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Member Profile Twin City Roofing


Legislation Reaches Crossover The 2015 Legislative Session reaches the half-way point.


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CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Rick Matteson.................................................................................................................... Chair Perrie Schafer ........................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Molly Barnes................................................................................................................ Secretary Brenda Nagel...............................................................................................................Treasurer Annette Behm-Caldwell............................................................................................. Past Chair Kelvin Hullet................................................................................................................ President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chad Moldenhauer ����������������������� K&L Homes Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Dave Hoekstra ������������������������������� BNC Bank Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Ken Rutter............ Basin Electric Power Coop. Rick Matteson �������������MDU Resources Group Lee Pierce...................... Al Fitterer Architects Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Norm Clark .............................Gate City Bank Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Jeff Essler ������������������������������������������ H.I.T. Inc. Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Mike Schmitz ...................... Widmer Roel, PC Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc. Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Craig Larson ���������������������������Starion Financial Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union Gary Miller.................... CHI St. Alexius Health

CHAMBER STAFF Kelvin Hullet................................................................................................................ President Susie Kocourek.................................................................................... Senior Program Director Sally Paulson................................................................................................... Program Director Ryan Parsons....................................................................Membership & Publications Director Annie Bergrud.........................................................................................Chief Financial Officer Amanda Schwieters......................................................................... Member Services Director Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Hannah Haynes................................................................................................................. Intern

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he evolution and growth of the oil industry in North Dakota is playing a role in international events. Just a short time ago, many in America or the world could not identify our state on a map. Today, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia calls the development of North Dakota’s oil industry a threat to the kingdom’s economy. We see the results of their concern in today’s lower oil prices. Gas under $2 a gallon is good for the consumer but puts uncertainty into our local and state economy. We have been on this roller coaster before. However, it appears this time, as an industry and a nation, we are approaching the downturn in oil prices differently. While concerned, no one considers the current situation a bust. The North Dakota Legislature is moving forward with investing over $1 billion in infrastructure in the oil producing counties. While scaling back, companies involved in western North Dakota continue to invest in developing the Bakken. In fact, many companies continue to post job openings in North Dakota. Which brings me to the point of growth in our community. From a Chamber perspective, plans continue to move forward to accommodate the expansion and evolution of our community and our economy. This month’s feature article is on a proposed project in downtown Bismarck. This investment – in the hundreds of millions of dollars – will enhance our ability to attract and retain young professionals, who are a key demographic to the viability of our community. Companies and individuals across the community are investing in this idea to create a game-changing project. In addition, the Chamber will soon announce plans for a fall entrepreneurship conference. There is a burgeoning group of entrepreneurs coming forward in our community. We see increased attendance at “1 Million Cups” events on Wednesday mornings. Graduates from the Student Chamber such as the Hauff brothers, who started Threefold Productions, are prospering in our community. The vision and energy of these new young leaders add an exciting element to our business community. Look for more details soon on this event. Finally, a short note on the legislative session. As you read this in early March, the legislature is at crossover. The next big event is on March 15 when the legislature will receive revenue projections from Moody’s. These numbers will guide the refinement of the budget in the second half of the session. Your Chamber is at the Capitol every day representing your interests on tax policy, infrastructure, workforce development, affordable housing and childcare. If you have specific issues to bring to our attention, please do not hesitate to call or email Kelvin Hullet at

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By Jennifer Greuel, Clearwater Communications The term “brand” often conjures up images of popular logos, slogans or advertising campaigns. According to those in the marketing industry, branding a business is much more than creating an image. It is the promise of a consistently good product and experience. “Branding is vital to an organization in the same way that reputation is vital to an individual,” says Mike Mabin, founder of Agency MABU. “All that matters is reputation.”

What is Branding? Branding provides the emotional Jamie Vetter, Art & Design Manager (left) and Mike Mabin, President (right) of Agency MABU in Bismarck. connection that tells customers how their needs will be met He also says knowing why a business is looking to begin through a product, and the accumulation of many branding or rebranding is important. Brands are not experiences defines a brand from a customer’s able to be changed overnight, because they are tied to perspective, explains Mabin. “It is the little things that all of the experiences and associations a customer has matter. It is how companies interact with those they with a business, explains Mabin. “Branding has to have serve, it is the quality of their products or services, and it a purpose; it has to be tied to a substantial change that is how their employees and others who are part of their might be occurring. Is there new ownership? Was there a organization treat people.” merger? Is there a change of an organization’s mission? Mitch Griess, co-founder of Armor Interactive, says good branding increases the bottom line by growing the company and the pool of customers using the company. “Branding is really what sustains a company through the down times. It is important to maintain a consistent awareness so that when things get better, customers will automatically associate their need with your service.” Griess adds sometimes businesses will be so successful and busy they will try to cut advertising. He says companies need to be consistent with advertising so downturns in the economy will not hit companies as hard. The Branding Process Mabin says when beginning to define a brand, it is important businesses understand what they stand for and what makes them unique. “Begin by asking yourself, ‘why do people tend to choose you over some other alternative?’ Identify what characteristics make you stand out.” 4 | Chamber Connection

Have they expanded their services? In these cases, their brand identity may no longer encompass the new or different clients they serve.”

Both Agency MABU and Armor Interactive start the branding process by gaining a true understanding of the company with which they are working. Griess says it is vital to grasp the company’s history, current business and future goals before starting the branding process. Shaun Ahlgren, president of Armor Interactive, says they approach a first meeting with a new client like an interview. Each branding process is individualized and based on answers to questions which small business owners do not usually consider, he notes. Mabin says Agency MABU usually begins with internal and external research. “We oftentimes discover that companies view themselves differently than their customers or sometimes even their employees or leadership.” A company has a great brand when the brand is widely known, highly respected and stands the test of time, Mabin says. Branding can “act like a magnet for drawing customers as well as employees. People tend to gravitate towards companies that are perceived as being high in quality and high in character.” To have a great brand, a company must start by having a great product and creating an emotional connection with the customer, says Griess. Consistency also helps meld a brand in a customer’s mind, notes Ahlgren. “Sometimes a client will hire us for a logo or website, then go to a billboard company to design a billboard, then the local newspaper to establish an ad. This causes a disconnect in the company’s identity,” he says.

Clients often come into Agency MABU’s office and want a logo, slogan or website designed. Mabin says these things reinforce the brand, but do not create the brand itself. He notes the first thing he does is step back and talk to the client about what makes their business stand out in their line of work. “We try to understand and help them understand the connection between identity and reputation before we even talk about the deliverables.” While changing a brand may be appealing, it is a long process and should not be done frequently, says Mabin. “Brands need to navigate a really fine line between staying reliable but yet being relevant,” he explains. “They need to maintain what is unique about your identity, but yet be able to evolve with society as it changes.”

During the branding process, Armor Interactive also looks at what is or is not working for the business’s current brand and evaluates the logo to see if it is still relevant to the audience. “Ultimately, we want to build an identity with longevity and purpose,” Griess says.

If a company is looking to start the branding or rebranding process, Griess says it is important to meet with multiple companies, see their portfolios and ask to be educated. It is also important to build a relationship with the advertising agency.

Armor Interactive’s target audience is small businesses, says Griess. “The customers we are helping are guys like us who are looking for bang for their buck. We are a small business so we can empathize with other small businesses with small budgets.”

Ahlgren emphasizes the importance of having goals before beginning a branding process. “Without goals, you won’t know if your marketing campaign is working,” he says.

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FEATURE “Some clients have a goal of increasing the number of customers, some want better or different customers, and others focus on retaining quality employees.” He says it is important companies trust in a marketing firm to help in the branding process. “Companies that dedicate more time and money to marketing from the get-go grow faster and are more successful in the long run.” Spotlight: Outdoor Service Inc. (OSI) After years in the lawn and tree care industry, Richard Farnsworth, owner of Outdoor Service Inc. (OSI), decided to rebrand his business. He started by changing the business name to reflect the company’s value of “service,” and with the help of Todd Clausnitzer at Image Printing, designed a brand that is now highly visible throughout Bismarck-Mandan. “Consistent color, logo, media preference and style have given OSI a brand visibility second to none in the area,” Farnsworth says. “We wanted OSI to be synonymous with lawn and tree care. If you think of these services, there is no one else to choose. Our yellow trucks with the OSI leaf logo represent the company’s mission statement values: service, value and trust.” OSI has focused on promoting the company’s brand every single day, says Farnsworth. Whether through dependable customer service, contact with management or the display of consistent advertising, OSI wants the community to have a positive association with the company.

He notes, however, changing names and logos was only part of the branding process. Another component of the process was working with Armor Interactive to update the OSI website. Clients can now pay for their lawn care online and have access to the latest information about OSI at their fingertips. He says easy access to information is an important aspect of the company’s brand, as it reflects the easy relationship between OSI and its customers. In order to make a relatively mundane service more fun, Farnsworth also wanted to include humor in OSI’s brand. The company accomplished this through a series of catchy and humorous billboards. “The billboards placed throughout the community have a tongue-in-cheek playfulness that stick with you,” Farnsworth says. “The photos are clever, and the phrases might be something you can chuckle at and brighten your day.” OSI has enjoyed success since beginning their branding process. “We are grateful our community has embraced our style of branding, advertising and the service we provide,” says Farnsworth. “The entire team at OSI takes pride in their jobs and their community, and we look forward to sustaining this level of success and hopefully keeping the community on their toes and a smile on their face with our new campaigns.” Farnsworth credits the success of his company and its brand to surrounding himself with a team of employees and professionals who believe in the business’s goals. “Define who you are and what you want to be,” he says. “Stick with it. Don’t deviate. Be true to that concept.”

OSI makes use of consistent color, logo, media preference and style to achieve their brand visibility.

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Check in and Breakfast Buffet Governor Jack Dalrymple or Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley Introduction by Craig Larson of Starion Financial

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Twin City Roofing’s Mandan facility is located at 2720 34th Street NW, Mandan

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Marv Miller with


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I have been with Twin City Roofing since 1979. I started as office manager/estimator. My duties have involved estimating, project management, purchasing, accounting, but not cleaning the bathrooms! I am a partner in and president of the company. Scott Harr and I have been together in TCR since the mid1980’s. Scott is also a partner, vice-president and territory manager taking care of sales, inspections and crew management and organization. His first involvement was at age 10, when he washed vehicles and cleaned the warehouse!

