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Forum staff reports , Published July 05 2013

Honors and officers - 07/06/13

Wessman reappointed to Elim Care board

Henry C. “Bud” Wessman, Fargo, has been reappointed to the Elim Care corporate board of directors and Elim Care Foundation board.

Wessman is the former mayor of Grand Forks, former director of human services for the state of North Dakota, professor emeritus at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, and a retired federal administrative judge,

Wessman previously served on the Elim board from 1981 to 1984 and from 2004 to 2009.

North Dakota is also represented by two other Elim Care board members, Dr. Guy Tangedahl and the Rev. Dr. Daryl Thompson, both of Bismarck.

De Vries wins Edward Jones service award

Matthew De Vries of the financial services firm Edward Jones in West Fargo has won the firm’s Ed Armstrong Award for his achievement in building client relationships.

De Vries was one of 1,618 of the firm’s 12,000 financial advisers to receive the award, named after Armstrong, who built a successful branch office and since 1977 has contributed to his community of Grand Island, Neb.

Zurn to head Northern Crops Institute Council

Karolyn Zurn, a producer from Callaway, Minn., is the new chairwoman of the Northern Crops Council. Zurn represents the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association.

Keith Peltier, president and chief executive officer of Proseed, Harvey, N.D., was elected vice chairman of the council. He represents processors and marketers of food and feed products.

Four new members have joined the NCC. They include: Beau Anderson, a producer from Williston, N.D., who represents the Northern Pulse Growers Association; Roger Hipwell, president and chief operating officer of MGI Grain Processing Golden Valley, Minn., represents processors and marketers of food and feed products; Greg Kessel, a producer from Belfield, N.D.; and Greg Svenningsen, a producer from Valley City, N.D.

Jennifer Tesch is the new chairwoman of Northern Crops Institute’s Industry Advisory Board. Tesch is the marketing director at SK Food International, Fargo.

Minnesota Job Service team wins state honors

The Minnesota Job Service team from the Northwest/North Central region has been named “Job Service Team of the Year” by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

The award recognizes one Minnesota Job Service team that provides outstanding service to job-seeking customers, exceptional returns to taxpayer dollars and a model of performance as a team.

Members of the team include: Tim Qualley, Melody Gorden and Angele Hartell, Bemidji; Steve Retzer, Detroit Lakes/Moorhead; Rick Schara and John Weisenberger, Fergus Falls; Sam Kuehl and Karen Wells, Alexandria; Trudi Amundson, Peter Svendsen, Jack Gagnon, Kris Henifin and Cathy Kliber, Brainerd; and Jaclyn Brekken and Bonny Stechmann, Crookston/Thief River Falls.

Bruner’s logos featured in national publication

Twenty-one logos designed by Mike Bruner, executive creative director at the Odney agency, were recognized by LogoLounge, a resource for logo and identity designers that highlights trends and features designs from leading agencies and talented up-and-comers.

Odney is a marketing, advertising, public relations and government relations ser-vices agency with offices throughout North Dakota and in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,

Bruner’s work was among the 2,000 logos selected out of more than 30,000 submissions, for inclusion in the 2014 LogoLounge Book 8, slated for release in April. Two of his designs were also featured on the Trend Report on the LogoLounge website.

Bruner’s work has been featured in previous issues of the industry publication. Eleven of his logos were featured in LogoLounge Book 7.

Mathias to celebrate career milestone

Michael Mathias will celebrate his 35th anniversary this year as a financial representative of Northwestern Mutual in Fargo.

He joined Northwestern Mutual in 1978 and since then has earned life membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable and holds CLU, ChFC and CFP designations.

A native of Wheaton, Minn., Mathias earned a bachelor’s degree in science and mathematics from North Dakota State University.

HBA F-M wins excellence awards

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has received Best Public Relations Program Conducted – 2012 Permit Reports/News Conferences and Best Local Government Affairs Effort - Candidate Forums and Legislative Candidate Open House awards from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Home Builders.

