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April 2015




Member Profile My Place Hotel


Leadership Class Spends Day at the Capitol Legislative/Political Involvement Day


Chamber Celebrates Local Business Nominate a local business for Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan!

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

CHAMBER NEWS Leadership Class Spends Day at the Capitol Monopoly Tournament is a Huge Success Chamber to Celebrate Local Business

CHAMBER EVENTS Breakfast with Federal Reserve President New Resident Welcome 2015 Chamber Spring Mixer April Membership Mixer: Coldspring


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n late March, the Chamber released results of the 2015 economic outlook survey. While making progress, the highest-rated issue was again talent attraction and retention. While the economy is leveling in our community and state, the demand for employees remains at an all-time high. Since this was identified as a top priority in the Chamber strategic plan, I want to point out some specific ways the Chamber is addressing this issue. First, in this issue of the Connection is an article on the BMDA led effort to “Make a Mark” in Bismarck-Mandan. This online media campaign started in mid-March and is generating substantial traffic to the BMDA website. The goal is to gain the attention of employees in specific, identified areas. This effort is part of the prosperity agenda between the Chamber and BMDA created as a result of the strategic planning process. Second, the Chamber is leading an aggressive legislative agenda. This includes advocating for funding to enhance childcare facilities, affordable housing and internship programs. Other issues garnering attention from the Chamber are tax policy, infrastructure funding and the Department of Commerce budget for the biennium. Third, the Chamber is assisting Bismarck Industries and Bismarck Futures in pursuing the proposed Five South project. This multi-use development will include apartments and amenities with an eye to young professionals, retail, restaurants and bars and, if all goes well, a full-service hotel. This effort, led by members of the business community, is a visionary project to change the perception of the community and position us to effectively compete for young professionals. Fourth, on April 9, the Chamber is hosting its first “New Resident Welcome.” This event will showcase events, organizations and things to do in the community for new employees and their families. The Chamber is consistently asked how to engage new employees in the community and this is our answer to that question. Please encourage your new employees to attend this event at Shiloh Christian School in their new Commons Area. Until next month, think spring...and be sure to file your taxes by April 15.

- Rick Matteson

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Make Your Mark Campaign Encourages Relocation to Bismarck-Mandan

By Jennifer Greuel, Clearwater Communications At any given time of the year, Bismarck-Mandan has between 3,300 and 4,000 open job positions. “Even if we took every person who is on the street today without a job, we would still have open jobs,” said Brian Ritter, president of the BismarckMandan Development Association (BMDA).

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Recognizing the workforce shortage facing the community, BMDA and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce teamed up to create the Make Your Mark Campaign. Launched on March 2, the online marketing campaign is designed to recruit talent from outside North Dakota and encourage individuals to relocate to Bismarck-Mandan. “The primary objective of the campaign is to get people from outside the market to come here and to fill those jobs,” said Ritter.

Judy Sauter, BMDA’s marketing and research director, said the campaign is similar to the “Find the Good Life in North Dakota” campaign promoted by the North Dakota Department of Commerce, except with a focus on specific job candidates and the Bismarck-Mandan community. “Bismarck and Mandan, like the rest of North Dakota, have been leaders in job creation and have low unemployment rates. The downside to these achievements is that our businesses face a chronic workforce shortage that is particularly acute for skilled and professional jobs,” said Richard Matteson, chair of the Chamber’s board of directors. According to Heather Jones, chair of BMDA, North Dakota is competing for talent with communities and states from across the nation. “Make Your Mark is unique from any other community campaign in our region. It sets us apart from the fray and details what our thriving communities have to offer,” she said. BMDA led the creation of the campaign, and the Chamber offered feedback during the development stage and is now assisting in the campaign’s marketing efforts. Matteson says he appreciates BMDA allowing the Chamber to be involved. “That sort of communication is a good example of the frequent collaboration between the Chamber and BMDA in areas where we have common interests and can coordinate our efforts,” he said.

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Those involved say the key to the campaign’s success is prioritizing the area’s most needed skills sets. “We know that we can’t fill all of those thousands of jobs, and we can’t address everything. In order to try and make a difference, we wanted to focus,” said Sauter. BMDA then spoke with North Dakota Job Service about what occupations are most needed in the area. “We looked at ones that, for the most part, you cannot get the training here in Bismarck-Mandan,” added Sauter. The five occupations included in the campaign are nurses, commercial drivers, engineers, diesel mechanics and skilled trades such as welders, plumbers and electricians. Sauter said although the campaign is Experienced technicians like Keven Martin, of Wallwork Truck Center, are in high demand. concentrated only on five occupations, the potential benefits The 10 focus states resulting from these efforts include could reach all area industries. “If we attract someone California, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, who is an engineer, he or she may have a spouse who Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and needs a job. They may have kids in high school who Wisconsin. The campaign will now use the advertising can fill some of the part-time retail jobs. So it is a ripple capabilities of LinkedIn, Facebook and Google Search to effect,” she noted. further narrow its focus to specific individuals. Jones, who also owns City Air Mechanical, said the business has seen employment applications dwindle in the last few years. “We have always used BMDA’s Economy At A Glance in our efforts to share community information with potential talent, but the Make Your Mark Campaign really complements our efforts by reaching individuals we may not be able to reach on our own and directing them to community resources.” Campaign organizers also faced the challenge of how to find and contact desired potential employees. According to Sauter, organizers first looked at where alumni from North Dakota high schools and colleges were living since graduation. They then collaborated with KK Bold to consider additional variables, including locations of colleges and universities that train students in the target areas, areas with high unemployment rates and states with a similar climate to North Dakota. “You might get a person from Alabama to move here for a job, but in our conversations with employers, those people are not going to stay. So if you are from Wisconsin, the weather is not going to bother you,” said Sauter.

BMDA has designed five separate advertisements, each concerning one of the targeted professions. When potential applicants contact BMDA, the organization is prepared to help interested parties connect with different companies in Bismarck-Mandan. Sauter explained the target audience is people with connections to North Dakota. “We found out it is important these people are familiar with North Dakota and they have been here before, so there is more of a reason for them to come back and stay.” This focus on North Dakota connections may help the Wallwork Truck Center in Bismarck, said Curry Quenette, branch manager. “Technicians are in demand everywhere right now, so they have their pick of where they want to live. It’s hard to compete with a shop that’s near their hometown or in a more desirable climate,” he said.

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Designing a flexible campaign, which focuses on the precise needs of the communities was important, said Ritter. During the 16-week scheduled run of the first segment of the campaign, BMDA will monitor whether one advertising medium is working better than the others, allowing their strategy to be altered, if necessary, mid-campaign.

The timing of the campaign in early spring was planned carefully to allow families time to begin relocating in the summer, said Sauter. After the first segment of the campaign is complete, BMDA will assess the future direction of the Make Your Mark Campaign. This could mean a follow-up campaign in the fall or next spring, she added.

“The great thing about the first phase of the Make Your Mark Campaign is that it is measurable and flexible,” said Jones. With information such as the number of impressions and website visits available, BMDA can quickly adjust or shift direction. “In addition to the online part of the campaign, the BMDA plans to use the Make Your Mark Campaign in recruitment job fairs, collaborations with the Chamber and North Dakota Job Service, and even working with the North Dakota Department of Commerce to enhance the Good Life campaign.”

“Employee recruitment and retention are priorities for both organizations, and both are developing complementary pieces of a long-term solution,” said Matteson. “If Make Your Mark can persuade prospective employees to take a closer look at our communities, they will find a lot to like.” The goal of the campaign is to create an awareness that there are opportunities in Bismarck and Mandan, said Ritter, noting the hope is North Dakota citizens will become more knowledgeable about the opportunities available and become ambassadors to friends and relatives interested in moving to the area. “We know where we need the jobs, and we think we know who the people are,” said Ritter. “Now we just have to go get them.”

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 Ramkota Hotel 5:00pm - 7:30pm

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Maureen Eichele(center) and staff at the My Place Hotel. Located at 2640 Centennial Rd, Bismarck.

Member Profile Featuring Maureen Eichele with Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: Currently I have become the ND Regional Manager and I was the General Manager of My Place HotelBismarck for the past two years. Q: Briefly tell us the history of My Place Hotel. A: The visionary team behind My Place Hotels of America has been involved in nearly every aspect of the hotel business for almost 40 years. My Place CoFounder, Chairman and CEO Ron Rivett co-founded Super 8 Motels Inc. in Aberdeen, South Dakota in 1974, along with long-time friend Dennis Brown. After selling the wildly successful Super 8 Motels System in 1993, Ron remained in the hotel business, developing, building and operating Super 8 motels and other branded properties as a franchisee until 2011.

