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Business Digest (June 14)

Open house Wednesday for Glanzer retirement

Arden Glanzer is retiring from NorthWest Professional Color. An open house roast/toast for Glanzer will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the business at 214 12th St. NW, West Fargo. To RSVP, visit

Glanzer started the business in 1971 as a photographic processing lab in the basement of his home. Today, NPC operates in a high-tech facility and services photographers throughout the United States along with a new division, Northwest Visual, which specializes in grand format printing, press printing, exhibit services and promotional products.

Glanzer and his daughter, Susan Rau, operate the company.

Tourism expansion grants awarded in ND

The North Dakota Department of Commerce Tourism Division has awarded grants to six North Dakota tourism entities to support new or expanding tourism or recreation facilities. A total of $100,000 was awarded for this program with individual grants ranging from $5,000 to $24,000.

Recipients of the grants are:

  •  Crooked Lane Farm Folk School, Colfax, for their event barn relocation and restoration; 
  •  Eastbay Campground, Devils Lake, for construction of a new marina; 
  •  Dakota Prairie Regional Center for the Arts, New Rockford, for enhancements to the Old Church Theater; 
  •  Bowbells Hotel, for the addition of a North Dakota Wine Kitchen;
  •  gardendwellersFARM, Esmond, for a new visitor facility; and
  •  Northeast North Dakota Heritage Foundation, Cavalier, for a natural history exhibit at the Pioneer Heritage Center.

Butler offers ag tech program in Mitchell, SD

Butler Machinery Co. has formed a new educational partnership with the Mitchell (S.D.) Technical Institute to be delivered at the Mitchell campus.

The ButlerEDGE program will begin this fall. The two-year program will be offered for an associate of applied science degree and is a combination of classroom education and a paid internship at a Butler location.

Butler Machinery has been in business since 1955 with locations across North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.

The program is similar to Butler’s ThinkBIG program offered at other schools in North Dakota and South Dakota. Rather than studying heavy equipment, students in the program focus on learning to service AGCO brand agricultural equipment.

Concordia faculty, administrators retire

Fourteen faculty members and administrators retired this year from Concordia College. The retirees include:

  •  Elaine Ackerman, Institutional Research and Assessment, began her career at Concordia as the director of assessment in 2009 and retires after five years;
  •  Bruce Anderson, associate dean of the Offutt School of Business and director of the health care administration program, came to Concordia in 2001 and retires after 13 years;
  •  Madelyn Burchill began her career in 1995 in the German department and retires as associate professor after 19 years;
  •  Polly Fassinger taught in the sociology department until 2009 when she was named director of institutional research; she retires after 27 years at the college;
  •  Thomas Kley served in facilities management as assistant director overseeing building services; he retires after 25 years;
  •  Debra Lee Ross began her career as dining services manager and retires as director of dining services after 24 years at the college;
  •  James Legler, associate professor of ethics and leadership management in the Offutt School of Business, retires after 14 years at the college;
  •  Mary Melroe was hired in 1986 as director of special gifts and retires after 27 years in the Office of Advancement as associate director of the Concordia Annual Fund;
  •  Duane Mickelson joined the faculty of the art department in 1982, and he retires after 35 years;
  •  Viann Pederson de Castañeda, professor of Spanish and Hispanic studies and director of the master of education in world language instruction, retires after 27 years;
  •  Phyllis Ramstad began her career at the college in student affairs and was named assistant registrar in 2000 before joining institutional research in 2009 as an associate, she retires after 45 years;
  •  Barbara Schramm came to Concordia as a voice instructor in the music department in 2007; she retires after seven years; 
  •  Alexander Sze, systems specialist for information technology services, retires after 34 years; and
  •  David Worth, professor of piano, retires after 40 years of service to the college.

MSU alumni, leadership center to open Friday

The official grand opening of the Edson and Margaret Larson Alumni and Leadership Center at Mayville (N.D.) State University will be at 11 a.m. Friday. The MSU 125th Anniversary Alumni Days kickoff celebration and picnic will follow at noon.

The center, formerly known as Northwest Hall, was built in 1911 as an infirmary for sick students. The building has served a number of purposes over the years, including the college president’s home, dormitory space, student medical offices and married student housing.

A fundraising campaign for the renovation project began in 2002, and a $340,000 gift from the Edson and Margaret Larson Foundation in 2012 made it possible for the majority of the renovation efforts to move forward to completion.

Minn. towns receive grants for rehab work

ST. PAUL – Several area Minnesota towns received funding from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development to help pay for rehabilitating housing and commercial structures, and improving infrastructure.

The grants were given under DEED’s Small Cities Development Program, which makes funds available to cities and townships with populations under 50,000 and counties with populations under 200,000.

Thirty-five communities in greater Minnesota received 2014 grants totaling $17.25 million, including:

  •  Climax, $320,000, for sanitary sewer treatment improvements.
  •  Crookston, $350,000, rental housing rehabilitation. 
  •  Mahnomen, $552,000, owner-occupied housing and commercial building rehabilitation. 
  •  Breckenridge, $459,600, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.
  •  Campbell, $286,800, owner-occupied housing rehabilitation.

Border States Electric expands in Arizona

Border States Electric has expanded in Arizona with the recent opening of a new 14,000-square-foot branch to serve the construction market.

The new branch has four employees and is located in the Deer Valley area at 2215 West Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix.