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Business briefs for May 12

EAPC hires Chad Frost to position

BEMIDJI — Chad Frost has joined EAPC Architects Engineers as director of business excellence.

Frost has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and operations leadership roles within the computer hard disk drive, electrical distribution, composites, motion control electronics and agricultural manufacturing industries. His specific roles have included sales engineer, product engineer, quality engineer, engineering supervisor, engineering manager, director of quality, director of global quality, and most recently a plant manager.

EAPC is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm with offices in Bemidji; Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minot, and Williston, N.D.; Norwich, Vt.; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. EAPC was named 2013 People’s Choice for Best Architect, as voted by the readers of the Grand Forks Herald.

DeeJay Arens wins book award

BEMIDJI — Local author DeeJay Arens has won first place in the 2013 New Generation Indie Book Awards gay/lesbian fiction category for his book “The View From A Rusty Train Car,” according to a press release from Writers AMuse Me Publishing.

Arens’ novel is a story about a young boy realizing his love for the boy next door and contains powerful lessons about love, tolerance, hatred and life.

A graduate of Sacred Heart High School and theater student at the University of North Dakota, Arens is a supervising producer and part owner of Saarens Productions in Bemidji. He is an actor, director and filmmaker.

His debut movie, “Slip Away,” premiered in fall 2012. He is an alum of the Fire Hall Theatre in Grand Forks.

“The View from a Rusty Train Car” is Arens’ first published work and is available to purchase in either print or digital format.

Optivation offers boiler license exams

BEMIDJI — Optivation, a custom training venture operated by Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, is offering a 12-hour course starting May 17 for persons seeking boiler operator special engineers licensure.

The course will be held from 4-8 p.m. May 17, 20 and 22 in Room 315 at Northwest Technical College. The course carries a fee of $175, which includes course materials. Registration is available online at

The course will provide participants with the knowledge needed to take the state of Minnesota’s special engineer’s examination. No previous experience with boilers in necessary. The course will be taught by Robert “Bob” Goggleye.

For details, contact Richard Lehmann at 755-4900.

Acme tools awarded certification

BEMIDJI — Acme Tools, distributor and retailer of tools and equipment, announced Joe Roeder has earned the advanced Diamond Level as a Certified Tool Specialist from Evergreen Marketing Group. Evergreen, a national affiliation of independent distributors in the construction and industrial products, has the only training program in the country that certifies sales professionals in the tool equipment industry.

Roeder is general manager of Acme Tools’ Bemidji store and has more than 14 years of tool and equipment sales experience with Acme Tools.

Evergreen’s Diamond Level certification requires completion of 190 hours of product and applications training, sales training and online training modules designed to prepare the Certified Sales Specialist to train other sales professionals.