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CHAMBER CONNECTION Bismarck-Mandan

May 2016

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Member Profile Schwartz Family Chiropractic Center

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Chamber Hires New President New Bismarck-Mandan Chamber President starts May 16.

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Now Accepting Nominations Nominate a Chamber member for Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan.


CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Perrie Schafer..................................................................................................................... Chair Brenda Nagel ........................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Ron Day....................................................................................................................... Secretary Craig Larson.................................................................................................................Treasurer Annette Behm-Caldwell ............................................................................................ Past Chair

CHAMBER NEWS

Chamber of Commerce Hires New President Now Accepting Nominations for Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Student Chamber Graduates

CHAMBER EVENTS

May Membership Mixer: Legacy Storage Solutions Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Graduation June Membership Mixer: Cloverdale Foods Annual Chamber Golf Scramble

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Craig Larson ���������������������������Starion Financial Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Stacey Breuer ��������������������������Bobcat/Doosan Chris Jones ����������������� CHI St. Alexius Health Mike Nathe................ Bismarck Funeral Home Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Tracy Kindem...........H.A. Thompson and Sons Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Joe Duperre ������������������������������Kirkwood Mall Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Jasper Schneider ������������������������������������ NISC Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Dr. Blake Feil ����������������������� Feil Orthodontics Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Nick Hacker................. ND Guaranty and Title Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Heather Fried ..... Fried Financial Services Inc. Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc.

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n the feisty and active election cycle of 2016, national politics may get the most attention, but local elections are what impact our lives and our businesses the most. Bismarck and Mandan city elections and the North Dakota primary are being held June 14, 2016. In Mandan, three candidates are running for election to Mayor. Mayoral candidates are Tim Helbling, Shannon Reichenberg and incumbent Arlyn Van Beek. The two open seats on the Mandan City Commission also have multiple challengers. City Commission candidates are incumbent Mike Braun and challengers Scott Davis, Karl Liepitz and John Shultz. Another competitive race will be the Mandan School Board. Candidates Kama Hoovestol and Darcy Jangula Randall are running for election to a one-year term. For the three open three-year terms, incumbent Lori Furaus, Ross Munns and incumbent Tim Rector are running for election. Mandan Park Board will have two open seats. Incumbents Kevin Allan and Wanda Knoll and challenger Wade Meschke are running for election. On the Bismarck side, two seats are up for election to the Bismarck City Commission. Candidates are incumbents Parrell Grossman and Steve Marquardt and challengers Nolan Canright and Shawn Oban. Bismarck School Board is also competitive. With two seats open, incumbents Heide Delorme and Lawrence King and challenger Rick Geloff are running for election. Bismarck Park Board incumbents Brian Beattie and Wayne Munson are running unopposed. Burleigh and Morton Counties will hold primary elections in June to nominate County Commission candidates for the November 2016 ballot. In Morton County, incumbents Ron Leingang, Cody Schulz and Bruce Strinden are running for election. In Burleigh County, incumbents Brian Bitner and Jerry Woodcox and challenger Jerry Saude running for election. We appreciate the time and commitment it takes to run for election to local office. I ask the members of our business community to make the commitment to vote on primary election day. Supporting business-minded, communityoriented candidates is a priority. Take the time and make the commitment to vote in the local and primary elections on June 14. Thank you.

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MAYOR

ARLYN VAN BEEK – MAYORAL CANDIDATE WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for reelection as I feel that our work as a commission is not done. We, the commission, have many projects in the works and in progress that we need to see through. My many years of managing and overseeing operations of retail stores assist me in the ability to manage and to run a tight budget; my managing experience and style also prepares me to listen and work well with the community. My knowledge of being Mayor for the past four years will also prepare us to help the community grow and flourish in the upcoming years. As Mayor, I learned it is not only the Mayor's vision; it takes a collaborative effort with the commission and the community to make the best decisions for the City of Mandan. My passion comes from the community members, which provides the driving force in my decision making to create a better Mandan. WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE ISSUES THE CITY COMMISSION SHOULD ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? 1. Continue to enhance the business climate to attract more commercial, manufacturing and retail base businesses. 2. Improve infrastructure projects throughout our city due to deferred maintenance. These issues must be addressed in order to maintain our standard of living as well ensure future growth for the City. 3. Continue to find ways to minimize our citizen’s property taxes. IDENTIFY ONE AREA WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IMPROVEMENT FROM CITY GOVERNMENT? Police Department: with the hiring of our new Police Chief, we are helping him to implement his new department restructuring. We will continue to work at filling all open positions to provide the best police service so that all residents may receive the best possible police service. WHAT IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN MANDAN? Retail and restaurants. Our best opportunity and most wanted is to fill the vacant grocery store on the west side of Main Street. It will be, as it has been, my mission as Mayor to fill this vacancy. We are a community of over 20,000 residents and we can support a third grocery retailer. Second is the want and need of restaurants in our community. We need to continue to work to attract new restaurants to our community, which means leaving no leaf unturned or options off the table including performance based incentives. Our residents have asked for restaurants, and if reelected as Mayor we will continue to weigh all these options.

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SHANNON REICHENBERG – MAYORAL CANDIDATE WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? For as long as I can remember, I have been drawn to public service. Being raised in a law enforcement family and having a father in city government, I have always felt the need to serve. Although I was not born or raised in Mandan, my roots have always run through Mandan. I married my wife from Mandan, we raised our kids in Mandan, and we started a business in Mandan. Quite honestly, I love Mandan and that’s exactly why I have decided to run. I want Mandan residents to know that I’m serious about leading our city. I think Mandan needs a leader who will stand in support of his citizens and drive the growth our residents demand. WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE ISSUES THE CITY COMMISSION SHOULD ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? 1. Infrastructure. Infrastructure needs to be a priority. We need to ensure we are updating our existing infrastructure to ensure it is functioning, but we also have to have the courage to build out new infrastructure and invest in Mandan’s future growth. Infrastructure is very essential to our growth. 2. Safety. A safe community is a sought out community and therefore public safety is one of my priorities. I have spoken with leaders of the Police Department and have already begun to assess some of their needs. We need to address the retention issues we have had, expand on community policing programs and nurture relationships between the police and community with neighborhood watch programs, victim advocacy groups and become more present in the school system. I would work with the school system to add another school resource officer; as we have found that this provides prevention, education and enforcement. 3. Outreach. By the city showing its willingness to fight for the citizens it can inspire the community to fight for itself. IDENTIFY ONE AREA WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IMPROVEMENT FROM CITY GOVERNMENT? I’m confident that as a city we are providing the basic services, but we need to go above and beyond. We need DESIGN | FABRICATE | INSTALL | SERVICE to find a way to create a sense of community and find ways for citizens to provide their feedback. We need to re-instill a customer-service mentality. WHAT IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN MANDAN? Consumer goods and services; the opportunity exists not only because there is demand, but we can deliver on attractive business packages with the programs we have in place such as the Store Front Improvement Program, Renaissance Zone Program, or the Retail and Restaurant Incentive Program. We have the vehicles in place, we just need to ensure that we have someone in place to aggressively promote our city.

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TIM HELBLING – MAYORAL CANDIDATE WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for the mayor’s office because I believe in Mandan, and I have a true love for the City. I want to see it progress forward, and I have been asked by many people within the community as well as several current commissioners (both City and County) and City employees to run for the office again because they feel that there is currently a severe lack of leadership and positive direction within the City. I have a proven track record as a business owner and past Park Board, City Commissioner and Mandan Mayor. I have shown that I can and will get the job done, and I am willing to put in the time and effort to get the job done. WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE ISSUES THE CITY COMMISSION SHOULD ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? 1. Bringing back leadership and responsible (smart) spending of taxpayer dollars. Putting Mandan first and working with other entities to achieve common goals for Mandan. 2. Getting more retail, restaurants and business into Mandan. 3. Keeping taxes and special assessments reasonable. IDENTIFY ONE AREA WHERE YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE IMPROVEMENT FROM CITY GOVERNMENT? I would like to see the City change the way it looks at Economic Development, the way it funds it, and the way it goes about attracting new businesses to the community. What was needed and may have worked 10 years ago doesn’t necessarily work today. This office needs to be flexible and open to change. Those involved need to believe in Mandan and not just settle for what we have. WHAT IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN MANDAN? The best opportunity for economic development in Mandan in my opinion is on the city’s northwest side. In order to get people to flow through Mandan, we have to put people, public buildings and business to the north west, and we need to make the roads and infrastructure convenient for those people to stay in or drive through Mandan, not around it. We need to open up land and work with the State to get an interchange to the west. Building public buildings with convenient pathways to Bismarck instead of Mandan is not helping Mandan grow. All government agencies within the City need to have goals, and we need to work together to try and help each other achieve each other’s goals. We don’t necessarily need to spend more money, but we need to spend it wisely and communicate with one another for the benefit of everyone.

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PARRELL GROSSMAN

BISMARCK CITY COMMISSION

STEVE MARQUARDT

BISMARCK CITY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? As the Commission’s Vice President, I want to continue my work with our citizens, business community, schools, colleges, parks and artistic community to implement the City’s Strategic Plan and make Bismarck a better place to live, work and play. As the City’s Finance Commissioner for the past six years, I have successfully worked each year to decrease the property tax mills, utilize existing resources more wisely and realign spending priorities. As the Public Safety Commissioner for this same time, I have worked to make public safety the City’s first priority with comprehensive planning and the addition of substantial police officers and firefighters, in an affordable manner, to meet the increase in public safety demands resulting from the City’s growth. In my eight years, we have revitalized Downtown Bismarck, increasing taxable property values by millions of dollars and making it a successful hub of boutique shops, restaurants, bars and cultural activities attractive to our citizens, as well as new residents, businesses and industry. The additional sales tax receipts generated by these businesses help subsidize property tax relief and special assessments for road repairs for our citizens and businesses. I want to further our progress in passing city ordinances, including banning smoking in public places, implementing curbside single-sort recycling and creating the Neighborhood Parks and Greenspace requirement that ensures community playgrounds in new residential developments, to name just a few. With eight years on the Commission, following six years on the Bismarck School Board, I have demonstrated my passion for this community and a proven commitment to our children and adults. My experience, leadership and drive, combined with demonstrated fiscal restraint, will help our citizens build a better Bismarck.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I'm running for re-election to the Bismarck City Commission to continue to be the voice for all the Citizens of Bismarck.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? Public Safety and City Infrastructure.

WHAT IS BISMARCK’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? To pay for services that the community expects. We need to visit with our citizens and educate all of us on how the monies generated with growth are spent. The more we keep the citizens involved and informed, the better of a solution we will have. There in no one answer, and we have to look at the issue as a whole sometimes it might be a philosophical difference and priorities misplaced on how the city should be run, with communication we will move forward.