Q: Briefly tell us the history of Twin City Roofing, Inc. A: Twin City Roofing was started in Fargo in 1927, moving to Wahpeton in the early 1930’s. We have been in Mandan since 1953 when O.L. “Hoot” Harr was moved here to further develop the western market in North Dakota. We have also been in Dickinson since the 1960’s. 8 | Chamber Connection

Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: Twin City Roofing is the only locally owned commercial roofing contractor in the Bismarck-Mandan area or in western North Dakota. Our employees are what makes our company go. Many of our employees have more than 20 years of experience with TCR and are well known by our large and loyal customer base. We have been recognized by our major suppliers for their consistent quality of work. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: We have been kept very busy with many projects, both new and re-roofing. We also have been impacted in western North Dakota as we have an operation in Dickinson. We expect to see a very busy year in 2015 as well. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: For nearly all of our history a large part of our work has been with hot asphalt roofing. We have seen many changes in both materials and equipment over the years. While roofing is still labor intensive, we have seen many things introduced to reduce the amount of labor required. Also as heating costs have risen we have seen much more insulation being installed on roofs. Q: Have there been The new Bank of North Dakota building, completed in 2008, is a project of Twin City Roofing. any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: As oil prices have increased over the years we have seen many new types of material introduced into the market. Single membrane roofs now make up a very large percentage of our work. During the 1980’s we used to get three to four truckloads of asphalt a month. Last year we may have used two truckloads. Q: What does the future of your business look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: I think the roofing industry will continue to do well. Not only do we deal with the new construction but there will always be a demand for repairs and replacement roofs. Q: Twin City Roofing, Inc. has been a member since 1969, why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Chamber is always a strong advocate for business. They speak up for us when we, as individual businesses, do not have the time to become involved. They also provide educational opportunities that would not usually be available. Q: What should Chamber members know about your company that may assist them within theirs? A: Always treat your customers and your employees the way you wish to be treated. Don’t ever think that you are going to get anywhere without either of them. It is your employees that make your company.

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LEGISLATURE REACHES CROSSOVER At the end of February, the North Dakota Legislature reached “crossover”. Crossover is the mid-way point of the session indicating the proposed laws introduced in the House or Senate had a hearing and floor action. Of the bills that were introduced, only about half make it past crossover. When the legislature reconvenes in early March, the focus will turn to the state budget. “In February, Legislative Council provided a revised budget estimate showing $4 billion less in revenue over the next two bienniums,” said Kelvin Hullet, President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. “In mid-March, Moody’s will provide the legislature with projections on which to begin finalizing the budget. While there is less revenue, the state is fiscally sound.” Over the first half of the session, the Chamber tracked a number of issues identified by its members as priorities. These include infrastructure investment; affordable housing; enhancing childcare opportunities; tax reductions; the Outdoor Heritage Fund and supporting a positive business climate. “Almost all the priorities identified by Chamber members made it through the house of origination,” said Hullet.

“Our hope is to continue working with the legislature to address issues affecting the business community, build on the business climate and ensure North Dakota is positioned to compete.” Some of the priority bills identified by the Chamber: HB1018. This is the Department of Commerce Budget bill. In addition to supporting economic development across the state, this bill also includes $3 million in funding for improvements to assist with the expansion of childcare facilities. HB1176 In the interim, there was considerable discussion regarding the split of the gross production tax; definition of a hub city and how to compensate communities for energy impacts. Of interest to our communities, it allocates $500k per 1 percent of “mining and extraction” employment in a community. Under this proposal, Bismarck-Mandan and Burleigh Morton County will receive an additional funding to support growth in the community HB1409 This bill proposes revisions to the Outdoor Heritage Fund that more formalize the administrative processes developed by the OHF board in the interim. The bill also increases the appropriation from $30m to $40m a biennium. SB2103 This is the surge funding bill that provides $1.1 billion in funding for infrastructure projects. SB2378 This bill was introduced by Senator Unruh. This bill provides for a 40 percent tax credit to qualified community of life projects. This includes the construction, refurbishing, reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition, or improvement of recreational, arts, science, and quality of life amenities. SB2257 This proposes funding to the Housing Incentive Fund of $30 million in tax credits and $20 million in a general fund appropriation.

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SB2378 was introduced by Senator Jessica Unruh (District 33) with co-sponsors Senator Nicole Poolman (District 7) and Senator Lonnie Laffen (District 43). If passed, this proposal allows for donors to qualified community of life projects to receive a 40 percent tax credit on their state taxes. The bill identifies qualified community of life projects to include the construction, refurbishing, reconstruction, rehabilitation, acquisition, or improvement of recreational, arts, science and quality of life amenity projects. “The demand for quality of life amenities are a pressing need for our communities,” said Senator Jessica Unruh. “As we strive to attract and retain employees, having amenities such as ice rinks, gyms, theaters and parks are important to enhancing the quality of life in our community.”

Prior to crossover, SB2378 was heard in the Senate Tax and Finance Committee. It was passed from Committee with a 7-0 Do Pass Recommendation. At the time of publication, the bill was awaiting action before the full Senate.

Kelvin Hullet, President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce said, “it was actually a member that came to us with this idea. There are many projects in our community seeking private donations and SB2378 provides a way to stimulate private involvement and create effective private-public partnerships.”


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Dr. Craig Lambrecht, President and CEO of Sanford Health, and Gary Miller, Presdient and CEO of CHI St. Alexius Health were present for Leadership BismarckMandan’s Health Day. Dr. Lambrecht and Miller both agreed that staffing is a huge problem for them in all positions. They agreed that maintaining good workers is important to them but is difficult at times with large turnovers and wage pressures. National issues that they pay a lot of attention are healthcare restructuring and revision of ObamaCare; they feel ObamaCare is here to stay with revisions. A total revamp would be a disaster. Medicaid reimbursements have improved over the last several years. Labor and capital costs are intensive; making sure they always have the best equipment. Security has been addressed as times have changed and we see more aggressive patients, drugs, weapons. Safety of employees and clients is of utmost concern. The Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius mergers have been good with support, referrals, relationships, structure and capital infusion. It is important that our community maintains their healthcare destination.

Our thriving community plays a huge part in recruiting people to our area. Those coming into BismarckMandan want a vibrant community with great places to work, shopping and good housing mix. There needs to be a bigger stress on healthy employees by wellness incentives. The change in the healthcare with the Affordable Healthcare Act has made it possible for all individuals to purchase insurance and all are mandated to have coverage. North Dakota is on the federal exchange and has been for a year. They opted not to adopt their own. Employer mandate is the least popular; requiring that if they have 50 full time equivalent employees, they are required to offer health insurance or subsidize an employee on an exchange (over 9 ½ percent of income). With our growing economy comes a growing need for mental health professionals. Many don’t seek help as quickly as needed or are too embarrassed to seek out help. Many people coming to our area are bringing issues with them. More child/adolescents are seeking in-patient help. Mental health professionals saw their biggest treatment of adults prior to the holidays. The Dept. of Human Services would like to see bringing kids home rather than institutionalizing them. They have seen demands on employees which creates issues with the family. Many working out west have left families behind in other states, creating many problems. Dickinson and Williston had to shut down mental health in their hospitals; looking at tele care. It is important for employers to recognize symptoms and refer; look at your own office. There are programs available for businesses to take advantage of. OUR THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Issue Day Chairs: Kilee Harmon - CHI St. Alexius Health Melissa Artlip - University of Mary

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Sponsors: Breakfast - Sanford Health Lunch - CHI St. Alexius Health Presenters: Dr. Craig Lambrecht - President/CEO Sanford Health Gary Miller - President/CEO CHI St. Alexius Health Marvin Lein - President Mid Dakota Clinic Luther Stueland - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota



The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class met for Human Services/Law day. The class was given a briefing on HIT, Inc. from CEO, Mike Remboldt. HIT, Inc. started in 1979 as a non-profit organization and help many people with disabilities; through day programs, residential, and skilled nursing. Many of their clients learn skills to become employed within the community. They also sponsor the Head Start program with 150 families and now have taken over the Littlest Angels Daycare at Christ the King. HIT, Inc. recently partnered with Heartview for drug and alcohol treatment.

OUR THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING: Issue Day Chairs: Lynn Weigel - Aetna Wes Engbrecht - Capital Electric Cooperative Lori Gross - Cogent

HIT, Inc. has grown and become successful because of their diversity in their programs. They compete for staff and are always hiring; offering incentives for employee referrals and tuition assistance. The class had an opportunity to listen to stories from two of their successful clients.

Presenters: Mike Remboldt - CEO/ HIT, Inc. Laura Kourajian - HIT, Inc. Paul - HIT, Inc. Matt - HIT, Inc. Randy Ziegler - Bismarck Police Department Karin McNamee - Bismarck Police Department School Resource Office

Bismarck-Mandan is still a safe community despite the increase in number of people moving into our area. The Bismarck Police Department has a staff of 114 officers. They are working on traffic issues and the biggest complaint is speeders. In 2014, they saw a little decrease in serious crimes. Domestic violence is out of control and two people in the police department are dedicated to this problem. They have great collaboration with Abused Adult Resources. Alcohol is a huge problem in Bismarck as are drugs with meth being back in a big way.

Sponsors: Lunch - Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association Breaks - HIT, Inc. Facility - HIT, Inc.

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Burleigh County jail is full; therefore the need for a new combined jail. New jail capacity will be 360 compared to 124 in the existing facility. There is a homeless issue in Bismarck-Mandan; over 400 with most over the age of 24. The Bismarck Police Department is looking at high crime areas to add officers, looking at beefing up power shift from 3:00pm -3:00am and overlap, and adding street crimes unit with plain clothes officers. Six schools in Bismarck have resource officers for safety purposes, enforcement of law and to keep arrests down. Marijuana is still prevalent at many parties. Hydroponic drugs are seen quite a bit. They have witnessed paraphernalia in the elementary schools. We need to educate parents and kids together. They are trying to hold more sessions with parents and kids informing them about the dangers of drugs. The class was amazed at all of the different forms of drugs available such as candy and stickers.

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The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for the 2015 Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award. This award recognizes educators in the Bismarck and Mandan area for their accomplishments in the teaching field. The winners will be presented with an award in May 2015. What should be considered in submitting nominations? 1. Nominees should have demonstrated a sense of dedication to their students and their profession. 2. Nominees should have demonstrated a spirit of classroom innovativeness.

3. Nominees should have the respect of their students, peers and the staff with whom they work. 4. Nominees must have at least 51% of their working time directed to student instruction.

After applications have been submitted, all nominees will be asked to provide further information such as short paragraphs on why they wanted to become a teacher, special achievements and accomplishments, community involvement, professional involvement and a brief biography. Anyone can complete and submit nomination forms – parents, students, business people, other educators, etc. The Business Education Partnership Committee of the Chamber provides the judges for this award. This judging committee will review all the applications.

Nomination forms must be received at The Chamber offices by March 13, 2015. They may be mailed to PO Box 1675, Bismarck, ND 58502-1675, delivered to 1640 Burnt Boat Dr., Bismarck, ND 58504, faxed to 701-255-6125 or e-mailed to Nomination forms are available at all schools. You can also download nomination forms at our website, or by e-mailing

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015 BNC Bank 2711 Sunset Drive NW, Mandan 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

BNC National Bank will be hosting March’s Membership Mixer on Tuesday, March 17th. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, so help us celebrate in these Irish festivities by wearing something green! Membership Mixers are free to attend, so bring along your co-workers and check-out BNC’s new Mandan location. RSVP’s can be done online at pages/events or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660.


