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Published May 03 2014

Honors and officers (May 3)

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 re-cruiter across the nation for exceptional performance. She received the award at the recent Performance Forum meeting in Cabo, Mexico.

Prudential agents earn awards at convention

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

Bobbi Solien, Jodi Birnbaum, Kim Kelsh, Rod Richter, Susie Nickell, Terri Craig and Tyler Rebrovich have received the 2013 Leading Edge Society Award, which recognizes residential sales professionals in the Prudential Real Estate network who in the past year reached sales thresholds in closed residential GCI, commercial GCI or residential units;

Cathy Hahn, Pamela Hanson, Mark Mason and DeAnne Mason were named to the Honor Society for 2013. They were recognized for their performance in closed residential GCI, commercial GCI or closed residential units.

Traynor receives Hartz Award from MSUM

Patrick Traynor, president of Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo, has been named recipient of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s 32nd annual L.B. Hartz Professional Achievement Award.

The award is named in honor of the late founder of Hartz Wholesale Co., Thief River Falls, Minn., and is presented annually by MSUM’s College of Business and Innovation to an individual who has created economic opportunities for others through innovation, entrepreneurship and community service.

Traynor, a North Dakota native, earned degrees in economics and law from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He was an attorney with the Conmy, Feste, Bossart, Hubbard and Corwin law firm in Fargo and in 1994 was appointed deputy director/general counsel of the North Dakota Workers Compensation Bureau.

He became president of Dakota Medical Foundation in 2000, and in 2005 led the establishment of Impact Foundation to help nonprofit leaders improve their fundraising abilities.

Traynor oversaw development of the impactgiveback.org website for online fundraising and volunteering, which features more than 500 area nonprofits and each year hosts Giving Hearts Day.

Traynor also spearheaded the construction of a new center for nonprofits that opened in 2013.

Red River Youth for Christ elects officers

The Red River Youth for Christ board of directors has elected officers for 2014. Those elected are Cyd Runsvold, president; Peter Schott, vice president; and Gerry Skindelien, secretary.

Other board members are; Pebbles Thompson, Jayne Olsgaard, Penny Crowder and Jeremy Nelson. Retiring board member is John Eidsness.

NDSCS faculty and staff receive annual awards

Eight North Dakota State College of Science faculty and staff members have been named recipients of the college’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Meritorious Service Award for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Those receiving Excellence in Teaching awards were Ruth Gladen, nursing associate professor; John Peterson, diesel technology associate professor; Sybil Priebe, English and humanities associate professor: and Charlotte Schuler, social and behavioral assistant professor.

Meritorious Service awards went to Chelsie Meyer, distance education administrative secretary; Samantha Pauly, information technology services enterprise systems coordinator; Susan Pellman, facilities management building services technician; and Elizabeth Phares-Oren, student and residential life assistant director for leadership and community development.

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.

RealTruck.com named top growing e-retailer

North Dakota-based e-retailer RealTruck.com has been recognized as the 20th fastest-growing e-commerce site in the national by trade publication “Internet Retailer.”

The company has also been listed in the recently published Internet Retailer 2013 Top 500 Guide placing 437th overall, marking the first time the company has placed on the list.

RealTruck.com was also recognized as 17th in full-time employee growth, 14th fastest-growing e-commerce site based on online sales alone (excluding call center, retail and catalog sales), and 11th in revenue in the automotive parts/accessories category.

Valley Imports named top volume select dealer

For the second consecutive year, Valley Imports Volkswagen in Fargo has been named the Midwest region’s top volume select dealer.

There are 21 dealers in the Midwest region vying for this award based on total retail sales and population base.

Valley Imports Volkswagen sold 223 new Volkswagens in 2013, edging out the second place finisher, Mikan Volkswagen of Butler, Pa.

Valley Imports has been a Volkswagen dealer since 1975.

ND Soybean Growers elects officers, directors

The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association has elected new officers. Those re-elected are: Jason Mewes, Colgate, president; and Luke Kuster, Grand Forks, secretary. New officers elected are: Craig Olson, Colfax, vice president; and Ryan Richard, Horace, treasurer.

The following producers were elected to serve on the board of directors: District 7, David Hartz, Cavalier; and District 8, Dennis Renner, Mandan.

Robert Runck Jr., Casselton, was re-appointed and Matt Swenson of Kindred, N.D., was appointed to at-large positions on the board. Aaron Brakke, Oxbow, was appointed as the industry representative on the board.

Olson represents District 1, Richard represents District 3 and Kuster represents District 6.

Other directors are: District 2, Kasey Lien, Milnor; District 4, Eric Broten, Dazey; and District 5, Brent Kohls, Mayville. Edwin Erickson Jr., Milnor, will continue to serve as the American Soybean Association representative to provide a voice for North Dakota soybean producers on national farm policy. Joe Ericson, Wimbledon, is the DuPont Young Leader on the board of directors.

Minnkota Power board re-elects Sid Berg

Sid Berg, Colfax, N.D., has been re-elected to the Minnkota Power Cooperative board of directors.

Berg represents Cass County Electric Cooperative, Fargo, on the 11-member Minnkota board.

Square Butte board of directors re-elects two

Marcy Svenningsen, Valley City, N.D., and Marvis Thompson, Perley, Minn., have been re-elected to the board of directors of Square Butte Electric Cooperative.