WHAT IS BISMARCK’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Roads and infrastructure. No sales tax. Form a committee with the Chamber and our citizens to discuss and agree on prioritization of projects. Then, approve and proceed as we are able to afford.

I'm currently on the city commission, and I have been an elected official for 10 years. In my elected capacities, my main focus is communication with the public and listening to those citizens and their concerns. My voting record shows this consistency along with being involved with many community forums to get input from those same citizens. I take pride in being available to the community for input and discussion. I have and will continue to hold Department Heads and staff accountable for their interactions with the citizens of Bismarck — sometimes I think we forget who we work for. Communication is a key factor; we lose that then we lose the trust of the citizens. I will not let that happen. To be a City Commissioner you need to be open to new ideas and to listen to both sides and make decisions from that input. I have done that and will continue. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? Top priority is always Public Safety. With that in mind it may have a different meaning to citizens in the community. For some it may mean Police and Fire only, but there is a lot that goes into public safety; some it may be a hot meal and a roof over their head, a safe place to sleep. We as community need to do a better job for those that are in need. Along with safety is the ability to move about our city and get to our destination safely. So the decisions we make for the growth of the city and how we grow the infrastructure will be a topic in the next three years.

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NOLAN CANRIGHT

BISMARCK CITY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I have been part of this community since 1998 when I attended the University of Mary where I earned a bachelor's in communications and later a master's in business administration. I care deeply and passionately about this community. I consider serving on the commission not as politics but as public service. I want to do all I can to contribute to preserving all that's great about Bismarck and to making it an even better place to live, work and raise a family. As a former police officer, I have a deep and first hand understanding of our public safety issues. I have developed relationships with businesses and citizens across the city. My community outreach promotes fairness, justice and equality, and the investigative, research and analytical skills I have will provide a solid background for work on the Bismarck City Commission. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? A top priority will be addressing Bismarck’s growth. Our city leaders need to be visionaries and realists when looking at growth patterns. Our city is expanding fast, and we need to be strategic and proactive versus reactive. Public safety must also be a top priority. We must do a better job retaining highly trained and experienced employees. Employees are leaving for better paying public and private sector jobs at a faster rate than ever before. WHAT IS BISMARCK’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? There is a very real possibility that the N.D. 65th Legislative Assembly will reduce the amount of money that cities across the state will receive in the next session in January 2017. We will need to have a city commission that will cut spending versus raising taxes. Maintaining and improving city infrastructure will also be a challenge as budgets get tighter. Our immediate needs must be a priority over unnecessary wants. Maintaining quality city services will continue to help businesses and families choose Bismarck.

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SHAWN OBAN

BISMARCK CITY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I have lived in Bismarck for 40 years, and I love this city. Bismarck has provided wonderful opportunities and a beautiful place to raise my family. I want to make sure that Bismarck remains a great place to live, and so I’ll be a strong voice fighting for our quality of life, including safety of all citizens and future opportunities for our children. In my current position as an elementary school principal and Vice President of the North Dakota Association of Elementary Principals, I lead a dedicated group of individuals working towards one goal, doing what is best for kids. As city commissioner, I would work towards making all of Bismarck great. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? Bismarck is growing and we need to prepare for the future. Within the Bismarck Strategic Plan it appears much of the city commission’s emphasis over the past few years has been on Economic Vitality, which is critically important. I intend to advocate forcefully for the next step, Community Character. As stated in the plan: Preserve, promote and enhance our community as a clean, safe and healthy place for all to live, with diverse opportunity for arts, culture and recreation. For me it is about the quality of life for all Bismarck community members. WHAT IS BISMARCK’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? The city's infrastructure, including roads, is the first thing that needs to be addressed. We also need to keep our dedicated, hard working city employees working for our city. First item of business would be looking at our city budget with a new set of eyes to identify changes we can make with what we have. Next, identify the most sound investments we can make as a city to diversify revenue sources without needing to raise taxes.


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MICHAEL BRAUN

MANDAN CITY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I am seeking a second term on the Mandan City Commission first and foremost to serve my community. I have learned a great deal over the last four years in terms of city operations and the many detailed facets that direct and influence its decisions. I have seen firsthand how the city’s success is based on the hard work, loyalty and pride of all involved from full-time city staff to the businesses and all the community members who choose to get involved; and I wish to apply this knowledge in my continued effort to move Mandan into a more prosperous future (support and assist current business and business recruitment). WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? Promoting the City of Mandan, business recruitment, property tax stability and reduction. These are what I endeavored for when I chose election in 2012. The latter two are and will be a continual challenge due in part to the several entities which have their hands in this mix. I am eager to curtail costs of infrastructure. I also want to communicate with the development community and discuss how current costs are distributed between the city and the developers. Lastly, our most prized resources, which keep the city functioning day to day, are our city employees. They must be taken care of as such. WHAT IS MANDAN’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Haha, which one? Each City, Municipality or Town has its issues. Mandan is no different. As I mentioned above the property tax issue will forever be at the forefront, having said that it is imperative — imperative — that the State Legislature continue to work on providing this relief. It is also important the City Commission, Park Board and School district work hand in hand to make every attempt to curtail the mill increases each one is allowed.

KARL LIEPITZ

MANDAN CITY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I am running for the Mandan City Commission to help move Mandan forward with its key strategic objectives including promotion of economic opportunity, addressing aging infrastructure and public safety. We also need to ensure Mandan is fiscally responsible to avoid burdening the residents of Mandan with excess tax rates or fees. If elected, I will work with and for the residents of Mandan to achieve these goals.

I currently serve on the Mandan Planning and Zoning Commission and have a firm understanding of the city’s strategic plan and how to support it. As a senior attorney for MDU Resources Group, Inc., I have a diverse professional background that would be a new perspective on the Commission. Additionally, I am a graduate of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program. Through this program I was part of the team that developed the BismarckMandan Universal Playground at the Mandan Eagles Park. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? My top priority for the Mandan City Commission is to support economic growth and opportunity in the community. We need to maintain a business friendly environment that enables private enterprise to expand and flourish in Mandan. Economic growth will increase sales tax revenue and expand the property tax base. It will also attract more residents to our community, which supports housing and all sectors of our local economy. WHAT IS MANDAN’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Without growth and addition of private sector businesses in Mandan, the city will be financially challenged to fund essential investments that need to be made in our community. These essential investments include updating our aging infrastructure and supporting our public safety departments to maintain a safe and familyfriendly community. This financial challenge should be addressed through support of economic growth. As we support growth and addition of businesses in Mandan, the increased sales tax revenue and expanded property tax base will significantly reduce the financial burden on existing residents.

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SCOTT DAVIS

MANDAN CITY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I enjoy and it is important to be involved. My wife and I have a young family and we enjoy our city, the people, our education system and the opportunities it has provided us. Working under the Hoeven and Dalrymple administrations, it has given me a high level of opportunity to learn on how to run government effectively. I’ve earned the trust and respect of our state legislative body, as well as leaders across our state. I also have a strong working relationship with our Congressional leaders. I am confident I can bring my experience, my strong portfolio, to the city commission and most importantly to the city of Mandan. I will be strong asset to the City Commission. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? To create our own Mandan brand and identity. To build upon what has been done. To be a good team player. To make the tough leadership decisions when called upon. To offer my expertise, my state and federal resources to the city commission and to the citizens of Mandan. WHAT IS MANDAN’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Like most cities across our state, it is increasing the sales tax base to pay for infrastructure, fire department, police force, etc. Creating good tax policy with sensible regulation we can attract more businesses, industry and tourism to the City of Mandan.

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JOHN SHULTZ

MANDAN CITY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I am seeking election to the Mandan City Commission to serve the residents of Mandan and to promote a reasoned approach to the governance of the City of Mandan. The Mandan City Commission position will require a great deal of time and effort to be effective in balancing the on-going needs of city operations with the citizens’ interests. I have the time, experience and commitment to fulfill the demands this position will require having retired from active ranching in Morton County and a management position with a Bismarck multi-state electric power cooperative. Most recently I have been involved in commercial development in Mandan as a part-owner of the Mandan Comfort Inn and Suites that opened for business in 2015. My past experience and work history also includes engineering and management positions in the coal industry in North Dakota, ownership of a private engineering and environmental consulting business, and past positions in both N.D. state government and the federal government. I am also a veteran. By drawing on my diverse past experience in business management and my ability to communicate effectively, I believe I provide a good fit for representing the citizens of Mandan. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? Balance Mandan’s future growth, while maintaining the quality of services for Mandan citizens, with the continued upward pressure on property and sales taxes. WHAT IS MANDAN’S BIGGEST FINANCIAL CHALLENGE AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? With the present downturn in the energy and agricultural sectors of the North Dakota economy, it is likely that the City of Mandan will be faced with reductions in the buydown of property taxes that have been provided by the N.D. State Legislature in past years. It will be imperative that city government becomes more efficient and prioritize projects related to growth and infrastructure requirements and on-going city services so that Mandan citizens do not experience increases in both property and sales taxes. To achieve this objective, close attention will be needed by the Mandan City Commission in the budgeting process to ensure quality of essential services is maintained while exhibiting the will to reduce the cost of non-essential services and expenditures.


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BRIAN BEATTIE

BISMARCK PARK BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I have been what I call a Parks and Rec user my whole life. I know how important these facilities and programs are to our growing city. I have served two terms and have found it challenging and rewarding. I understand that new perspectives can be welcome but do not feel that a third term makes me a liability to the board. I still bring interest and energy to my position and have eight years of valuable experience. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE MANAGING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? BPRD has been able to accomplish some major projects in the last few years. The major ones are the Municipal Ballpark, Hillside Pool and this summer additional ice at Schaumberg Arena. We have been able to maintain and upgrade facilities while reducing debt and have had a minimal increase in property taxes. This needs to continue. I think it is time to re-evaluate the funding source for BPRD. I think a 1/4 percent sales tax to be used as property tax relief is something the voters should consider. The people living just outside the city use our facilities and pay no tax to support them. This is not a fair formula. I think to use both sales and property taxes will be a more fair way of taxing the residents that benefit from the facilities and programs. The current city sales tax consideration will have an impact on whether this proposal can even be considered.

