Honors and officers (March 26, 2016)

Child care providers earn star statusSix Clay County child care providers have achieved star status through the Parent Aware quality star rating program.Parent Aware is a volunteer Minnesota child care quality rating system where family-based, ce...

Child care providers earn star status

Six Clay County child care providers have achieved star status through the Parent Aware quality star rating program.

Parent Aware is a volunteer Minnesota child care quality rating system where family-based, center-based and school-based early childhood care and education programs go through a supportive coaching and application process.

The purpose of the rating system is to assure parents that the child care providers they choose for their child's care have gone beyond the standards and are implementing the latest approaches and daily activities and routines that keep children's learning on track.

A grant for Clay County was received by West Central Initiative from the Mardag Foundation of St. Paul, which provided additional funds to hire a Parent Aware coach, offset training costs and provide opportunities for the child care providers to meet and support each other through the process.


Child care providers who received the Parent Aware Star Status were Danielle Charlson, Ashley Nedrebo, Jennifer Kalvoda, Sheryl Hauf, Wanita Gilbert and Julia Kramer, all of Moorhead.


Central Boiler named a best place to work

Central Boiler, Greenbush, Minn., has been named to Minnesota Business Magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list.

The award honors Minnesota companies that have been voted the best places to work by their own employees.


Roehrich qualifies for Top of the Table

Dale F. Roehrich, Fargo, has qualified for Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table.


Top of the Table status is the highest level of MDRT membership and places Roehrich among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry.

Roehrich is a 21-year MDRT member with 10 Top of the Table honors.


Matt's Auto earns 6th Blue Seal of Excellence

Matt's Automotive Service Centers in Fargo and Moorhead have earned the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Blue Seal of Excellence for the sixth year in a row.

All of Matt's Automotive technicians are ASE-certified and five are ASE master technicians.


Marco wins two Perfect Image Awards


Marco has been named the winner of two 2016 Perfect Image Awards by imageSource Magazine in the categories of Dealer of the Year and Outstanding Leadership in Customer Engagement. Marco was one of four organizations honored during a reception at the recent annual ITEX National Conference and Expo in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Perfect Image Awards program recognizes exceptional leadership and innovation in the office channel. Nominations are judged on a variety of criteria including strategic sales efforts, overcoming challenges and innovative approaches to evolving after-sale programs, customer retention programs and other workflow processes.


Schiesser inducted into Pinnacle Club

Travis Schiesser, manager of the Holiday Stationstore at 4377 45th St. S., Fargo, will be inducted into the Holiday Stationstores' 2015 Pinnacle Club, which recognizes store and district managers of Holiday Stationstores with consistently exceptional results in the areas of sales growth, expense control, age restricted sales compliance and overall business efficiency.

Senior management will honor each of the Pinnacle Club members with a plaque, a logo jacket and a company gift.


Food bank names community partners

The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, has named four statewide partners as 2015 Hunger Relief Champions. Those recognized are: Karen Ehrens, Bismarck; Marcia Euren, Fargo; and Dan and Beatrice Faust, Valley City, N.D. All have longstanding partnerships with the Great Plains Food Bank, are committed to its mission, and make extraordinary contributions to end hunger in their communities.

Ehrens is a health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian and policy advocate. She is a consultant for Healthy North Dakota and the North Dakota Department of Agriculture's Local Foods Initiative, and a facilitator of Creating a Hunger Free North Dakota Coalition.

Euren has served as a full-time volunteer since 2012. She is responsible for tracking food donations from statewide retail store donors, as well as noting distribution of these products to partner agencies.

The Fausts farm near Valley City and for the past six years have worked in partnership with students at Valley City State University to harvest squash, corn, beets, tomatoes and cabbage they planted for distribution through the Great Plains Food Bank. Their donation of 318,016 pounds of fresh produce has reached children, seniors and families in need across North Dakota.


New members appointed to ND export council

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has appointed five new members to the North Dakota District Export Council. Those appointed are Dean Atchison, Spectrum Aeromed; Jon Engelstad, Superior Manufacturing; John Hertsgaard, SpaceAge Synthetics; Ron Martin, Midwest Motor Express; and Barb McConn, Dakota Air Parts.

Pritzker also renewed the terms of 10 members of the NDDEC. Renewed memberships include: John Novak, Bremer Bank; Chris Harris, CH Trade; Lee Beauclair, Doosan Infracore International; Roger Gussiaas, Healthy Oilseeds; Jim Richtsmeier, Ideal Aerosmith; Cherie Harms, Leonardite Products; Tom Kenville, Roll-a-Ramp and Flock Buster; Todd Sinner, Sinner Brothers and Bresnahan; Mort Sarabakhsh, University of Jamestown; and Tom Shorma, WCCO Belting.

The NDDEC is an organization of volunteer leaders from the local business community whose knowledge of international business provides a source of professional advice for local firms. The council also promotes North Dakota companies and their efforts to export products and services around the world through advocacy, education and mentoring.


Swanson Health earns Mail Technology Award

The U.S. Postal Service has recognized Swanson Health Products, Fargo, with its Mail Technology Award for Swanson's support of the success of mail and its commitment to a successful business relationship with the U.S. Postal Service.

The award recognizes Postal Service customers who have implemented innovative mailing solutions, and embraced new technologies and best practices to improve efficiency and productivity in mail operations.

Swanson Health Products was one of 22 companies recognized this year at the National Postal Forum, which for more than 40 years has been the premier education trade show for the mailing industry.


Re/Max agents earn Executive Club Award

Several agents from Re/Max Legacy Realty in Fargo have achieved the Executive Club Award for outstanding sales accomplishment. The agents are Gary Gonser, Morris Pyle, Jody Schmitz, Kim Sorenson and Jack Steen.

In 2015, the Executive Club Award was presented to less than 19 percent of all active Re/Max agents.


Starion receives 5-star superior rating

Starion Financial has earned a five-star superior rating for fourth-quarter 2015 from BauerFinancial, the nation's leading independent bank and credit union rating firm.

Star ratings are released quarterly and assigned on a scale of 0 to 5 stars, with 5 being the strongest. Ratings are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution.

BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. The ratings are independent, meaning no institution is able to pay to be rated or excluded.

Starion Financial has 15 locations throughout North Dakota and Wisconsin.

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