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My Place Hotel

Ron’s grandson and My Place Co-Founder President & COO Ryan Rivett has grown up in the hotel business, and has learned it from every angle. Since graduating from Northern State University in Aberdeen, Ryan has been extensively involved in all facets of both the hotel and multifamily apartment business, from design and development to financing, construction, and management. Ryan’s first hand experience in both industries provides a unique prospective on the economy extended stay hotel concept that has become My Place Hotels of America. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: We enjoy being in the Bismarck-Mandan market because of its growth. The progress of the community is exciting and has helped us see steady occupancy levels. With that, we too hope that we can be a positive impact for other businesses to grow and develop within the community. Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: At all My Place Hotel locations you will find a clean, comfortable room, friendly staff, and an affordable nightly, weekly or monthly rate. My Place fits in a niche that is truly underserved today. We’ve eliminated the inefficient, under-utilized amenities and focused on what’s really important; a well equipped room and a good night’s rest.

My Place Hotel’s are perfectly suited for short or long term stays with our spacious, well-designed properties. Our guest rooms provide all of the comforts of home including My Kitchen; complete with two burner cooktop, microwave, and full refrigerator/freezer with ice maker. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: The overall lodging market is performing well, development costs remain relatively stable and there is financing available for new projects.

Extended stay hotels, as a segment, are gaining in popularity with both consumers because of the flexibility they offer and with developers, due to their efficient operating platforms. - Terry Kline, EVP Franchise Development Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: After an extended economic downturn, competition to bring new hotels into markets is strong. Technology is rapidly changing and keeping up with the new channels that attract customer awareness is very important. Having a strong social media marketing presence through such channels as Facebook and Twitter are absolutely imperative. - Terry Kline, EVP Franchise Development


Q: What does the future of your business look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: All the leading lodging industry research groups are calling for a continued environment of growth over the next four to six years. The industry is responding as quickly as possible by the development of new rooms, but demand growth presently continues to exceed the supply of new product coming into the marketplace overall. Because of this supply and demand scenario, simple economics will tell us that room rates will more than likely continue to increase. -Terry Kline, EVP Franchise Development Q: My Place Hotel has been a member since 2012, why do you continue to renew each year? A: Being a Chamber Member is valuable to us because we get to interact with other businesses in town. We also like to support local organizations that support community growth and development. It’s imperative that as many people as possible know about this new brand we’ve created. If they are happy to see it in their hometown, maybe they’ll give us a try in another community like Fargo or Grand Forks. Q: What should Chamber members know about your company that may assist them within theirs? A: If they are bringing anyone to the community we have very desirable rooms; new, clean, comfortable, at very reasonable rates.

Project HOPE is a week-long community wellness event in which the Bismarck Cancer Center provides your employees with information about prevalent cancers in North Dakota as well as health and wellness tips. Join area businesses and allow your employees to dress casual for a week and wear cancer awareness ribbons each day in support of project HOPE.


A suggested donation of $10 from each employee

WEEK OF MAY 4-8, 2015


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Leadership Bismarck-Mandan: Media Day

The class had the opportunity to hear from all forms of media-radio, newspaper, television, online, and social.

Area media professionals present to the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class.

The class learned that it is important to meet within their organization to decide what news is and what isn’t. The timing of a story is very important as to when to report it. Good writing skills are important as well as fact checking when reporting Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) high-speed network allows business data to travel across the state or around the globe with over 40,000 miles of fiber optics in North Dakota. Our state leads the nation in the amount of fiber deployed per subscriber. Some of their services are provided to hospitals, government, financial institutions. They also host a data center for Netflix and Google. The business side of marketing was presented to the class and examples were given regarding constructing client images, building trust, public relations vs. advertising and how to get your message across.

When using social media, have a strategy as to who you are and what you want to present. A community panel made up of National Guard, Dakota Media Access & HDR Engineering talked about how they develop client relationships, press releases, and communicate within their organizations as well as outside to general public. Most businesses have a crisis communication team to develop and deliver their message depending on the situation. The class took a trip to the Bismarck Tribune where they went through the steps to print the daily newspaper. Our thanks to the following: Issue Day Chairs: Cathryn Sprynczynatyk - The Bismarck Tribune Lauren Meiers - Fat Cat Marketing

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Sponsors: Facility Sponsor - Dakota Carrier Network Breakfast Sponsor - Fat Cat Marketing Lunch Sponsor - The Bismarck Tribune Presenters: J.R. Havens - KFYR TV Brian Kroshus - Bismarck Tribune Stacy Sturm - URL Radio Seth Arndorfer - Dakota Carrier Network Jason Matthews - JM Strategies Robin Thorstenson - Dakota Media Access Staff Sgt. Eric Jensen - ND National Guard Carmen Banta - HDR Engineering

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan:

Legislative/Political Involvement day

There are 47 districts in North Dakota (two House representatives and one Senator from each district.) The class learned how bills are introduced and the process of a bill. Then the class attended some committee hearings.

A mock hearing was held for the class regarding a bill introduced several sessions ago. The class participated in the mock hearing. Several class members testified in favor, against and were questioned by committee members. Each class member had an opportunity to sit with a representative on the house floor The class learned the role of a lobbyist as an individual, business representative and what a legislator expects from a lobbyist. Then the class learned how to track and monitor bills of interest, develop a position in favor or against, draft testimony, provided 3-hole punch information for committee hearings.

Our thanks to the following: Issue Day Chairs: Carissa Richter - Lignite Energy Council Kay LaCoe - Lignite Energy Council Renee Stromme - ND Women’s Network

Sponsors: Breakfast/Lunch Sponsor - Lignite Energy Council “A North Dakota Toolkit”- Clearwater Communications Presenters: Russ Hanson - Associated General Steve Tomac - Basin Electric Power Cooperative Kelvin Hullet - Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Deana Wiese - Clearwater Communications Representative George Keiser Karen Ehrens Senator Joan Heckaman Senator Rich Wardner Senator Mac Schneider

The class learned the importance to believe in the organization you represent, be informed and prepared and get to know your legislators. When testifying, tell a story and be clear on why you are in favor or against Lt. Governor, Drew Wrigley, poses with the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Class of 2015 a bill. Then the class learned the roles of the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders. They provided the class with some great advice such as: we are all leaders, even if you are not in a head position; it’s not about me, but about the people; and get interested in running for legislature, listen and learn. Lastly the class learned how to get involved and where to start if interested in running for office. It is important to be active in your district and be active in your campaign. Chamber Connection | 11





Monopoly Tournament is a Huge Success On Saturday, February 21st, the 10th Annual Hasbro Junior Achievement Monopoly Tournament took place at Sunrise Elementary School. With about 100 players, the cafeteria at Sunrise was transformed into tables and tables of potential tycoons.

The atmosphere was intense as bankers tried to keep on top of the happenings at each table, making sure all rules were followed by the players who were anxious to occupy as many properties as they could in as short a time as possible. Kids and adults alike were vying to get the first Monopoly and prizes were given out for the first bankruptcy and the first person to own all the property in a category. When the players weren’t engaged in Monopoly, they were in the game room where they had the opportunity to try their hand at one of the flight simulators provided by Aviation Education ND and Sean Davis. Our official “Banker” was Lance Rambousek, and our very own Ms. Monopoly, Nicole Morrison Mathern, was the hostess with the mostess! Junior Achievement, Northwest Contracting and Townsquare Media (stations Hot 97.5, Classic Rock 96.5 The Fox, Cool 98.7, US 103.3 and Super Talk 1270) would like to thank the following sponsors and organizations who helped to make the Monopoly tournament on February 21st a success! Walmart-North and Amy Hullet-Century 21 Landmark Realty for providing the Grand Prizes. Big thanks to Mr. Lynn Wolf and Sunrise Elementary for allowing us to use their facilities. Sponsorships were done by Front Street Millwork, MDU Utilities Company, Gate City Bank, Berg’s 24 Hr. Towing, Ideal Image Dentistry & Spa, Bismarck State College, Cloverdale Foods, Missouri Valley Petroleum, Brady Martz & Associate, Capital Trophy, KLJ, Truss Systems, J & S Heavy Haul, LLC and Trademark Realty. Other Chamber member contributors include: Hansen’s Men’s Wear, Jerome Distributing, Space Aliens, NW Tire, Thunder Alley-Midway Lanes, Kupper Chevrolet, Jimmy Johns, Burger King, Ground Round, Daniel Companies, Bismarck Aero Center, Starion Financial, Dairy Queen, Tutti Frutti, Grand Theatres, Rock 30 Games, Taco Johns, Bismarck Police Department, Ideal Image Dentistry, Jill Castleberry-JJ’s Cakery, Shane Hafner-Securian Financial, KLJ, HuHot, Jen Smart - Aetna and Bremer Bank. 12 | Chamber Connection

Congratulations to all of the winners who took the bragging rights and prizes for the event! See you next year!


