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Published May 10 2014

Business briefs (May 10)

Retirement party set for Duane ‘Ace’ Johnson

An open house retirement party for Duane “Ace” Johnson will be from 1 to 4 p.m. May 17 at Dempsey’s Public House, 226 Broadway, Fargo.

Johnson worked as a campus mailman in the Facilities Management Department at North Dakota State University for 31 years, and he also played fastpitch softball for 45 years.

Fargo Country Club GM Reek to resign in June

Fargo Country Club General Manager Mike Reek will resign his position with the club at the end of June after seven years of service.

Reek has decided to pursue other opportunities outside of club management.

Miller retires from Border States Electric

Gary Miller, president of Border States Electric, retired on April 1.

Miller was hired in 1979 in BSE’s accounting department, and he served in a variety of positions at the branch and corporate levels. He was named to the executive council in 1997 and joined the board of directors in 2005. In 2006, he was named president.

He will remain on the BSE board of directors.

‘Creative by Craft’ topic of AAF-ND presentation

The American Advertising Federation of North Dakota is sponsoring a presentation on creativity and concept development by Stephanie Voss, of Kansas City.

“Creative by Craft” will show those attending how to apply “craft” to everyday designs and be motivated to create with their own hands, without a keyboard or mouse.

The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 at the Doublewood Inn, 3333 13th Ave. S., Fargo. Admission is free for AAF-ND members, $45 for nonmembers and $15 for nonmember students. To register, email reservations@aaf-nd.org.

CVB to host Hometown Tourist campaign

The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau will host the annual Hometown Tourist campaign for residents in Fargo-Moorhead to encourage locals to experience the community as a tourist would.

This year, the campaign involves three components:

- Passport to Fargo-Moorhead (May 17-June 8), the “passport” can be purchased for $8 and grants free admission to seven attractions including Bonanzaville, The Children’s Museum at Yunker Farm, Fargo Air Museum, Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, Plains Art Museum, Red River Zoo and Rourke Art Museum. Those that visit five or more of the seven attractions with the passport during the campaign may enter for a chance to win prizes. Passports can be purchased in advance at the Fargo-Moorhead Visitors Center. During the promotional period passports will be sold at the center and all participating attractions.

- Fargo-Moorhead Res-taurant Week (June 2-8), several restaurants in the F-M area will prepare special prix fixe menus for the designated restaurant week; prices will range from $7-$12 for lunch and $20-$30 for dinner.

- Fargo-Moorhead Photo Scavenger Hunt (May 17-June 8), the hunt involves a list of clues and sights to see in the area, and each item is worth a certain amount of points. Participants will find and take photos of the items on the list, and those who accumulate the most points will win prizes.

For more information, visit www.fmhometowntourist.com or call (701) 365-4570.

Family HealthCare CEO leaving; open house set

After 10 years with Family HealthCare, seven of them as chief executive officer, Patricia Patron is leaving the medical center in downtown Fargo in early June and moving with her family to Phoenix.

An open house going away celebration for Patron will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the main clinic lobby at 301 NP Ave.

She began working at Family HealthCare in 2004 and was named CEO in 2007. During her tenure, she facilitated the $15 million capital campaign for the 2009 expansion of the historic Pence automobile building and three adjoining buildings in downtown Fargo.

Students with disabilities offered summer jobs

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation is offering a summer youth employment program this year to connect high school students with disabilities to summer jobs.

To participate, individuals must be a junior, senior or 18 to 21 years of age and enrolled in secondary education. They must qualify for vocational rehabilitation services and be able to obtain and maintain employment with little support.

For more information, visit www.nd.gov/dhs/dvr/about/regional-contact.html or call (701) 328-8950, toll free (800) 755-2745, N.D. Relay TTY (800) 366-6888 or email dhsvr@nd.gov.

‘Battlefield to Boss’ contest seeks entrants

Air Force and Army veterans with dreams of starting their own business can enter the Signal 88 Security contest “Operation American Dream: From Battlefield to Boss.”

Veterans can submit a video explaining why they want to open their own business at www.signal88.com/OperationAmericanDream. The winning submission will be decided through a public vote on Signal 88 Security’s Facebook page on May 22. The deadline to submit videos is Thursday.

The contestant with the most votes will receive $5,000 to start their own business or $10,000 if they choose to open a Signal 88 Security franchise.

Applied Engineering acquires Quiet Waters

Applied Engineering, a regional engineering and information technology firm, has acquired Quiet Waters Engineering, Ottertail, Minn., in a move to increase capabilities and efficiencies to serve their collective customers throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Texas.

QWE was owned by Rhonda Menze, who had taken over the company from her husband and company founder, Adam Menze, who died in 2013.

Applied Engineering will create a legacy award to honor Adam Menze and his contributions to the mechanical engineering profession.

Possehl retires from City of Moorhead

Larry “Rabbit” Possehl has retired from the City of Moorhead Sanitation Department after 35 years of service.

An open house retirement party will be hosted by his family from 4 to 8 p.m. May 17 at the Knights of Columbus, 915 Main Ave., Moorhead.