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Prairie People: New hires and promotions for the week ending July 22, 2022

Individuals profiled this week include those from Cornerstone Bank, Enclave, Minnesota State University Moorhead, and Widseth.

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As they become available, Prairie Business highlights new hires, promotions and employee achievements from companies in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. This week's spotlight includes the following:

Cornerstone Bank Board of Directors welcomes new member

GRAND FORKS, N.D. • Karl Bollingberg joined the Cornerstone Bank Corporate Board of Directors, bringing extensive knowledge from 36 years in banking.

Karl Bollingberg
Karl Bollingberg
Image: Courtesy of Cornerstone Bank

Recently retired from Alerus Financial, Bollingberg has worked in a variety of roles including Loan Participation Advisor, Director of Lending, Director of Banking Services, Market Manager, and Director of New Business Development. He is an elected member and Vice Chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines representing stockholders in the state on North Dakota.

Bollingberg also serves as Chairman for the Bank of North Dakota Advisory Board and is the past Chairman for the Grand Forks Regional Economic Development Corporation. He has been active in numerous other civic organizations and has taken part in church mission trips to Honduras.

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A native of North Dakota, Bollingberg graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in agricultural economics and subsequently completed the graduate school of banking. Bollingberg currently lives in Grand Forks with his wife, Twila. They have three grown children.

Enclave promotes three employees

FARGO, N.D. • Enclave, a development, construction, and management company founded in 2011, has promoted three employees.

Thomas Dahl
Thomas Dahl
Image: Courtesy of Enclave

Thomas Dahl, previously project manager, will now serve as senior project manager. Scott Bertrand, previously project manager, will now serve as senior project manager. Lastly, Ryan Swann, previously assistant carpenter, will now serve as project engineer.

With more than 10 years of experience in construction management, Dahl joined Enclave in 2021 as project manager. He will serve as senior project manager in Fargo, overseeing construction projects from start to finish, collaborating with design teams, sub-contractors and clients to ensure timely delivery within budget.

Scott Bertrand
Scott Bertrand
Image: Courtesy of Enclave

Bertrand joined Enclave in 2021, with over five years of experience as project manager, project engineer and construction manager. He will serve as Enclave senior project manager in the St. Louis Park, supporting the company’s new developments in and around the Twin Cities including Hopkins, Hastings, Cottage Grove and Plymouth, among others.

Ryan Swann
Ryan Swann
Image: Courtesy of Enclave

Swann started as assistant carpenter for Enclave in 2021. With experience in construction and project management, Swanson will serve as project engineer in St. Louis Park, providing technical support for project managers and site superintendents while ensuring all work is being completed safely and efficiently.

MSUM welcomes first associate provost of diversity and inclusion

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MOORHEAD, Minn. • Dr. Frank King, Jr., has joined Minnesota State University Moorhead as its first associate provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Frank King
Frank King
Image: Courtesy of Minnesota State University Moorhead

This position also oversees the university’s Faculty Development Center. Ultimately, the associate provost will facilitate the implementation of Minnesota State Equity 2030, which calls for eliminating educational equity gaps at every Minnesota State college and university.

Originally from Maryland, Dr. King served in the U.S. Air Force from 1995 to 1999, mainly at Misawa Air Base, Japan. After leaving the service, he and his family moved to Washington, where he earned his undergraduate degree in social studies education and became a Ronald E. McNair Scholar at Eastern Washington University.

He completed a doctorate in American studies at Washington State University. Dr. King’s academic areas of interest include hip hop pedagogy, the prison industrial complex and racial disparities, the history of the War on Drugs, Afrocentric philosophy, and African American history.

In 2020, Dr. King became the executive director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the special assistant to the Chief Diversity Office at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He assisted in building and developing support, community, and resources for faculty, staff and students to help in UW-Platteville’s call to ensure all students have substantial knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.

Dr. King and his wife, Kecia (USAF Ret.), make their home in Moorhead and look forward to being a part of the community both on and off campus.

Widseth has new vice president; welcomes architectural planner and consultant

MANKATO, Minn. • Kaeko Leitch has joined Widseth, a Minnesota architectural and engineering firm, as a vice president and manager of the company’s Mankato office.

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Kaeko Leitch
Kaeko Leitch
Image: Courtesy of Widseth

With a focus on strategic operations and innovation, Leitch will oversee efforts to optimize operational efficiency, performance, and staff development to align with objectives laid out in the firm’s strategic plan.

Licensed in both mechanical and electrical engineering, Leitch has deep experience in professional and technical services and will be closely involved in recruiting and training engineers, technicians, and designers.

Leitch founded and operated Abacus Engineering in Mankato and Minneapolis for nine years before merging with another firm. She is well connected in architectural and engineering circles and will spend significant time growing Widseth’s portfolio in specific markets, including education, healthcare, manufacturing, and renewable energy.

The company also recently welcomed long-time architectural planner and education consultant Rod Schumacher has joined Minnesota architectural and engineering firm Widseth.

Rod Schumacher
Rod Schumacher
Image: Courtesy of Widseth

Schumacher brings more than 30 years of expertise in developing projects that are driven by clients’ goals and visions, while ensuring his clients enjoy a productive and rewarding experience.

To get to this result, Schumacher implements a combination of tools and experiences, such as facility assessment plans, facility management and planning, relationship management, finance and risk management, project management, and client specific solutions.

He will add his client focused approach, strong process orientation, and consistent results to Widseth’s planning and design teams, and continue to serve public and private education clients throughout Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

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