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New England native appointed to ND Board of Nursing

Melissa Hanson, a New England native, has been appointed by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to the North Dakota Board of Nursing, effective until June 20, 2018.

Hanson, who lives in Bismarck, is a faculty member at North Dakota State University at Sanford Health. She is an NDSU graduate and has worked as a registered nurse for 21 years. She has a master’s in nursing from the University of Mary. In 2006, she began teaching at what is now the Sanford College of Nursing.

Hanson is the daughter of Lorraine Selinger and the late Richard Selinger. She graduated from New England St. Mary’s High School in 1988.

Hoff wins career achievement award

Becky Hoff of Dickinson was recently awarded with the Career Achievement — 100 Club Award by the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Several employees throughout the state were recently honored for their work assisting North Dakotans with disabilities to obtain employment.

The Career Achievement awards are based on the number of people with disabilities placed into employment over the course of a vocational rehabilitation counselor’s career. The awards start at the 100 Club Award level and increase in increments of 100.

Maxwell to lead Westwood’s ND operations

Westwood Professional Services, Inc., has announced the addition of Keith Maxwell to its national team of office leaders as North Dakota operations leader.

Maxwell oversees operations for Westwood’s residential and commercial development business throughout North Dakota from the firm’s office in Dickinson.

He brings more than 25 years of experience in civil engineering and land surveying, as he was the owner and principal of his own engineering and land surveying consulting firm in Alabama prior to joining Westwood.

“Keith’s experience and background in land development create a great mix for our clients as they build projects in the Bakken,” Nate Carlson, Westwood’s St. Cloud, Minn., office leader, said in a news release. “Keith is a great addition to our team and we are excited to expand our services in Dickinson.”

Basin Electric tops Co-op 100 list in electric category

BISMARCK — The National Cooperative Bank Co-op 100 list recently ranked Basin Electric Cooperative as its top electric cooperatives in the U.S.

Basin Electric was the highest-ranked electric cooperative on the list, with 2013 revenues of more than $2 billion. Across all industries, the cooperative ranked No. 21, up from 24 last year, according to the report. Agriculture, grocery, finance, hardware and recreation industries, among others, were also in the rankings.

Basin Electric is experiencing tremendous growth due in part to the Bakken Oil Patch in western North Dakota, coupled with high grain and cattle prices along the more eastern corridor of Basin Electric’s service territory, according to a news release.

The list is a compilation of the nation’s top revenue-earning cooperative businesses. The report, released last week, recognizes and celebrates cooperatives’ successes during National Cooperative Month.

St. Benedict’s receives Program of the Year award

St. Benedict’s Health Center and Benedict Court were named the recipient of the Not-for-Profit Program of the Year award presented by the The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.

The award is in recognition of the “Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly” (PACE). Jon Frantsvog is the administrator and CEO of the health center and Jennifer Fisher, LSW, manages the PACE Dickinson Site.

“PACE is designed to allow seniors who otherwise may need skilled nursing care to stay at home, living independently,” Frantsvog said. “Quality of life is improved via detailed care planning and comprehensive access to healthcare services,” he said.

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