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Published November 24 2012

Honors and Officers (November 24, 2012)

Erbert & Gerberts GMs earn presidents award

E&G Franchise Systems has recognized area Erbert & Gerberts general managers with its 2012 Presidents Club Award. Those earning awards include:

Jason Ochsendorf from the Moorhead store, Mark Arnold from the store on 13th Avenue South, and Paul Bartz from the store on 25th Street South, both in Fargo.

The award is presented annually to managers who meet operations criteria, financial reporting systems and marketing initiatives.

Award winners received all-expense-paid trips to Cancun, Mexico, and they will be recognized at the companys annual convention in February.

ND Development Fund elects Goplen to board

Gary Goplen, senior lender for Bank Forwards east region, has been named to the North Dakota Development Fund board of directors.

Goplen has worked for Bank Forward since 1993, and he lives in Carrington, N.D.

The North Dakota Development Fund provides flexible gap financing through debt and equity investments for new or expanding North Dakota primary sector business, which includes manufacturers, food processors and exported service companies.

NDSU wheat breeder earns Amber Award

Elias Elias, North Dakota State University durum wheat breeder, has received the United States Durum Growers Associations 2012 Amber Award. The award recognizes an individual whose commitment and passion for the durum industry has shown in their production, research or education efforts.

Elias leads the NDSU durum wheat breeding and genetics program, whose goal is to develop improved durum wheat germplasm that will maximize the economic return to the producers and provide quality durum wheat to the pasta industry and the international export market.

Elias has more than 20 years of professional experience in academia, research and industry and has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research on advancing the durum industry.

Bergstrom recognized for work on courthouse

The Independent Electrical Contractors has named Bergstrom Electric Inc., Fargo, as recipient of the IEC National Award of Excellence in Electrical Construction Commercial for their work on the

$16 million addition to the Cass County Courthouse in Fargo.

The addition features three new courtrooms, inmate holding areas, offices, information technology areas, mechanical rooms and an underground parking garage. The courtrooms required 95 surveillance cameras to be installed, which meant more than 67 miles of wiring was installed to connect all of these items to the security room.

Steve Mundahl is the south regional manager for Bergstrom Electric and was the project manager on the courthouse project.

New officers elected at TNT Kids Fitness

TNT Kids Fitness in Fargo has elected new officers for 2013. Those elected include:

Tom McDougall, High Point Network, president; Jodi Crouse, Blue Cross Blue Shield, vice president; Jon Kretchman, BlackRidge Bank, treasurer; and Nicole Hahn, Designer Smiles, secretary

Other board members include: Kevin Bucholz, Moore Engineering; Brett Bruininks, Concordia College; Danyel Johnson, Mary Rohleder and Andy Obermoller Results Unlimited; and Sherri Sandvig, Border States Electric.

March of Dimes names four individuals to board

The March of Dimes North Dakota Chapter has elected Maureen Splettstaszer, Jenny Bellas, Jan Kamphuis and Miranda Glandt to its board of directors.

Splettstaszer is employed with the Fargo branch of U.S. Bank as assistant vice president and group manager of analytics; Bellas is a neonatal nurse practitioner at Sanford Childrens Hospital NICU in Fargo; Kamphuis works for Sanford Health in Bismarck as executive vice president/chief nursing officer; and Glandt is a recruitment specialist at Essentia Health in Fargo.

Directors elected to ND Farm Bureau board

The North Dakota Farm Bureau has elected three directors to its board of directors. Those elected include:

Kirk Olson, Arnegard, District 8, representing members in McKenzie, Divide, Burke, Mountrail, Williams and Dunn counties, he and his wife, Heidi, raise durum, hard red spring wheat, peas and lentils; Val Wagner, Monanago, promotion and education committee chairwoman, she and her husband, Mark, operate a Simmental and Red Angus commercial beef farm and raise corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa hay; and Rachel Bina, Lankin, young farmer and rancher committee chairwoman. she and her husband, Spencer, raise wheat, barley, canola, soybeans, edible beans, corn and sunflowers.

Directors re-elected to three-year terms on the board are John McConnell, Casselton, District 2; and Chris Brossart, Wolford, District 4.

Other NDFB directors are Nathan Green, Glasston, District 1; Tom Christensen, Verona, District 3; Chad Weckerly, Hurdsfield, District 5; David Larson, Willow City, District 6; Wes Klein, Hazen, District 7; and Carson Kouba, Regent, District 9.

Ray named to Carnegie Project committee

Chris Ray, assistant professor in North Dakota State Universitys School of Education doctoral programs, has been appointed to the executive committee for the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

The committee is a collaborative effort to examine the professional doctorate in education.

Ray is the principal investigator for the NDSU partner project, working to redesign NDSUs doctorate in education according to the Carnegie Projects principles to better prepare education practitioners.