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Connection MARCH 2022


CEO CHAT Q&A with the two new CEOs of Sanford and Basin



Kevin Strege ...................................................................... Chair Wendy Van Duyne .......................................................Vice-Chair Matt Sagaser ................................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Valerie Weigel ............................................................ Past Chair


Evan Anderson ...........................................................Gizmonics Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Andrea Birst ...............................................Glance Spa & Salon Nathan Boehm ....................................................Morton County Dave Ehlis ..............................................................Bravera Bank Fred Fridley .........................................................Sanford Health Heather Jones .............................................City Air Mechanical Amber Larson......................................................City of Mandan Becky Matthews ................................................Burleigh County Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Lee Pierce .........................................................ICON Architects Marnie Piehl .......................................................................AARP Mike Remboldt ................................................................HIT Inc. Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ......................................Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs Garret Senger ...............................Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Kevin Strege ................................................Credit Foundations Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Valerie Weigel .......................Basin Electric Power Cooperative


Brian Ritter .......................................................President & CEO Nate Brown......................................................Sales Coordinator Katelyn Corrigan ............ Small Business Outreach Coordinator Aasta Eggert .......Economic Development Marketing Specialist Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Mary Kempenich........................Workforce Marketing Specialist Christine Nelson ....................................Event & Sales Manager Rebecca Pelkey .................................Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Lyndsey Scheurer .........................Creative Marketing Specialist Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Josie Smyle ..................................................Events Coordinator Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .....................Communications Specialist

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have often heard the so-called "Chinese Curse" which goes, “May you live in interesting times.” In reality, that particular saying is of Western origins with the comparable Chinese expression reading, "Better to be a dog in times of tranquility than a human in times of chaos." Regardless of it’s origin, we are certainly living in interesting and chaotic times. Political turmoil, the economic headwinds of inflation, and Covid-related restrictions and policies continue to intensify an ever changing & challenging business environment. A critical role of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is the reassurance which comes from shared insights, diverse perspectives, and broader context. As our various task forces, committees and Board of Directors gather for their respective discussions, we raise emerging issues, gain insight from those around the table and identify where we need to seek expertise beyond the scope of those groups. Those discussions guide us in finding and addressing the topics critical to our member’s success. So as you face your own challenges, please reach out to the Chamber EDC staff or Board to help us identify emerging issues. Please engage with groups already focused on your concerns, and participate in events and forums. If it’s truly a new and critical issue, it is our practice to gather a group to dive deeper into the issue and elevate awareness to determine the appropriate priority and approach. Networking events, and the networking before or after any event, are also more than social. They are opportunities to expand your circle of resources and build relationships with other business leaders to gather even more input, insight and perspective. The known is almost always less challenging than the unknown. Our members are skilled and insightful leaders and each leans on the experience of those around them to illuminate the darkness of the unknown – jump in and participate. There are plenty of quality events on the March and April calendars. “Better to be a dog in times of tranquility” conjures an image of a dog in full relaxation mode, next to a fire, or on an air conditioning vent. I can’t promise that Chamber EDC resources will provide that level of full tranquility, but I am confident you will find value in the knowledge gained by engaging with other members.

Kevin Strege, Chair Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC @bismancedc

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Q&A WITH BASIN ELECTRIC CEO TODD TELESZ By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Two of our biggest employers have two brand new CEOs. Chamber EDC President & CEO Brian Ritter sat down with the new CEOs of Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Sanford Health Bismarck for a one-on-one chat. Todd Telesz joined Basin Electric in 2021, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience in finance and energy. BRIAN RITTER: DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE AN ENERGY INDUSTRY CEO WHEN YOU GREW UP? TODD TELESZ: The majority of my career was working for CoBank, which is a cooperative institution. It’s a bank for cooperatives, part of the farm credit system focused on rural America. It’s focused on four lifeline industries: power, water, communications, and agriculture... I gained exposure to rural America and the tremendous value of the cooperative business model...

I left for about five years and did distressed debt investment with a couple of hedge funds... I returned to the bank in late 2007. Todd Telesz, CEO and General Manager of Basin Electric Power Cooperative. I began to work with the generation and transmission cooperatives. I saw a whole different side of the business... It got the BR: WHAT HAS KEPT YOU BUSY IN THE FIRST SIX point where my job every day was to get the heck out of MONTHS? the way, because I had a really good team. I had gotten to know Paul Sukut (former CEO of Basin Electric) over the course of 10-12 years. It went from a business relationship to a friendship. Our spouses knew each other... If you’re going to look to work in cooperative America, serving rural America in the energy space, there are very few opportunities that would rival this (Basin Electric) in my opinion.

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TT: We’ve had a number of retirements. The beauty of the cooperative business model is that you have a whole cohort of dedicated people that joined at the same time, worked their careers at the co-op. The challenge is now we’re having some of those retirements. Job No. 1 is reloading some of the senior leadership roles. The second part is spending time with our members, being at statewide meetings, we also hosted our annual meeting celebrating our 60th anniversary. One of the commitments I made was to visit every one of our plant sites in my first year. If it all works out, on June 10 we will have accomplished that goal... I told the team early on, “I’m going to listen. I’m going to absorb. I’m going to ask ‘Why?’” Let’s be clear, when I ask “Why?” it’s not because I think we did something wrong. I want to understand why we did it, because we’ve been a very successful cooperative. We’re a leader in our industry. I want to understand why we did it so I can understand how our culture is. It’s much easier for me to adapt than to ask our 1,800 employees to adapt.


Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter sat down with Basin Electric CEO Todd Telesz on Feb. 8.


TT: We need to bring value to our membership. We need to bring value in terms of reliable, affordable, and responsible energy that provides them the opportunity to grow their communities and bring economic growth to rural America... Electricity is foundational to everything we do. If you have affordable energy, a lot of good things spring forth from that. Our job is to make sure all the good that comes from having that, we deliver on. BR: HOW WILL YOU MEASURE SUCCESS?


TT: We were born in North Dakota; we’re headquartered here; but we serve across nine different states — the energy corridor of America and the breadbasket of America. It’s critical to that we continue to be good stewards here. We need to continue to make sure our employee base is engaged, that we remain committed to the community... Our most valuable resource and asset is our people, and our people continue to be engaged in the community through volunteering, serving on boards, etc.

TT: How do our members view what we have done for them over the course of time? Are we providing opportunities for them to grow? Are they becoming more resilient? Are we meeting the challenges that the industry is going to face? Are we shielding our members, acting as a shock absorber from all the risk and volatility that exists in the energy industry? If we do that well, I think we’ll have a great deal of member satisfaction...

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TT: Partnerships are critical, because they can leverage our skillsets, our talents, and our dollars in ways we can’t do on our own. They also provide us insights into things we may not see every day. They shine lights in corners of the world we may not be exposed to, and I think that’s always helpful. Our partnerships with local and state universities and colleges have been critical in ensuring we continue to have a ready workforce, and the work we were part of to create more childcare opportunities, in both Bismarck and Hazen, means the parents we employ have better means of finding someone to care for their children while keeping the lights on. BR: WHAT KEEPS YOU UP AT NIGHT?

TT: We are committed to being a reliable, affordable, and responsible electricity provider in rural America. Any challenge our industry faces, we are going to face. Our industry and business in general faces increasing amounts of volatility and an accelerating pace of change related to technologies, member/consumer demands, commodities, ... We run a business that people need to work well 24/7/365 that is underpinned by assets that last for generations...

Todd Telesz worked the majority of his career for a cooperative bank that is part of the farm credit system.


