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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending October 4

Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH Joins Altru Health System

Grand Forks, N.D. – Leah Gustafson Ista, MD, MSPH has joined Altru Health System as an emergency medicine physician. Her special practices and procedures include ultrasound imaging, trauma care, procedural sedation, disaster preparedness and response, laceration repairs and wound care, intubation and airway management.

Dr. Ista earned her Master of Science in Public Health, Doctor of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Lakeside Insurance Agency Becomes Cornerstone Insurance Services

Lakeside Insurance Agency, Inc. has roots back to 1952, the year New Town was established.

The insurance agency will continue to be located in New Town’s Cornerstone Bank while serving not only New Town, but also the surrounding areas of Parshall, Plaza, Makoti, Ryder, Stanley, Keene, and Watford City.

Cornerstone Bank Chairman Gary Petersen says, “Our clients will continue to receive the great local service that they deserve. We are excited to bring the insurance services under them Cornerstone umbrella.”

Cindy Peterson is the Insurance Agent at Cornerstone Insurance Services. She recently came back to the insurance industry after working as a banking assistant at Cornerstone Bank in Parshall. She brings 10 years of insurance experience and holds a degree from North Dakota

State University. 

Cornerstone Insurance Services will continue to provide the same full-range of insurance services as Lakeside Insurance Agency did including everything from auto insurance to homeowners insurance, to farm and commercial insurance, along with insurance for recreational vehicles and watercraft, and more.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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