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Forum staff reports , Published August 23 2013

Honors and officers - 08/24/13

Nelson re-elected as music club president

Carolyn C. Nelson, Fargo, has been re-elected president of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Nelson will serve until the 58th biennial convention that will be held in June 15-20, 2015, in Fargo. She is a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Area Music Club.

Other North Dakota NFMC members holding national positions are Carole Flatau, Sharon Wesbrook, Odee Maier, Gordon Maier, Jan Stoffel and Vivian Acuff, all of the F-M Area Music Club; Carma Kulish of the Dickinson St. Cecelia Music Club; and Patricia Grantier of the Bismarck-Mandan Music Club.

Simsek awarded D’Appolonia endowment

The first North Dakota State University Bert L. D’Appolonia Endowed Associate Professorship in Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat has been awarded to Senay Simsek.

Simsek is a spring wheat chemist and associate professor in the NDSU Plant Sciences Department. She joined the department in 2007.

Simsek has published 47 peer-reviewed journal articles since coming to NDSU and has published more than 60 abstracts describing research that will lead to additional peer-reviewed publications.

The endowment is named after Bert L. D’Appolonia, who was a faculty member at NDSU from 1963 through 1993. He retired as a professor and chairman of the Department of Cereal and Food Sciences. He is recognized worldwide as an expert in cereal chemistry and end-use quality of hard red spring wheat.

Simsek earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bulent Ecevit University in Turkey and her doctorate in food science from Purdue University.

Serkland attorneys named to Best Lawyers

Four Serkland Law Firm attorneys in Fargo have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in their respective practice areas.

The attorneys are: Jack G. Marcil, arbitration, mediation, personal injury litigation and product liability litigation; Ronald H. McLean, Bet-the-Company litigation, commercial litigation, litigation-construction, litigation-labor and employment, litigation-mergers and acquisitions and litigation-municipal; Roger J. Minch, arbitration, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, litigation-banking and finance and litigation-bankruptcy; and Maureen Holman, family law.

Munkeby named to Executive Council

Bobbi Munkeby, Fort Ransom, N.D., has been named a member of the 2013 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Co. Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s licensed agents.

She has been a New York Life agent since 1997 and is associated with the company’s general office in Fargo.

Plains Art Museum elects chairwoman

The Plains Art Museum in Fargo has elected Julie Burgum, Casselton, N.D., as chairwoman for the museum’s board of directors. She has served on the museum’s board since 2007.

She is president of the Casselton Heritage Center, and also serves on the North Dakota State University Development Foundation board of trustees, the NDSU BisonArts Board and the NDSU Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Advisory Council.

Previously, Burgum was a family and consumer science teacher at West Fargo Middle School.

The Bradley J. Burgum Skybridge connecting the museum to the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity is named in honor of her late husband.

Fargo attorneys make Best Lawyers list

William Guy III, Jon Strinden and Todd Zimmerman, attorneys with the Fredrikson & Byron law firm in Fargo, were included in The Best Lawyers in America 2014.

Guy’s practice areas include trusts and estates; Strinden’s practice areas are corporate, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, private equity and venture capital, emerging business, agribusiness and cooperatives, bank and finance; and Zimmerman practices in the areas of real estate, securities, agriculture and cooperatives, internet, technology and e-commerce and litigation.

Dakota Supply Group earns marketing awards

Dakota Supply Group, Fargo, has earned three 2013 Best of the Best awards from the National Association of Electrical Distributors’ TED Magazine.

The company earned awards in the digital/social media campaign category for its “Contractor Portal” web-based application, the print ad category for its “Joining Forces” magazine ad and the public relations category for its “Married to the Brand” presentation.

DSG’s marketing managers are Chris Shilling and Arne Breikjern.

The awards are presented to the top distributors and suppliers nationwide who represent the best overall marketing practices in their respective categories.

Smith nominated for broadcaster award

Prairie Public radio host David Smith has been nominated for a broadcaster of the year award for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards.

Smith hosts the “Red River Bluegrass Show” Saturdays at 4 p.m. on Prairie Public’s statewide radio service.

Award winners will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Sept. 26. The show is the centerpiece of World of Bluegrass Week Sept. 24-28 in Raleigh, N.C.

Jeremiah Program F-M adds three to board

Abigail Burgum, Becky Jahnke and Tracy Martin have joined the board of Jeremiah Program Fargo-Moorhead.

Burgum is a staffing consultant with Microsoft, Fargo; Jahnke is with the city of Moorhead; and Martin works with Independent Family Doctors, Fargo.

The new board members join current board members Mary Lou Dahms, Sandra Roers, Jeff Volk, Ruby Kolpack, Trish Schrom and Eveadean Myers.

Sundog makes list for second year

Sundog, a marketing and technology company based in Fargo, has been named to the Inc. 500/5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the country for the second year. The annual ranking placed Sundog at number 3,347.

The list measures revenue growth from 2009 to 2012 and, to qualify, companies must be privately held and U.S.-based.

Moorhead Legion elects officers

The Moorhead American Legion Post 21 has elected officers for 2013-14. Those elected include:

DeLyle C. Ishaug, commander; Wayne Schumacher, first vice commander; Les Forman, second vice chairman; Marvin Nicklay, third vice chairman; and Mike Obach, fourth vice chairman.

Ishaug has been a Legion member for 47 years. He volunteered and served for two years in the U.S. Army, then was a member of the North Dakota Air National Guard for 32 years before retiring.

Schumacher is a 47-year member of the Legion. He served with the U.S. Army and is a member of the Legion Color Guard.

Forman is a Vietnam veteran and a 38-year Legion member.

Borlaug appointed to preservation board

Larry A. Borlaug, Fargo, has been appointed to the Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation board of directors.

The nonprofit preservation foundation recently opened and now operates the Gettysburg (Pa.) Seminary Ridge Museum, preserving the building that houses the museum and offering the public a chance to walk inside one of the Civil War’s most historic structures.

The museum’s permanent exhibit, “Voices of Duty and Devotion,” focuses on the first day of the Battle of Gettysburg on Seminary Ridge, the care of the wounded and the larger issues of faith and freedom.

Borlaug has been a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for nearly 40 years.

Vogel attorneys make Best Lawyers list

Several Vogel Law Firm attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in their respective practice areas. The attorneys include:

Jerilynn Brantner Adams, family law; Jon Brakke, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law; Daniel Bueide, real estate law; Lisa Edison-Smith, litigation-labor and employment, employment law-management, and labor law-management; Mark Friese, DUI/DWI defense; Steve Johnson, corporate law, litigation-mergers and acquisitions, and mergers and acquisitions law; and Angie Lord, health care law.