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Matthew Von Pinnon: Seven new members join Forum Readers Board

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

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 our members leaving the board: Angie Brady, Brittany Hatting, Caroline Moos, Diane Wolter, Walter Spiese, Lane Etter, Jeff Weigel, Richard Radde and Ben Johnson.

New members are:

Lester Hazlett, 76, Fargo, is a retired engineer and manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois and attended an advance management program at Arizona State University. He is married and has lived in the area for 14 years.

Chad Knewtson, 48, Fargo, is a district business manager for Takeda Pharmaceuticals. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., after completing a 47-week course in Russian. He is married and the father of two children. He has lived in the area on and off since 1998.

Mike Miller, 58, Fargo, is employed as the learning management system manager for the North Dakota Center for Distance Education. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. He is married with two adult children. He returned to live in North Dakota three years ago.

Ryan Schuster, 39, Fargo, is an editor for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He is married and the father to two young daughters.

Heather Syverson, 36, Fargo, is a communications coordinator at AE2S, a civil engineering consulting firm. She earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from North Dakota State University. She is married and has lived in Fargo her whole life.

Laura Vogel, 25, Fargo, is employed by the state of Minnesota as the domestic violence court coordinator in Clay County. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Dakota State University and a master of public administration degree from Kent State. She is single and a Fargo native.

Alison Wolbeck, 40, Moorhead, is a self-employed mental health advocate. She attended Thief River Falls (Minn.) Technical college. She is single and has lived in the area since 2001.

Returning 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.

Ashley Kuntz, 28, 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.

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.

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

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