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Business Digest (July 30)

Smith joins Western as customer care banker Danielle Smith recently joined Western State Bank as a customer care banker.

She will provide fi-nancial solutions and service to current customers.

Smith has more than eight years of customer service experience and four years of banking experience.

Originally from Vergas, Minn., Smith earned a degree in fashion marketing and management from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead.

She currently lives in Fargo with her husband.

Wallace completes ag lenders school Mark Wallace, Bell State Bank and Trust in West Fargo, recently completed the National School for Experienced Ag Lenders at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

Wallace is the vice president of ag and business banking at Bell State, West Fargo.

The school trains all facets of agricultural lending with emphasis on credit analysis, credit scoring, risk rating, troubleshooting problem loans, futures, options and live case studies.

Globalization in agriculture, global economics, the Washington, D.C. influence, best practices in agriculture and strategic planning were also part of the curriculum.

Geo-Comm to conduct address point services Geo-Comm Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn., will be conducting address point services for a North Dakota statewide seamless base map project.

During the project, some residences and businesses will be visited to verify addresses for which other resources are not sufficient.

The Geo-Comm fieldwork crew will be in Cass County between Aug. 4 and 22.

In some cases, crews will need only to verify location of a residential structure and not need to speak to residents. In those cases, a Geo-Comm vehicle may come up your driveway, turn around and leave.

If your house number is not posted on your structure, a technician may approach your house to verify address and landline telephone information.

If Geo-Comm is not able to connect with a resident, a paper survey with contact information will be left. Either call a North Dakota team member at (888) 436-2666 or visit the online survey site at http://nd-des. to provide information requested by the survey.

For information, contact your county 911 coordinator or call (701) 328-8154.

De Vries earns awards for financial work Edward Jones Financial Advisor Matthew De Vries of West Fargo recently received two top honors from his firm, Ed-ward Jones.

He was given the firm’s Eagle Award for his “clear vision of both client and business goals” over the past year, a release said.

De Vries was one of only 1,956 of the firm’s more than 13,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

He was also honored with the A.F. McKenzie Award for his outstanding business building skills and client service efforts over the past year. The award is named for Al McKenzie, who developed the firm’s training program during his nearly 60 years of service with Edward Jones.

De Vries was one of only 302 financial advisors out of more than 13,000 to receive the A.F. McKenzie Award.