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Matthew Von Pinnon: Forum Readers Board welcomes new members

Meet the six new members of The Forum’s Readers Board. They join seven returning members whose terms expire in June.

Members stay on for a year, but terms are staggered by a half-year. The paper’s community sounding board chooses its own successors.

We want to first thank departing members whose terms expired in December: Cole Carley, Joelle Goldade, Kristina Hein, Susan Revland, Larry Schwartz and Kristine Thompson.

New members are:

Ken Enockson, 48, Fargo, works as a team leader for HERE, a Nokia company specializing in mapping and location intelligence. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies education with a political science concentration from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is married with three children and has lived in the area for 18 years.

Ben Johnson, 33, Fargo, is a self-employed handyman and artist. He has lived in the area most of his life and is the single father to a daughter who attends the first grade.

Ashley Kuntz, 27, Fargo, is a special education and behavioral paraprofessional at Fargo South High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and is currently enrolled in a graduate program for education at Bemidji State University. She moved here from Grand Forks a little over a year ago.

Meagan McDougall, 24, Fargo, specializes in inside sales and marketing at High Point Networks in West Fargo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and multimedia journalism from Concordia College. She is single and has always lived in the area.

Richard Radde, 81, Moorhead, is retired. He served as campus pastor at MSUM and chaplain at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fargo. He was also a chaplain with the 11th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army. He is married and has lived in the area since 1979.

Kaia Watkins, 32, Dilworth, is a channel strategist at Flint Communications in Fargo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic communications at MSUM. She is single and has lived in the area for 13 years.

Returning members are:

Angie Brady, 88, Moorhead, is the former nursing instructor at St. Luke’s School of Nursing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in special education and a master’s degree in guidance and counseling at MSUM. She has written a monthly column titled “Been There Done That” for Midwest Bloomers for 19 years and has published five books, the latest titled “The Battles of Should and Could” in 2014. She has lived in the area her whole life.

Brittany Hatting, 26, Wahpeton, N.D., is an attorney for Lies & Bullis in Wahpeton. She earned an English degree at South Dakota State University, Brookings, and a law degree at the University of South Dakota, Vermillion. She is married with one son and has lived in the area most of her life.

Caroline Moos, 26, Moorhead, is a grant developer for Sanford Health. She earned a degree in communications at the University of Minnesota. She has lived in the area most of her life.

Diane Wolter, 52, Fargo, does career counseling and job search coaching at the MSUM Career Development Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., a master’s degree from MSUM and a doctorate at UND. She is married and has lived in the area most of her life.

Walter Spiese, 69, LaMoure, N.D., and West Fargo, owns and is a pharmacist at LaMoure Drug Store. He earned his pharmacy degree at North Dakota State University. He is married and has three children and six grandchildren. He has lived in LaMoure most of his life and recently purchased a second home in West Fargo.

Lane Etter, 33, Fargo, is a risk management officer for American Federal Bank. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Seattle University. She resides in Fargo with her daughter, a student at Fargo South High School. She grew up near Menahga, Minn., and spent 12 years out of state in Mississippi and Washington before moving to Fargo to be closer to family.

Jeff Weigel, 50, Fargo, is the operations manager at Motion Industries. He earned degrees at North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, and Valley City (N.D.) State University. He is originally from Edgeley, N.D., but has lived in the area for 25 years. He is married and spends his free time traveling, riding motorcycle and collecting farm toys.

Von Pinnon is editor of The Forum. Reach him at (701) 241-5579, and on Twitter @inforumed