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Business Briefs for 12/01/2013

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DNR appoints Klemek BEMIDJI — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently appointed Blane Klemek as northwest region assistant wildlife manager stationed in the Bemidji office.

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Klemek began his career with the DNR section of wildlife as the northwest region private lands specialist stationed at the Bemidji office and in 2005, he became the assistant area wildlife supervisor at the Bemidji office.

He left the area in 2011 for Detroit Lakes to take the area wildlife supervisor position there before returning to Bemidji. Klemek earned his bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from the University of North Dakota, as well as a master’s degree from UND in wildlife. He also has an associate’s degree in arts from Bemidji State University.

Pickar joins Widseth Smith Nolting BEMIDJI — Andy Pickar recently joined Widseth Smith Nolting as a project manager for design and construction projects. Pickar has more than five years of experience in project management, contract management and contract administration. He earned a bachelor’s degree in construction management from the University of Minnesota-Mankato.

Pickar will be responsible for construction management and administration, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, reviewing contracts and lien releases.

Widseth Smith Nolting is a multi-disciplined firm of more than 190 employees providing engineering, architecture, land surveying and environmental services with offices in Bemidji, Brainerd, Alexandria, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Red Wing and Rochester in Minnesota and in Grand Forks, N.D.

Curran named to new position with MnDOT BEMIDJI — Jim Curran has been named assistant district engineer for program delivery for the Minnesota Department of Transportation District 2. Curran had been serving in an acting role since June 2012 and has worked with MnDOT for more than 25 years. Curran, a native of Aitkin, Minn., earned his civil engineering degree from North Dakota State University. He will oversee the traffic, materials, project management, design, right of way and contract administration for the district’s constructions program.

Skogen awarded certification BEMIDJI — Mark Skogen, Widseth Smith Nolting’s senior civil engineering technician, was recently awarded a Certified Public Infrastructure Inspector certification from the American Public Works Association credentialing program.

Skogen is one of only six certified in Minnesota. The certification is intended for individuals who inspect the construction of public infrastructure and facilities.Skogen earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the College of St. Scholastica in 1989 and has been the lead civil technician for more than 25 sanitary sewer, water and roadway projects in Baxter, Minn.

Widseth Smith Nolting is a multi-disciplined firm of more than 190 employees providing engineering, architecture, land surveying and environmental services with offices in Bemidji, Brainerd, Alexandria, Crookston, East Grand Forks, Red Wing and Rochester in Minnesota and in Grand Forks, N.D.

Bemidji KOA wins award BEMIDJI — The Bemidji KOA Campground has recently been awarded the 2014 KOA President’s Award by Kampgrounds of America. The award was presented at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Austin, Texas. The KOA President’s Award is presented annually to campgrounds that receives high scores in customer service from their campers and top scores in KOA’s annual quality review.

Vanderwal receives award BEMIDJI — Tom Vanderwal, program director at Greater Northwest Emergency Medical Services in Bemidji, was recently awarded the Toward Zero Deaths Star Award in Emergency Medical and Trauma Services, at the Statewide Toward Zero Deaths conference Nov. 14-15 in St. Cloud.

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