WAYNE MUNSON

BISMARCK PARK BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I have served on the Bismarck Park Board as a Commissioner for the past four years. It has been exciting and challenging all at the same time. As I work through the government systems, I apply my 25 years of common sense private business experience to the challenges that face us. As the Park District continues to grow I have brought a moderate voice to the board challenging those issues that need to be challenged and supporting the rest. I am enjoying the opportunity to give back to the community that has given my family so much. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE MANAGING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? Being fiscally responsibly has many definitions. We can’t spend nothing, nor do we have a check book that is wide open. Thankfully we have many partners within our community that are passionate about their activity. Our position must be in support and partnership with the community to provide the services that are needed all while finding the most appropriate private/public funding solutions that allow us to grow.

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PARK BOARD

WANDA KNOLL

MANDAN PARK BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I love giving back to a community that I am proud of. Mandan is a great place to live and raise a family. I have tried to provide the best leadership over the past 12 years and will continue to listen to the citizens of Mandan while providing leadership on the Park Board. There have been many accomplishments in the past 12 years. Some of those include the Universal Play Package at Eagles Park that has been so well received by the community, working with Sanford and the YMCA to bring a satellite site to Mandan, which is currently in progress. I would also love to follow through with the Starion Sports Complex which is currently in the planning stages and will be built by Fall of 2017. Providing recreational opportunities while improving the quality of life to all of our citizens and visitors is a priority for me. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE MANAGING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? As Mandan grows and the demands on our facilities and programs increase we will have to continue to plan ahead and be responsible for all the needs of the residents as well as that of all the user groups we serve. We will have to work together and continue to maximize with the user groups, private sector donors and the school district so we don't duplicate recreational facilities. It would be a privilege for me to continue the next four years working along-side our Commissioners and Park staff, as we have been a great team and work very well together.

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KEVIN ALLAN

MANDAN PARK BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for re-election to the Park Board as it would provide me an opportunity to serve and stay connected with the community for an additional four years. As an employee of the University of Mary for the last 11 years, I have been instilled with the idea of servant leadership. As a current commissioner, I also want to see some current projects like the Starion Sports Complex and All Season Arena renovation through to completion while also providing a vision for the future.

As a longtime resident of Mandan, I have a deep love and passion for the city. I want to continue to see it grow and make it a place that residents are proud of and can call home. As a Park Commissioner, I have been very responsive to the questions and concerns of citizens. I have worked hard in this role bringing new insights to the board, and it is a role entrusted to me by the community that I don’t take lightly. Additionally as an active user of Parks and Recreation with my family and as a volunteer coach in several sports, I have a good feel for what is going on and needed in the community. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE MANAGING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? It is important to have well-maintained and attractive facilities as this will help attract new individuals and families to our community as well as allow us to host local and regional events in our facilities and parks. Both of these will bring in additional tax dollars to the community. That being said, we also need to operate within our means. The Park District has been very good over the years in developing a strategic plan to address their facilities, trails and parks. Additionally the Park District has sought out grants, developed cost sharing with user groups, and partnered with the business community to help offset the costs of developing new facilities and maintaining existing facilities. Finally, the Park District has worked cooperatively with other entities like the School District and City Commission to help in this regard. Overall, the city of Mandan has very attractive and well maintained Park District facilities that are both quality and affordable and make us a vibrant community.


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WADE MESCHKE

MANDAN PARK BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for Mandan Park Board to help assist in shaping the future needs of Mandan’s ever growing and active population. As our community grows, so does our need for pertinent recreational facilities and activities. I have had the opportunity to experience many aspects of the recreational business from many different positions. Growing up as a recreational coach, an activities director and former park board member of my hometown have given me perspectives from all positions within the organization. My goal is to help make Mandan a community that my kids would want to raise their family in. I believe a strong parks and recreation organization will play a huge part in their decision.

HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE MANAGING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? I believe that it is the role of the Mandan Park District to provide a variety of activities at a reasonable cost to its residents. Current and future residents of Mandan should expect quality activities that involve adequate facilities and parks to meet their recreational needs. Unfortunately, this comes with a cost to taxpayers. Mandan Park District currently has three revenue sources, and my role on the board would be to help maximize those profits while looking to provide other sources of revenue and still provide quality venues for activities that benefit Mandan’s youth and adults alike.

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LAWRENCE KING

BISMARCK SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for the School Board because I am committed to our kids and this community. I have had the honor and pleasure of serving on the School Board for eight years, three of those years as President. The experience I have gained during the last eight years has provided me with the knowledge and perspective which I believe will assist me in continuing the tradition of excellence BPS embodies. I also serve as a Director on the North Dakota School Board Association which has provided me with a state wide perspective on educational issues. I was appointed by Governor Dalrymple to the N.D. Educational Technology Council. Through my participation with ETC I have learned a great deal about technology, assessments and data, which has provided me with a unique perspective to better represent our kids and community. I have also had the privilege of serving on the BPS Foundation Board and the Missouri River Educational Cooperative. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? The absolutely best way to manage growth is through the involvement of all stakeholders. During the last eight years we have focused on holding public forums, having decision making being driven by broad community groups and always being guided by what is best for our kids and community. The challenges we face are how best to manage growth in the way that maximizes the educational opportunities for our kids in the most efficient economic manner possible. We need to continue thinking proactively rather than reactively. The most immediate issue that needs to be addressed is overcrowding in our three middle schools. A community based committee of 75 people has just concluded its deep examination into that issue and BPS is acting on the recommendations developed in that process

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HEIDE DELORME

BISMARCK SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I have 25 years of experience in accounting and financial analysis. I have had the privilege to serve the community on the Bismarck School Board for almost four years. I know the system and the issues and how to address them.

A few of my primary concerns when I first got on the Board were the bussing issue and equalizing the schools as far as climate control. We have addressed both issues and continue to redefine them as additional issues come to our attention.

I am running once again because there are still issues that remain that I am very passionate about — for instance overcrowding, equity and budget issues. Also, I have two daughters in the school system. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? The biggest challenge that we face is the overcrowding. The $86.5 million bond referendum passed just after I was elected to the Board in 2012. We faced the daunting task of spending that money in a manner that addressed the overcrowding and took into consideration that the population in the Bismarck School system was still increasing. We approved the design of new schools that were ready for additions when needed.

Other than the overcrowding that continues to be an issue, equity amongst the schools continues to be a very high priority. I, and the other members of the Board, continue to work on equity issues as we can within the budget constraints and will continue to do so.


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RICK GELOFF

BISMARCK SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I want to be a unifying voice for students, parents and teachers. As a father of three young children, a taxpayer and the husband of an elementary school teacher, I have a vested interest in the success of our school system and community. I also enjoy a unique perspective, getting to hear all sides of the issues. My financial background is needed now more than ever, as the district faces the challenge of delivering quality educational opportunities with increasingly limited resources. To foster better cooperation, I will actively participate and communicate with other city boards and community organizations.

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WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? Growth is our challenge and our blessing. To start, we need to make better use of technology and the district’s current spaces. We have some elementary schools busting at the seams, while others go under-utilized. Our three middle schools are already full, and the high schools will soon face the same dilemma. The challenge is clear: how do we manage this wonderful growth in a fiscally responsible way? I believe the solution is also clear: working pragmatically with other city boards and commissions, we can make better use of our facilities and manage future growth without compromising our financial stability.

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TIM RECTOR

MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for another term on the board to build on the successes we’ve had over the last nine years. The district continues to make positive changes in response to the challenges we face and board continuity is important in maintaining that edge. My previous experience as a board member and my continued desire to see the youth of Mandan succeed. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE MANDAN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? The board needs to continue to monitor demographic projections and try to anticipate district needs far enough in advance to have a positive effect. The biggest challenge we face today is continued growth. This challenge provides the opportunity to look for solutions that enhance educational opportunities in Mandan.

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LORI FURAUS

MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am a lifelong, committed member of the Mandan community. With a degree in education, I have an understanding of the needs and goals of educators, and I have devoted my career to promoting the success of students within our Bismarck-Mandan community. I have served as the Chairperson of the Mandan Student Achievement Committee since 2014. The committee focuses on striving for excellence in three areas: curriculum, instruction and the classroom/school environment. I am seeking re-election to continue serving as a liaison between the school district and the citizens of Mandan to assist in meeting the everchanging needs of students, families, and employees within our school district. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE MANDAN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? Our community is growing and diversifying. With growth, comes opportunities as well as challenges which directly impact the Mandan Public School District. In order to keep our classrooms small and create environments that are conducive to learning, we need adequate space and well-staffed facilities. We must continue our effort to attract and retain high quality teachers and school staff. Adequate space is an important component of a proper learning environment. It is our responsibility to address the enrollment issues and administer necessary services for a more diverse population. With a focus on creating meaningful connections and tight-knit school communities, we need to establish more opportunities to foster parental and community engagement.


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ROSS MUNNS

MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for school board for a couple of reasons. First, because my wife Andrea and I have been blessed with three daughters that are involved in the Mandan school system and so I have a strong interest in working to maintain the high quality educational opportunities that we as a family have so enjoyed. The second reason is because I am also a product of the Mandan school district and it seems right, when given the opportunity, to give back to a system that has had such positive impacts on one's life. I feel I have unique qualities that may be well-suited to the demands and challenges facing our school board; I have worked for some 23 years in the public sector, so I understand the need to be transparent and fiscally responsible when considering use of taxpayer monies. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE MANDAN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? We need to ensure proper infrastructure is in place so that teachers and staff can focus on their main objectives, which is to educate without feeling strain or distraction due to inadequate facilities. We also need to remain competitive with other school districts (in terms of salaries) to continue to attract talented and energetic educational staff, and to ensure a proper student/ teacher ratio. Challenges will be to maintain high-levels of student achievement while at the same time keeping a balanced budget and maximizing resources to ensure fiscal responsibilities. Opportunities will be to create and maintain a system that has a reputation of excellence, where families can have confidence in their child's overall educational experience.

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KAMA HOOVESTOL

MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for school board as I will be staying home with my children for a few years and would like to continue to be part of education and the decision making process. My family is part of the Mandan Public School District and I want to do my part to ensure that we continue to build on what is good within our school district. Equally important is the process of continued improvement. I have been in education for 11 years (seven of those being in Mandan Public Schools), and feel that my experiences and knowledge will be a great asset to the School Board. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE MANDAN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? The best way to manage the growth is to make sure we have adequate facilities to accommodate our growing population of families. One of the immediate challenges that I foresee is having a balanced number of students in our elementary schools due to the fact that our school district grows steadily on the north and south ends of our district. Along with the balance of students in buildings, we also need to make sure our facilities are well maintained to be able to serve our students. With challenges, also come opportunities such as increasing graduation rate, meeting benchmarks and being able to do better for all students that come to our district. We should welcome opportunities with open arms.

