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Arenz promoted

Jason Arenz has been promoted to president of BNC National Bank’s Bismarck-Mandan market.

A Mandan native, Arenz joined BNC in 2012. He graduated from the University of Mary and received a master's degree in business administration from Regis University. Arenz has worked in the financial services industry for more than 24 years.

LEC recognizes

The Lignite Energy Council recently honored several people for contributions to the lignite industry. Among them are the following:

Lignite Public Service Award: Rep. Jeff Delzer and Sen. Ray Holmberg for their participation on the council.

Distinguished Service Award-Research and Development Program: Bill Sawyer, ALLETE Clean Energy; Jim Sheldon, Basin Electric Power Cooperative; Craig Bleth, Minnkota Power Cooperative; Jason Laumb and Wes Peck, Energy & Environmental Research Center.

Distinguished Service Award-Government Action Program: Dale Niezwaag, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, and Jay Skabo, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.

Distinguished Service Award-Public Relations: Sarah Flath, The Coteau Properties’ Freedom Mine.

Distinguished Service Award-Education: Matthew Stoltz, Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Lignite Leadership Award: Paul Sukut, Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Ambassador of Lignite Award: Joe Friedlander, North American Coal Corp,; Mitch Stafford, BTINet; Randy Lenius, Great River Energy; Dave McMillan, ALLETE Inc.; Tony Stroh, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.; Cris Oehler, Otter Tail Power Cooperative; Wayne Albrecht, The Coteau Properties Co.; Rich Voss, Great Northern Properties; Rob Lighthizer, The Falkirk Mining Co.; Herb Carpenter, Border States Electric; and Tyler Engberg, Northern Dewatering Inc.

Lignite Employee Service Awards: Steve Van Dyke, 15 years.

Graner with Bianco

Cheryl Graner has joined Bianco Realty in Bismarck as a Realtor.

New officers

Several area residents were sworn in as officers of the North Dakota Society of Professional Land Surveyors at its annual convention in Bismarck.

They include president, Ed Rintamaki, of 49th Latitude Land Survey, Alamo; president-elect, Jason Main, Ackerman Surveying, Minot; vice president, Tom Leshovsky, Wold Engineering, Minot; treasurer, Tom Weigel, Holly Beck Surveying and Engineering, Bismarck; and NSPS director, Curtis Glasoe, Dickinson. Robert Procive of Belfield was elected to the NDSPLS Foundation board of trustees.

Three with Kupper

Chris Quick, Troy Hoiland and Shamus Pitkin are new employees at Kupper Chevrolet.

Quick is a sales and leasing consultant with customer and sales experience in vehicle audio accessories.

Hoiland is a sales coordinator with management experience.

Pitkin is a sales and leasing coordinator.

Two recertified

North Dakota Community Foundation development directors Kara Geiger in the Bismarck office and John Heinen, with the Dickinson office, have been recertified by CFRE International as certified fundraising executives for three years.

Credentialing is based on standards that include tenure in the profession, education and fundraising achievement and a written examination.

Godfread selected

Amanda Godfread has been named Make-A-Wish North Dakota’s first regional director located in Bismarck-Mandan.

Godfread graduated from the University of North Dakota with a bachelor's degree in communication and French and has more than 15 years of public relations experience, most recently as the director of strategic engagement at Odney.