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Thursday, March 26, 2015 Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan 7:30AM - 1:30PM $35 for Members; $40 Day Of Event $40 for Non-Members; $45 Day of Event

In January, the Chamber distributed a survey to gauge business performance in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Join us at the 2015 Economic Outlook Forum on Thursday, March 26th at Baymont Inn & Suites (formerly the Seven Seas Hotel & Waterpark) to find out what factors are influencing the Bismarck-Mandan economy. This half day presentation will feature a large panel of professionals, in a variety of different industries that will educate us more on the current community. Find out what our community business leaders are saying about the topics covered in our: 2014 performance, anticipated performance of 2015, and reasons attributed for successes and challenges for our local businesses. Some of the key economic indicators: • • • •

Technology changes • Operating costs Housing market • Staffing issues Domestic and international competition State and federal government regulations

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to hear from a renowned economist, listen to a variety of panelists and see the valuable survey data firsthand. Register online at, emailing or call Amanda at 701-223-5660. Session Sponsors:

Table Sponsors: Basin Electric Power Cooperative, NISC, Bremer Bank, Century 21 Landmark Realty and Hedahls Auto Plus

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NEW RESIDENT WELCOME Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Thursday, April 9, 2015 Shiloh Christian School - Commons Area 1915 Shiloh Drive, Bismarck 5:45PM - 8:00PM Free to Attend

Bismarck-Mandan is welcoming many new residents to the community. An essential strategy to retain these new residents in our community is to get them connected. Our New Resident Welcome will provide information on how to become involved in local non-profit organizations; where to sign up kids for recreational opportunities; to understand what resources are available through schools; where to get a home loan and understanding how to community functions. With the dynamic growth, we’ve experienced these last few years, it’s essential to provide new residents a networking event to help them feel more connected. Please inform new employees of the chance to get connected within their community. This event is free and will be a wonderful opportunity to get involved and meet other new residents. We have booths available at $100; non-profits at $50. There will be entertainment for the kids; while the parents mingle and find all the information they’ve been searching for. Please contact Amanda at 701-223-5660 or to either register to attend or if you’d like to have your business present.

Distinction. Service. Leadership. Visionary leaders stir others and inspire them to discover and cultivate their best gifts and talents. They are a blessing to their organizations, their communities, and the world beyond.

Through our Lunch & Learn Series, The University of Mary and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce invite our community to gather, learn and share with us.

Save the Dates! March 10th

Mr. Clay Jenkinson American Humanities Scholar, Author and Educator

April 21st

Colonel Jason L. Morris, US Marine Corps

Lunch from 11:30am - 12:00pm Speaker promptLy at noon

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CHAMBER SPRING MIXER Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Thursday, April 16, 2015 Ramkota Hotel 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:30PM $5.00 plus business card

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to showcase your business by participating in the 15th Annual Spring Mixer scheduled for Thursday, April 16 at the Ramkota from 5:00pm -7:30pm. More than 700 people are anticipated to browse over 70 member displays. Attendees have the opportunity to network and learn about local businesses, and the chance to win door prizes and sample excellent hors d’oeuvres.


Thursday, April 30, 2015 Coldspring 13700 Trail Boss Way, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Coldspring will be hosting April’s Membership Mixer on Thursday, April 30th. Members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber will enjoy some hors d’oeurves, refreshments and business after hours. Save the date and stay tuned to find out all the party details! RSVP’s can be done online at www.bismarckmandan. com/pages/events or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660.

The Spring Mixer provides Chamber members the chance to present their products and services in an inviting way. The $300 investment includes four event tickets, exposure to hundreds of potential customers, promotional mentions in the ChamberLink, Chamber Connection and Chamber website, as well as on event signage. For more information, contact Susie at the Chamber at 223-5660 or by emailing



Join area businesses in supporting project HOPE, a community event building awareness and providing wellness tips about the four most prevalent cancers in North Dakota. All proceeds support the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation.


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HOW YOUR BUSINESS CAN PARTICIPATE: • Allow employees to make a $10 donation to participate. • Allow employees to dress casual and/or wear the colors of cancer awareness ribbons for each day. • Employees will receive wellness materials and stickers. PREVENTION AND EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!


Because Junior Achievement (JA) of Bismarck-Mandan is growing by leaps and bounds, the organization needs you. Please consider volunteering for JA today. Programs in Bismarck-Mandan include the following: Kindergarten - Ourselves 1st Grade - Our Families 2nd Grade - Our Community 3rd Grade - Our City 4th Grade - Our Region 5th Grade - Our Nation 6th Grade - Global Marketplace

You do not need to be a teacher to present the materials. You just need to bring your real-life experience. That is what makes this program valuable. Contact Sally Paulson at 701-223-5660 or

SIGN UP FOR CHAMBERLINK E-NEWS The quickest and easiest way to stay informed on all Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce news and events is to sign up for the ChamberLink E-Newsletter.

ChamberLink is an electronic newsletter distributed to almost 2,500 members by e-mail. The ChamberLink E-newsletter goes out every Tuesday afternoon, reminding members of upcoming Chamber events and everything that is happening at the Chamber. Signing up for ChamberLink is free and super easy to do! Members can sign up by going to by e-mailing Rebecca at ChamberLink also offers several advertising opportunities for members. Advertise your business or upcoming business events by contacting Rebecca at 701-223-5660.

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Bismarck Futures, LLC, leaders of the Bismarck-Mandan business communities who are invested in the growth and development of a healthy capital city, and Cardon Development Group (CDG), a Phoenix-based real estate developer with a track record of creating visionary, transformative projects, announced in January that the two organizations have partnered to propose a development plan for the Fifth Street corridor in downtown Bismarck. Bismarck Futures Chairman Bruce Whittey and CDG CEO Don Cardon made the announcement.

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Bismarck Futures was formed by Bismarck Industries, Inc., a longstanding, citywide economic development organization. Interest in a joint strategic plan by the Concept render by UBL Design Group. Bismarck Mandan Development Association and the Bismarck Mandan Chamber, which, in part, outlined a need to attract young professionals, and the results of “Ause downtown campus with space for our graduate land plan the Downtown Bismarck Sub-Area Study, which was programs and residential options would offer our students accepted by Bismarck City Commission in late 2013, a walkable city environment and close proximity to the were the catalysts for Bismarck Industries to look at a health care facilities where many of our students are downtown project. Concurrently, CDG was developing a placed for clinical studies. And our community would plan in response to the sub area study. Based on a highly benefit greatly from the energy and enthusiasm of having successful model that CDG has used in the past, CDG’s so many of our students downtown, fueling the local plan called for a development with workforce and market economy and bringing yet more life to our streets and rate housing, street level retail, parking, education and a businesses.” full service hotel. Upon acceptance of the proposal, CDG will serve as the “When we learned that a developer with significant master developer, and local groups Übl Design Group experience with projects of this scale was looking at and Wenck & Associates will serve as the master architect the same area of development, it made sense to align and master engineer, respectively. our efforts,” said Whittey, also a member of Bismarck Industries. “CDG deploys an approach that emphasizes “We are energized by the opportunity to serve as master private investment leading the project, which is consistent developer for this exciting project, and the ability to work with the strategy Bismarck Industries has utilized for closely with so many influential members of the Bismarck previous projects. We’re confident that this project will community through our partnership with Bismarck help to position Bismarck-Mandan as a true destination for Futures has been critical to its early success,” said Cardon. students, young professionals, businesses and tourists.” “Downtown Bismarck has been growing exponentially in recent years, and the market is brimming with potential. The current project plans, which were presented to the Having executed critical mass projects of similar size and City of Bismarck on Tuesday, Jan. 13, include a full-service scale in other markets, we understand the positive impact hotel, several residential over retail buildings, street this development will have on the local economy and level parking and two parking structures, and a possible talent attraction and retention. There is no question that downtown campus of the University of Mary, as well as this project will activate downtown in a very real way.” extensive green space and several community gathering places. The proposed project will span from the corner of East Front Avenue and South 5th Street to East Indiana Avenue. “This project is an outstanding opportunity for the With an estimated investment of $350 million, it will University of Mary to establish a downtown Bismarck feature a dynamic combination of housing, shopping, campus, a key component of our Vision 2030 strategic dining, office and entertainment offerings. plan,” said Monsignor James Shea, President of the University of Mary. ET



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BSC RECEIVES NEH CHALLENGE GRANT A grant writing team from Bismarck State College led by philosophy professor Tayo Basquiat has landed a highly competitive $500,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge grant, and the BSC Foundation has already identified the 2:1 match required by the grant.

The resulting $1.5 million BSC endowment will fund Bringing Humanities to Life – a project designed to meet the identified need in North Dakota for humanities-based workforce skills and lifelong learning. BSC faculty will have the opportunity to do research, try interdisciplinary collaboration, and incentivize their ongoing professional development as they deliver the program to the business community. NEH Challenge Grants strengthen the humanities by encouraging non-federal sources of support and helping institutions secure long-term improvements in and support for their humanities programs and resources. Recipients are required to match NEH funds on a threeto-one or, in some cases, two-to-one basis. According to Gordon Binek, Executive Director of the BSC Foundation, meeting the 2:1 match proved not too challenging thanks to the generosity of Frank and Joanne Bavendick. The Bavendicks donated mineral rights that were designated for the humanities. Their intention, the grant and the need for humanities programming created a perfect match. “In the past several years our donors have focused more on funding various technical programs in order to build the workforce,” Binek said. “The humanities have not had the same level of support. The Bavendicks’ generosity and this challenge grant gives us a great opportunity to promote the humanities.”

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Basquiat, who will serve as the coordinator of the project, says employers are becoming more and more aware of how humanities matter in the workplace. “We know that we do a great job training people technically, but often employees need more training in people skills and decision making – that’s where the humanities make a difference,” he said. In the first year, the endowment will provide about $15,000 toward the program. Binek expects the $1.5 million endowment to generate 7.5 percent interest per year by 2018. Basquiat says 2015 will be a building year to identify the first offerings. “We’ll start small,” he says. According to NEH Chairman William Adams, “NEH grants play a critical role in making the insights afforded by the humanities available to all to help us better understand ourselves, our culture, our society.” BSC’s grant was part of $17.9 million in grants for 233 humanities projects awarded across the nation in December. The grants will support a wide variety of projects, including research fellowships and awards for faculty, traveling exhibitions, the preservation of humanities collections at smaller institutions, and training programs to prepare libraries, museums, and archives to preserve and enhance access to their collections.

