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


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


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

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focus of this issue, and of much community discussion, is the upcoming elec­ tions. The community’s political subdivisions are key to our future, and there are contested races across most of the ballot, a healthy sign. Over the past 10 years, BMCEDC has engaged in deep discussions about our role three times, and consistently come to the same conclusion; our role is to raise awareness, promote involvement, and educate candidates, not to make endorsements. Our success as an organization depends on solid relationships with elected lead­ ers. Supporting the process without choosing a candidate is the best foundation for those relationships. Early in this election cycle there were concerns if there would be enough quality candidates for open seats. Chamber EDC Staff reached out to alumni of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Program, encouraging those that had expressed interest to consider 2022 as their time to step up. And we also hosted a candidate campaign training that drew not only local prospective candidates, but some from other parts of the state looking for insight that wasn’t available close to home. Some of those were candidates for legislature and, if elected, have now experienced the quality and impact of BMCEDC, establishing a relationship that enhances our net­ work. Today’s political climate is steeped in conflict. There are more intra-party contested legislative seats in the primary than ever before. This increases the importance of the primary exponentially. The largest fields in our local elections are for school board, consistent with a national wave. We are fortunate to have quality candidates across the ballot; electing those that will be the most effective, rational, and responsive to the voters will drive the community’s success in the coming years. The business community has and should play a strong role in this process. Candidates need funding to run successful races, and appropriately look to business to support their campaign. We need effective, rational leadership to have a healthy community, and we need a healthy community for businesses to thrive. Supporting candidates you believe in, with your voice and/or your funding, is an investment in the future. As leaders, please make every effort to be involved. Emphasize to your workforce the importance of taking the time to be informed voters. Your role, as is BMCEDC’s, is not to en­ dorse, but to encourage engagement. If you open that door, in many cases it creates discussions allowing you to provide perspective for your staff on how elections matter to the health of your business, which drives their opportunities. North Dakota, and the Bismarck-Mandan area, have a high­ er voter turnout compared to much of the nation. We are a community permeated by politics far more than our statewide peers. It’s a strength, and a challenge. This year more than ever, the engagement and awareness of the business commu­ nity is critical to bring focus to the June ballot to provide the best leadership for our community. Please make it a priority, as we at BMCEDC have and will continue to do.

Kevin Strege, Chair Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC @bismancedc

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STEVE BAKKEN Bismarck Mayor

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? We need to continue to ensure that the culture of our city government meets and exceeds the expectations of Bismarck city residents and taxpayers. City leaders are accountable to the voters and need to reflect a commitment to fiscal responsibility, sound infrastructure, and family values, while focusing on the long term needs of our community. Over my 40-year broadcasting career, I have developed the ability to listen to issues and work through solutions by building short and long-term visions and building relationships with political, business, and community leaders across our region. As the owner of my own consulting firm and working in business development, I strive to grow business opportunities within our community. WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE ISSUES THE CITY COMMISSION SHOULD ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? First; we need to continue to ensure the financial viability of the city, while being fiscally responsible to our taxpayers as we meet our responsibility of public safety. Second; we need to continue to “catch up” on the city’s water infrastructure needs, so that we can lower utility rates. Third; we need to continue to work on our waterfront development with our other political entities, so that Bismarck will have the ability to offset property taxes in the future. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BISMARCK AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Workforce! Recruitment, retention, and developing our local talent to meet the needs of our rapidly growing community must continue to be a top priority. The Chamber EDC needs to remain at the center of discussions with all community partners if we are to overcome our workforce challenges. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT TASK FORCE’S RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE RECENTLY PRESENTED TO THE BISMARCK CITY COMMISSION? Eliminating specials in Bismarck has been a long, complicated process to address an even more complicated issue. What the task force has brought to the table is a good start. There needs to be additional discussions to also address greenfield specials, to get the city and its taxpayers out of the banking business. That model is unsustainable for the long-term financial viability of Bismarck. I thank the task force for their work thus far; however, there is still work to do before any model can be on the ballot. It is more important to get it right than to get it done.

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MIKE SCHMITZ Bismarck Mayor

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR MAYOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I love Bismarck and feel fortunate to have grown up here and built a business. It’s important that the citizens of Bismarck have a clear choice between a candidate’s education, professional background and leadership experience when voting for an important job like mayor. I provide that clear choice: •

I have B.S. degrees in accounting and business administration and an MBA from the University of Mary.

