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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending June 23

Olson joins Houston Engineering Inc.

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Nick Olson joins Houston Engineering, Inc. as a civil technician in their Thief River Falls office. His primary duties will include civil design, plan preparation, surveying and construction inspection. A Thief River Falls native, Olson earned his AS in civil engineering technology from M-State Detroit Lakes. Previously, he worked for Red Lake Watershed District for several years in various roles including: rod-man, ditch inspector, and construction inspector.

NDSBA hires new director

BISMARCK — The North Dakota School Boards Association has hired Alexis Baxley as its new executive director.

Baxley serves as the government affairs manager at the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Prior to that, she worked for Clearwater Communications, a public relations firm based in Bismarck. She has a bachelor's degree from North Dakota State University.

Baxley will begin her job as NDSBA's executive director on July 1.

Essentia Health Welcomes Physiatrist in Fargo

Dr. Marline Sangnil, a physiatrist, has joined the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at the Essentia Health-South University Avenue Clinic in Fargo.

As part of an expert team of caregivers, Dr. Sangnil will provide treatment for adult patients with a wide range of ailments that affect the nerves, muscles and bones.

Dr. Sangnil earned a medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada. She completed a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.

Aire Serv hires Home Comfort Designer and Marketing Coordinator

Aire Serv of Northeastern Minnesota hired Jason Rice as home comfort designer and marketing coordinator. He assists customers in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system design process and oversees marketing activities throughout the region. Rice has worked in sales and marketing in the heavy equipment industry for 10 years and served as past president and is current vice president of the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. He was also a television news anchor and reporter.

Earth Rider Brewery and Bev-Craft hires new lead brewers

Earth Rider Brewery and Bev-Craft of Superior named Allyson Rolph and Tim Wilson as lead brewers. Both have extensive experience and balanced skill sets.

Rolph has been head brewer at Thirsty Pagan Brewing since 2012. She completed pro-brewer courses with the Siebel Institute of Technology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Hop Union. During her time at Thirsty Pagan, Rolph earned a reputation as a creative brewer, including the launch of what is now a renowned sour-beer and barrel-aging program.

Wilson got his start in brewing at Fitger's Brewhouse in 2012. He has been at Bent Paddle Brewing since 2014 as lead cellarman. He is a process specialist particularly adept at training and establishing procedures. Bev-Craft director of brewing, Frank Kaszuba, will oversee Earth Rider's brewing production. Kaszuba has 21 years of brewing experience and is a Great American Beer Festival medalist.

Essentia Health hires physician

Essentia Health-Duluth clinic hired Dr. Janyne Althaus, a maternal fetal medicine physician. She joined the obstetrics and gynecology department and will care for women who have high-risk pregnancies or who face unexpected problems during pregnancy. Althaus earned a medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in East Lansing. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Hartford (Conn.) Hospital and a fellowship in maternal fetal medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. She is certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine.

Director hired for Women’s Business Alliance

Sascha Mansson was hired as director of Women's Business Alliance, responsible for providing business advising services to female entrepreneurs. She addresses women-specific experiences and provides training geared toward women business owners. Previously, Mansson owned and operated a non-medical home care business, managing more than 60 employees and serving hundreds of clients. She also advised home care business owners and helped with strategic planning, marketing planning, networking and business growth. Julie George joined the business advising team and serves the Hibbing area. She works with entrepreneurs, providing business advising services to guide personal and professional development that drives business growth. George is part-owner of several family-run businesses, and holds a bachelor's degree in graphic design and marketing from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. She also has experience supporting Iron Range tourism projects with Giant's Ridge. Nancy Dougherty was rehired as a staff accountant in Eveleth. Dougherty previously served as a business adviser from 1997-2001. She owns a consulting services firm and spent many years in executive positions with Lake Vermilion Resort and Tourism Association and the Range Respite Project.

Anderson public health worker of the year

Allen Anderson of the Grand Forks Public Health Department has been named the Public Health Worker of the Year at the 2017 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health annual banquet. The award recognizes North Dakota Public Health Association members who have made a significant contribution to the field of public health in the past year.

Dr. Danel recognized

The American Institute of Dentistry has recognized Jeremiah Danel as Two Years 10 Best Orthodontist for Client Satisfaction. Recipients of the honor are selected through client and peer nominations, research and the American Institute of Dentistry's independent evaluation.

WDAY wins Edward R. Murrow award

WDAY-TV News has received the National 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award. This is the second year in a row WDAY has received the award and is the third time in the company's history that it has received the award.

First Care Health Center hires

Mariah Lardy has been hired to the marketing department at First Care Health Center. Lardy is a graduate of Concordia College with a degree in business marketing and public relations.

Altru appoints medical directors

Dr. Jeremy Gardner has been appointed as medical director of musculoskeletal services at Altru Health System. Gardner specializes in orthopedic surgery and holds a medical degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

Dr. Steve Weiser has been appointed as medical director of inpatient services at Altru Health System. Weiser holds a medical degree from the University of Manitoba and is board certified in family medicine. He has worked in Altru's Emergency Department for almost 18 years.

Altru recognized

Altru Health System has been awarded the Mission: Lifeline Silver Receiving Quality Achievement Award by the American Heart Association for implementing quality improvement measures for patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Altru also received the Mission: Lifeline's Silver-Plus award, which recognizes hospitals that reach an achievement score of 75 percent or above for treating heart attack patients from other areas within 120 minutes.

American Crystal Sugar promotes

Brandon Kostrzewski and Ryan Hermanson were recently promoted to the position of shift administrator at American Crystal Sugar Company in the East Grand Forks factory. Kostrzewski started at American Crystal in 2014 and Hermanson in 2012.

Yehudah "Hudi" Kobribksy has been promoted to the role of process analyst. Kobrinsky holds a bachelor of science in chemistry-biology and has been with American Crystal since 2015.

Steven Gillespie has been promoted to the position of technical training lead at the Drayton, N.D., factory. Gillespie has been with the company for 14 years, most recently as shift supervisor.