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March Mania

PRAIRIE PEOPLE: Week ending Dec. 15

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John Killefer2 / 7
Jeremy Alinder3 / 7
Tammy Olson4 / 7
Joe Devore5 / 7
Kevin Mackey6 / 7
Tom Boyer7 / 7

Killefer named dean of SDSU’s College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences

BROOKINGS, S.D. – John Killefer, professor and department head of animal and rangeland sciences at Oregon State University, has been named the South Dakota Corn Utilization Council endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences at South Dakota State University.

Killefer was selected following a national search.

Killefer has served in his current role since 2012. During that time, he merged the departments of animal sciences and rangeland, ecology and management to form the Department of Animal and Rangeland Sciences. He also completed construction on three facilities and numerous renovations to other facilities.

He established about $3.5 million in endowments to support teaching and research, in addition to support for livestock farms and educational opportunities in cattle production.

Killefer’s research focusing on high-quality production animals and meat products programs has secured more than $6.3 million from both federal and industry sources.

Killefer was inducted into the Oregon Beef Council Hall of Fame in 2014 and served as a fellow from 2013-15 for the Food Systems Leadership Institute, a national organization dedicated to developing individual and institutional leadership for a 21st century food system.

He went to OSU in 2011 after nearly 10 years at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was an associate professor and later professor. He was an assistant professor and associate professor at West Virginia from 1994-2002.

Killefer earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Hastings College in Nebraska. He earned his Ph.D. in animal science with an emphasis in growth and development at Oregon State.

He will begin his duties in March.


Ulteig Names Jeremy Alinder vice president of finance

FARGO, N.D. – Jeremy Alinder has been appointed vice president of finance at Ulteig, a provider of design engineering, program management and technical and field services, After a brief transition period, Alinder will become the company's chief financial officer.

Alinder served most recently as CFO for U.S. operations for Fluence Corp. Before that, Alinder held leadership positions in multiple organizations, including Hillcrest Capital Partners and Pentair.

He also served as an independent consultant, helping large construction and agriculture companies with growth plans and acquisition strategies.

Alinder has bachelor degrees in both accounting and finance from the University of St. Thomas, as well as his MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He is a certified public accountant (inactive).


Hospitalist joins Essentia Health in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Dr. Tammy Olson, a hospitalist, has joined Essentia Health St. Mary’s-Detroit Lakes in Detroit Lakes.

Olson earned a medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines, Iowa. She completed a residency in family medicine at the University of Minnesota Mankato Family Medicine Residency Program in Mankato, Minn. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine in family medicine.


Two earn engineer certification at KLJ

BISMARCK, N.D. – Joe DeVore and Kevin Mackey, engineers at the engineering firm KLJ, have earned their professional traffic operations engineer certification.

The certification is a demonstration of knowledge, skill and ability in the specialized application of traffic operations engineering.

DeVore earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Minnesota. He is registered as a professional engineer in Minnesota and works in KLJ’s St. Paul office.

Mackey earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. He also completed his graduate studies in civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation at NDSU.

Mackey is a registered professional engineer in Minnesota and works in KLJ’s St. Paul office.


Boyer hired by Starion as manager and vice president

FARGO, N.D. – Starion Bank has hired Tom Boyer as mortgage banking manager and vice president.

Based in Fargo, Boyer manages teams of mortgage lenders in Fargo and Bismarck, N.D., and Madison, Wis.

Boyer has managed mortgage lending departments and originated mortgages in Fargo since 1990. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Minnesota State University – Moorhead and is involved in FM Raise Your Spirits, an organization that assists the community and celebrates volunteerism.

Boyer is also a retired volunteer firefighter and former board member and treasurer of FM Athletics.