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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Jan. 12

Nordberg named U.S. Small Business Administration’s Region VIII administrator

 WASHINGTON – Daniel Nordberg will oversee U.S. Small Business Administration programs offices and operations in Colorado, North Dakota,  Montana, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, the SBA’s Region VIII, announced U.S. SBA administrator Linda McMahon.

The Region VIII office is based in Denver.

Nordberg was a three-time elected state representative for 75,000 constituents in House District 14 in the Colorado General Assembly.  

Before his service in the Legislature, Nordberg worked as district director for U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo. In this capacity, he served as a liaison to Colorado’s business community as well as federal and state agencies.

Born and raised in Colorado, Nordberg graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He and his wife Maura, a school psychologist, are the parents of three children.


Nurse practitioners join CHI St. Alexius Health Century Family Clinic

BISMARCK, N.D. – CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to welcome nurse practitioners Kristie Todd-Reisnour and Amy Wilkens to its new primary care clinic in Bismarck.

Todd-Reisnour received her bachelor of science in nursing from Medcenter One College of Nursing in Bismarck, and earned her master of science in nursing from University of Mary in Bismarck.

Wilkens received her bachelor of science in nursing from University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. and her doctorate of nursing practice from University of Wyoming. She is board certified by and a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


Gaebe joins Clearwater Communications

 BISMARCK, N.D. – Clearwater Communications has hired Lance Gaebe as an account executive. Gaebe will provide association management and government relations services for a number of business and nonprofit clients.

Gaebe has more than 25 years of experience working with state and federal officials, most recently as the North Dakota commissioner of university and school lands, a role he served since 2010.

Previously, he served as a senior advisor to then-Gov. John Hoeven, where he coordinated policy and initiatives in agriculture, energy, water, environment and economic development. Prior to his public-sector service, Gaebe served as the executive officer for several statewide agriculture commodity organizations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA degree from North Dakota State University.

Founded in 2001, Clearwater Communications is a public relations and association management company located in Bismarck.


Three at KLJ earn professional licenses

 BISMARCK, N.D.  – Jake Braunagel, Jordan Gerber, and Alex Goerke have earned professional engineering (PE) licenses in various states, engineering firm KLJ announced.

Braunagel earned his license in Minnesota. He works in KLJ’s Sioux Falls, S.D., office and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. He is also licensed in North and South Dakota.

Gerber earned his license in North Dakota. He works in the company’s West Fargo office and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University.

Goerke earned his license in Minnesota. He works in KLJ’s St. Paul office and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University.


Two join Houston Engineering

FARGO, N.D. – Two new hires have joined Houston Engineering in Fargo: Quinn Fenger and Sami Swartz.

Fenger is joining HEI's Proposal Team as a proposal assistant where he will help with proposal and qualifications preparation. Originally from Cottonwood, Minn., Fenger earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Minnesota State University, Moorhead. He also holds a certificate in publishing.

Swartz is joining the company’s GIS Team in Fargo as a GIS technician, where she will be supporting the environmental science group.

She is originally from Grafton, N.D., and graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor’s degree in geography and wildlife biology in 2017. She previously interned for KLJ in Bismarck, ND.


National association names Grand Forks physician as 2018 primary care advisory chair

 GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The American Diabetes Association named Dr. Eric Johnson, a family medicine physician at Altru Health System, as primary care advisory group chair for a three-year term beginning.

In his role, Johnson will lead the association’s efforts to develop strategies to engage primary care providers. Because these health care professionals treat a majority of patients with diabetes, it is important that they are knowledgeable about the changes and advances in diabetes care.

Johnson’s work with the American Diabetes Association, which started in 1992, has made an impact through several initiatives, including the national Diabetes Is Primary program. The one-day program highlights recommendations that are essential for primary care providers.

Johnson also assisted in developing the association’s abridged version of the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, which serves as the global standard for the management of diabetes.

Johnson is the assistant medical director for the Altru Diabetes Center and specializes in serving patients with all types of diabetes. He is an associate professor, the director for the Interprofessional Educational Program and the medical director of the physician assistant program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Johnson is the president of the American Diabetes Association North Dakota Affiliate, the president of Tobacco Free North Dakota and hosts a call-in medical radio show on Wednesday mornings.


Six new members appointed to North Dakota District Export Council

FARGO, N.D. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross recently approved six local exporters to the North Dakota District Export Council, while re-appointing another two to the organization. The six new members are Matt Breker of Fargo, Kevin Christensen of Williston, Bruce Gjovig of Grand Forks, Olga Hall of Fargo, Kristin Hedger of Killdeer and Joel Jorgenson of Fargo.

The North Dakota District Export Council, coupled with its 59 counterparts nationwide, is a volunteer organization drawn primarily from local businesses. DECs are comprised of experienced exporters whose companies have been helped by international sales, exporting and Foreign Direct Investment.

New DEC members serve four-year terms and are appointed directly by the secretary of commerce.