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Published March 16 2013

Honors and Officers (March 16, 2013)

Re/Max Legacy agents recognized with awards

Several agents from Re/Max Legacy Realty, Fargo, have achieved the Executive Club award for sales achievements.

The agents include: Ericka Schott, Jeanine Rosenthal, Morris Pyle, Jim Kapphahn and Gary Gonser.

Hartman named as a member of MDRT

Steven R. Hartman, an agent for New York Life Insurance Co., Fargo, has earned membership in the Million Dollar Round Table for 2013.

Hartman has been a New York Life agent since 1980 and has achieved MDRT membership for 19 years.

Essentia manager receives Patriot Award

The North Dakota Employer Support Group of the Guard and Reserve has honored Nicole Nikki Hauck, operating room manager at Essentia Health, Fargo, with its Patriot Award.

The award recognizes supervisors and managers who are nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve and reflects efforts made to support Guard and Reserve members such as flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment and granting leaves of absence when necessary.

Hauck was nominated by Donnie Graening, operating room nurse supervisor at Essentia. Graening is a senior chief hospital corpsman in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Area Erbert & Gerberts shops earn awards

Ted Horan, owner of several area Erbert & Gerberts restaurants, received the Franchisee of the Year and Marketing Award of Distinction at the franchises annual convention in February.

Brad Fandrich received the Area Manager of the Year award The Presidents Club award, which recognizes outstanding store managers, went to Mark Arnold of the 13th Avenue South location in Fargo, Paul Bartz at the Fifth Street South restaurant in Fargo, Erika Vega, Bismarck, and Jason Oschendorf, Moorhead.

Horan, who operates the stores with business partner Joe Cody, has been an Erbert & Gerberts franchisee since 2005. His sixth location opened in December in Grand Forks.

ND lender recognized for small-business loans

Bremer Bank has earned the Directors Award for its commitment to small-business financing using U.S. Small Business Administration programs.

The bank approved 20 loans and $8.1 million in small-business financing in North Dakota and is among six North Dakota lenders recognized by the SBA.

Western Products earns US Seamless awards

United States Seamless has awarded Ray Blaha of Western Products, Fargo, the International Design Award, which recognizes the best entries submitted by franchisees around the country.

Western Products also received the Directors Award, which recognizes franchisees with the highest market penetration of United States Seamless accent products.

NDSU Cares program receives recognition

NDSU Cares, a campus awareness, referral and education for suicide prevention program at North Dakota State University, has been selected to receive Bronze recognition for the Excellence Awards program of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

NDSUs program was recognized in the student health, wellness, counseling and related category.

Selections were based on such criteria as having a positive impact on student learning, demonstrating success in addressing student needs or critical campus issues, collaboration with other departments, and originality and creativity.

Graphenteen earns a caregiver of year award

Gale Graphenteen, a certified nursing and medical assistant and resident assistant in the Gables at Bethany on 42nd, Fargo, has been selected as a 2013 Caregiver of the Year by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.

She will be honored at the associations spring convention in Bismarck.

Graphenteen has been with Bethany for more than four years. She was previously a CNA at Elim Care Center, Fargo, and worked at Odd Fellows Assisted Living and Mercy Hospital, Devils Lake, N.D.

In her nomination written by Gables residents, Graphenteen was noted for her professionalism and the special attention she gives the residents.

Nor-Son recognized for home, hospital projects

Nor-Son has received two Eagle awards from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors in recognition of outstanding achievement and quality workmanship.

The consulting, design and construction services firm earned the awards in residential single family: $1 million to $5 million category for a home on Star Lake in Otter Tail County, and in the health care over $5 million category for the Sanford Health hospital in Perham.

Nor-Son has offices in Baxter, Minn., Minneapolis, Fargo and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Hot tub retailer earns excellence awards

HotSpring Spas & Pool Tables 2, West Fargo, was recognized with a 2012 Retail Excellence Award from Hot Spring Spas. The award is given to a dealer with the highest sales volume for a single store.

The West Fargo store also received the Locksin Thompson Award, the highest honor given by HotSpring Spas.