With nearly 40 years of experience as a certified public accountant, I see the impact of the city government’s decisions on my clients, like unexpected increases in their taxes or special assessments.

Our citizens need someone who understands budgets, will ask hard questions, and provide educated opinions.

I believe my years of experience growing a business, serving on multiple non-profit boards, and being involved with our Chamber EDC, qualifies me for this position. WHAT ARE THE TOP THREE ISSUES THE CITY COMMISSION SHOULD ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? 1. Evaluate infrastructure needs and create a long-range funding strategy to avoid rapid increases like our citizens have experienced with the recent water rate hikes and real estate tax mill levies. 2. Work closely with stakeholders to address workforce issues. 3. Create a business-friendly community that fosters economic development. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BISMARCK AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Our greatest challenge is meeting workforce demands. Resolving these issues will require visionary leadership and a collaborative effort between all facets of city government, creative partnerships with the Park and School Boards and administration, and strategically accessing state programs that address workforce development. WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF THE SPECIAL ASSESSMENT TASK FORCE’S RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE RECENTLY PRESENTED TO THE BISMARCK CITY COMMISSION? Many states are moving away from special assessments to cover street repairs, finding other ways to fund these projects. In North Dakota, taxpayers bear one of the highest burdens for street repairs in the country; other states have access to more state fuel tax revenue than we do, and that doesn’t appear likely to change in the future. The current special assessment method results in immediate and high expenses that people don’t include in their personal budget. The new method being proposed will provide for a reliable, ongoing revenue stream to the City that will reduce the resident’s expense by eliminating bonding costs. The City gains the ability to improve planning and budgeting for repairs in a more cost-effective manner. As a member of this Special Assessment Task Force, I’m committed to making this a better deal for the taxpayer. It’s still a work in progress, and will be a challenge to communicate the concept, so taxpayers have a complete understanding of what it means to them.

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BRADLEY W. OLSON Mandan City Commission

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I believe that Mandan is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. As a 30+ year resident/homeowner of Mandan, it is my desire to see Mandan continue to be the city that supports quality of life; a safe/friendly environment, a place for families and business to prosper, a place that provides both public and private services, and a fair equitable taxation rate. As Golf Operations Manager for the Mandan Park District the past 21 years (now retired), I have worked closely with the Mandan Park Board and have had the wonderful opportunity to build relationships with countless Mandan residents and businesses. Additionally, I have actively been involved with youth and High School/ College sports in the area. I consider my work experience for the City of Mandan, involvement with youth sports, and associations with city personnel a substantial foundation to support my role as a City Commissioner. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? A few of the priorities facing our City Commissioners and city staff would include appropriate economic development that enables residents and businesses to thrive and prosper; championing our first responders to ensure public safety and a peaceful protected community; fiscal responsibility to our residents and businesses. There are also a couple of major projects, for example the renovation of The Strip, that will have a huge impact on our city that need special attention. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF MANDAN AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? I see our biggest challenge to be the continuation of our city government to present to existing and future businesses a positive atmosphere for doing business in Mandan. This cannot be taken for granted and must always be at the forefront of many of our decisions. We will need to continue to identify, source and engage unique goods/services that support the Mandan community, and establish Mandan as a regional hub. These goods/services may include identified opportunities for the Mandan area, rare and one-of-a-kind businesses, and special events that support Mandan economic prosperity. City Commissioners, Business Development Director, and city staff can encourage, aid, and assist in this process through a variety of methods.

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Mandan City Commission

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? There are a number of issues that will be confronting city government in the near future that will require some experience and knowledge needed to supplement decision-making as a City Commissioner. Having worked in city government for over 40 years — serving as Chief of Police in Mandan for 22 years, as well as being active in many areas of city government — this provides me with the foundation and institutional knowledge needed for the job. I also represent the city in serving on a number of boards and committees. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? Having served on the City Commission for several terms prior, I can state that priorities change and having a single mindset may impede one’s flexibility to adjust to and confront issues. Government spending, increased local taxes, and managing growth — so not to create future problems — would be on my list of concerns. I would like to see the local taxing entities (School, Parks, County, and City) work closer together on developing priorities in funding large projects that require increases in taxes. The taking of grants and availability of grants also need to be scrutinized as some grants have stipulations that may not be in the interest of the citizens later in the future. One priority is to ensure that the city government has qualified, competent, and proficient department heads along with citizen members of committees and boards who make recommendations to the city commissioners. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF MANDAN AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Being we live in such a state of flux and uncertainty in today’s business world, I would try to work for some stability to where the business community can have confidence in Mandan’s future, have a reliable workforce, and not be impeded by unfair or irrational actions of government.