DARCY JANGULA RANDALL MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? My name is Darcy Randall. I have resided in Mandan most of my life. I am married and we have one son who attends the Mandan Middle School. I am running for School Board because I am concerned about the health of students in the district and want to ensure children with health concerns are able to obtain the best education possible to prepare them for the future. I firmly believe that every child in the district has the right to the same quality education as other children. It is the responsibility of the school board to oversee and ensure those opportunities are available for every child. I believe all children have the right to feel safe, nurtured and accepted at their neighborhood school, regardless of economic status or profile. As a public health nurse, and former school nurse, I have experience assessing different situations, developing solutions, plans, implementing the process and evaluating the results. I am a candidate with an open mind and willingness to listen.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO MANAGE INCREASING GROWTH IN THE MANDAN PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? In order to proactively and responsibly manage district growth, I would like to re-assess the current strategic plan. With the opening of Red Trail Elementary, attendance boundaries were adjusted. This reduced attendance at some elementary schools, providing for an opportunity for growth in the elementary sector. I would like to see an opportunity in the future for students that are currently being bussed to be able to return to the schools in their neighborhood. Finances and support services look to be challenges for growth in the future. It is the job of the school board to be fiscally responsible to the people of the community.

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CODY SCHULZ

MORTON COUNTY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? It’s been an honor to serve Morton County these last four years. I am running for re-election to offer my time, effort, energy and experience to this great County. Morton County is in a very exciting period. We are experiencing growth demographically and economically. However, with new opportunities there will also be new challenges. Those challenge include ensuring we are promoting pro-growth policies, efficiently investing in infrastructure, keeping property taxes low, and addressing quality of life issues such as health and recreation. I believe my professional experience and education have prepared me well. In addition to serving four years on the Commission, currently as Chairman, I am also the Disaster Recovery Chief for the N.D. Department of Emergency Services where I oversee a staff of 24 and several disaster recovery and mitigation programs. Since 2009, these programs have provided over $500 million to North Dakota communities to help them recover from disasters. Educationally, I hold a MBA degree from the University of North Dakota.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? My top priority for the next three years is ensuring the completion of the joint Morton-Burleigh County Jail is accomplished satisfactorily, as well as on time and on budget. Equally important to the brick and mortar completion is making certain that our operational transition goes smoothly. This is the largest investment either County has made in a generation and we must be sure that we are prepared for all aspects of the project including, the building itself, staff training, transportation, technology systems and general operating procedures. Other areas of high priority are diligently working to keep property taxes low and efficiently investing infrastructure and technology.

BRUCE STRINDEN

MORTON COUNTY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I’m running for re-election to the Morton County Commission out of a sincere concern for the county and its citizens. I was first elected to the commission in 2008 and was appointed chairman in 2010. I remained as chairman until the beginning of 2016. I now serve as vice-chairman. In addition to my service on the commission, my qualifications include over 25 years of governmental affairs experience working with local governments and the legislature. I have been active with the N.D. Association of Counties, and currently act as President of the N.D. County Commissioner’s Association. I am a member of the Board of Directors of the N.D. Insurance Reserve Fund, and serve on a number of area committees and event organizations. I continue to work full time in the private business sector, and have worked in that sector my entire adult life. That experience has provided me with expertise in management, organization and budgeting. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? My top priority is to manage the finances of Morton County in such a way that our taxpayers do not see any increase in their county taxes. I look forward to those taxes ultimately being decreased as a result of promoting legislative initiatives to remove inappropriate levies from the county and placing them back with state and federal funding sources where they belong. Another immediate priority will be the completion of the Joint Burleigh-Morton County Detention Center; expected to be operational in the spring of 2017. Because of shared staffing and efficiency of design in the new center, we are anticipating a cost savings for Morton County as we move forward with that joint venture.

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BRIAN BITNER

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JERRY WOODCOX

BURLEIGH COUNTY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for a third term because so many people asked me to do so and I felt that it was the right thing to do. As I am nearing the end of my second term I am reminded that I am still learning something new about county government on what seems like a regular basis. It is an honor and a privilege to have earned the trust of Burleigh County citizens and I believe that qualifies me for a third term.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I have had a need and desire to give back to a community which has been very good to me and my family. As a current Burleigh County Commissioner, and for the past 16 years I feel my small business experience has been very valuable in serving the taxpayers of Bismarck and Burleigh County. These next few years will be especially difficult to maintain needed services while at the same time keeping taxes as low as possible.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? My top priority is fiscal responsibility for Burleigh County. Part of that includes continuing to promote the State taking over County Social Services. That one item will save Burleigh County taxpayers between eleven and twelve percent of the county portion of their property taxes. There will continue to be a myriad of issues such as law enforcement, new jail construction/operation, social services, and infrastructure.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? Burleigh County has already received notice and fair warning as what is to come with State Aid. There will be dramatic reductions in Social Service Aid, State Distribution Aid and Highway Construction Funds. The Burleigh County real estate market is already seeing a leveling off of activity and property values. This leads to reduced Property Tax income for all of the political taxing authorities not just Burleigh County. These problems, along with several others needs a seasoned steady hand to work with Burleigh County problems as well as cooperating with the City , School Board and the Park Board to balance needed services with income.

A proven, strong, and effective leader like me will help to maintain fiscal responsibility and tax fairness for the citizens of Burleigh County.

JERRY SAUDE

BURLEIGH COUNTY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I am running because elections should be about choices and candidates should project their vision in order that the informed voters may choose wisely. I am also concerned about the direction of all the taxing entities in Burleigh County. I have lived in Burleigh County for 25 years, am married and we have two sons. My 25 years in service to state government and my volunteer efforts in a variety of community organizations have given me an insight to the needs of our people and infrastructure in Burleigh County. I am serving on the governing board for Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center and am gaining valuable experience in that aspect of social services. 20 | Chamber Connection

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS? “Good Government meets the basic needs of the people, but excessive government satisfies the wants of the few, funded by the many.” The Commission will review budgets from all entities with taxing authority, but I would sit down with them and review the needs and examine the wants. The state legislature has been generous to counties & school districts in the past three bienniums. The realization that it may change is clear. The choices may be higher property taxes or budget cuts. I am prepared to make those decisions, but the taxpayers will be kept informed during the process. Basic needs of fire and police protection, roads and infrastructure must be defended.


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Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: Born and raised in North Dakota, I love living in Mandan now. I have been married 24 years to Cathy. We have four really good kids and three other ones. Two of our children are married, and my wife and I are expecting our first grandchild this June; I am so excited to be a grandpa. I graduated from Life Chiropractic University in Marietta GA, in 1991. I have been practicing Chiropractic since that time. I am the resident Doctor of Chiropractic, president, secretary, treasure and chief bottle washer at Schwartz Family Chiropractic Center. I am also on the executive board of North Dakota Teen Challenge in Mandan. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Schwartz Family Chiropractic? A: When I first started practicing in this area there were around 50 or so Doctors of Chiropractic. Now that number is pushing 100. Our business has steadily grown over this period. Without the growth of the community, I do not think I would have been able to make that statement. 22 | Chamber Connection

Q: Briefly tell us the history of Schwartz Family Chiropractic. A: Schwartz Family Chiropractic Center PC was founded March 1, 1997. Next year will be our 20th anniversary. I have three of the greatest employees any business could have Sandi, Kelly and Caitlin. The ships sinks without them. Our first location was in the old train depot, which is presently the Mandan Library. We moved to our present location in 1998, and this August 1, we are excited to be opening our own building at 301 E. Main St. in Mandan. I was the first doctor in this area to offer nonsurgical disc decompression therapy as an alternative to back surgery and as treatment for failed back surgeries. I was also the first doctor in ND to utilize a computer adjusting technique called "The Proadjuster." We also offer nutritional counseling to help our patients deal with various health issues, as well as weight loss.


www.bismarckmandan.com Q: What differentiates Schwartz Family Chiropractic from its competitors? A: I don't look at other Chiropractors as competitors, they are my colleagues. We are individuals though and there are differences. I have the greatest employees. Patients recognize the friendly atmosphere and know that we care for them. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Keeping up with health insurance changes is a never ending challenge. I do see the insurance companies are putting more of the burden of paying for care onto the shoulders of the consumer. I also see a shift in how people look at lifestyle. There are more and more people who are trying to live healthier lifestyles with respect to diet and exercise. Doctors of Chiropractic are well trained in assisting people achieve positive lifestyle changes. Q: What does the future of Schwartz Family Chiropractic look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The future is bright for Schwartz Family Chiropractic Center. I expect to continue to help people live healthier. Our move to a larger space will allow us to add more opportunities for people to achieve healthier lifestyle goals. I am looking into adding a fitness center and more extensive spinal rehabilitation services. Q: Schwartz Family Chiropractic has been a member since 1999, why do you continue to renew each year? A: God, family and community on a personal and business level are very important to me. We are all in this together and no one succeeds in life on their own, we need support from Jesus, our families, our friends, and the business community. I need to be supportive of others in those areas as well, I am appreciative of what the Chamber does for the business community, so I help support the Chamber. Q: What should Chamber members know about Schwartz Family Chiropractic that may assist them? A: Schwartz Family Chiropractic offers a variety of health services tailored to meet individual patient's needs. Our goal has always been to help people live healthy, pain-free lives. Diet and exercise as well as chiropractic are important aspects of helping people alleviate joint pain. Patients quite often comment on how my staff and I make them feel welcome, and they also notice that we really enjoy what we do. People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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BISMARCK-MANDAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HIRES NEW PRESIDENT The BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Scott Meske as the organization’s new president upon recommendation from its Search Committee and unanimous approval by its Board of Directors.

Meske is a Certified Association Executive and was trained by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute of Organizational Management. He is a native of Wisconsin, served in the Army National Guard for 15 years, and brings more than 30 years of public policy, communication and non-profit management experience to the Chamber. He currently serves on the MidAmerica Chamber Executives (MACE) Board of Directors.

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Meske, currently president of the Williston Area Chamber of Commerce, will begin May 16 and will be responsible for the coordination of all organizational activities, including public affairs, strategic planning, economic development, programs, membership, and financial management. “I am honored and excited to lead the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce,” Meske said. “These communities work hard and I look forward to strengthening our existing policy initiatives and increasing value to our members. I am proud to call North Dakota home and look forward to this new chapter in the capital city. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to serve here in this role and I intend to carry on the legacy of growth and success.”

The Search Committee was led by Brenda Nagel, senior operations director at Aetna. “Scott’s public affairs experience and commitment to organizational excellence will help us further our mission of advancing business interests in the region,” said Nagel. “The progress he has made for the Williston Area Chamber over these last two years is remarkable and we know his drive and enthusiasm will greatly benefit the business community here.” “We commend the Search Committee for its quality recommendation and believe Scott’s background and vision will serve him well as Chamber president,” said Perrie Schafer of Schafer Financial Group and chair of the BismarckMandan Chamber. “He has proven expertise in public policy, economic development and member relations, which will greatly benefit the Chamber.” Meske follows Kelvin Hullet, president since 2003, who left earlier this year to serve as the economic development and government program market manager for the Bank of North Dakota.

