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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Feb. 8

NDSU hires entrepreneurship director

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State University’s College of Business has hired Scott David Meyer as executive director of entrepreneurship initiatives.

Meyer’s role is to foster connections on campus and in the community that help develop NDSU’s entrepreneurship program, according to NDSU. He will be responsible for teaching, creating events, connecting with resources on campus and in the community, and looking for what NDSU, in partnership with city and state leaders, needs to build a more dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Meyer brings a mix of academic and business experience to the position. He started his career as a lecturer and researcher at The Arctic University of Norway. Then he became an entrepreneur, starting several companies, including 9 Clouds, a digital marketing company for car dealers based in Sioux Falls, S.D.

He has led that company for the past nine years.

Meyer is a former City Council member who founded TEDxBrookings, Creativity Week and 1 Million Cups in Brookings. He has been awarded The South Dakota Spirit of Entrepreneurship, Top 40 Under 40 by Prairie Business magazine and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in South Dakota.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and his master’s degree in peace and conflict transformation from The Arctic University of Norway.

NDSU’s entrepreneurship program currently includes an entrepreneurship minor and certificate.


Starion Bank announces new board member

BISMARCK, N.D. – Michelle Larson of Bismarck has been elected to Starion Bank’s board of directors.

The board guides the overall strategic direction of the bank, including principle business focus and merger and acquisition activities. It includes owners, senior managers and representatives of the communities served by the bank.

Larson has served on the board for Starion’s parent company, Starion Bancorporation, since 2012. She was a pharmaceutical representative for many years before becoming a community activist.

Larson is involved in raising awareness of homelessness, food insecurity and other issues. She studied at Moorhead State University and North Dakota State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications.


Shane Waslaski joins DSG board

FARGO, N.D. – Dakota Supply Group has added Shane Waslaski to its board of directors, the company announced.

Waslaski is an experienced executive with a career in private and publicly traded companies. His business background includes the software, health care, manufacturing, energy, plastics and construction sectors.

Earlier in his career, he served as the president of Varistar (which included Foley Co. and Northern Pipe Products). He is currently president and CEO of Intelligent InSites, a company working to transform health care with operational intelligence.

DSG is a leading distributor of products and services for the electrical, plumbing, HVAC/R, utility, communications, waterworks and automation trades. It is an employee-owned company with nearly 700 employee owners.


Essentia Health welcomes nurse practitioner in Moorhead

FARGO, N.D. – Nurse Practitioner Katie Gurskis has joined the Family Medicine Department at the Essentia Health-Moorhead Clinic in Moorhead, Minn.

Gurskis has worked at Essentia Health as a registered nurse in the emergency room for the past 10 years. She earned a master’s degree in nursing from Clarkson College in Omaha, Neb., and is certified as a family nurse practitioner by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.


Cornerstone Bank Welcomes Kristine Melby

FARGO, N.D. – Kristine Melby has joined Cornerstone Bank as senior vice president of business development, the bank announced.

Melby works with businesses from across the Dakotas to help them reach their financial goals. She brings more than 20 years of banking and business development experience.

Originally from Bowbells, N.D., Melby earned her bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University in finance and marketing.

One of North Dakota’s 10 largest financial institutions, Cornerstone Bank has 13 locations in North and South Dakota.