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Highway Patrol?trooper wins national recognition

North Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Josh Anderson, who is stationed in Minot, placed third in North American Standards Level 1 Inspection during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s North American Inspectors Championship last week in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Anderson, a CVSA-certified North American Standard inspector, works in the NDHP’s Motor Carrier Division. He competed against 49 roadside inspectors representing jurisdictions across North America.

This is the third year in a row that a state highway patrol trooper has received national recognition in the contest.

CVSA is an international not-for-profit organization comprised of federal motor carrier safety officials and industry representatives from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Their mission is to promote commercial motor vehicle safety and security by providing leadership to enforcement, industry and policy makers.

Art Friends of Northwest Art Center group receives grant

The Art Friends of the Northwest Art Center group applied for and was awarded a $7,355 Institutional Support grant by the North Dakota Council on the Arts, in support of its efforts to provide regional arts programming.

The group was among 55 recipients of the most recent Institutional Support grants awarded by the NDCA.

Art Friends is the advisory and support organization of the Northwest Art Center. The grant will help to provide funds for the center’s two galleries, the Hartnett Hall Gallery and Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery on the campus of Minot State University, as well as programming for the Northwest Art Center Lecture Series.

“The Northwest Art Center is a valuable educational and cultural resource for northwest North Dakota,” said Avis Veikley, director of the center, in a press release. “School groups from throughout the area take field trips to our galleries, and our lecture series draws audiences from the community at large as well as from the university.”

The center’s galleries focus on works by contemporary artists. About 20 exhibits are presented each year, featuring a cross section of local, regional and national talent. Lecture series speakers include university faculty, regional lecturers, and visiting scholars. All exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public.

Art Friends activities are supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, the Art Friends gratefully acknowledge their other supporters, including all community sponsors and local patrons.

The Institutional Support grant runs in a three-year cycle, with applications being accepted again starting in the fall of 2015. For more information, contact the North Dakota Council on the Arts at 328-7592 or visit (