The public relations award was given for the HBA’s quarterly news conferences held last year to share results of the building permit report to highlight the industry’s contribution to the community as an economic engine.

The local government affairs award was given for events held to prepare members for upcoming elections, hear from those running for office and build relationships with current legislators and candidates for office.

4 U.S. Bank employees earn quarterly awards

U.S. Bank employees Katie Astrup and Phil Hayes have received the bank’s Pinnacle Award for outstanding achievement and superior performance during the first quarter of 2013.

The bank’s Top Performer award in the community banking southeast North Dakota market was awarded to Britney Mikesh, sales and service manager at the downtown Fargo office, and Kylie Mitchell was awarded the bank’s Star of Excellence award in the southeast North Dakota market. Mitchell is a personal banker at the southwest office in Fargo.

The Top Performer award is presented to tellers, teller coordinators, teller specialists, personal bankers, universal bankers and sales and service managers for outstanding performance in their branches and markets.

The Star of Excellence award is presented to personal bankers and universal bankers based on sales performance.

Astrup is the division manager for the Southeast North Dakota region covering Fargo-Moorhead, Lisbon, Wahpeton and Valley City. She works at the downtown Fargo office. She graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in finance and has been with U.S. Bank for 15 years.

Hayes is manager of the downtown Fargo branch. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He has been with U.S. Bank for seven years.

Anderson named HDSA Person of the Year

Dale Anderson, Fargo, has been named the Huntington’s Disease Society of America Person of the Year.

Each year, HDSA honors those who have made no-table contributions to the HD community with national awards.

The Person of the Year award honors an individual whose courage, dignity and fighting spirit inspire others living with HD.

Valley Imports team wins charity golf tournament

The team from Valley Imports, Fargo, won first place gross at the annual Lost and Found Ministry Golf Tournament held June 21 at the Meadows Golf Course, Moorhead.

Members of the team were Steve Armbrust, Tyler Braaten, Nate Evenson and Matt Lausch.

The Deb Flaskerud team took first place net and consisted of Deb Flaskerud, Sarah Morgenroth, Dave Malheim and Mark Hensrud.

JLG Architects named a top Twin Cities firm

The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal has ranked JLG Architects 14th in a list of the top 25 largest architectural firms in the Twin Cities. Firms are ranked annually by architectural billings.

JLG employs more than 80 professionals in seven offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Minot, Bismarck and Williston, all in North Dakota, Alexandria, Minn., and Minneapolis.

Mary Kay sales director earns Ford Mustang

Karen Paluga-Larson, Moorhead, a Mary Kay independent sales director, has earned the use of a new Ford Mustang for her achievements in her Mary Kay business.

Paluga-Larson has earned 13 cars so far in her career. Mary Kay independent sales force members earn the use of a career car by meeting and exceeding goals set within their businesses.

Paluga-Larson began her Mary Kay business in 1988 and became an independent sales director in 1992.

F-M Cosmopolitan Club elects board members

The Fargo-Moorhead Cosmopolitan Club has elected its board of directors 2013-14. Those elected include:

Lisa Fritzell Hemm, president, Underbrush Gallery, Fargo; Nicole Ellis, vice president, Swanson Health Products, Fargo; Tracey Braeger, secretary/treasurer, Sanford Health; Bob Carlson, retired, Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota; JoEllen Carlson, Hope Lutheran Church, Fargo; Doug Huber, Harwood (N.D.) State Bank; Pat Olson, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, Fargo; Mike Rasmussen, Univance Corp.; Kathy Robley, BCBSND; and Jay Titus, Jay of All Trades.

DMS Health honored for customer service

DMS Health Technologies, Fargo, has received the NorthFace ScoreBoard Award from Omega Management Group Corp. in recognition of achieving excellence in customer service and support in 2012.

This is the fifth consecutive year DMS has earned the award. Omega is an expert in customer experience management strategy, and helps companies boost revenue and profits by exceeding customer expectations for service quality.