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Business Briefs for 09/29/2013

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Business Briefs for 09/29/2013
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Forum Co. names new ad director

FARGO — Roz Randorf has been appointed Forum Communication Co.’s new advertising director.


Randorf was most recently the advertising director for the Duluth News Tribune, a Forum Communication Co. newspaper. The Pioneer also is a Forum Communications Co. newspaper.

Randorf began her career with Forum Communications in 1990 and has held various positions at The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, including classified advertising manager, special section supervisor and classified advertising sales representative.

Gunlikson certified in long-term care

BEMIDJI — Samantha Gunlikson, financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has been awarded a professional designation in the field of long-term care.

The Certified in Long-Term-Care program focuses on long-term care planning and provides legal, accounting, insurance and financial service professional.

The program is independent of the insurance industry and provides financial professionals the tools to meet client’s long-term needs.

Sanford adds to staff

BEMIDJI — Tiffany Happel, PA-C, recently joined the general surgery department at Sanford Bemidji.

Happel earned a master’s degree in medicine from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich. She completed her undergraduate degree at Bemidji State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology.

She also received a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton, N.J.

Sanford welcomes optometrist

BEMIDJI — Dr. Sara Fredrickson recently joined the staff at Sanford Bemidji Downtown Eye Center & Optical as a full-time optometrist.

Fredrickson obtained her medical degree from Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago.

She is certified by the National Board of Examiners of Optometry and specializes in head trauma, brain injuries, stroke and motor vehicle accident injury and also provides primary eye care.

LPTV seeks board members

BEMIDJI — Lakeland Public Television seeks two new board members to fill roles of retiring board members at the end of this year.

The board members serve three-year terms with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Candidates with legal or accounting experience would be helpful to the board at this time, officials said in a press release.

If interested, submit a letter with background information and why the applicant would like the serve to Lakeland Public Television, 1500 Birchmont Dr. NW No. 9, Bemidji, MN 56601 or email at

The nominating committee will review potential new board members and make recommendation to the full board to appoint them at the November board meeting.

Donith nominated for Emmy

BEMIDJI — Lakeland Public Television reporter Jamil Donith was nominated for an Upper Midwest Emmy on Aug. 23 for her work as a video journalist.

The Video Journalist Emmy is awarded to an individual who performs as a photojournalist, editor, talent and writer while producing the series.

PBC opens data center

BEMIDJI — Paul Bunyan Communications Data Center is now open in Bemidji. The center provides the area with primary data location facility and offsite backup or part of a multi-site collocation solution.

The facility includes video surveillance, alarms, equipment friendly fire suppressions units, power redundancy and fiber optic connectivity.

For more information, call 444-4638, email or visit

Reeber receives President Award

BAGLEY — Dr. Erick Reeber of Bagley recently received the President Award for leadership at the Minnesota Medical Association Annual Meeting.

Reeber is a 53-year veteran of the MMA who practiced family medicine out of his home for more than 40 years.

Midcontinent earns award

BEMIDJI — Midcontinent Communications has earned the North Central Region’s Fastest ISP Award from for the second consecutive year.