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Forum staff reports , Published September 06 2013

Honors and officers - 09/07/13

Vogel attorneys named to Best Lawyers 2014

Several Vogel Law Firm attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in their respective practice areas.

The attorneys are:

Tami Norgard, environmental law, litigation-environmental; Bruce Quick, criminal defense: non-white collar, criminal defense: white collar; DUI/DWI defense and bet- the-company litigation; William Schlossman Jr., corporate law and mergers, and acquisitions law; Robert Udland, medical malpractice law-defendants; and Nicholas Vogel, employee benefits law, tax law and trusts and estates.

Rosenvold, Wanner make Best Lawyers list

Robert E. Rosenvold and David L. Wanner, attorneys with the Ohnstad Twichell Law Firm, West Fargo, have been selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Rosenvold was named in the practice of trusts and estates and Wanner in the practice of real estate law and trust and estates. Wanner was also named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Fargo Trusts and Estate Lawyer of the Year. Only one lawyer in each practice area in each community is honored as a Lawyer of the Year.

Rosenvold has worked as an attorney for 38 years at the Ohnstad Twichell firm, and Wanner has worked as an attorney for the firm for 36 years.

Fargo Theatre elects committee, officers

The Fargo Theatre has named new executive committee members and officers.

Appointed committee members are John Machacek, president; Greg Carlson, vice president; Greg Gorze, treasurer; Greg Selbo, secretary; Harriette McCaul, past president; and Josh Boschee, Andy Christensen, Don Schwert and Lisa Edison-Smith.

Attorneys named to latest Best Lawyers list

The Maring Williams Law Office, Fargo and Bismarck, have had three attorneys selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

They are:

David S. Maring, bet-the company litigation, commercial litigation, personal injury litigation-plaintiffs, and products liability litigation-plaintiffs; Daniel J. Dunn, commercial litigation, construction law and personal injury litigation-plaintiffs; and Duane A. Lillehaug, products liability litigation-plaintiffs.

Wetch recognized for professional excellence

Martindale-Hubbell has designated attorney Joseph Wetch Jr. of the Serkland Law Firm in Fargo with an AV Preeminent rating, the highest level of professional excellence.

The objective, peer-reviewed rating is an indicator of a lawyer’s high ethical standards and professional ability, and is generated from evaluations by other members of the bar and judiciary.

Four people named to ShareHouse board

ShareHouse Inc., Fargo, has named Carrie Simonson, Larry Nelson, Willard Yellow Bird Jr. and Jen BrodKorb to its board of directors.

Simonson graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is employed at Sanford Health as the clinical lead in the child/adolescent maltreatment service.

Nelson graduated from NDSU with a degree in pharmacy. He is a registered pharmacist licensed in North Dakota, South Dakota and California. He worked at Kaiser Permanente’s Bonita Clinic Pharmacy, San Diego, was director of pharmacy for a psychiatric hospital in San Diego and worked with the Veterans Administration Hospital in La Jolla, Calif.

Yellow Bird graduated from NDSU and is employed with the city of Fargo as the cultural planner in the planning and development department. He works with the Native American programs in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Gladys Ray Shelter, Cooper House and local, state and federal agencies that deal with Native American issues He is also the liaison for the Native American Commission and the Human Relation Commission.

BrodKorb graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. She received a master’s of business administration degree in health care and a master’s degree in strategic leadership, both from University of Mary. She is employed at Precision Diagnostic Services.

Suppa receives humanitarian award

Robbie Suppa has received the Ben Marcus Humanitarian Award from Marcus Theatres. The award is given to a Marcus Theatre employee who is generous with their time through volunteering or who has gone above and beyond to help people in the community.

Suppa is a junior at North Dakota State University and volunteers as a school-based Big Brother. He has worked at West Acres Cinema in Fargo for more than four years.

A contribution will also be made by Marcus Theaters to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Village Family Service Center in Fargo on Suppa’s behalf.

Midwest Motor Express earns a top ranking

Midwest Motor Express has been included in the Top 250 for-hire carriers as compiled by the Commercial Carrier Journal, the trucking industry publication.

For more than 10 years, the publication has consistently ranked Midwest Motor Express as one of the top performing for-hire carriers among all carriers, and their ranking would be within the top 50 carriers in the less-than truckload sector.

Based in Bismarck, Midwest Motor Express

operates 32 service centers in 16 states.

Hellevang recognized with professional honor

Ken Hellevang, Extension agricultural engineer and a professor in the agricultural and biosystems engineering department at North Dakota State University, has been named an American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow.

Hellevang received the honor for his educational and Extension contributions worldwide in crop postharvest engineering, structures and indoor environmental engineering, flooding preparation and recovery, energy efficiency and service to the society.

Hellevang has bachelor’s and maste’s degrees from South Dakota State University and a doctorate degree from NDSU.

Hubbard named Real Estate Lawyer of Year

Best Lawyers peer-review publication has named Paul M. Hubbard of Conmy Feste Ltd. as the Fargo Real Estate Lawyer of the Year for 2014.

Hubbard received the same award in 2011, and has been continuously listed in Best Lawyers for more than 25 years.

