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Holmberg elected vice chair of WICHE

Sen. Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) recently was elected vice chair of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, the interstate agency for public education in the western United States. He has been a WICHE commissioner since 2013 and will start as chair of the organization this fall.

Simplot names Garrett Lofto president and CEO

The J.R. Simplot Company, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, named Garrett Lofto president and chief executive officer, and he will assume this role Sept. 1. He has served as president of the company's AgriBusiness Group since 2009 and has spent 26 years working for Simplot. Lofto is the seventh president and CEO since founder Jack Simplot retired in 1973.

NCTC's Amundson selected as item writer

Mary T. Amundson, MSN, RN, nursing faculty member at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, has been approved by the Boards of Nursing in North Dakota and Minnesota and selected by NCSBN to participate on the NCLEX® item development panel of subject matter experts. She was selected on the basis of her clinical specialty and nursing expertise. NCSBN, headquartered in Chicago, is responsible for developing and administering the NCLEX-RN® and NCLEX-PN® examinations, which students must pass to attain nursing licensing and registration in the U.S. and participating Canadian provinces and territories.

Meyer awarded fellowship for leadership institute

Sen. Scott Meyer, Grand Forks, was among 38 select lawmakers chosen to participate in the 24th annual Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development being held in August in Minneapolis. The leadership training program identifies and assists promising state leaders in the Midwest, including North Dakota and 10 others states, as well as four Canadian provinces.

Altru receives perinatal care certification

Altru Health System, Grand Forks, has earned Perinatal Care Certification from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. Upon an onsite review in February, The Joint Commission determined Altru is committed to achieving integrated, coordinated and patient-centered care for mothers and their newborns. The certification is awarded for a two-year period.

Altru welcomes Dr. Wijetunga

Altru Health System, Grand Forks, welcomes Dr. Mevan Wijetunga, MD, to its cardiology team. He is board-certified and specializes in cardiac electrophysiology, or management of heart rhythm disorders. He attended Uppsala University School of Medicine in Uppsala, Sweden; the University of Hawaii in Honolulu; and Georgetown University/Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Area insurance agents attend state convention

The North Dakota Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors held their state convention May 9-11 in Bismarck. Ninety-eight North Dakota agents attended, and area agents in attendance were Wayne Cherney, Devils Lake, with Knights of Columbus; Shari Hanson, Northwood, with AFLAC; Gregg Webster, Hillsboro, with AFLAC; Jason Dietrich, Grafton and Cavalier, with American Family; Bonnie Baglien-Sprecher, Grand Forks, with Mutual of Omaha; Sharry Koppang, Adams, with Mutual of Omaha and BC/BS; and Harlyn Bjerke, Adams, with Mutual of Omaha. The Minot Association was selected as the Association of the Year.