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MGE elects board members

-- MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Grain Exchange owners have re-elected six members and elected one new member to the 2006 to '07 board of directors. Directors re-elected are Scott A. Cordes, representing futures commission merchants; Richard E. Cole ...

-- MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis Grain Exchange owners have re-elected six members and elected one new member to the 2006 to '07 board of directors. Directors re-elected are Scott A. Cordes, representing futures commission merchants; Richard E. Cole and Randy A. Marten, representing producers, consumers, processors, distributors and merchandisers; Carter K. Ohrt, representing floor traders; and representing the at-large category, Richard H. Browne and Christopher T. Matzdorf. Scott O. Hedin was elected to his first term representing the at-large category. The MGEX board of directors also named 2006 to '07 officers. The directors elected Cordes of Country Hedging Inc. chairman; Randal L. Narloch, ADM-Benson Quinn, first vice chairman; and Martin F. Farrell, floor broker, second vice chairman. Completing the five-member executive committee are Michael L. Ricks, Cargill Inc., and Ohrt, floor trader. The board also elected four nonmember directors with terms expiring in October 2007. They are Curt Denisuik, director of commodity risk management, Canadian Wheat Board; David W. Nelson, managing director-Chicago branch, Rabobank International; Mike Krueger, president, The Money Farm; and Jon Riley, vice president of finance and acquisitions, Condor Corp. Exchange officers also were Appointed. They are President & CEO Mark G. Bagan, Secretary and Treasurer Layne G. Carlson and Assistant Secretary Jesse M. Bartz.

Matt Walsh named president, CEO of QuickFarm-- CHARLESTON, S.C. - QuickFarm says Matt Walsh has been named president and chief executive officer of the company. Walsh previously served as vice president of sales and operations for the company. He replaces Steve Hall.

Grain Dealers Foundation elects officers-- FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota Grain Dealers Foundation elected directors and officers at its recent annual meeting. Phil Meyer was re-elected president. Meyer is the manager of the Overly (N.D.) Co-op Elevator and a director of the North Dakota Grain Dealers Association. Tony Johannesen was re-elected vice president. Johannesen manages Dakota Prairie Ag in Edgeley, N.D., and is a director of NDGDA. Re-elected directors were Todd Vogel, manager of Plains Grain and Agronomy L.L.C. in Marion, N.D., and a director of the NDGDA; Joel Janke, public relations officer of the ND FFA Foundation in Bismarck, N.D.; and Elton Solseng, instructor of agricultural systems management at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Steve Strege and Cheryal Welle both of Fargo, serve as executive vice president and executive assistant, respectively. They each hold the same offices with NDGDA.

Erich Mische joins mCapitol Management-- WASHINGTON -Erich Mische, chief of staff to Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., has joined the lobbying firm mCapitol Management, but will continue to serve as a political adviser and strategist to Coleman. Mische will aggressively position the firm in agricultural related areas during the next two years. During

Mische's tenure as chief of staff, he worked on critical agricultural and rural issues.

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