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Names and faces

Gunnar Brekke joined the Dick Anderson Construction team in January 2018 as a project engineer and is working in the heavy civil group within the company. He works with the site manager and superintendents and is responsible for daily Plan-of-the-Day reports, concrete yields and other on-site job duties.

Brekke is a Helena native and graduated from Capital High School in 2013. He attended Montana State University in the Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship with a concentration in finance. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in December 2017.

Noelle Davis, AIA, NCARB, has joined Dick Anderson Construction in Helena as the marketing manager. Davis graduated from Montana State University with a master’s degree in architecture. She is a licensed architect and a member of the AIA and other industry groups. Davis has worked in local architecture firms for the past 13 years. 

Barrett Meyer, a systems field engineer at Information Systems of Montana, became a certified administrator in XG Firewalls in January 2018 completing a course in Denver. Sophos XG Firewall provides comprehensive firewall protection that blocks unknown threats, automatically responds to incidents and exposes hidden risks.

Sophos XG Firewall provides technology to protect from ransomware and advanced threats including top-rated IPS, Advanced Threat Protection, Cloud Sandboxing, Dual AV, Web and App Control, Email Protection and a full-featured Web Application Firewall.

Information Systems of Montana is a locally owned and operated IT consulting company with offices in Helena and Great Falls. ISM can be found at or 406-996-1858.

Awards and honors

Local eateries recognized for food safety

Lewis and Clark Public Health recently recognized 55 local food establishments for their exceptional efforts to make, serve, and sell safe food to the public.

Staff of the health department’s Licensed Establishment Program presented 21 Gold and 34 Silver Fork Awards during a ceremony before the City-County Board of Health.  

To be eligible for an award, a food establishment must offer sit-down dining and have been open for at least a year. The awards are based on the results of unannounced inspections conducted in 2017 by environmental health specialists from the health department. 

To win a Gold Fork Award, a food establishment must have a documented food-safety system that includes having:

  • On-site managers who demonstrate knowledge of food safety and take corrective action when necessary;
  • Food-safety training for all staff;
  • Procedures to maintain safe food temperatures; and
  • Employee health policies.

To win a Silver Fork Award, an establishment must demonstrate elements of at least three of these four components of an effective food-safety system.

Gold Fork Awards Winners:

  • Applebee’s Grill and Bar
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Burger King (3130 N. Sanders St.)
  • Capital High School
  • Capital High Sodexo
  • Costco Wholesale
  • CR Anderson Middle School
  • East Valley Middle School, East Helena
  • Eastgate School, East Helena
  • Four Georgians School
  • Hawthorne School
  • Helena Dinner Club, Neighborhood Center
  • Helena Middle School
  • Jefferson School
  • Lincoln School, Lincoln
  • Panda Express
  • Pizza Hut (3267 N. Montana Ave.)
  • Radley School, East Helena
  • Target Food Avenue Express
  • Warren School
  • Wendy’s

Silver Fork Award Winners:

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  • Apple-Rehab West (Cooney Home)
  • Arby’s
  • Augusta Dinner Club, Augusta
  • Augusta Public Schools
  • Broadwater School
  • Bryant School
  • Burger King (2820 Prospect Ave.)
  • C Bar N Mission, Augusta
  • Central-Linc. School
  • Dairy Queen Grill & Chill (1700 Prospect Ave.)
  • Green Meadow Country Club
  • Hardee’s (1919 E. Custer Ave.)
  • Hardee’s (320 Euclid Ave.)
  • Intermountain Children’s Home
  • Jim Darcy School
  • Kessler School
  • Lazy B Bar and Café, Augusta
  • Lincoln Pit Stop, Lincoln
  • Lucca’s
  • Masonic Home of Montana
  • McDonald’s (1901 Prospect Ave.)
  • Montana Club
  • Montana Law Enforcement Academy
  • Moose Junction
  • Papa John’s Pizza
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill
  • Ray Bjork Learning Center
  • Real Food Store & Deli
  • Rossiter School
  • Shodair Residential Treatment Center
  • Smith School
  • Starbucks (1300 Prospect Ave.)
  • Taco John’s (2301 N. Montana Ave.)
  • Wolf Creek School Lunch Program

For more information, contact the health department at 457-8900 or

Thrivent Financial recognized for ethics

Thrivent, a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously, announced it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2018 World’s Most Ethical Companies.

Thrivent has been recognized with this honor since 2011 and is one of only five honorees in the financial services industry.

For more information, contact Autumn Keller at 2001 11th Ave., 442-6091. 


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