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Forum staff reports , Published November 01 2013

Honors and officers - 11/02/13

New members join alumni foundation

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation has added six new members to its board.

The new members are Ross Fortier (1965), Rick Kasper (1980), Lynne Kovash (1977), DeWayne Kurpius (1956), Tim Roche (1986) and Mona Tedford (1987).

Fortier has served MSUM a total of 32 years as an associate professor, men’s athletic director and head football coach. He served on many NAIA coaching and administrative committees and during retirement started the Laker Open golf tournament, which now has more than 300 golfers each year and raises more than $30,000 each year for Detroit Lakes (Minn.) High School athletics.

Kovash is the superintendent of Moorhead Area Public Schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in language arts and secondary education from MSUM. She later completed a master’s degree in special education and a doctorate in educational leadership.

With a degree in physical education from MSUM, Kurpius began his career as a teacher, coach and athletic director at Henning (Minn.) High School. He later earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He spent 30 years as a professor and department head of counseling and education psychology at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Roche is president and chief operating officer of Drayton Foods. He graduated from MSUM with a degree in mathematics and spent more than 25 years in the food and beverage industry. Roche continues to work with the MSUM Athletic Department to raise money for athletic scholarships.

Tedford is a region manager and client adviser for Bremer Investment Management and Trust. She is a certified trust and financial planner and adviser. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from MSUM.

Veterans’ employment team earns accolades

Job Service North Dakota’s Veterans’ Employment Team has received the 2013 National Association of State Workforce Agencies Mark Sanders Award for Exceptional Service to Disabled Veterans.

The team’s efforts helped North Dakota rank highest in the nation for the rate of disabled veterans entering the workforce and for a significant increase in the number of disabled veterans attaining employment in high-paying jobs.

Team members include Marlys Morgenstern, Susan Ogurek, Roy Fillion, Joe Hall, Keli Berglund, Brad Aune, Jerome Billups and Drew Nathan.

Darla Belyea honored for 30 years of service

Darla Belyea has been recognized for 30 years of service at the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

She began working there in 1983 as a secretary and is now the Section 8 program manager.

HBA F-M names builder, associate of the year

The Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead has awarded its highest honor, 2013 Builder and Associate of the Year, to Darrick Guthmiller, Kochmann Brothers Homes, and Terry Lipp, Ferguson Bath, Kitchen and Lighting Showroom.

Guthmiller has been involved with the HBA of

F-M since 1999 and is involved with the education committee and numerous public affairs and legislative efforts. He also volunteers each year at the Herdina Academy for Construction Trades and the Health, Tech and Trades Career Expo. He has also been involved with the Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity Tour de Habitat bike race since 2007 and has served as a team captain since 2009.

Lipp became involved with the HBA of F-M 20 years ago while working with Kohler Plumbing Co. He is secretary on the HBA board of directors, is active on the Remodelers Council and is a past chairman of that group. He is a supporter of the council’s projects including the Home Builders Care Build for Habitat, wheelchair ramp projects and RENEW House. Ferguson donated the plumbing, lighting and appliances for the RENEW House, and donated the plumbing fixtures for the Habitat project. The company also donated to the Fargo Motor Patrol Fish Fry, a fundraiser for Home Builders Care.

NDSCS staff efforts honored with awards

North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, has honored several employees with its annual Life and Steeple awards.

The Life Award, presented to an individual, employee group or committee that has developed and implemented an action plan to meet the college’s strategic planning and or academic quality improvement project goals, was presented to Steve Johnson, Wade King, John Kroshus, Ivan Maas, Shane Suko and Jeremiah Wood for the mechatronics technology program.

The Steeple Award, presented to an individual, employee group or committee for using new and innovative methods to accomplish their role on campus, was presented to the Welcome Week team, including Karen Bajumpaa, Jeff Bass, Sherry Bisek, McKayla Bradshaw, Ashlie Challner, Daniel Duppong, Dallas Fossum, Shawn Gilbertson, Paige Gratton, Jessika Henrickson, Kijia Homes, Jessica Hovelson, Darwin Jacobson, Melissa Johnson, Morgan Julius, Kerri Kava, Michelle Lenk, Hattie Marohl, Tami Matejcek, Bryan Midgarden, Elizabeth Phares Oren, Briannah Pierce, Neil Rittenour, Chelsea Sims, Becca Stotz, Allyson Suhr, Jane Vangsness Frisch, Betty Veland, Katie Wieser, Lisa Wixo and Rebecca Zimmerman.

Flom named top sales leader in September

Beau Flom was named the top sales leader for September at Keller Williams Roers Realty, Fargo.

Lake Agassiz Kiwanis elects new officers

The Lake Agassiz Kiwanis Club has installed new officers and board members for the 2013-14 year.

Those elected are Ryan McCamy, president; Jeff Hovdenes, vice president; and Ann Ham, past president. Norma Swanson is the returning secretary/treasurer.

Other board members are Susan Brudvik, Tom Brummer, Kristi Engelstad, Sarah Gasevic and Merril Knodle.

The group meets every Monday at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Fargo. For more information, visit www.lakeagassizkiwanis.


Defense lawyers elect officers at meeting

The North Dakota Defense Lawyers Association has elected officers for the coming year.

They are Rachel Bruner-Kaufman, Pearce and Durick, Bismarck, president; Stacey Hummel, Morley Law Firm, Grand Forks, vice president; Kara Johnson, Zuger Kirmis Smith, Bismarck, secretary; Meredith Vukelic, Pearce and Durick, Bismarck, treasurer; Lolita G. Romanick, Morley Law Firm, Grand Forks, state representative to the Defense Research Institute.

