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Published April 26 2014

Honors and officers (April 26)

Prudential agents earns awards at convention

Several agents from Prudential Premier Real Estate in Fargo were recognized at the annual sales convention held recently in Nashville, Tenn. Those recognized and their awards include:

JK Property Partners, which includes Jared Blankenship, Megan Grote, Katie Johansen, John Knosalla and Lisa Latozke, was named to the PREA 100 by Prudential Real Estate. The award is presented to the top 100 PREA sales professionals nationally who have achieved the highest residential gross income or closed residential units.

JK Property Partners was also named to Prudential Real Estate’s Chairman’s Circle – Platinum for 2013, which is awarded to the top 1 percent of the network’s sales professionals based on gross commission income or closed units.


Starion founder given ND Chamber award

Frank Larson, founder of Starion Financial, has received the Greater North Dakotan Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Greater North Dakota Chamber.

Larson received the award in acknowledgement of his business and his philanthropic impact on the state of North Dakota.


Beyond Shelter named a top housing developer

Beyond Shelter, a Fargo-based nonprofit affordable housing company, has been named one of the top 50 affordable housing developers in the country in April’s issue of “Affordable Housing Finance.”

Beyond Shelter was ranked No. 48. It was created by the Fargo Housing and Redevelopment Authority in 2000 to assist with meeting the affordable housing needs in Fargo.

The company has experienced steady growth and has several projects in Minnesota and South Dakota and a number of developments in western North Dakota communities in response to the energy boom.

This is the second time Beyond Shelter has made the top 50 list.


Several receive awards for traffic safety

The North Dakota Department of Transportation Traffic Safety Office has recognized several law enforcement officers and other agencies for traffic safety excellence. Those receiving awards include:

- Traffic Safety Officer of the Year: Trooper Jamey Jahner, North Dakota Highway Patrol, Fargo;

- Drug Recognition Expert Officer of the Year: Officer Jason Bambenek, Minot Police Department;

- Beyond the Traffic Stop: Officer Cody Beilke, West Fargo Police Department;

- Media awards for fair, balanced and informative reporting of traffic-related issues: Tanea Clocksene of Ingstad Family Media in Jamestown; the Grand Forks Herald; and the Bismarck Tribune;

- Occupant Protection Enforcement Awards: Devils Lake Police Department; North Dakota Highway Patrol Southeast Region; and Stutsman County Sheriff’s Department, for conducting enforcement and community education and training about the importance of seat belts and child safety restraints; and

- Traffic Safety Honor Roll: University of Mary Athletic Advisory Committee, the award recognizes advocates of traffic safety who promote traffic safety messages to their peers through their own initiative.


Coldwell Banker sales associates earn awards

Peggy Isakson and LuAnn White, sales associates with Coldwell Banker First Realty, Fargo, have earned memberships in the International President’s Premier. The award represents the top 1 percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for this distinguished award.

The Pat Karley Team and the Darin Milbrath and Vivian Thingelstad teams have been named to the company’s International President’s Elite. Only the top 3 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system qualified for this group.

Jim Jensen, Maria Roesch, Mike Gillund, Pat Stanley and The Todd Randall Team have qualified to join the company’s International President’s Circle. This membership has been awarded to the top 6 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.

Al Havig, The Bosch Team, The Bill Richter Team, Char Skaff, Dave Kinskey, Deb Clark, Emily Johnson, Joy Stumbo, Lisbeth Fandrich, Paul Krabbenhoft and Stephanie Sarabakhsh have earned memberships in the company’s International Diamond Society. This level is achieved by the top 11 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the system.

Angie Mann Krause, Darren Rohrich and Tom Houglum have been honored as members of the company’s International Sterling Society. This membership was awarded to the top 16 percent of all sales associates worldwide in the system.


Wachenheim named a distinguished teacher

Cheryl Wachenheim, professor in the agribusiness and applied economics department at North Dakota State University, has received the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association’s Distinguished Teaching Award in the 10 or More Years of Experience, Undergraduate Teaching category.

Wachenheim has an undergraduate degree in animal sciences from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s and doctorate in agricultural economics and a master’s of business administration degree from Michigan State University. She began her academic career at Illinois State University and has been on the faculty at NDSU since 1998.

She has also been a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard since 1998 and currently carries the rank of major and is commander of the 204th Area Medical Support Co., Cottage Grove, Minn.


Goldsbury to lead 2017 exposition committee

Richard M. Goldsbury, president of Bobcat/Doosan North America & Australia/Oceania for Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment, West Fargo, has been named chairman of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG international exposition that will be held in 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

He will lead the triennial show’s management committee, a group of volunteer manufacturers and other industry stakeholders who oversee show planning to ensure the event meets industry needs.


HeartSprings elects board members

HeartSprings Community Healing Center, Fargo, has elected members to its board of directors. Those elected include: Cheryl Biller, Fargo, elected to a second term as board president; Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, Fargo, vice president; and Penny Ripperger, Glyndon, Minn., secretary.

Biller attended Concordia College and North Dakota State University. She works as a Realtor in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

Ostrom-Blonigen serves as the interim assistant vice president for information technology services at NDSU. She is a certified public accountant.

Ripperger serves as the team lead of corporate communications at CoreLink Administrative Solutions. She is a military veteran and is a major in the North Dakota Air National Guard. She earned a bachelor’s degree from NDSU and a master’s degree in strategic leadership from the University of Mary.

Jan Nelson serves as executive director for HeartSprings. Other board members include Amy Wieser Willson and Nancy Stegman Allen.


Nine Re/Max Legacy agents earn awards

Nine Re/Max Legacy Realty agents have achieved the 100 Percent Club Award, which less than 23 percent of Re/Max affiliates have earned for top annual sales production.