Name: Todd Telesz

Title: CEO and General Manager Age: 50

Hometown: Warren, Ohio

Family: Wife, Ree Kae; son, Shane; daughter, Abbey

Favorite Bismarck-Mandan Activity: Axe throwing at Laughing Sun If you reflect on why we are here, the member at the end of the line and making sure they have economic prosperity and growth opportunities. Because of what we do every day to manage that risk, and volatility, that is the one thing I think about a lot. Probably what wakes me up after I fall asleep, the question I’m asking myself is, “Am I doing enough for the people on our team? Did we do enough for the member on the end of the line? What did I not do today that I should have done today?”

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


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Q&A WITH SANFORD HEALTH CEO DR. TODD SCHAFFER By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Chamber EDC President & CEO Brian Ritter recently sat down with Dr. Todd Schaffer to find out how he went from smalltown family practice physician to President & CEO of Sanford Health Bismarck. Schaffer has a long history in our state as a native North Dakotan. BRIAN RITTER: DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE HEALTH SYSTEM CEO WHEN YOU GREW UP?

TS: You never really say, “Hey, I’m going to be the big CEO of a corporation.” I was born and raised in Carrington, N.D. In high school, I went to the guidance counselor to figure out what I wanted to be. I said, “Here’s what I like.” She said, “Would you like to be a pharmacist?” I said, “What’s a pharmacist?” After learning more about the profession, I went to pharmacy school at North Dakota State University. During college, I was with my brother-in-law and a good friend hanging out one weekend in Carrington. They said, “Why don’t you consider medical school?” I said, “Hey, I actually don’t mind going to school. What’s another seven years?” ...

Dr. Todd Schaffer, President and CEO of Sanford Health Bismarck.

I decided to pursue medical school at the University of North Dakota after earning my pharmacy degree and chose to become a family medicine physician. I always intended to go back to Carrington and practice medicine there. I thought it would be great to go back as a hometown kid and serve the community I grew up in. During that entire time, never once in my brain did I think about healthcare administration. I was focused on taking care of people and being a small-town doctor... I had been in the North Dakota National Guard the whole time, as well. I had a lot of interactions with Dr. Craig Lambrecht, who was CEO of Sanford Bismarck and the State Surgeon at the time. We had a lot of conversations on what would it look like to work at Sanford and what would it look like to be the State Surgeon, which I now am. During my deployment in 2014, Sanford contacted me and said, “Hey, we’ve got a job for you. It’s exactly what you’re looking for.” ... I never had my eyes on, “Could I possibly be CEO?” About a year ago, Dr. Michael LeBeau started talking to me about this position. Here we are.

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TS: The biggest thing I have focused on is engagement of key stakeholders — both internal and external. I concentrated on meeting the team. Even though I had worked on the team, I was part of the team, I understood the direction we were going, I hadn’t been privy to the conversations Dr. LeBeau had with those individuals and how that guided his strategy and vision for the region. I knew that they bought into it, but to what level? What are the blind spots?

CONNECTION | FEATURE Chamber EDC President Brian Ritter sat down with Sanford CEO Dr. Todd Schaffer on Feb. 10.


TS: We have had a change in the (Sanford overall) CEO with Bill Gassen now leading the organization. Under his leadership, Sanford’s vision is to be the premier healthcare provider for rural America. In order to nest our Bismarck Region vision underneath that, we want to be the premier healthcare provider in our region. First and foremost is to make sure we’re taking care of the patients, to be here in the time of need when they need us. Individuals may only have a certain number of contacts with a healthcare entity, and they need us emergently. What are we doing to make sure we have enough staff? What are we doing to make sure we have enough infrastructure and support services? We need to do everything we can to be there in a patient’s greatest time of need.

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TS: With any strategy, you always have to have some kind of metric to measure success. We have identified eight metrics that we measure ourselves against. A few of the examples of this would be quality and safety. Looking at our serious safety event rate means any patient that has a serious harm that was unintended. What is that rate, and what are we doing to address that? We are on a journey right now to become a “high reliability organization.” We have SAFE, which is Sanford Accountability for Excellence. We train each and every staff member on what it means to be highly reliable. We are cross-checking, asking clarifying questions with the idea that we have zero harm in our facility. Another metric we have is employee engagement score. How is our staff engagement? Are they happy with what they do? We look at engagement, diversity and equity, retainability. Each one gets measured with surveys throughout the year. Are our employees happy with what they have? Or are they not happy? If they are not happy, why? Do they understand and embrace our strategy of what we’re trying to accomplish? One of the biggest opportunities right now is patient experience. We want our frontline staff to make sure that we are treating our patients the way they should be treated. We have a metric for that as well.


Name: Dr. Todd Schaffer

Title: President & CEO of Sanford Health Bismarck Age: 49

Hometown: Carrington, N.D.

Family: Wife Erin, four daughters, and three grandchildren

Favorite Bismarck-Mandan Activity: Running along the many paths in town and dinners out with my family BR: HOW DO YOU EXPECT SANFORD HEALTH WILL CONTINUE TO ENGAGE IN THE BISMARCK-MANDAN COMMUNITY?

TS: One of our metrics for leadership is what are you doing outside of your work at Sanford? How are you being engaged in the community? Are you serving on boards of directors? Are you volunteering at races? Are you volunteering at a soup kitchen? What are you doing outside of work that makes you a better person? Sanford gives every employee one day of PTO annually to do community service. BR: WHAT ARE THE KEY PARTNERSHIPS YOU SEE IN THE COMMUNITY? TS: One important piece that we have really been working on is educational partnerships — working with University of Mary, UND School of Medicine, Bismarck State College. We are identifying those areas of opportunity that we can leverage and help each other out... It’s not only what we need, we need to know what you need so we can help you as well. Understanding what a COVID pandemic does, it has been important working with the other healthcare agencies in the city as well — engaging with CHI St. Alexius Health, Mid Dakota Clinic. We’re still competitors, but we really need to work together to serve the healthcare needs of our community.



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TS: No. 1 is workforce. Not only are we seeing the “Great Resignation” that is happening nationally, but we are starting to see a lot of nurses going to travel nursing... There are a certain amount who are leaving healthcare, period.... We are seeing a trend nationwide that less people are getting into healthcare. Less people want to be physicians. Less people want to be nurses. Less people want to be respiratory therapists. No matter how good of job we do with retaining our staff, if the pipeline cranks down, then everyone is fighting for that same crop of people... It’s really making sure we have adequate workforce in all areas. EDITOR’S NOTE: This interview has been edited for length and clarity.


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MEMBER PROFILE | CONNECTION Missouri Valley Insurance has been a Chamber EDC member since 1999.

Richard Skjonsby MISSOURI VALLEY INSURANCE Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: I am the President and CEO of Missouri Valley Insurance. I have been in the insurance industry most of my adult life. I am a health insurance broker specializing in employer group insurance benefit plans: health, dental, vision, life, disability and HSA plans. I’m a broker for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of ND, Medica, Sanford Health Plan and United Health Care. I am passionate about providing benefits for employers and their employees. I believe service is key.

