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Published December 07 2013

Business digest (Dec. 7)

Accounting firm opens office in Wahpeton

Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co., has opened an office in the Town Centre Square at 500 Dakota Ave., Wahpeton. The company also has offices in Fargo and Moorhead.

The new office will focus primarily on the tax and accounting needs of businesses and individuals.

Gail Korth is the office supervisor. She is a certified public accountant and lives in Wahpeton.

The phone number at the new Wahpeton location is (701) 280-2100.

Military broadcast journalist retires

Master Sgt. Eric Johnson, Fargo, longtime video broadcaster with the North Dakota Air National Guard, marked the end of his 29-year military career and retired Nov. 27.

He enlisted as an active-duty airman serving in security forces, but is best known for the many videos he produced during the 15 years he worked full-time to tell the story of the unit known as the Happy Hooligans.

From b-roll packages for local, national and international media to short news reports to complete Hooligan TV newscasts and documentaries, Johnson made an estimated 1,000 videos during his career in multimedia and public affairs.

Johnson was named the Air National Guard Videographer of the Year in 1998, received the Air Combat Command Superior Performer Award in 2004 and was named Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System Journalist of the Month in April 2011. He’s won more than 20 Air Force and Air National Guard multimedia awards as well.

Johnson is a native of Cottonwood, Minn., and he earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from North Dakota State University.

APUC awards funding for six ND projects

The North Dakota Agricultural Products Utilization Commission, a program of the North Dakota Department of Commerce, has awarded funding requests for six projects totaling $233,950.

The grant program helps fund research and development for new and expanded uses for North Dakota agricultural products. The following requests were awarded:

• Very Berry Patch U-Pick & Store, Rugby, $21,000 to defray costs of ordering berry shrubs, plants and other supplies and to market products online, through farmer’s markets and the Pride of Dakota system;

• Maple River Distillery, Casselton, $19,950 to defray costs for developing a marketing strategy for North Dakota spirits including chokecherry brandy;

• Napasol North America, Fargo, $26,000 to help fund a patent application for a rotative steam-vacuum pasteurization unit and to support construction of a pilot testing facility used for research and development of vacuum-steam pasteurization;

• Endless Harvest, Jamestown, $75,000 to hire engineering services for a greenhouse operation to grow leaf lettuce for North Dakota and Minnesota;

• Pembina/Walsh County Livestock Processing Committee – Red River Regional Council, Edinburg, $42,000 to help cover costs of a contract with a private firm to prepare a business plan for the development of a multi-species meat processing plant in a Pembina or Walsh county location; and

• WADF30, Inc., Williston, $50,000 to develop and market branding for the MonDak Gold potato and for seed and additional potato grow-out so the product is continually ready for market.

For more information about APUC and application deadlines, visit www.NDAPUC.com.

Electric cooperatives to award scholarships

Dakota Valley and Northern Plains Electric Cooperatives in North Dakota will award a $1,000 scholarship to one student in each of its service areas. The scholarships recognize and encourage the academic achievements of students in the region.

Applications will be accepted until Feb. 15 and winners will be announced in March. For more information or to request an application, visit www.

dakotavalley.com or www.nplains.com or call (800) 342-4671 or (800) 882-2500.

Redlinger to speak at Kiwanis meeting

Michael Redlinger will present “The State of the City” at the Vikingland Kiwanis meeting on Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Moorhead Country Club.

Non-members may attend but registration is requested by calling (218) 236-5848.

The club’s major annual fundraiser, Pancakes Galore and More and Silent Auction, which was held in September, raised over $11,000 and the funds will be distributed by application to eligible area youth-oriented organizations.

NDSU offers executive education on Jan. 15

The Distance and Continuing Education’s Executive Education program at North Dakota State University will offer “Deming’s 14 Points to Transform Your Business” to business owners in a half day workshop on Jan. 15.

Local entrepreneur Marty Riske, founder and owner of M.J. Capelli Family Hair Salons, will lead the session on the 14-point philosophy that has become a standard reference for quality transformation in manufacturing and service environments.

For more information or to register, visit www.ndsu.me/execed or call (701) 231-7015.

Home health business opening local branch

Regency Home HealthCare is opening a branch office in the Moorhead area and will be serving clients in Moorhead and the Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls, Minn., areas.

The company provides nursing and specialty care throughout Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin with offices in Minneapolis, Duluth, Austin and Dent.

Regency Home HealthCare specializes in the care of ventilator and/or dialysis dependent clients and offers various in-home services including skilled 24-hour nursing care. The company is Medicare and Medicaid certified and accepts most insurance.

Darcy Landberg is the branch director. The business can be reached by calling (877) 226-4655 or visit www.regencyhhc.com.