Bismarck City Commission

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? Growing up in Bismarck I have always felt strongly about creating a vibrant and engaging community. As a small business owner, I want to make sure Bismarck remains a great place to live, raise a family, and grow a business. I have experienced Bismarck as a student, a young professional, and a homeowner and I am passionate about helping it continue to a great place to live. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? Bismarck is growing at a high rate; it is important to make sure that growth and new development is happening in an intentional way. I want to help foster cooperation among the already strong pillars in the Bismarck community. This will make our government function more efficiently and be responsive to the needs of our taxpayers. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BISMARCK AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? One of the biggest challenges for the business community in Bismarck is the current labor shortage. With the number of jobs available it is important that the city works hard to be a desirable destination for the incoming workforce. Unlike previous generations, younger generations of professionals have opportunities and flexibility when it comes to choosing where they want to put roots down. As Bismarck grows it’s important that the city takes an active role in continuing to make sure talent attraction and retention is a high priority.


Bismarck City Commission

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? I have always been one to invest in people. Four years ago, I got tired of how the good people of our community were treating one another horribly and started a citizen advocacy forum centered on “RESPECT.” I then made a commitment to learn and have either watched or attended every Bismarck City Commission, School Board, County, and Parks and Recreation meeting, as well as advisory meetings for the last five years. With every resource I have available I have been engaging in doing whatever I can to promote and empower Bismarck. I am running because I believe I am the only person that has demonstrated a comprehensive respect and fairness for the entire city through no benefit to me, and thus ensuring border to border representation for all our citizens to be better tomorrow then today. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? Investing in people at every level is always the priority. With well over 20 agenda items addressed by the Bismarck City Commission every meeting, I would not be genuine to say one should take precedence over the other. I can bank on the investment in our great citizen’s and community as we work together on tackling our challenges; through promoting the growth that makes us better! WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BISMARCK AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? Navigating workforce, inflation, and supply chain struggles. I have been in conversation on several ways to tackle workforce challenges that will make a more immediate impacts for our businesses. I have also been an attending citizen observer in the street utility rate meetings. It has the potential to be very good in regards by-passing some inflationary and interest paying impacts because we would no longer be bonding for projects. That has been a nearly six-year investment of meetings with city stakeholders that can have a significant impact on Bismarck as we grow forward.

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BRITTANY LEISCHNER Bismarck City Commission

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? My run for Bismarck City Commission is based on my striving to be an example of representation that is representing as it is intended to. The constituents are the vitality of the community, and they need to be heard. We must work to maintain the core principles/values, ensuring they are exemplified through actions to create a positive future for Bismarck. Being a part of my family’s businesses, and owning businesses of my own, has given me over 20+ years of resources that can be brought to the Bismarck City Commission. From the awareness of how vital efficiency and fiscal responsibility are, to understanding the importance of good communication, I have a logical, up-front comprehension of business operations that would be beneficial at city level. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? Seeing to it that the voices of the constituents are heard, and a respected and functioning relationship is vitalized between the Bismarck City Commission and the constituents. A wellfunctioning relationship utilizes effective communication, working towards solutions that provide a measure of benefit to both. Continuing to build a relationship of this stature between the commission and the constituents is my priority. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BISMARCK AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? For many businesses it is staffing. Finding employees, retaining them, and ensuring they understand the vision/ levels of service of the business, is drawing major concern. We need to start by further aiding businesses in their abilities to understand our local labor market, helping them to better focus recruiting efforts, set the right wage and benefit levels, and innovatively market employees. One innovative measure employers could capitalize on, would be additional emphasis on educating employees on the added gain from benefits. Many employees don’t understand the value of benefits and only focus on wages. This is where educating employees on what they gain from the job as a whole could benefit employers when recruiting/ retaining employees.

