North Dakota Game and Fish Department Director Terry Steinwand recently honored a number of employees with performance-based awards. Steinwand presented the following employees with special recognition awards at the department’s annual staff meeting Dec. 6.
Levi Jacobson, private land biologist, Bismarck, was recognized for his work ethic and leadership efforts. He is the first Game and Fish employee to participate in the North Dakota Rural Leadership program, an 18-month program offered through North Dakota State University Extension.
Brandon Diehl, administrative assistant, Bismarck, was recognized for his administration, correspondence and coordination efforts that are required to meet the needs and demands of the hunter education program and its volunteers.
Dale Repnow, administrative officer, Bismarck, was recognized for his team-first approach, and for his friendly, calm and polite demeanor when working on his assigned duties and when presented with contentious issues.
In addition to special recognition recipients, Corey Erck, district game warden, Bismarck, was named North Dakota’s Boating Officer of the Year. His district includes the Missouri River, which is one of the most highly used and congested areas for boaters and water recreationists in the state. Chief game warden Robert Timian said warden Erck is extremely skilled in the detection, apprehension and prosecution of boaters who may be operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.