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CHAMBER TO CELEBRATE LOCAL BUSINESSES On September 22, the BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local businesses and their accomplishments. Celebrate BismarckMandan is the Chamber's annual awards event that praises the success and encourages continued economic growth.

This year, the following awards are presented: 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 past five years and has shown a commitment to the community. 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-time business success and economic growth, has overcome obstacles, has used technology creatively, and has invested in the community through social responsibility and community service.

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Small Business Person of the Year This award is presented to an individual or 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. 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 of Commerce. Golden Eagle Award This award is presented to a Chamber member who has an active record of military support through community involvement and business interaction in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Deadline for nominations is June 1st. You may nominate a qualifying business online at www.bismarckmandan.com/pages/ExcellenceinBusinessCommittee or by contacting David at 701-223-5660 or emailing dleingang@bismancc.com. Please join us on September 22nd at 11:30am at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $45 for non-Chamber members. Registration is available online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events.

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BISMARCK-MANDAN GOES ALL IN AT 11TH ANNUAL JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CASINO NIGHT We went all in and came up aces at this year’s 11th Annual Junior Achievement Casino Night! Prizes, food, dealers, music and overall service was a hit. Of course we couldn’t have done it without some important support from the sponsors of the event. Mo Zhust Media’s MC Inkster entertained guests as they bobbed their heads to good music and placed max bets in hopes of acquiring tickets to be drawn for one or more of the 28 bucket prizes. With around 150 in attendance, five grand prizes, and roughly $10,000 in bucket prizes, who could go wrong?

Almost 150 people participated in the 11th Annual JA Casino Night.

Over the years the Junior Achievement Casino Night has become the premier fundraising event for the program. This fundraiser helps to bring JA into over 150 classrooms annually which continues to invest, involve, and inspire children to thrive in our global environment. All proceeds from the Casino Night goes to Junior Achievement of the Upper Midwest, which continues to supply our local classrooms with the JA curriculums needed.

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“It’s amazing how in such a short amount of time, we were able to gather prizes and sponsorships! Thanks to the JA board and the Chamber staff, we were successful,” said David Leingang, Community Growth Director for the Chamber. “It never ceases to amaze me how the Bismarck-Mandan community always pulls together their support for a good cause, such as Junior Achievement.” Special thanks to the Bismarck-Mandan Elks Lodge #1199 and staff for hosting the event, and providing quality service. And of course, the event wouldn’t have been successful without Dakota Gaming Supply and the many staff that ensured everyone could participate in the primary activity of the night, gambling. Finally, we would like to thank all the organizations who helped make this event possible: THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Platinum Sponsor:

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Blackjack Table Sponsors: Bismarck Aero Center, TownSquare Media, A-1 Steam Brothers & Fode's Carpet Inc., Swenson Hagen, Front Street Millwork, Capitol City Welding, Truss Systems and Northwest Contracting. Poker Table Sponsors: Century 21 Landmark Realty, North American Coal Corp, Missouri Basin Materials, Flecks Furniture and Wells Fargo Bank. Pull Tab Table Sponsors: Armor Interactive and Pacific Sound & Video. Paddlewheel Sponsors: Cornerstone Bank, Bismarck Motor Company and Bismarck-Mandan Elks Lodge 1199.


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On Tuesday April 12th, we got to celebrate another great event with all our members at the 2016 Spring Mixer! Nearly 60 of our Chamber members displayed their businesses, products, services and creative booth talents at last month’s event. Over 500 guests attended the Spring Mixer and wandered through the ballroom enjoying refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, door prize giveaways, and interactive booth displays. With lots of wonderfully decorated exhibits, it was tough competition for the “Best Decorated Booth” contest, but we are excited to announce the winner of this year’s booth display is, Proximal50 Life Center! Congratulations on winning a complimentary booth at the 2016 Holiday Mixer on Tuesday, December 13th! Also, congratulations to our door prize winner Brittany Peterson with BlackRidge Bank who won the sponsored table of eight at our Thursday, September 15th, Dinner on the Plaza event.

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STUDENT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GRADUATES The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and its business members are aware that the teenagers of today are tomorrow’s employees or business owners. The Student Chamber of Commerce is an opportunity for students of the junior and senior age level to participate in activities that provide insight into what it means to be a businessperson in today’s business climate.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Student Chamber, who graduated from the BismarckMandan Student Chamber of Commerce on April 4. Seniors Leslie Miller, Mandan High School Shandi Taix, Bismarck High School Kayla Zeeb, Century High School Brooklyn Hedstrom, Century High School Alex Delzer, Shiloh Christian School Kenny Waggoner, Dakota Adventist Academy Abbie Morlock, St. Mary’s Central High School Nick Erickson, BPS Career Academy Mirranda Gross, Flasher High School Juniors Kaycee Fry, Mandan High School Samantha Power, Mandan High School Ty Farnsworth, Bismarck High School Brooke Schulte, Century High School Heidi Hilz, Legacy High School Laurel Schley, Shiloh Christian School Robbie Weisz, Dakota Adventist Academy Birgen Black, St. Mary’s Central High School Grant Schafer, Flasher High School

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Student Chamber!

Applications for 2016-2017 Student Chamber of Commerce are available now for students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2016-2017 academic year. Contact the BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce at 701-223-5660 for more information. Thank you to the 2015-2016 sponsors of Student Chamber of Commerce. Presenting Program Sponsor: Sponsor:

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN PROJECT PRESENTATION

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 8:30AM - 11:30AM Free to Attend

Each year the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class breaks into several groups to work on a field project addressing community needs. The class will be presenting their projects Wednesday, May 18th at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Workforce Development — 8:30am - 9:15am Krista Harju Leslie Pearcy Dain Sullivan Jason Sutheimer Shawn Volk Melissa Yackley

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: LEGACY STORAGE SOLUTIONS

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 Legacy Storage Solutions 3320 Hamilton Street, Unit 6, Bismarck 4:30PM - 6:30PM Free to Attend

Legacy Storage Solutions, will be hosting this month’s Membership Mixer on Thursday, May 19th at their location on 3320 Hamilton Street, Unit 6 in Bismarck. Members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber will enjoy soothing refreshments along with a finger licking good BBQ! You’ll have a spread of burgers, hot dogs, beans and chips along with all the fixings! Let’s not forget about the awesome opportunities for businesses after hours and the chance to learn more about all the different storage options available at Legacy's location. Please register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/ events or RSVP to Amanda at 701-223-5660.

Youth Wellbeing & Mindfulness — 9:30am - 10:15am Theresa Addison Virginia Faulkner Scott Fry Zach Glueckert Theresa Grothe Karie Mischel Art in the Alley — 10:30am - 11:15am Erik Holmstrom Ben Houdek Roxi Pfliiger Peter Pomonis Brandon Roehrich Mallory Sand If you would like to attend any of these presentations, please RSVP to Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or cathryn@bismancc.com.

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan 11:30AM - 1:00PM $25.00

Join us Wednesday, May 25 at Baymont Inn & Suites for the 27th class of leaders as they graduate from the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program. You are invited to attend and celebrate the Class of 2016. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m., lunch and program at noon. Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2016: Theresa Addison, Montana-Dakota Utilities Virginia Faulkner, Pathways Chiropractic Scott Fry, The Consensus Council Zach Glueckert, Bartlett & West Inc. Teresa Grothe, Aetna Krista Harju, City of Mandan Erik Holmstrom, IDEA Center Ben Houdek, Solid Rock Financial Group Karie Mischel, Starion Financial Leslie Pearcy, KLJ Roxi Pfliiger, Dakota CDC Peter Pomonis, North Dakota Safety Council Brandon Roehrich, MDU Resources Group, Inc. Mallory Sand, Ameriprise Financial Dain Sullivan, Basin Electric Power Cooperative Jason Sutheimer, ND Department of Transportation Shawn Volk, Open Road Honda Melissa Yackley, Capital Credit Union Gold Sponsor: MDU Resources Group Program Sponsor: Basin Electric Power Cooperative Table Sponsor: Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association The cost for attending is $25.00 per person and includes lunch. Register online at www. bismarckmandan.com/events or by calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660. 30 | Chamber Connection

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: CLOVERDALE FOODS

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Thursday, June 9, 2016 Cloverdale Foods 3015 34th Street NW, Mandan 4:30PM - 6:30PM Free to Attend

Mark your calendars for next month’s membership mixer at Cloverdale Foods. You don’t want to miss their long awaited social! On Thursday, June 9th Cloverdale Foods Company will be hosting a wonderful mixer at their location at 3015 34th St. NW in Mandan. You’ll enjoy some cool refreshments, yummy hors d’oeuvres and a great opportunity to bring your co-workers along to network with other fellow Chamber members. Mixers are free to attend so save the date! We encourage RSVPs online at www.bismarckmandan. com/events or by contacting Amanda at 701-223-5660 or aschwieters@bismancc.com.

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Monday, June 13, 2016 Prairie West Golf Course 2709 Longspur Trail, Mandan 10:30AM - 5:30PM $170 per golfer

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The Annual Chamber Golf Scramble is scheduled for Monday, June 13th at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan. Join us for an exciting 18-hole scramble! Registration will start at 10:30am. The scramble will begin at 11:30am with a shotgun start. Players will compete in teams of four. You may either sign up individually ($170/person), and we will assign you with three players, or as a full team of four ($680/team). You’ll receive a boxed lunch when you check in and instructions for where to go. While on the course you will be provided with beverages, snacks, and other fun activities provided by hole sponsors. Spots fill up quickly so register today! Sign up online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or by contacting Amanda at 701-223-5660 to receive a registration form.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016 Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 6:00PM - 9:00PM $30.00 for Chamber Members $35.00 for Non-Members

*Includes three course meal, wine tasting & beer tasting

You are invited to join us on our patio Thursday, June 16th for an evening of fine dining and wonderful company. You’ll enjoy a customized course that will be paired perfectly with wine from Captain Jack’s Liquor Store. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a selection of beer samples provided by Jerome Distributing. Bring a long your employees, family or loyal customers for a delightful evening networking with fellow Chamber members and enjoying live music by local musicians in the community. The evening will begin with a social hour starting at 6:00pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. There is a limited number of seats available, so secure your spots as soon as possible. Tickets are $30 each, which covers your three course meal and all the beverages of your choice. Wine Beer Sponsor: Sponsor:

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BNC NATIONAL BANK CELEBRATES ITS SUNRISE BRANCH GRAND OPENING BNC National Bank is celebrating the opening of its new NE Bismarck Sunrise branch, located at 3000 Yorktown Drive, (near Gee Williquors) with a week of fun. Activities begin Monday, May 9th through Saturday, May 14th and include daily door prizes, promotional checking and CD specials plus a chance at grand prize items. All week the ATM will have some specially marked $20 bills that can be redeemed for $50 inside the bank. Some special events include root beer floats, served Monday, May 9th from 4 -6 pm (featuring Cold Stone Creamery ice cream), and Taco in a Bag on Wednesday, May 11th from 4-6 pm. Saturday, May 14th offers a full line up of fun in the branch parking lot from 9:00 - 2:00pm. Activities include free hot dogs, which will be served starting at 11:00am, and the money machine will be operating between 11:00am until 1:30pm for people for a chance to enter the machine and “grab cash”.