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Bismarck City Commission

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR CITY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THIS POSITION? Bismarck is an awesome city to live in, and I am proud to say I was born and raised here. I will make sure that Bismarck remains a safe and viable city for my children to raise their families. Working in the construction industry my entire life has given me the opportunity — with my own hands — to help build Bismarck to what it is today. My experience in helping run multi-million dollar companies and the relationships I have gained over the years with the businesses and citizens of Bismarck are priceless. I served as the 2016 President of the Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Association and enjoyed my time on the board. Finally, my experience the past four years as a City Commissioner and the passion I bring to the commission on behalf of the citizens and businesses within our community. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE CITY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? A vibrant Bismarck. Now, how do we do this? Collaboration is the key. The past four years I have built relationships with other government entities, and I look forward working with them in the future. It takes a lot of team work to keep Bismarck vibrant. Reduce water rates and taxes — both have been increased dramatically and have had a negative effect on our community. WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BISMARCK AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED? There are actually two challenges that I would like to address: 1. What the business community needs most is a qualified labor force. When unemployment hovers around 3 percent, the lack of labor impacts all sectors of business. We need to work with our schools and universities to keep that labor force here in Bismarck! 2. Work to keep taxes and fees manageable, the past two budget years have raised property taxes dramatically, this adds to the bottom line of each business which will get passed on the end users.


MILES MEHLHOFF Mandan Park Board


Mandan Park Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am seeking re-election because I would like to continue to contribute to my community in a meaningful way. I'm proud of the work that the Mandan Park District has completed during my first term, and I am hopeful that I can continue being a voice for the residents of Mandan for another four years. In addition to currently serving on the Mandan Park Board, I am also currently the Park Board representative on the Mandan Planning and Zoning Commission. Also, I have served on other community boards including the Mandan Architectural Review Commission and the Mandan Youth Soccer Club. As a Project Manager at Moore Engineering, I have developed many skills that benefit me as a Park Board Commissioner. I am an effective communicator and have skills in budgeting and planning.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am an active member of the community serving on advisory boards, recognized by 4-H and other youth organizations for my volunteerism, and I recently served as president of the Mandan Progress Organization, host of Buggies-N-Blues, Art in the Park and Santa’s Arrival, where I led the organization through a challenging time period. In every role I’ve undertaken, I’ve been thanked for my willingness to listen to new ideas and to hear both sides of the story to ensure that the right decisions are made.

HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE ENSURING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? In my professional role, acting with fiscal responsibility is part of my daily routine. I find that having a strategic plan with both short and long-term goals as well as prioritizing district needs is an invaluable tool. Keeping an open mind, open communication and continuous dialog with community stakeholders is very important to ensure that we are acting in the best interests of the residents of Mandan.

HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE ENSURING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? As I small business owner, I assess my business practices annually looking for growth opportunities while trying to reduce costs without sacrificing service. I would take the same approach on the Park Board.

Mandan is a growing community, and Parks and Recreation needs to grow with Mandan. I want to be part of that growth, helping to guide the organization to best address the needs of our citizens.

We cannot expect Mandan’s taxpayers to cover all the costs of recreational facilities, or Park and Recreation to be solely responsible for their care. Whenever possible, we should seek out grants and donations or sponsorship to support growth. I strongly believe that new facilities need supporters who don’t just fundraise, but who also help to maintain those facilities taking ownership of what is provided.

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Mandan Park Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? Mandan is the envy of many other North Dakota cities when it comes to parks and park facilities. I would like to be a member of the Mandan Park board to continue having quality parks and recreational programs for all citizens no matter their age or abilities. Mandan has been blessed with some very dedicated employees, park board members and user groups that keep the focus on quality not quantity. I would hope to continue to develop relationships with user groups and have open lines of communication to best serve the citizens of Mandan. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE ENSURING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? The responsibility of the park board members and park district staff is to have a solid multi-year plan for development and budgeting. Many recent major facility projects in our community have involved financial participation by the park district, user groups, private donations, and our very generous business community. I see this trend continuing to make the best use of the tax dollars dedicated to our park district. A few examples of cooperative projects are Mandan Veterans Memorial Ballpark/BNC National Bank Field, Starion Bank multi-use complex and Dakota Community Bank rodeo facility.

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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for re-election to the Park Board because, as a lifelong citizen of Bismarck, I enjoy serving my community. I am completing my second, nonconsecutive term, and feel there is much more work I would like to be part of as the district continues to meet the challenges of our growing community. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE ENSURING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? The park district revisits its strategic plan every year and this issue is at the heart of the planning and budgeting process every year. The executive director, division managers, and staff take pride in presenting a balanced budget every year and honor that by working within the means provided. The park board has also done well in holding the line on its mill levy and relying on the increase in valuation for budgeting purposes.