ADVANCED ELEMENTS NDUS LAUNCHES EXPANDS OWNERSHIP SEARCH FOR A NEW Advanced Elements, the holding company of AE2S CHANCELLOR (Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.), AE2S Construction, and additional entities, expanded ownership of the firm in 2014 to include 13 additional shareholders. Ownership of Advanced Elements is offered to entity employees by invitation from existing shareholders. The invitation is extended to those who exemplify commitment to a broad spectrum of criteria, including financial understanding and ability, client management, contribution to business development, leadership, character, maturity, and technical ability. The new owners of Advanced Elements in 2014 included: • Lisa Ansley – Operations Manager, AE2S, Bismarck • Jonathan Sickler – Corporate General Counsel, AE2S, Grand Forks • Damon Chmela – Electrical Division Manager, AE2S, Eagan • Jeff Hruby – Water Resources Practice Leader, AE2S, Bismarck • Scott Schaefer – Wastewater Practice Leader, AE2S, Maple Grove • Grant Slick – Project Manager, AE2S, Grand Forks • Perry Johnson – Senior Project Manager, AE2S, Grand Forks • Mark Lambrecht – Senior Project Manager, AE2S, Grand Forks • Jason Benson – Project Manager, AE2S, Maple Grove • Darin Hultberg – Electrical Division Manager, AE2S Construction, Grand Forks • Jason Sanden – Instrumentation and Controls Division Manager, AE2S, Fargo • Richard Wagner – Project Manager, AE2S, Moorhead • Ken Weber – Project Manager, AE2S, Bismarck “These individuals have contributed greatly to the success of Advanced Elements companies and our clients,” explained Steve Burian, PE, Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to add them to the ownership team to help guide our future and continue to position us to best serve our clients.”

The search for the next chancellor of the North Dakota University System is officially underway. The application deadline is March 17, with the successful candidate starting on or about July 1, 2015. 

“We are excited to launch this process and are looking forward to finding an inspiring, resilient leader who can guide the university system into the future,” said Terry Hjelmstad, temporary chair of the State Board of Higher Education. “With increasing workforce needs and a predicted enrollment boom by 2018, we’re looking for a visionary chancellor who can seize these unprecedented opportunities and take the higher education system to the next level.” The North Dakota University System contracted with AGB Search to assist with the process. The applications will be reviewed by the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee and the State Board of Higher Education. 

Dr. Larry C. Skogen has served as interim chancellor since June 2013. He will return to his position as president of Bismarck State College on July 1, 2015. 

A website dedicated to the chancellor search and detailing the job qualifications has been set up at

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BRAVE THE SHAVE” 2015 CAMPAIGN LAUNCHES, CREATES BUZZ Do you hear that buzzing sound off in the distance? It’s the sound of hair clippers warming up in preparation for Basin Electric’s 2015 Brave the Shave events. Area organizations, schools, citizens and kids are once again gearing up to go bald as Basin Electric launches its eighth annual “Brave the Shave” campaign to raise funds for pediatric cancer research. Basin Electric’s Brave the Shave campaign has evolved from a single event to a multi-state campaign, featuring several head-shaving events throughout the community and beyond. Since 2008, nearly 1,500 volunteers have shaved their heads in solidarity of children with cancer and nearly $1.5 million has been raised for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for life-saving childhood cancer research and funds more in childhood cancer grants than any organization except for the U.S. government. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $222 million to support the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world.

Kicking off this year’s campaign are several build-up events ultimately leading to the flagship event March 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA in Bismarck, ND. Highlights: March 1 – Get Your Green On! Zumbathon® • 1-3 p.m. • Missouri Valley Family YMCA 1608 N Washington St., Bismarck, ND • Proceeds benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation and YMCA Annual Campaign March 6 – Sanford Health • 1:30 p.m. • Ritterbush Auditorium – 4th floor of the UND Center for Family Medicine 701 E Rosser Ave., Bismarck, ND March 10 – Guns n’ Hoses at Elks Lodge • Law enforcement and firefighters face-off to raise money and get their heads shaved (kids welcome!) • 6:30 p.m. • Elks Lodge 900 South Washington Street, Bismarck, ND March 12 – Bismarck Bobcats Brave the Shave night • Bobcats versus Aberdeen Wings: puck drops at 7:15 p.m. • Signature Brave the Shave jersey auction following the game with proceeds benefiting local families impacted by pediatric cancer • VFW Sports Center 1200 North Washington Street, Bismarck, ND March 13 – Official Brave the Shave 2015 event • 1:30 p.m. • Missouri Valley Family YMCA, Bismarck, ND • Doors open at 1 p.m. for silent auction, kids’ activities and other fun, including the first-annual Brave the Shave merchandise store

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Edith Sanford Breast Center is proud to announce a $45,000 grant, one of 23 recipients for the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program. Funding will support Sanford’s Embrace Survivorship program. The project granted a total of $1 million to organizations nationwide to support and educate more than 5,000 metastatic breast cancer patients, their caregivers and their communities. It was created in June 2014 to support advocacy, academic and other nonprofit organizations that provide information and services to help people with metastatic breast cancer navigate the medical and emotional challenges associated with their disease. “To date, the majority of public attention on and funding for breast cancer has centered on early-stage disease – such as screening strategies and survivorship – not on late-stage diagnosis. This program was established to address the gaps in support available to women and men living with metastatic disease and to create new services for metastatic patients,” said Marc Hurlbert, executive director of the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Cancer Crusade. “Our hope is that one day, all patients can access the unique care and support services they need, regardless of their ability to pay.” Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced stage of breast cancer and occurs when cancer spreads beyond the breast to other parts of the body, including the bones, lungs, liver and brain. Nearly three in 10 women who have had early breast cancer will eventually develop metastatic disease. There are no cures currently available, and continuous treatment is needed to control the spread of the disease and its symptoms. Maya Martinez-Davis, regional president, North America, Pfizer Oncology said, “With the public breast cancer conversation focused primarily on early breast cancer, there is a need to foster greater understanding of metastatic disease and increased support for metastatic patients and their caregivers. Our hope is that the projects being funded by the Avon-Pfizer Metastatic Breast Cancer Grants Program will make a meaningful difference to the metastatic breast cancer community.”

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There’s no need to spend hard-earned money to have your taxes prepared. No need to be confused by federal and state tax forms. Have no fear — University of Mary’s Tax Team is here. Now students, low-income taxpayers, disabled and the elderly can count on accounting students in the Gary Tharaldson School of Business to decipher the language, crunch the numbers, and do their federal and North Dakota state tax preparation for FREE if they have an income of $52,000 or less. “We are all about serving others first at the University of Mary, America’s Leadership University,” says Dr. Rhoda Sautner, CPA, University of Mary assistant professor of accounting and the site coordinator. University of Mary’s Tax Team is made up of 16 Mary students who are IRS Certified VITA/TCE Volunteer Preparers. They will volunteer their time and talents as part of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program every Saturday from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Feb. 14, and 21 and March 14, and 21. This FREE service will be provided at the Butler Center on 505 S. 7th Street in Bismarck. Over the years, University of Mary students have completed hundreds of tax returns. “This gives our students real-life experience in addition to what they are learning in the classroom,” adds Sautner. “This helps our students’ learning process and gives them a chance to work with people — which they love to do. It is a wonderful opportunity for both our students and the people we serve.”

Students at the University of Mary, low-income taxpayers, the disabled, and the elderly can take advantage of this service. No appointments are needed. Sautner says taxpayers can e-file federal and North Dakota state returns. Mary’s Tax Team hopes to provide this free service to the general public and college students every year. Those who plan to use this service should bring the following documents: • Proof of identification • Social Security Cards for themselves, their spouse and dependents and/or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration • Birthdates for themselves, and their spouse and dependents on the tax return • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, from all employers • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099) • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available • Proof of bank account routing numbers and account numbers for direct deposit, such as a blank check • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number) • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.


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North Dakota’s charitable nonprofit sector is not only diverse but also a significant contributor to the economy, leveraging resources to address challenges and improve quality of life in every community across the state, according to a new study entitled North Dakota Nonprofits: Partners in Prosperity from the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO). “As a sector, nonprofits are essential partners with government and business in meeting the challenges facing our state and ensuring a high quality of life for every North Dakotan,” says Murray Sagsveen, president of NDANO’s Board of Directors. “The sector as a whole has a tremendous impact on the state, and this report highlights the significance of that contribution.” With their commitment to the common good, North Dakota nonprofits are an effective investment and vital to the state’s economy. • North Dakota is home to 5,475 nonprofit organizations, of which 3,328 are public charities. • North Dakota nonprofits employ 50,775 people, more than 11 percent of the state’s private sector workforce. • Nonprofits generate $6.1 billion in expenditures in North Dakota.


The Mandan High School Athletic Department has received a few questions from local businesses, concerning being approached to sponsor t-shirts, magnet schedules, seat cushions, and/or megaphones, from marketing companies. These companies are, most likely, from out of state. These companies may tell the business that Mandan High School will get the benefit of these products, as they may send them to our school or be available around the community. Mandan Athletics would like to caution our business community concerning these marketing companies. They don’t call us to get our approval for these sponsorships. They seem to be very aggressive. The Mandan High School Athletic Department encourages any business to please give the Mandan Athletic Department a call at 751-6577, if you have questions concerning such a request.

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North Dakota businesses rely on the services nonprofits provide to support the well-being of their employees and their families. Government relies on nonprofits to provide a safety net for those in need. Communities rely on nonprofit programs to enrich family life, protect the environment and respond in a crisis. “North Dakota nonprofits are a vital part of the quality of life we enjoy in North Dakota,” says Jessica Gilbertson, NDANO executive director. To read the entire report, visit As the premier association, leader and voice of North Dakota’s nonprofits, NDANO strengthens communities and enhances quality of life through engaging and ensuring a strong charitable sector. NDANO is the statewide membership association advancing North Dakota’s nonprofit sector through advocacy and public policy, education and training, resources and research, cost-saving programs, and leadership and networking.

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YEAGER HELPS CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION EXPAND IN BISMARCK Consolidated Construction Co. Inc. continues to expand its presence in Bismarck, and architect Wayne Yeager is one of the key pieces of that ongoing process.

Consolidated Construction, a full-service design/build firm, recently increased its local visibility by moving to a new, larger facility at 1355 Airport Road in Bismarck that provides more room and easier access for customers and employees. The move to the new, 6,600 squarefoot Bismarck facility was necessitated by growth in Consolidated Construction’s business throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana, and the need to expand its own work force. The building’s interior was completely renovated, the parking lot improved and landscaping completed to suit the company’s needs. The company’s list of projects in the Bismarck area continues to expand, and includes the Sundance Apartments, Holiday Inn, The Citadel by Belcastle Apartments and the new Menoken Elementary School. That list is expected to continue to grow with the addition of Yeager to Consolidated Construction’s team. “Wayne is well-known and well-respected in the Bismarck area and across the region, and rightfully so,” said

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Mark Schwei, Partner and Executive Vice President for Consolidated Construction. “He has extensive experience in every aspect of this industry, and the quality and integrity of his work speaks for itself.” Yeager joined Consolidated Construction in 2013, contributing to the firm’s continued growth in the Bismarck area. He has been a member of the Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission since 1997, and has served as chairman since 2008. In that position, Yeager has experience working with developers, inspectors, government officials and citizens. A 1984 graduate of Bismarck High School, Yeager earned degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design from North Dakota State University. He has more than 20 years of experience as an architect, with a project portfolio specializing in educational, institutional, large scale residential developments and commercial design. “I believe my experience and knowledge of local issues and concerns can help continue the growth trend Bismarck is experiencing,” Yeager said. “Bismarck is my home, and I’m confident that my background will help Consolidated Construction continue to have a positive impact on our community.” In addition to his design work, Yeager has been responsible for nearly every aspect of projects, including site assessment, building assessment, cost estimates, referendum planning, environmental and traffic studies, and preparation of all architectural design and construction documents. Yeager’s experience allows him to utilize and reinforce Consolidated Construction’s design/build method in the Bismarck area and across the region. Consolidated prides itself on bringing a streamlined and more efficient process to its clients, traits shared by Yeager even before he joined Consolidated Construction. Not only does the company offer expertise in revolutionary and efficient construction methods, but Consolidated Construction is also known for its extensive pre-construction capabilities. The company offers assistance in coordinating all aspects of a project, including site selection and financial consulting, as well as helping project officials effectively communicate with economic development officials and community development programs.