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Nate Palczewski, will serve as the Branch Manager. Palczewski has been with BNC since 2007 and has over 16 years of banking experience. Craig Hanson, Business Banking Officer has relocated from BNC’s Downtown bank. Hanson has been part of BNC’s commercial lending Nate Palczewski will be the Branch Manager team for over 11 of BNC National Bank's Sunrise Branch. years. Jayme Renner, Mortgage Loan Originator, has relocated from BNC’s Mandan branch. Lisa Slaughter recently joined BNC and serves as the Deposit Operations Supervisor for the new bank. This new 4,000 square-foot branch offers full-service banking solutions for both business and consumer clients including Saturday lobby hours, a drive-thru and 24 hour ATM.

MDU RESOURCES’ 401(K) PLAN NAMED AWARD FINALIST

MDU Resources Group’s 401(k) plan was selected a finalist by the retirement benefit industry’s leading publication, Plansponsor®, for the 2016 Plan Sponsor of the Year Award. The award recognizes defined contribution plans that show a commitment to participants’ financial health and retirement success, and maintain best practices in plan administration. MDU Resources’ plan was one of two finalists in the $200 million to $1 billion category. Plansponsor indicated award finalists were considered based on the richness of their defined contribution plan offerings, their commitment to the program, and leadership and innovation. Plansponsor said “all finalists share a dedication to their participants and a goal of helping their employees reach a secure retirement.” MDU Resources’ 401(k) plan has approximately $761 million in assets, with about 95 percent of all eligible employees participating in the plan, at year-end 2015.


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HOUSTON ENGINEERING INSPIRING LOCAL YOUTH

Catherine Kolden from HEI’s Bismarck office met at Wachter Middle School last week to inspire and teach students about career opportunities in engineering and architecture. Catherine, among participants from other firms, gave presentations about their job, education, and why they chose engineering or architecture as a career. This is the second year Catherine participated in this event. Last year, Tyler Paul also from HEI’s Bismarck office joined Catherine to showcase their different roles and degrees. “I enjoy showing kids the fun projects engineers work on, how civil engineering works, and what it all means,” says Catherine. As part of Catherine’s presentation, she explained that civil engineering is for people. “We design things that people use every day. We design water systems that you use to brush your teeth, the roads and bridges you use to get to school, and we work with architects to design school buildings.” Catherine especially enjoys encouraging young ladies to think about careers in engineering.

BISMARCK UNIT WELCOMES NEW COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR

The North Dakota National Guard’s 68th Troop Command welcomed a new senior enlisted leader during a change of responsibility ceremony Feb. 21 here at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory.

Command Sgt. Maj. Alan Grinsteinner assumed duties as the unit’s senior noncommissioned officer from Command Sgt. Maj. David Lien, who has served in the position since January 2015. Lien’s new assignment is with the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade (MEB) as that unit’s command sergeant major. A time-honored tradition, the change of responsibility ceremony is an important military event that formally and visually demonstrates the transfer of duties, responsibilities and authority between incoming and outgoing senior enlisted leaders. A unit’s command sergeant major is responsible for the enforcement of policies and standards of performance, training, appearance, conduct, health, morale and welfare of all assigned service members.

PROGRAM TO RECOGNIZE UTTC AS “TREE CAMPUS USA”

United Tribes Technical College is one of the first tribal colleges in the country to receive designation as a “Tree Campus USA.” The distinction will be conferred at a program starting at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, North Dakota Arbor Day. The public is invited. UTTC joins Blackfeet Community College of Browning, MT, in being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation, headquartered in Nebraska. The two are the first tribal colleges in the nation to meet the standards for two and four-year accredited colleges and universities to develop and promote healthy trees and student involvement on their respective campuses. The UTTC Arbor Day program takes place near the main entrance to the college’s Skill Center building on the campus at 3315 University Drive.

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CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH FORMS REGIONAL HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Jeff Drop, Catholic Health Initiatives’ senior vice president, executive officer for the Fargo Division, announced the formation of a regional health care system in central and western North Dakota. CHI Mercy Medical Center in Williston, CHI St. Joseph’s Health in Dickinson, CHI Carrington Health in Carrington, CHI Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake and CHI St. Alexius Health in Bismarck, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Minot, Mandan, and Washburn are now united under one name, CHI St. Alexius Health. “We are rebranding these facilities to clearly communicate that we are building one regional health care delivery system for the patients we serve,” said Drop. “Our goal is to provide more coordinated care and better outcomes. Together, we can provide the latest medical technology and innovations in care, and expand and upgrade services to meet the growing needs of people in central and western North Dakota.” “Quality care is a hallmark of our organizations and today we come together under one name and one mission,” said CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center’s Market President Kurt Schley.

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KUPPER SUBARU PRESENTS CHECK TO CENTRAL DAKOTA HUMANE SOCIETY

Kupper Subaru was proud to once again partner with the Central Dakota Humane Society as part of Subaru of America Inc.’s eighth annual “Share the Love” campaign. From November 19, 2015 to January 2, 2016, Subaru donated $250 of every new vehicle sold or leased to the customer’s choice of one of several national charities or the individual dealer’s “hometown charity.” The 2015 donation given to the CDHS totaled $24,446, nearly triple the amount of the previous year’s donation. In attendance at the check presentation were Kupper Subaru staff; David Hebert, Subaru of America, Inc. District Parts & Service Manager; CDHS Shelter Director Sue Buchholz; CDHS Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator Mandy Schaff; along with volunteers, board members and pets from the Central Dakota Humane Society 
In November 2015, Subaru of America, Inc. pledged to donate $15 million for this year’s event, but due to another year of record sales, the company added an additional $3.5 million for a total of $18.5m. In addition to Subaru of America’s donation, Kupper Subaru also contributed $5,000 via matching of hometown charity donations.
 
“Subaru drivers and our employees both share a passion for making a difference in our communities, and nowhere is that more evident than through the Share the Love program,” said Bob Kupper, Dealer, Kupper Subaru. “In the eighth year of this terrific event, we are proud to have nearly tripled the amount of our donation to the Central Dakota Humane Society, and we wouldn’t be able to do it without our incredible employees and guests that choose us as their automotive specialist.”

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AMERICAN BANK CENTER PRESENTS MILLION-DOLLAR DONATION

American Bank Center has presented the University of Mary with $1 million for its Vision 2030 Capital Campaign; specifically the new Campus Center where American Bank Center will be opening its on-campus branch (pending regulatory approval); the first of its kind in western North Dakota.

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American Bank Center has long been a supporter of the University of Mary. As an employee-owned, independent community bank, American recognizes the value of education in our communities. The plan is to not only use the latest technology in the on-campus branch, but to employ University of Mary students to operate the facility. American Bank Center President and CEO, David Ehlis stated at a press conference at Mary, “This will provide a unique opportunity for those students to learn the ins and outs of the financial services industry while receiving a top-notch education from the University of Mary.” The on-campus branch is projected to open in time for the 2017-2018 academic year. “Community is at the forefront of American Bank Center’s mission and a Benedictine value we practice here daily at the University of Mary, so this significant commitment exemplifies the continued and strengthened partnership over the years between us that is truly providential,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Because community and service to others is important for our students, our faculty, our staff and our way of life, we are excited, honored and blessed to welcome American Bank Center to our University of Mary community and look forward to a long prosperous partnership.” “As the largest locally owned financial center in southwest North Dakota and one of the five largest banks in the state, this expansion and significant physical presence by American Bank Center inside our new Campus Center will provide a big benefit and convenience to our nearly 2,000 students studying on campus and to our faculty and staff that is unique among campuses across North Dakota,” said Jerome Richter, Vice President for the Office of Public Affairs at Mary. “Because the Campus Center will be at the heart of campus as the hub for community events and student activity, it’s comforting to know the ABC branch will be an integral part of day-to-day life when its doors open in the fall of 2017.” The University of Mary publicly announced its Vision 2030 Campaign in October 2015. The plan spans the next 15 years and not only includes the new student center, but new on-campus housing, new athletic facilities, updates to infrastructure and IT, updated lab schools, renovations of current athletic facilities, remodeling the Benedictine Center, a School of Engineering, renovation of the Harold Miller Center, expansion of the Arizona campus, building of a Graduate School of Health Sciences, renovating the Clairmont Center, building a fine arts auditorium, developing graduate housing, additional faculty and the possible pursuit of a medical school. To date, the Vision 2030 Campaign has raised $42.7 million of the phase one goal.

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MANDAN APPROVES REWARDS PROGRAM FOR NEW AND EXPANDING RESTAURANTS The Mandan City Commission, upon recommendation from the Mandan Growth Fund Committee, voted at a meeting in April to establish additional incentives to attract new restaurants and encourage expansion of existing eateries. Mandan will offer a rebate of its 1 percent local sales tax for five years and is setting side $162,000 for interest buy-downs.

Despite outreach efforts and significant growth in other business sectors, an underserved market has evolved in Mandan when it comes to the categories of restaurants and retail. The gap between the local appetite for restaurants and the number of eateries available is evidenced in part by a $23 million leakage statistic for foodservice. This is the gap between expenditures originating in Morton County, of which Mandan accounts for the majority, and sales from restaurants located here. Breaking this down further, Nielsen market data shows a near $9 million gap for full-service restaurants, a $7.6 million gap for limited-service eating places, and a $6 million gap for special foodservices. The sales tax rebate will provide $10,000 back to a restaurant for every $1 million in annual sales, equaling $50,000 over the course of five years. The interest buydowns will come from the Growth Fund, which receives a sales tax allocation of $250,000 annually.

