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Blue Cross hires Matthiesen in the Dickinson office

Jessie Matthiesen has been named marketing specialist in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota service office in Dickinson. Her primary responsibilities include assisting and supporting the manager and benefit consultants with servicing customers.

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A native of Mandan, Matthiesen previously worked at St. Joseph’s Women’s Clinic in Dickinson.

Meier wins first Extra Mile award

Alvin Meier, an employee of Sax Motor Co. for more than 40 years, won the inaugural Extra Mile award from Sax. The Extra Mile award is given each quarter to an employee that goes above and beyond to help our customers.

Meier was chosen from the quarterly winners for the annual award. He has been the service manager at Sax for many years and has helped thousands of customers over his career.

Mischel honored as Outstanding Water Works Employee

Guy Mische of Dickinson received the Outstanding Water Works Employee award from the North Dakota Rural Water Systems Association at the 28th annual Rural Water Expo Conference banquet held Feb. 19 in Fargo.

The award is given to a water operator or rural water system manager who has shown outstanding leadership abilities and has performed beyond the normal requirements of their job.

Mischel is a Grade IV Water Treatment Plant Operator and has worked in Dickinson since 1990.

Johansen wins Summit Award

Jamestown-based Farmers Union Insurance announced in a release that Aaron Johansen of Dickinson has qualified for the 2013-14 Farmers Union Agents Summit, the company’s top sales honor. He is one of 17 agents from North Dakota to qualify for this year’s top producer award. The Summit Award recognizes the top performing agents from seven states.

Hospitals receive funds through UND Center for Rural Health

The Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences will distribute more than $228,032 from the Small Hospital Improvement Program to 32 rural hospitals in North Dakota. Local hospitals receiving SHIP funds include:

-- St. Joseph’s Hospital, Dickinson.

-- Southwest Healthcare Services, Bowman.

-- West River Regional Medical Center, Hettinger.

-- McKenzie Co. Healthcare System, Watford City.

-- Mercy Medical Center, Williston.

Administered by the Center for Rural Health, SHIP is funded through a grant from the federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

SBA to host business opportunity roundtable

The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding the first in a series of roundtable discussions in our region at 8 a.m. Thursday, March 27 at the Dickinson State University Strom Center.

Mike Gallagher, the district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration North Dakota District Office and Ray Ann Kilen, regional director for the Small Business Development Center, will lead a discussion on current business issues that include the Affordable Care Act, new financing opportunities through Community Express, crowd funding offered through the Dakota Certified Development Corporation and recent updates from the Internal Revenue Service.

The goal of this roundtable is to listen to and understand small businesses needs and concerns. It will offer business owners, community leaders and economic development professionals a forum in which to discuss key business issues and learn about new opportunities.

The North Dakota District Office provides SBA programs and services to Dickinson and southwest North Dakota by working with the Dickinson Area Regional Office. Registration for the event is not required, but is encouraged. Contact the Dickinson SBDC at 701-483-2470 or email them at north.dakota@sba.gov for registrations or more information.

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