Board Members

Richard Solberg: Board Chairman and CEO

Solberg, RichardRichard H. Solberg, Fargo, became president and CEO of Bell State Bank & Trust (formerly State Bank of Fargo) in 1982. From 1968 to 1982, he worked for First National Bank, Grand Forks, N.D., and Citizens State Bank in his hometown of Finley, N.D. Solberg was named president and CEO of Citizens State Bank in 1979.

During Solberg’s tenure, Bell State Bank & Trust grew from a single north Fargo location to a bank & trust company with 19 banking locations and assets totaling more than $2.8 billion—the largest independently owned bank in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Solberg’s son, Michael, was named Bell State Bank & Trust president in January 2009. Richard Solberg serves as board chairman and CEO.

Solberg has served on numerous boards including the F-M Economic Development Corporation and the Concordia Board of Regents. Solberg has received the college’s Alumni Achievement Award, President’s Award, Regents Award and Mission Medallion. Solberg and his wife, Jo Ellen, live in Fargo and have three grown children and eleven grandchildren.


Michael Solberg: President and COO

Michael Solberg is president and chief operating officer of Bell State Bank & Trust.

A native of Fargo, Michael graduated from Concordia College in 1995 and from William Mitchell College of Law in 1998. He joined Northern Capital Trust in 1998 and was subsequently named the company’s chief operating officer. After Northern Capital merged with State Bank of Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo, Michael became State Bank & Trust’s chief operating officer in 2004. He was named the company’s president in January 2009.

With more than $2.8 billion in bank assets and $3.6 billion in trust assets, Michael has helped Bell State Bank & Trust grow to be one of the largest independently owned banks in the country and the largest independent bank in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Bell State Bank & Trust is also a national leader in consumer-driven healthcare through its sister companies, Healthcare Bank and Twin Cities-based Evolution1. Michael is charged with oversight of the bank’s investment in these organizations.

Bell State Bank & Trust’s culture, including its commitment to staff and community, has been highlighted by media outlets from CBS Evening News and the BBC to Good Morning America, USA Today and People magazine. As president of Bell State Bank & Trust, Michael launched the bank’s “Pay It Forward” project, providing every full-time employee with a thousand dollars each year to give to individuals, families or organizations in need.

Michael also provides leadership to several local organizations. He has served as campaign chair for the United Way of Cass Clay, board chair for the Trollwood Performing Arts School and on the board of Prairie Heights Community Church. He and his wife, Charleen, live in Fargo with their three children.


David Canton: Executive Vice President

Canton, DavidDavid Canton is a board member, as well as executive vice president and chief risk officer at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Prior to joining Bell State Bank & Trust, Canton worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. In 1982 he became president of First State Bank of West Fargo, which became State Bank of West Fargo in 1989.

Canton is originally from Moorhead, Minn. He graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minn., with a business degree.


Rodney Jordahl: Secretary to Board, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

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Rod Jordahl is secretary to the board, as well as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Jordahl’s first banking job was with Bell State Bank & Trust (then known as State Bank of Fargo) directly upon graduating high school, working while attending college. After graduation from college, he took a job as an internal auditor for Metropolitan Federal located in Fargo, N.D. Jordahl has also held positions as head of internal audit, controller, corporate controller, and CFO at four banks in the Fargo-Moorhead area. In 1999, he re-joined Bell State Bank & Trust.

Born and raised in Fargo, N.D., Jordahl attended Minnesota State University Moorhead, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a minor in finance. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Jordahl is a member of the North Dakota CPA Society.


David Berg: Board Member, American Crystal Sugar

David Berg serves on the board at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Berg is president and chief executive officer at American Crystal Sugar Company. He began his career at General Mills in Golden Valley, Minn., in 1982 where he worked in grain merchandising and ingredient purchasing. Berg has also held positions at the U.S. Air Force and WDAY TV.  In 1987, he returned to Fargo-Moorhead to join American Crystal Sugar Company. During his time at the company, Berg has worked in marketing, business development, agriculture and operations. He was appointed president and CEO in 2007.