On August 6th, the BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local businesses and their accomplishments. Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan is the Chamber’s annual awards event that celebrates success and encourages continued economic growth. Each year, the following awards are presented:

Small Business Person of the Year This award is presented to an individual or to business partners. The nominee should have a substantiated history as an established business owner. The company’s ability to grow also is considered. The winner of this award will be submitted for the North Dakota SBA awards.

New Entrepreneur of the Year This award is presented to an individual who has served as a majority owner in a company for the past three years, increased employment opportunities, demonstrated entrepreneurial potential for long-term business success and economic growth, has overcome obstacles, has used technology creatively, and has invested in the community through social responsibility and community service.

You may nominate a qualifying business by going to the Chamber website at or by contacting Sally at 223-5660 or

Granite Award This award is presented annually to a company that has been in business for at least 50 years, has been a Chamber member for the last five years, and has shown a commitment to the community.

Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth and Profitability This award is presented to small businesses that have been in business at least five years, have shown revenue growth over the last four years by at least 20 percent, and are currently members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber.

Please join us on August 6th at 11:30am at the Ramkota. Tickets are $35 for members and $45 for non-members. Registration is available online at www.bismarckmandan. com/events.

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Breakfast with federal reserve president Narayana Kocherlakota Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015 Russell Reid Auditorium; Bismarck Heritage Center 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck 7:15AM - 9:00AM Free to Attend *Must RSVP, seating is limited.

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber in cooperation with the local banking community announced that Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President, Narayana Kocherlakota will speak in Bismarck on Tuesday, April 7. Prior to the speech at 7:50am a breakfast buffet will begin at 7:15am at the Russell Reid Auditorium at the Bismarck Heritage Center. Kocherlakota was named President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis in October 2009. Prior to that, he was a professor of economics at the University of Minnesota and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago and an A.B. in mathematics from Princeton.

Narayana Kocherlakota

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Registration for the event is limited to 250 people. RSVP online at www. or by contacting The Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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; understanding resources available through schools; where to get a home loan and understanding how the 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. Gateway to Science Mandan Parks & Recreation Missouri Valley Family YMCA Dickinson State University Bismarck Parks & Recreation Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library Bismarck Senior Center Girl Scouts – Dakota Horizon Bismarck Art & Galleries Association Sanford Health Bismarck State College K & L Homes Shiloh Christian School Golds Gym Optimist Club of Bismarck United Blood Services KNDR Radio THEO Art School

For more information, please contact Amanda at 701-223-5660 or

2015 MIXER

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

You are invited to the 15th Annual Chamber Spring Mixer on Thursday, April 16th at the Ramkota Hotel from 5:00pm - 7:30pm. Bring your friends, co-workers and your significant other for an evening of door prizes, hors d’oeurvres, refreshments, exciting booths and networking opportunities. More than 700 people are anticipated to attend and browse through over 60 local business booths. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for the best decorated Spring Mixer Booth. The cost of admission is $5.00 and a business card. Booth space is still available but limited, contact Susie for sponsorship opportunities. Register online at or contact the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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 Date! Tuesday, April 21st Colonel Jason L. Morris, US Marine Corps


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Membership mixer: Coldspring Date: Location: Time: Fees:

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. Membership Mixers are free to attend and open to your employees, so don’t forget to invite your co-workers along for the fun. To kick-off the evening the Chamber Ambassadors will be doing a Ribbon Cutting ceremony at 4:50pm to help welcome Coldspring’s to our community. Please RSVP online at events/calendar or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660.

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Membership mixer: Mcquade Distributing Co. Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Thursday, May 14, 2015 McQuade Distributing Co., Inc. 1150 Industrial Dr, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Mark your calendars for May’s Membership Mixer! Thursday, May 14th Mcquade Distributing will be hosting our monthly membership mixer event. Come and network with members from the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber as you enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeurves, soothing refreshments and fingers crossed, some WARM weather! Please RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan. com/events/calendar or by contacting Amanda at

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail NW, Mandan 11:30AM - 1:00PM Free to Attend

Wednesday, May 20 at the Baymont Inn & Suites (formerly Seven Seas) the 26th class of leaders will graduate from the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program. You are invited to attend and help celebrate with registration beginning at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program at noon. These new leaders are: Brad Davison - MDU Resources Group, Inc. Matthew Stevenson - Fireside Office Products Chris Gessele - Basin Electric Power Cooperative Melanie Phillips - Edgewood Vista David Leingang - Leingang Home Center Nathan Schneider - Bis-Man Development Assoc. Dyke Boese - MDU Resources Group, Inc. Raquel Jessen - University of Mary Jennifer Klesalek - Bismarck State College Robyn Johnsen - Aetna Jerry Haas - Petro Hunt Ron Walters - Great Plains Food Bank Josh Keller - Knife River Corporation Ryan Steinman - Cross Country Freight Solutions Karalee Harper - Heartland Child Nutrition Tanya Peluso - National Information Solutions Cooperative Karen Smith - Hit, Inc. Kim Peterson - United Blood Services Todd Van Orman - First Community Credit Union Kirk Cristy - Sanford Health Trish Helgeson - Starion Financial The cost for attending is $25.00 per person and does include lunch. You can register online at or by calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

Chamber Golf Scramble Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Monday, June 8, 2015 Apple Creek Country Club 8912 County Rd 10, Bismarck 10:00AM - 4:00PM $170.00 per golfer* *Includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner and driving range.

The Annual Chamber Scramble Around is scheduled for Monday, June 8 at Apple Creek Country Club. Registration starts at 10:30am, golfing begins at 11:30am. There will be plenty of prizes, refreshments, contests, food and fun. Start thinking about putting your teams together or you can sign up individually and we will put you on a team. Registration for this event will begin next month so watch for the registration online.

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Friday, June 19, 2015 Mandan Eagles Club 1400 Collins Ave, Mandan 6:00PM - 10:00PM Tickets go on sale soon!!

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BPS look at enrollment projections On March 9, Bismarck Public Schools heard recommendations from a demographer on how to deal with the projected growth of 22-hundred new students in the next five years for an average annual growth of 440 students in grades K-12.

Once the Liberty addition is completed (100 seats) and if all elementary classrooms are filled to maximum capacity, the district will have room for 997 elementary children next year. With an average K-5 enrollment increase of 200 each year through 2020, little space would be left available. Superintendent Tamara Uselman says, “Most of our open spaces in grades K-5 are in our older schools in more established neighborhoods, while newer schools on the edge of development are full to overflowing.� The demographer, who looks at a variety of growth factors such as birth rates, construction, home purchases, oil prices, etc., predicts that by the school year 20192020 classrooms in the district will be overcapacity in grades K-12 by more than 300 students, even with the addition of four classrooms at Liberty this summer and the opening of Legacy High School in the fall. At the elementary level, Liberty enrollment will continue to be an issue, even with four more classrooms. Highland Acres, Lincoln and Solheim will also experience more students than their current maximum capacity. The largest pressure point will be at the middle level, which will be overcapacity starting next school year.

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To handle future enrollment growth, the Bismarck School Board will be looking at ideas such as redrawing boundaries, busing children to schools outside of their neighborhood attendance area, using portables, building classroom additions, buying land for future schools, reconfiguring schools or grade levels, and/or moving students into Hughes as Legacy students will be out of the building by fall. The last time demographer Rob Schwarz with RSP and Associates made predictions for enrollment growth in Bismarck Public Schools, his projections were 99.5 percent accurate.

Public invited to TALK 2015 addressing Human Rights
 The public is invited to attend “TALK 2015: Human Rights Challenges and Solutions” on Saturday, April 18, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the North Dakota Heritage Center. TALK 2015 will feature four experts involved with current human rights issues in the state. Bismarck native Shannon Galpin, global humanitarian, activist, author, speaker, and founder of Mountain2Mountain, will serve as keynote. TALK 2015 is sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, United Tribes Technical College, and the North Dakota Humanities Council. The $20 registration fee includes lunch.
 Tim Purdon, former US Attorney, will be addressing human trafficking challenges in North Dakota. North Dakota Indian Affairs Commissioner Scott Davis will present a conversation about race. Featured at the luncheon will be US Senator Heidi Heitkamp presenting on combating human trafficking at the state and national levels.

Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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The annual Bismarck Mayor’s Prayer Luncheon, will be held May 5, 2015, at 12:00 Noon until 1:00 p.m. Pastor Renee Splichal-Larson will deliver the keynote address. The event will take place at the Ramkota Inn, 800 South Third Street, Bismarck. Businesses may reserve table sponsorships, $500 for a table of eight, and $250 for a table of four. Individual tickets may also be reserved for $25. Reservations are required and must be made in advance by Noon, May 1, 2015. For more information and to make reservations, call (701) 400-0646 and leave a message. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Crisis Care Chaplaincy program.

