Honors and officers (Oct. 3, 2015)

Jack G. Marcil has been named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Fargo Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year and Roger J. Minch has been named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Fargo Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization...

Serkland attorneys named Lawyers of Year

Jack G. Marcil has been named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Fargo Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Lawyer of the Year and Roger J. Minch has been named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Fargo Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law Lawyer of the Year. Both are attorneys at the Serkland Law Firm in Fargo.

Five Serkland attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in their respective practice areas.The attorneys are:

Marcil, arbitration, mediation, personal injury litigation, product liability litigation; Ronald H. McLean, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, litigation-construction, litigation-labor and employment, litigation-mergers and acquisitions, litigation-municipal; Minch, arbitration, bankruptcy and creditor debtor rights/insolvency and reorganization law, commercial litigation, litigation-banking and finance, litigation-bankruptcy; Maureen Holman, family law; and Rebecca S. Thiem, arbitration, commercial litigation.

Spitfire named reserve champion in SD


The competition barbecue team from Spitfire Bar and Grill, West Fargo, was named reserve champion at Ribs, Rods and Rock'n Roll Sept. 12 in Vermillion, S.D.

Spitfire was also awarded third place in the pork and beef brisket categories.

NDSCS names homecoming honorees

The North Dakota State College of Science recognized a group of distinguished alumni and friends Friday during the Alumni and Friends Awards Recognition at on the Wahpeton campus. Honorees were Perry Miller, Alumnus of the Year; the Ballweber family, Tradition Award; Fred and Wanda Strege, Wildcats of the Year; Minn-Kota Ag Products, Friend of the College; and Gayle Gruebele, parade grand marshal.

Miller graduated from NDSCS in 1981 with an associate degree in ag business. He then graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor's degree in agriculture. The Miller family owns and operates a property management company dealing with hotels, apartments and commercial property. Miller has served on many local boards, including the NDSCS Foundation Board, where he served for over 12 years including two as president.

Duane Ballweber was a 1952 graduate of the auto body repair and refinishing program and Delfena is a 1951 graduate of the secretarial program. Duane became an instructor and department chair in the auto body repair and refinishing department until his death in 1985. He is the author of one of the textbooks used in the auto body curriculum and was a member of the North Dakota Auto Body Association. Delfena was a member of the faculty friends, worked in the game room and helped in the computer lab and enrollment services.

Fred Strege earned his law degree at the University of North Dakota in 1977. He moved with his wife, Wanda, to Wahpeton where he began practicing law with the Johnson, Milloy, Johnson, Stokes and Robinson Law Firm. He and Richard Smith formed the firm of Smith and Strege in 1981. Fred is currently an attorney with Smith, Strege, Fredericksen & Butts. Fred has served on the alumni board, and both Fred and Wanda have been Catbackers and annual supporters of the DREAMS Auction for many years.

Minn-Kota Ag Products is a fourth-generation family-owned and operated grain marketing and production agriculture supply company. The company owns and operates stores in five locations: Breckenridge and Kent in Minnesota, and Wahpeton, Barney and Wyndmere, N.D.


Gruebele began her career with NDSCS in 1992 by working in the financial aid office. Five years later, she was recruited to the athletic department by then-Athletic Director Don Engen as his administrative assistant. Gruebele also attended college at NDSCS in the early 1970s.

Ruel receives Lutheran Social Service award

Meganne Ruel, Moorhead, has received the Spirit Award from Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota. The award honors employees who demonstrate outstanding commitment and dedication to LSS's vision and mission.

This year, 91 of the 2,300 employees at LSS were selected to receive the award. Ruel serves in disability services as a licensed practical nurse for LSS.

Spirit Award winners were honored and recognized at an awards luncheon at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, Minn., in August.

FMAAR elects 2016 leadership

The Fargo-Moorhead Area Association of Realtors announced its new officers and board of directors at its annual meeting on Aug. 18 at the Ramada Plaza Fargo Hotel and Conference Center.