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The program leverages funding available through the Bank of North Dakota Flex PACE program, which helps reduce the interest rate for financing of community development projects to as little as 1 percent. The proposal calls for an initial one-year period for the new restaurant rewards program, establishing a deadline for application approval of March 31, 2017, at which time the program would be reviewed for effectiveness and a possible extension. Funding for the interest buy-downs will be encumbered on a first-come, first-served basis. The 1 percent local sales tax proposed for rebate is the portion used for economic development, property tax reduction, infrastructure and debt reduction. Mandan’s 1% sales tax revenue totaled nearly $2.5 million in 2015. Although this was down from $2.7 million in 2014, it was still the second highest year on record and up 63 percent compared to 2010. Property taxes and other local sales taxes will still be required for restaurants receiving assistance. This includes the 0.75 percent sale tax for a voter-approved sports complex, 0.5 percent for a Morton County for a joint jail with Burleigh County, and a 1 percent restaurant and lodging tax for capital construction projects to attract visitors to the community.

SANFORD HEALTH RECEIVES GRANT FROM BNSF RAILWAY FOUNDATION

Sanford Health has received a $10,000 grant from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway Foundation. This grant will be used to support O.P.C. MobileMED, a direct healthcare solution for oilproducing companies. Funding from the grant was used to offset startup costs used from the MobileMED launch. MobileMED is a service which provides health care services directly in the oil fields for oil-producing companies (O.P.C.) and their subsidiaries. Sanford has two MobileMED units in North Dakota. One unit is located in Watford City and the other unit sees patients in Underwood and Stanton.


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Capital Credit Union CEO Deb Gallagher was recently featured in an issue of Credit Union Business Magazine. The article explains Gallagher’s journey from a 17-year-old at the credit union Alliance Real Estate Deb Gallagher to becoming its CEO, pathways Announces New to success, and advice for other credit union CEOs. Gallagher spoke of the importance Agents Alliance Real Estate is proud of the credit union’s connection to the communities to announce that Jana Abel and served, as well as profiling her experience, passion, Twila Nies have joined our team and leadership skills being exceptional role modeling values for employees at Capital Credit Union. of professional REALTORS®. Jana Abel Credit Union Business Magazine is a monthly Abel is a ND native and a online magazine with national readership that graduate of North Dakota State University. She has lived features credit union professionals from across the United States. and worked in the Bismarck/ Mandan area for the last 20 Gunsch Earns Asfpm years. Certification Nies is excited to work one on one with you in selling your Michael Gunsch, PE, of HEI's home or buying your next Bismarck office has successfully Twila Nies dream home. completed the process and Call Jana at 701-400-7695 examination to become an or Twila at 701-391-3610 for all of your real estate ASFPM Certified Floodplain Michael Gunsch needs. Manager (CFM®). The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) grants this certification only to Snustad Promoted at those professionals who meet the requirements Cornerstone Bank and complete a comprehensive examination on the Kirk Snustad has been programs and standards to reduce flood losses in promoted to IT Help Desk Lead the nation. The ASFPM is a national program that at Cornerstone Bank. Snustad recognizes continuing education and professional joined Cornerstone Bank as an development that enhances the knowledge and IT Help Desk team member in performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector Kirk Snustad June 2015. floodplain management professionals.

EAPC Hires Johnston to Expand Interior Design Services

EAPC Architects Engineers is excited to announce the addition of Kristina Johnston, Director of Interior Design Kristina Johnston to the firm's St. Paul office. Johnston brings over 10 years of commercial design in healthcare, corporate fields, and artwork integration. Jim Tyler, principal of EAPC said, "Kristina's expertise is a perfect fit to our creative core team of professionals. She will be involved immediately in providing Interior design to EAPC's current and future clients." Johnston is well versed in the healthcare Industry having designed a wide variety interior spaces for many community and critical access hospitals, outpatient specialty clinics, medical office buildings, and senior living facilities. Her clients include Allina Health, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of MN, Marshfield Clinic, and the Mayo Health Care System. Johnston worked for HDR, Inc. in St. Paul for eight years and most recently for Fluid Interiors in Minneapolis where she worked with a variety of clients in a multitude of project types

DFC Consultants Hires Senior Solutions Consultant

DFC Consultants has hired Roy Goodrich as a Senior Solutions Consultant. Goodrich has over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft Dynamics GP and Key2Act software. He will offer software Roy Goodrich support and training to customers with a focus on those in the manufacturing and mechanical industries. Prior to joining DFC Consultants, Goodrich was a Senior Consultant for Key2Act for nearly 10 years.

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ns in hunting, fishing, archery, cycling, and sports of all kinds. He d their two children, Bennett (3) and Brinley (1). New SCHEELS Store Leader Choice Financial Adds Denny’s Hires Zelehoski and Zetocha

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SCHEELS is honored to Choice Financial announces announce our new Store Leader the addition of Lauris Molbert for the Bismarck, North Dakota to its board of directors, store! bringing the bank’s total board Dennis Bense retired earlier membership to eleven directors. Lauris Molbert in 2016, and Tyler Halm will Molbert is CEO of TMI take over as the Store Leader Hospitality, headquartered in of destination retailer SCHEELS Fargo. TMI Hospitality develops and manages selectTyler Halm in Bismarck, ND. Tyler Halm's service and extended-stay hotels across the United experience with SCHEELS is long-standing. Starting in States. The company employs more than 4,500 team 2000 as a part time sales associate, he quickly aligned members and currently operates over 180 hotels in 25 with the organization's values and saw tremendous states. career opportunity. Halm has since moved through Prior to joining TMI Hospitality, Molbert served as the ranks of the organization with roles in fullthe chief operating officer and executive vice president ________________________ time sales, shop management, assistant store of Otter Tail Corporation from 1995-2011. From 1983management, new store development and training, 1995, he was a partner at a Fargo law firm specializing www.scheels.com; and and most recently, store leadership. He comes to in banking law and mergers and acquisitions. View?langId=-1&storeId=10151&catalogId=10051&storeLoc=KI Bismarck after store leadership roles in Eau Claire, WI; Molbert has served onornumerous public, private marck/ for specific information SCHEELS. Springfield, IL; Sandy, UT; and Greatabout Falls, MT.Bismarckand non-profit boards, including Sanford Health Tyler is an outdoor enthusiast with passions in System Board of Trustees, Community First Bankshares, ### archery, cycling, and sports of all hunting, fishing, BlackRidge Financial, Greater Fargo Moorhead kinds. He returns to Bismarck with his wife Anne and Economic Development Corporation, MeritCare Health their two children, Bennett (3) and Brinley (1). Systems, University of North Dakota Foundation and Alumni Association, and Arthur Ventures Fund. Capital Credit Union Lauris graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Law and also earned undergraduate Board Members degrees in finance, accounting and banking from the Elected University of North Dakota. Capital Credit Union recently held their 80th annual business Bismarck Motor meeting and member event Company Hire Three, at the North Dakota Heritage Lance Gaebe Promotes One Center in Bismarck. Board members Lance Gaebe, Bismarck Motor Company, a Jay Buringrud and Stephen Kupper Automotive dealership, Vaughan were re-elected to has added three to its staff and three-year terms. promoted one. Ryan Bucholz Gaebe, Buringrud and Ryan Bucholz has been Vaughan will rejoin board promoted to sales manager. members Faye Miller, Michael Bucholz joined Bismarck Motor Gunsch, Shawn Deisz, Kevin Company as sales and leasing Jay Buringrud Schoenborn, Ken Geiger and consultant in 2011. Marnie Walth. Chandra Hirning and James Among reports given, Capital Gray joined Bismarck Motor Credit Union President Deb Company's sales departments. Gallagher highlighted major Hirning joins the team with Chandra Hirning credit union milestones over the previous internet sales past 80 years, such as: the date experience. Gray brings over the credit union charter was 14 years of customer service signed on March 5,1936, the experience. Stephen Vaughan growth in membership from the Heidi Enz joined Bismarck Motor Company in February as original 20 members to over 30,000, the evolution of a title clerk. products and services offered by the credit union and the addition of nine branches. Following the business meeting, the member James Gray event drew almost 550 attendees for hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. Major prize winners of the evening were Denver and Bobbi Jorgenson, $1,000 travel voucher; April Schauer, two Apple Watches; and Raymond Morrell, $500 Prairie Knights gift card.

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Roberto Morales-Zelehoski and Sierra Zetocha were recently promoted to assistant managers at Denny’s in Bismarck. Zelehoski, originally from Bradenton, FL, has worked with Classic Restaurants as a Roberto Zelehoski cook before being promoted. Previously he was the general manager at Subway, and worked with at risk children in Sarasota, FL before moving to North Dakota. Zetocha, originally from Bismarck, ND, has experience working in the hospitality Sierra Zetocha business as both host and server with Classic Restaurants. Zelehoski and Zetocha will manage and oversee the overall operations of the restaurant including managing staff, food and beverage quality, and customer service.

BlackRidgeBANK Announcement

John Jessen has been appointed Executive Vice President and Director of the Retail Banking Division for BlackRidgeBANK, in addition John Jessen to his role as President of the Bismarck Region, and will assume the responsibility as Chairman of the Senior Credit Committee.

Cedric Theel Toyota Earns Prestigious Award

For the 8th consecutive year, Cedric Theel Toyota has earned the prestigious Toyota President’s Award; the highest honor given to a Toyota dealership. In order to qualify for this award, Cedric Theel Toyota had to excel in a number of categories, including: • Sales Satisfaction • Service Satisfaction • Market Share Attainment • Vehicle Delivery Excellence • Employee Training and Certification

Pinks Joins Horizon Financial Bank

Melissa Pinks has joined the team of Horizon Financial Bank as Vice President of Commercial Lending. A Bismarck native, Pinks has been in the banking industry for nine years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Melissa Pinks Business Communications from the University of Mary and is an active member in the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce, serving as past chair of the Ambassador Team and Excellence in Business Committee.


www.bismarckmandan.com Cornerstone Bank Welcomes Jaeger as Marketing Director

CHI St. Alexius Health Names Doris Weiss Coordinator

CHI St. Alexius Health recently named Doris Weiss safety & emergency management coordinator. Weiss was hired by CHI St. Alexius Health in April of 2015. Prior to joining CHI St. Alexius Health she was the hospital preparedness program coordinator for the ND Department of Health/Emergency Preparedness & Response Program. As the coordinator, Weiss is responsible for supervising console specialists, information desk specialists and customer service attendants. She serves as backup incident commander and is responsible for safety training and emergency preparedness training for exercises, drills and training events. Weiss graduated from Bismarck High School and attended classes at Bismarck State College Steelhammer Joins Bianco Realty and University of Mary. She is currently enrolled Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest REALTOR® at American Public University System majoring in Emergency & Disaster Response Management. Weiss to join their company, Renee holds certifications in CHEP (Certified Healthcare Steelhammer. Steelhammer Emergency Professional), ICS (Incident Command), looks forward to helping you with all your Real Estate needs, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Grant achieving your dream of home Writing, CBRNE, Basic and Advanced PIO, Healthcare Leadership, DECON, Instructor Trainer, and HDTS Renee Steelhammer ownership and providing a (Healthcare Defensive Tactics System). Tradition of Excellence!