Named a National Geographic Adventurer in 2013, Shannon Galpin founded the non-profit Mountain2Mountain and the activist organization, Combat Apathy, to fight for women’s and girls’ rights around the world. She creates projects and programs that empower voices in conflict zones and inspire others to become involved. An avid mountain biker continually focused on breaking gender barriers, she became the first person to mountain bike in Afghanistan in 2009, a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes. “We invite the public to participate in this thoughtful morning of presentations and conversation,” said Kim Jondahl, Communications and Education director with the State Historical Society. “TALK 2015 will help increase awareness and provide an important discussion about key challenges and opportunities in combating some current human rights issues in our state.”

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Online registration is required in advance. Register and find more at or call 701.328.2666. All faiths or beliefs are welcome.

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Government and TRADEMARK REALTY TO EXPAND AND OPEN Community Access Channels Now in NORTH OFFICE Trademark Realty has signed a lease for a second High Definition location in Bismarck, N.D. The firm announced expansion plans and the addition of significant office space in north Bismarck to allow for future growth.

“The real estate brokerage has experienced substantial growth over the last year, adding a record number of agents in 2014 with plans to meet or exceed last year’s growth in 2015,” said CEO, Chad Wachter. The current office, located at 905 Tacoma Ave., Suite 2, consists of 4,500 square feet and will serve as the south location. The new space, located at 1400 W. Century Ave., will add an additional 7,000 square feet and individual office space for 27 agents. The additional office will focus on a collaborative office environment with private offices and common space amenities, including two spacious state of the art conference rooms. “Trademark Realty takes pride in integration of the the latest technology and paperless, digital systems for agents, employees and clients,” said Wachter. The new space will allow for additional and improved employee-focused amenities. DESIGN | FABRICATE | INSTALL | SERVICE

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Local Government and Community Access programs can now be viewed in full high definition (HD) in the Bismarck – Mandan area on cable channels 602 and 612 respectively. The Government and Community Access channels are managed by Dakota Media Access (DMA) and are available on the Midcontinent Communications cable system. Viewers can now watch programming in either HD or SD on cable, or on the website to watch live streams. Government meetings and most community programs are also archived, allowing viewers to search for and view on demand at “The time was right to provide this upgrade in quality that puts us on par with other cable programming,” said Jack McDonald, DMA’s Board President. “DMA has been producing program content in HD for many years, but we were not able to transmit in HD. Now, with the cost of HD transmission equipment becoming more affordable, combined with Midcontinent Communication generously providing us the channel capacity, we are able to bring the HD service to the Bismarck-Mandan community.” HD equipment upgrades were also made to both the Bismarck and Mandan city hall meetings rooms. New HD cameras were installed, as well as a new HD switching systems, audio controls, and titling software in each control room. The Government Access channel presents over 250 live municipal meetings and public affairs programs that take place in Bismarck and Mandan, and Burleigh and Morton counties, annually. “This HD upgrade is more than a beauty makeover,” said Mary Van Sickle, executive director, DMA. “It conveys that our programming is valuable, timely, and relevant. The reality is that our successful HD migration—which puts us at the vanguard of Community Media Centers nationwide—allows us to provide both a higher quality viewing experience and an enhanced representation of our government and community.”

Mandan Park District awards universal playground equipment contract The Mandan Park District awarded a contract to Landscape Structures March 9, to build and install equipment at the universal playground being planned at Eagle’s Park. Landscape Structures, a nationally known leader in the design and construction of universal playgrounds, is represented locally by Dakota Fence. The playground, scheduled to open this fall, will allow people of all ages and abilities to play together. The project is being led by the Mandan Park District and a group of community volunteers. To date, funds raised a total of $349,662. Additionally, Mandan Parks & Recreation has committed $100,000 to the project in its 2015 budget. The total estimated cost of the project is $500,000.

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Grant to Help Reduce Teen Driver Fatalities in N.D.

The most dangerous year of a person’s life is the first year they learn to drive.* To help improve teen driver safety in North Dakota, State Farm has awarded a $15,000 grant to the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC). The NDSC will use the grant dollars to provide affordable and life-saving driver safety training to teenagers across the state. “State Farm is committed to making the roads safer by encouraging new drivers to be safe behind the wheel,” says State Farm Public Affairs Specialist Kelly Savage. “We appreciate what the NDSC is doing to help make this possible.” Alive at 25 is a 4.5 hour Defensive Driving Course for drivers and passengers ages 14 to 24. The course addresses inexperience, distractions, peer pressure and how to reduce the risk of being involved in a fatal car crash. With support from the State Farm grant, the NDSC taught Alive at 25 to approximately 70 high school students Feb. 17th at Dakota Prairie School in Petersburg, N.D. This was the first of several classes to be taught thanks to State Farm grant dollars.


Fortune magazine named U.S. Bancorp the most admired superregional bank today, the fifth consecutive year that U.S. Bancorp has topped the list. “We are proud to have been named Fortune’s most admired superregional bank for the fifth consecutive year,” said Richard Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer for U.S. Bancorp. “We know that integrity is important to our customers, communities, and investors. We are proud to be bankers and we embrace the unique opportunities we have to help people achieve their potential.” U.S. Bancorp was also recognized among the top ten most admired of companies in all industries for six of Fortune’s nine key attributes of reputation: Management Quality (U.S. Bancorp no. 2 overall), Wise Use of Corporate Assets (4), Value as a Long-Term Investment (6), Soundness of Financial Position (7), Ability to Attract, Develop, and Retain Talent (8) and Community Responsibility (9). In the superregional banks category, U.S. Bancorp ranked first in eight of the nine industry key attributes of reputation: Innovation, People Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Quality of Management, Financial Soundness, Long-Term Investment Value and Quality of Products/Services. Fortune’s ranking is determined by a survey of executives, directors and analysts rating companies inside and outside of their industry on a series of criteria.

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Gwen Sebastian Headlines Country Lineup in Medora

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North Dakota’s very first “Star of The Voice,” Gwen Sebastian, is set to headline Medora’s first Country Music Concert Series when she takes the stage on July 4. The Hazen duo, Tigirlily, opens the concert series with their performance on June 26 and Watford City native and wellknown acoustic artist, Jessie Veeder, will perform a special, full-band concert on July 18.

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All three concerts take place at 3:30pm MDT prior to that evening’s showing of the Medora Musical, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary Season all summer long. After years of touring, Sebastian got her big break on season two of NBC’s “The Voice”— where Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, and Adam Levine all fought to have her on their team – but her success didn’t stop there. Since the show, she’s toured with her coach, Blake, with country superstars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley on the Locked and Reloaded tour, has played the Grand Ole Opry, and is currently on the road with Lambert before she heads to Medora. Sebastian’s duet single with Shelton, “My Eyes,” hit #1 on the Country Music Charts in 2014 and has sold over a half-million copies. While Sebastian has performed and recorded with some of Country Music’s A-list, for her there’s nothing better than coming home. “Coming back and performing at home really is the highlight of the tour for me,” she says. “I love and am so thankful to be touring with Blake, and with Miranda, but there is something really special about performing for a theater full of friends and family and long-time supporters – you really want to put on a great show for them!

“And, growing up in Hebron, just down the road from Medora,” she continues, “if there was one stage you wanted to be on, as an artist, it was the stage of the Medora Musical, surrounded by the beautiful Badlands.” 
The Hazen duo, Tigirlily, who opened for two sold-out shows in Medora last year, kick off the Medora Country Concert Series on June 26. Yet another example of great, home-grown talent from North Dakota, Tigirlily has toured continuously while producing new, original music over the last two years and may be poised to be the state’s next national sensation. Jessie Veeder will take the stage the afternoon of July 18. Veeder, who has performed nationally and received attention across the country for her recent single “Boom Town,” has become a state favorite for her heartfelt music and writing that encompasses the love of country life and her home in western North Dakota. In her words, she is excited “ when she brings a full band together for a special, exciting show.

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Simmers inducted into North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame Robert “Bob” H. Simmers was inducted into the North Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame based on his significant contributions to aviation in North Dakota and to his community on Tuesday, March 3 during the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium held in Fargo March 1-3. The Midwest Aviation Symposium is hosted annually by the North Dakota Aviation Council.

