business briefs 1/8

Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 12:15 am

Architect firm in Minot merges

MINOT — Davison Larson Associates of Minot, which was organized in 1951, has merged with JLG Architects.

DLA’s present partners, Donald Davison and Douglas Larson, will join JLG as firm partners.

JLG, founded in 1989, also has offices in Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Minneapolis and Alexandria, Minn.

It was named to the ZweigWhite Top 100 National Hot Firms list in 2010, a list that identifies the 200 fastest-growing architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms in the United States and Canada.

Goodwill office

collecting phones

The Mandan office of Easter Seals Goodwill N.D. Inc. is a collection point for an old cellphone donation program.

Easter Seals Goodwill will receive money for each cellphone that Absolute Communications can recycle. Absolute cleans and donates phones to agencies that work in areas such as domestic violence.

Mandan office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is at 211 Collins Ave.

Health department receives awards

The North Dakota Department of Health received eight awards for excellence in public health communication from the National Public Health Information Coalition.

The agency received Gold awards for its Family Planning Program annual report; a breaking news release, “First Measles Case Identified in North Dakota Since 1987; and North Dakota’s Response to the Floods of 2011, in the real-time risk communications category.

Silver awards were received in the categories of annual reports and other major reports, newsletters, health literacy and special audiovisual projects.

A brochure earned Bronze recognition.

Otter Tail names president, CEO

Otter Tail Corp. announced that its interim CEO, Edward J. “Jim” McIntyre, has been named permanent president and chief executive officer.

The company’s board of directors appointed McIntyre as interim CEO in September of 2011. He is a retired vice president and former chief financial officer of Xcel Energy, and has served on Otter Tail ’s board of directors for the past five years.

McIntyre retains his seat on the board.

Burleigh producers get payments

FARGO — USDA Farm Service Agency made more than $569 million in payments to farmers and ranchers in North Dakota in 2011, which included $6.2 million paid to Burleigh County producers. 

Payments were made to Burleigh County producers through many different FSA programs, including $2.6 million through the Direct and Counter Cyclical Program, including ACRE; $2.1 million through the Conservation Reserve Program; and $1.2 million through the Disaster Trust Fund, which includes the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, Livestock Forage Program and Livestock Indemnity Program.