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Honors and officers (July 19)

Presidents installed at Eagles convention

Tom Thrift, Jamestown, N.D., was installed as president, Dakota State Aerie, Fraternal Order of Eagles, for 2014-15 at the Dakota State Eagles Convention held June 12-14 in Aberdeen, S.D.

Deborah Brown, Bismarck, was installed as president of the Dakota State Auxiliary.

Officers were also elected for both Aerie and Auxiliary.

Rick Hanson, Fargo, was named to the Dakota State Aerie Hall of Fame, and Judy Hellman of Rapid City, S.D., was named to the Dakota State Auxiliary Hall of Fame.

Littlefield elected international director

Robert S. Littlefield, a professor of communication at North Dakota State University, was one of seven Americans among the 17 Lions from around the world elected to the position of International Director at the 97th annual Convention of Lions Clubs International, held recently in Toronto.

Littlefield joins the 34-member international board as one of 14 directors representing the United States. He will serve a two-year term on the board of directors.

A member of the Fargo Lions Club since 1984, Littlefield has held numerous leadership positions including club president in 1991 and 2005, district governor in 2011 for eastern North Dakota, and council chairman in 2012 for Multiple District 5.

In addition, Littlefield is serving as president of the North Dakota Past District Governors Association and is the faculty adviser to the North Dakota State University Fargo campus Lions club. He is a progressive Melvin Jones fellow, the highest recognition given by the Lions Clubs International Foundation.

Spitfire BBQ team wins grand championship

The competition barbecue team from the Spitfire Bar & Grill, West Fargo, was named the grand champion of the Blazin’ Barbecue Blast held July 12 in Madelia, Minn.

Spitfire earned the most points overall in the four meat categories as part of the Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned contest.

The team also placed first in the pork and beef brisket categories.

Insurance agent named to President’s Council

Jared Maher has been named a member of the 2014 President’s Council of New York Life. Members of the council are among the top 5 percent of New York Life’s 12,000 licensed agents.

Maher has been a New York Life agent since 2001, and is associated with New York Life’s office in Fargo. He owns Maher Financial Group, Fargo.

Goldade achieves hotel design milestone

Steve Goldade, vice president and architectural department head at the LJA architectural firm, Fargo, has achieved his 1,000th hotel design with a Homewood Suites that is being built for TMI Hospitality in Portage, Mich.

Goldade began his hospitality design career in 1988 with Tharaldson Development. He and his staff completed the architectural drawings for 80 hotels over a two-year period, equating one project completed every nine days.

Many of the projects were completed for major franchises such as Marriott International, Choice Hotels, InterContinental Hotels Group, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Worldwide, La Quinta and Best Western International in 42 states.

His hotel designs recently completed in Fargo include Residence Inn by Marriott, Comfort Suites, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood, Expressway, Sleep Inn and Four Points, which is currently under construction.

Six named to Best Real Estate Agents list

Scott Breidenbach, Terry Ellingson, Dan Hedrick, Kari Myhre, Diane Nordhougen and Jenny Schuster from Park Co. Realtors in Fargo have been named to the America’s Best Real Estate Agents by REAL Trends.

In order to qualify and be recognized in the ranking, each needed to close more than 50 transaction sides or $20 million in volume. The six, combined, closed 368 transactions in 2013.

REAL Trends is a consulting and communications company for the residential real estate industry.

Fargo Eagles Club installs new officers

Fargo Eagles Club 153 has installed officers for the 2014-15 term.

Those installed include: Diane Rheault, junior past president; Ilene Johnson, president; Kotomi Fawbush, vice president; Donna Symanietz, chaplin; Claudia Davenport, secretary; Mariah Rud, treasurer; Lynn Rud, conductor; Sue Nieland, inside guard; Darlene Rolie, outside guard; and LaVerne Seefeld, Violet Thum and Phyllis Rustad, trustees.

NDSCS earns top marks for online options

The North Dakota State College of Science has been ranked No. 40 among two-year colleges in the “100 Best Online Colleges for the 2014 Academic Year” list by

The list is compiled using data from the National Center for Education Statistics and includes data on acceptance, retention, graduation and enrollment rates.

Nodak Mutual named a top insurer by Ward

For the third time in four years, Nodak Mutual Insurance Co., Fargo, has been named to the 2014 Ward’s Top 50 Property/Casualty Insurance Companies.

Ward Group annually recognizes the top 50 performing insurance companies out of more than 3,000 doing business in the United States.

The list recognizes companies that have achieved outstanding financial results in the areas of safety, consistency and performance over the last five years, from 2009 to 2013.

JLG Architects named a best place to work

JLG Architects, Fargo, has been named one of the top eight best firms to work for in the United States and Canada by ZweigWhite, a management consulting and research company.

ZweigWhite awarded the firms based on workplace practices, employee benefits, retention rates and other factors. JLG was ranked fifth on the list.

JLG was selected in part for its flexible, family-oriented structure, opportunities for career growth, and benefits such as profit-sharing and stock ownership. JLG has been honored by ZweigWhite for its employee programs in the past.

ShareHouse board members elected

ShareHouse Inc., Fargo, has elected Lorelle Olson as secretary of the board of directors. Olson is a relationship manager for Bremer Bank.

Other officers are Aaste Campbell, chairwoman; Agnes Harrington, vice chairwoman; Dave Ouradnik, treasurer; and Jim Frankson, assistant secretary. Other board members include Dr. Barrie March, Jen BrodKorb, Bob Corwin, Yvette Nasset, Larry Nelson, George Pomonis, Bruce Quick, Dr. Paul Revland, Carrie Simonson and Willard Yellow Bird.