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Published September 20 2013

Honors and promotions (Sept. 21)

AF ND elects officers, board of directors

The American Advertising Federation of North Dakota has elected Melissa Hintermeister of Minnesota State Community and Technical College as president. Other officers and board of director members for 2013-2014 are:

Adam Wiedman, first vice president, Sundog; Sonya Goergen, second vice president, North Dakota State University; Jesse Myers, treasurer, Flint Communications; Tina Flach, secretary, General Equipment; Tracy Konickson, ex-officio, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber; and Brad Clemenson, District 8 second lieutenant governor, NDSU.

New directors elected to the board are: Mike Dragosavich, Spotlight Media; Katie Elenberger, NDSU; Dustin Hill, Odney Advertising; Leah Kastner, Forum Communications; Missy Keney, Alerus Financial; Valerie Verwest, Noridian Mutual Insurance; Tanya Weets, Absolute Marketing Group; Alec Winmill, Titan Machinery; and Alecia Huppert, Minnesota State University Moorhead, serving as a student liaison.


Attorney recognized in practice of labor law

Sarah Andrews Herman of the Dorsey & Whitney law firm, Fargo, has been named to the 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers list in the area of employment and labor law.

She was also included in The Best Lawyers in American 2014 in the practice areas of employment, management and labor laws. She has received recognition from Best Lawyers for more than 20 years and has practiced in the Fargo area since 1977.


AE2S earns national marketing award

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services won a second-place National Marketing Communications award in the promotional campaign division at the recent Society for Marketing Professional Services conference in Orlando, Fla.

The award was for a campaign that promoted the Western Area Water Supply Project in northwestern North Dakota.

AE2S’s efforts included website development, advertising, information articles, newsletters and event coordination for the WAWSP.


ICTC Group names Anderson president

The Inter-Community Telephone Co. Group board of directors has elected Keith S. Andersen, Buffalo, N.D., as president and chief executive officer of the company’s operating entities that include ICTC, which serves southeastern North Dakota, and Valley Communications, serving Valley City, N.D.

Andersen has more than 35 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and will lead the company’s expansion into news services and new areas of North Dakota, including fiber optics, broadband, voice and video services.


Barnesville couple earn conservation award

The Clay Soil and Water Conservation District has selected Wesley “Wes” and Etta Mae Christensen, Barnesville, as Clay County’s Outstanding Conservationists for 2013.

The Christensens grew up in Clay County – Etta Mae in Moorhead and Wes on a farm near Barnesville.

Wes has farmed in Clay County since the late 1960s. He and Etta Mae also operate a potato brokerage business.

Over the years, the Christensens have planted numerous field windbreaks to control wind erosion and provide wildlife habitat. They also strive to keep residue on field surfaces.

Along with other outstanding conservationists from the 90 districts throughout Minnesota, the Christensens will attend the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual convention Dec. 1-3 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bloomington.


Four attorneys named to Great Plains list

Fredrikson & Byron Fargo attorneys Kristy L. Albrecht, employment and labor, Lawrence Bender, energy and resources, and Todd E. Zimmerman, business litigation, have been named 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers.

Benjamin J. Hasbrouck, business/corporate, was named a 2013 Great Plains Rising Star.

The annual selections are made using a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area.

Great Plains Super Lawyers includes attorneys from North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Nebraska.


Banking group elects new officers, directors

The Independent Community Banks of North Dakota has elected officers and new members to its board of directors.

Officers elected are: Robert Larson, North Country Bank, Underwood, chairman; Tim Porter, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck, chairman-elect; David Ludwig, Security First Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck, vice chairman; and John A. Brown, Bismarck, ICBND president.

Paige Bjornson, Dacotah Bank, Valley City, Tim Karsky, Starion Financial, Bismarck, and Rick Harris, State Bank & Trust, Kenmare, were elected to first terms as directors at large.

Other bankers on the board of directors are: Rick Beall, Peoples State Bank, Minot, northwest director; David Mason, American Bank Center, Bismarck, southwest director; John Vollmer, First State Bank of Munich, northeast director; Claire Seefeldt, First National Bank, Milnor, southeast director; and Frank Brown, Bank of Glen Ullin, director at large.

Also on the board of directors are: Brenda Foster, First Western Bank & Trust, Minot, past chairwoman; and Jerry Hauff, Cornerstone Bank, Bismarck, past chairman.

The ICBND board representative to the group’s national affiliate, the Independent Community Bankers of America, is Howard Schaan, First State Bank of Harvey.


Best Lawyers 2014 list includes Lowell Bottrell

Lowell P. Bottrell, Fargo, a shareholder attorney of the Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden and Thompson law firm in Fargo, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014 in the field of bankruptcy and creditor and debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law.