Kristin Jaeger joined the Cornerstone Bank Team on January 18 as Marketing Director. She has over 12 years Kristin Jaeger of marketing experience. Jaeger received a Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University in 2003 and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Mary in 2006. She is a founding member of the Parshall Area Community Foundation and is Secretary of the Parshall Promoters. Jaeger has been recognized as a leader in the Prairie Business Magazine 40 under 40 publication.

Capital Credit Union Promotes Nelson

Capital Credit Union recently promoted Chris Nelson to branch manager of the Northwest Branch. Nelson is originally from Bismarck, N.D, and attended the University of North Dakota. He was named branch Chris Nelson manager of Capital Credit Union’s Northwest Branch and will continue to serve as branch manager of the Mandan Branch as well. Nelson has been with Capital Credit Union since 2010.

Wald Qualifies for Prestigious "Court of the Table" Outstanding client service, ethics and professionalism have enabled David Wald, of Securian Financial Advisors of ND, to qualify for the exclusive "Court of the Table" of the Million Dollar Round Table — The Premier Association of Financial Professionals.® Wald is a six-year MDRT member and a three-time Court of the Table qualifier. Achieving Court of the Table status places Wald among the top professionals in the global life insurance and financial services industry.

MAY TELEVISED LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Monday, 2nd 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 2nd 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 3rd 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Monday, 9th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Monday, 9th 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board (recorded) Tuesday, 10th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District Tuesday, 10th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 11th 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thursday, 12th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Monday, 16th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 16th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 17th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Brd

Tuesday, 17th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Thursday, 19th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park District Board Monday, 23rd 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Monday, 23rd 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission Tuesday, 24th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 24th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Wednesday, 25th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thursday, 26th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings can be viewed LIVE (unless otherwise indicated) and are replayed several times on Government Access, cable channel 2 and HD602. Government meetings are also available for online viewing (LIVE and Video on Demand) at www.freetv.org.

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Q: WHEN BUILDING A HOUSE HOW CAN I AVOID SURPRISES AND INSURE MY BUDGET IS MAINTAINED? A: One of the most important steps in

Q: IS SKIN CANCER VERY COMMON? WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF SKIN CANCER? A: Yes- Skin cancer is the most common

Q: WHAT IS A HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM AND WHO SHOULD BE TESTED AS PART OF THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM? A: Hearing loss is the most preventable

the homebuilding process is choosing a builder that will provide the product and service you desire while maintaining a budget. During the design process inform the builder of your specific needs and wants. Items like granite countertops, custom tile showers, types of flooring, and any other special requests should be discussed. During the build process the builder should accompany you when selecting items for your new home. They will be able to provide design assistance as well as help select items within your budget. The contract and quoted price need to reflect the specific items you desire in order to eliminate any unplanned overages during or after the construction of your new home.

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type of cancer. In fact, more than 3.5 million skin cancers are diagnosed in the United States each year! There are three different types of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma.

Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and one in 50 Americans will develop melanoma in their lifetime.

Warning signs of skin cancer can include the following: • A change in size, shape, or color of a mole or other skin lesion • The appearance of a new growth on the skin • A skin lesion that does not heal. We recommend anyone with a history of skin cancer have a full body exam by a board-certified dermatologist at least annually and regular self-exams for new and changing moles.

work related injury. OSHA mandates all employees who are exposed to noise of 85 dB or greater over an eight hour time-weighted average, be placed in a hearing conservation program.

Under this program, employees undergo hearing testing (audiogram) at the start of employment and annually thereafter. They are also provided with hearing protection. These services are free of charge to employees. The annual audiogram is compared to the initial or baseline audiogram to see if there is any change in hearing that would indicate the employee’s hearing protection is inadequate. A physician or an audiologist must evaluate this test to determine if there has been a notable change in hearing, called a standard threshold shift (STS).

Only employees who are exposed to noise levels of 85dB or greater should be placed in the hearing conservation program and tested. If an employer is uncertain which workers are exposed to this level of noise, the work environment can be tested with a sound level assessment to determine the need for the program.


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Q: HOW DO I HELP MY BOARD OR COMMITTEE AGREE ON OUR BUILDING PROJECT? A: In an effective group, we realize how

energizing it is to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Amazing solutions come from people who are committed to the common goal. However, achieving consensus takes planning and leadership. In our work with citizen committees, schools, churches and in our own business, we’ve identified these common traits of successful groups: • Begin with the End in Mind The group has clearly stated goals, which are inspirational and generate enthusiasm. • Identify the “Why” Committee members who are passionate about the cause, and the project’s purpose is identified and aligned with it. • Build Trust There are established guidelines that promote mutual respect among members.

• Know the Facts A course of action and schedule has been set, and good information is provided, available, and answers all questions needed for decision-making.

• Reach Consensus with an Eye on the Future Taking the necessary time early in the process to reach consensus streamlines future decisions. Choices today set the foundation for strategic planning, fundraising, etc. for years to come.

PAT BRUNELLE

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

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ZOSTAVAX A: ZOSTAVAX is a vaccine used for

adults 50 years of age or older to prevent Shingles (also known as Herpes Zoster). Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you've ever had chickenpox, the virus that caused it, called the varicella-zoster virus, remains in your body. It lies dormant in your nerves and can come back, even years later, as the painful, blistering rash of Shingles. As you get older, there's an even greater chance you could get Shingles . ZOSTAVAX works by helping your immune system protect you from getting Shingles. It is thought that ZOSTAVAX does this by helping to provide a boost to the immune system to help control or suppress the Shingles virus. It is a once a lifetime injection with possible side effects of redness, pain, and swelling at the injection site. It is a live virus, so take care to avoid newborn infants, those that are pregnant and haven’t had Chickenpox, and those with immunesystem problems. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to inquire more about Zostavax

ALEX DUPPONG

1003 Gateway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-250-0728

Q: HOW ARE MOBILE APPS BEING USED FOR BUSINESS? A: We all want to access information

in the fastest, most convenient way possible. Mobile apps are software applications developed specifically for use on things like smart phones or hand held devices. Apps connect you to your customers in a more practical and efficient way than navigating through an entire website. Users choose to download your app, which then gives your business a direct connection to potential customers as well as valuable real estate on the home screen of their mobile device.

For example restaurants or retailers can “ping” or alert users with discounts or specials when they’re in the vicinity. Almost any business can create a community around their brand, thus creating a more exclusive relationship with people who have expressed an interest in your business. Apps are now affordable and efficient ways to reach an opt-in client base.

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Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber volunteers called Ambassadors. Businesses qualify for a ribbon cutting if they open, move, and remodel, are under new ownership, change their name, or offer a new product or service. To schedule a ribbon cutting, please call Amanda Schwieters at 701-223-5660 or email aschwieters@bismancc.com.

GOLDSTONE REALTY Christine Rivinius, Owner/Broker and family, at her new business on 1401 Skyline Blvd. Ste. 230 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-354-1000.

BNC NATIONAL BANK Nate Palczewski, Branch Manager, at their new branch location on 3000 Yorktown Dr. in Bismarck. Phone:250-3070. Member.

ROCK POINT Bill & Jacey Kramer, new owners, at their new business on 2500 Pirates Loop SE in Mandan. Phone: (701) 751-3348 42 | Chamber Connection

LACKEY AUTO CENTER Tyler Goetz, Manager, at their new business on 3714 Memorial Highway in Mandan. Phone: 701-663-5012.

BISMARCK AERO CENTER Dora Meier, Flight Manager and Howard Burns, Director of Maintenance along with staff celebrate their newest hanger on 2301 University Dr. in Bismarck. Phone: 223-4754. Member.

LABOR MATCH STAFFING SOLUTIONS Mary Wolf, Owner, and Charlene Owens at their new business on 3111 E. Broadway Ste. 3 in Bismarck. Phone: 751-7667. Member.


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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 www.bismarckmandan.com.

Stumpf Electric Inc. 4730 Earhart Lane Bismarck, ND Clifford Stumpf (701) 258-4642 With 31 years of being in business we are electrical contractors that specialize in residential and commercial electricity. We are locally owned, and operated in the Bismarck Mandan community. Velocity Energy Solutions 212 Ball Park Street Stanton, ND Josh Boyko (701) 745-3345 Locally owned and operated logistics company.

Alternative Office Services 3333 E. Broadway Ave. Ste. 1109 Bismarck, ND Ron Mespelt (701) 354-9050 Professional office furniture assembly and installation. Warrior Well Testing, Corp. 1906 E. Broadway Ave. Suite #8 Bismarck, ND Francis Connors (701) 751-0191 Tier 1 Contractor for MHA Tero. We are 100% Native owned & operated. Services include: Well Testing Floback, Cleanout & Drill-Out, 24 Well Watching, Completion and Workover Consulting, & Security.

Pinnacle Employee Benefits LLC 1110 College Dr. Suite 106 Bismarck, ND Stacy Zeeb (701) 751-7889 Employer group and individual health insurance. Retirement planning, life insurance and 401k. LongHorn Steakhouse 1070 East Interstate Avenue Bismarck, ND Cale Bolinger (701) 223-6465 LongHorn Steakhouse is known for fresh, boldly seasoned steaks offered in a variety of cuts, including its signature bone-in Outlaw Ribeye速. All served in a atmosphere inspired by a rancher's home. Germans From Russia 1125 W. Turnpike Avenue Bismarck, ND Norbert Mayer (701) 223-6167 Non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and preservation of the unique ethnic heritage of the Germans from Russia.

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Upcoming Chamber Events LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN PROJECT PRESENTATION Date: 5/18/2016 • Time: 8:30am - 11:30am Location: The Chamber of Commerce – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

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MAY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: LEGACY STORAGE SOLUTIONS

Date: 5/19/2016 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Legacy Storage Solutions – 3320 Hamilton Street, Unit 6, Bismarck

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION

Date: 5/25/2016 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan

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JUNE MEMBERSHIP MIXER: CLOVERDALE FOODS Date: 6/9/2016 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Cloverdale Foods – 3015 34th Street NW, Mandan

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Date: 6/16/2016 • Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm Location: The Chamber Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

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