Award Club members are Ron Boe, Terry Braun, Ryan Frisch, Aaron Greterman, Jim Kapphahn, Laurel Mahan, Jeanine Rosenthal, Ericka Schott and Angi Sellers.


Foundation honors Hendrickson for service

Jason Hendrickson, assistant parts manager at Valley Imports, Fargo, has been honored for his service to the Outdoor Adventure Foundation.

The foundation provides outdoor adventures to children and young adults with life-threatening illness, and to combat-disabled veterans who have lost a limb or are wheelchair bound.


NetWork Center named to CRN Tech Elite 250

The NetWork Center, Inc., Fargo, has been named to CRN’s annual list of the Tech Elite 250. The list is featured in the April issue of CRN.

Companies on the list represent the top group of information technology solution providers that have invested in the training and education needed to earn advanced technical certifications from vendors including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and Symantec.


Ascheman receives national adviser award

Larry Ascheman, John Deere tech and diesel technology associate professor at the North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, has been awarded the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization Outstanding Adviser Award.

The award recognizes advisers/instructors at local postsecondary institutions for their contributions to and achievements with the PAS. He has been instrumental in coaching and advising many NDSCS teams to top three finishes almost every year at the national PAS competition.

Ascheman is originally from Donnelly, Minn., and he graduated from NDSCS with an associate degree in diesel technology and a bachelor’s degree in technical education from Valley City (N.D.) State University. He has been an instructor at NDSCS since 1993 and the coordinator for the John Deere Tech program since 2001.


WCI named a bicycle friendly business

The League of American Bicyclists has recognized West Central Initiative, Fergus Falls, Minn., with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business award.

WCI worked with the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota and PartnerSHIP 4 Health to find ways to encourage the region to embrace cycling as a way to improve health and decrease reliance on fuel-fed transportation.

The company also promotes cycling as an option for transportation for employees and for those in the community who attend meetings at WCI. A new bike rack was recently installed at the front of the building to accommodate more bikes.


Fair association elects members, officers

The Red River Valley Fair Association has elected new executive committee members and officers.

Those elected to serve on the executive committee include: Karina Emil, Hawley, Minn. (three-year term); Erik Ramstad, Fargo, (three-year term); and Lois Sullivan, Fargo (three-year term).

They join current executive committee members Duane Hauck, Bill Hoffmann, Susan Hogen, Renee Atkinson, Mary McIntyre and Tom Monilaws.

Hogen, Hauck and McIntyre will serve the board as president, vice president and secretary-treasurer, respectively.


North Dakota city leaders receive awards

During the annual North Dakota League of Cities annual workshop held recently in Bismarck, several city leaders from North Dakota were honored during the Municipal Government Academy awards ceremony.

Those receiving awards from West Fargo included: Tina Gustafson, finance director, Leader Award; and Larry Weil, city planner, and Carmen Schroeder, human resources director, Innovator Awards.

Others receiving Innovator Awards included: Jeremiah Black, Northwood; Angie Benz, Hazelton; Jessica Peterson, Gwinner; Murray Strom, Steele; Russ Duppong, Beulah; Monte Erhardt, Hazen; Peggy Matheson, Bowman; and Candace Middlestead, Ellendale.


Perham GrandStay hotel receives top honors

The Crossings by GrandStay in Perham, Minn., received two awards at the annual brand conference held recently in Oakdale, Minn.

The hotel earned the 2013 Every Guest – Every Time Customer Service Award which recognizes consistent high scores in guest surveys, and the 2013 Crossings by GrandStay Property of the Year Award, which recognizes the efforts of the hotel owners, manager and staff for delivering the best service, cleanliness and accommodations.


Candidates for annual business awards named

Candidates for the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber’s annual ChamberChoice awards have been announced.

Awards are given each year in categories including business of the year, small business of the year, not-for-profit of the year, small not-for-profit, entrepreneur of the year, young professionals best place to work and People’s Choice.

Winners will be announced at an awards luncheon at noon May 21 at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, Fargo. Tickets can be purchased online at FMWFChamber.com or call (218) 233-1100.

The candidates include:

Absolute Marketing Group; Access of the Red River Valley; Anne Carlsen Center; Border States Electric; Boys and Girls Club; BW Insurance Agency; ByteSpeed; Casey Steele, SquareOne Kitchens; CCRI; Choice Financial; Courtyard by Marriott Fargo-Moorhead; Dirk Ockhardt, Jack Chivers Realty Detroit Lakes; Discovery Benefits; D-S Beverages; Eide Bailly; First International Bank & Trust; Flint Communications; Fredrikson & Byron; Gate City Bank; H2M; Hannaher’s; High Point Networks; Home Instead Senior Care; Implementation Specialists;

Indigo Signworks; Integreon Managed Solutions; International Marketing Systems; Jail Chaplains; Jake Joraanstad, Myriad Mobile; JLG Architects; Kilbourne Group; Kory Anderson, Anderson Industries; Lost & Found Ministry; Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Dakota; Matt Steele; Marco; Minuteman Press; Office Sign Co.;

Park Co. Realtors; Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead; RE/MAX Legacy Realty; Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley; Ryan Fritz, Office Sign Co.; Ryan Raguse, Myriad Mobile; Shannon Malzahn, Lush Lola’s; Spectrum Aeromed; Sundog; Tammy Miller, Border States Electric; Tecton Products; TMI Hospitality; TNT Fitness; Tom McDougall, High Point Networks; Ulteig; United Way of Cass-Clay; Xtreme Consulting Group; and Youthworks.


Toft receives national recognition as recruiter

Kathleen Toft of Spherion Staffing Services, Fargo, has been recognized nationally as a top recruiter.

Each year, Spherion recognizes one recruiter across the nation for exceptional performance. She received the award at the Performance Forum meeting held recently in Cabo, Mexico.