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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending July 19

 Red River Commodities promotes three to executive positions

FARGO -- Red River Commodities has announced the promotion of three employees to Executive Positions.

Mike Kotzbacher has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Red River Commodities. He has held various positions at Red River Commodities over the past 12 years including exports, sales, and most recently managing director of food ingredients.

Curtis Kuntz was named Vice President of Red River Commodities Wildlife. Kuntz began his career at Red River Commodities in 2004 as a Financial Controller. He then moved into Operations for three years and for the past five years has been the managing director of the wildlife division.

Todd Mondry was recently named Vice President of Engineering and Operations. He joined Red River Commodities in 1999 and has held positions in operations and process engineering covering all divisions of Red River Commodities and most recently as director of engineering. 


Bunkers promoted to Gage Brothers Vice President of Operations 

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Joe Bunkers has been promoted to the position of Gage Brothers Vice President of Operations, effective July 1.

Bunkers has achieved ongoing success for Gage Brothers in his past leadership positions within both the quality control and preconstruction departments. Prior to this promotion, Bunkers served as Vice President of Preconstruction for the past six years. 

Bunkers joined Gage Brothers as a drafter in 1999. His quickly advanced at the company, and he transitioned to quality control in 2001, where he expanded his understanding of the on-site aspects of the precast industry and gained experience and a thorough working knowledge of Gage Brothers processes and products.

Bunkers was promoted to Vice President of Preconstruction in 2013, where he was responsible for all construction bids along with projects in the preconstruction phase.

As Vice President of Operations, Bunkers will oversee Gage Brothers’ drafting, engineering, project management, sales and production departments.


KLJ Hires Three in Rapid City

RAPID CITY, S.D. --  KLJ, an engineering firm, is proud to announce that Amber Channel, Brandon Fried, and Julie Rustan have joined the Rapid City office.

Channel has joined the team as a planner. She earned her bachelor’s degree in aviation management with a minor in management from Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Fried comes to KLJ to work as an engineer. He has a master’s in civil engineering with an emphasis in structural engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City Fried is a registered professional engineer in South Dakota and is certified by the South Dakota Department of Transportation for Erosion and Sediment control.

Rustan recently started as a project assistant. She earned an associate degree from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She comes to KLJ with more than 13 years of office administration experience.

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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