Bismarck Park Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? All of my life, I have been passionate about green space and recreation and have seen how a park district positively impacts a community. Public parks play a vital role in the daily life and health of our residents and help attract and retain community members and visitors. Bismarck is extremely blessed to have a diverse park district which serves the needs of our community. Our community continues to grow and diversify. My love of sports and the arts, coupled with my educational and professional background, creativity and energy make me the right candidate at this point in time for re-election. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE ENSURING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? Several years ago we updated our Strategic Plan to include this type of initiative as we determined it vital to maintain and enhance what we currently have in addition to growing with our community. As a commissioner, I feel a fiduciary responsibility to our residents and can proudly state that during my park board tenure I have never supported increasing our mills. Fortunately, we have wonderful program partners, philanthropic community members and generous business owners who are committed to ensuring our park system meets the community needs. Also, the district is always researching grant and sponsorship opportunities.

MARK ZIMMERMAN Bismarck Park Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR PARK BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am an ardent believer in the duty to serve our community. My seven years of service on the Park Board, as well as my career as Director of N.D. Parks and Recreation, gives me the background to be an effective advocate for users of our park facilities, and the fiscal experience to manage budgets wisely and make the best use of all available resources. HOW WILL YOU BALANCE THE INCREASING DEMAND TO DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN FACILITIES WHILE ENSURING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? Throughout my tenure in park services at the city and state level, I have worked hard to prioritize capital projects and programs that can be accomplished within a sustainable and responsible budget. I will continue to work with the Bismarck community, fellow commissioners, and park district staff to develop a long-range plan and yearly budget that holds the line on mill levy increases and seeks greater financial support from park district partners, user groups, and grant programs. As Bismarck continues to experience population growth and increasing demand for parks and recreation programs, it’s important to balance fiscal responsibility with the need for recreational opportunities for our residents. I will continue to seek citizen input to build consensus for the future of our parks and recreation department — truly an integral part of our community.

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LORRAINE DAVIS Mandan School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? As a parent and community stakeholder, I am enthusiastic about serving our Mandan community through educational leadership. I would like to assist administrators and educators with innovative 21st Century Learning methods that I have learned. As a doctoral candidate of educational leadership in my final year and as a founder and an administrator of NATIVE, Inc. and Native American Development Center of Bismarck serving adults, youth and families with many services, resources, and programs, I feel I will bring knowledge, experience and innovative strategies. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My priorities are student achievement; teacher recruitment & retention; college, career, & military readiness; and school facilities & growth. First, I see the opportunity to collect data and conduct helpful research through qualitative and quantitative approaches to make sound decisions. Second, I see the opportunity to streamline many resources and services between students and their families with higher education connections, lifelong learning opportunities, and community-based services to ensure the whole family obtains the supportive services they need for student success. I am also excited about being a part of the growth and new facilities within our district. I would be honored to be able to serve the Mandan Public School District.

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Mandan School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am a lifelong, active member of the Mandan community. With a degree in education and years of experience in the classroom, I have developed an authentic understanding of the needs and goals of educators. I have devoted my career to promoting the success and wellness of students within our Bismarck-Mandan community. In addition to serving on the Mandan School Board, I currently serve the Central Regional Education Association Governing Board as president, and I serve on the board of directors for the MPS Foundation for Education. I am seeking re-election to continue serving as a liaison between the school district and the citizens of Mandan and to assist in meeting the ever-changing needs of students, families, and employees within our school district. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? 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. To keep our classrooms at a reasonable size 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. It is our responsibility to be responsive to the growing enrollment and administer essential services to meet the needs of all students. With a focus on creating meaningful connections and tight-knit school communities, we need to establish more opportunities to foster parental and community engagement.




