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Blue Cross Blue Shield welcomes new vice president Denise Kolpack, Fargo, has been promoted to vice president of corporate communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. Kolpack, who joined Blue Cross Blue Shield in November 2006, repl...

Blue Cross Blue Shield welcomes new vice president

Denise Kolpack, Fargo, has been promoted to vice president of corporate communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

Kolpack, who joined Blue Cross Blue Shield in November 2006, replaces the recently retired Larry Gauper as VP of corporate communications.

Kolpack grew up in East Grand Forks and graduated from UND with a bachelor of arts degree in marketing and a minor in political science.

She has previously worked as regional community relations director at United Blood Services in Fargo and with the North Dakota Newspaper Association, the North Dakota Water Coalition and the Kranzler-Kingsley advertising agency in Bismarck. She was also campaign manager for the Heidi Heitkamp for Governor campaign in 2000.

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SimmonsFlint staff attend seminars

Linda Muus, an account manager with SimmonsFlint, received the Second Wind Certified Agency Account Manager designation after attending a three-day certification training seminar in Costa Mesa, Calif.

The training included instruction in account service, management, planning, proposal writing and presentation skills.

Mary Schieve, a senior copywriter with SimmonsFlint, attended the Public Relations Society of America International Conference in Philadelphia and also attended a seminar on new media communications.

SimmonsFlint is a full-service agency, which integrates all aspects of public relations, marketing and advertising.

Leslie joins HNRC

Kimberly Leslie has joined the administrative support staff at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service.

Leslie previously worked as a program coordinator with Army Community Services in Okinawa, Japan.

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Prudential honors Cvancara

Clark Cvancara, Grand Forks, a Prudential Insurance representative, received a Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants Award of $5,000, which he passed on to Greater Grand Forks Sertoma.

Cvancara donated 427 community service hours in 2006. He organized Fourth of July activities, which drew 40,000 people out on an annual three-day sports show and raised more than $25,000 for charity, and coordinated the maintenance of Sertoma Park and Japanese Gardens.

Greater Grand Forks Sertoma is a service organization that provides financial support to charities helping those with speech and hearing disorders. It is one of 444 nonprofit organizations that received a total of $461,000 in Prudential CARES Volunteer Grants from the Prudential Foundation. Grants ranged from $250 to $5,000 and nonprofits receiving them were selected by the individuals presented with the awards.

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