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Forum staff reports , Published June 28 2013

Honors and officers - 06/29/13

ND County Recorders elects new officers

The North Dakota County Recorders group has elected new officers. Those elected are:

Debbie Kroshus, Burleigh County, president; Lisa Jacobsen, Steele County, vice president; Carrole Schaner, Morton County, secretary; Cindy Kolle-Gustafson, Richland County, treasurer; and Jewel Spies, Cass County, past president and adviser.

MSCTC fire science instructor honored

Minnesota State Community and Technical College instructor Rick Loveland has been named of the top 14 fire science instructors in the Midwest by FireScience.org, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating resources related to fire science, as well as to firefighter and first responder training.

Loveland, a Moorhead firefighter for 18 years, is the fire program manager for MSCTC Custom Training Services and an instructor in the college’s Fire Service Preparation certificate program, which prepares prospective firefighters to meet national and Minnesota qualifications for fire service employment.

He is also a registered emergency medical technician and earned a diploma in aircraft firefighting from Lake Superior College, Duluth, Minn., and a degree in fire science and administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Nurse practitioner earns award of excellence

Melissa Erdmann, family nurse practitioner and owner of Stellar Healthcare, Fargo, has earned the American Association of Nurse Practitioners State Award for Excellence.

The award recognizes the efforts of individuals who have made a significant contribution to increase the awareness and acceptance of nurse practitioners.

Olson serving on NFDA disaster work group

Craig Olson of West Funeral Homes of West Fargo and Casselton, N.D., will serve on the National Funeral Directors Association Disaster Preparedness Work Group.

Members of the group develop an action plan that will guide and assist the association in mobilizing funeral service volunteers, suppliers and other resources in the event of a catastrophic incident.

YWCA honors law firm for empowering women

Fredrikson & Byron’s Fargo office was honored under the category of a business/organization that empowers Women at the annual YWCA Cass Clay Women of the Year event in April.

The event celebrated 30 of the most influential and impactful women and businesses in the Cass-Clay community.

The firm was recognized for its pro bono work, ranking third-highest among the nation’s 250 largest law firms for its percentage of women partners, having an above national average number of female partners, being named a Top 100 Law Firms for Women, and providing a family-friendly work environment.

Spitfire team named reserve champion

The competition barbecue team from the Spitfire Bar and Grill, West Fargo, was named the reserve champion at the Treasure Island International Barbecue Championship June 16 in Welch, Minn.

The team, led by chief cook Tim Olson, competed against 67 other teams in the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned contest.

Maxwells earns award from TripAdvisor

Maxwells Restaurant and Bar, West Fargo, has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, which is given to businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

To qualify for the award, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

Nikle earns award for career success

Sarah Nikle of the Edward Jones office in West Fargo has earned the Zeke McIntyre Pioneer Award, which recognizes new financial advisers who have achieved high levels of success early in their careers with Edward Jones.

Nikle was one of only 291 of the firm’s more than 12,000 financial advisers to receive the award, which is named after the man who opened the firm’s first branch office in 1957 in Mexico, Mo.

Fargo attorneys named North Star Lawyers

Fredrikson & Byron Fargo attorneys Kristy Albrecht and Nola McNeally were named North Star Lawyers by the Minnesota State Bar Association.

North Star Lawyers are MSBA members who have provided 50 or more hours of pro bono service in 2012.

Albrecht is a shareholder in the Fargo employment and labor, litigation and appellate groups. McNeally is a shareholder in the Fargo corporate, mergers and acquisitions and securities groups.

Habitat for Humanity has new board members

Mike Gust, Fargo, and Paul Holtan, Moorhead, have joined the board of trustees at Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity.

Gust is a shareholder with the Fargo law firm of Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden and Thompson. He will serve a two-year term on the board and participate as a member of the family selection committee.

Holtan is a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. In addition to serving a three-year term on the board, he will be the chairman of the resource development committee.