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MEMBER SINCE 1999 Briefly tell us the history behind Missouri Valley Insurance and how you got started. A: While going to college at NDSU, I was bartending at the Elks Lodge in Fargo. I had recently come back from Vietnam. Kenneth Jones, Vice President of the Fargo Insurance Agency, told me I would do well in the insurance industry. I took his advice and started in the industry with another insurance agency. I eventually broke away and started my own company – hung my own shingle! As an entrepreneur, I wanted to expand, be my own boss, and wanted to choose a career where I could provide a service people needed.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE Missouri Valley Insurance became a Chamber EDC member in 1999, why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Chamber EDC does a great job providing the community with resources businesses can appreciate. It’s a great way to network with other businesses in Bismarck-Mandan through Chamber EDC events. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Missouri Valley Insurance that they may not know already? A: In addition to group health insurance plans, we sell individual policies as well as Medicare supplements. We also represent Delta Dental, Companion Life TDA, VSP, Avesis, LFG, the Standard, MetLife and numerous other companies.

Missouri Valley Insurance is located at 112 W Thayer Ave in Bismarck.

I have a talented team of employees who are ready to answer any questions and provide the best possible service! You can reach us as 701-221-2300, or on our website at

How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Missouri Valley Insurance? A: The extreme growth in the Bismarck/Mandan community has provided us with the opportunity to provide benefits for the numerous new employers and their employees. As a broker, our company can provide many options custom designed for the employer. What trends are taking place in the industry? A: COVID-19 has been an awakening for employers and individuals who did not have health insurance previously. Employers are reaching out as they want to provide this benefit to help retain employees. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) has changed the industry drastically. This law eliminated exclusions for pre-existing conditions and added complete preventative care at no charge.

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What does the future of Missouri Valley Insurance look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Our block of business continues to grow. The future looks exciting because we are able to provide a service people need now more than ever! Dr. Amanda Heringer Leddige Owner/Audiologist

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JOB SERVICE TO HOST JOB FAIR Employer registration is now open for the Multi-Industry Job Fair on March 24th from 3:30pm – 6:30pm at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is partnering with Job Service of North Dakota to host a multi-industry job fair. In 2019, the last time the event was held, there were over 450 potential employees that came through the door and there were 56 employers ranging from construction to financial institutions. In 2019’s post-event survey, 75% of the respondents said that they made an offer to a person they met with at the job fair. If you are employer looking for employees and would like to have a booth at the job fair, you can register on the Chamber EDC’s event page or contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH: SBA 504 LOAN The goal of the SBA 504 Program is to create and retain jobs through long-term financing of real estate and equipment at a fixed, below-market interest rate. Businesses often have difficulty qualifying for traditional financing due to required down payments of 20 percent or more. Loans through the 504 Program can finance 90 percent of a project’s costs for qualifying businesses, preserving cash flow during a longer repayment term. Loan amounts can range from $25,000 to $5 million and there is a minimum down payment of 10%. For-profit corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and proprietorships with net worth not more than $15 million are eligible for a SBA 504 Loan. The project must demonstrate economic impact on its community, primarily through job creation or retention or some public policy objective. To find out more information on the SBA 504 Loan, please contact Dakota Business Lending, Lewis & Clark Regional Development Council or Nathan at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.

JANUARY 2022 ECONOMIC INDICATORS Sales Tax Collected $2,437,299

Airport Passengers 33,220


Residential Building Permits 0

Residential Permit Valuation $0

See the full list of economic indicators on the Chamber EDC’s Economy at a Glance at

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In late January, the Morton County Commission approved a $50,000 grant to Hebron Brick Company from the Morton County economic development funds (administered by the Chamber EDC.)

The North Dakota Trade Office (NDTO) is hosting a roadshow to Central North Dakota March 21-25. The NDTO is an organization that provides expertise, programs, and assistance to North Dakota companies currently engaged in or interested in exporting.

The grant was to assist in the purchase of equipment associated with a recent expansion at the plant in Hebron. The expansion will increase capacity to the company’s thin brick production. Thin brick is a particular line of product offered by Hebron Brick and has seen exponential growth recently. The expansion will immediately add 4-6 jobs, with the company anticipating adding 14 new employees over the next 5 years. To learn more about Morton County economic development funds contact the Chamber EDC office.

The purpose of the roadshow is to introduce companies interested in expanding the business globally to NDTO programs and services. The roadshow will consist of 1-on-1 meetings with NDTO staff at a time convenient for the business. If your business is interested in expanding globally or learning more about the NDTO’s programs and services contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.

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BISMARCK-MANDAN LEMONADE DAY 2022REGISTRATION NOW OPEN! Bismarck-Mandan Lemonade Day is back this summer, so start getting ready to serve something sweet on July 23rd! REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW for young entrepreneurs to sign up for this fun, educational experience. This free, project-based learning experience shows kids how to start, own and operate their very own business with the guidance and support of a responsible mentor. The mission of Lemonade Day is to help today’s youth become the business leaders, social advocates, community volunteers, and forwardthinking citizens of the future…one lemonade stand at a time!

Lemonade Day will be held on July 23, 2022.

Once registration is completed, youth and mentors will be included in all Lemonade Day communication to keep you and your entrepreneur updated on backpack/workbook pickups and to receive tips and tricks for running a successful business.

Many young entrepreneurs throughout Bismarck-Mandan took part in last year’s Lemonade Day and we highly encourage any future young business owners you know to join us this year! To learn more or to register, visit bismarck-mandan; call the Chamber EDC office at 701-2235660, or email Josie Smyle, THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Main Squeeze Sponsors: Lime-Light Sponsors:

Fresh Squeeze Sponsors:

Lemon Head Sponsors: ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Bartlett & West, Bravera Bank, First Western Bank & Trust, Gary Tharaldson School of Business – University of Mary, Gizmonics, LLC., Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, North Dakota’s Gateway to Science, SCHEELS, Subway, Terry’s Health Products, Tires Plus, Unitech Pest Control, Vue Community Credit Union

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ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FORUM & IMPACT ED BECOMES ONE PREMIER EVENT! Former Chamber EDC events, the Economic Outlook Forum and Impact ED, have been combined to create the PREMIER economic development event: Focus on Bismarck-Mandan! The Chamber EDC along with, presenting sponsor, Starion Bank, are excited to invite you to this NEW, afternoon event. Attendees will hear from opening keynote, Gene Marks, about tactics, strategies, and actions to take to continue to grow and profit in 2022. Then, guests will participate in an Keynote Speaker, Gene Marks interactive survey, as well as hear from Brian Ritter, Chamber EDC President, with an update on the economic development efforts of the organization over the last year and what to expect in 2022. On Thursday, March 10th at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center (800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck), registration will go from 2:30pm to 3:00pm, with the event to follow from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Immediately following the event will be a social with appetizers and refreshments for guests to network after hours! Cost to attend is $40 for Chamber EDC Members (Virtual & In-Person) and $50 for General Admission (Virtual & In-Person). For more information, contact Josie Smyle,, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660.

