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Speakers advance

Two local Toastmasters members won a recent divisional speech contest, making them eligible to compete at the District 78 level with speakers from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and northwest Minnesota.

Jeff Magrum, Hazelton, who is a Bismarck Toastmasters Club member, won the Division C humorous contest with a speech titled “Can Ice Fishing Be Humorous?” He went on to take third place in the humorous contest at the District 78 competition in Helena, Mont.

Bonnie Dawhaniuk, Bismarck, with Centurion Toastmasters Club, placed first in the Table Topics contest.

Kontos gets award

Susy Kontos, director of hospital-based physician administration, was awarded the Sister Boniface Timmins Award during CHI St. Alexius Health’s annual associate banquet.

Kontos was recognized for her leadership in challenging situations, demonstrating strength of character, compassion and integrity.

The award recognizes a person in leadership who emulates the qualities of servant leadership modeled by Timmins, administrator of CHI St. Alexius Health for nearly 40 years.

Alderin recognized

Dawn Alderin, an administrative assistant in Oliver County, has received a Meritorious Support Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the Extension Service honorary organization.

Various awards were presented last month during the North Dakota State University Extension Service/Research Extension Center fall conference in Fargo.

Years of service

North Dakota State University Extension Service faculty and staff were honored for their years of service at the Oct. 24-27 NDSU Extension Service/Research Extension Center fall conference in Fargo.

Area honorees included:

15 years — Craig Askim, Mercer County; Sue Isbell, Sioux County; and Trisha Jessen, Ward County.

20 years — Deb Theurer, Parent Resource Center, Dickinson.

25 years — Carmen Rath-Wald, Logan County.

40 Years — Kris Ringwall, Dickinson Research Extension Center.

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