STARION FINANCIAL NAMED UNITED WAY TOP CONTRIBUTOR Starion Financial was named one of the 2014 Top 20 Contributors at the Missouri Slope Areawide (MSA) United Way annual meeting. The bank’s fundraising effort earned it eighth place overall. In addition to individual and bank contributions, during the course of the year several activities and events are held for Starion employees that raise additional money for MSA United Way. Most recently, employee events were held Feb. 10-13 to raise funds for the Backpack Program that provides backpacks full of healthy food for children in need to take home over the weekend. This effort garnered nearly $2,600 for the program. “Starion is proud to support the important work of the United Way,” said Nagoshia Morast, Starion United Way Committee chairperson. “It’s humbling to see how willing Starion employees are to give back to the community and to work for an organization that supports the community and encourages its employees to do so. Starion is a community bank in the truest sense – our employees know they can make a difference for our neighbors and, more importantly, they want to be involved.”


The Sanford Health Great American Bike Race (GABR) is 9:00am – 3:15pm Saturday, April 11, at Century High School, 1000 E. Century Ave. To secure a team, captains need to register online at bismarck. beginning at noon Thursday, February 12.

More than 1,200 people will ride for 20 minutes on stationary bikes to raise money for families of children with cerebral palsy and related disabilities. GABR has grown to be the largest fundraiser of its kind in the United States. Since it began, GABR has raised more than $2 million. In 2014, more than $354,000 was raised to help local families pay for adaptive equipment, therapy, wheelchairs and more. To learn more about GABR, apply for funds or donate to the cause, visit or call the Sanford Health Foundation at (701) 323-8450.

DESIGN | FABRICATE | INSTALL | SERVICE Nagoshia Morast accepts Starion 2014 Top 20 Contributor plaque from MSA United Way Executive Director Jena Gullo.

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Considering upgrading your business’ point of sale system (POS) to one that runs on a mobile device or tablet? Mobile payment platforms that turn your tablet into a credit card processing device have become increasingly popular with small businesses, thanks to offerings from companies like Square, Intuit and PayPal. But mobile POS is evolving beyond being a convenient way to swipe credit cards onthe-go. The next generation of POS systems will not only turn your tablet into a cash register, they offer fully-fledged business management tools including CRM services, inventory tracking, loyalty program integration and employee management tools – all made possible thanks to the power of cloud computing. So what are the advantages of a tablet-based POS system for small business owners and what factors should you consider when making the switch? Here are some benefits and points to consider. Cost Savings Traditional POS systems typically involve an up-front fee of around $3,000, with some running as high as $50,000 (according to Street Fight magazine). In addition, you can expect to pay an annual software license fee per register and a yearly maintenance fee of 18-20 percent for upgrades. And, since costs are paid up front, chances are you’re stuck with the system you choose even if you don’t like it. Cloud-based tablet POS systems, however, can be up and running for as little as $1,000 or less, with no upfront fee.

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Cost-savings also extend across the lifetime of the service – you pay a low monthly fee (which also includes instant software upgrades, support, back-up and upgrades) and can cancel at any time. Easy Integration of Sales and Marketing Tools In this age of ubiquitous information, many of us have come to expect instant, anytime, anywhere access to the data that matters most to us. Cloud-enabled tablet POS systems make this a reality with fingertip access to sales and inventory data – whenever you need it. Some also offer advanced integration with loyalty programs, accounting tools, as well as coupon and gift card generation options. You can even take advantage of marketing outreach features, such as auto-generated thank you emails to new customers and “poke” emails that encourage dormant customers to stop by. Other tools let you track sales volume by employees and manage inventory and restaurant seating. Others also offer integration with mobile card reader platforms such as Square and Intuit GoPayment. Ease of Management Not only does cloud-based POS cut the costs involved in managing your systems, it also streamlines their management. All the software upgrades are instant; trouble-shooting is taken care of by the system provider, and your applications and data are securely backed-up and stored within the cloud. No need to invest in additional service contracts or IT headcount. If you think about the cost and time involved in managing your own POS and any downtime or system issues your run into – the appeal of a mobile POS system starts to catch on.

BISMARCK AND MANDAN MAKE LIST OF MOST AFFORDABLE PLACES TO LIVE A new study, by financial advice technology company SmartAsset, ranked the most affordable places to live in North Dakota, and Mandan came in at number six while Bismarck came in at number 10.

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To find the most affordable places to buy a home, SmartAsset took a holistic approach, considering closing costs, real estate taxes, homeowner’s insurance and mortgage rates in the analysis. According to the study, the most affordable cities and counties were those in which total housing costs on an average house accounted for the smallest proportion of the median income. “We wanted people to gauge the true affordability of a home. Many folks only pay attention to the listed price of the home, but aren’t as attentive to the other costs,” said AJ Smith, Managing Editor of SmartAsset. “Bismarck and Mandan’s strong showing is a combination of its low average closing costs, annual property tax, annual homeowner’s insurance, and annual mortgage payments,” she added.

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The Radiology department at CHI St. Alexius Health is now recognized under the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Coal Workers’ Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP) as an approved program. The Radiology department underwent thorough evaluations by NIOSH, which included demonstration of its ability to make high quality digital chest xrays adhering to the highest standards of the interpretation, classification, and submission of chest xrays. Currently NIOSH is expanding the Health Surveillance Program in response to new requirements from The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). The Health Surveillance Program functions to prevent severe coal mining related respiratory disease by controlling exposure and detecting disease early so that miners can get treatment to prevent disease progression. The current guidelines provide surveillance for underground coal miners. The new guidelines will extend this program to also provide workers at surface mines with lung function testing, respiratory assessment, and chest xrays. This will directly affect workers at surface mines in ND, who will be required to participate in the surveillance program and get testing at approved NIOSH facilities.


Getting into UND or NDSU will be tougher in the future, so high school students and their parents should be aware of the new guidelines for seniors applying for those colleges in the fall of 2016 and beyond. The new admission requirements for North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota go into effect this fall and become progressively more rigorous. While the requirements won’t be fully implemented until 2018, it is crucial to address these changes now to insure students meet these new standards. 1. The high school GPA (Grade Point Average) and ACT (American College Test) guidelines have been adjusted for students seeking college admission to UND or NDSU in the fall of 2016. It is suggested that students possess a minimum GPA of 2.75 and an ACT of 22 or higher. Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student’s academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. Students with higher GPAs and lower ACT scores or lower GPAs and higher ACT scores will also be considered. 2. The number of required core classes to get into UND and NDSU will also increase. The current guidelines of 13 core courses in high school will remain in effect for students seeking admission for the fall of 2016. In future years, in addition to the current 13 high school core areas (4 years of English, 3 years of math at Algebra I and above, 3 years of lab sciences, and 3 years of social sciences), students will have the option to count 1 additional credit from the existing core subject areas or from newly identified areas which will likely be foreign or world language, and fine, visual or performing arts in 2017, then 2 additional courses from those options in 2018. If you have questions, call a high school counselor or contact, 701-777-3000, or Laura., 701-231-7052.

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CAPITAL AREA TRANSIT RECEIVES TWO NEW BUSES Two new buses worth nearly $800,000 have been delivered to Capital Area Transit from California and will be pressed into duty potentially at the end of February or beginning of March.

This is the first time in three years CAT has received new buses, while demand on the service has continued to rise. The CAT fleet performed 138,610 one-way rides in 2014, resulting in 315,123 miles driven. About 50 percent of the existing fixed-route fleet is at, or beyond, its useful life. The useful life for each of the 30-foot buses that presently make up the fleet is 10 years or 350,000 miles, whichever comes first. “The buses are workhorses,” said Robin Werre, Transit Director. “When you consider the strain put on them day after day with the in-town driving, they have a pretty demanding life. And when they get near the end of that life, they can become expensive to maintain. So these new buses are certainly a welcome addition.”

Each new bus measures 35 feet long and weighs in at about 15 tons before CAT hardware is installed. A bus will seat 31 passengers and hold nearly 40 riders altogether. Each bus will have two passenger doors, allowing passengers to disembark from the front or middle of the bus. The front door is equipped with a ramp for accessibility. CAT Manager Nate Vatsndal traveled to California in January to meet with Gillig about Capital Area Transit’s needs and to see the beginning stages of the building process. “It is a pretty amazing process,” said Vatsndal. “Gillig is pretty much the standard as far as these heavy duty buses go, and to see them put something together is incredible. We’re looking forward to getting our drivers behind the wheel, and the buses out on the road.” It takes Gillig nine days to complete construction of a bus, however the lead time for ordering and receiving a bus is about 22 months. Once the buses completed the drive from California to North Dakota, a representative from Gillig came to Capital Area Transit and inspected each bus. Then, each bus was fitted with electronics including a fare box and RouteMatch hardware and software. External advertising wraps that help give each bus its own personality are sold and then the bus is sent out to serve the community.

Two new CAT buses will be brought into service in March.

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The North Dakota Jump$tart Coalition will be hosting their fourth annual “Real World” Camp for sixth and seventh graders in the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding communities on Friday, March 13 (no school Mandan Public Schools) at the Bismarck State College Energy Center This free event open to the first 200 registered 6th and 7th graders will offer students a first-hand look at what it is like to be “grown up” and living in the Real World. Children will rotate through six thirty minute interactive sessions and then will walk into the “Real World” city with a job, a family, and a budget. This year’s event will wrap up with the National Children’s Theater presenting “Mad Money”. Space is limited to the first 200 students registered. Classrooms are also welcomed. If your child or students would like to attend the Real World camp register at Real World, Real Life, Real Fun!