Simmers was born in Jamestown in 1947, into an aviation family. His parents, Francis and Irene Simmers, bought their first airplane the year he was born, maintained a grass strip on their farm east of Jamestown, and both Bob Simmers earned their pilot’s license. As the family initially used aviation for agricultural and social purposes, Bob grew to use aviation as a means of service, activism, and to make a living. Simmers soloed in 1963 and enjoyed the privilege of leisure flight around the farm. In 1984, he turned to aviation as a livelihood, becoming a flight instructor with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He began working as an agricultural applicator and charter pilot for Jamestown Aviation, and soon became a designated pilot examiner, playing a significant role in many pilots’ progression. He continued to teach throughout the years and founded Bismarck Aero Center in 1990 while being actively involved in the leadership of the North Dakota Aviation Council, constantly advocating for the benefits and freedom of aviation, particularly in matters of airspace and pilot safety through practice and training. In 2012 he was appointed by Governor Jack Dalrymple to the North Dakota Unmanned Systems Authority for the purpose of ensuring that General Aviation interests were respected in the development and integration of remotely piloted aircraft. To date, he has accumulated over 16,000 hours of flight time and has flown over 100 different makes and models of aircraft. What is truly remarkable about Bob is his selfless nature amidst all of his accomplishments. As he looks for opportunities to protect, improve, and share aviation, he also gives rides with EAA or on his own to friends and family, raises funds for charities, speaks, writes, organizes, and gives to his community in numerous ways.

Kupper Automotive Raises Over $35K for Childhood Cancer Research

In partnership with Basin Electric’s annual “Brave the Shave” campaign to help fund childhood cancer research and fellowships, a total of 34 Kupper Automotive employees, family members and community members shaved their heads (or donated their hair) in solidarity with kids with cancer and raised money to Conquer Childhood Cancers!
Kupper Automotive-Brave the Shave was held Wednesday, March 11 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm at Kupper Chevrolet in Mandan.

Kupper Automotive was proud to have in attendance the CEO of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Kathleen Ruddy, based out of Monrovia, CA. Kupper Kupper Automotive surpassed their fundraising goal by $10,067. Auto owner Bob Kupper, who was one of the shavees, told Ruddy, “If I’m going to talk the talk (to my employees), I’ve got to walk the walk…I’m going to Kupper also gave the option to employees at all stores shave my head and raise some money.” to donate vacation days where he would pay however many donated days’ wages straight to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which ended up being a great contribution to the overall fundraising goal. 

With donations still coming in, the dealership group, made up of Bismarck Motor Company and Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru, well surpassed their $25,000 fundraising goal, with a current total of $35,067. The dealership looks forward to participating again next year and helping to further promote research funding for childhood cancer and helping survivors lead long and healthy lives. 
 Bob Kupper, owner, participated in Kupper Automotive-Brave the Shave.

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Public invited to OPEN HOUSE EVENT FOR FIVESOUTH Bismarck Futures, LLC, leaders of the BismarckMandan business communities who are invested in the growth and development of a healthy capital city, Cardon Development Group (CDG), a Phoenix-based real estate developer with a track record of creating visionary, transformative projects, and übl Design Group, a Bismarck-based architectural and design group, announced today that the proposed project, FiveSouth, will be featured during an open house from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2 at the Bismarck Events Center. Bismarck Futures Chairman Bruce Whittey and CDG president Steve Backman made the announcement. “The City of Bismarck is experiencing tremendous growth. It is important to us to provide the engaged community with the opportunity to learn more about how FiveSouth will activate their downtown core,” said Backman. “We’re hosting this open house to highlight each individual component in more detail and answer questions from the citizens of Bismarck.” The event will be open to the public and anyone who is interested in learning more about the development is encouraged to attend. “What better way to showcase the FiveSouth development plan than to let community members hear about it directly from the project stakeholders,” said Whittey. “It is our intention to show off the dynamic residential, streetscape and lifestyle destinations that will invigorate the City of Bismarck.”

An open house is the ideal venue to display current renderings of the new streetscape, housing units, retail development, public uses and the full-service hotel. CDG will serve as the master developer, übl Design Group is the master architect and Wenck Associates will be the master engineer. “The FiveSouth development proposal is a transformative project that will drive the downtown activation plan of Bismarck,” said Ubl. “Being a local urban design architecture group, übl is well-suited to capture the design concepts that embody the City of Bismarck. Coupled with imaginative solutions, this project will deliver highly functional spaces to the Bismarck community.” The proposed downtown mixed-use project would provide an array of economic benefits to Bismarck and the immediate regions, including approximately 2,600 direct and indirect jobs in the metro area over the six-year construction period, according to a study conducted in 2014. Upon completion, it is estimated that FiveSouth would inject more than $130 million annually to the metro area, as well as spurred off-site visitor spending at neighborhood retail outlets, restaurants and entertainment venues. The Open House will be held in the new concourse of the Bismarck Events Center, and guests are requested to enter at the corner of 5th Street and Front Ave.

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Awardees announced for BSC Jack Fellowship

Two Bismarck State College staff members are recipients of this year’s Jack Fellowship from the BSC Foundation Board of Trustees. The fellowship, valued at $25,000, helps BSC faculty and staff further their education, conduct research or pursue other professional development. Janet Dixon, resource development manager, will use her fellowship to complete a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of North Dakota. Karen Erickson, director of Admissions and Enrollment Services, is completing a doctorate in education with emphasis in occupational and adult education from North Dakota State University. Hired in 2008, Erickson started as Admissions coordinator and was named director in 2012. During that time she finished a master’s degree in education with emphasis in higher education and student affairs, also from NDSU. Her undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota is in sports and recreation management. Erickson said the terminal doctorate degree was always a long-term goal. She prefers classroom over online study and accesses NDSU classes over the statewide Interactive Video Network. “I just really like that class discussion,” said Erickson, now in her second semester while still working full-time. “It has been more challenging than I thought, but all things worth having are worth working at. I am hopeful my investment will pay off in the long run. A lot of what I’m studying is relevant to BSC.”

Dixon specializes in research and grant-writing for the Foundation. She has worked there in two seven-year stretches – 19972004 as administrative assistant promoted to alumni and programs coordinator, and 2007 to present as a research and grants specialist, grant development coordinator and now resource development manager.

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Dixon has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and two semesters completed toward her master’s. She is structuring her elective courses around education to help position her career. Dixon said the fellowship has eased the challenge of juggling work, finances and family. “I wrote the guidelines for the Jack [Fellowship] when it was set Karen Erickson up with the Foundation,” she said, “but I never thought I would be benefiting from this. I feel it is a great honor to receive this opportunity.” The late Tom and Peg Jack, lead contributors to BSC’s Jack Science Center, endowed the Jack Fellowship in 1999. A committee appointed by the BSC Foundation selects the recipients.


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Marco, Inc., a leading technology services provider in the United States, announced that it has purchased Solbrekk, Inc., a business IT services company located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Solbrekk has been providing their clients with IT services including cloud computing, managed IT services and document management for over 11 years. Their employees have joined the Marco team. “This acquisition augments our well established managed IT services division and allows us to further expand our hosted/cloud service offerings,” said Marco CEO Jeff Gau. “It continues our commitment to provide the types of solutions organizations are evaluating for their businesses today. We look forward to continuing Solbrekk’s commitment to satisfying their clients and providing them with expanded IT services.” Since 2004, Marco has grown from 200 employees to 850 employees and now has 41 locations nationally. In addition to Solbrekk’s office in Minneapolis, Marco also has offices in St. Louis Park, Inver Grove Heights and Plymouth in the Greater Twin Cities area.

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Young Professionals Network Presents donation check to special olympics The Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN) presented a donation check to their non-profit partner, Special Olympics North Dakota - Bismarck, Wednesday, March 18 at Midway Lanes in Mandan.

In February, the YPN hosted their seventh annual ChillN-Bowl tournament and surpassed all expectations by selling out for the second consecutive year. There were 26 teams, 104 bowlers, 26 crockpots and various costumes. During the event YPN raised more than $2,000 for Special Olympics North Dakota – Bismarck. “Once again, the YPN is impacting the community in a positive way. We are so proud that we are able to partner with Special Olympics and that our members gave so generously at this event,” said Heather Welle, YPN President. The partnership between YPN and Special Olympics allows the Bismarck chapter the opportunity to connect with young professionals from around Bismarck-Mandan while providing YPN members with service opportunities throughout the year. Since their partnership began in September YPN has held several fundraising events to benefit the organization. Additionally, YPN encourages members to direct their volunteer efforts toward Special Olympics through coaching, fundraising, chaperoning and assisting players on the field.

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Team KLJ – Chris Horner, James Kiedrowski, Joe Lucht and Ed Brodmarkle were named the Grand Champion of the Chill-N-Bowl Tournament for the best combined average of chili and bowling scores.

Eighth annual Brave the Shave unites Bismarck-Mandan in quest to help conquer kids’ cancer

Bismarck-Mandan and beyond sacrificed hair, money, time and talent today to help conquer kids’ cancer. As a result, more than 180 bald heads roam the community.

The 8th annual Brave the Shave’s signature event was held March 13 at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA. Basin Electric’s Brave the Shave Campaign culminated in a rapid hair-shaving event filled with kids and adults united to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Green hair, purple hair, short hair, long hair, to ultimately no hair, there was no shortage of spirit, spontaneity and generosity. 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 $131 million to support the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world. Since Basin Electric brought the “Brave the Shave campaign” to the region in 2008, more than 1,500 volunteers have shaved their heads and raised more than $1.6 million to help fund childhood cancer research and fellowships.

