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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending June 9

Brien and Jorgensen join Houston Engineering Inc.

Houston Engineering, Inc. hires two in Fargo and Minot: Gabe Brien and Clay Jorgensen.

Gabe Brien joins HEI's Minot office as a civil engineer. He will be acting resident project representative on the Sundre Pipeline Relocation project. After that project is complete he will be part of HEI's design and construction team. Brien is originally from Belcourt, N.D. He earned his BS in civil engineering from North Dakota State University and recently earned his MEng (Master of Engineering) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He previously interned for HEI as an inspector and was an aeromechanics intern for NASA Ames RC in Mountain View, CA.

Clay Jorgensen, EI, joins HEI's Fargo office as a civil engineer. He will be working with our water resources group and his responsibilities include hydrologic/hydraulic modeling and civil design for Water Resource Districts and Watershed Districts. Jorgensen is originally from Viborg, S.D., and earned his BS in civil engineering from South Dakota State University. He previously interned for Banner Associates Inc. in Brookings, S.D.

High Point Networks LLC hires three

High Point Networks, LLC has hired two in their Corporate Office in West Fargo and one in their Bismarck Office.

Nate Bush joins High Point Networks as a System Engineer. Bush attended Minnesota State Community & Technical College where he graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology in 2012. He was previously employed by TrueIT of West Fargo where he was a Project Engineer/Project Team Lead for 1.5 years. Bush has been working in IT for a total of 5 years.

Peyton Wegleitner has been hired as a Marketing Coordinator. Wegleitner graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, along with a minor in Marketing and an emphasis in Advertising. She was previously employed by Artekta Architects of Fargo as their Marketing Coordinator.

Ryan Molter will be located in Bismarck and has been hired as a Procurement Specialist. Molter graduated from Williston State College in 2015 with an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology. He was previously employed by Williston State College where he started as a Helpdesk Technician and later elevated to the Director for Information Technology. Molter has now been working in IT for four years.

2017 North Dakota Nonprofit Awards Presented

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations presented its 2017 North Dakota Nonprofits Awards to three recipients during its Nonprofit Leadership Conference in Fargo June 1.

The Walt Odegaard Leadership Award is given to an individual who has made a difference by strengthening North Dakota and its nonprofit sector through his or her long-term commitment to leadership, volunteerism and philanthropy. The 2017 recipients are Hal and Kathleen Gershman, a Grand Forks couple who have made a positive impact through their service to the community and their philanthropic gifts.

The Partnership Building Award is presented to an organization (nonprofits, for-profit businesses, government agencies and educational institutions) that has demonstrated community leadership and built partnerships within the North Dakota nonprofit sector. The 2017 recipient is the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District.

The Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact in strengthening the North Dakota nonprofit sector in a short amount of time. The 2017 recipient is Stacy Schaffer, development officer for North Dakota Humanities Council and founder of the 3:18 project to help address human trafficking.

“NDANO is pleased to recognize excellence in the nonprofit sector through its annual awards,” says Executive Director Dana Schaar Jahner. “This year’s award recipients are to be commended for their commitment to enhancing quality of life throughout North Dakota.”

John Emerson Joins AE2S Construction

AE2S Construction has hired John Emerson as a Special Project Manager located in Fargo, ND.  He will provide project management, project estimation, risk analysis, subcontractor and supplier solicitation and evaluation, contract administration, project scheduling, cost management, and other services related to horizontal infrastructure and related facilities.

Before joining AE2S Construction, Emerson was an Operations Manager for Robert Gibb & Sons’ Sewer and Water Division, where he promoted and supported staff development and accountability; estimated, budgeted and refined project costs; monitored OSHA and client-specific requirements on job sites; delivered risk analysis; and managed projects from the bid award through final completion.

Over the past few years, Emerson has worked on providing pipeline and facilities construction services to the oil and gas market in western North Dakota as well as public infrastructure projects in eastern North Dakota and Minnesota.

Emerson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Management Option, from Montana State University.

Amerman named principal of Nativity Elementary

FARGO — Kimbra Amerman is the new principal at Nativity Elementary School, St. John Paul II Catholic Schools recently announced.

Amerman spent the last two years as the counselor for Holy Spirit and Nativity elementary schools in the JPII network.

She received her bachelor's degree in social work from St. Cloud State University in 2003 and a master's in school counseling from the University of Mary in 2015. She is now working toward a master's degree in education administration.

Amerman attended St. John's Elementary School in Wahpeton, N.D., and graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1992.

 TSP welcomes Osterloo and Steinhauer

Columbus, Neb., native Kelli Osterloo, who joined TSP, Inc. in June of 2012, recently passed the National Society of Professional Engineers examinations to become a licensed professional engineer specializing in the design of electric systems.

PE licensure is the engineering profession’s highest standard of competence, a symbol of achievement and assurance. To become licensed, engineers must complete a four-year college degree, work under a Professional Engineer for at least four years, pass two intensive competency exams, and earna license from their state’s licensure board.

Osterloo already is Lighting Certified through the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions. She specializes in Electrical and Computer Power. She has a master degree in architectural engineering from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Osterloo is employed in TSP’s Rapid City office.

Wayne Steinhauer has been appointed to the TSP, Inc. Board of Directors. Steinhauer, of Hartford, replaces Dale Froehlich of Sioux Falls as the community board member for the full-service architectural, engineering, and planning firm, which was established in Sioux Falls in 1930. Steinhauer is a business owner and state representative.

Central Minnesota Fabricating announces promotions

WILLMAR, Minn. — Cathy Hedlof has been promoted to the position of general manager at Central Minnesota Fabricating Inc., while Phil Schaefer has been promoted to sales manager. Both new jobs were effective June 1.

Hedlof has worked at Central Minnesota Fabricating for 39 years. She has worked in accounting, scheduling and purchasing. She was named operations manager in 1996. In her new jobs she will oversee procurement, fabrication and shipping at the Willmar location.

Schaefer started as a draftsman at Central Minnesota Fabricating in 1996 and has worked in sales for 14 years. He is located in the Minneapolis sales office and will have a role in corporate strategy and customer satisfaction.

Central Minnesota Fabricating's corporate office is located in Willmar.

Albers joins Marketplace Home Mortgage

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Marketplace Home Mortgage is further strengthening its South Dakota base by hiring another prestigious loan officer, the company announced today.

After nearly 15 years as a mortgage loan officer at a large bank, Jen Albers joins Marketplace’s growing stable of home mortgage experts. She’ll work in Sioux Falls alongside Josh Osborne, another new major hire, to be a key team member assisting the company’s goal of becoming the No. 1 mortgage lender in the city within a year.

Essentia Health Welcomes Nurse Practitioner in Fargo

Nurse Practitioner Janell Kjos has joined the Walk-In Department at the Essentia Health-West Acres Clinic in Fargo, North Dakota.

Kjos has worked in the Urgent Care Department at Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes for the past six years. “I live in Fargo, so I’m excited to care for patients here in this community that I’m so familiar with,” she says.

Kjos earned a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

“I love caring for patients in the urgent care setting,” Kjos says. “You never know what is going to come through the doors. I get to see all types of patients of all ages, which makes the day so much fun.”

To see Kjos’ full profile, visit and click on “Find a Medical Professional.”