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Published November 23 2013

Honors and officers (Nov. 23)

Border States honored for military support

Tobin Spooner, Brad Alm and Treavor Peterson of Border States Electric, Fargo, each has received the Patriot Award from the North Dakota Committee, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for their efforts to support citizen warriors.

They were recommended for the award by 1st Lt. Maranda McDougall, an alliance sourcing specialist at Border States who also serves with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Border States also was awarded the Above and Beyond Award from the committee.


Diamond brand selects Wimmer’s for award

Diamond jewelry brand Hearts On Fire has selected Wimmer’s Diamonds in Fargo as the 2013 Midwestern Retailer of the Year.

Each year, Hearts On Fire selects five regional retailers of the year that illustrate high performance and commitment to Hearts On Fire’s brand goals.

Brad Wimmer is owner of Wimmer’s Jewelry, a family-owned and -operated business in the Fargo area since 1919.


Dr. Colón to complete term on medical board

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed Dr. Manuel Colón to the North Dakota State Board of Medical Examiners to complete an unexpired term on the board.

Colón is an anesthesiologist at Sanford Health in Fargo. He is a graduate of Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico.

The board is responsible for regulating the practice of medicine in the state, including the licensing and discipline of all physicians and physician assistants.


Travel Leaders Fargo earns national award

The Travel Leaders agency in Fargo, owned by Cynthia Tyo and David Ekman, received a national Agency of Excellence award at the recent Travel Leaders national meeting in Atlanta.

The awards are presented to franchises to recognize leadership and business success.


Northern Improvement one of America’s safest

Northern Improvement Co. was one of 16 companies in the United States named as America’s Safest Companies by Environmental Health and Safety Today magazine.

The Fargo-based construction firm encourages associates to participate in safety committees, safety huddles and anonymous safety-perception surveys.

They also reward employees for participation in safety activities, including scratch-off tickets for taking part in daily and weekly safety huddles and monthly cash drawings when they report near misses.


Area Essentia clinics earn certification

The Minnesota Department of Health has certified 11 Essentia Health primary care clinics as health care homes, while another 11 clinics were recertified by the state.

Area clinics certified include Essentia St. Mary’s, Detroit Lakes. Essentia clinics in Moorhead and Fosston were re-certified.


South Point Kiwanis installs new officers

The South Point Kiwanis Club has installed new officers and board members for 2013-14.

Officers include: Margaret Mowery, president; Jeff Swanson, president-elect; Larry Rittgarn, secretary; and Joel Hektner, treasurer.

Additional members on the board are MaryAnn Berg, Joe Thomas, Kathleen Nesvig and Carol Johnson.

Outgoing board members are Lowell Johnson, Odell Krohn and Marlene Saar.

South Point Kiwanis meets every Wednesday at noon. For more information, call (701) 293-7813 or log on to www.fargosouthpointkiwanis.org.


Bethany on 42nd earns quality award

Bethany on 42nd, Fargo, has earned Tier Two recognition in the Quality Initiative Recognition Program, sponsored by the American Health Care Association.

Bethany was recognized for achieving quality initiative goals in safely reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics and in increasing customer satisfaction.

Bethany Retirement Living has been invited to participate in the AHCA Quality Symposium in New Orleans, which will include educational sessions on quality improvement, professional networking and peer-to-peer sharing and learning.


Arthritis group names 2013 medical honoree

The Arthritis Foundation Upper Midwest Region has named Melissa Christensen as the 2013 Jingle Bell Run/Walk-Fargo Medical Honoree.

Christensen has been a rheumatology physician assistant at Sanford Health the past six years. She graduated from North Dakota State University and completed a master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, Mont.

She has been actively involved with the Arthritis Foundation since 2008 as a volunteer for the Arthritis Walk and as a committee member and past event chairwoman for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk-Fargo.

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk in Fargo will be Dec. 7 at Courts Plus Community Fitness. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the 5K run/walk starts at 9.

Money raised at the event will fund programs and services for people living with arthritis in the Upper Midwest region, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.


Roche inducted into Minn-Dak Hall of Fame

Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative, Wahpeton, N.D., has inducted David H. Roche, former president and chief executive officer, into the company’s hall of fame.

Roche began his sugar industry career in 1976 as a controller for Michigan Sugar Co., and was named president of the company in 1994. In 1996, he became president of Savannah Foods Industrial and was appointed senior vice president of Savannah Foods & Industries.

Roche joined Minn-Dak in 2001 and served on the boards of United Sugars Corp. and Midwest Agri-Commodities. He also was a trustee of the U.S. Beet Sugar Association, Washington, and served as a member on the Mexican Task Force. He retired from Minn-Dak in August.


Deegan named instructor of the year

Sgt. 1st Class Paul Deegan, Devils Lake, N.D., a combat engineer instructor for the North Dakota National Guard’s 164th Regional Training Institute, was named Instructor of the Year for 2012.

It’s the second time Deegan has earned top honors for instructing at one of the nation’s best-rated Army engineer schoolhouses.

Among the classes he helps facilitate are Combat Engineer Military Occupational Specialty Qualification Course, Combat Engineer Advanced Leader Course, Combat Engineer Senior Leader Course, Bridge Crewmember Military Occupational Specialty Qualification Course and Bridge Crewmember Advanced Leader Course.

He also assists with short-notice courses for deploying units that need additional training before serving overseas.

Deegan has served with the NDANG for 27 years.