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Published May 12 2012

Honors and Officers (May 12, 2012)

ND growers re-elected to national canola group

At the recent annual meeting of the U.S. Canola Association, Kevin Waslaski, Langdon, N.D., was re-elected president, and Ryan Pederson, Rolette, N.D., was re-elected first vice president.

Pat Murphy, Minot, N.D., was elected to the board of directors. Waslaski, Pederson and Murphy are also on the board of directors of the Northern Canola Growers Association.

Cass County Electric board holds elections

Three members were re-elected and one new member was named to the Cass County Electric Cooperative board of directors at the company’s recent annual meeting in Fargo. They are Sid Berg, Colfax, N.D., re-elected to serve District 3; Doug Anderson, Arthur, N.D., re-elected to serve District 2; and Wendy Loucks, Fargo, re-elected to serve District 5.

Marcy Svenningsen, Valley City, N.D., was elected to the newly created at-large board seat.

American Family agents recognized for sales

Micah Arnold, DJ Colter, Ken Kraft and Toby Lommen, Fargo, Darin Zaun, Wahpeton, N.D., and Greg Berg and Chris Rasmussen-Harvey, Moorhead, have been named All American agents by American Family Insurance Group.

They received the honor through outstanding sales of American Family Insurance products.

Berg has also been named northwestern Minnesota District 67 Agent of the Month, and Kraft has been named a Hall of Fame agent by American Family for outstanding sales over a period of 15 consecutive years.

Cole Carley honored for tourism leadership

Cole Carley, president and chief executive officer of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, received the Outstanding Tourism Leadership Award at the recent Travel and Tourism Conference in Bismarck.

Carley, a 22-year veteran of North Dakota’s travel and tourism industry, has been an instrumental voice in the tourism industry for North Dakota and Minnesota. He plans to retire in June.

Agencies recognized by crop insurance service

Ihry Insurance Agency, Hope, N.D., and Farmers Agency, Elbow Lake, Minn., have been named Diversified Crop Insurance’s Top Affiliated Agent Producers.

The award recognizes outstanding leadership, administration, a commitment to Diversified Services and their customers.

Goldmark Schlossman names agent of the year

Lori Ibach has been named the 2011 Goldmark Schlossman Commercial Real Estate Agent of the Year.

The award is presented annually to Goldmark Schlossman’s top agent based on total production, increase in production over the prior year and a vote cast by fellow agents.

Ibach joined Goldmark Schlossman in Fargo in 1993 and was also named agent of the year in 2003 and 2006.

Icelandic National League elects Furstenau

Pam “Sunna” Furstenau, Fargo, has been elected second vice president of the Icelandic National League of North America.

She is the USA representative for the INL in Iceland, a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Icelandic Klub and the Icelandic Communities Association in Pembina County, N.D.

Beck to represent ND on gymnastics board

Whitney Beck, the competitive director at TNT Kid’s Fitness and Gymnastics, Fargo, was elected to serve as 2012-13 ND USA Gymnastics state chairwoman.

She will be responsible for the overall organization of all designated qualifying events and programs within the state.

Beck has been with TNT since 2010 and has had multiple competitive athletes qualify for state, regional and national competitions

Two elected to credit union board of directors

Bonnie Nelson and Sharman Zachrison have been elected to three-year terms on the board of directors of First Community Credit Union, Jamestown, N.D.

Both are former employees of the credit union.

Robert Gibb & Sons recognized in magazine

Robert Gibb & Sons has received national recognition in the April issue of Plumbing and Hydronic Contractor News magazine as No. 83 in the list of the top 100 mechanical contractors in the country.

The company was also noted as the 19th-fastest-growing mechanical contractor in the U.S.

Robert Gibb & Sons was the only North Dakota contractor to make the list. The company operates offices in Fargo, Bismarck and Williston.

BNSF honors employees for achievements

Two local BNSF Railway employees were among 14 North Dakota-based employees honored as employees of the year at a recent ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas.

The employees recognized for their contributions to various projects were Herb Beam, Dilworth, terminal manager, and Dave Helbling, Fargo, operations superintendent, both in the transportation department. They both assisted in a project that maintained a continuous fuel supply during a four-month maintenance closure in 2010 of the locks on the Columbia River.

Village names new board members, officers

Tammy Hauck, David Dougherty, Nancy McKenzie and Becky Walen have joined The Village board of directors.

New officers elected are: Lyman Edds, Frontier Trust Co., chairman; Michelle Powers, Titan Machinery, first vice chairwoman; and Matthew Hallaway, Alerus Financial, second vice chairman.

ND DAV honors two Fargo VA employees

Dr. Bradley Kasson and Linda Horvath have been recognized as the Fargo Department of Veterans Affairs employees of the year by the North Dakota Disabled American Veterans.

Kasson graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry and has been employed at the Fargo VA HCS since 1978. He currently works as an infection control consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Dentistry, Washington, D.C., is acting associate chief of staff for surgery and specialty care and chief of dental service at the Fargo VA HCS. He is retired from the North Dakota Air National Guard, where he served as a U.S. Navy dental officer and base dental surgeon.

Horvath graduated with an associate degree in medical records technology from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a diploma in medical records technology from Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead. She has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs since 1994.

NDNA elects new officers, board members

Kathleen Leinen, managing editor of The Daily News, Wahpeton, and

the weekly News-Monitor, Hankinson, was elected president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association at the group’s annual awards banquet May 4 in Williston,

She succeeds Wanda Olaf, advertising director at the Williston Herald.

Leinen began her newspaper career after receiving a bachelor’s degree in communications and public relations. She was a reporter and sports editor before becoming managing editor of the News-Monitor in 2003. In 2011, she also took on the role of managing editor of The Daily News. The two newspapers are owned by Wicks Communications.

Other new officers elected are Jill Friesz, publisher and editor of the Grant County News, Elgin, and the Carson Press, first vice president; William T. “Todd” Morgan, editor of the Walsh County Record, Grafton, second vice president; and Tom Monilaws, general manager of Kelly Ink weekly newspapers, the Traill County Tribune, Mayville, and Cass County Reporter, Casselton, third vice president.

Elected to two-year terms on the board of directors were Teri Finneman, reporter for Forum Communications Co., and Zach Ahrens, advertising director of the Grand Forks Herald.

Elected to fill a one-year vacancy on the board was Melody Owen, co-publisher of the Tri-County News, Gackle.

Two longtime North Dakota newspapermen were given NDNA’s Distinguished Service Awards at the banquet. Donovan Witham, who with his wife, the late Betty Witham, founded the West Fargo Pioneer in 1968, and the late Wayne Lubenow, a popular North Dakota newspaper reporter and columnist whose career spanned more than 40 years.

Malheim honored with Salute to Senior award

Mary Elaine Malheim, Fargo, has received the Home Instead Senior Care Salute to Senior Service Award for her community service work including her work at the Fargo-Moorhead Emergency Food Pantry.

As one of 50 state winners, Malheim is featured on the SalutetoSeniorService.com website where her nomination story is also posted.

Malheim volunteers up to 1,000 hours a year at the pantry, which serves several counties and up to 250 families per week.