Mandan School Board

Mandan School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I’m running to be on the Mandan Public School Board because I want to be an advocate for our teachers, support staff, and students in our district. I believe I’m qualified for the position because I had the privilege of being employed with Mandan Public Schools (MPS) for almost 30 years, so I feel I have a general understanding of how the district works. I hope to use this understanding as well as input from the taxpayers of MPS district to help develop policies that meet our local Mandan needs. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? I want to help provide the support needed for our teachers/all staff so they can work in a safe and respected environment. We need to provide them with the resources and support necessary to meet their needs and the needs of our students in a realistic manner. We have a duty to set policies that are attainable and that fit the needs of the MPS employees and students, not policies that gives more weight to the demands of individuals or groups from outside our district.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? Being born and raised in Mandan, and now raising my own children here, I am passionate about giving back through service on the Mandan School Board. I have one child about to graduate, and one entering third grade, which gives me years of experience with Mandan Public Schools, as well as a vested interested in its future. My professional life has provided me the skills to help grow our students and ensure they are ready for post-graduation choices through effective policy change, while being responsible with public school funds. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? We need to ensure our children are in an environment where they feel safe and secure. Our children are in the Mandan Public School system for many years, and it should be a positive experience where they understand school is a place to thrive and be empowered. Along with this, it is vital to keep our current teachers and attract new talented teachers by offering them the resources they need to be successful. An immediate priority is getting the new elementary school and high school built and operational. Given the uncertainty of supply and demand, along with concern of inflation, this is a project requiring regular oversight by the School Board.


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HEIDI SCHUCHARD Mandan School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for school board because I see national trends that are happening around the country that I feel could be detrimental to our children’s education. I would like the opportunity to discuss these topics with other board members and members of the community. Our children’s education needs to reflect our community values just as my education did while growing up in Mandan. My qualifications are first and foremost that I am a parent of a child in our school system and want what’s best for her and our children’s education. Secondly, through my current position at the Mandan Police Department, I have a great working relationship with school administrators, staff, and students. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority for the school board is to continue to have a safe learning environment for both staff and students. I also want to tackle tough goals that pertain to our children’s education. The biggest challenges that I see would be national trends that don’t align with our community and opening a line of communication to our parents and getting more parents involved in our children’s education. I have a great opportunity to have conversations with our parents and teachers about the direction they would like to go in for our children’s education. Also, to continue to improve our children’s safe learning environment.

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KARMEN SIIRTOLA Mandan School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running because I love Mandan, its roots, and its values. We’ve lived here for 16 years and had a child graduate from the Mandan School System. Our education system is a mirror for how we go about preserving what has come before and how we grow those bedrock values into the present and the future. I have served on Mandan Schools Curriculum and Finance Committees. I’ve been employed in public and private businesses. I am presently a business owner, knowing first-hand some of the pros and cons of taxes for our schools, city, county, and state. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? Every student, parent, and teacher is important, as are the people in administration who formulate strategies that make good schools great. I’ll serve all these entities as a schoolboard member, exploring strengths, weaknesses, and functionality of the present systems to bring more satisfying results for all. What our schoolboard decides affects not just our students but our parents, businesses, churches, and residents. Mandan Public Schools states its vision is that every student will graduate “Choice Ready; Ready for College, Career and Life.” Our children are our future. We need to choose wisely.


DUSTINE SIMMONS Mandan School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? Not to get flowery, but I am running for School Board because I think my experience can only enhance the Mandan educational system, and excellence to our students, which are our future. I am qualified first as a parent of two MPS students; and I recognize the importance of the K-12 program as it affects the students’ entire life. I do have direct experience with elementary education in the fact that I have been on the PTO at Red Trail Elementary for six years, and four of those as Secretary. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority for the school board is to have all interested parties, from the administration, to the parents, to the teachers, to have a voice in the education of our children. The priority is ALWAYS the children, and we can never forget that. I only see opportunities when it comes to being a member of the school board, as challenges are merely an opportunity that has not been realized. I’m just a regular mom wanting what’s best for our community, and especially our children.

2022 JUNE PRIMARIES BISMARCK MAYOR - 1 SEAT OPEN Steve Bakken Mike Schmitz MANDAN CITY COMMISSION - 2 SEATS OPEN Bradley W. Olson Dennis R. Rohr BISMARCK CITY COMMISSION - 2 SEATS OPEN Anne Cleary Mike Connelly Brittany Leischner Greg Zenker MANDAN PARK BOARD - 3 SEATS OPEN Miles Mehlhoff Layn Mudder Stan Scott BISMARCK PARK BOARD - 3 SEATS OPEN Michael Gilbertson Julie Jeske Mark Zimmerman MANDAN SCHOOL BOARD - 3 SEATS OPEN Lorraine Davis Lori Furaus Tom Peters Savannah Schmidt Heidi Schuchard Karmen Siirtola Dustine Simmons BISMARCK SCHOOL BOARD - 3 SEATS OPEN Amanda Davis Dr. Emily Eckroth Natasha Gourd Josh Hager Travis Jensen Jon Lee Amanda Peterson Rebecca Pitkin Nick Thueson Greg Wheeler

For more information and resources for the upcoming election, visit or call the Burleigh County auditor's office at 701-222-6718 or the Morton County auditor's office at 701-667-3300.