Thompson represents the Red River Valley Cooperative Power Association, Halstad, Minn., and Svennigsen represents Cass County Electric Cooperative, Fargo, on the 11-member Square Butte board.

Top honors for two Re/Max Legacy agents

Dave Noah and Gena Syvertson received the No. 1 and No. 2 spots for Re/Max top producers in North Dakota.

Syvertson achieved the Platinum Club, which less than 6 percent of Re/Max affiliates have earned for top annual sales production. Noah achieved the Chairman Club, which less than 1 percent of Re/Max affiliates achieve.

Noah also ended the year No. 73 in the U.S. for residential sales and No. 166 worldwide for top sales production in Re/Max International.

Track project earns engineering award

The North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers has awarded the collaborative team of Houston Engineering, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Minneapolis-based TKDA the Outstanding Engineering Design Award for the BNSF Devils Lake Subdivision track raise project near Devils Lake, N.D.

Due to rising lake waters and an endangered embankment, the engineering team used multiple disciplines of science and engineering to raise 12 miles of existing railroad nearly 10 feet higher without interrupting commercial and passenger rail traffic between Seattle and Chicago.

Choice recognized as top-performing bank

Choice Financial, a North Dakota-based bank, earned the top place in SNL Financial’s ranking of the top-performing community banks in 2013 with assets between $500 million and $5 billion.

Choice Financial has 15 locations across North Dakota and Minnesota.

BNSF honors six Dilworth employees

Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. has honored six Dilworth employees with its 2013 Employee of the Year award.

The employees were recognized for their response to the derailment of a crude oil unit train Dec. 30 near Casselton, N.D. The employees are: Geoffrey Andersen, locomotive engineer; Bruce Anderson, conductor; Ron Davis, locomotive engineer; Paul Douglas, road foreman of engines; Nick O’Connell, trainmaster; and Gary Rosenfeldt, locomotive engineer.

Marco named Cisco SMB Partner of Year

Cisco has named Marco the 2013 Central Area Small to Medium Business Partner of the Year.

The award was recognizes Marco for taking a leadership position in implementing unified communications and cloud networking systems among other Cisco technologies.

Area nonprofits receive fundraising awards

The YWCA of Cass Clay has been awarded Dakota Medical Foundation’s top honor for Giving Hearts Day success for raising $409,531 through online donations, match funding and incentive awards.

Second place was awarded to FirstChoice, which raised $300,030 and also received an award for donations from the most North Dakota cities.

TNT Kid’s Fitness was the third-highest fundraiser at $244,066.

Other organizations in the top 10 were: Oak Grove Lutheran School; Churches United for the Homeless; Anne Carlsen Center; Great Plains Food Bank; North Dakota Autism Center; RiverView Health Foundation; and Fraser, Ltd.

Oak Grove Lutheran School received contributions from the most U.S. states, drawing donors from 30 states.

First-time participants honored for raising $30,000 or more were: Altru Health Foundation, Grace Lutheran School, St. Gianna’s Maternity Home and St. Paul’s Newman Center.

Organizations that had the largest growth in individual donors were: First Care Medical Services Foundation of Fosston Minn., Birthright of Fargo-Moorhead, Cultural Diversity Resources and The Arts Partnership.

Honored for raising $20,000 or more and increasing previous year’s fundraising by 25 percent or more were: American Red Cross Dakota Region, Anne Carlsen Center, Blessed John Paul II Catholic Schools Network, Catholic Charities of North Dakota, CCRI, Community Violence Intervention Center, Cultural Diversity Resources, Emergency Food Pantry; Essentia Health Regional Foundation, F-M Coalition for Homeless Persons, FM Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, F-M Opera, First Care Health Center, Great Plains Food Bank, HEART, HERO, HOPE Inc., Humane Society Fargo Moorhead, Haley’s Hope, Jail Chaplains, Jeremiah Program, Legacy Children’s Foundation, DMF Lend A Hand, Lost and Found Ministry, North Dakota 4-H Foundation, Nokomis of the Village Family Service Center, North Dakota Family Alliance, Northlands Rescue Mission, Oak Grove Lutheran School, Park Christian School, Red River Children’s Advocacy Center, RiverView Health Foundation, Service Dogs for America, Special Olympics North Dakota, TNT Kid’s Fitness, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Valley Christian Counseling Center and YWCA.

Charitable funds honored for their fundraising were: Marv Bossart Foundation for Parkinson’s Support; and Sinner Bresnahan Healthy Kids Initiative.

Organizations recognized for their innovative marketing were: Unseen Ministries, CCRI, Park Christian School, Anne Carlsen Center, Grand Forks Senior Center, Altru Health Foundation and Jail Chaplains.

Other marketing honors were: TNT Kid’s Fitness, best video; Valley Christian Counseling Center, best Vine; and CHARISM, best use of social media.

American Cancer Society was recognized as a first-time Giving Hearts Day participant with the most individual donors. Cultural Diversity Resources was honored for the largest percentage increase in donors over 2013.

Other awards went to Grace Lutheran School for guidance on future training, Mayville State University Foundation for first-year achievement against unique challenges and FM Opera for Giving Hearts Day lyrics.