Leading up to today were events hosted by Sanford Medical Center, the Bismarck Bobcats, Kupper Chevrolet and the Elks, where local law enforcement and fire fighters faced off in a third annual “Guns ‘N Hoses” event.

Additionally, the Brave the Shave campaign involves tandem events in Beulah, N.D.; Gillette and Wheatland, Wyo.; and Brookings, S.D. For more information, go to and campaigns/bravetheshave Donations for the campaign are still being accepted and tallied. In the last eight years, Basin Electric’s Brave the Shave campaign raised more than $1.6 million for St. Baldrick’s. Last year’s campaign brought in more than $400,000. “Every year we set the bar higher, and we’ve been fortunate to beat the previous year’s total,” Eggl says. “We’re hoping to do it again this year. Regardless of the final total, we feel great about this year’s campaign and all the good that came out of it.”

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Several honorees families from present and past Brave the Shave events were in attendance, and some even braved the shave. Thirteen local children were honored at this year’s event. In addition to hair cutting and head-shaving, this year’s flagship event included a photo booth, children’s crafts, silent auction, face painting, balloon creations, and local mascots, including Princess Baldina. Joining Basin Electric as prime sponsors of this event are North American Coal, NextEra Energy, NISC, KLJ, MDU Resources Group, Inc., CHI St. Alexius Health, Great River Energy, Kupper Automotive, the Missouri Valley Family YMCA and Sanford Health. In-kind donations were provided by Spa D’Athena, Identity Salon and Hair for You.

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Judge Jorgensen presented AARC award


Donald Jorgensen, retired South Central District judge, was presented the Abused Adult Resource Center’s 21st annual “Love Without Fear” award Friday (Feb. 13) at Pam’s House, AARC’s emergency shelter for battered women and their children. The award honors someone who has made a difference in the community regarding domestic violence. Presenting the award were Tamara Barber, chair of the AARC Board of Directors, and Diane Zainhofsky, AARC executive director. Barber noted that Judge Jorgensen had been extremely fair with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in his court. She said he also had been a strong advocate for children as well, supporting the development of visitation centers, including the Family Safety Center operated by AARC. “He believed that children should be able to have visitation with both parents, and that process should be done safely,” she said.

Sanford Health Plan selected as insurance provider

Sanford Health Plan will become the insurance provider for the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS) health plan members beginning July 1. The NDPERS board announced its decision February 19th.

 “This is tremendous recognition of our work in North Dakota and the trust the North Dakota PERS board has in Sanford Health Plan,” said Rich Adcock, Sanford Health executive vice president.

The decision will add 29,000 contracts covering 65,000 covered lives to Sanford Health Plan.

“Our existing infrastructure across a broad geography is well-equipped to support these additional members and we will immediately expand our presence in North Dakota,” said Adcock.

 Sanford Health Plan is in the process of opening offices in Fargo and Bismarck. There will be more than 100 positions available immediately in the state.

“I want to assure all NDPERS health plan members utilizing our health plan that they can all expect outstanding service from their partners at Sanford Health Plan,” said Adcock.

 NDPERS health plan members can expect additional information and multiple member forums at convenient locations in various communities prior to the transition.

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April Televised LIVE Government Meetings

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5:30 pm Mandan School Board

Tuesday, 7th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Wednesday, 8th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Thursday, 9th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Monday, 13th 4:30 pm Mandan Park Board (recorded) Monday, 13th

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Tuesday, 14th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 15th 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission

Thursday, 16th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Commission Monday, 20th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 20th

Governor Dalrymple Announces Recipients of Governor’s Awards Governor Jack Dalrymple has chosen the recipients of the 2015 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. They are as follows: Individual Achievement: Keith Bear of New Town; Linda Christman of Bismarck; and Chuck Suchy of Mandan; Arts in Education: Marilyn Johnson of Bismarck; and Annette Rorvig of McVille.

The Governor’s Awards for the Arts were established in 1977 as a way of recognizing individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the arts throughout the state. Recipients are chosen for their efforts to expand arts opportunities to new audiences, create an appreciation for North Dakota’s cultural heritage, and make the arts more central to education and an integral part of community life as well as on their length of service within the state. The four possible nomination categories are Individual Achievement, Arts Organization, Arts in Education, and Private Business. Awards are given to the top candidates, regardless of the category they represent.

5:30 pm Mandan School Board

Tuesday, 21st 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Wednesday, 22nd 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning & Zoning Commission Monday, 27th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board

Tuesday, 28th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Tuesday, 28th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded)

Thursday, 30th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services 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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Steve Kelsch

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Dr. Russo

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Q: How can I reverse, slow Q: Why are Small businesses Q: What are the risks for down, or conceal the a cybercriminal’s skin cancer and how can signs of aging? favorite target? I protect myself? A: Working in the beauty industry for A: Because small business owners are A: Skin cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed worldwide. Many skin cancers are curable if caught early. The major risk factor for skin cancer is sun One of the biggest issues facing small exposure. Screening for skin cancer can business owners in the fight against be done both by the patient and by your cybercrime is the lack of a cybercrime family practice doctor or dermatologist. plan. While 83 percent lack a formal plan, Skin cancers most commonly occur on over 69 percent lack even an informal those areas exposed to sun throughout one. Over half of small business owners our life such as the nose, ears, face, will never affect them. shoulders and upper back and chest. However, they can occur in any location. Cyber-attacks cost SMBs an average of Skin cancers can be cured with simple $188,242 each incident, and nearly 2/3 techniques such as resection, laser of the businesses affected are out of therapy, radiation therapy and others. business within the next six months. Unfortunately, some skin cancers are quite A separate study by Verizon showed serious and are known as melanomas. that over 80 percent of small business As a patient, there are risk factors for cybercrime victims were vulnerable melanoma that you can look for and bring because of insufficient network security to the attention of your physician. These (wireless and password issues ranked the are called the ABCDs of melanoma. The highest). With insecure networks and no A stands for “Asymmetry” or one side formal plan to combat them, we make it shaped differently than the other. The much easier for the criminals to access B stands for “Border irregularity” where our systems. instead of being smooth and round, the border is jagged. The C for “Color A good website for tips to prevent these variation” where you may see areas of types of attacks can be found at http:// brown, purple and red. Finally, the D stands for “Diameter” or size, where greater than 1/3 an inch is suspicious. Perform regular skin exams yourself, wear sunscreen and protective clothing, see a doctor at least once a year for a skin check, and if you see any of the suspicious signs above contact your healthcare provider. 32 | Chamber Connection not prepared and make it easier for the criminals to access their systems.

the past decade, there’s one thing that’s become more in demand than any other generation before, and that’s helping women age gracefully and naturally. I work daily on concealing imperfections, creating illusions, and reversing or slowing down the signs of aging of the hair, skin and nails. In this series, I’m going to share with you tips and tricks of the trade that my colleagues and I have found most helpful in looking our best and youngest selves. The skin is one of the first places to show the signs of aging. There are an array of treatments, products and even surgeries, but the two things you should start doing today to obtain younger looking skin now and in the future is to EXFOLIATE and USE SUNSCREEN. There are a number of ways to exfoliate. A monthly trip to the dermatologist for a microdermabrasion is great at removing dead skin cells. Or, if you prefer the comfort of your own home, some companies, such as Rodan and Fields Dermatologists, have created at home gadgets. Another great way to exfoliate would be to use a scrub in place of your face wash one to three times a week. Exfoliating is one of the best ways to reveal the younger looking you. And remember, always wear sunscreen.

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Q: Will my spouse and I need Q: Are there new regulations marriage counseling in place for a DOT exam? during our custom home A: On May 21, 2014 the Federal Motor build? Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) A: Potential clients often have anxiety mandated the latest two regulations for

about the cost overruns, multitude of decisions and likelihood of miscommunication and confusion that is associated with custom home building. The reality is that next to raising a family, purchasing a home is one of the largest decisions a couple will make together and the dynamic of each relationship is unique. The most common potential cause for conflict is when there is disagreement as to the target budget for the home. It is difficult to make any real progress without consensus on the size, features, design or budget for the build and lingering uncertainties often cause conflict during the construction of the home. Custom home builders first and foremost must be good communicators. As a result, it is important to select a builder who has the tools to keep each spouse informed by providing accurate project milestones, selection scheduling, budget tracking, and realistic allowances. A builder’s organization of not only its own employees, vendors and subcontractors but also clients is critical to keeping the agreed upon closing date and allow for a positive custom home building experience. Ultimately, there is always some level of anxiety when building a home, but these suggestions should provide for a quality home and marriage for years to come.