SmartAsset, a financial advice technology company, released a new study ranking counties in North Dakota with the lowest closing costs, and Burleigh County came out on top. To complete the study SmartAsset assumed a 30-year fixed mortgage on each county’s median income with a 20 percent down payment. The closing cost figure includes factors like: Mortgage Tax, Transfer Tax, Fixed Closing Costs and Variable Closing Costs, and was divided by the county’s median income to find the value of closing costs as a percentage of home value. The counties whose closing costs occupied the lowest percentage of the home’s total value ranked highest on the list. “We want people to go into the home buying experience with a more full picture - not just knowing the list price. Potential homebuyers sometimes forget about closing costs,” said AJ Smith, Managing Editor of SmartAsset. “Burleigh County ranked well not only in the state, where it ranked 1st, but also in the nation where the county ranked 161st out of 3,000+ counties we looked at,” she added. For information on the study please visit SmartAsset - source=mbo#northdakota North Dakota Counties with the Lowest Closing Costs: 1. Burleigh, ND

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MANDAN’S 2014 ECONOMIC INDICATORS STRONG, City of Mandan management monitors several local economic indicators. The majority of the statistics for the 2014 calendar year are now available.

Residential building. The City Building Inspection Department issued permits for 504 new residential units in 2014. That figure is down 23 percent from 2013’s record 652 units, but still one of the strongest levels of construction activity in the city’s history, almost on par with the previous record of 520 units permitted in 2012. Commercial and industrial building. The city issued permits for new construction, remodeling and addition projects totaling $24.1 million. This figure is the third highest year in Mandan’s history. The record was set in 2012 at $50 million in commercial and industrial projects permitted, followed by $26 million in 2007.

OPEN ROAD HONDA RECEIVES DREAM MAKER AWARD In January, Dreams in Motion, a local non-profit that provides recreational and sporting opportunities for youth and young adults with mobility challenges or visual impairments, presented Annette Behm-Caldwell of Open Road Honda with the Dream Maker Award. Open Road Honda donated a trailer to the organization that will help provide much needed transportation of sled hockey equipment and save the non-profit storage costs each year. Annette Behm-Caldwell accepts Dream Maker Award

Value of all building activity. The value of all projects for which building permits were issued in 2014 totals $94 million, down from $139 million in 2013 and $130 million in 2012. Local usage taxes • 1% sales tax. Total collections for 2014 finished the year up 13 percent at a record of nearly $2.7 million, compared to a total a little short of $2.4 million last year. • 1% restaurant and lodging tax. Collections are up 3 percent at $407,418, compared to $396,233 last year. •

2% hotel occupancy tax. Collections are up 3 percent at $70,283, compared to $68,196 in 2013.

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BSC EMPLOYEES HONORED FOR YEARS OF SERVICE The Bismarck State College Foundation honored 74 employees for their years of service during the college’s Winter Celebration in the National Energy Center of Excellence Bavendick Stateroom.

BSC Foundation Executive Director Gordon Binek spoke about the foundation’s year and introduced the award recipients. Other speakers were BSC Foundation Vice President Paul Sandness and BSC Interim President David Clark. Recognized with the longest tenure were Robert Arso with 40 years and Elmer Weigel and Richard Malsam with 35 years. 25 YEARS – Greg Achtenberg, custodial lead worker; Patrick Bjork, Web manager; Perry Hornbacher, professor of American history. 20 YEARS - Stephanie Borud, career and technical curriculum librarian; James Eggert, maintenance; Randy Meissner, computer science lecturer; Evelyn Morrell, instruction assistant. 15 YEARS – Wes Braun, associate professor, NECE; Lisa Hoynes, associate professor of human services; Lane Huber, chief distance learning and military affairs officer; Tim Kramer, math learning assistant – Student Success Center; Jay Meier, director of Counseling and Advising Services; Carol Nitschke, criminal justice lecturer; Todd Reidman, associate professor of automotive technology; Michele Stockert, English lecturer. 10 YEARS – Mark Abramovitz, nuclear power technology lecturer; Zachery Allen, project manager, NECE; Clyde Bauman, music lecturer; Doren Billingsley, electric power technology lecturer; Liz Braunagel, assistant professor of mathematics; Ryan Caya, program manager, NECE; Carol Dukart-Cartledge, human services lecturer; Teresa Felderman, associate professor of psychology; Darvin Fitzgerald, application development manager; Christopher Focke, chemistry lecturer; Angie Friez, human resources specialist; Marla Hagemeister, alternative learning coordinator; Wayne Heckaman, physical education lecturer; Scott Helphrey, instructional technology manager; Ethel Keeley, English lecturer; Michael Kubisiak, institutional research analyst; Jason Matthews, political science lecturer; Martin Nielsen, OSHA safety and health consultant; David Oakland, electric power/energy technology lecturer; 36 | Chamber Connection

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David Peterson, assistant professor of mathematics; Nicholas Rahrich, English lecturer; Gregory Ross, interim associate vice president for Finance and Operations; Jessica Santini Levenhagen, English lecturer; Colin Schmidt, energy technology programs lecturer; Cathy Schweitzer, criminal justice lecturer; Ron Starck, digital media developer/lead application specialist, NECE; Tammy Staudinger, textbook associate; Jolene Thiel, business and office technology lecturer; Alicia Uhde, training and program manager, NECE. 5 YEARS – Stacey Ahmann, medical laboratory technician lecturer; Aimee Bachmeier, assistant professor of nursing; Tayo Basquiat, assistant professor of philosophy; Jayson Brunette, surgical technology clinical lecturer; Gregory Carlson, history lecturer; Terri Connell, speech communications lecturer; Brandt Dick, mathematics lecturer; Becky Fischer, catering coordinator/Food Service supervisor; Mike Gayette, technology support specialist; Robert Grawe, electric power technology lecturer; Gary Hager, process plant technology lecturer; Andrew Heinle, energy technology programs lecturer; Wayne Hoff, energy technology programs lecturer; Valerie Kling, philosophy lecturer; Jason Lueder, assistant professor of graphic design and communications; Kim Luptak, information technology data analyst; David Moum, assistant professor of instrumentation and control technology; Michael Noone, geographic information systems lecturer; John Olsrud, philosophy lecturer; Richard Opoien, electronics lecturer; Rob Peske, music lecturer; Duane Pool, geographic information systems lecturer; Tyler Schau, assistant professor of agriculture, technology and natural resources; Charles Schmidt, energy technology programs lecturer; Rachelle Smith, campus scheduling assistant; Vance Vesey, assistant professor of instrumentation and control technology; Nancy Weisbeck, operations manager, Continuing Education, Training and Innovation.


The North Dakota State Historic Preservation Office and the State Historical Society of North Dakota invite the public to provide input into historic preservation goals and activities for the five year period beginning January 1, 2016. A survey into the challenges and goals for historic preservation can be accessed at https:// Responses will be collected through July 1, 2015 and will be used to determine the direction of historic preservation for the future. Periodic update of the state’s comprehensive historic preservation plan is a federal requirement for participation in the National Historic Preservation Program which each year brings between $500,000 and $600,000 into the state to underwrite programs such as building restoration, historic property surveys, National Register of Historic Places registrations, certified local government programs, site protection programs, and technical assistance to the public. The plan, titled “Historic Preservation in North Dakota II: A Statewide Comprehensive Plan,” is written in broad general terms and is intended to provide general guidance to the preservation program in the state. Goals and objectives cited in this 46-page plan are more fully developed annually for implementation. The plan’s contents are guided by comments gathered from preservation professionals, state and community leaders, owners of historic properties, and the public through responses to a public survey.

SANFORD ESTABLISHES CENTER FOR SPINE SUCCESS Sanford Health now provides a comprehensive program for patients who choose to have spinal surgery. The Sanford Center for Spine Success features a multidisciplinary team that offers a complete wellness approach promoting earlier mobility, shorter hospital stays and better pain management with less medications needed. The multidisciplinary team includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and case managers. The team collaborates to develop an individualized treatment plan to help give each patient the best outcome possible after surgery – including pain management unique to each patient’s needs. The Center for Spine Success also helps prepare patients before surgery with pre-op patient classes in a group setting. Classes begin Jan. 15 and provide information to help patients know what to expect before, during and after surgery.

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POPE FRANCIS AND UNIVERSITY OF MARY STUDENT EXCHANGE ZUCCHETTOS If he’s not the envy of the entire world, millions of people would at the very least love to have the same experience that Andrew Meyer had with Pope Francis. The University of Mary student from Wahpeton, ND, traveled to the school’s Rome campus in early January with his classmates to study for a four-month semester — knowing his life will be forever changed. But he didn’t know just how life-changing it would be. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, just three weeks into his stay, he and two dozen of his classmates were at a papal audience in the Paul VI Auditorium. Typically held in St. Peter’s Square, this would be one of the few audiences for Pope Francis in the auditorium. But Meyer knew this would potentially put him just a handshake away from the Holy Father. Pope Francis, flanked by security guards and people’s outstretched arms hoping for a touch, a smile or even a selfie, walked down the aisle on the opposite side towards Meyer. Then, at just the right moment Pope Francis switched sides. Nervous and excited all at the same time, Meyer realized this was the perfect time and perhaps the only chance he’ll ever get to put his plan into action.

“My goal for the semester was to trade zucchettos, or skullcaps, with Pope Francis,” said Meyer via email, a sophomore triple majoring in theology, philosophy and Catholic studies. “When he went by greeting people, I held mine out to him, and after giving me a little smirk, he grabbed it and took his off, compared the size to his, tried it on and showed it proudly to his smiling security guard, then traded with me. With a little help from Mary and the saints, I succeeded.” Excitement, pandemonium, and pictures immediately ensued. “I was having a huge adrenaline rush and everyone standing nearby took selfies with me,” explained Meyer. “It was really surreal. I was shaking and really relieved it had worked. I was trying to still live in the moment of seeing and touching Pope Francis at the audience, but it was hard to contain my excitement of having the zucchetto in my hands.” Zucchetto exchanges vary with each pope. Meyer believes Pope Francis does it only on rare occasions. “When he does take a zucchetto, he often will wear it for a few seconds before returning it. I know complete switches are not too common.” Dr. Don Briel, the Blessed John Henry Newman Chair of Liberal Arts at the University of Mary agrees. “The history of trading zucchettos is a modern phenomenon that became popular with Pope John Paul II when he began engaging and interacting more with crowds. Since it is still a very uncommon occurrence, anyone fortunate enough to trade or receive a zucchetto from the Holy Father should feel very fortunate and blessed.” Meyer added, “I think the inside is calfskin, because it smelled like leather. I haven’t gotten up the guts to try it on, and I don’t know if I will. I did try on the one I bought for him and it didn’t feel like much, but he doesn’t have quite as much hair as me.” So, what plans does Meyer have for his new, extraordinary and cherished souvenir from Pope Francis? “I am really not sure myself,” said Meyer. “It’s safe to say that the zucchetto will end up in one of three places: at the University of Mary campus; my home parish of St. John’s, or I will just hold onto it myself. Assuming I would hold onto it I still have plans to give people a chance to see it. Realizing that I have something worn by the pope himself is mind-blowing, and something I will always hold dear.”