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Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors: Virtual Sponsor:

Table Sponsors: AE2S, Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty, Bank of North Dakota, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Bravera Bank, Capital Credit Union, Capital Electric Cooperative, Choice Bank, Dakota Carrier Network, First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, Kirkwood Bank & Trust, KX News, MDU Resources Group, National Information Solutions Cooperative, Property Resources Group, Sanford Health, University of Mary

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN: POLITICS AND ECONOMICS DAY LEGISLATIVE & POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT DAY The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan cohort met at North Dakota Association of Counties for Legislative & Political Involvement Day. The class went through advocacy boot camp with lobbyists including Terry Traynor, North Dakota Association of Counties; Julie Schaff Ellingson, North Dakota Stockmen’s Association; and Lisa Feldner, Olson Effertz. The class also heard from a panel of elected leaders and government employees including Sen. Erin Oban, District 35; Rep. Todd Porter, District 34; Jon Godfread, North Dakota Insurance Commissioner; and Rich Garman, North Dakota Department of Commerce.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DAY The class convened at Bismarck State College for Economic Development Day. The content ran the gamut from economic development 101 to workforce development to entrepreneurship in Bismarck-Mandan. Evan and Ganya Anderson from Gizmonics told their entrepreneurial story and illustrated with their inventions along the way. BSC hosted a tour of the National Energy Center and demonstrated their new Unitree mechatronic robot. The class ended the day with field project selection. Thanks to Leslie Pearcy from Nexus Innovation Solutions for helping the class choose the top three community projects that they are passionate about. OUR MANY THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING:

Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor: Scholarship Sponsors:


Program Sponsors: Bartlett & West, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Liberty Business Systems, KLJ Legislative & Political Day co-chairs: Dot Frank – The Good Kids Natalie Pierce – Morton County Sean Cleary – Independent Consultant WE PROVIDE SERVICES FOR ANY SIZE OF JOB, BE IT A RESIDENTIAL LOT SURVEY, BOUNDARY SURVEY, LAND DIVISION, ROUTE SURVEY, ALTA SURVEY, SITE AND SUBDIVISION DESIGN OR CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING, WE HAVE THE STAFF, THE EXPERIENCE, AND THE EXPERTISE TO SEE YOUR PROJECT TO COMPLETION.

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Economic Development Day co-chairs: Nathan Schneider – Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Rich Garman – North Dakota Department of Commerce Lunch, and Breakfast Sponsors: GA Group - Legislative & Political Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC - Economic Development




Student Leadership Network, comprised of Juniors and Seniors from all area high schools, is a program designed to allow for time to lunch and learn with local leaders and innovators across many industries. The 2021-2022 group of 16 students gets together once a month, each month with a different “theme.” Brevera Bank, Sanford Health, Halberstadt’s, and Grand Junction Subs have all graciously donated their time and expertise to these students, and most recently the group was able to tour Gizmonics, a prototyping and design engineering company located in Bismarck.

Throughout February, many nominations for excellent teachers in Bismarck-Mandan were collected for the 2022 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award! Nominations are now in the process of being sorted, for the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Ad Hoc Committee to evaluate throughout the month and then select five winners.

Evan and Ganya Anderson, Gizmonics founders, guided the high schoolers on a tour of their shop, walking through the process of product development, what kind of tools and machines they utilize, how to engineer through problems, and how technology has changed product engineering. The Student Leaders had a chance to see many of these tools in action and learn about the process of taking an idea from sketch, to prototype, to finished product. Gizmonics, and all other participating businesses, have had a significant impact on these Student Leaders understanding of industry and Bismarck-Mandan, as a whole. As they prepare for their professional futures, they will do so better prepared to become leaders, in their chosen industries and in their communities. Presenting Sponsors: Program Sponsors:

Every year, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC honors educators from both Bismarck and Mandan in the following categories: • Bismarck Primary • Mandan Primary • Bismarck Secondary • Mandan Secondary • Post-Secondary In 35 years, the Chamber EDC and its Outstanding Teacher of the Year Ad Hoc Committee continues to honor and recognize educators, with not only the Crystal Apple Award, but also baskets full of teacher supplies, gift cards, and more! The five educators are presented with such items at surprise events held at each individual’s school during Teacher Appreciation Month, in May! To see this year’s nominees, go to www.bismarckmandan. com/committees. Scroll to the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Ad Hoc Committee and click to view the list of nominated educators in 2022! For any questions about the award process or nominations, contact Josie Smyle,, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660. THANK YOU SPONSORS!! Presenting Sponsor: PRIMARY LOGO - COLOR







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Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Registration: 2:30PM - 3:00PM Event Time: 3:00PM - 5:00PM Social: 5:00PM - 7:00PM Admission: $40 for Chamber EDC members (Virtual & In-Person) $50 for General Admission (Virtual & In-Person) Presenting Sponsor: NEW in 2022 is the Chamber EDC's PREMIER economic development event, Focus on Bismarck-Mandan! Join the Chamber EDC for this afternoon event to gain insight from opening keynote, Gene Marks, on actions to take to continue to grow and profit in 2022. As well as listen to relevant speakers showcase the economic development efforts of the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and learn more about the local economy’s strengths and challenges in 2021 and what is to come in 2022. Registration is from 2:30pm to 3:00pm, with the event to follow from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Immediately following the event will be a social with appetizers and refreshments for guests to network after hours! For more information, contact Josie Smyle or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660.

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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: THE CRAFTCADE Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022 Location: The Craftcade 205 S 4th Street, Bismarck Event Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

RSVP TODAY for this month’s Membership Mixer at The CraftCade! Join fellow Chamber EDC member as they host the March Membership Mixer on Thursday, March 24th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm at 405 N 4th St, Bismarck. Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend so bring your colleagues and friends for a great evening of appetizers, refreshments, and networking! RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at or by contacting Josie Smyle,


MEMBERSHIP MIXER: CHAMBER EDC MARCO TECHNOLOGIES ANNUAL DINNER Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022 Location: Sixteen03 Main Events 1603 E Main Ave, Bismarck Event Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Save the date for the April Membership Mixer at Marco Technologies, LLC!

Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022 Location: Bismarck Event Center 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck Registration: 5:30PM - 7:00PM Event Time: 7:00PM - 9:00PM Admission: $75 for Chamber EDC members $125 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:


On Thursday, April 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm join fellow Chamber EDC member, Marco Technologies, at Sixteen03 Main Events in Bismarck for the April Membership Mixer. Come along for a fun evening of refreshments, appetizers, and some business after hours! RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at or by contacting Josie Smyle,

The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s Annual Dinner is back! Come be memorized on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at the Bismarck Event Center. This event is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with other Chamber EDC members. We are excited to announce this year’s Annual Dinner Entertainment: Antonina and David Hall: Magician & Mentalist. The Halls perform an extraordinary show of mind reading and telepathy that has been described as “extremely integrative and mind-blowing”. Formal invitation to follow, but it’s never to early to mark your calendar and plan an evening with us! Reserve your table by calling Nate Brown at 701-223-5660. To purchase individual tickets, visit our website at

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LEADERSHIP LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PRESENTATIONS GRADUATION Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 8:30AM - 12:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: Each year the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class breaks into multiple groups to work on field projects addressing community needs. The class will be presenting their projects Wednesday, May 19 at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC. LOCAL BEEF IN SCHOOLS • Amy Arenz • Samantha Froelich • Nicole Gagner • McKenzie Smith • Destiny Voth

SOLAR POWER AT HEAVEN’S HELPERS SOUP CAFÉ • Teresa Chrest • Nicolas Cullen • Rena Mehlhoff • Kyren Miller • Barry Schumaier • Emily Smith HOMELESS STUDENTS IN TRANSITION • Tim Flagstad • Rae Gunn • Linda Oster • Alicia Rogstad • Laura Sandberg • Ellie Shockley • Grant Sundquist If you would like to attend any of these presentations, please RSVP to Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022 University of Mary 7500 University Drive, Bismarck 11:30AM - 1:00PM

Join us Wednesday, May 18 at Baymont Inn & Suites with the 33rd class of leaders as they graduate from the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program. You are invited to attend and celebrate the Class of 2022. Registration and networking begin at 11:30am, lunch and program and noon. Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2022: Amy Arenz – Job Service North Dakota Teresa Chrest – Bartlett & West Nicolas Cullen – Houston Engineering, Inc. Tim Flagstad – Sanford Health Samantha Froelich – First International Bank & Trust Nicole Gagner – Painter Nicole Rae Gunn – United Tribes Technical College Rena Mehlhoff – BisMan Bombshellz Roll Derby League Kyren Miller – Bismarck State College Linda Oster – City of Bismarck Alicia Rogstad – Knutson Realty Laura Sandberg – Security First Bank of North Dakota Barry Schumaier – KFYR TV/West Dakota FOX Ellie Shockley – North Dakota University System Emily Smith – Newberry College McKenzie Smith – Comfort Inn & Suites Grant Sundquist – Basin Electric Power Cooperative Destiny Voth – Gate City Bank Register online at or by calling the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.


