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AE2S hires interns Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services has hired Paige Ferguson, Travis Grimsley, Geoff Slick and Ryan Grubb as student interns in its Grand Forks office. Ferguson, a Grand Forks native, will be a junior at Red River H...

AE2S hires interns

Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services has hired Paige Ferguson, Travis Grimsley, Geoff Slick and Ryan Grubb as student interns in its Grand Forks office.

Ferguson, a Grand Forks native, will be a junior at Red River High School this fall. At AE2S, she is assisting with administrative tasks, as well as the production of the 2009 AE2S North Central Utility Rate Study.

Grimsley, also from Grand Forks, will be a sophomore at UND. At AE2S, he is providing surveying services on the Rugby, N.D., street improvements, Ashtabula II wind farm, and the UND site work projects.

Slick is originally from Baudette, Minn., and earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in May from UND. He will pursue his master's degree next year in environmental engineering. He is an Engineer in Training at AE2S working with the rural water group on the Traill rural water and Langdon, N.D., rural water systems.


Grubb is returning to AE2S for his second summer of interning. He is a native of Tioga, N.D., and is pursuing his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from UND. At AE2S, he is providing surveying services for the Rugby street improvements project.

Peterson elected

Kathy Peterson, Warren, Minn., was elected vice chair of the Minnesota State Council on Disability. Barb Stensland, Bemidji, was also elected to the executive committee.

The council consists of 15 members appointed by the governor of Minnesota.

Tautges becomes LEED accredited

Jeremy Tautges, engineer in training at Widseth Smith Nolting, has become a LEED Accredited Professional. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System is a voluntary national standard for developing sustainable buildings, which are energy- and water-efficient and typically cost less to operate and maintain than conventional buildings.

Tautges has been with WSN since 2007. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University.

Benke, Fee join Minnkota


Nate Benke has been hired as a utility worker in the construction and maintenance department at the Grand Forks offices of Minnkota Power Cooperative.

A Grand Forks native, Benke graduated from Red River High School. He later earned an associate degree in diesel mechanics from the North Dakota State School of Science, Wahpeton, N.D.

Benke has also worked for Strata Corp. in Grand Forks.

Kevin Fee has been hired as communications supervisor in the graphic services department at Minnkota.

A Grand Forks native, Fee graduated from Central High School and the University of Minnesota-Crookston, where he earned an associate degree in broadcasting/journalism. He completed his bachelor's degree at UND.

Fee worked the past 11 years as sports editor and writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

Olafson selected

Drew Olafson, a loan officer with United Valley Bank of Argyle, Minn., has graduated from the Dakota School of Banking and was selected as "Banker of the Year."


The Dakota School of Banking is sponsored by North Dakota Bankers Association and endorsed by the South Dakota Bankers Associations. In its 36th year, the school trained 52 bank personnel. The school has been held on the campus of Jamestown College in Jamestown, N.D., since 1997.

Academy of Family Physicians meets

Dr. Tom Cariveau, Grand Forks, received the Friend of Family Medicine award during the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians annual meeting in Fargo.

Newly elected members of the board of directors for three-year terms included Dr. Heidi Philpot, Grand Forks, and Dr. Derek Wayman, Devils Lake. Also serving on the board are Dr. Todd Schaffer, Carrington, N.D., and Dr. Hayley Svedjan-Walz, Grand Forks.

Dr. Kim Konzak-Jones of Grand Forks was re-elected vice president of the North Dakota Academy of Family Physicians Foundation. Dr. Greg Greek, Grand Forks, was re-elected secretary/treasurer.

Dr. Richard Vetter, Fargo, was chosen as North Dakota's top family physician. He completed medical school at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1988. His name will be submitted to the American Academy of Family Physicians next year for consideration at the national level.

Emanuel awarded

Margaret Emanuel of the Grand Forks 911 Center was named Dispatch Supervisor of the Year by the North Dakota Association for Public Safety Dispatchers. Emanuel has worked at the Grand Forks 911 center for the past 21 years.

Bonnie Dever of the Bismarck 911 Center was named Dispatcher of the Year.

Public safety dispatchers are the first point of contact in emergencies where police, fire, or ambulance assistance is needed.

Dobrowski listed

Jennifer Dobrowski, client relations coordinator with Altru Health Foundation in Grand Forks, was named to the ND Business Watch: 40 under 40 list, the top 40 business leaders under the age of 40 in North Dakota.

Dobrowski has been with Altru Health Foundation since 2004. She is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of all the donor programs and services of Altru Health Foundation as well as the Foundation's public relations and communications with donors.

Dobrowski also worked in customer service/graphic design at Morgan Printing and was a media writing assistant at the UND Office of University Relations.

Morud reappointed

Dr. Rollie Morud, Bemidji, has been reappointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty to the Governor's Workforce Development Council as a consultant in workplace productivity.

Morud has been assistant commissioner with the Minnesota Department of Education and superintendent of schools in Bemidji, Dickinson, N.D., and New Town, N.D. He earned his doctor of education degree at UND.

A member of the GWDC since 2007, Morud also has served as a member of the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the Minnesota Association of School Administrators Executive Development Committee. His three-year term expires June 30, 2012.

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