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Monday, 2nd 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 2nd 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 3rd 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Monday, 9th 4:30 pm Mandan Park Board (recorded) Monday, 9th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Tuesday, 10th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 11th 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thursday, 12th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Monday, 16th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 16th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board Tuesday, 17th 5:00 pm Mandan City Commission Thursday, 19th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park District Board Tuesday, 24th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 24th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Wednesday, 25th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thursday, 26th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Thursday, 26th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Meetings can be viewed LIVE (unless otherwise indicated) and are replayed several times on Government Access, cable channel 2. Government meetings are also available for online viewing (LIVE and Video on Demand) at

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new home can seem like a daunting task and potential home buyers are unsure Administration (OSHA) has specific where to begin. While many start by guidelines to protect workers from searching the Internet for floor plans or contracting illnesses when exposed to potentially infectious body fluids at work. filling their hard drive with pictures from or pinterest, often the most Employers need to ensure universal effective first step is selecting the lot or precautions are taken, including development where the home will be providing appropriate personal built. protective equipment and training on use to employees. Hepatitis B Over the past several years our vaccinations should be available to community has experienced high all employees who have potential demand for lots, which has resulted in occupational exposure. the most desirable lots being expensive and somewhat limited. Each lot is unique If an exposure occurs, employers must allow for post-exposure evaluations in its topography, appealing views and and follow ups at no cost to exposed dimensions which will necessitate a employees; including: unique floor plan built to those features. After a lot or development is selected, • Documentation of the route of exposure and circumstances to the the next step would be to interview and medical provider. select a builder. • The identity of the source individual Builders may have their own lots or and obtain that individual’s blood preferred floor plans. If a one-off floor for testing. (If the source’s blood is plan is requested, the builder may have not available, employers must notify an in house draftsman or designer who the medical provider.) can help develop a home plan that • Hepatitis B vaccinations or booster is both suited to the client’s style and doses as recommended. needs while also falling within the target • Post-exposure preventive medical budget. After the lot and floor plan are treatment as recommended. set, details such as cabinetry, fixtures and • Exposed employees with a copy flooring can be included to arrive at the of the evaluating health care price and potentially begin construction. professional’s written opinion within 15 days of the completion of the evaluation

year. Pneumonia is an illness caused by a specific type of Strep bacteria. Symptoms appear quickly and can be severe. They include chest pain with breathing or coughing, high fever, shaking, chills, fatigue, and cough that persists or gets worse. Pneumonia can be spread through the air, similar to the flu, so it is important to consider a pneumococcal vaccination.

Pneumococcal 13 vaccine is a part of childhood vaccinations, but is also recommended for all adults 65 years and older. This vaccine protects against 13 strains of the pneumococcal bacteria. The CDC recommends adults 65 and over receive a dose of Pneumococcal 13 followed by a dose of Pneumococcal 23 (protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria) 6-12 months later. Side effects are mild, but may include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site and mild fatique, headache, or muscle pain. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether the pneumonia shot is right for you.

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CHAMBER Perks Goroski Elected President of Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck

Stephanie Goroski, director of CHI St. Alexius Health’s Women’s & Children Services, was recently elected president of the board of directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Bismarck. Goroski has been a member of the board since 2011 and served as president-elect for the past year. The board presidency is a one-year term. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is “to improve the lives of children and their families.” The board of directors provides strategic direction in attaining long term success and implementation of the goals of the Ronald McDonald House. Goroski earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of North Dakota and a Master’s in Nursing Management from University of Mary. She has been with CHI St. Alexius Health since 1991. Prior to being named director of women’s & children’s, Goroski was a clinical coordinator on the surgical floor. Stephanie Goroski

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Starion Financial Promotes Three in Bismarck-Mandan

Starion Financial is dedicated to providing career advancement opportunities to its employees, and is proud to announce the promotion of three team members. Mark Sanderson is now the retail supervisor at the Mandan Mark Sanderson location. In this role, Sanderson is responsible for managing and supervising the branch’s personal banker and teller staff; and identifying, establishing and developing long-term business relationships with consumer clients. He joined Starion Financial in 2007 and has held various roles within Brandt Klinnert the bank, including teller, customer service representative and personal banking officer. Sanderson earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary. Brandt Klinnert has accepted the position of personal banker at Starion’s branch on North Britni Whetham Washington Street. He is responsible for establishing and developing long-term banking relationships with consumer clients. Klinnert has been with Starion for a year, previously leading the Mandan teller team as teller supervisor. He has several years of customer service and management experience. Britni Whetham has been promoted to a full-time teller II at Starion’s downtown Bismarck location. Whetham is responsible for providing teller customer service and personal banking functions including processing account documentation and opening deposit accounts. She joined the Starion team in June 2013 as a teller I at the location North Washington Street.

Rosen Joins CHI St. Alexius Health

Rachel Rosen, FNP-BC, has joined CHI St. Alexius Health’s Interventional Radiology Clinic. As a family nurse practitioner, Rachel assists with preRachel Rosen procedural work-ups, patient education, coordinating care during admissions, patient follow up clinic visits, inpatient rounds, ordering appropriate lab work and diagnostic tests and prescribing medications and treatments as indicated. Rachel received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing from University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. Rachel is board-certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is a member of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and North Dakota Nurse Practitioners Association.

University of Mary Announces New Director of Campus Ministry

The University of Mary has announced that Dr. Peter A. Huff has been selected as the university’s new director of Campus Ministry. A nationally prominent teacher and author, Huff is a highly respected voice in Dr. Peter Huff the areas of modern and contemporary Christian thought, religion in North American culture, and ecumenical and interreligious studies. Huff comes to the University of Mary, where he will also serve as a professor of theology, from the position of the T. L. James Chair in Religious Studies at Centenary College of Louisiana at Shreveport. Huff has a PhD in historical theology from Saint Louis University and a Master’s of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to his position at Centenary College, he served in teaching positions at Xavier University, Saint Anselm College, the University of Puget Sound, and Saint Louis University, among others.

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Capital Credit Union Names Branch Managers

Capital Credit Union, which has grown to nine convenient branches throughout six communities in North Dakota, Tyler Artlip has promoted five employees to fill new branch manager positions in Bismarck-Mandan. This change is to help in continuing to provide excellent member service. Branch managers are listed as follows: Tyler Artlip at the South branch, located at 835 S. Washington St. Suite 3; Loren Tollefson at Loren Tollefson the North Branch, located at 3101 N. 11th St. Suite 3; Robert Mitzel at the Sunrise Branch, located at 3103 Yorktown Dr; Ryan Welder at the Main location, 204 W. Thayer Ave; Nicole Leithold at the Northwest Branch, located at 1550 Burnt Boat Drive; and Chris Nelson Robert Mitzel at the Mandan Branch, located at 600 E Main. The branch managers will be responsible for the overall direction and performance of the branch. Artlip has been with Capital Credit Union for six and a half years. In his time with CCU he has served as a financial services associate, training Ryan Welder and development specialist and financial services officer. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota. He is originally from Rapid City, S.D. Tollefson has been with Capital Credit Union for three Nicole Leithold years. He is from Robinson, N.D. and is a B.H.S graduate. He has an associate’s degree from B.S.C. and a bachelor’s degree from the U.N.D. Tollefson is also licensed to sell credit and life disability insurance on consumer and home equity loans. Mitzel has been with Capital Chris Nelson Credit Union since February of 2014. He previously served as the member relationship specialist and has a background in retail and management. He has an associate’s degree from North Dakota College of Science and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary, both are in business administration. Mitzel is originally from Herreid, S.D. Welder has been with Capital Credit Union since August of 2003. While at Capital Credit Union he has served as a teller, member services representative, financial services representative and financial services officer. He is a Century High School graduate and has a bachelor’s of science in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Wenck Associates Promotes Askim, Leithold is from Solen, ND and has been with Capital Credit Union since March of 2001. She Ackerman and Nelson previously served as loan clerk, teller and is currently Wenck Associates, Inc. is the contact center supervisor. pleased to announce Justin Nelson has been with Capital Credit Union for Askim, Associate has been five years, he started as a teller and has served as a promoted to Natural Resources financial services representative and financial services Services Leader in the Mandan manager. He is from Bismarck and attended U.N.D.. Office; Daniel Ackerman has been promoted to Associate Kupper Automotive Announces New Justin Askim Justin Askim, Natural Role For Employee Resource Services Leader has a background in a variety of Kupper Automotive biological fieldwork. Askim announced a new staff role has more than 12 years at Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru experience as a field biologist, Auto Body & Glass. Jeff with over six years experience Simpfenderfer, previous Body as a consultant. He has worked Shop Estimator, has been with federal, state, and private named Body Shop Manager. clients throughout North An employee since 2013, Jeff Jeff Simpfenderfer Dakota, Montana, Wyoming enjoys playing and singing in a Daniel Ackerman and Oklahoma. His primary local band, working in the yard, expertise and interests are outdoor activities, motorcycling and snowmobiling, in biological assessment/ astronomy and traveling. In his new position, evaluations, Endangered Simpfenderfer is excited to be leading a team of great Species Act consultation, GIS, people to achieve new goals and provide outstanding avian studies, raptor surveys, service to our community through hard work, honesty prairie grouse lek surveys, postand integrity. construction avian/bat mortality studies related to wind energy Greuel Joins Clearwater developments, hydrology, Kevin Nelson Communications wetland research and project Clearwater Communications in Bismarck recently management. Askim joined Wenck Associates in hired Jennifer Greuel as a communication specialist. 2011. She will be responsible for association management, Daniel Ackerman, Associate, Wildlife Biologist/ Natural Resources Specialist has a background in a meeting and event planning, public relations, and variety of biological and wetland fieldwork. Ackerman government affairs. Her previous work experience was in sales at U.S. has more than 11 years of experience as a field biologist and wetland scientist, with over five years Bancorp. She holds degrees in communication and of experience as a consultant. He has worked with psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, federal, state, municipalities, and private clients Minn. throughout North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Hoyt Earns Board Louisiana. His primary expertise and interests include: Certification biological assessment/evaluations, Endangered Dr. John Hoyt, interventional Species Act consultation, avian studies including cardiologist at CHI St. Alexius raptors and prairie grouse, post-construction Health Heart & Lung Clinic, has avian/bat mortality studies related to wind energy received his board certification developments, wetland delineation, and project in interventional cardiology management. Ackerman joined Wenck Associates in Dr. John Hoyt by the American Board of 2011. Internal Medicine. This adds Kevin G. Nelson, PE/RLS has a background in to his board certifications by the National Board of surveying, civil design, construction, and project Echocardiography and American Board of Internal management. Mr. Nelson brings more than 16 years Medicine in the subspecialty of cardiovascular of experience to the Mandan office. His experience disease. includes airport, transportation, municipal, water/ Dr. Hoyt received his medical degree from waste water, storm runoff and land development University of North Dakota School of Medicine and projects in Bismarck/Mandan as well as across North Health Sciences, Grand Forks, N.D. He completed his Dakota and South Dakota. internal medicine residency at Mayo Graduate School of Medical Education, Rochester, Minn and cardiology DeWitt Hired at DCN and interventional cardiology fellowships at University Isabel DeWitt has joined Dakota Carrier Network of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. (DCN) as a web application developer. DeWitt previously worked at North Dakota’s Department Credit Collections Bureau Promotion of Transportation IT Division. She graduated from Credit Collections Bureau is proud to announce Bismarck State College with an AAS degree in web Jodi Johnson promotion to collection representative. design and development. Chamber Connection | 43


NEWS Starion Financial Promotes Three in Bismarck

Three Starion Financial employees in Bismarck received promotions. Cody Clark has been promoted to retail supervisor at the Bismarck South location. He has been with Starion for more than four years, serving as a Cody Clark customer service representative, personal banker and assistant retail branch manager. Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance from Dickinson State University. Steve Heydt has been promoted to retail branch manager/vice president, Steve Heydt providing leadership to the retail area of the bank for all Bismarck-Mandan branches. Heydt has been with Starion since March 2004 and has held various leadership roles within the bank. Brenna Ohman has been promoted to financial analyst III. She has more than seven Brenna Ohman years of accounting and audit experience in the public and private sectors, including three years with Starion Financial. Ohman is a Certified Public Accountant and graduate of North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy.