MEMBERSHIP MIXER: CHAMBER EDC MCQUADE DISTRIBUTING GOLF SCRAMBLE Date: Thursday, May 19, 2022 Location: McQuade Distributing Co., 1150 Industrial Drive, Bismarck Event Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Mark your calendar for the May Membership Mixer! On Thursday, May 19th at 1500 Industrial Drive in Bismarck, join McQuade Distributing Co., Inc. for the May Membership Mixer. From 4:30pm to 6:30pm, come along for a fun evening of appetizers, refreshments, and some business after hours! RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at or by contacting Josie Smyle,

Date: Monday, June 13, 2022 Location: Riverwood Golf Course 725 Riverwood Dr, Bismarck Event Time: 10:30AM - 5:00PM Admission: $175.00 per player * Includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner, driving range and tee prize Presenting CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM I FORD I LINCOLN Sponsor: Save the date and register FORE the annual Chamber EDC Outdoor Golf Scramble, scheduled for Monday, June 13th at Riverwood Golf Course. Don’t wait to sign up, as number of spots available is limited! Individual player entry is $175 and includes: golf fee, golf cart, driving range, lunch and dinner, and an opportunity to win great door prizes!

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NORTH DAKOTA RECEIVES STATE BUDGET AWARD The state of North Dakota has been awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2021-23 biennium budget by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). “We appreciate the assistance of all state agencies that help us gather information to prepare the state budget, and are honored that the GFOA recognizes our commitment to quality,” said Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Joe Morrissette. “This award reflects our success in meeting the standards of GFOA in developing a state budget that serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.” This is the 15th consecutive budget-cycle that North Dakota has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The GFOA also presented a Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation to OMB for its primary role in creating the budget document. Each biennium, OMB prepares the governor’s recommended budget for the upcoming biennium, which is then presented to the legislature for approval and enactment.


First International Bank & Trust (FIBT) is proud to announce the opening of a new full-service branch in Mandan, North Dakota, lead by new Branch President Dana Petersen. Peter Stenehjem, President and fourth-generation banker, shares his excitement about expanding into Mandan. “We’ve been serving the Bismarck community for a while now and a lot of our Mandan customers have been asking us for a closer and more convenient branch. We’re excited to make it happen.” Mandan Branch President Dana Petersen comes to FIBT with more than 35 years of experience in the banking industry. He has a distinguished background in commercial lending and is well-versed in complex client relationships that include treasury management, investing, insurance, and depository services. Petersen has been lending in the Bismarck-Mandan community for more than 17 years and is an active member of the community, serving on several boards and committees. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with family, hunting and fishing, as well as Notre Dame football. “I’m impressed with FIBT’s commitment to the communities it serves,” shares Petersen. “My team and I look forward to providing high-quality personal and business banking services while helping our customers Live First.”


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GIFT ESTABLISHES THE HAMM SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING On February 1, 2022, University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea announced a $10 million philanthropic gift to the university from the Harold Hamm Foundation and a $2 million gift from Continental Resources. It is the largest single donation in the school’s history and believed to be the largest-ever charitable gift given for education in the footprint of the Bakken Shale Formation, western North Dakota and eastern Montana. $10 million from the Harold Hamm Foundation goes towards Harold Hamm Foundation donated $10 million to the University of Mary. naming the Hamm School of Engineering, while Continental Resources has specifically earmarked an additional $2 million to endow a Chair of Engi“We are humbled, grateful, and honored that Mr. Hamm neering, naming it the “Continental Resources | Monsignor and Continental Resources have so generously made this James Shea Chair of Engineering.” This gift also launches transformative investment in our students, faculty, and Phase 2 of University of Mary’s $272 million Vision 2030 mission,” said Shea. “We understand that this is about Capital Campaign. The goal for Phase Two will be $87 leadership. Stewardship of such generosity carries with it a million. tremendous amount of responsibility, ultimately to trans“This gift is significant in so many ways,” stated Hamm, who was unable to attend the noon press conference because of a scheduling conflict, but was represented by his daughter, Shelly Lambertz. “We believe so strongly in the values and mission of the University of Mary and the leadership of Monsignor Shea. Continental Resources is serious about oil and gas production in the Bakken, and to sustain that growth we need some of the best and brightest engineering graduates. We believe Mary’s engineering program will provide some of the most well-prepared engineers in the industry. So we see this as a long-term partnership for the viability of the economy in western North Dakota.” In just five years since its beginning, the new Hamm School of Engineering has already earned a reputation for rigorous course work, innovation, and multidisciplinary experiential learning during all four years of study in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, in addition to programs in construction management and computer science.

form the lives of current students and future generations, even as we meet the growing workforce demands of North Dakota and our great nation. We accept this challenge with great vigor and excitement, as we continue to meet the needs of the people of this region and beyond — that same pioneering spirit exemplified by our founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, when they arrived to Dakota Territory in 1878. Thank you for your trust in us and your partnership.” Phase 2 of the Vision 2030 Capital Campaign is a threeyear endeavor that will conclude in December of 2025 and includes four pillars. Phase 2 will grow the Saint Gianna School of Health Sciences to meet America’s growing healthcare needs, a renewed commitment to providing exceptional health sciences education, and reaffirming the dignity of every human person. Phase 2 also will put the finishing touches on its Hamm School of Engineering. By 2030 the school will graduate 50 engineers each academic year.

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Q: IS A CONCUSSION CONSIDERED Q: HOW CAN I BUILD A STRONGER Q: I RECENTLY HAD A COLONOSA BRAIN INJURY? COPY AND WAS TOLD I HAVE RELATIONSHIP WITH MY POLYPS. DOES THIS MEAN THAT A: Yes, concussions are considered mild EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS? I’M GOING TO GET COLORECTAL traumatic brain injuries (mTBI). According A: As my team knows, I love business to the Brain Injury Association, one in every acronyms. Probably too much. The one I’m CANCER? A: The vast majority of polyps are NOT

cancerous or even pre-cancerous. The precancerous polyp which can turn into a cancer is called an adenoma and usually the larger the size of a polyp, the greater the chance that there may be cancer or pre-cancerous cells. Since it’s hard to determine the exact nature of a polyp, polyps found during colonoscopies are removed and sent to the lab for a microscopic analysis. Most polyps do not produce any symptoms, which is why screening is so important. In the early stages of colorectal cancer, symptoms may be minimal, or not present at all. Some changes that may be considered colon cancer signs include: change in frequency of bowel movements, constipation, loose stools, blood in stools, or abdominal pain. People with an average risk of colon cancer should consider screening at age 45, but people with an increased risk, such as family history of colon cancer should consider screening sooner.

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sixty people are living with a permanent brain injury-related disability.

