PEOPLE IN BUSINESS: Palmiscno honored ... Schmid appointed

Palmiscno honored Bill Palmiscno, superintendent of recreation for the Grand Forks Park District, received the North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association Fellow Award at the NDRPA Annual State Conference on Sept. 23 in Minot. The Fellow Award ...

Palmiscno honored

Bill Palmiscno, superintendent of recreation for the Grand Forks Park District, received the North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association Fellow Award at the NDRPA Annual State Conference on Sept. 23 in Minot. The Fellow Award is the Association's highest honor for outstanding service in the field of parks and recreation.

Palmiscno has been superintendent for 35 years.

Shepherd runs animal hospital

Jennifer Lykken Shepherd owns and operates the Cloquet Animal Hospital in Cloquet, Minn.


A veterinarian for nine years, Shepherd is a 1992 graduate of Grand Forks Central High School and earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1996 from UND. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2000 from Colorado State University and served a one-year post-graduate internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Ontario Veterinary College, Guelph, Ont.

Schmid appointed

Dr. Mary Jo Schmid, who earned her doctorate from UND, recently was appointed by Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the state Board of School Administrators.

Schmid is the principal of Ellen Hopkins Elementary School in Moorhead. She earned her Master of Science degree, as well as her sixth-year certification, in educational administration from St. Cloud (Minn.) State University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Schmid replaces Stanford Nelson on the Board of School Administrators as a representative of elementary school principals to a four-year term that expires Jan. 7, 2013.

Fulton recognized

Jeremy Fulton, an American Family Insurance agent in Grand Forks, has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence by J.D. Power and Associates. Fulton has been with American Family since 1997. American Family is based out of Madison, Wis.

Venhuizen joins law firm


Brett Venhuizen recently joined the law firm of Galstad, Jensen, and McCann, P.A. as an associate attorney with a focus on family and aviation law.

Venhuizezn received his bachelor's degree in 1997 and his Juris Doctor degree in 2000, both from the University of South Dakota. He is licensed to practice in North Dakota and South Dakota. Venhuizen is also an associate professor of aviation at UND, and he continues to be an active pilot and flight instructor.

Crary congratulates Meyer, Bernhardt

Sandy Meyer, Crary Real Estate, recently earned the award of certified residential specialist, the highest designation awarded to sales associates in the residential sales field, from the state of North Dakota. A native of Niagara, N.D., Meyer has been in real estate for 20 years.

Crary also recently hired Tim Bernhardt, Grand Forks, as a new agent.

Ellingson elected Foundation trustee

Dee Ann Ellingson, certified public accountant in Grand Forks, has been elected to serve as a trustee for the North Dakota CPA Society Foundation, which provides yearly scholarship awards to accounting students. Ellingson is an associate professor at UND.

The Foundation is affiliated with the North Dakota Society of CPAs, a professional association of over 1500 members.


Fahey named store manager

Megan Fahey has been named store manager for maurices, a women's clothing store in Columbia Mall in Grand Forks. Fahey is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store, including sales performance, visual presentation, personnel recruitment and training.

Nurses honored

Bonnie Ferry, registered nurse and patient care supervisor at Altru Hospital, received the Nurse Excellence Award from the Professional Nurse Committee at Altru Health System. Ferry has worked at Altru for 33 years.

The March of Dimes North Dakota Chapter recognized nurses statewide at the Nurse of the Year awards ceremony Sept. 26 at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo.

Thirty-one health care professionals from across North Dakota were honored among 23 categories for their contributions to patient care. Winners from Grand Forks included:

- Nancy Joyner, Altru Health System, 2009 Nurse of the Year -- Palliative Care.

- Terri Keehr, Grand Forks Public Health, 2009 Nurse of the Year -- Public Health - City/County Outreach.


- Jeanine Senti, clinical instructor at the UND College of Nursing and supervisor at Altru Family Birthing, 2009 Nurse of the Year -- Management -- Family Birthing.

- Maridee Shogren, UND College of Nursing, 2009 Advanced Practice Nurse of the year.

Independent Community Banks elect officers

The Independent Community Banks of North Dakota recently elected officers and new members to its board of directors. Their names, positions elected to and businesses are:

- Gordon Hoffner, president, Union State Bank, Beulah, N.D.

- Mary Erman, president-elect, Starion Financial, Mandan, N.D.

- Jerry Hauff, vice president, Cornerstone Bank, Bismarck.

- Don Forsberg, executive vice president, Bismarck.


- Don Foss, southeast director, Dakota Heritage Bank of North Dakota, Hillsboro, N.D.

- Kelly Fischer, United Community Banks of North Dakota, Leeds, N.D., and Jim Porter, First State Bank of Wilton, Wilton, N.D., directors at large.

- Lisa Artz, director at large, Choice Financial Group, West Fargo, N.D.

Other bankers on the board of directors are:

- Brenda Foster, northwest director, First Western Bank & Trust, Minot.

- Sharon Berger, southwest director, American Bank Center, Bismarck.

- John Mitchell, northeast director, First State Bank, Grand Forks.

Also sitting on the board of directors are past presidents Scott Tewksbury, Heartland State Bank, Edgeley, N.D., and Dave McAdoo, First National Bank & Trust Co., Williston, N.D.


The ICBND board representative to the group's national affiliate, the Independent Community Bankers of America, is Robert Sorenson, North Country, McClusky, N.D.

Lizakowski joins Altru

Dr. Laura Lizakowski has joined Altru Health System as a hospitalist and palliative medicine physician. A graduate of the UND School of Medicine, Lizakowski completed her internship and residency in internal medicine, as well as her fellowship in palliative medicine, at the Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wis.

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