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PEOPLE IN BUSINESS: Awards, hires and promotions

GF honors city employees The city of Grand Forks is honoring long-term employees and recognizing those recently hired or promoted. - Rae Ann Burger, compensation and benefits administrator, marked 40 years on Nov. 10. Burger is a native Thompson,...

GF honors city employees

The city of Grand Forks is honoring long-term employees and recognizing those recently hired or promoted.

- Rae Ann Burger, compensation and benefits administrator, marked 40 years on Nov. 10. Burger is a native Thompson, N.D.

- Shirley Litchy, water service worker lead, marked 30 years on Nov. 8. She's from Rugby, N.D.

- Tim Bach, public works equipment operator, will mark 25 years later this month. Bach is from Fergus Falls, Minn.


- John Bjorgo, who just passed the 10-year mark, recently was promoted from 911 dispatcher to community service officer with the Grand Forks Police Department.

- Joe O'Neil has been a construction compliance officer in urban development for 10 years. The Minneapolis native also worked three years with Lumber Mart.

- Stacey Powell, Larimore, N.D., has been a wastewater treatment plant operator with the city for five years.

- Alyssa Nies was hired in May as a 911 dispatcher after working the switchboard at Altru Health System for three years.

Hanson, Ring recertified

Dr. Rolf Hanson recently received recertification from the American Board of Family Medicine. Certification exams are completed every seven years.

Since 1979, Dr. Hanson has practiced family medicine at Altru Clinic-Crookston and Altru Clinic-Fertile, Minn. He received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Bruce Ring recently received recertification in geriatric medicine from the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Family Medicine.


Dr. Ring joined Altru Clinic-Crookston in 1980, and also has a practice at Altru Clinic-Fertile. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Nebraska Affiliated Hospitals in Omaha. Dr. Ring is also a member of the Minnesota Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

Damle, Kuhn elected

Rohinee Damle and Eunice Kuhn, both of Grand Forks, recently were elected to the board of Grand Forks Parks and Recreation Foundation. This brings the board member number to nine.

Resler joins Absolute Marketing

Rebecca Resler, a UND graduate, has been hired by Absolute Marketing Group in Moorhead as Web programmer.

Resler, a native of Lidgerwood, N.D., has nine years experience in Web programming, including at RealTruck, Inc., Jamestown, N.D., and Mind Tremors, Fargo.

Forx Builders gives awards

Gary Sondreal recently was named Builder of the Year and Sonia Roberton the Associate of the Year by the Forx Builders Association.


Loren Abel, Abel Construction, was installed as president of the association, which has 356 members representing related building industries in northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

Additional executive officers installed were Corey Vreeland, Vreeland Remodeling, as president-elect and Ken Vasek, Spare Husband, secretary/treasurer.

Other board of directors installed were Sonia Lajimodiere, the Lighting Gallery; Gene Lill, Vilandre Heating, A/C & Plumbing; Chad Benson, RBB Electric; Stacey Kemp, Simonson Lumber & Hardware and Randy Foss, Sterling Siding & Remodeling.

Nate Applegren, Applegren Construction, serves as past president.

Cost awarded

Wanita Cost, business manager at Midway Public School, Inkster, N.D., recently was awarded a Certificate of Merit by the North Dakota Association of School Business Managers. Cost received the Silver Medallion Award and Gold Medallion Award for completing 200 and 300 training and experience points.

The purpose of the Association of Business Managers is to provide seminars and training workshops on such issues as payroll preparation and reporting, governmental accounting, legislation that affects schools, state and federal reports and numerous other aspects.

Chine certified

Nicole Chine has recently completed certification in ASTYM, an evidence-based rehab program that has proven effective in the treatment of repetitive stress injuries. She works at Achieve Therapy, 3035 DeMers Ave. in Grand Forks.

Chine is a native of Leonard, N.D., and graduated from Baylor University in 2003 with a master's degree in physical therapy. She is an orthopedic clinical specialist as well as a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Nicole spent five years in the U.S. Army, where she served as a physical therapist.

Info: (701) 746-8374 or www.achieve-therapy.com .

McLain moves

Joy Ust McClain, former salon owner/operator in Finley, N.D., recently moved to a salon chair rental at Hair Unlimited in Northwood, N.D.

McLain started Joy's Bee U Tee Bar in Finley in 1972 and ran it with many employees until it was sold in 2006.

Stadter Center welcomes Krom

Karan Krom, Willow City, N.D, recently joined the Stadter Center in Grand Forks as a licensed addiction counselor. She is a graduate of the University of Mary and has been a licensed addiction counselor since 1989. Before joining The Stadter Center, Karan's focus was on adolescent, rural and family addiction programs.

Svendson joins Bremer Bank

Carol Svendson, East Grand Forks, has joined Bremer Banks as vice president, trust manager.

Svendson joins Bremer after 13 years at Alerus, where she served as a trust administrator and most recently a relationship manager. Before then, she worked in the financial services industry in the Twin Cities for 12 years.

Svendson is a graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead, where she earned a degree in accounting and from the University of St. Thomas, where she received her master's in business administration. Svendson also passed the CPA exam and is a graduate of ABA National Trust School.

Lambrecht to replace Cooper

Dr. Craig Lambrecht will become the first physician to serve as president and chief executive officer of Medcenter One effective Jan. 1. Jim Cooper, Medcenter One's president/CEO, will be retiring after holding the post for eight years.

Lambrecht, a native of Wishek, N.D., has worked for Medcenter One for 18 years. He has three business and management master's degrees, is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served in leadership positions with the N.D. National Guard for 26 years, including medical commander. He also serves as state surgeon.

Yangalasetty joins Altru Health System

Dr. Chandra Yangalasetty has joined Altru Health System in pediatrics.

After receiving medical training from Guntur Medical College in Guntur, India, he did a pediatric residency at the P.S.G. Institute of Medical Sciences in Coimbatore, India. He then completed a second pediatric residency at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr. Yangalasetty also received additional training in neonatology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

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