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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending March 15

DSG hires Hicks as vice president of operations

FARGO, N.D. – Dakota Supply Group has hired Rod Hicks as its vice president of operations. Hicks will be responsible for leading many of DSG’s corporate operations, including purchasing, logistics, warehousing and fleet operations.

Before joining DSG, Hicks served in a number of leadership roles at Best Buy, Target and Advanced Auto Parts. He received his undergraduate degree from California State University and earned his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

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KLJ hires Swanston

BISMARCK, N.D. – Megan Swanston has joined engineering firm KLJ in the company’s Bismarck office.

Swanston, who will serve as a project assistant, joins KLJ with clerical and customer service experience. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota.

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Alerus hires Heilman as senior financial guide

FARGO, N.D. – Alerus has hired Jessica Heilman as a senior financial guide at the company’s South Fargo office.

Heilman has more than 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, including consumer and business lending, credit underwriting, risk management and Small Business Administration and U.S. Department of Agriculture loan-program management.

She has a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., in child and family studies, and a master’s in child development and family science from North Dakota State University.

She is a graduate of the Dakota School of Banking and earned a certificate of completion in advanced credit analysis and business financing from the North Dakota Bankers Association.