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by an external, dramatic impact that can be direct or indirect. Concussions can result from a blow to the head from a fall, traffic accident, or sports injury. This can be chronic or acute, depending on the cause, severity, and location of the injury. Optimum Therapies of North Dakota provides a concussion clinic to diagnose, manage, and treat brain injuries that can cause visual disturbances, dizziness, weakness, headaches, or cognitive changes. Our physical therapists provide individualized evaluation and a care plan using current evidence-based treatment strategies. The management and treatment of your concussion may include balance retraining, vestibular retraining, return to activity training, and prevention education. Physical therapy will help you reach optimal health and movement for everyday living with no referral needed. To learn more about Optimum Therapies, visit or call us at (701) 751-3064.

obsessed with right now is FORD. No, not the car maker. FORD as in Family, Occupation, Recreation, and Dreams. How does this pertain to stronger relationships with employees and customers? These are the four things that make people happy and they can’t stop talking about! Often times at work we listen for and hear the things that pertain to the job: •

Sales call - “I’m driving my daughter to soccer practice, can you call me back tomorrow?"

​ mployee conversation - “I’m heading E to my parent’s lakehouse tomorrow, but I can get you that document first thing Monday.”

While most hear ‘call the client back tomorrow’ and ‘document will be turned in Monday,” the leaders focused on developing strong relationships key in on and remember what’s really important to the individual. Action Step: The Larks just sent each Chamber EDC member our 2022 group outing brochure. This brochure shows all the different options we offer businesses to build stronger relationships with employees and/or customers and their families. Book an outing today and let us help you focus on FORD!



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food insecurity and who seeks food assistance from organizations like the Great Plains Food Bank. And the reality is the majority of the individuals we serve might be the last people you expect. Last year, more than 121,000 children, seniors and working parents needed our services and each one has a unique story. Most are hiding in plain sight. People we see at our mobile food pantry distributions, or receiving help from one of our 200 partner food pantries, are our neighbors, friends, those living on fixed-incomes, people you see in the pews at church or pass in the street, Veterans, or families trying to save enough to make it to the end of each month. Many are struggling with medical bills that continue to pile up. In a recent study, we found our neighbors living with hunger are working jobs (79 percent) and are educated (50 percent have two-plus years of secondary education). Nearly half are making difficult choices between paying for things like gas and food. And sadly, more than half of those the Great Plains Food Banks served last year were children (34 percent) and seniors (17 percent). You can read more about the neighbors we serve along with our programs and services by visiting Together, we can end hunger!


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Q: CONSIDERING THE JAN. 13 SUPREME COURT DECISION TO STAY THE OSHA ETS, WHAT SHOULD EMPLOYERS DO? A: The Supreme Court’s decision to stay the implementation of the OSHA ETS means that companies with 100 or more employees are not required to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing with the use of facial coverings for unvaccinated individuals.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision, the Biden administration officially withdrew the Emergency Temporary Standard. Still, OSHA said it will continue to work on a permanent, possibly narrower standard to protect workers. Companies should keep an eye out for new federal rulings and, at the same time, be aware of any existing state laws regarding COVID-19 safety in the workplace. Sanford OccMed believes the best approach for employers is to encourage vaccination and masking at work. We recommend a snug-fitting, surgical face mask with a fitted, bendable nose clasp.


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Q: I INHERITED AN ORIGINAL PAINTING. HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT IT’S WORTH? A: We get this question very often (in fact, today, as this is being written!). If the artist is one that we represent in our galleries, which number in the dozens, after five years, then it is easy for us to simply refer to recent sales to determine a value. If it is an artist unknown to us, but with somewhat of a following, then good old Google is your best bet. Find art auction results, gallery listings, or even classified ads for a sense of current value. We are called upon to provide evaluations on original art, and while we are not “certified” appraisers, which is required for IRS purposes, we are able to give valuations for insurance reasons, or simply to have an idea of what you own. Of course, the most important value is what the art means to YOU. If it brings you enjoyment, it’s monetary value is secondary. Art is to be celebrated and enjoyed, as much as it is also valued.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION PIEHL NAMED AARP NORTH DAKOTA COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR Marnie Piehl has joined AARP North Dakota as the associate state director for Marnie Piehl communications. She’ll focus on strategic communications content and support for AARP priorities in North Dakota, working to engage volunteers, media, the public and others by telling the AARP story to people across the state. Piehl brings extensive experience in communications strategy, marketing and public relations to the organization. She’s worked in a variety of roles in the healthcare industry, the technology sector, higher education and advertising. Most recently she was senior marketing manager at the North Dakota Safety Council, and prior to that she spent nearly ten years at Bismarck State College where she was named Chief College Relations Officer in 2017. An avid volunteer, Piehl currently serves on the Bismarck Mandan Chamber/EDC Board of Directors, is in her third term as an elected member of the Mandan School Board and is active in her church community. She earned bachelor’s degrees in Public Relations and English from North Dakota State University. A Bismarck native, Piehl lives in rural Mandan with her husband, Shadd, and their three sons. Piehl replaced long-time AARP Communications Director Lyle Halvorson who retired in October 2021. NOONAN EARNS PE KLJ Engineering is proud to announce that Civil Engineer-in-Training (EIT) Brent Noonan has earned his Professional Engineer (PE) license in North Dakota. He is involved with the design, estimation, project management, storm water analysis, surveying, and material testing side of projects throughout Bismarck and its surrounding region. Noonan has a diverse engineering background which includes permitting, platting, wetland mitigation, specifications, report writing, cost estimates, as well as design of roadways, trails, parks, baseball fields, site plans, parking lots, retaining walls, water distribution systems, sanitary sewer systems, storm water systems, ponds, erosion controls, and water quality features. Noonan has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of North Dakota.

APEX HIRES BISMARCK SURVEY TECHNICIAN Hunter Vatne joins the Apex Engineering Group in Bismarck as a Survey Technician. He has relevant field and survey Hunter Vatne experience from his time at UINTAH Engineering and Land Surveying out of Sidney, Montana. As a technician, he works with design and construction surveys in addition to land boundaries.