DOT exams. The first requires all medical examiners performing the examinations to be certified and listed on the national registry. The second requires examine results be sent to the national registry.

Certification requires 10 hours of training and the passing of an examination. Through this process, we as certified medical examiners develop an understanding of the specific regulations required by the DOT, and bring that knowledge to the exam process. The second regulation requires each DOT examination result be sent to a national registry, where a review process may take place. Should a driver seek a second exam after being disqualified or asked to seek further medical evaluation, the results of the second exam will be reviewed by the national registry. The medical conditions which may cause reduced or no clearance are: • Obstructive sleep apnea • Diabetes • Heart disease • Sedating medication use • Strokes and mini-strokes

Through these regulations, the DOT and certified medical examiners work together to make our highways safer through standardized protocols for all DOT examinations through certified experts.


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3101 North 11th Street Bismarck, ND 58503 701-224-9521

Q: How important to your body is controlling stress? A: Stress does not merely afflict your

mind; it can also affect your body. In fact, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses – from headaches to stomach disorders to depression – and can even increase the risk of serious conditions like stroke and heart disease. We typically think of dangerous situations triggering our bodys stress mechanism. This mechanism gets our body ready to flee these dangerous situations, such as increasing our heart rate, increased blood pressure, and increasing our blood sugar for energy. Unfortunately, not only do dangerous situations trigger this response, but other types of stress; worry over dept, anxiety, work conflicts, and others.

It is important to learn ways to deal with stress, such as recognizing when you don’t have control, and let it go, focus on what makes you feel calm and in control, develop a healthy living and wellness lifestyle. Exercise is an excellent stress reliever. Taking 10-15 minutes a day to walk, run, or do yoga goes a long way to relieving stress. There are also medications that can help you cope with stress. Talk to your doctor to inquire about stress relief and medication options. Chamber Connection | 33





Wolf Named ND National Distinguished Principal of the Year!

Lynn Wolf, principal at Sunrise Elementary School, has been named North Dakota National Lynn Wolf Distinguished Principal of the Year by the North Dakota Association of Elementary School Principals. The National Distinguished Principals recognition program is typically held in October in Washington, D.C. culminating in a banquet and awards ceremony. Wolf was recognized last night at the NDAESP mid-winter conference. He has worked for Bismarck Public Schools for 25 years. Wolf has been the principal at Sunrise through the construction and opening of that new school. He was also the principal at Moses and Northridge, as well as an assistant principal and teacher at Solheim and Myhre. Prior to that, Wolf was the principal at St. Joseph School in Mandan, executive director of Mandan Head Start, and a teacher at Mount Pleasant School in Rolla, North Dakota. Previous Bismarck Public School administrators to get the ND Distinguished Principal of the Year nomination at the elementary level were Dr. Jean Hall, Myhre, 2006; Bill Demaree, Myhre, 1999; and August Ritter, Northridge, 1988.

Credit Collections Bureau Promotions Credit Collections Bureau is proud to announce Kole Wagner, Heidi Black and Miesha Martinez to Collection Associate.

PERKS Marco Announces Recent Promotions

New Agents at Integra Realty Group

Susy Kontos

Ramona Dockter

Integra Realty Group, Inc. is excited and honored to have Susy Kontos and Ramona Dockter joining our team of professional real estate agents. Kontos and Dockter specialize in residential sales and are looking forward to working with all of their past, current and future clients to make their real estate transactions an enjoyable experience. Contact Kontos at 595-6472 or email her at susysproperties@ and Dockter at 220-4656 or email her at or call Integra Realty Group at (701) 751-6377.

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Bianco Realty Sales Awards

Bianco Realty has named Shirley Thomas and Judy Maslowsi Associates of the Month! Thomas and Clint Dorgan Maslowsi had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of February 2015. Thomas has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and Maslowsi has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2007.

Egemo Joins Fireside Office Solutions

Laurel Egemo has joined Fireside Office Solutions as a Michael Tomsche Document Imaging Specialist. She recently returned to Bismarck from Houston, Texas. Laurel Egemo She has over two years of solution-based experience, helping many organizations develop methods to work more effectively. Laurel will be working with our Kyocera line of products.

Marco, Inc. recently announced the following promotions: Mike Welling was promoted to director of managed IT services. Welling has over 17 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco 1997 as a computer technician and was promoted to managed services technical manager in 2013. Tyler Ebnet was promoted to copier sales manager in Cedar Rapids, IA. Ebnet has over 12 years of experience in the IT industry and joined Marco in 2009 as a technology advisor. Clint Dorgan was promoted to production systems sales manager. Dorgan has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2009 as a production print specialist. Michael Tomsche was promoted to copier sales manager in Rochester, MN. Tomsche has over 4 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2011 as a technology advisor. Spencer Hulsebus was promoted to copier installation manager in St Cloud. Hulsebus has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry. He joined Marco in 2011 as a network copier installer/trainer.

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- Variety of Shifts - 2640 Sunset Drive NW • Mandan, ND 701-663-0379 34 | Chamber Connection Eckroth Joins CHI St. Alexius Health Pain Clinic

Janel Eckroth, FNP-C, has joined CHI St. Alexius Health’s Pain Clinic. Janel received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing, with a specialty as a family nurse practitioner, at University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D. Janel Eckroth Janel is certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of American Association of Nurse Practitioners and North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association.

AE2S Names Stockert NDSC Hires New Training Regional Client Coordinator The North Dakota Safety Program Leader

AE2S (Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.) has named Deon Stockert, PE, as the firm’s new Regional Deon Stockert Client Program Leader for the firms’ western region. Stockert will reinforce AE2S’ strong commitment to Client Service and elevate Client-focused activities. Stockert joined AE2S in 2000 and has more than 22 years of civil and environmental engineering experience in the consulting and municipal engineering arenas. He has a strong civil engineering background with project management and Starion names design experience in municipal, environmental, transportation, rural water, drinking water, and Weisbeck Market industrial water/recycle projects. President, Neurohr In addition to his consulting experience, Stockert SVP has served in municipal/county engineering and Starion Financial has promoted two business bankers public works department roles and is able to evaluate projects from an owner’s perspective. “Deon has been at the Mandan location. in our clients’ shoes and always places top priority on Lee Weisbeck Lee Weisbeck has been listening to their needs, doing the needed research, promoted to Mandan market president. Weisbeck began his and developing the best solutions,” said Gary Cline, career with Starion in 2007 as Chief Development Officer of AE2S. a business banking officer. He Stockert is a winner of the George Warren Fuller was promoted to assistant vice Award from the American Water Works Association president of business banking (AWWA), which recognizes sound engineering in 2009 and vice president of skill and constructive leadership. He is a licensed business banking in 2011. He Professional Engineer in North Dakota, South Dakota, Todd Neurohr has served on the North Dakota Montana, Minnesota, and Texas. Originally from Dickinson, ND, Stockert holds a Bankers Association (NDBA) Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Agriculture Committee as vice-chairperson and North Dakota State University. chairperson. Weisbeck holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mary, and is BNC hires Aeilts and Brosz a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at BNC National Bank has Colorado and the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of expanded its Bismarck Business Commerce Leadership Bismarck-Mandan. Banking staff. Todd Neurohr has been promoted to business Toby Aeilts recently joined banking officer/senior vice president. Neurohr began BNC as a Senior Credit Officer. his career with Starion Financial in 2013 as a business Aeilts has worked in the banking officer/vice president. He has more than 20 financial industry for over 17 years of agricultural lending experience. Neurohr years, including experience as holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration Toby Aeilts a lender and an auditor with and accounting from the University of Mary and a U.S. the FDIC and the OCC. He Army veteran. graduated from UND with a BBA in Business Administration. Wangler Promoted at Cornerstone Aeilts office is located at BNC’s Bank downtown Bismarck branch and can be reached at 701-250 Steve Wangler has recently 3059 or been promoted to SVP/Business Clay Brosz Clay Brosz is BNC’s newest Banking Officer IV. He joined Business Banker. Brosz the bank in December 2007 graduated with a BS degree as a Business Banker/Vice in Business Management from North Dakota State President and was promoted to VP/Business Banking Officer University. He worked for over 16 years in sales, including experience in financial services and III in March 2013. Steve is a Steve Wangler pharmaceuticals. Brosz serves as a board member for graduate of the University of the Bismarck Gymnastics Academy and also coaches North Dakota and has been in banking for over 34 many local youth sports. His office is located at BNC’s years. downtown Bismarck branch and can be reached at 701-250-3017 or

Council (NDSC) has hired Karen Selensky as their new Training Coordinator. Selensky joins the NDSC with 20 years’ experience in event and meeting planning. She is Karen Selensky a graduate of the University of Mary, an alumni of the BisMan Chamber Leadership Program and is a certified program planner. Most recently, Selensky managed the open enrollment and community classes, as well as conferences at Bismarck State College. As the NDSC’s Training Coordinator, Selensky will coordinate all occupational training courses statewide. She will also assist with planning the NDSC’s Annual Conference, manage the Energy Coalition for Contractor Safety (ECCS) system and work directly with the training director and training staff.