Store owners Vince and Sarah Wuebker recently expanded their brand to Bismarck, opening a 16,000-square-foot showroom at the Kirkwood Mall.

Shad Connor honored for service to clients

Shad Connor, a wealth adviser with Red River Financial Associates of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Fargo, has qualified for the Summit Circle conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members.

Connor has been with Thrivent Financial for 13 years.

NDSU honors two for academic advising

North Dakota State University has named Janice Haggart and Linda Fricker as the first recipients of its Academic Advising Awards.

Haggart is an instructor in the Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences and received the Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award.

Fricker, an academic adviser for the College of Arts, Humanities and Sciences, received the Outstanding Professional Adviser Award.

Both will receive $1,000 and will be recognized with a plaque displayed in Memorial Union. They also will be honored at the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence in May at the NDSU McGovern Alumni Center.

Fargo Sons of Norway elects officers for 2013

The Sons of Norway Kringen Lodge in Fargo has elected officers for 2013. Those elected are:

Carrol T. Juven, president; Dan Haglund, vice president; Elaine Nelson, counselor; Ronald Rotvold and Vonnie Anderson, trustees; Janice Tommerdahl, secretary; Marilyn Martinson, treasurer; Myrna Bartness, social director; Verlyn Anderson, cultural director; and Arnold Ellingson, foundation director.

The following have been appointed to other positions: Harry Fillafer, sports director; Roger Butenhoff, publicity director; Shirley Williams and Phyllis Fillafer, marshalls; Doreen Grobe, youth director; and Arnold Jordheim and Sandy Steen, greeters.

Thrivent Financial recognized for ethics

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has been selected as one of the 2013 Worlds Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute, an international think tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability.

Thrivent Financial was named to the list for the second consecutive year as a result of its leadership in promoting ethical business standards and for introducing innovative ideas to benefit the public.

NDSU professor earns chamber service award

Carol Archbold, an associate professor of criminal justice at North Dakota State University, has received the NDSU Chamber of Commerce Faculty Service Award.

Archbold was recognized for her numerous contributions to the Fargo Police Department, including serving as a member of the promotion board for sergeants, lieutenants and captains, and she was a member of the departments Gender and Promotion Task Force.

She also directed several programs for the Fargo Rape and Abuse Crisis Center and conducts research on the impact of the oil boom on law enforcement agencies in western North Dakota.

Leopold chosen as solar system ambassador

Carrie Leopold, North Dakota State College of Science-Fargo STEM outreach coordinator, has been selected as a solar system ambassador in NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory public outreach program for 2013.

She was one of five women chosen from North Dakota to participate in the program. Ambassadors are volunteers who organize community events about space science and NASA missions.

Leopold is also part of NASAs professional development network, which provides resources and training to area teachers.

She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelors degree in biology and has a masters degree in education from the University of Mary. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in education research at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

NDSU vice president receives Fulbright grant

Evie Myers, vice president for equity, diversity and global outreach at North Dakota State University, has been selected to receive a 2013-14 Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to attend a two-week educational seminar in June in Japan.

The program conducts seminars designed to introduce senior higher education officials to the society, culture and higher education systems in France, Germany, United Kingdom, India, Japan or South Korea. Myers will learn about Japan through campus visits, meetings with foreign colleagues and government officials, cultural events and briefings on education.

Fargo LaQuinta Inn earns national awards

The LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Fargo, was named Franchise Inn of the Year for 2012.

The Fargo property was ranked among the highest in revenue performance, guest satisfaction and quality control.

Steve Hatfield, general manager of the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, Fargo, was named Franchise General Manager of the Year.

The hotel also earned regional awards including highest balance scorecard, highest net promoter and regional general manager of the year.

Results Unlimited wins bronze Telly Award

Results Unlimited, an advertising and marketing agency in Minot, Fargo-Moorhead and Minneapolis, has been recognized with a bronze Telly Award.

It earned the award for an in-house produced television commercial for the North Dakota Department of Transportations Sky Dive ad in the public service category.