NEW BPS PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENTS Brittany Upton has been named principal of Grimsrud Elementary. Mrs. Upton is a Brittany Upton seasoned educator who began her career working as a classroom teacher for six years in Des LacsBurlington and Minot, North Dakota. In 2013 she began her transition into administration as the STARION BANK Professional Development Jill Vallejo ANNOUNCES CEO Director for the Minot TRANSITION region, where she supported superintendents, principals, and Starion Bank teachers in implementing initiatives and announces Don Morgan building capacity to better serve students has assumed the CEO and families. Mrs. Upton has spent the position for the company Don Morgan last five years in Bismarck Public Schools as of January 3, 2022. as the Director of Professional Learning, Morgan brings supporting and leading the schools in the over 20 years of banking and leadership experience, the last ten of which have been areas of curriculum, instruction, assessment, instructional coaching, mentorship, and staff serving Starion in various senior leadership development. Mrs. Upton has a master’s roles. Morgan believes in carrying forward degree in Educational Leadership from the Starion’s culture of strong community University of North Dakota, and is currently support, solving financial needs for clients, finishing her Doctorate in Educational and leading financial innovation as a Practices and School Leadership. supercommunity bank. As the Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Jill Vallejo has been named principal of will guide the strategic direction of the Will-Moore Elementary. organization, lead high performance teams, Mrs. Vallejo began her career in develop relationships within the community, education as a classroom teacher in 2001. and oversee the continued success of the From there, she became an instructional organization. He is based out of corporate coach, assistant principal, and principal. headquarters in Bismarck, N.D. She has served at Lincoln Elementary for the past six years, first as assistant principal, WALL RECEIVES DALE and for the past four years as principal. Mrs. CARNEGIE MASTER Vallejo holds a Master’s in Education and TRAINER CERTIFICATION Leadership from Chapman University and Michelle J. Wall earned specializes in people first and sustainable the Dale Carnegie Master schools. Trainer Certification. This designation is held by only BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Michelle J. Wall 150 Dale Carnegie Trainers Bianco Realty has announced their top in the world. Master 10 REALTORS® for January: Darcy Fettig, Trainers play a crucial role in developing Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Phyllis trainer candidates in addition to partnering Rittenbach, Stephanie Stevens, Greg with clients for impactful organizational and Gerhart, Judy Maslowski, Candi Steidler, employee development solutions. Gerard Mathern, and Nate Seifert. These 10 REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in January 2022.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS DAVID EARNS PE LICENSES AT HOUSTON ENGINEERING Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI) is proud to congratulate Ryan David on earning his Ryan David Professional Engineer (PE) license. David is a civil engineer serving clients from HEI’s Bismarck office. He is actively involved in project design, drafting, document preparation, and construction observation on a variety of projects. In addition, Ryan was a licensed water plant operator and has experience in the operation and maintenance of water plant systems and equipment. DR. MAROHL JOINS MID DAKOTA CLINIC Mid Dakota Clinic is pleased to welcome Dr. Rachel Marohl to the Bismarck-Mandan community and the Dr. Rachel Marohl Obstetrics & Gynecology department at the Center for Women. A native of North Dakota, Dr. Marohl joins us from private practice in northwestern ND where she provided comprehensive obstetric and gynecologic care to women of all ages. Dr. Marohl earned her medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks, and completed a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, KS. She holds Junior Fellow status with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and is member of the North Dakota Medical Association and North Dakota Society of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

STARION BANK ANNOUNCES NEW INSURANCE AGENT AND PROMOTIONS IN INSURANCE OPERATIONS Starion Bank Sara Jochim announces the hiring of a new insurance agent and the promotion of several insurance operations staff. These changes advance Starion’s already highperforming insurance team. Sara Jochim has Kaylene Kilzer been promoted to Senior Insurance Sales Assistant at our Mandan location. Sara joined Starion in July 2020 as Insurance Sales Assistant I. Kaylene Kilzer has been promoted to Insurance Sales Assistant Roberta Becker II at our Bismarck North location. Kaylene joined Starion in May 2018 as an Insurance Sales Assistant I. Roberta Becker has been promoted to Insurance Operations Supervisor. Roberta joined Starion in May Ryan House of 2001 as a Customer Service Representative. She was promoted to Insurance Office Admin I in 2008 and then again in 2011 to Insurance Office Admin II. In 2014, Roberta was promoted to an Insurance Sales Specialist. Ryan House joined Starion as an Insurance Agent at the Bismarck North location. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary. He comes to Starion Bank with prior customer service experience and insurance experience.

KUIPER NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO OF CHI HEALTH CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to announce that E.J. Kuiper is the new CEO of CHI E.J. Kuiper Health and President of CommonSpirit Health’s Midwest Division. Monday, Jan. 17, Kuiper began providing strategic leadership and overall operational oversight to the health system’s 28 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health centers, and more than 150 employed physician practices in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and North Dakota. CHI St. Alexius Health is part of CHI Health, the Midwest Division of CommonSpirit Health which includes locations in North Dakota, eastern Minnesota, Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Kuiper comes to CHI Health with significant health care experience, most recently serving as president and CEO at Hospital Sisters Health System Illinois--a nine-hospital division totaling more than 1,150 acute care beds. He received his bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Academy for Physical Therapy in the Netherlands; a master’s degree in health science, health services administration from Florida Gulf Coast University; and a doctor of physical therapy degree from St. Augustinse University. Kuiper’s commitment and the health systems’ mission–transforming health care and building healthy communities– align. With a comprehensive approach to team building and collaborative problem solving, Kuiper hopes to further strengthen, engage and empower the health systems’ 16,000+ employees who he says are instrumental for growth and success.

FISCHER JOINS BIANCO REALTY INTERSTATE ENGINEERING WELCOMES Bianco Realty is ROSS NAMED CHASE excited to announce the 40-UNDER-40 RECIPIENT Interstate Engineering is proud to newest REALTOR® to join KLJ Engineering is welcome Celia Chase to the marketing team their professional Real pleased to announce that located in the Mandan office. She joins the Estate Team: Landon Ashley Ross has been Landon Fischer team as a Marketing Coordinator. Fischer. Landon looks named a 40-Under-40 Celia brings five years of experience forward to helping clients award recipient by Prairie in marketing and event coordination. Her Ashley Ross with their Real Estate needs, achieving their Business Magazine. The knowledge along with her organizational recognition profiles young dream of home ownership and providing a skills make her an ideal fit for the growing Tradition of Excellence! professionals throughout North Dakota, marketing team. South Dakota, and western Minnesota She hopes to make an impact at who have made significant impacts in their Interstate Engineering by bringing her profession and communities. experience and enthusiasm to the company. Ross is an environmental planner with 13 years of experience in conservation, environmental planning, environmental health and safety, and project management Connection 3 31 in both federal and private roles.

FEATURE | CONNECTION CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES WELDER & HAHN Capital Credit Union announced today the promotion of Ryan Welder to business services Ryan Welder vice president for their Bismarck market and Josh Hahn to business services vice president for their Fargo market. In their new positions, Welder and Hahn will be responsible for delivering business products and Josh Hahn services to existing and prospective credit union members while maintaining their current loan portfolios. They will also look for opportunities to provide additional products and services to business members. Welder has been with Capital Credit Union since 2004, most recently as a business services officer at Bismarck's Main Office. He graduated from University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance. Hahn has been with Capital Credit Union since 2019, most recently as business services officer at Fargo's Veterans Blvd. Branch. He graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN with bachelor’s degrees in business management and economics/finance. ND ASSISTIVE HIRES MARKETING DIRECTOR ND Assistive recently hired Reva Kautz, as Marketing Director. In this role, she is responsible for outreach, communications Reva Kautz and increasing public awareness of ND Assistive’s services and programs which connects assistive technology to people of all ages and abilities so they can learn, work, play and live safer and more independently. Kautz brings over 20 years of marketing, sales and public relations experience from the long term care industry. She has a Masters in Business Administration from University of North Dakota. She is a long time member of the Bismarck Kiwanis Club, Community Elder Service Network, and more recently a leader of a local Master Networks chapter.

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NEW BPS PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENTS Bismarck Public Schools is pleased to announce the following administrative appointments, which will Marcia Dorrheim go into effect for the 20222023 school year: Marcia Dorrheim has been named principal of Sunrise Elementary. Mrs. Dorrheim has been an educator for nearly 20 years and has been employed by Melissa Hurt Bismarck Public Schools since 2015. During this time, she has been a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and teacher on special assignment serving as assistant principal at Will-Moore. While an instructional coach, she was accepted into the BPS Leadership Development program where she received mentorship that prepared her to undertake a school leadership role. Marcia has experience teaching overseas, in private and public schools, and on two of North Dakota’s American Indian Reservations. Melissa (Missy) Hurt has been named principal of Lincoln Elementary. Mrs. Hurt enters her new role with a wealth of experience as an educator. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the University of Mary, as well as a master’s in education leadership from NDSU. She served as a special education teacher in Wilton for five years before coming on board at Bismarck Public Schools. For the past 13 years, Mrs. Hurt has acted as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal for Bismarck Public Schools. Throughout her career at BPS, she has participated in numerous learning and professional development opportunities, including being a member of the first cohort in the Teacher Leadership Academy, and as a participant in the BPS Leadership Development Program.