Elim Care recognized for quality of care

Elim Care, Fargo, has earned two quality designations for 2013 from the American Health Care Association and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The AHCA gave Elim a three-star rating in reducing hospital readmissions, increasing staff stability, increasing staff satisfaction and reducing the use of anti-psychotic drugs.

Elim is also one of only two long-term care facilities in North Dakota certified with the SHARP program by OSHA, which recognizes businesses that maintain exemplary injury and illness prevention programs.

Park Co. website ranked No. 1 in study

Park Co. Relator’s website, www.parkcompany

.com, was ranked the No. 1 website in REAL Trends’ Online Performance Study.

This is second consecutive year the website has earned the No. 1 ranking.

Metro Top Producers elects new officers

Metro Top Producers, a professional networking and business idea exchange group that meets bimonthly at the Fargo Holiday Inn, has elected new officers.

Those elected are Brien Krank, Morgan Stanley, president; Timberly Bourcy, A&B Business Solutions, vice president; and Karen Prost, Granites Unlimited, secretary/treasurer.

State housing program wins national award

The North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund has won the 2013 award for program excellence from the National Council of State Housing Agencies in the rental housing encouraging new production category.

The award was announced at the recent annual conference of state housing agencies. Housing finance agencies in Rhode Island, Arizona and Louisiana also submitted entries in the same sub-category.

Capitalized by contributions from state taxpayers, the North Dakota HIF provides the state with a means for developing affordable multifamily housing for essential service workers and low- to moderate-income families.

During 2011-12, a $15 million program supported the development of 23 affordable housing developments in the state.

Bonanzaville welcomes two new board members

The board of directors at Bonanzaville has appointed Jordan Kelly and Dave Howland to the board to serve 3½-year terms.

Kelly is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. He is a certified public account and works as an in-charge accountant at Fieberger, Swanson, West and Co.

Howland recently retired after working for 37 years in radio sales and management. He has also been an instructor in the mass communication department at Minnesota State University Moorhead for 26 years. He also is a substitute teacher in the Moorhead Public Schools.

WCI ranked a top Minn. community foundation

The West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, was ranked seventh this year on the Minnesota Council on Foundations’ list of the state’s top 25 community and public foundations.

The foundation is also ranked 42nd on MCF’s top 50 Minnesota grant makers by assets. Last year WCI ranked eighth and 41st, respectively.

WCI is a regional community foundation serving Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.

New officers elected to Fraser Ltd. board

The Fraser Ltd. board of directors in Fargo has elected new officers.

Those elected are Mark Brodshaug, a retired grain farmer, president; Michael Kirk, a judge for the 7th Congressional District Minnesota Court of Appeals, vice president; David A. Laske, Laske Financial Services, treasurer; and Jim Gibb, retired from Robert Gibb & Sons Inc., secretary. Sandra Leyland continues to serve as executive director.

School board group honors Marquart

The Minnesota School Boards Association has named Rep. Paul Marquart, D-Dilworth, as one of its Outstanding Legislators for 2013.

The award thanks legislators for their work at the Legislature on behalf of Minnesota’s public school students and for ensuring local school board members’ voices are heard at the state Capitol.

Marquart was recognized for his student-focused leadership as the chairman of the House Education Finance Committee.

Rep. Debra Kiel, R-Crookston, Sen. Gary Dahms, R-Redwood Falls, and Sen. Rod Skoe, D-Clearbrook, were the other recipients of the award.

Kiwanis Club elects new board members

The Kiwanis Club of Fargo has elected Barb Grabar, Shanon Gregor and Rick Johnston to its board of directors.

Grabar has been a member of Kiwanis for 11 years and is the marketing and special events administrator at Fraser Ltd, Fargo. She is also the adviser for the Kiwanis-sponsored Fargo-Moorhead Aktion Club.

Gregor has been in Kiwanis for seven years, is a shareholder in the Nilles, Plambeck, Selbo & Harrie firm and heads the Kiwanis Club of Fargo Scholarship Foundation.

Johnston has been a member of Kiwanis for 10 years and is a past president of the club. He is owner and president of Information Management Systems, a technology firm serving businesses throughout the region, and the current adviser for the Kiwanis-sponsored HMR K-Kids Club.

Fargo Optimists elect officers for 2013-14

The Fargo Optimist Club has elected officers for 2013-14.

Those elected are Mike Smith, president; Keith Gilleshammer, past president; Devin Gaard, first vice president; Dan Dougherty, second vice president; Barb Bertschi, secretary; Al Schwindt, treasurer; Nicole Aarestad, Loren Holscher, Bob Lever, Darren Baumgartner, Thomas George and Stacey Rastedt, board members; and Larry Grinaker, newsletter editor.

Schwindt also received the Optimist of the Year award.

Casselton teacher wins Allegro award

Darcy Brandenburg, a music teacher at Central Cass School, Casselton, N.D., has received the Allegro Band Teacher of the Year Award for Excellence in Instrumental Music.

The award is given to a band director who has completed five to 10 years of teaching at the elementary, junior high or high school level. The candidate must have displayed consistent progress in the development of their band program. Brandenburg received the award in his first year of qualification.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D., and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Mary.

Spitfire wins SD state BBQ championship

The competition barbecue team from Spitfire Bar and Grill, West Fargo, was named the grand champion at Ribs, Rods and Rock ’n Rolls on Sept. 7 in Vermillion, S.D.

The team placed second in pork, third in brisket, fourth in chicken and sixth in ribs, leading to highest overall total in points.