Ben Schroeder, Park Co. Realtors, was elected as president; Jodi Tollefson, Park Co. Realtors, president-elect; and Shawn Ostlie, Archer Real Estate Services, vice president. Bob Lee, Park Co. Realtors, is FMAAR's immediate past president.


Directors on the board are Todd Anhorn, Advantage Realtors; Vicky Matson, Park Co. Realtors; Susie Nickell, Town & Country Realty; Nick Olson, Element Realty; Hollie Kietzer, Town and Country Realty; and Elizabeth Nelson, Park Co. Realtors.

Representing FMAAR on the National Association of Realtors Board of Directors are Daryl Braham, iON Leadership Consulting; and Dewey Uhlir, Park Co. Realtors.

Braham and Dave Lanpher, Park Co. Realtors, represent FMAAR on the Minnesota Association of Realtors Board of Directors.

Representing FMAAR on the North Dakota Association of Realtors Board of Directors are Peggy Isakson, Coldwell Banker First Realty; Kevin Fisher, Park Co. Realtors; LuAnn White, Coldwell Banker First Realty; Lyn Dwyer, Town and Country Realty; and Schroeder, Tollefson, Ostlie and Lee.

Scott Breidenbach, Park Co. Realtors, received this year's Realtor of the Year Award. Betty Weiland, Park Co. Realtors, received the Jim Fay Code of Ethics Award, and Paul Krabbenhoft, Coldwell Banker First Realty, received the Distinguished Service Award.

NDSCS announces Hall of Fame inductees

The North Dakota State College of Science Athletic Department has inducted five new members into the Letterwinners Hall of Fame: Willie Austin, Leo Greseth, Lloyd Huyck, Duane Thimjon and Jeff Zitzow. Inductees will be honored at 6:30 p.m. today during the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on the Wahpeton campus.

Austin, a member of the 1970 and 1971 NDSCS men's basketball teams, graduated from NDSCS in 1972 with a degree in liberal arts. While at NDSCS, he was first-team all conference and first-team all Region XIII both years he was on the team. Austin was also an honorable mention All-American and the eighth-leading scorer in the nation. He is the second-leading scorer in NDSCS history with the second-highest point total in a game and second-highest scoring average. While at NDSCS, Austin volunteered at the Wahpeton Indian School. He owns a consulting firm, Austin Consulting Inc., and Austin's Auto Connection, an independent auto brokerage.

Greseth was a standout in the NDSCS track program, throwing the shot put and discus. He took fifth place in the national indoor meet in 1996 and fourth in the national outdoor meet in 1996. In 1997, Greseth placed second in the national indoor meet and fourth in the national outdoor meet. During the 1997 indoor season, he was ranked No. 1 in the nation. Greseth graduated from NDSCS in 1997 from the electrical technology program. He farms in the Lidgerwood, N.D., area.

Huyck graduated in 1988 from the NDSCS liberal arts-education curriculum. He wrestled in the 177-pound weight class and was a national champion and first-team All-American. Huyck also ran for the NDSCS track team. Huyck owns and operates Lloyd's Construction and is an active leader with the Boy Scouts.

Thimjon was a standout baseball player. He was a pitcher and played first base for the baseball team. Thimjon was a co-captain of the baseball team and consistently hit above 300. He graduated from NDSCS in 1959 from the business administration program. He is retired from farming.

Zitzow was the center for the NDSCS football team and wrestled as a heavyweight for the NDSCS wrestling team. He was named captain of the football team in 1993, all-region honorable mention in 1992 and all-region in 1993. He also qualified for nationals in 1993 for wrestling. Zitzow's final match in the NJCAA Wrestling Tournament was the last match wrestled for NDSCS. He graduated from NDSCS in 1994 from the electrical technology program. Zitzow owns and operates Zitzow Electric, an electrical contracting business owned and operated by the Zitzow family for over 40 years.