A native of Fargo, Berg is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead, holding a bachelor of science degree in mass communications. Berg earned his master’s degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Outside of work, Berg serves as chairman of the United Way of Cass-Clay, is a board member for Sanford Health, volunteers with the Boy Scouts and is a member of the North Dakota State University Alumni Association.


David Currier: Board Member, Dakota Fence

Dave Currier

David Currier serves on the board at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Currier is the owner of Dakota Fence Company. The company sells and installs fence, signs, guardrail, traffic control and playground equipment in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wyoming. He started Dakota Fence by opening an office in Fargo in 1972 as a senior in high school. Dakota Fence opened a Bismarck office in 1977, an office in Minot in 1980 and a Williston office in 2011.

Currier was born and raised in Fargo, N.D., graduating from Fargo North High School. He attended the University of Minnesota Crookston, and holds an associate degree in sales and marketing, business.


Christi Offutt: Board Member, RDO Equipment

Christi Offutt

Christi Offutt serves on the board at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Offutt has served as chief executive officer of RDO Equipment Co. since November 2006.  Before stepping into her current role, she served RDO Equipment Co. as chief operating officer from January 2001 to November 2006, as senior vice president of Midwest agriculture from June 1999 to January 2001, as vice president of strategic planning from December 1998 to June 1999 and as legal counsel of R.D. Offutt Company from January 1997 to December 1998.

A graduate of the University of Puget Sound with degrees in politics and government and in business administration, Offutt earned a juris doctor degree in 1996 from Boston University.

Offutt also serves on the board of directors for the Greater Fargo/Moorhead Economic Development Corporation.


Steve D. Scheel: Board Member, Scheels

Steve Scheel

Steve Scheel serves on the board at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Scheel joined Scheels in 1972 and managed Scheels stores in Fargo, N.D., Moorhead, Minn. and Sioux Falls, S.D. before taking over as president, chief executive officer and chairman in 1989. He currently serves as CEO and board chair for Scheels, with over 5400 associates and 24 stores in 10 states. Scheels currently operates the twelve largest sporting goods stores in the USA. Scheels corporate headquarters is located in Fargo, N.D.

He was born and raised in Fargo, and graduated from Fargo Central High School and St. Olaf College with degrees in U.S. history, economics, and political science. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 – 1971.

As a volunteer, Scheel has served on boards and committees for organizations ranging from the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce, to the Campfire Council, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts, to the Moorhead Healthy Community Initiative and Junior Achievement, to Trinity and First Lutheran Church, Sanford Health Systems, the Moorhead Economic Development Authority, the Legacy Children’s Foundation and as a Regent for Concordia College. He also coached youth soccer and hockey in Moorhead for 16 years.


James Wieland: Board Member, Goldmark

James Wieland

James Wieland serves on the board at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Wieland and a partner founded the GOLDMARK family of companies in 1981. He continues to serve as president and managing partner of GOLDMARK SCHLOSSMAN Commercial Real Estate Services and is also active in GOLDMARK Property Management and GOLDMARK Development. Wieland has been involved in property investment, management, brokerage and development since 1977.

A native of Jamestown, N.D., Wieland has a bachelor’s degree in business economics and master’s degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University.

Wieland currently serves on the boards of Dakota Renaissance Ventures, Space Age Technology and the Jamestown Community Hospital. He previously served on the boards of NDSU Teammakers, NDSU College of Business, Cass County Electric Cooperative, Northern Capital Trust, Production Publications Inc. and the Walton Bean Cooperative.


Jeff Young: Board Member, Evolution1

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Jeff Young serves on the board at Bell State Bank & Trust.

Young is chairman and chief executive officer at Evolution1. A graduate of Jamestown College, he has more than two decades of leadership experience in software and the financial systems industry. Before joining Evolution1 in 2008, he was vice president of business applications – U.S. for Microsoft and was responsible for sales, marketing and partners. Prior to that, Young held a number of senior leadership positions at Great Plains Software, including executive vice president of sales, marketing, and services and vice president of global product development.

Young lives in West Fargo.

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