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Forum staff reports , Published October 11 2013

Honors and officers - 10/12/13

MSUM foundation names new officers

The Alumni Foundation at Minnesota State University Moorhead has named officers for 2013-2014. They include:

Corey Elmer (1994), president; Lindsay Hample (2005), vice president; Mary Jo Richard (1986), treasurer; Tod Ganje (1998), secretary; and John Thorvilson (1978), Lisa Erickson (1979) and Scott Nelson (1974), members at large.

Elmer is a shareholder with the Vogel Law Firm, practicing corporate and real estate law in its Moorhead office. He has bachelor’s degrees from MSUM and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and he earned his law degree at William Mitchell College of Law.

Hample is the senior manager of global physical education and training at American Medical Systems. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications broadcast journalism and integrated advertising and public relations from MSUM. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Richard is a certified public accountant and audit partner at Eide Bailly. She has worked in public accounting for more than 25 years and she graduated from MSUM with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Ganje is manager of Travel Incorporated, Moorhead.

Nelson is the founding shareholder in Laney’s, Fargo, and CEO of E+C2 Holdings, Tempe, Ariz. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting at MSUM and a master’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University.

Thorvilson has been a partner since 1985 in several firms that evolved into MTK, now a part of BDO USA. He is also partner and founder of Silver Oak Wealth Management, a registered investment advisory firm in Edina, Minn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting with an economics minor from MSUM.

Erickson graduated from MSUM with a degree in physical education and health education. In 1980, she became the graduate assistant for athletic training at NDSU, which turned into a full-time position for the Bison. In 1989, she became the athletic training curriculum director at NDSU, where she served for 10 years.

NDSU faculty awarded professional honors

Two North Dakota State University faculty members have been named a fellow for 2013 by their respective professional organizations.

Dave Franzen, a professor and Extension Service soil science specialist in NDSU’s School of Natural Resource Sciences, was named an American Society of Agronomy Fellow, and Ken Hellevang, an Extension agricultural engineer and professor in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department, was named an American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Fellow.

Franzen joined NDSU as an assistant professor and Extension soil science specialist in 1994 and became an associate professor in 2000 and a professor in 2006. His research focuses on site-specific nutrient management and soil fertility requirements for crops grown in North Dakota. His leadership in revising nitrogen requirements for hard red spring wheat and durum led to the creation of an online nitrogen calculator. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Hellevang joined NDSU as an Extension agricultural engineer and assistant professor in 1980 and became an associate professor in 1991 and a professor in 1999. He has conducted research on grain drying and storage topics, including moisture content changes in stored grain during the summer, drying and storing dry edible beans, air temperature increases due to grain drying and aeration fans, and aeration duct design. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from South Dakota State University and a Ph.D. from NDSU.

Rindy again included in Best Lawyers

Dean Rindy, an attorney with the Kennelly O’Keeffe law firm in Fargo has been selected to be included in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. He has been included for more than five years.

Rindy has long been recognized a one of the area’s most experienced real estate attorneys.

ND optometrists elect officers, honor Melicher

The North Dakota Optometric Association has elected officers for 2014. Those elected include:

Paul Dunderland, Family Vision Center, Bottineau, president; Blaine Burdick, 20/20 Eye Care, Devils Lake, president-elect; Amy Mitzel DuBois, Pearle Vision, Fargo, vice president; Darin Johnson, Johnson Eyecare and Eyewear, Minot, secretary/treasurer; and Taya Patzman, Bismarck, Eyecare, Bismarck, past president.

Kevin Melicher of Eyecare Associates, Fargo, has been named the Optometrist of the Year. He has a long history of service to the optometric profession and was president of the NDOA in 1983.

Diederich to serve on board of trustees

Kirsten Diederich, Fargo, president of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, was elected to a three-year term on the board of trustees for the Association of Community College Trustees.

Diederich recently retired from a 16-year career as an assistant professor of biology at Concordia College. She graduated from Fargo North High School and attended the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Dakota State University. She earned a master’s degree in entomology and a doctorate in zoology from NDSU.

Paul Smokov named Rancher of the Year

Paul Smokov, Steele, N.D., was named Rancher of the Year by the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association.

The 88-year-old and his wife, Betty, have been on the same ranch in Steele for 60 years and are still actively working the ranch.

Smokov has also written a book about his life titled, “It’s Always Somethin’: 101 Sayings from an Old Rancher,” where he shares his wisdom, advice and humor on various topics from health to money.

Risk management group installs new officers

The Risk Management Association North Central Chapter has installed new officers and board members for 2013-2014. Those elected include:

Jamey Pesek, president; Shelly Kegley, first vice president; and Scott Berg, second vice president.

Mark Jensen is the current past president, Valerie Benson is the returning secretary and Kory Shae is the returning treasurer. Other board members include Ann Ham, Jon Ohleen, Jaramie Schoepp, Kent Anderson, Cole Keney, Jordan Cook and Mark Hubbard.

Elliott celebrates 35 years with FHRA

Jill Elliott has been recognized for 35 years of service to the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

She began working at Fargo Housing in 1978 as a tenant services coordinator at New Horizons Manor. She was promoted to project manager and later to assistant manager.

She has been serving as deputy director since 1994, where she oversees 4,500 tenants and 70 staff.

Brent Berg earns All American honors

Brent Berg, Moorhead, an agent with American Family Insurance, has been named an All American agent by the insurance group for outstanding sales of American Family insurance products.

Berg has been an agent for American Family since January.

Essentia achieves top accreditation grade

Essentia Health is one of the first two organizations in the country to receive the highest level of accreditation as an Accountable Care Organization.

Essentia Health and HealthPartners have received a level 3 designation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance, which accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations.

Valley Imports receives award from Porsche

Valley Imports has received Porsche’s 25 Years of Service Award.

Valley Imports has sold an estimated 1,750 new and pre-owned Porsches since opening in 1975.

Over the years there have been many unique Porsche automobiles sold through Valley Imports, including a rare Carrera GT2 RS, one of only 124 sold in the United States.