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  • Haseltine receives MSUM Distinguished Alumni Award
    Crookston native Beth (Thompson) Haseltinee received one of Minnesota State University Moorhead's seven Distinguished Alumni Awards on Sept. 28 during its annual homecoming celebration.
    Haseltine, the daughter of Ron and Liz Thompson of Crookston, graduated from Crookston Central High School in 1975. She went on to graduate in 1979 with the first group of MSUM students to earn a Bachelor of Social Work degree. She worked in MSUM's student affairs office and studied abroad in Lillehammer, Norway for a year. She also has a master's degree in education in counseling from NDSU.
    Haseltine is the manager of clinical development-bereavement at Hospice of the Red River Valley. The bereavement team provides support to families after the death of a loved one. They also do community programming, including a grief support group at MSUM.
    For 22 years prior, she was victim services coordinator and then executive director of the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. During her 22-year tenure, she helped pass sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse legislation in North Dakota and Minnesota. She was also instrumental in establishing the Red River Children's Advocacy Center.
    Haseltine has been a leader and advocate for women and children at the local and state levels, serving on numerous boards and elections. Her honors include MSUM Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 1991, Temple Beth El's Humanitarian Award and the Commissioner's Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a national award recognizing her for her significant contribution to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
    She is actively involved in the Fargo-Moorhead theatre arts community where she and her husband, Rob live. They have one daughter, Bailey, a student at Columbia College, Chicago in performing arts.
    Altru to open renal dialysis unit at Crookston clinic
    In an effort to increase access to care, Altru plans to open a renal dialysis unit at Altru Clinic in Crookston in early 2013. Altru Clinic began a remodel on June 17. The result will provide space for eight dialysis chairs.
    "We are thrilled to expand our renal dialysis services in the region. Doing so will not only improve continuity of patient care but also help reduce the costs by eliminating travel," said Kerry Carlson, administrative director of medical specialty care. With the increasing need for dialysis care, patients will receive services in the comfort of their hometown.
    Altru's Renal Dialysis offers services in Grand Forks and Devils Lake, N.D. Recently, a third site was opened in Roseau, in collaboration with LifeCare Medical Center. Altru Clinic in Crookston will host the fourth site for this growing service.
    Altru Health System partners with communities throughout the region to ensure quality healthcare is available when and where it's needed. Over the years, Altru has improved access to specialized care throughout the region through such things as visiting providers, telemedicine and the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Providing these services at regional clinics helps reduce the burden for patients who need specialized care close to home.
    Page 2 of 2 - Oncologist to see patients at RiverView
    Dr. Anil Potti, an oncologist with the Cancer Center of North Dakota, will be seeing patients at RiverView Health's North Clinic on the main campus in Crookston the first Thursday of each month.
    Dr. Potti received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore, India. He did his residency training in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Fargo. His fellowship training took place in the divisions of Hematology/Oncology at Duke University, Durham, NC.
    To make an appointment with Dr. Potti at RiverView's North Clinic, call the Cancer Center at (701) 787-5800 or 888-785-2263.
    MnDOT receives national award for civil rights program
    The Minnesota Department of Transportation's Office of Civil Rights recently received the Excellence in Program Administration award from the Federal Highway Administration for its efforts in establishing the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Workforce Collaborative program. The award recognizes MnDOT's Collaborative model and its success in improving and strengthening the state's external civil rights program.
    MnDOT created the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Workforce Collaborative in 2008 as a way to encourage dialogue between various stakeholders in the construction industry.
    The collaborative acts as a change agent to improve diversity in roadway projects, both from a workforce and small businesses perspective," said MnDOT Commissioner Tom Sorel. "The collaborative mission is to ensure that participation in the transportation industry reflects the demographics of Minnesota and the communities we serve."
    Membership in the collaborative includes several representatives from the construction industry:
    • Contractors
    • Union and non-union workforce and contractors
    • Employment and business advocates
    • Job training providers
    • Disadvantaged business contractors
    • Communities of color
    • Women in the building trades
    • The Federal Highway Administration
    • Workforce developers and community training programs
    • Veterans
    • MnDOT employees
    In 2009, the collaborative was assigned a full-time project manager position, which is currently filled by Abe Hassan.
    Working together in the collaborative to identify stakeholder needs and together looking for sustainable solutions has forged mutually beneficial relationships," Hassan said.
    For more information on the collaborative, visit www.dot.state.mn.us/civilrights/collaborative.html.

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