Bottrell has been included in the publication for the last 20 years.


Two appointed to ShareHouse board

The ShareHouse board of directors has appointed Aaste Campbell as chairwoman of the board and Jim Frankson as assistant secretary. They join vice chairwoman Agnes Harrington, treasurer Dave Ouradnik and secretary Gary Pedersen.

Campbell graduated from North Dakota State University and the University of Mary, Fargo. She is director of the office of professional practice at Sanford Health.

Frankson is a graduate of Winona (Minn.) State University and completed graduate work at the University of Minnesota. He is a director at Maintenance Engineering, Fargo.


Odney named top ad agency in North Dakota

Odney has been named the top advertising agency in North Dakota by Adweek, a leading industry publication for marketing, media and advertising professionals.

Adweek selected the top advertising agency for each state based on notable clients, size, legacy and reputation, among other factors. All contenders were founded in their respective states.

Odney was founded in 1985 and offers marketing, advertising, public relations and government relations services, creative design, research, interactive services, media placement, social media and digital strategy services at offices in Bismarck, Minot, N.D., Fargo and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.


Conmy Feste attorneys named Super Lawyers

Conmy Feste Ltd. attorneys Kim E. Brust and Stephannie N. Stiel have been selected to the list of Great Plains Super Lawyers for 2013.

Brust was selected in the areas of personal injury, business litigation and construction litigation and Stiel was selected in the area of general litigation.

Engberg joins Coldwell Banker First Realty

Cyndee Engberg has joined Coldwell Banker First Realty’s sales team in Fargo.

Engberg is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota and has a background in advertising and marketing. She has also been involved in the custom home building market since 1977 with Engberg Builders, specializing in home staging and interior design.


MSUM distinguished alumni to be recognized

Minnesota State University Moorhead will present alumni awards to outstanding graduates at a celebration on Friday at the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead. The awards and recipients are:

- Distinguished Alumni Award: Bob Bowlsby 1975, health and physical education, commissioner of the Big 12; Christina Broadwell, 2000, biology, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Wisconsin Madison; Bob Mikkelson, 1972, mass communications, owner of Winged Vision, a Maryland-based company, and a pioneering leader in aerial sports broadcasting since the early 1980s; and Gregory Smogard, 1972, history, founder and CEO of 4catalysts consulting and an author.

- Eva Vraspir Excellence in Nursing Award: Evelyn Quigley, 1982, nursing. She was a senior executive with Sanford Health for 23 years and was named chief nursing officer emeritus.

- Outstanding Young Alumni Award: Emily Beck, 2006, film studies, executive director of the Fargo Theatre Management Corp.

- Outstanding Service to the University: George Sanderson and Marlane Sanderson, 1977 and 1981, retired MSUM professors.


Peggy Isakson earns Hall of Fame status

Peggy Isakson, senior sales associate with Coldwell Banker/First Realty of Fargo-Moorhead, has been named to the Realtors Political Action Committee North Dakota Hall of Fame.

Isakson has 13 years of experience as a real estate agent and has been active in professional real estate activities at the local and state levels, including serving as the 2010 president of the Fargo-Moorhead Association of Realtors. She was also selected as 2008 Realtor of the Year for the Fargo-Moorhead association and has attained top producer status numerous times.

Hall of Fame status requires annual investments to the RPAC that must result in an aggregate lifetime total of at least $10,000.


Three Essentia facilities earn national honors

Essentia Health-Lincoln Park Senior Apartments and Essentia Health-Winchester, along with Essentia Health-Lincoln Park, an assisted-living facility, all in Detroit Lakes, Minn., have earned Excellence in Action Awards from My Inner View, an independent research company that surveys residents about care in 8,500 nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the U.S.

The Detroit Lakes staff was ranked in the top 10 percent for overall customer satisfaction in the national survey.


Freedom center names new board members

Freedom Resource Center for Independent Living has named new board members. They are: Brad Arett, Moorhead; Nara Murphy, Fargo; and Laurie Skadsem, Jamestown, N.D. They replace retiring board members Don Brunette, Fargo, and Brian Kihn, Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Freedom has offices in Fergus Falls, Minn., Detroit Lakes, Minn., and in Fargo, Lisbon, Wahpeton and Jamestown, all in North Dakota.


Nilles attorneys make Super Lawyers list

Four attorneys with the Nilles Law Firm in Fargo have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers list in their practice areas. Those selected are:

Steve Plambeck, business litigation, personal injury defense, products and construction litigation; Greg Selbo, business/corporate, real estate, estate planning and probate; Bill Harrie, civil litigation defense; and Mark Hanson, business litigation, civil litigation defense and personal injury defense. Plambeck was also listed as one of the Top 5 North Dakota Super Lawyers 2013.