Bonnell Named CHI St. Alexius Health’s Director of Safety and Security

CHI St. Alexius Health recently announced the hiring of Timothy J. Bonnell as its new director of safety, security and emergency management. As director, he is responsible for the implementation, maintenance, and revisions to the medical center’s safety and security programs. Tim will plan and respond to disaster situations or bioterrorism events and has authority to act on behalf of the medical center regarding threats of life, health, equipment and buildings. Tim earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. John Fisher College, and a Master of Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He is a doctorate degree candidate in educational leadership at Northern Arizona University. Tim has more than 22 years of dedicated, highly motivated, command experience in law enforcement and criminal investigations with the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Police & Security Department, U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service and Phoenix Police Department. Prior to joining CHI St. Alexius Health, Tim was vice president of police, safety and security operations at JB & Associates Inc. Consulting.

Bianco Agent Recognized

Congratulations to Bianco Realty Agent, Jim Jeromchek, for receiving the North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s 2014 “Champion of Affordable Housing” Award! Jeromchek was presented this award at Jim Jeromchek the Annual Statewide Housing Conference. Jeromchek has been a licensed REALTOR® with Bianco Realty since 1993.

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Langer Earns Certification

Local Bismarck, ND native, Garhett Langer, has successfully completed the requirements to become a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI). He started his aviation career with Sara Bitz Bismarck Aero Center (BAC) Garhett Langer during the fall of 2013 as an Aircraft Maintenance Assistant and Flightline Technician. As Langer’s passion for aviation grew, he dedicated himself to becoming a Professional Pilot and Flight Instructor. He started with his Private Pilot license and in a little over a year obtained his, Instrument, Commercial and CFI ratings through independent study. Beth Kramer With his new CFI rating, Langer will be able to mentor and teach local aviation students towards obtaining their Private Pilot license as well as provide depth to our Flight Department.

CHI St. Alexius Health Names Hilzendeger Radiology Manager

CHI St. Alexius Health recently named Bruce Hilzendeger manager of radiology services. Bruce, along with the director of Bruce Hilzendeger imaging services, is responsible for leading and facilitating change to enhance quality, efficiency and service. He will assist in the development of the annual budget and oversee daily operations of the radiology department. Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from University of Mary. He is certified with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and registered with the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography in physics/instrumentation and abdominal sonography. A native of Napoleon, ND, Bruce joined CHI St. Alexius Health in 1988. He has been a clinical instructor with CHI St. Alexius School of Radiology, and has worked as a technologist in MRI, CT, nuclear medicine and ultrasound and dexa. For the past five years, Bruce was the lead CT/ultrasound technologist.

Grossman Named New CVB Leader

PERKS New Employees at Dakota Eye Institute

Dakota Eye Institute recently hired Sara Bitz, Beth Kramer, and Kendra Beeter to join its eye care team as ophthalmic technicians. They do the initial screenings and preliminary eye function testing for patients prior to seeing the doctor. Bitz is from Bismarck, N.D. She has a Medical lab Technician degree from Bismarck State College and has six years of experience in the medical field. A Minot native, Beeter has an Associate Degree in Applied Science. Kramer is from Bismarck, N.D. She has an Associate Degree in Art & Science.

Mernaugh Named Director of Patient Financial Services

CHI St. Alexius Health recently named Kristin Mernaugh director of patient financial services. Kristin joined the organization in June of 2013 as the billing manager. In her new role, Kristin is responsible Kristin Mernaugh for overseeing the departments within patient financial services including hospital billing, clinic reimbursement and coding, customer service and collections, medial audit, patient access management, pre-admissions, telecommunications and central scheduling. Kristin obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with double majors in business management and marketing from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD.

Kupper Automotive Welcomes New Employees

Kendra Beeter Nathaniel Mott

Stattelman Promoted to AE2S Survey Practice Leader

AE2S (Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.) has promoted Nick Stattelman to the position of Survey Practice Leader. He will lead and support various survey projects, supervise client Nick Stattelman programs and survey team development, and enhance technical approaches to service delivery. AE2S previously offered surveying services under its Geomatics Practice. Due to significant growth in surveying projects, technical advancements in the industry, and unique client needs, the firm has dedicated a separate Survey Practice Area to better service its clients. Stattelman is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor and recently earned the status of Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS). The Clinton, MN native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND and his Certificate in Land Surveying from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.

The Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors announced that Sheri Grossman will be promoted to Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer starting Hafner Advisor of the April 1. Grossman takes the Month reigns from Terry Harzinski who Sheri Grossman Securian Financial Advisors is retiring. of ND, Inc. is pleased to Grossman has been with the CVB since 1997 and announce that Shane Hafner has served as Chief Operating Officer since 2003. She has been named Advisor of the has been responsible for the CVB budget, staff hiring Month for January. Hafner has and training, projecting organization and staff goals, Shane Hafner been a Financial Advisor with as well as marketing plans and chairing the BismarckSecurian since August 2009 Mandan Sales & Marketing Committee. and is located at 1313 Skyline Boulevard in Bismarck. TR#1095036 DOFU:2-2015 36 | Chamber Connection

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Kupper Automotive recently welcomed two new employees to their Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru Quick Lube Team.

Nathaniel Mott (Iowa Falls, IA) was hired as the Quick Lube Manager, bringing with him 13 years of management and maintenance experience. Lester Lund (Selfridge, ND) joins us with previous Auto Tech experience and will be a Quick Lube Advisor.

Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon Seeing Patients in Bismarck

Jon Peterson, MD, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Sanford Fargo, now sees patients at the Sanford Bismarck Seventh & Jon Peterson, MD Thayer Clinic once a month. He is the only pediatric orthopedic surgeon in North Dakota. Dr. Peterson provides expertise in congenital, developmental and traumatic conditions affecting children’s bones, spine, joints and muscles. Dr. Peterson attended medical school at the University of California San Diego and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Iowa.

Sanford Cardiologist Receives Certification

Diane Kraft, MD, cardiologist at Sanford Clinic in Bismarck, was recently board certified in cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Certification in cardiovascular disease is an intensive process that requires previous certification in internal medicine and the completion of a written examination.

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

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Bryce Weisser, Bar Manager, in their new business located at 3130 14th Street North in Bismarck. Phone: 751-2575

Jan Colling in her new business located at 2000 Lovett Avenue in Bismarck. Phone: 751-6033. Member.

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Sigrida Reinis and staff in their new location at 401 East Broadway, Suite 300 in Bismarck. Phone: 250-3400. Member

Little Caesar’s Randy Rhone in their newest location at 310 6th Avenue S.E. in Mandan. Phone: 751-4455. Member.

Marci Narum on her new home based business. Phone: 400-8988. Member

Veit Construction Dick Travis in their new location at 2801 Memorial Highway in Mandan. Chamber Connection | 37

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

Bombshell Salon 508 E Main Ave Suite 2A Bismarck, ND Chad Faass (701) 751-6363 Bombshell Salon is a full-service urban-modern hair salon. Consistently providing high customer satisfaction by rendering excellent service, quality products, and a fun atmosphere. A&B Pizza South, LLC 311 S 7th Street Bismarck, ND Nick Barth (701) 222-3108 A&B Pizza is a locally owned restaurant with excellent food, great service, and a fun family environment. bare medispa 1102 South Washington Ste 311 Bismarck, ND Dr. Jean Gustafson (701) 204-8709 Botox/filler, body wraps, Skinceuticals skin care line and laser services. Appointment only. Sea Foam International, Inc. 1110 College Drive Ste 206 Bismarck, ND Michael Wagner (701) 751-7363 Wholesale & Manufacturer Northern Lights LASIK 1221 W. Divide Ave. Bismarck, ND Jake Womack (701) 552-1714 Northern Lights Lasik combines their state of the art technology and a contemporary, patient focused facility with the area’s finest, skilled surgeons for your best LASIK outcome.

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Arvig 4007 State St. Bismarck, ND Rachel Laudenbach (701) 222-1050 Business security, video surveillance, card access systems, home automation, phone systems, network services and more. Fundamental Furniture 412 E. Bowen Ave. Bismarck, ND Robert Mitzel (701) 751-0864 Furniture and mattress retail store. Northwest Industrial Supply 2228 E Front Ave Bismarck, ND Curt Binstock (701) 258-2890 Northwest Industrial Supply Company is a retail industrial supply company specializing in customer service and customer satisfaction. 180 Family Chiropractic 2008 Twin City Dr. Mandan, ND Dr. Steve Nagel (701) 214-6818 Chiropractic and Massage

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