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Published March 08 2014

Honors and promotions (March 8)

Wheat Growers co-op promotes Sibson

Brad Sibson has been promoted to operations talent manager for Wheat Growers, a grain and agronomy cooperative in South Dakota and North Dakota.

Sibson has been with Wheat Growers for 33 years, serving as location manager in six different locations over 28 years. Most recently, he has been the location manager in Huron, S.D., for 13 years and also has been managing the Wolsey, S.D., location for the past three years.


Cornerstone Bank hires executive assistant

Trisha Christianson has joined Cornerstone Bank as an executive assistant at the location on 45th Street South in Fargo.

She has six years of banking experience in a variety of capacities.


Two providers join Detroit Lakes clinic

Dr. Randall Bolar, a general surgeon, and Laurie Fong, a nurse practitioner, have joined Essentia Health St. Mary’s Clinic, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Dr. Bolar earned his medical degree from the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. He completed a residency in general surgery at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, Ga., and served nine years on active duty in the U.S. Army, achieving the rank of major. He also practiced in Thief River Falls, Minn., earlier in his career.

Fong has joined the Behavioral Health Department at the clinic. She previously worked for more than 20 years as a behavioral health caregiver. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She is certified as an adult psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner and an adult psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.


Fargo Housing Authority promotes three

The Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority has promoted Kayla Evenson to office specialist – inspections/reception, Dan Vagle to building maintenance for the tax credit properties and Scott Wolsky to lead building maintenance for the tax credit properties.

Evenson has been with Fargo Housing since 2012 as an office specialist-reception.

Vagle has been with Fargo Housing since April where he worked in grounds/janitorial for the tax credit properties.

Wolsky has been with Fargo Housing since 2012 where he worked in building maintenance for the tax credit properties and scattered sites.


Keller Williams Roers Realty adds new agent

Julie Breidenbach has joined Keller Williams Roers Realty in Fargo as a licensed agent in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Breidenbach previously worked for 20 years as a mammography technologist and 21 years as a group fitness instructor and personal trainer.


Coborn’s hires three new top executives

St. Cloud, Minn.-based Coborn’s, which operates Coborn’s, Cash Wise and Save-A-Lot stores, has hired Tom Velin as chief financial officer, Dale Monson as vice president of information technology and Greg Sandeno as executive vice president of sales.

Velin has more than 28 years of senior financial experience. Most recently he was CFO and senior vice president at Experian Health Care, Minneapolis. He also was a CFO and senior executive at SPS Commerce in Minneapolis, Advance Duplication Services in Plymouth and August Technology Corp., Bloomington. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota also is a certified public accountant.

Monson has more than 25 years of technology and 17 years of e-commerce marketing, technology and enterprise-level application development experience. Most recently, he was senior vice president and chief information officer at Oriental Trading, Omaha, Neb. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting with minors in business administration and computer science from Minnesota State University Mankato.

Sandeno has almost 30 years of grocery management experience and experience in retail operations, marketing and merchandising. He had been the chief executive officer at C&K Market, Brookings, Ore., a chain of 75 grocery stores and pharmacies. He also has served as president and COO beginning in 2005. He also held leadership roles with Nash Finch Co. and the Fred Meyer division of Kroger.


Midthune joins Park Co. as sales associate

Pam Midthune has joined Park Co. Realtors in Fargo as a sales associate.

Midthune recently retired from teaching at Horizon Middle School in Moorhead.


Two new employees at High Point Networks

High Point Networks has hired two new employees in its corporate office in West Fargo.

Erica Garland has been hired as a receptionist and Jeremy Wyland joins the company as a project manager.

Garland has 15 years of office administrative services experience and she previously was employed by Fargo Public Schools.

Wyland is a graduate of the University of Sioux Falls with a master’s degree in business administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in facility management from North Dakota State University. He previously was employed by Sanford Health in Fargo.


Discovery Benefits hires 3 account managers

Discovery Benefits in Fargo has hired Tessa Sargent and Jordon Dethlefsen as benefit account managers and Stacy Holt Murdoff has joined the company as a benefit senior account manager.

Red River Zoo hires director of education

The Red River Zoo in Fargo has hired Stacey Hagreen as director of education.

Hagreen previously worked for more than seven years at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens and she has an extensive background in publications, organizational communications, community outreach, volunteerism and educational content research.

She is a native of Spokane, Wash., and she graduated from Western Washington University with a bachelor of arts degree. She earned a master of arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Appareo Systems in Fargo adds six to staff

Appareo Systems in Fargo has hired Travis Johnston as a senior printed circuit board designer, Keith Alsleben as an embedded software engineer, Aron Fisk as a mechanical design engineer, Steven Gurulé as an account executive, Lucas Young as a test engineer and Dustin Brossart as a network and systems administrator.

Johnston earned an associate’s degree in electronics from the North Dakota State College of Science. A native of Rolla, N.D., he previously worked at Phoenix International.

Originally from Alexandria, Minn., Alsleben interned at Appareo Systems while earning a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering with a minor in physics from North Dakota State University.

A native of Langdon, N.D., Fisk earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from NDSU and has more than four years of experience in the engineering field.

Originally from Rolla, N.D., Gurulé earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He has more than 25 years of experience in software design, product management, sales and supply management.

Young is a native of Hutchinson, Minn., and a recent graduate of UND with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

Brossart earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Minot (N.D.) State University. A native of Rugby, N.D., Brossart worked previously at Digital Office Center, Minot.


Office manager hired at Maid to Perfection

Deanne Whitney has been hired as office manager at Maid to Perfection Fargo-Moorhead, a residential and commercial cleaning company.

Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Dakota State University and previously was employed for the past 20 years as a receptionist/supervisor at Animal Health Clinic, Fargo.


NDDA names livestock development director

Shaun Quissell has been named director of the livestock development division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

A South Dakota native, Quissell graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in animal science. He joined NDDA as an inspector in the state meat and poultry inspection program in 2007 and was promoted to senior inspector in 2010.

He succeeds Wayne Carlson who has retired after 21 years as NDDA’s livestock development director.


Sheeley promoted at Choice Financial

Eddie Sheeley has been promoted to assistant vice president/business banking officer at Choice Financial, West Fargo.

Sheeley joined Choice Financial in 2001 and has served in various roles including frontline customer service representative, personal banker, and most recently as business banking officer.

He is a graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He also is a graduate of the North Dakota Bankers Association Dakota School of Banking and a Dale Carnegie training graduate.


New employees at First International Bank

First International Bank & Trust, 3001 25th St. S., Fargo, has hired Christina Graalum as a marketing assistant, Joan Wrolstad as a trust officer and Travis Thomas as a helpdesk technician

Graalum studied business administration and marketing at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She previously worked at Eide Bailly, Absolute Marketing Group and Raymond James.

Wrolstad has more than 10 years of experience in trust and wealth management services, specializing in managing trust and investment portfolios and in probate and trust administration.

Thomas originally is from Hibbing, Minn., and he graduated from Minnesota State Community and Technical College with a degree in information technology. He has more than six years of experience as an information security analyst.


Wanzek Construction promotes one, hires 3

Wanzek Construction, Fargo, has promoted Neil Ducharme to business development manager and has hired Chad Bones as director of mechanical estimating, Dan Boie as project manager and Sammi Rowe as proposal and salesforce administrator.

Ducharme has nine years of experience in the construction industry. His previous positions at Wanzek include shop assistant, heavy haul driver, crane rigger and equipment operations assistant.

Bones has 20 years of experience with a bachelor’s degree in construction management from North Dakota State University. He previously was employed with Fagen Inc.

Boie has 25 years of construction experience and has a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Boie was previously employed as a senior project manager with Mortenson Construction.

Rowe has a bachelor’s degree in business marketing from Concordia College and was previously employed as an executive assistant for the Greater Fargo-Moorhead Economic Development Corp.


Sundog adds five new employees to staff

Sundog Inc., Fargo, has hired Zach Johnson as a marketing research analyst, Amber Vogel as a senior business analyst, Matthew McGarry as a business analyst and Joe McNett and Matthew Lennington as software engineers.

Johnson previously worked as a marketing research analyst at Sanford Health. He also is the founder and owner of Totes People Pedicabs in Fargo. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with minors in leadership and math from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Vogel has more than 10 years of business process improvement experience, with her most recent role as a senior business technology consultant at Eide Bailly. She graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a concentration in human resources. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree in management through the University of Mary.

Previously, McGarry worked for eight years as an information technology analyst at Caterpillar. He earned an associate’s degree in microcomputer and network technology from Minnesota State Community and Technical College and currently is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business management through the University of Mary.

McNett previously was a senior application developer at CoreLink Administrative Solutions. He has more than seven years of experience in multi-tiered web application design and development. He earned a certificate in computer information systems from the North Dakota State College of Science and an associate’s degree in computer programming from Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

Lennington has six years of experience in the technology industry, most recently as a software engineer at Applied Engineering. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from NDSU.


Fraser, Ltd. promotes Banish, Christlieb

Melisa Banish and Merri Christlieb have been promoted to independent living services administrators at Fraser, Ltd, Fargo.

Banish will oversee non-waivered services and Christlieb will oversee waivered services.

Banish earned a licensed practical nursing degree and a registered nursing degree from the North Dakota State College of Science.

Christlieb received a bachelor’s degree in human development and education with a minor in communication from North Dakota State University.


FM Title of Fargo hires Traci Grundstrom

Traci Grundstrom has joined FM Title of Fargo. She is in charge of post-closing activities at the firm.

Grundstrom, who attended North Dakota State University, has several years of experience in the home mortgage industry.


New employees at Great Plains Food Bank

The Great Plains Food Bank in Fargo has hired Cathy Herbold as program manager, Caroline McGuire as volunteer coordinator and Leah Swedberg as the receptionist and office support specialist.

Herbold is a graduate of North Dakota State University, and she previously was employed with Target.

McGuire graduated from Florida State University with degrees in political science and environmental studies.

Swedberg graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and she previously was employed by Forum Communications.


Flint Communications adds three employees

Flint Communications, Fargo, has hired Christine Hoper as a senior project manager, Sarah Lee as an account manager and Natalie Gilles as a production artist.

Hoper previously worked in project management for technology, health care and non-profit companies in the area, including Sanford Health and Microsoft. She graduated from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, with a degree in public relations.

Lee has more than eight years of project and account management experience, including two years at Sundog in Fargo.

Gilles graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.


ND Dept. of Public Instruction hires Wetzel

Dale Wetzel has been hired as the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction’s public information officer.

Wetzel was a longtime state Capitol reporter in Bismarck and covered North Dakota state government for The Associated Press for 25 years, reporting on 13 legislative sessions and the administrations of four governors. He resigned from the AP in 2012.

For the past year, he has been the managing editor of the Great Plains Examiner, a newspaper based in Bismarck, and a contributing reporter for KFYR Radio in Bismarck.

Wetzel grew up in Springfield, Mo., and graduated from the University of Kansas. He worked at newspapers in Coffeyville, Kan., and Fort Scott, Kan., before moving to North Dakota in 1984.