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PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Sept. 19

Paul Hegland named executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony

Paul Hegland, who most recently served as President’s Chief of Staff at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis. and as Development Officer of Chicago’s famed Ravinia Festival, was named executive director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra by its Board of Trustees.

Hegland will begin Nov. 1, taking over for current Executive Director Linda Boyd, who announced her retirement in March. Hegland emerged as the leading candidate as the result of a national search process which began in April.

“Paul is absolutely the right person to lead the FMSO forward over the coming years and champion our mission, vision, and values.  His personality and experience line up wonderfully with our organization and he brings his own unique brand of energy and charisma to every encounter.  He is a genuine, sincere person and we couldn't be more thrilled to have him come on board and be part of this great organization and community!” said FMSO Board Chair Aasen.

Hegland, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, earned a Bachelors in Music Education from Iowa State University and a Masters in Music History from Northwestern University in Illinois. He has been active in many civic organizations including Kiwanis, Kenosha Area CVB, Association of College and University Policy Administrators, Kenosha Public Museums and more. He is also a church choir conductor and organist.


AE2S Nexus Hires Brent Bogar

AE2S Nexus announces the hire of Brent Bogar as a senior consultant.

Bogar’s experience in local government, public policy, funding, and communications makes him an excellent resource for a variety of clients, including municipalities, counties, and utilities, the company said in a press release. 

Bogar served on the Williston City Commission from 2007-2013, during the height of the oil activity in the Bakken. 

“As a former elected official, Brent has walked in the shoes of many of our clients. His ability to work across all levels of State and local government on public policy and infrastructure funding challenges makes him a valuable asset. Brent adds a unique big picture thought process to our team as well,” says Shawn Gaddie, AE2S Nexus Division Manager.          

Most recently Bogar was the owner and president of Jadestone Consulting, which he started in 2013. Over the past few legislative sessions he was involved with Western Dakota Energy Association efforts to change the gross production tax formula, surge bill, and operation prairie dog, along with working on other tax and business policies for the Greater North Dakota Chamber.

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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