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Published December 13 2013

Honors and officers (Dec. 14)

NDSCS earns gold standard accreditation

The North Dakota State College of Science has been awarded the CEO Roundtable on Cancer Gold Standard accreditation.

NDSCS received the award for its efforts to reduce the risk of cancer for its employees and covered family members by promoting healthy lifestyle choices, encouraging early detection through cancer screenings and ensuring access to quality treatment.

NDSCS is a smoke-free campus, and has an employee-driven wellness team that oversees campuswide initiatives, including health screenings, a flu shot blitz, a fruit/veggie challenge, healthy cooking classes and walking programs.

NDSCS also provides wellness services through community outreach programs offered by its Allied Health students.


Plains Art Museum board adds 4 members

The Plains Art Museum, Fargo, has added four members to its board of directors.

The board members will serve three-year terms and are:

Mike Allmendinger, general manager of the Kilbourne Group and principal of Land Elements; Brian Hayer, president and CEO of Warner and Co. Insurance; Dr. Susan Mathison, owner and president of Catalyst Medical Center; and Sam Wai, treasurer at American Crystal Sugar Co.


Salvation Army honors Luther Family Ford

Luther Family Ford, Fargo, has received the “Others” award in recognition of its service to the community in partnership with the Salvation Army.

The award is one of the highest honors conferred by the Salvation Army.


Crawford appointed to bariatric task force

Melissa Crawford, an obesity specialist at Medical Weight Loss Specialists, Fargo, has been appointed to the American Society of Bariatric Physicians Advanced Practitioners Taskforce.

The task force gives obesity specialists the opportunity to speak and present to their peers at the bi-annual National Obesity Conferences. She will also mentor advanced practice practitioners looking to specialize in obesity medicine through the Taskforce Mentorship Program.

Crawford is also enrolled in the ASBP Advanced Curriculum Fellowship Program, which provides participants with an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of obesity and its associated conditions.


American Family names Sagvold agent of month

American Family Insurance Agent Cami Sagvold, Moorhead, has been named District 67 agent of the month for November.

She earned the honor for outstanding sales of American Family insurance products.


Employees honored for length of service

Bank Forward, Fargo, has honored the following employees at its loan production office in Fargo who this past year reached milestones in their years of service.

They are:

Gary Goplen, 20 years of service and is the lending team leader; Michelle Angus, loan operations team leader, 10 years of service; and Jennifer Janes, credit analyst, five years of service.


Kreps elected chairman of implement dealers

Keith Kreps, Fargo, has been elected chairman of the North Dakota Implement Dealers Association. He has been a member of the NDIDA board of directors since 2005 and served as first vice chairman during the past year.

He is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead and the University of Mary. He joined RDO Equipment Co. in 1998 and is currently executive vice president for RDO and is responsible for all agriculture operations and also supports Vanderfield, RDO’s Australian business.


Language teaching council honors Dahlberg

Carol Ann Dahlberg, professor emerita in education at Concordia College, was awarded the Professional Service Award by the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures.

The organization recognized Dahlberg for her many years of service to students and the world language profession, and the development of a quality language program.


Lake Park-Audubon names teacher of year

Rochelle Becker, a science teacher at Lake Park-Audubon (Minn.) High School, has been named LPA’s 2013 Teacher of the Year.

Becker will represent the district’s faculty at the state level as Education Minnesota begins the process of naming the next Minnesota Teacher of the Year.


Vogel Law Firm names new shareholder

David Hermanson has become a shareholder in the Vogel Law Firm.

A native of western North Dakota, he practiced law in Williston, N.D., after graduating from the University of North Dakota School of Law, Grand Forks. He joined Vogel Law Firm in 2012.

Hermanson’s practice includes real estate title research and issue resolution for surface and mineral estates, oil and gas exploration contract/lease review, pipeline agreements, gravel and scoria mining agreements, easements, real estate zoning laws and real estate title litigation.

He is licensed to practice in North Dakota and Montana, including the federal courts in both states, and is also admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court.


Richardson to head ALDE task force

Grant Richardson, senior executive for development and community relations at Bethany Retirement Living, Fargo, has been named chairman of the Senior Level Task Force for the Association of Lutheran Development Executives.

He will work with other development officers from Lutheran-based nonprofit agencies across the country to provide ongoing training and professional development programs for experienced fundraising practitioners.

Richardson has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Jamestown (N.D). He has been responsible for marketing and fundraising programs at Bethany Retirement Living since 2002. He held similar positions at the University of Jamestown, Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society, Shanley GROW and Oak Grove Lutheran School. Prior to joining Bethany, he was membership development manager at the Chamber of Commerce of Fargo-Moorhead.


Two Kennelly O’Keeffe attorneys earn honors

Tatum O’Brien Lindbo and Robert L. Stroup II of the Kennelly O’Keeffe Law Firm, Fargo, have been recognized in the Super Lawyers publication.

O’Brien Lindbo is a partner in the firm and practices in the areas of criminal defense and personal injury.

Stroup practices in real estate law and has received the Super Lawyer honor many.


Ken Kraft earns agent of the month honors

Ken Kraft, Fargo, has been named District 386 agent of the month by American Family Insurance. He received the honor for outstanding sales of American Family Insurance products during November.

Kraft has been an agent for American Family since 1993.