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Published May 17 2013

Honors and officers - 05/18/13

Realty Executives North Plains honors agents

Realty Executives North Plains has honored its 2012 top-producing agents.

The agents include: Dan Madsen, Doug Madsen, Dan Whitman, Karen Radtke, Rolf Kopperud and Angie Weishaar.

Spitfire of WF wins BBQ Bluffs competition

The competition barbecue team from the Spitfire Bar and Grill, West Fargo, was named grand champion at the BBQ in the Bluffs held May 11 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

The team, led by chief cook Tim Olson, competed in all four meat categories as part of the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned contest.

They placed first in overall points and were awarded first place in the pulled pork category.

Insurance agents earn honors for sales

American Family Insurance agents Chris Rasmussen-Harvey, Cami Sagvold and Brent Berg, all of Moorhead, have been named All American agents by American Family Insurance Group.

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

Reetz named national safety award winner

Bob Reetz, the North Dakota Insurance Department’s chief boiler inspector, has been awarded the Safety Medal Award by the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the national board.

Reetz has served as the state’s chief boiler inspector for 35 years, first with Workforce Safety and Insurance and then with the Insurance Department when the program was transferred.

Breast center in Fargo earns accreditation

Essentia Health’s Breast Center in Fargo has received accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, a program administered by the American College of Surgeons.

The designation marks a systemwide achievement for Essentia as Fargo now joins Essentia’s breast health centers in Duluth and Brainerd, Minn., as NAPBC-accredited centers.

New officers elected to Youth for Christ board

The Red River Youth for Christ board of directors has elected the following officers for 2013:

John Eidsness, president; Gerry Skindelien, vice president; and Cyd Runsvold, secretary.

Other board members are: Pebbles Thompson, Jayne Olsgaard and Peter Schott. Retiring board member is Kent Satrang.

The annual Red River Youth for Christ golf tournament will be June 14 at the Moorhead Country Club. For more information or to register, call (701) 237-6682.

Hagerty receives achievement award

Mischelle Hagerty of the Fargo Regional Child Support Unit of the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Child Support Division has received the Outstanding Individual Achievement award.

She was honored for her performance, leadership skills and child support program knowledge.

VFW Post 762 installs officers, buys building

Fargo VFW Post 762 has installed officers for 2013-14.

Those installed are: Woody Folstad, commander; Ron Matthews, senior vice commander; Dave Rice, junior vice commander; Mike McQuillan, quartermaster/adjutant; Terry Richardson, judge advocate; Sharon Kaseman, chaplain; Jerry Brokke, post surgeon; and Rod Johnson, house committee.

The VFW Post 762 has also purchased the building at 202 Broadway, Fargo, and a remodeling committee is being established.

CCRI names board members and officers

CCRI, Moorhead, has named new board of director members. They are: Lori Fett Trosen, Melanie Schicker, Chris Schenck and Jayne Holtgrewe.

Fett Trosen owns and manages Big Tree Works, Schicker is a professor of health administration at Minnesota State University Moorhead, Schenck is senior vice president at Bell State Bank and Trust in Moorhead, and Holtgrewe is a certified professional coding specialist at Sanford Health.

New officers elected are: Dick Popp, Ace Hardware, Moorhead, chairman; Barbara Matthees, MSUM, vice chairman; and Fett Trosen, secretary.

Tom Holtgrewe, Deb Kukowski, Harriet McCaul and Julie Rokke completed their terms and were honored for their many years of service on the board.

McGillis to lead ND insurance agent group

Corey McGillis has been named president of the Professional Insurance Agents of North Dakota.

McGillis is with MayPort Insurance and Realty, Portland, N.D.

NDSU honors three for teaching, research

Three North Dakota State University faculty members were awarded honors for outstanding teaching and research.

Elizabeth Birmingham, associate professor of English, received the Odney Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty teaching. Dinesh Katti, professor of civil engineering, earned the Fred Waldron Research Award, which recognizes outstanding faculty research. Andrew Mara, associate professor of English, received the Peltier Award, established by Joseph and Norma Peltier to recognize outstanding innovation in teaching.

Birmingham, joined the NDSU faculty in 2001. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Rosary College, and a master’s degree in creative writing and a doctorate in rhetoric and professional communication at Iowa State University. She was a Fulbright fellow at the Australian National University in 1991 to 1992.

Katti joined NDSU in 1996. He earned a bachelor’s degree at the National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, India, a master’s degree in civil engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, and a doctorate in civil engineering at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Katti is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the field of multiscale modeling of nanomaterials,

Mara, who came to NDSU in 2006, earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Redlands, a master’s degree in literature from Pennsylvania State University and a doctorate in rhetoric and writing at the University of New Mexico. He also was a professional communicator at Sandia National Laboratories.

MSCTC students score high at national meet

Five students from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead scored in the Top 10 at the recent Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The students are: Denise Prestegord, Fargo, third place in managerial accounting and eighth place in advanced accounting; Jared Walz, Fargo, fourth in managerial accounting and fifth in advanced accounting; Josh Drewlow, Fargo, sixth in managerial accounting; Jennifer Turchin, Fargo, seventh in banking and finance; and Kari Larson, Hillsboro, N.D., ninth in federal income tax.

The MSCTC team is advised by Allen Beaton and Nancy Stigen.

Results Unlimited wins communicator awards

Results Unlimited Marketing and Advertising in Minot, Fargo-Moorhead and Minneapolis, has received 26 Communicator Awards and two Healthcare Marketing Report Awards. The awards included:

Communicator Award of Excellence (Print): 4 Bears Casino, September/October 2012 Bearfacts Newsletter; Taney Engineering Company Booklet; and Alliance Ag Co-op and Agvantage Winter 2012 Magazine.

Communicator Award of Distinction (Print): 4 Bears Casino 2013 calendar; Farmers Union Oil of Stanley and Tioga Prairie Progress fall 2012 magazine; Farmers Union Oil of Velva Co-op Connection summer 2012 magazine; Dakota College of Bottineau 2012 athletics brochure; Dakota College of Bottineau 2012 Viewbook; SunPrairie Grain 2012 annual report; Behm Energy logo; Central Valley Bean, Bean Town summer 2012 magazine; White Earth Nation pre-K coloring book; Badlands Grill “Sizzling Steak” insert; CHS Inc./SunPrairie Grain 2012 seed plot entry; Prairie Partners Outlook spring 2012 magazine; Double Medium logo.

Communicator Award of Excellence (Web): Trinity Health Foundation.

Website Communicator Award of Distinction (Websites): Results Unlimited, Culinex, United Prairie Co-op, Dakota College of Bottineau, St. Joseph Hospital Foundation.

Communicator Award of Distinction (Interactive): Results Unlimited Santa Dash holiday game.

Communicator Award of Distinction (TV): North Dakota Department of Transportation sky dive 30 second TV ad; SunPrairie Grain corporate video; Trinity Health Northstar Criticair 30 second TV ad.

Healthcare Marketing Report Silver Award, Trinity Health 50 Top Heart logo healthcare marketing report; and Merit Award, Trinity Health, Dr. Phillips campaign for TV, radio and print.

State communications contest winners named

Winners of the 2013 North Dakota Professional Communicators Communications Contest were recognized at the recent spring conference in Minot. The first-place awards have been entered in the National Federal of Press Women contest. Those awards will be announced at the annual conference in August.

North Dakota winners included: