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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Oct. 27

KLJ Hires Michel

BISMARCK – KLJ recently hired Eric Michel as the vice president of the Energy and Natural Resources Division.

Michel brings more than 30 years of engineering and business management to KLJ. His experience includes profitability improvement, leadership development, and innovative problem solving on a regional, national and global level.

He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from North Dakota State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Wyoming.

He currently serves as the president of the North Dakota Chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies and is an active member of the North Dakota State University Foundation and Alumni Association.

Michel is based in KLJ’s St. Paul office.

Burgum appoints Kruse to lead N.D. Department of Financial Institutions

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum appointed Lise Kruse to lead the state Department of Financial Institutions, where she has served as chief examiner of banks since January 2011.

The department oversees North Dakota’s state-chartered banks and credit unions as well as other financial companies. Kruse replaces Commissioner Robert Entringer, who will retire Nov. 30.

A native of Elverum, Norway and a North Dakota resident since 1997, Kruse earned a bachelor’s degree in business and organizational communication in 1996 from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters of business administration degree with an emphasis in information technology in 2003 from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

She graduated from the Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder in 2012 and has served as chair of the Conference State Bank Supervisors’ Risk Identification Team.

This appointment requires confirmation by the North Dakota Senate.

Sanford Health welcomes six new providers

FARGO, N.D. – Six new providers have recently joined the Sanford Health Fargo team.  

▇ Katherine Klipfel, Ph.D., received her graduate degree from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She specializes in pediatric neurology at the Sanford Professional Building in Fargo.

▇ Lori Loomis received her graduate degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. As a nurse practitioner, she specializes in gastroenterology at Sanford Broadway Clinic in Fargo and is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

▇ Mary MacLeod received her graduate degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Minneapolis. As a certified registered nurse anesthetist, she specializes in anesthesiology at Sanford Medical Center Fargo. She is board certified by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists.

▇ Dr. Gautam Sachdeva received his medical degree from Government Medical College in Patiala, India. He specializes in neurology at Sanford Neuroscience Clinic in Fargo.

▇ Laurie Somerville received her graduate degree from NOVA Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As a physician assistant, she specializes in pain management at Sanford South University Urgent Care in Fargo. She is board certified as a physician assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

▇ Dr. Alex White received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha. He specializes in orthopedic trauma at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.

Smith joins Cornerstone Mortgage

Austin Smith has joined Cornerstone Mortgage as a home mortgage consultant in Grand Forks, N.D.

Smith graduated from the University of North Dakota. He started his banking career as a teller before working in commercial banking. He brings two years of banking experience and seven years of customer service experience.

Cornerstone Holding Company, based in North Dakota, is the parent company of Cornerstone Bank and is one of North Dakota’s ten largest financial institutions.