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WATERTOWN, S.D. – Stand on your hat and you can see 15 miles, as the saying about the eastern Dakota prairie goes. On this landscape, after all, a highway overpass is a meaningful rise. So if you’re looking for reasons why a leading manufacturer of utility-industry aerial devices has prospered in Watertown – so much so that the company now is building a 450,000-square-foot manufacturing facility – maybe that’s one.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Buy tech stocks. Yes, yes, we know that faithful readers of Prairie Business will recognize those words, given that we used them to introduce a story as recently as last month. That story was on robot-assisted surgery; this one is on insurance.
In his foreward to Mick Cornett’s book, “The Next American City” (click on this link for a Q&A with Cornett himself), author Richard Florida makes an observation that rings true. “When I meet a national politician, it is immediately clear which side of the political divide they’re on,” Florida writes.
Editor’s note: Mick Cornett served as Oklahoma City's mayor from 2004 to 2018. That’s four terms, making him the city’s longest-serving mayor. “Midway through his time in office, Newsweek called him one of the five most innovative mayors in the country, and at the end of his mayoralty, he was named No. 25 on Fortune Magazine's ‘World's Greatest Leaders’ list,” Amazon.com reports.
GRAND FORKS — Today, Prairie Business magazine proudly announces its annual 40 Under 40 list, featuring 40 of the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the northern Plains. These inspiring and dedicated professionals come from a wide range of industries and have made significant impacts in their chosen professions, industries and communities. They are entrepreneurs, industry experts, executives and nonprofit leaders; they are business owners, government officers, environmental advocates and regional trendsetters.
Altru Health System selects CFO GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Altru Health System has selected Sara Lusignan as its new chief financial officer, succeeding Dwight Thompson, who retired in June. Lusignan brings to Altru more than 10 years’ experience in finance leadership, most recently having served as vice president of finance at Aspirus, Inc., a nonprofit health system, and chief financial officer for Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Benedict promoted at BCBSND FARGO, N.D. – Amy Benedict has been promoted to director of client management and implementation at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota. As director, Benedict is responsible for new client setup and onboarding, the maintenance of current clients, product development and maintenance, client contracting process and marketing operations functions, the insurance company reports.
Dockter and Samuelson-Brown Join KLJ BISMARCK, N.D. – David Dockter and Randi Samuelson-Brown have joined engineering firm KLJ. Both will serve as project control specialists. Dockter, who will work from the company’s Bismarck office, joins KLJ with a background in project management, planning, budgeting and scheduling. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
David Ahlers of Graco will lead Minnesota Chamber board ST. PAUL – David Ahlers will lead the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce board as its 2018-19 chair, the Minnesota Chamber announced. Ahlers is executive vice president of human resources and corporate communications at Graco in Minneapolis.
Sanford Health hires two new providers FARGO, N.D. – Two new providers recently joined the Sanford Health Fargo region team.