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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending March 9

Cypress Development hires two

MINOT, N.D. -- Cypress Development, a property development firm focused on revitalizing downtown Minot, has hired Randy Larson as senior operations manager and Virginia Larson as the sales, leasing and events manager.

Randy Larson’s responsibilities include management of the parking structures and Cypress Development properties. Before joining Cypress Development, he worked as a gaming manager for a large casino in Oregon. Randy previously worked for Providence Health & Services in Portland, Ore., where he was responsible for payroll accounting.

Virginia Larson is responsible for leasing apartments, condominiums and commercial real estate. She will also be the event coordinator for Cypress Development event center, opening this summer. Virginia has extensive experience in accounting and budgeting, including at Providence Health & Services where she held positions as St. Vincent Hospital staff accountant and ElderPlace financial & budget analyst.

Cypress Development is a partner reimagining a 16-square block zone of downtown Minot. It is a catalyst for revitalizing downtown, converting paved lots and underutilized buildings into an urban center and seeking funding solutions that can move revitalization forward, including new market tax credits.

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DCN hires Barth, Drennen

BISMARCK, N.D. – Kristin Barth recently joined Dakota Carrier Network as NOC administrator in the company's Bismarck office. In this role, Barth will provide administrative support for the Network Operations Center technicians, manager and director of operations.

Barth brings 10 years of telecommunications experience to DCN. She also holds degrees from Bismarck State College and Dickinson State University.

Also, Joanna Drennen recently joined Dakota Carrier Network as marketing manager in DCN's Bismarck office. In this role, Drennen is responsible for creating, publishing and measuring the effectiveness of DCN’s external marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives and internal communication.

Drennen brings eight years of marketing experience to DCN. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and communications from the University of Mary in Bismarck. She serves as a marketing team co-lead for the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network and has volunteered for Special Olympics North Dakota and Missouri Slope Areawide United Way.