PERKS Barber Elected Chair of AARC Board

Wenck Associates Announces New Staff

Wenck Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce Kevin G. Nelson, PE/RLS, Brian Zuroff, EIT, Terry Ennen, CST III, Jayme Engen and Terry Ennen and Andrew Rehmann are hired. Brian Zuroff, EIT has joined Wenck Associate’s Mandan office as a Civil Engineer with a background in civil site design and development. A native of Bismarck, he graduated from South Dakota School of Mines with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering in May 2010. Terry L. Ennen, CST III has joined Wenck Associate’s Mandan office as a Lead Survey Technician. A North Dakota native, Ennen attended NDSCS in Wahpeton, ND. At Wenck, he is joining the Real Estate and Development Group as a Land Surveyor. He has 21 years survey experience and was raised in the Bismarck area; He has a home on the family farm near Menoken. Jayme Engen has joined Armstrong Receives Psychiatry Board Wenck Associate’s Mandan Certification office as a Civil Engineer Lacey Armstrong, MD, is now a board-certified Technician. He graduated psychiatrist by the American Board of Psychiatry and from Bismarck State College Neurology, Inc. Dr. Armstrong works at the Sanford with an Associate Degree in Behavioral Health Clinic in Bismarck as a psychiatrist. Applied Science in Engineering Horan Promoted at Bismarck Aero Dr. Armstrong graduated from Century High School Technology. He brings over Center and Bismarck State College. She attended medical Andrew Rehmann 2 years of experience in civil Jeff Horan, a Bismarck native, school at the University of North Dakota School of design and is also on the BSC Medicine where she graduated in 2010. started his aviation career Engineering Technology Advisory Committee. with Bismarck Aero Center Andrew Rehmann has joined Wenck Associate’s (BAC) during the summer of Interstate Engineering Announces Mandan office as an Environmental Scientist and 2010 and has been flying Natural Resources Specialist. A Minnesota native, he Chief Financial Officer professionally with the company graduated from the University of Minnesota-Morris The Interstate Engineering since 2013. As Professional Board of Directors announced with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology. He was Pilot, Jeff has embraced the previously employed by the University of Minnesota Jeff Horan the promotion of Kristin professional, customer service golden-winged warbler project and by Clean Water Syverson to the position of and safety standards that we Action as a field crew leader. Chief Financial Officer (CFO), have developed during BAC’s 25 years in providing effective immediately. This is contract pilot services. Boeckel Joins a newly established position Horan attended the University of North Dakota CornerStone Bank within the organization. Kristin Syverson where he received his commercial, multi-engine, Syverson joined Interstate Teresa Boeckel has joined instrument and Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) ratings. Engineering in 2011 as Cornerstone Bank as a His background as a CFI with the University of North Interstate Engineering’s Marketing Coordinator. In full-time Customer Service Dakota and as an Operations Agent with Bismarck 2013, Ms. Syverson was promoted to Office Manager Representative/Teller at our Municipal Airport has provided him great depth with and Accounting Manager for the Jamestown and Bismarck North Branch. Teresa respect to flight safety and operations management Teresa Boeckel Corporate offices. comes to us with over five years experience. Syverson earned a Bachelor of Business of customer service and three In his role as Director of Flight Operations, Horan Administration degree in Management from the years of cash handling experience. will be responsible for providing leadership in University of North Dakota. Additionally, she holds managing client relations, growing our pilot depth, Master of Business Administration degree. business development, aircraft fleet management and developing standardized processes to improve company efficiency. 44 | Chamber Connection

Tamara Barber was elected chair of the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) Board of Directors following the nonprofit’s annual meeting Tamara Barber January 26th at the Kelly Inn in Bismarck. Barber is interim executive vice president of Brian Zuroff Bismarck State College (BSC). She replaced Justin Currie, vice president-corporate controller for BNC National Bank. Other officers elected were Christine Hogan, staff attorney for the North Dakota Protection and Advocacy Project, vice chair; Dave Clark, interim president of BSC, treasurer; and Mary Miller, communications manager at Basin Electric Power Cooperative, secretary. Terry Ennen During AARC’s annual meeting, Anne Jones, vice president of Customer Service, Human Resources and Safety at MDU Utilities Group, was elected to fill a vacancy on the board. Re-elected to their board seats were Miller and Kevin Stadler, senior vice president for commercial lending at BNC National Bank. All are three-year terms. Other members of the board are Mike Lund, manager of Herberger’s Department Store, and Aruna Seth, founder of the Ghandi Peace Network Jayme Engen of North Dakota. New Receptionists at Dakota Eye Institute

Darras Named VP of Operations for MDU

Dakota Eye Institute recently hired Lacey Kuntz as a receptionist. Kuntz will check in patients, verify information and make future appointments. Lacey Kuntz Kuntz is a native of Rugby and has an Associate’s degree in Applied Science and Administrative Assistance. Pat Darras

Pat Darras has been named vice president of operations for Montana-Dakota Utilities and Great Plains Natural Gas, effective Jan. 26. Darras most recently was director of the company’s Dakota Heartland Region, based in Bismarck. “We are pleased to have Pat fill this role. He has shown Subramanian Receives Certification great leadership ability in his previous positions with Aparna Subramanian, a the company and we look forward to his continued NOC Ethernet/IP Technician success in this new position,” said Nicole Kivisto, II, received certification in president and CEO of Montana-Dakota and Great the Cisco Certified Network Plains. “His extensive operational experience will be a Professional (CCNP) routing great fit on the executive team of the utility company.” and switching training program. Darras replaces Kivisto, who was promoted to her She also holds certifications current role on Jan. 9, 2015. Darras joined MontanaAparna Subramanian as a Cisco Certified Network Dakota in 2002 and has also held positions of Associate (CCNA), and is a engineer and gas superintendent. He has additional MEF-CECP 2.0 Carrier Ethernet experience in refinery and industrial construction Certified Professional. work. Darras has a construction engineering degree from North Dakota State University, master’s degrees Bianco Realty Awards in business administration and management from Bianco Realty has named Shirley Thomas and Fran the University of Mary, and is also a graduate of the Joersz Associates of the Month. Thomas and Joersz University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Course. had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of January 2015. Thomas has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and Joersz has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2013.

BND Offers Student Financial Aid Presentations

The February Chamber event held at Bank of North Dakota (BND) was a great success with many Chamber members stopping by the Student Loan area to hear about the DEAL loans available to students during college and the consolidation options available once they have completed their education. If you’re interested, BND can come to your workplace and provide a 30-minute presentation about the North Dakota student loan options available through Bank of North Dakota. Please call Tom Ternes at 701-3285658 or email him at to schedule a presentation.

Consolidated Construction Announces Staff Additions and Promotions

Sean Leahey was recently hired as a new Project Superintendent for Consolidated Construction. Leahey has been working in the construction industry for over 15 years and has project management experience in the retail, hospitality, commercial, industrial and residential markets. Charles “Andrew” Byram has also joined Consolidated in the role of Service & Warranty Superintendent. He will oversee service and warranty activities related to small and completed projects, managing schedules, quality and completion. Bryant Larson joins the company as Project Engineer. He will assist project managers and superintendents in the coordination and control of cost and schedule, and manage subcontractor relations.

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Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber 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 schedule a ribbon cutting, please call Susie Kocourek at 701-223-5660 or email



Deb Will & Deb Hauff in their new location at 1401 Skyline Boulevard in Bismarck. Phone: 250-6417


Elma Peterson, Assistant General Manager, in their new motel located at 3319 North 14th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 223-6667. Member.


Chuck Bisnett in their new location at 3901 North 19th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 258-7838. Member.

Robert Mitzel and staff in their newest additional location in the Sunrise Town Center in North Bismarck. Member.

DAN’S SUPERMARKET Kevin Bailey, Store Manager in their newest additional location at 3103 Yorktown Drive in the Sunrise Town Center in Bismarck. Member. 46 | Chamber Connection

Welcome new members The Chamber of Commerce 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. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber members, view the Member Directory online at

Broadway Centre Spa & Salon 100 West Broadway Suite 140 Bismarck, ND Thomas Wold (701) 425-0990 Our spa provides a sanctuary for our guests where you can relax and escape from the stress of every day life. Our commitment to exceptional service and products is reflected in our ability to create flawless work. Horizon Market, LLC 125 Durango Dr. Bismarck, MN Casey Clement (701) 425-0615 Horizon Market is your one stop shop for all your convenient needs. Boulder Homes 3240 Rock Island Pl #5 Bismarck, ND Joe Hillerson (701) 751-1010 New residential construction. PRO Resources Bismarck, ND Pam Zinniel (701) 361-1816 Grow Faster, Work Smarter and make more money. PRO Resources services allow you to combine the areas of your business that waste valuable time, while saving you money. Giving you freedom to focus.

Cross Training 1929 North Washington Suite EEE Bismarck, ND Bob Upgren (701) 250-9964 Cross Training is a non-denominational, Christ-centered sports camp based out of Bismarck, North Dakota. Cross Training has ministered to tens of thousands of kids through camps, mission trips, bible studies and of course the family culture Cross Training fosters. Railway Credit Union - Mandan 1006 East Main St. Mandan, ND Paul Brucker (701) 667-9500 Full service credit union with offices in Bismarck and Mandan. Railway Credit Union – Bismarck 112 S. 24th Street Bismarck, ND Paul Brucker (701) 222-8736 Full service credit union with offices in Bismarck and Mandan. BalanceDiet Bismarck 1421 Mapleton Ave. Bismarck, ND Dawn Watson (701) 390-5049 ‘’Let’s Celebrate Food & Healthy Living Together!’’ BalanceDiet? is much more than simply a weight loss brand, it is a celebration of food, healthy living, and a balanced active lifestyle.

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