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Forum staff reports , Published September 27 2013

Honors and officers - 09/28/13

Attorneys honored for their legal practice

Attorneys from the Ohnstad Twichell Law Firm in West Fargo have been selected for inclusion in the 2013 Great Plains Super Lawyers list, which recognizes attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal practice.

The attorneys and their practice areas are: Bob Hoy, personal injury, commercial and construction litigation, and criminal defense; Brian Neugebauer, municipal law and municipal bonding; Susan Ellison, family, labor and elder law; and Bob Rosenvold, estate planning, probate and real estate law.

Stockholders, board member named at HEI

Sherwin Wanner, Mike Love and Greg Thompson are the newest stockholders in Houston Engineering Inc., Fargo.

Wanner is manager of the firm’s offices in Bismarck and Dickinson, N.D. Before joining HEI in 2002, he worked for more than 10 years at the North Dakota Department of Health in the municipal facilities division.

Love has been with Houston Engineering for 11 years and specializes in water resources. Thompson joined the company 10 years ago and has worked on numerous water resource projects.

Roger Hagen has stepped down as a member of the board of directors after serving for nearly 23 years. Jeremy McLaughlin will replace Hagen on the board. He has worked as a civil engineer at HEI since 1995.

ByteSpeed named finalist for Tekne award

The Minnesota High Tech Association has named ByteSpeed, Moorhead, as a finalist in the computer hardware and electronic devices category for the 2013 Tekne Awards.

The awards are presented annually to recognize Minnesota’s best and brightest technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management.

Winners will be announced on Nov. 6.

Realtors earn Medallion of Service awards

Scott Breidenbach and Vicky Matson, Realtors with Park Co., Fargo, and Morris Pyle, a Realtor with Re/Max Legacy Realty, Fargo, have been nominated into the Omega Tau Rho Fraternity by the North Dakota Association of Realtors.

Each received the Medallion of Service in recognition of their leadership skills.

Breidenbach served as NDAR president and Matson served as the Dakotas CRS president in 2012-13. Their nomination to Omega Tau Rho was based on those roles and for their service on many local and state committees, and involvement in various professional and civic organizations.

Pyle was recognized for his continuous membership in the organization for more 40 years and for his service to many local and state committees, professional and civic organizations.

NDSU, Myriad Devices honored for phone apps

North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication and Myriad Devices have been honored as a White House Champion of Change for Community Preparedness and Resilience for creating the Winter Survival Kit and Disaster Recovery Log mobile phone apps.

Each won in the Innovative Use of Technology class in the Federal Emergency Management Agency Individual and Community Preparedness Awards program. FEMA then forwarded the nomination to the White House for consideration, where the work was selected for the additional honor.

Lead partners on the apps were: Bob Bertsch, NDSU ag communication web technology specialist; Jake Joraanstad, Myriad Devices CEO; and Becky Koch, ag communication director.

Both apps are free and were funded with U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Smith-Lever Special Needs grants.

Network group honored for technology solutions

Dickey Rural Network, Ellendale, N.D., was one of seven telecommunication companies nationwide honored with the title Smart Rural Community the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association – Rural Broadband Association.

The group cited DRN’s advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders in agriculture, health care, public safety and education as keys to its success.

Williams makes ‘Best Lawyers’ edition

Michael J. Williams, a shareholder with the Maring Williams Law Office, Fargo and Bismarck, has been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of the Best Law-yers in America.

Williams practices in the Fargo office and has been selected for inclusion in the category of personal injury litigation – plaintiffs.

Suicide prevention group presents awards

The North Dakota Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention presented community awards during its annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Sept. 22. Those receiving awards were: