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Council picks Link for director position

The Laborers District Council of Minnesota and North Dakota has tapped McLean County Commissioner Pamela Link to head up efforts to build membership in North Dakota, effective March 3.

Link, a North Dakota native, will be the first person to hold the title of Business Development and Governmental Relations Director for the LDC. The newly created position is intended to provide oversight for the LDC’s political and communications work as it bulks up its presence in the state.

“I feel euphoric about this new position and opportunity,” Link said. “I’m excited to promote the trades and help the Laborers increase their visibility and membership in North Dakota.”

Link graduated from North Dakota State University in 1990 and worked as a journalist before getting a master’s in management and business from the University of Mary in 2000. She brings experience from both the communications and construction worlds to her task.

Link will begin work on March 3, weeks before the LDC participates in a multi-union campaign to attract workers to high demand labor markets in the booming Dakota economies.

Chartered in 1968 by the Laborers International Union of North America, the council and its seven affiliated local unions represent about 12,000 workers in Minnesota, North Dakota and northwestern Wisconsin. For more information, go to


SVUW elects officers at meeting

At the annual meeting for Souris Valley United Way, held on Thursday, new officers elected for 2014 included Megan Grundstrom, The Preferred Companies, president; Kevin Harmon, Minot State University, vice president; Scott Moum, Minot Public Schools, treasurer; and Jarid Lundeen, Tires Plus, past president.

John MacMartin was recognized for his leadership as Campaign Chair during the 2013 Fall Campaign. This year, more than $593,000 was raised to assist 29 local programs which help those in need.

Leslie Coughlin, Coughlin Development, retired from the board of directors, and was commended for her many years of service and stewardship.

“Campaign pledges are down 3 percent from the prior year. This will definitely have an impact on the dollars granted back to our local community partners,” said Patricia Smith, Souris Valley United Way executive director.

“The SVUW Board will make grant funding decisions in April,” she said. “With this shortfall, they will carefully review all the grant requests. The annual meeting is a good time for us to reflect on the past year and what we want to accomplish for the community in the future.”

Souris Valley United Way is committed to supporting the community by helping individuals and families achieve their potential through education, income stability and healthy lives, according to a press release.

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