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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending July 12

Charles Gorecki selected to lead UND EERC

GRAND FORKS -- Charles Gorecki has been named the next CEO of UND’s Energy and Environmental Research Center.

Gorecki, who will fill the post on Aug. 1, succeeds current CEO Tom Erickson, who is stepping down to lead the State Energy Research Center.

Gorecki has been with the EERC for 12 years, the last four of which were as director of subsurface research and development. He started his career with the EERC as a research engineer in 2007, working on carbon dioxide storage, enhanced oil recovery-related projects and reservoir engineering.


DSG hires Mike Rode as vice president of sales – electrical

PLYMOUTH, Minn -- Dakota Supply Group has hired Mike Rode as its new vice president of sales for electrical products and services.

Rode will be responsible for providing direct sales leadership across several of the industry segments that DSG serves, including electrical, utility, communications and automation.

Prior to joining DSG, Rode held several progressive leadership roles in his career in electrical manufacturing and wholesale distribution over the past 24 years. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sales for Viking Electric Supply, while also serving on the Sonepar North American Product Management Team. Prior to that he spent several years working in multiple leadership positions for General Electric and Eaton.


KLJ hires three in Dickinson


DICKINSON -– KLJ, an engineering firm, has announced that Jake Kress, Garret Hecker, and Derek Uran have joined the Dickinson office. 

Kress has joined the team as a CAD technician. He earned his associates degree in architectural drafting from Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb.

Hecker comes to KLJ to work as an environmental planner. He has a master’s in range science from North Dakota State University. Hecker is a member of the Society of Rangeland Management.

Uran recently started as a surveyor. He has nearly five years of survey experience, most recently working as a crew chief on projects throughout North Dakota.


UMary names new dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business 


BISMARCK — The University of Mary has appointed Pennsylvania State University Associate Professor Colin Knapp, Ph.D., as its new dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business.

Knapp brings over 20 years of combined military and economics teaching experience in higher education to his new role as dean.

Knapp earned Summa Cum Laude honors with his bachelor’s of business administration degree in economics and finance from Ohio University, followed by a master’s of arts in economics from University of Florida. Knapp served his country from 1996 to 2007 as an officer in the U.S. Air Force before his honorable discharge to the reserves between 2007 and 2015.

Knapp obtained his doctorate in economics from the University of Florida in 2010.

Knapp begins his duties as dean of the Gary Tharaldson School of Business Monday, August 5.


Arvig hires Katharine Brown to lead enterprise retail fiber sales

PERHAM, Minn. — Arvig announced Katharine Brown has been hired as an Enterprise Retail Fiber Sales Manager and will be leading Arvig’s direct and indirect sales teams through the rapid growth in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan and surrounding areas.

Brown is responsible for advancing the enhancement of current, and establishment of new, relationships with customers utilizing Arvig's fiber assets and network-to-network interfaces (NNI) for Ethernet, internet, and voice solutions, including single-site and multi-site customers.

Brown’s telecommunications background includes working with fiber, copper, and co-axial plant providing local and long-distance voice, data services (Internet and Transport), colocation services, wide area networks (WAN), including SD-WAN and WAN virtualization, and local area networks (LAN). 

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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