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Forum staff reports , Published October 18 2013

Honors and officers - 10/19/13

March of Dimes names 3 new board members

The March of Dimes North Dakota Chapter has named David Martin, Paul Jarvis and Sara Hawes as new board members.

Martin is vice president of Choice Financial Group. A native of Pelican Rapids, Minn., he graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned a master’s degree in education from North Dakota State University. In addition to serving on the board, he will act as chairman of the chapter’s advocacy and government affairs committee.

Jarvis is the vice president and senior wealth management adviser for Bell State Bank and Trust, Fargo. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul. He will serve as both a board member and a volunteer on the MOD revenue development committee.

Hawes is a multimedia sales consultant for Forum Communications. Originally from Mayville, N.D., she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration from MSUM. In addition to being named as a new board member, Hawes will continue to serve as a member of the MOD volunteer committee.

NDMA elects officers, honors Dr. Leitch

The North Dakota Medical Association has elected new officers for 2013-14. Those elected include:

Dr. Steven Strinden, Essentia Health, Fargo, president; Dr. Fadel E. Nammour, Fargo, secretary-treasurer; Dr. Debra A. Geier, Jamestown, vice president and board chairwoman; Misty K. Anderson, Valley City, speaker of the house; and Dr. A. Michael Booth, Bismarck, immediate past president.

The NDMA has also recognized Dr. John Leitch, Fargo, with its Physician Community and Professional Services Award, as well as recognition for his 40 years of service as a physician.

Ripplinger, Solberg win speech competitions

Clyde Ripplinger and Mara Solberg each placed first in their respective Toastmasters Division D speech contests.

Ripplinger won the humorous speech contest with “My First Telemarketer,” and Solberg won the table topics speech contest where a topic unknown to the speaker is presented and they extemporaneously address the topic.

Ripplinger and Solberg will now compete in the District 78 contest on Oct. 26 in Sioux Falls S.D.

Ripplinger belongs to Cass County Toastmasters, which meets at 6:30 a.m. Fridays at Merlin’s Restaurant, Fargo. Solberg is a member of Continuum Toastmasters which meets at noon on Thursdays at the Green Mill, Fargo.

Kempfer garners Young Optometrist of Year

Randall J. Kempfer, Fergus Falls, Minn., has been named the Young Optometrist of the Year by the Minnesota Optometric Association. The award is presented to an outstanding optometrist who has shown great involvement in their professional community.

He joined Vision Eye Care in Fergus Falls in 2012, and his primary practice is now with InVision where he sees patients twice a week at MN Eyecare Network, Barnesville. He began his career as an optometrist with MN Eyecare Network in 2006, with clinics in Pelican Rapids, Perham, Long Prairie, Wadena and Barnesville.

He is chairman of the Minnesota Optometric Association’s professional education committee, immediate past president of the Pelican Rapids Rotary, a member of the Barnesville Lions Club, a volunteer for the Barnesville Helpers Group, and he also completed the Barnesville Leadership Program.

He graduated from North Dakota State University and he earned a doctor of optometry degree from Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Ore.

Crowley receives early career architect award

Shawn Crowley, an architect with EAPC Architects Engineers, has received the 2013 Early Career Architect Award from AIA North Dakota.

To be considered for the award, a nominee must be a registered architect in North Dakota for five years or less who is a member in good standing with AIA North Dakota.

Crowley received a master’s degree in architecture from North Dakota State University. While at NDSU, he and his fellow team member received second place for their San Francisco high rise design and he also won second place in the Marvin Windows design competition for a school in Africa.

His project involvement at EAPC has included the new Choice Health and Fitness, Grand Forks, Minot State University Wellness Center, and the University of Jamestown.

Knosalla earns 2 real estate awards

John Knosalla, a real estate agent with Prudential Premier Real Estate, Fargo, was awarded first place in North Dakota for residential units and second place in North Dakota for residential GCI.

This is the third consecutive quarter that Knosalla has been recognized for his achievements in real estate sales from Prudential Real Estate Home Services.

GFMEDC garners silver award for website

The Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corp. has received a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council for its 2012 project in the category of general purpose website for communities with populations of 200,000 to 500,000.

The awards recognize organizations and individuals dedicated to making a positive change in their communities.

The GFMEDC built a new user-friendly, content-driven website as a tool to market Fargo-Moorhead to job seekers and businesses.

Lakeland recognized for optimal care delivery

Lakeland Mental Health Center in Moorhead is among 445 Minnesota clinics recognized for delivering optimal care and achieving or improving specific patient outcomes. The center’s recognition is part of the 2013 Minnesota Bridges to Excellence program and the Minnesota Quality Incentive Payment System, a Minnesota program also administered by the Minnesota Health Action Group.

LMHC was recognized for achieving the program’s specific clinical outcomes for clients with depression.

March of Dimes ND named chapter of year

For the second year in a row, the March of Dimes North Dakota Chapter has received the Chapter of the Year award for advocacy and government affairs, efforts and successes.

The award recognized North Dakota for its work with local communities and statewide partners to secure North Dakotans’ passage of a statewide smoke-free ballot measure.

Dacotah Paper earns distribution award

Dacotah Paper Co., Fargo, has received the Spartan Top 20 Annual Volume Distribution Award for 2012.

Dacotah Paper is one of Spartan’s 20 largest worldwide customers.

Integrity Windows wins award for ad campaign

Integrity Windows and Doors, Fargo, is the recipient of a Platinum Brand Builder Award from Hanley Wood, the nation’s leading publisher of building industry trade journals.

Integrity’s “Restoring Tough” campaign was honored as the best digital advertising campaign, which included a series of videos demonstrating how tough Integrity’s Ultrex fiberglass windows are in extreme situations.

Other digital elements included media online and video pre-roll banners, wallpaper units, pushdown banner units, a custom eblast and digital app sponsorships. Integrity conceived and executed the campaign with Minneapolis agency Martin Williams.

Ecumen makes list of best workplaces

Ecumen Evergreens of Moorhead, along with other Ecumen communities, has been named one of Minnesota’s Best Places to Work by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal for the eighth time.

Ecumen was honored in the large-company category along with organizations such as U.S. Bancorp, Ameriprise and Comcast. Rankings are based on employee surveys in a variety of categories such as work environment, teamwork, embracing innovation, people practices and personal growth and development.

Ecumen Evergreens of Moorhead employs 25 people and Ecumen employs nearly 4,000 people, primarily in Minnesota. The company also operates in Wisconsin, North Dakota, Nebraska, Tennessee and Idaho.