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GF honors longtime employees Mel Carson has marked 40 years on the job with the city of Grand Forks. He was promoted to city assessor in 1990. Grand Forks Deputy Fire Chief Mike Flermoen celebrated 30 years as an employee of the city. A native of...

GF honors longtime employees

Mel Carson has marked 40 years on the job with the city of Grand Forks. He was promoted to city assessor in 1990.

Grand Forks Deputy Fire Chief Mike Flermoen celebrated 30 years as an employee of the city. A native of Columbia Heights, Minn., Flermoen was promoted to captain in 1994, training officer in 1996 and deputy chief in 1999.

Jim Deitz, a Grand Forks native, has tallied 20 years at senior equipment operator in the public works department.

Greg Batzer, Grand Forks, has worked his way up through all four classes of operators in 20 years to become operations supervisor at the Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant. He was named to that position in 1999.


Tammy Woodstrom, originally from Stephen, Minn., has marked 20 years as senior administrator specialist.

Cpl. Troy Vanyo, a native of Alvarado, Minn., has logged 15 years with the Grand Forks Police Department.

Cpl. Jenny Lammers, Thompson, N.D., has served 15 years in law enforcement from being a deputy in the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department to her current rank in the Uniform Patrol Bureau of the Grand Forks Police.

Thomsen resigns

Sherri Thomsen will step down later this fall as regional executive director of The Minn-Kota Chapter of the American Red Cross. After six years, Thomsen has announced she is leaving the organization to spend more time with her family.

During Thomsen's tenure, the Minn-Kota Chapter grew from one office serving 12 counties to seven offices serving all of North Dakota plus ten counties in Minnesota.

Thomsen supervised more than 900 volunteers and staff during the spring flooding threat in Fargo.

Sertoma Club awards Sandberg


Curt Sandberg, retail/commercial services coordinator for Bremer Bank, was awarded the Service to Mankind honor from the Greater Grand Forks Sertoma Club, the highest honor given to a non-Sertoman for exemplary service in the area of community volunteerism and leadership.

Sandberg is a 17-year veteran at Bremer Bank. For the past 20 years, he has served in a number of different capacities for the United Way and has been a member and club leader with the Optimist Club since 1972.

Haugen marks 30 years

Lloyd Haugen, Mekinock, N.D., was recognized for 30 years of service at the post office in Manvel, N.D., with an award plaque and pin presented by Postmaster Paula Kilichowski. Haugen has served his career accident-free as a rural route mail carrier.

AE2S hires Lambrecht

Tom Lambrecht has been hired as a survey technician by Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services at its Grand Forks office.

Lambrecht originally is from Grand Forks and earned his associate degree in civil engineering and surveying technology from the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton, N.D. He also earned his bachelor's degree in land surveying and mapping sciences from St. Cloud (Minn.) State University.

Lambrecht worked on projects such as the UND Wellness Center, the reconstruction of Columbia Road and 24th Avenue South and many new Grand Forks subdivisions.


At AE2S, he is performing surveying site design, and geographic information system work. He will initially be providing support on the Red River Valley Water Supply Project, Rugby street improvements and Ashtabula II Wind Energy Project.

George's Quick Printing welcomes Freitag

Gina Freitag has been hired as a graphic artist at George's Quick Printing in East Grand Forks. She has been a graphic artist for 12 years.

Freitag is a graduate of Grand Forks Central High School and attended college in Wahpeton, N.D., for graphic arts.

Frandsen inducted

Dennis Frandsen, founder of Frandsen Financial Corp., which owns Community Bank of the Red River Valley, was inducted into the 2009 Minnesota Business Hall of Fame on July 23 in Minneapolis.

From roots as the founder of a small lumber company in 1951 when he was still a teenager, Frandsen has grown his family of companies over the past half century into an enterprise with $100 million in manufacturing sales and banks with $1.4 billion in assets. His companies employ almost 1,000 people in 38 communities across the Upper Midwest.

For more information on the awards, call (612) 336-9288 or e-mail ajensen@tcbmag.com .

Miller joins AgCountry

Jeff Miller has accepted the insurance specialist position with AgCountry Farm Credit Services in Grafton, N.D. He is responsible for sales and service of multi-peril crop insurance as well as hail insurance for the Grafton office.

Miller holds a degree in finance and business management from Minot State University.

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