As they become available, Prairie Business highlights the region's new hires, promotions, and employee achievements. This week's spotlight includes the following:

Ag storyteller joins Paulsen as content writer

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. • Talisa Buchholz is the newest member of the creative team at Paulsen. She recently began her role as content writer for the marketing agency and will work on projects ranging from blog articles and technical papers to print and digital advertising to web content and social media copy.

Talisa Buchholz
Talisa BuchholzImage: Courtesy of Paulsen

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications from South Dakota State University and has been active in 4-H and FFA throughout much of her life. Her professional resume includes writing roles with advertising agency VistaComm and, most recently, Profile by Sanford.

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Buchholz lives with her husband in Tulare, South Dakota. In addition to her work for Paulsen, she is also a freelance photographer.

Bell Bank hires wealth advisor

Fargo, N.D. • Nick Peterson has been hired as vice president/wealth advisor for Bell Investments. In his role, Peterson assists clients with financial planning and investment decisions designed with a goal to help them reach their future financial and retirement goals.

Nick Peterson
Nick PetersonImage: Courtesy of Bell Bank

A native of Moorhead, Minn., Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from North Dakota State University. He began his financial career in 2019 as a teller with Bell Bank and has served as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. He lives in West Fargo.

Apex Engineering Group hires engineering technician

FARGO, N.D. • Kasey Ward joins Apex Engineering Group. Ward is a recent graduate of Bismarck State College, where he earned an associates degree in engineering technology.

Kasey Ward
Kasey WardImage: Courtesy of Apex Engineering Group

In 2020, he was an intern for Apex’s Survey Department in Bismarck. Now, he joins the transportation team full-time as an engineering technician.

Korsmo receives outstanding service award

Bismarck, N.D. • Tracy Korsmo, enterprise architect with the North Dakota Department of Information Technology, received the Midwestern Higher Education Compact Outstanding Service Award.

Tracy Korsmo
Tracy KorsmoImage: Courtesy of North Dakota Department of  Information Technology

Korsmo, who is also the Statewide Longitudinal Data System program manager, was recognized for his significant contributions to the Comprehensive Learner Record Advisory Group and the Midwest Credential Transparency Alliance, specifically for his work in North Dakota.

Trinity Health Foundation Board of Directors welcomes two members

MINOT, N.D. • Trinity Health and Trinity Health Foundation recently appointed two new members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Brian Boppre and Claude Sem were both appointed to fill three-year terms on the board.

Brian Boppre is a licensed attorney and the founder/owner of the Boppre Law Firm in Minot.

Brian Boppre
Brian BoppreImage: Courtesy of Trinity Health Foundation

Claude Sem is a retired banking executive from the Minot area, most recently serving as the CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota.

Claude Sem
Claude SemImage: Courtesy of Trinity Health Foundation

Both new members have a wealth of experience serving on numerous community and regional boards throughout their careers. The knowledge they bring from within the finance and estate planning industries will be a critical asset to the board.