FIRST COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION HIRES HANSON First Community Credit Union recently hired Brian Hanson as Vice President of Digital Services. Hanson Brian Hanson will be located at the Bismarck Downtown branch at 425 N 5th Street. As VP of Digital Services, Hanson will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks including the development of online functions, improving online applications and keeping FCCU up to date on new technological advances in the financial industry. Hanson, originally from Sisseton, SD, graduated from the University of Mary with a bachelor’s degree in business management and also his MBA in executive management. He brings an extensive background of over 25 years of experience in financial services, technology development and project management. BIANCO REALTY YEAR END AWARDS TOP PRODUCERS - Amber Sandness and Shirley Thomas have been named Bianco Realty's 2021 Top Producers! Amber and Shirley had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty in 2021. DIAMOND AWARD - Judy Maslowski, Darcy Fettig, Tori Meyer, Kathy Feist and Brenda Foster are Bianco Realty's 2021 Diamond Award recipients! These five fulltime REALTORS® have a combined total of 108 years experience.

TITANIUM AWARD - Jim Jeromchek and James Jeromchek are Bianco Realty's 2021 Titanium Award recipients! This father-son duo are talented, professional REALTORS® ready to make your home selling & buying dreams come true! PLATINUM AWARD - Amy Asche, Greg Gerhart, Justin Sackman, Phyllis Rittenbach and Nate Seifert are Bianco Realty's 2021 Platinum Award recipients! These five REALTORS® have been with Bianco Realty since the start of their Real Estate careers.

EMERALD AWARD - Duane Bentz and Heidi Stein were presented with Bianco Realty's 2021 Emerald Award! Bentz & Stein are top-notch, hard-working REALTORS®, ready to help with your real estate journey!

ROOKIES OF THE YEAR - Blayn Auch and Kacie Licata have been awarded Bianco Realty's 2021 "Rookie of the Year" Award!

CONNECTION | FEATURE KLJ HIRES TWO IN BISMARCK KLJ Engineering is proud to welcome Robert Burnett and Kody Kalamaha to its Bismarck office. Burnett will be Robert Burnett working as a right-ofway professional and Kalamaha will serve as an engineer-in-training in KLJ’s aviation department. Burnett earned a bachelor’s degree in land/ energy management from Colorado Mesa University Kody Kalamaha in Grand Junction, Colorado. He is also a member of the American Association of Professional Landmen. Kalamaha has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University in Fargo and an associate degree in engineering technology from Bismarck State College in Bismarck.

EIDE BAILLY WELCOMES NEW HIRES Eide Bailly is pleased to welcome the following new hires: Amanda Johnson, Administrative Assistant; Cally Eckroth, Bookkeeping Associate; Chad Williams, Outsourced Accounting Manager, Ag Finance; Chase Davis, Senior Associate, Forensic Accounting; Emmanuel Nyahn, Audit Associate; Jordyn Varland, Audit Associate; Kaitlyn Rants, Audit Associate; Kensi Breyer, Bookkeeping Associate; Kylie VanderVorste, Tax Associate; Luke Odegard, Tax Associate; Markenna Feist, Administrative Assistant; Sandy Wolf, Tax Paraprofessional; and Treven Hopfauf, Audit Associate.

MILLNER JOINES CEDRIC THEEL TOYOTA Elijah Millner joins Cedric Theel Toyota in a new position of Product Specialist. Elijah serves as the dealership support Elijah Millner representative and helps provide valuable product information to the sales and service guests. He focuses on the customer experience and serve is a vehicle technology specialist. Elijah is a Bismarck native and attended NDSU. Please help us welcome the newest addition to our team.


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Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board

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RIBBON CUTTINGS | CONNECTION Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber EDC volunteers called Ambassadors. Businesses qualify for a ribbon cutting if they open, move, and remodel, are under new ownership, change their name, or offer a new product or service. To find out how you can get a free ribbon cutting from the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, please call Ross at 701-223-5660.

POPPY'S PROMISE Lorena Poppy and team celebrate their new location at 1615 Capitol Way in Bismarck. Phone: 701-204-7870. Member.

CYCLEBAR Co-owners Mary Logan and Taylor Heinert celebrate Grand Opening of their new business at 820 43rd Ave NE Suite 112, in Bismarck. Phone: 701-426-9618. Member.

YOUR DAY BY NICOLE (YDBN) Store Manager, Delaney Johansen, celebrating new store opening in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 701-258-3386.

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LITTLE LIGHTS PEDIATRIC THERAPY Kris Ann Miller and team celebrate their new location at 1615 Capitol Way in Bismarck.

LITTLE ODESSA Mirabela Punga and team celebrating their new business located at 231 W Broadway Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-270-1636.

BATH PLANET BY YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT STORE Craig Goettle, Lyndse Wagner and team celebrate Grand Opening at their location in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 701-516-0204.

CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at Home Instead 1341 S. 20th Street, Ste. 6 Bismarck, ND 58504 Christy Mindt (701) 751-0471 Helps Those in our Community age safely in the place they enjoy most; their own home. Our professional caregivers provide a care plan that is personalized to each person and their family. Pure Skin 100 W. Broadway, Suite 120 Bismarck, ND 58501 Shelly Botsford (701) 751-4140 Medical aesthetics & dermatology. Focus on Botox, dermal fillers, sclerotherapy and medical grade facials. Laser & pulsed light therapy also offered. North Dakota Assistive 2401 46th Ave SE, Suite #203 Mandan, ND 58554 Mike Chaussee (701) 258-4728 Non-profit organization that strives to bring assistive technology into the lives of all North Dakotans that need it.

Letter the Lawn Mandan ND, 58554 (701) 202-1624 Rachel Jungling We are a decorative yard sign rental business. We set up and take down beautiful displays in the recipient's yard spelling out custom messages. We celebrate all types of occasions! SS Auto Care 2917 Morrison Ave. Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 390-4715 Shaine Selzler Vehicle detail shop Unitech Pest Control Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 409-3227 Jose Sanchez General pest control Exterminator

Frontier Plumbing & Heating 215 Ridgeland Loop Bismarck, ND 58503 Bernie Murschel (701) 255-6761 Plumbing & heating contractor - New construction, remodel, residential & commercial Havenpark Communities 51 W. Center Street, Suite 600 Orem, UT 84057 (801) 691-4256 Robbie Pratt Manufactured Home Community Operator Bubbles and Brews ND 716 Farmstead CT SW Mandan, ND 58554 (605) 848-2531 Cassidy Hartman North Dakota's very own vintage Piaggio Apé, a mobile bar, outfitted to serve your guests with the highest quality craft beverage bar.


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FOCUS ON BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 • Registration: 2:30pm • Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm Social: 5:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck MARCH MEMBERSHIP MIXER: THE CRAFTCADE Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: The Craftcade – 405 N 4th Street, Bismarck


APRIL MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MARCO TECHNOLOGIES Date: April 7, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Marco – 2906 Morrison Ave, Bismarck BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC ANNUAL DINNER Date: April 28, 2022 • Registration/Social: 5:30pm - 7:00pm Event Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck


LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 • Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck CONTACT JSMYLE@BMCEDC.COM TO REGISTER!


HOPE 2022



Join area businesses in supporting project HOPE, a community wellness event providing awareness about prevalent cancers in North Dakota as well as prevention and wellness information. BISMARCKCANCERCENTER.COM



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