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Durum election

The U.S. Durum Growers Association recently elected three directors to its board and selected its 2017-18 officers.

Tracy Schumacher, Scranton, and Scott Monke, Regent, were elected to serve as directors from the southwest district. Art Schilke, Crosby, and Blake Inman, Berthold, were elected to serve as at-large directors. All will serve three-year terms.

The 2017-18 executive officers are president, Mark Martinson, Rolette; first vice president, Inman; second vice president, Schumacher; and secretary/treasurer, Arvin Larson, Williston. Officers serve one-year terms.

STEM fellowships

Two northwest North Dakota educators are beneficiaries of the Statoil North Dakota Charitable Fund, established by Statoil and managed by the Northwest North Dakota Community Foundation.

The fund was established to support K-12 education related to science, technology, engineering and math.

The recipients of Statoil STEM Education Fellowships are JL Garman, Watford City Public School, and Lesa Gowing, Alexander Public School. They have one year to complete their professional development plans and accomplish their goals.

Ross back at UJ

Greg Ross has been named vice president for finance and business affairs at the University of Jamestown, from which he graduated in 2004.

He will begin his new role on Jan. 15.

Ross gained more than 13 years of higher education experience as a controller at Bismarck State College, where he also served as the interim associate vice president for finance and operations.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from UJ and a master’s of business administration in accountancy from the University of Mary.

DAR activity

Jessie Bearse Fait, who once was a DAR state regent in North Dakota, was honored in activities in Everett, Wash.

The North Dakota and Washington Daughters of the American Revolution participated in a rededication of Fait’s gravestone and placing of DAR insignia. Nancy Legerski, of Bismarck, a past state regent, was among those attending.

Fait joined the DAR in 1924 in Everett before moving to Fingal. She later returned to Everett. Fait died in 1952.

Grants aid schools

Two Bismarck schools are among those awarded Doosan Discovery Grants from Doosan Bobcat North America.

Cathedral School and Wachter Middle School each received $500 for projects focusing on science, technology, engineering and mathematic.

The company offers the grants to schools in communities where it has offices or production facilities.

Angus princesses

Jade Koski, Wing, and Carlee Gifford, Mandan, are both serving as 2017 North Dakota Angus princesses.

The North Dakota Angus Association recently held its annual meeting and banquet in Bismarck.

Special Olympics

Special Olympics North Dakota honored individuals, organizations and businesses throughout the state for their outstanding commitment and support at its awards banquet in Fargo.

Bismarck Parks & Recreation District and Bismarck Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau received a “Recognition of Support and Leadership” award for hosting the 2017 Special Olympics North America Softball Championship in August.

Choice Financial received the Continuous Service award.

Individual honorees included the Wayne and Marcia Schneider family of Harvey, Family of the Year, and Curt Duppong, Dickinson, Coach of the Year.