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Published January 12 2013

Honors and Officers (January 12, 2013)

Gemar elected to ND Long Term Care board

Maren Gemar, executive director of Eventide at Sheyenne Crossings, West Fargo, has been elected to a two-year term on the North Dakota Long Term Care Association board of directors.

Gemar has been with Eventide since 2011.

ND AFL-CIO elects Ricker, Pfenning

The North Dakota AFL-CIO has elected Tom Ricker as president and Renee Pfenning as first vice president.

Ricker has worked for Bobcat in Gwinner since 1989. He was elected shop union steward for the Allied Industrial Works in 1990 and was elected recording secretary of the united Steel Workers Local 560 in 1990.

In 2006, Ricker was elected vice president of Local 560 and in 2006 was elected president. In 2011, he was named first vice president of the North Dakota AFL-CIO and has served as interim president since former president Gary Granzotto stepped down in November.

Pfenning has served as a lobbyist for the North Dakota Building and Construction Trades Council since 1999. She has been a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1593 since 1991 and was a member of the Communications Workers of America Local 7301 from 1976 to 1984.

Francis photo earns international nomination

Dan Francis of Dan Francis Photography, Fargo, has been nominated for the Best Portrait of the Year award by the Professional Photographers Association.

His photograph, titled The Traveler, was selected for nomination from approximately 5,000 entries to the PPAs International Print Competition.

Awards for the top three in the portrait division will be announced during the Grand Imaging Awards event on Jan. 21 in Atlanta.

Vogel Law Firm names new shareholder

Leah Sonstelie Warner has become a shareholder in the Vogel Law Firm.

She concentrates her practice in civil litigation and family/domestic law in Minnesota and North Dakota, including litigating complex divorce and paternity actions, post-judgment child custody and parenting time disputes and child support actions. She also negotiates divorce and custody agreements and drafts pre-nuptial agreements.

She serves as an early neutral evaluator in the Minnesota 7th Judicial District and is a member of the Family Law Sections of the Minnesota and North Dakota State Bar and the American Bar Associations.

Sonstelie Warner received a bachelors degree from Concordia College and graduated from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul.

Two Fargo doctors receive research grants

Two doctors at Sanford Health, Fargo, have been selected for funding by the Sanford Seed Grant Research Fund, established in 2011 to grow and evolve underfunded research ideas of Sanford physicians.

The recipients and their research ideas are:

- Dr. Benjamin Noonan, Sanford Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, The Reliability and Validity of the Reed Sprint Skate Test on Ice Hockey Fitness. The test is a commonly used, but not vigorously evaluated, measure of anaerobic power and resistance to fatigue. The goal of Noonans work is to evaluate the reliability of RSS, assess the validity of the RSS by measuring performance improvements over the course of a season, and compare this to an off-ice measure of repeat sprint performance, and determine the accuracy of photocell, stopwatch and video methods of timing.

- Dr. Shelby Terstriep, Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center, Health Coaching for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Treatment to Decrease Insulin Resistance. Obesity, elevated insulin levels and insulin resistance are associated with a poorer prognosis in breast cancer patients, who have higher insulin levels at the start of treatment and become more insulin resistant throughout treatment. Terstrieps objective is to decrease the development of insulin resistance through a low glycemic diet intervention with the aid of a health coach during breast cancer treatment.