 at the Fargo Civic Center; a showcase of home improvement companies along with a featured speaker on a home or yard improvement topic.

For more information, call (701) 232-5846 or visit www.hbafm.com.

Metcalfe attends health policy meeting

Dr. William A. Metcalfe, chief executive officer of PATH, a Fargo-based nonprofit that serves children and families in offices across North Dakota, Idaho and Minnesota through its Family Connect programs, joined members of the Foster Family-Based Treatment Association Public Policy Institute earlier this month at the White House.

Those attending the meeting, including officials from the administration, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Academy of Pediatrics, discussed federal legislation, regulations and upcoming reforms that affect the practice of treatment foster care and treatment services to vulnerable children.

ND InfraGard to host spring meeting Thursday

North Dakota InfraGard will host a spring membership meeting from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Fargo Public Safety Facility, 4630 15th Ave. N. The meeting is open to the public.

Guest speakers include Jarrett Brachman, a specialist in counter terrorism and violent extremist movements, who will discuss the Sovereign Nation Movement, and FBI Special Agent Liz Lehrkamp, who will give a presentation on emerging cyber threats and ways to protect against them.

InfraGard is an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.

For more information, call (763) 569-8000.