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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending May 19

Grand Forks Region EDC announces new president and CEO

GRAND FORKS — The Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board of directors has unanimously selected Vice President Keith Lund as the new president and CEO.

Lund will begin his new responsibilities July 1, succeeding Klaus Thiessen who is retiring in June after 14 years with the EDC.

Lund has been the EDC’s vice president since 2006. In addition to supporting business and expansion projects in value added agribusiness, unmanned systems and manufacturing, he has been a leader in regional efforts to address workforce challenges and enhance entrepreneurial support.

Before joining the EDC, Lund was with the City of Grand Forks Urban Development office for nine years, managing housing programs and special projects and serving as the deputy director for two years immediately prior to joining the EDC.

Lund has served as the president of the Economic Development Association of North Dakota, is chair of the North Dakota Public Finance Authority Advisory board, represents Grand Forks on the Red River Regional Council board of directors and serves on the Altru Health Foundation board.

Lund holds a bachelor of science degree in management and organization leadership from the University of Mary.

Anna Sholl has joined Beyond Realty

FARGO — Anna Sholl has been a licensed REALTOR since 2015 and specializes in residential real estate. She is a graduate North Dakota State University with a degree in Business Administration.

Before real estate, she worked with Bell Bank as a Personal Banker.

Tysdal Joins Van Buskirk Companies

SIOUX FALLS — Van Buskirk Companies is pleased to announce the addition of \ to their Commercial Brokerage Division.

His addition to Van Buskirk Companies comes at a time of significant commercial growth for the company. Among Van Buskirk’s many developments is the prominent lifestyle development, Lake Lorraine, which has experienced numerous successes in the last couple years with several new retailers to Sioux Falls.

Tysdal is a very active dealmaker in the commercial brokerage industry. Recent transactions include Scooter’s Coffee, Marco’s Pizza, Harbor Freight Tools, Anytime Fitness, Dollar Tree and Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen.

Aldevron adds six in Fargo

FARGO — Aldevron, a contract manufacturing firm for the biopharmaceutical industry, has hired four new employees and two interns at its Fargo site. They include Justin Kerr, Tracy Kurtz, Suksimaran Singh, Wade Ellingson, Steffan Stroh and Kirsten Schumacher.

Kerr is a quality control scientist. He earned bachelor’s degrees from the University of California-Davis in 2012, and a Master of Science in biology from the University of St. Joseph in Hartford, Conn., in 2016. He previously worked in pharmaceutical research in San Diego.

Kurtz rejoins the company as a client relations manager for enterprise resource planning (ERP) and operations. A 2008 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, she was previously employed at Axis Clinicals in Dilworth, Minn.

Singh is a biomanufacturing operator. She received a bachelor’s degree in forensic science from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, N.D., in 2013 and an Associate of Applied Science degree in surgical technology from Northland Community & Technical College (NCTC) in East Grand Forks, Minn., in 2015.

Ellingson joins the company as a packaging and shipping specialist. He has more than 20 years of experience in purchasing, shipping and warehouse operations, and was previously employed with J.L. Matthews, Co. in the purchasing and warehouse areas.

Stroh and Schumacher are interning with Aldevron for the summer. Stroh is working toward a degree in biotechnology at North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, while Schumacher is pursuing a degree in medical laboratory sciences at UND.

Denise Kettelberger, Ph.D. Joins Patterson Thuente IP

MINNEAPOLIS — Denise Kettelberger, Ph.D., a patent attorney with nearly three decades of experience in intellectual property law, has joined Patterson Thuente IP.  Dr. Kettelberger brings a wealth of technical knowledge to the firm’s biological and chemical sciences team—an area of practice that continues on a rapid growth trajectory.

Kettelberger is well known in the biotechnology industry, having assisted companies and universities with legal issues since 1988.

In 2007, Dr. Kettelberger was honored among IP Law360’s Outstanding Women in intellectual property, for her role in serving the biotechnology industry at such a pivotal point.  She notes that the work is still intriguing as the industry grows and advancement happens at an exponential rate. She is particularly excited about the industry’s growth in Minnesota and the region.

2017 North Dakota Small Business Persons of the Year named

FARGO — A reception honoring 2017 North Dakota Small Business Persons of the Year, Eric Mauch and Carla Schwartzenberger, owners of Razor Consulting Solutions, Inc., will be held Friday, May 19, 2017. Governor Doug Burgum has confirmed that he will attend the celebration to honor SBA’s 2017 winners. Razor Consulting is headquartered in Watford City with offices and employees in Fargo.