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Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? My Name is Amanda Davis, Mother of two Girls who wants the best education for my children and All Students in BPS! I have worked for BPS before and excited to jump into this role and be a voice for all. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority is bringing back transparency! Our test scores keep dropping, and I want to make sure we are allocating the Esser Funds towards learning loss! While retaining staff and hiring for aids!

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DR. EMILY ECKROTH Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for school board to ensure that our school system is providing the highest quality of education possible to our children. We have diversified education so much that we are losing the fundamentals of reading and writing. Being a member of the school board requires the ability to make fair and educated decisions rather than emotional judgements — my career as a physician has taught me this. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority for the school board is communication. Parents are the primary stakeholders for the education of their children, and parents need to be more involved. Our children can do so much more, but we need a joint effort between parents, students, educators, and the community.


NATASHA GOURD Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running because I believe the educational system is where we build a better community for all. I bring 10+ years in community leadership. As a former grant writer, I have written approved grants to help bring positive activities to youth. I have also founded a youth diversionary court. I have been a founding board member of three nonprofits giving me experience in strategic development. Currently, I serve as the Executive Director of the Indigenous Education Coalition. I have also served as Vice-President of the Indigenous Parent Committee for 3 years giving me specific knowledge as to what the school district needs. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority is to support educational experiences for each student within BPS that is congruent with the mission and values of our district. It is imperative as a board to lead the way in making decisions that meet the unique needs of each student. We cannot create a system that offers a blanket approach. We as a district have identified this which is why our mission is to “Empower every learner to thrive.” Our challenge now is to identify clearly what this means and how we can support each other towards meeting this vision.


Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? The plaque in George Bailey’s office said, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” I live by that quote every day and feel a responsibility to be active in service to our community. I coach youth soccer, baseball, and basketball teams. I’m the Council Chairman and on the Stewardship Committee at my church. My wife and I grew up in this community; she teaches math at Wachter. We are raising three boys ages 12, 10, and 6 and teaching them the importance of servant leadership and giving back. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? As a lifelong resident of Bismarck, I clearly see how school board decisions can affect students, parents, staff, and our community. The school board plays an important role in our education system, and I will bring new energy and a thoughtful perspective to this process. I would help create sound board policies to ensure school operations exceed expectations of our kids, parents, and the community. I would work to find opportunities for expanding transparency and communication to parents, students, staff, and the entire community. As Bismarck continues to grow, planning for student population growth should focus on current demands in all areas of the city while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

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Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running to bridge the gap between the school board and stakeholders, particularly parents, to improve communication and transparency between all parties. In addition, I feel we need to bring the focus back to education, particularly after the deficits we’ve started to see since Covid began.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I have truly enjoyed the five years I have spent on the Board. Especially this past year with the honor of serving in the role of President. I believe that experience along with having served on the Bismarck Public Schools Foundation board and owning my own local small business, Bread Poets, uniquely qualifies me for this position.

I am qualified to be a school board member because not only am I a stakeholder, but also my children currently attend BPS. I have a vested interest to ensure that all students succeed, thrive, and have a solid foundation that will serve them well into their future. Through our students’ success, our community will continue to prosper and flourish for many years to come.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority is to continue our work on transitions and vertical alignment. The most important is when our kids transition from Middle School to High School. I believe we need to mirror High School grading, expectations, and class periods for our Middle School students.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? Some of the challenges I foresee include growth in both the community and within the school system itself and ensuring that we have adequate facilities to allow our students to succeed to their fullest abilities. There will also be challenges with respect to employee retention, and without our employees our students can’t succeed.

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The biggest challenges we face are growth, ever expanding needs surrounding mental health, and managing the budget responsibly. The opportunities are endless, but the expansion of our CTE programming is by far the most promising. We have the opportunity to offer hands on learning to more of our kids and develop job ready skills at an earlier age. We already know this model inspires a passion for learning, and it’s an exciting shift in the way education is delivered. That delivery, I believe, is a glimpse into the future of learning.


