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Business briefs for April 28

Diffley re-elected to Minnkota board

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Terry Diffley of Bemidji has been re-elected to the Minnkota Power Cooperative board of directors.

He was re-elected at the generation and transmission cooperative’s annual meeting April 5. Diffely represents Beltrami Electric Cooperative on the 11-member Minnkota board.

Minnkota provides electricity generation and transmission services to Beltrami Electric Cooperative and 10 other distribution cooperatives in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

Joe Butler wins teaching award

PARKVILLE, Mo. — Park University has recently recognized Joe Butler of Bemidji in their academic achievements at their annual honors convocation.

He was awarded the Provost’s Award for Teaching Excellence for online adjunct faculty. He is an adjunct instructor of psychology.

Three teaching excellence awards were given to recognize the full-time, face-to-face and online adjunct faculty members who exemplify the spirit of Park University, a news release said.

St. Joseph’s earns designation

PARK RAPIDS — St. Joseph’s Area Health Services Center for Weight Management and Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic recently was named one of the first facilities to earn a Center of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery designation.

The distinction is awarded by the Surgical Review Corp., an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the safety, efficacy and efficiency of bariatric and metabolic surgical care worldwide.

Additionally, Dr. Daniel Smith and Dr. Robert Wroblewski have earned the SCR Surgeon of Excellence in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery designation. A total of 61 providers in 10 countries have completed all program requirements to date.

The SRC Center of Excellence designations recognize that St. Joseph’s Center for Weight Managements, Essentia Health Park Rapids Clinic and Drs. Smith and Wroblweski demonstrate an “unparalleled commitment and ability to consistently deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care,” according to a press release.

By designating the Center for Weight Management as a Center of Excellence, patients are able to distinguish providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality post-operative and long-term follow-up care.

St. Joseph’s Center for Weight Management offers surgical and non-surgical treatment options to patients.

For details, call 218-237-5757.