He is also listed as a leading real estate attorney for Fargo by Super Lawyers and is ranked as a first-tier real estate attorney in North Dakota by Chambers USA, a London-based directory of America’s leading lawyers for business.

Hubbard is a shareholder at Conmy Feste and has been practicing for 40 years.

Guy, Williams elected as shareholders in firm

Fargo attorneys William L. Guy III and F. John Williams III have been elected as shareholders in the Fredrikson & Byron law firm’s trusts and estates group.

Guy’s primary practice areas are estate planning and business succession, focusing on estate tax minimization, wealth transfer and asset protection, closely held businesses or licensed professions such as medicine or engineering.

Williams’ practice includes estate planning, business succession and trust and probate administration solutions for business owners, farmers, ranchers, executives and professionals. He specializes in issues pertaining to sophisticated family business succession and tax issues.

Sir Speedy earns Century Club Award

Sir Speedy in Fargo has received a Century Club Award, which recognizes 100 of the top franchises for outstanding sales achievement in 2012.

The award was presented to Sir Speedy owners Kevin and Lora Elfstrum at the recent international convention in Indianapolis.

Red River IAAP Chapter elects new officers

The Red River Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals has elected officers for 2013-14. Those elected are:

Margo Rolczynski, president, Minnesota State Community and Technical College; Bonnie Baumgardner, president-elect, Gate City Bank; Lori Jo Rieber, vice president, The Village Family Service Center; Sherri Finke, secretary, Realty 2000; Ann Marschke, treasurer, North Dakota State University Memorial Union; Aimee Thapa, treasurer-elect, NDSU Plant Pathology Department; and Sheila Watson, immediate past president, Air Force Recruiting Squadron.

Schneider named to lawyer’s rising stars list

Mac Schneider, an attorney with the Schneider, Schneider & Schneider law firm, Fargo and Grand Forks, has been named to the Super Lawyers’ 2013 North Dakota Rising Stars list.

Schneider joined the law firm in 2008 and practices in the areas of Social Security disability, Minnesota workers’ compensation, veterans’ disability benefits and civil litigation.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.

Hansen joins Impact Foundation board

Phil Hansen has joined the board of directors for Impact Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides charities with learning experiences to improve their organizational health, fundraising and impact.

Hansen is a former professional football player who now owns a Detroit Lakes, Minn.-area landscaping business. He also works as a color analyst for the North Dakota State University Bison football team and as an NFL Ambassador for Heads Up Football to teach youths proper football techniques.

Hansen and his wife, Dianna, support many health-related nonprofits in the region through the Phil and Dianna Hansen Family Fund and The Charitable Champions Fund at Dakota Medical Foundation.

NDPC members earn 36 national awards

Winners of the 2013 National Federation of Press Women Communications Contest were recognized at the annual fall conference recently in Salt Lake City.

Members of the North Dakota Professional Communicators earned 36 awards and NDPC member Karen Stensrud, Fargo, was the individual Sweepstakes Award winner in the NFPW Communications Contest. She received $250 and a plaque.

Other winners from the NDPC included:

Jane Ahlin, Fargo, third, columns, personal opinion (bylined, not editorial); Ellen Crawford, Fargo, first, reports (including, but not limited to, annual reports), and third, news story-magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper print publication; Merrie Sue Holtan, Perham, Minn., first, specialty articles-travel, and honorable mentions, specialty articles-sports and specialty articles-home (interior decoration, furniture, architecture, landscaping); Pamela Knudson, Grand Forks, third, specialty articles-education, and honorable mention, feature story-print-based newspaper.

Becky Koch, Fargo, third, magapapers/tabloids; Jeanine Larson, West Fargo, first, social media campaign-corporate or for-profit, second, videos for website-corporate or for-profit, honorable mentions in writing for the web and website edited or managed by entrant-corporate or for-profit; Barbara Pates, Fargo, first, videos for website-nonprofit, government or educational, and honorable mention, page design-magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication; Amanda Peterson, Moorhead, first, specialty articles-green/environmental, and honorable mention, feature story-magazine, newsletter or other non-newspaper publication.

Denise Pinkney, Fargo, first, blogs-nonprofit, government, or educational, and honorable mention, newsletters-nonprofit, government or educational; Carol Renner, Fargo, honorable mention, news or feature release-single release; Linda Sailer, Dickinson, N.D., firsts, specialty articles-hobby or craft, sections or supplements edited by entrant-infrequent (e.g., one-time, annual, quarterly)-newspaper, and an honorable mention in single photograph-news or feature photo; Roxane Salonen, Fargo, second, publications regularly edited by entrant-newspaper; Lisa Dahlen Steffens, Fargo, firsts, feature story-online publication, and website edited or managed by entrant-nonprofit, government or educational; Karen Stensrud, Fargo, firsts in advertising campaigns, advertising posters, billboards and banners, radio and television advertising-radio and direct-mail marketing, seconds in single advertisements for print or electronic publication and radio and television advertising-television; thirds in marketing program or campaign for new or existing service or product, brochures-corporate or for-profit and media kit-tools to gain media coverage; and Kathy Tofflemire, Fargo, honorable mention, columns-general.