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MSUM NEWS: The following area students have been awarded academic scholarships from Minnesota State University Moorhead: Danielle Corcoran, child of Dean and Bev Corcoran, West Fargo, $4,000 University Scholarship; Makayla Swenson, child of David and Lori Swenson, Fargo, $5,000 Achievement Scholarship; and Erica Clark, child of Michael and Michelle Clark, Dilworth, $5,000 Achievement Scholarship. NDSCS NEWS: Four North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, students recently qualified to attend the Collegiate DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, Calif., by placing
FARGO - It takes an army of employees to put on an event like Saturday's Kid Rock and Bob Seger concert at the Fargodome. One of the generals overseeing that army is Bernie Larson, director of event services at the Dome. Larson oversees three full-time employees as well as a troop of 175 to 200 part-timers who work in areas such as parking, event staff and security. Q. How did you get into this line of work? I started here 20 years ago as a parking lot attendant as a fun side job. With it being a new building, they didn't have a lot of seasoned staff here.
HIGH HONORS: Britten Croves, a senior at Central Cass High School in Casselton, N.D., has been named a candidate in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Candidates were selected based on performance I the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Further consideration is based on students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts. Semifinalists will be announced in early April.
FARGO - The area's newest ethnic grocery store, Himalayan Grocery, opened its doors Feb. 18 at 1000 45th St.
FARGO - Not only is Elaine Ista an experienced phlebotomist at United Blood Services in Fargo, she could also easily serve as a spokeswoman for the organization. Ista recently talked about the rewards of her job and the impor-tance of donating blood. Q. How did you become a phlebotomist? When I was applying for jobs, I kept leaning towards medical fields. I had been a donor myself since high school. I knew the procedures here, and I thought 'I could do that.' So I applied and got the job right away. I have loved it ever since. What made you start giving blood?
FARGO - Tami Dowers has joked that the secret ingredient in her baked goods is love, but the truth is that it's really butter. That is not to say love is not still part of the process. Dowers grew up holiday baking with her mother, and she began to view it as a way they spread love. Each holiday season they would bake no fewer than 100 dozen baked goods to share. Dowers recently opened Sweet Haven Bakery at 1201 1st Ave. N. with the idea of sharing that love and those traditional family recipes with area residents.
MAKING THE GRADE: Taylor Hager and Abigale Roche of Fargo were named to the dean's list at Northern Michigan University, Marquette. Jonathan Hegseth, Fargo, and Ashley Hurner, Glyndon, Minn., were named to the dean's list at the Dunwoody College of Technology, Minneapolis. Sarah Pedersen, Fargo, was named to the dean's list at Eastern Oregon University, La Grande. The following area students were named to the dean's list at Minnesota State University Mankato: Brittany Bang, Casselton, N.D.; Chelsea Honer, Kjirsten Kroenke, Dent, Minn.; Jon Gottsman, Steven Labine, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Kadi
FARGO - Not many people can say they have been referred to as a "balloonatic." It is an honor Shantel Gray earned while attending a Ballooniversity in Athens, Ga. Gray, manager of Balloons & More, recently took time off from preparing for Valentine's Day to talk about the holiday and the business of balloons. Q. How did you get involved in this industry? It started as a hobby to put me through school. Because of some medical issues, I wound up turning my hobby into my career. I started out doing candy bouquets for Sweet Dreams Confections and for friends and family.
MAKING THE GRADE: Anna Wanzek, Fargo, has been named to the dean's list in the University of Notre Dame's College of Engineering in Indiana. Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, named the following area students to the fall semester dean's list: Connor Hoff, Maia Mastel, Naomi Sandgren, Jamie Stallman, Fargo; Maria Ellingson and Tia Stenson, Moorhead. The following area students were named to the dean's list at Gustavus Adolphus College, St.
FARGO - The U.S. Postal Service delivered bad news to some of its customers Wednesday when it announced it would eliminate Saturday delivery of letters in August. But a majority of people approached at the downtown Fargo Post Office didn't think the change would have much effect on them. "If it will save $2 billion, I think it's a good idea," said Bonita Carlson, of Fargo. Another customer added, "What does it matter? It's all junk mail now anyways." Even Rob Hosford, a recently retired Postal Service employee from Fargo, thinks cutting Saturday service might be a good idea.