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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Oct. 12

Warne named director of Master of Public Health Program at UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Dr. Donald Warne has been named the new director of the Master of Public Health Program at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Warne fills the role previously held by the program’s founding director, Raymond Goldsteen, who retired in June.

Warne also serves as the associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion and director of the Indians Into Medicine (INMED) Program at the school.

An enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Tribe in Pine Ridge, S.D., Warne received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1995 and a master’s degree in public health from Harvard University in 2002.

Warne is also senior policy advisor for the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board and former senior fellow of American Indian health policy for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.

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Houston Engineering hires Nick Shaske

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. – Nick Shaske has joined Houston Engineering’s Thief River Falls office as a Technician I.

Shaske interned with the company in 2017 and is back as a full-time employee performing construction administration duties, such as resident project representative and construction documentation, preparing record drawings and completing design survey tasks, civil design and GIS support duties.

Originally from Goodridge, Minn., Shaske has a bachelor’s degree in geography with an emphasis in GIS from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.

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Three join Greater ND Chamber board

BISMARCK, N.D. – The Greater North Dakota Chamber has appointmented three new members -- Kent Blickensderfer, Cory Fong and Jeff LeDoux – to the organization’s board.

Blickensderfer has been with CenturyLink for more than 20 years and currently serves as the company’s director of government affairs for North Dakota and South Dakota.

Fong is the director of communications and public affairs for MDU Resources Group, Inc. He joined the company in 2016, and served as North Dakota tax commissioner from 2005 to 2013.

LaDoux is the president and CEO of Houston Engineering. He has been with the firm for 30 years.

The Greater North Dakota Chamber is North Dakota’s largest business advocacy association.

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Sanford Health welcomes 6 new providers

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

  • Tamala Anderson, a nurse practitioner, received her graduate degree from University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. She is board certified as a family nurse practitioner by American Nurses Credentialing Center.

She specializes in internal medicine at Sanford Broadway Clinic in Fargo.

  • Dr. Andrew Mas Aoshima received his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Dominica. He specializes as a hospitalist in internal medicine at Sanford Broadway Medical Center in Fargo.
  • Dr. Timothy Beiswenger received his medical degree from University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and maternal fetal medicine by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

He specializes in maternal fetal medicine at Sanford Broadway Clinic in Fargo.

  • Dr. Kristin Brandt received her medical degree from University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City. She specializes in anesthesiology at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.
  • Dr. Sepehr Hamidi received his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. He is board certified in anatomical and clinical pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

He specializes in pathology at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.

  • Dr. Brianna Leigh received her medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks. She is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Pediatrics.

She specializes in neonatology at Sanford Medical Center Fargo.

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Molmen receives UND President’s Medal

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Altru Health System CEO Dave Molmen recently won a rare honor for his leadership on the University of North Dakota’s new School of Medicine & Health Sciences building.

UND President Mark Kennedy presented Molmen with the UND President’s Medal during the president’s annual “Wake up to UND” presentation.

The award has been bestowed only about 30 times since 1974.

Kennedy stood in front of a large screen displaying a picture of Molmen and UND administrators at the 2016 ribbon cutting for the new $124-million UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences building.

Without Molmen, the chair of the UND SMHS Advisory Council, “we perhaps would not have had that ribbon cutting,” Kennedy said.

“We perhaps would not have the phenomenal medical school that we have today, if we did not have our leader from Altru, Dave Molmen, who partnered with our medical school to do so many wonderful things.

“In my life, I have seen many people from a community step forward and engage with an organization like the University, but I have not seen anybody with the energy and the effectiveness that Dave Molmen has given in his efforts to support the medical school.”

Molmen is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he received a bachelor’s degree in healthcare, finance and psychology. He received his master’s degree in public health and advanced studies in health services administration from the University of Minnesota.

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