Trail King earns certification

Trail King Industries, a leading manufacturer of open-deck and materials hauling trailers, recently received ISO 9001:2008 certification for its Mitchell, S.D., and West Fargo operations.

The ISO 9001:2008 standard, published by the International Organization for Standardization, is an international reference for quality management requirements and continuous improvement of business-to-business interactions.

The standard provides guidance and tools for organizations that want to ensure their products and services consistently meet customers' requirements, and that quality is consistently improved. It is based on a number of quality management principles, including a strong customer focus and a process of continuous improvement.

NDPC honors first woman Hall of Fame inductee

The North Dakota Petroleum Council recently inducted Kathleen Neset into the NDPC Hall of Fame. Neset, who is the president of Neset Consulting Service, is the first woman to receive this honor.

Additionally, Duane Jesch of MBI Energy Services and Rep. George Keiser were presented with Outstanding Public Service Awards, which are presented to one elected public official and one industry representative who go above and beyond in their respective duties.

Neset has served on the NDPC Board of Directors for 13 years and is on the NDPC Executive Committee. She has more than 35 years of experience in the industry and teaches informational seminars on oil and gas production and extraction.

Keiser has served in the state House of Representatives for more than 22 years, and has been chairman of the House Industry, Business and Labor Committee and a member of the Natural Resources Committee.

Jesch has built relationships between the industry and public and worked toward improving the industry's public image by supporting the NDPC Oil Can! Program and other association activities.

Fargo Brewing Co. wins medal

Fargo Brewing Co. recently earned a bronze medal at the Great American Beer Festival.

Presented by the Brewers Association, the festival is the largest national beer competition that recognizes the most outstanding beers produced in the United States. The top three winners in the competition's 92 beer categories were announced Sept. 26 at the GABF awards ceremony in Denver.

Fargo Brewing Co. was recognized in the Kellerbier or Zwickelbier beer-style category for its Fargo Original Lager, a light, crisp, traditional German-style lager. Winners were selected by an international panel of 242 expert judges from the record number of 6,647 entries.

Bethany celebrates senior of the year

Bethany Retirement Living's annual Senior of the Year Award program Sept. 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn, Fargo recognized the contributions of seniors in our community.

Recipients were Howard Barlow, Business Person; David Johnston, Community Involvement; Hiram Drache, Education/Arts; Janice Langdahl, Faith; and Evelyn Quigley, Health/Wellness.

Barlow was development officer at Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota and was involved in establishing the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons.

Johnston serves veterans in the Fargo area through involvement in Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and through the American Legion.

Drache is historian-in-residence at Concordia College and has penned 15 books on agricultural history, entrepreneurs, biographies and pioneers.

Langdahl has made her mark on the city of Page, N.D., through her active involvement in her church and in the community.

Quigley rose through the ranks to retire as senior vice president at Sanford and has been active in fostering health services to those in need in the community.

Other nominees were Gurnee Bridgman, Edwin Dewald, George Lacher, Violet Lien, Robert Monson, Carolyn Nelson, James Noehl and Fred Quam

Proceeds from the event help support Bethany Retirement Living.

Wine Spectator honors Maxwells

Maxwells has been honored for its wine program in Wine Spectator's 2015 Restaurant Wine List Awards and recognized among 3,600 winners from across the world as a top destination for wine lovers.

Kelner Communications receives certification

Kelner Communications of Fargo, an advertising firm specializing in integrated marketing and advertising solutions, received national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Development Center, a regional certifying partner of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council.

WBENC's national standard of certification includes an in-depth review of the business and site inspection. The certification process is designed to confirm the business is at least 51 percent owned, operated and controlled by a woman or women.

Flom named one of '10 Best'

The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals has recognized Beau S. Flom, Fargo, as one of the 10 Best Real Estate Professionals for Client Satisfaction of 2015.

The institute is a third-party rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Real Estate Professionals in each state. Professionals who are selected to the "10 Best" list must pass the group's rigorous selection process, which is based on client and/or peer nominations, thorough research and AIOREP's independent evaluation.

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