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Published February 16 2013

Honors and Officers (February 16, 2013)

Top employees honored at High Point Networks

High Point Networks, Fargo, has honored its top employees for 2012. Employees and their awards are:

Shane Bryn, Extra Mile Award, recognizing an individual who makes every interaction count by going above and beyond what is expected; Merrilee Hallaway, Growth Award, recognizes an employee who has grown in knowledge of products, certifications or sales; Justin Fetsch, High Point Award, the companys highest award is given to an employee who has proven and shown their passion for High Point Networks as a company;

Chris Conner, Outstanding Newcomer Award, given to an individual who has been with the company for a year and has made an immediate impact; Damon Andrews, Lewis and Clark Award, recognizes an individual who explored new markets and new technologies to achieve their goals; and Matt Peabody, Teamwork Award, given to an employee who is selfless with their own time to share their knowledge and expertise with those around them.

The following employees were recipients of the Five-Year Award: Scott Schneider, Mike Rerick and Kelly Schlauderaff.

North High counseling department earns award

The Fargo North High School counseling department has earned the Award for Counselor Excellence from the North Dakota School Counselors Association.

The award ranks the North High School counseling program as one of the best comprehensive programs in the state.

Department members are counselors Janelle Stahl Ladbury, Candy Shultz, Shirley McCaslin, and Kate Evenson and Terri Court of the career resource center staff.

Human resource group elects board members

The Fargo Moorhead Human Resource Association has elected its board of directors for 2013. Those elected are:

Robyn Nugent, Northwest Professional Color, president; LeAnn Moos, First International Bank and Trust, president-elect; Patty Olson, Essentia Health, past president; Kim Meissner, Houston Engineering, membership director; Mitch Pribula, Aerotek, administrative director; Kristin Dehmer, Moorhead Area Public Schools, communications director; D.C. Lucas, Eide Bailly, legislative director;

Emily Heck, Vanity, diversity director; Wendy Clemens, Border States Paving, finance director; Christopher Volmer, Bank of the West, professional development director; Kurtis Karn, Globe University, college relations director; Tifanie Gelinske, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp., workforce readiness director; and Tracy Zierke, Ulteig, SHRM foundation director.

A.M. Best upgrades Nodak Mutual rating

The A.M. Best Co., an insurance rating and information source, has upgraded the financial strength rating of Nodak Mutual Group to A (excellent) from A-. The rating applies to Nodak Mutual Insurance Co.

The upgraded rating reflects Nodak Mutuals solid capitalization, positive operating results and a business profile as one of the leading writers of property/casualty insurance in North Dakota.

Banks named affordable housing champions

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency has recognized several lending partners and housing advocates as Champions of Affordable Housing.

The awards recognize participation in the agencys homeownership programs and involvement in locally sponsored affordable housing projects and events.

Area award winners included: Cornerstone Bank and Peter Johnson, Fargo; and First Mortgage Service and Pam Maher, Fargo.

Holden to participate in leadership program

Nicole Holden, marketing director at the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau, was selected to participate in United Way of Cass-Clays 35 Under 35 Womens Leadership Program.

The program provides leadership and networking opportunities for women in the Cass-Clay community.

McGillis re-elected chairman of AACI

The Agents Division of the American Association of Crop Insurers has re-elected Larry McGillis of MayPort Insurance and Realty as chairman.

McGillis will be chairman of the agents division for the next year, attending AACI meetings in Washington, House and Senate Ag Committee negotiations on the farm bill and crop insurance and working with AACI-PAC projects.

Brown & Saenger sales award goes to Osborne

Brown & Saenger has recognized Dawn Osborne, a sales consultant in Fargo, with its General Line Sales Person of the Year award.

Foundation announces Star Award recipients

Several innovators who have led pioneering health improvement projects have been honored with Dakota Medical Foundation Star Awards.

Award winners include: Pete Seljevold, North Dakota Worksite Wellness director; John Staley, Grand Forks Park District director; Louise Dardis, West Fargo Public Schools assistant superintendent; Tabatha Joyce, Westside Elementary School principal, West Fargo; Beth Slette, director of federal assessments and programs at West Fargo Public Schools;

Jenny Linker, assistant professor of health, nutrition and exercise science at North Dakota State University; Kristen Hetland, assistant professor and chairwoman of physical education and healthy pedagogy at Concordia College; and Kim Pladson, executive director of TNT Kids Fitness, Fargo.

Seljevold led development of an easy-to-use toolkit and website and has offered training on how to implement a worksite wellness program, organized statewide worksite wellness summits and through the program, 59 new worksite wellness programs for 48,000 workers have been launched in the past three years.

Linker and Hetland have created ways to increase the quantity and quality of youth physical activity in elementary schools using strategies such as an active recess curriculum they developed, classroom brain breaks and before/after school activity programs.

Dardis, Joyce and Slette were honored for steps they made in implementing healthy celebrations and other district-wide changes for better nutrition and more physical activity.

Staley was honored for his role in raising $17 million to build a state-of-the-art fitness facility in Grand Forks and Pladson was recognized for her leadership in youth fitness that has brought gymnastics to children of all ages and abilities.

HBA of FM elects 2013 board of directors

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has elected its 2013 board of directors.

Those elected are:

Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, president; Carlita Dietz, Jay Dietz Construction, president-elect; Clay Dietrich, Dietrich Homes, treasurer; Sylvia Lunski, Design Direction, associate vice president; Terry Lipp, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Showroom, secretary; and Tyrone Leslie, Heritage Homes, past president.

Lunski and Harry Gilbertson, Harry Gilbertson Construction, were elected to serve a subsequent three-year term on the board beginning this year.

The following members were elected to the board for a first term: Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty; Gary Orth, Cornerstone Specialties; and Robin Swanson, Superior Insurance.

Dan Lindquist of Dan Lindquist Construction was appointed to the board in late 2012 to fill a vacant position.

Nodak Mutual names agents of the year

Richard McKnight, Cavalier, N.D., an agent with Nodak Mutual, was named the Nodak Mutual Insurance Co. Agent of the Year.

Lana Bowers, Minot, was the Agent of the Year runner-up, Chris Kottsick, Fargo, took third place, and Brad Richter, Hillsboro, earned fourth place. The agents were recognized for their ability to meet their clients insurance needs for property/casualty and life insurance in 2012.

Dianna Holm, West Fargo, was named New Agent of the Year for 2012.

Gunkelman, Grondahl earn HBA FM awards

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has awarded its Builders Engaging Associate Members award to John Gunkelman of Dakota Construction, Fargo, and its Extra Mile award to Jessica Grondahl, Nodak Stores marketing and promotions coordinator/builder consultant.

The BEAM award recognizes builder members who exemplify the National Association of Home Builders motto, Its good business to do business with a member.

The Extra Mile award is presented to an HBA member who has displayed dedication to the HBA by volunteering at events, sponsoring or attending events, promoting the HBA to nonmembers and is active in committee or board work for the association.

Sugar beet association re-elects Erickson

Kelly Erickson, Hallock, Minn., has been re-elected president of the American Sugarbeet Growers Association. The association represents an estimated 10,000 growers in 11 states.

Kelly and his wife, Karen, have been farming for 35 years. They raise 800 acres of sugar beets as well as wheat and soybeans.

He was president of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association from 2008 to 2011 and is also a member of the soybean, wheat and barley growers associations in Minnesota.