Starion Financial promotes Weisbeck; hires Zinke and Williams

Starion Financial has promoted Lee Weisbeck to supervise the business banking
representatives and has hired Doug Zinke as a business banker at its Mandan
bank. The bank has hired Chad Williams as a vice president of business banking
at its downtown Bismarck location.

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Capital One commits to maintaining Sioux Falls jobs and adds 400 new jobs

Capital One Financial Corporation, a diversified bank and Fortune 500
company, is maintaining 400 jobs as part of the proposed acquisition of HSBC’s
domestic credit card business in Sioux Falls, S.D., and adding 400 new jobs in

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Concordia College hosting Regional Small Business Development Center

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have announced that Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., will host the Northwest Regional Minnesota Small Business Development Center for 2012 and 2013.


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USD Biology Professor awarded $1.8 million, four-year NSF grant for ontology-enabled reasoning research

The University of South Dakota is the primary research institution for Dr. Paula Mabee’s collaborative four year research project funded with a $1,817,667 grant from the National Science Foundation. Her groundbreaking project will link genetics and descriptive data, such as the shape of limbs, through the development of exquisite computational methods. This research will greatly enhance understanding of how genes control anatomy and behavior.

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COVER STORY: Fall, spring seasons important to hospitality industry

Many think that the busy seasons are winter and summer, but many who work with hospitality will tell you that the other two seasons are just as busy and just as important for the bottom line.

“Spring and fall are important to everyone’s financial success,” says Carol Johnson, General Manager, Ramada Plaza Suites & Conference Center in Fargo, ND. “We’re able to handle business all year around. For smaller communities there needs to be a draw.”

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