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Discovery Benefits expands in Brookings

Discovery Benefits expands in Brookings

Fargo-based Discovery Benefits, a third-party employee benefits administration firm, is expanding its recently opened location in Brookings, S.D., to accommodate its significant growth. Since opening in September at the Research Park at South Dakota State University, the company has hired 27 full- and part-time employees. The company plans to move into a 15,000-square-foot spec building at the park this summer and add up to 75 more employees over the next year.

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Starion Financial receives NDHFA awards

Starion Financial receives NDHFA awards

The North Dakota Housing Financial Agency recognized Starion Financial and Dean Thiery for exemplary work during its housing conference held in late February in Bismarck.

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Kraus-Anderson to remodel Beltrami County Jail

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. has been awarded a contract to carry out a $4 million, 16,500-square-foot remodeling project at the Beltrami County Jail in Bemidji, Minn. The project will add 11 new jail cells, a rooftop heating and cooling system and other updates. It is expected to be complete in November.

Williston State College sets enrollment record

Williston State College has a record 1,009 students enrolled this spring, up more than 13 percent from last spring semester.

KLJ expands in Florida

Bismarck-based engineering, surveying and planning firm KLJ is opening an office in Fort Myers, Fla. The office will specialize in hydrogeology services and provide comprehensive water supply, water management and well water-system operations to the community and surrounding area, according to a news release from the firm. The Fort Myers office will be KLJ’s second Florida location. The firm has 24 total locations.

WSN recognized for excellence

WSN recognized for excellence

Widseth Smith Nolting’s Greenwood Street Corridor project in Thief River Falls, Minn., has earned the firm two of Minnesota’s top engineering awards — the City Engineers Association of Minnesota’s 2014 Project of the Year and the Grand Award in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota’s Engineering Excellence Awards program.

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GigaZone comes to Iron Range

Paul Bunyan Communications has activated its gigabit Internet service network in Minnesota’s Trout Lake Township, marking the company’s GigaZone entry in Itasca County.

USD renames research park, approves master plan

The University of South Dakota announced Feb. 10 it has approved the master plan for its newly renamed USD Discovery District and has hired local architecture firms Confluence and Sayre & Associates to design the first phase of road and utility infrastructure.

Bremer Bank named one of nation’s top ag lenders

Bremer Bank was listed as the nation’s 11th largest ag lender through the third quarter of 2014, based on the sum of farmland and agricultural production loans, according to a recent report from SNL Financial. Through the third quarter, Bremer made nearly $1.1 billion in ag loans to clients in North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to the bank. Farmland and farm loans make up nearly 16 percent of the bank’s overall loan portfolio.

Bismarck startup to present at Google Demo Day

CoSchedule, a Bismarck, N.D.-based technology startup, recently won the opportunity to present at Google Demo Day 2015 on April 2 at Googleplex in Silicon Valley, California. The company, which created an editorial calendar application for WordPress, was one of two selected for Demo Day by audience members at CoCo Pitch night, held at one of CoCo’s coworking facilities in Minneapolis. Google for Entrepreneurs ultimately selected CoSchedule to pitch its technology to investors at the Google event.

SDSMT raises $1.4M for Energy Resources Initiative

The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has raised $1.4 million for its Energy Resources Initiative, an initiative launched last year to focus on meeting the research and educational demands of the oil and gas industry. The school created a minor in petroleum systems as part of the initiative and began enrolling students in the minor last fall. Funds raised will now allow SDSMT to hire a director for the initiative.

Western State Bank to expand in Arizona

West Fargo-based Western State Bank announced it will open a full-service bank in Sun City, Ariz., this spring, bringing the bank’s total number of locations to eight — four in North Dakota and four in Arizona. Western State Bank is a $750 million employee-owned bank with approximately 180 employees. The bank expects to hire six new team members for the Sun City location.

AskHG links with Minneapolis investor network

Fargo-based business advisory firm H. Goerger & Associates Inc., known as AskHG, has become a member of Minneapolis-based Network Connect.

NWMF seeks community builders

The Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund is accepting nominations for its annual Community Builders awards through May 31. Applicants must live in the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Marshall, Hubbard, Pennington, Polk, Kittson, Red Lake, Norman, Mahnomen, Roseau or Lake of the Woods.

West Central Initiative launches search for CEO

The West Central Initiative board has named executive search firm Richard Thompson Associates to lead efforts in hiring a new president/CEO for the foundation. Sandy King, vice president of operations, has been serving as interim CEO since Nancy Straw’s departure in November, allowing the board to focus on the task of hiring a new president, according to the group.

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