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Published March 08 2014

Honors and officers (March 8)

Realty Executives North Plains honors teams

Realty Executives North Plains in Fargo has named their top producing teams for 2013.

The Metro Team (Dan Madsen, Doug Madsen and Lincoln Nybladh), The Dan Whitman Team (Whitman and Karen Radtke) and The Kopperud-Weishaar Team (Rolf Kopperud and Angie Weishaar), respectively, have been named as this year’s top three producing teams.

This is the second consecutive year The Metro Team is the number one producing team.


MMA honors Young for years of service

Dick Young, owner of Innova Industries, Fergus Falls, Minn., has been honored for his long-term service to the Midwest Manufacturers’ Association.

Founded in 2001 in Elbow Lake, Minn., MMA is a nonprofit organization providing services and a “common voice” to manufacturing-focused associations in the region.

Young was instrumental in the two-year planning and visioning process that launched MMA and served as the organization’s volunteer president for 12 years.


Krabbenhoft earns HBA’s Extra Mile Award

Paul Krabbenhoft with Coldwell Banker First Realty, Fargo, has been awarded the Home Builders Association Extra Mile Award.

The award recognizes his contributions and dedication to the organization over the years. Krabbenhoft has been a Realtor since 1988.


Sales consultant earns President’s Club award

Jamie Odegaard, a furniture sales consultant with Brown and Saenger in Fargo, has received the 2013 President’s Club award.

The award recognizes outstanding sales achievements.


Nokleberg recognized for outstanding sales

Allen Nokleberg, a building sales specialist with Cleary Building Corp.’s West Fargo branch office, has been recognized for outstanding sales performance in 2013.

The award is given to top Cleary sales performers for exhibiting a highly professional sales personality, energy, drive and motivation leading to dedication, leadership and excellence in all aspects of sales.


Matthew Baker among State Auto PaceSetters

Matthew Baker of Bremer Insurance Agencies, Moorhead, has become a member of the State Auto independent PaceSetter agents.

The goal of the year-long PaceSetter program is to form a sales/marketing partnership with each agent to improve service to all State Auto customers.


Dietz named president of home builders group

Carlita Dietz, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker First Realty, Fargo, has been named 2014 president of the Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead. She is the first woman to hold the position in the area.

Dietz has been in real estate since 2000 and is vice president of Jay Dietz Construction.


Keller earns platinum award for second time

Kim Keller of Park Co. Realtors, Fargo, has received the Quality Service Certified Platinum award for the second year in a row.

The award is the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry and is awarded in recognition of earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2013 as measured by Leading Research Corp.


DMF recognizes three with Star Awards

Star Awards were recently presented by Dakota Medical Foundation to Tom Smith, Jill Christopher and Dr. Kevin Melicher.

Smith is owner of Great Northern Bicycles in Fargo and has been instrumental in advocating active lifestyles among people of Fargo-Moorhead through organized rides and leadership for bike lanes and trails. He has also helped DMF organize and stage the Streets Alive annual downtown open street events.

Christopher was honored for strides she has made as a role model in nonprofit management while serving as executive director the past four years at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Fargo.

Melicher was recognized for his contributions as a visionary leader for growing the impact of DMF through its board of directors from 1999 to 2009, and a continuing role on its finance/investment committee.


Nor-Son honored for work on vintage school

Nor-Son has received an Eagle Award from the Minnesota Associated Builders and Contractors for its renovation and repurposing of a 1950s-era school in Stanton, N.D.

The company transformed the vintage school into the Coal Country Inn, a 91-room, 160-bed hotel for guests working on nearby energy plants.

The award recognized Nor-Son for outstanding achievement, quality workmanship and design and construction creativity.

The consulting, design and construction services firm operates offices in Fargo, Minnesota and South Dakota.


Travel agents invited to Cuba Globus event

Representatives from Fargo’s Travel Leaders branch were among a select group of 50 Travel Leaders nationally who recently returned from a Globus Cuba Experience to Havana.

The people-to-people educational exchange enabled Travel Leaders, including Cindy Tyo and Bettie Kensmoe from the Fargo branch, to experience the Globus program that has been sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


Dalrymple appoints two to tobacco committee

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has appointed Jane Croeker and Hannah Rexine to the North Dakota Tobacco Prevention and Control Policy Advisory Committee.

Croeker has worked in public health for more than 20 years in North Dakota and Minnesota. She will complete the unexpired term of the late Dr. Kermit Lidstrom.

Rexine is a sophomore at Century High School in Bismarck, where she serves as the head of the school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions program and is a member of the National Honor Society and the Patriot Zone. Rexine replaces previous youth and young adult member Nathan Marion.


McCreary earns Circle of Excellence award

Jim McCreary, a broker with Realty Executives North Plains, Fargo, has been awarded the Realty Executives International Circle of Excellence.

The award is given to broker/owners who have excelled in the past year and have met specific criteria.


Daniel Fremling earns membership in MDRT

Daniel Fremling, owner of Fremling & Associates, Fargo, has been awarded membership in the Million Dollar Round Table, the premier association of financial professionals.

Fremling has worked in the financial services industry for 32 years.


Allied Insurance names top 10 ND performers

Allied Insurance, a nationwide insurance company, has named its top 10 North Dakota top-performing insurance agencies in overall direct written premium list.

Topping the list was BW Insurance, Fargo, followed by Dawson Insurance, Vaaler Insurance, First International Insurance, Security Insurance, TCI Insurance, Insure Forward, Bremer Insurance, First United Insurance and Western Agency.


Affordable housing champions recognized

The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency has recognized several lending partners and housing advocates as Champions of Affordable Housing.

The lending institutions recognized include: Dakota Community Bank and Trust, First Community Credit Union, Gate City Bank and Security First Bank of North Dakota.

Individual loan officers honored were: Gail Jacobson and Laura Dwyer, Bismarck; Kathie Dunn and Mary Radenz, Jamestown; and Debby Wisdom, Mandan.

Wolf Run Village, Watford City, was recognized with a Housing Production Award. The city, county and school district formed a non-profit organization to implement the construction and operation of the 42-unit apartment complex to provide affordable housing for local government employees.

John Phillips, Beulah, was recognized with the Leadership Award. Phillips has served full time as a real estate development specialist for Lutheran Social Services Housing since 2010. His advocacy on behalf of the organization has helped put six affordable housing projects in place in western North Dakota.

Former NDHFA Executive Director Mike Anderson, who retired in May, was honored with an Achievement Award.


DMF elects directors to governing board

Dakota Medical Foundation in Fargo has elected new directors. Those elected are: Robert Bakkum, Seth Novak, Jerry Skjonsby, Amanda Thomas and Dr. Hope Yongsmith.

Other directors are Dr. David Clutter, Dr. Joel Haugen, Sindy Keller, Chris Kennelly, Larry Leitner, Dr. Susan Mathison, Dr. Fadel Nammour, Curt Noyes, Jane Skalsky, Nancy Slotten, Dr. Richard Vetter and Michael Warner.

Keller was newly elected as secretary and Warner was elected treasurer.