AMANDA PETERSON Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? Public service and education are in my blood. I have strived to share my passion for learning, critical thinking, and best practices and know how important it is to hire and retain quality educators. I have served in several public-school roles: Director at the Department of Public Instruction, Dean of Students at Bismarck High School (BHS), instructional coach, and English teacher. Both my husband and I graduated from BHS and are the proud parents of three boys, who attend Solheim, Wachter, and BHS. I promise to use my knowledge, skills, and expertise to ask insightful questions and make thoughtful decisions. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority is being an advocate and voice for students. It is necessary to individualize instruction to ensure all students have a safe place to learn, grow, and thrive. An opportunity exists to enhance the connection between academic outcomes and safe and healthy schools. It is the task of a school board member to ensure the district is meeting academic goals, allocating resources responsibly, and engaging with its stakeholders appropriately. I am confident that the breadth of experiences I’ve had will allow me to meet these tasks head on, while also being a good steward of public money.


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 the opportunity to serve as a school board member excites me. Serving is a key element of leadership and a way to be part of a team focusing on student achievement and policies which ensure success for all students. My father set an example of serving others through his education work, the Air Force provided our family the opportunity to live many places, and North Dakota has been home for the past 17 years. I have been a teacher, administrator, teacher education professor, volunteer for community agencies, school board member, and work at the teacher licensing agency. These experiences provide evidence of my qualifications for this position and have reinforced the importance of an outstanding school district to build a thriving community. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My priority is to support teachers, so they remain in teaching and have resources necessary to teach and promote growth in all students. The pandemic evidenced the resiliency of educators and their focus on students; teachers need ongoing support and resources as challenges are many. Leadership is about serving the community and working collaboratively with stakeholders to provide supports needed so teachers have tools to prepare students to have passion for learning, to achieve their college and career goals, thus empowering them to thrive. I desire to serve in this capacity.

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Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for school board because I want to give back to this great community that we live in. We have great kids, educators, and parents in our community, and it would be my goal to represent them. As a small business owner, previous board member of the last community I lived in, VP for the Bismarck Gymnastics Boosters, and leader of a local church congregation, I feel qualified for a position on the Bismarck Public School Board. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority for the school board is to give the kids a place to succeed, support the educators and administrators, represent the parents and community, and ultimately try and build on the solid foundation that has been established. The ever changing local and national landscapes will provide the school board the opportunity to overcome various challenges that may arise. There will also be some great opportunities as the board works together to keep our district viable and a great place to learn.

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Bismarck School Board

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am honored to be running for the BPS School Board, because I believe the board should be representative of all stakeholders within the system. As the spouse of a BPS employee, a parent of students in the district and a taxpayer within the system, I am personally invested in the success, growth, and development of BPS. As a citizen with 20+ years of leadership responsibilities with organizations engaged in our community, as an advisor seated on various non-profit boards, and as part of the Bismarck State College Mass Communication Advisory Council, I believe I am well positioned to contribute to the further success of BPS’s mission, vision, and values. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD? WHAT CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU SEE? My top priority for the students and families within the BPS system is to support pathways to success for all individuals. This can be achieved by providing tools and resources for teachers which promote drive, ambition, and opportunity to ensure success for all students regardless of background, belief, or financial status. Our district and all districts are currently faced with unprecedented challenges in the wake of the pandemic. We, in North Dakota, have an opportunity to effectively and responsibly allocate our available funding resources to ensure staff, teachers, and students are given the tools needed to excel not only educationally, but through enrichment-based learning that supports mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing. The investment in the well-rounded education of today creates opportunities for students to thrive in the competitive workplace of tomorrow .

Flying ahead with fiber. Whoosh! What’s next is here. Move ahead to a future full of revolutionary technology. Remote medical diagnostics. Virtual holodecks. Interactive video walls. Augmented reality. We’re not holding back.

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MEMBER PROFILE | CONNECTION C S Doors has been a Chamber EDC member since 2010.

Delton Stein C S DOORS Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: My name is Delton Stein and I am the owner operator of C S Doors, Inc. I grew up on a dairy farm west of Mandan and lived in Mandan my entire life. I started in the garage door business 39 years ago, pretty much right out of high school. I am passionate to give our customers a garage door and service to match each of their individual needs.

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MEMBER SINCE 2010 Briefly tell us the history behind C S Doors and how you got started. A: After graduating from high school, seeing the dairy farms struggling in ND, my father told me I should look for work in town. I started working for a garage door company in late 1983, doing repairs and installs. That company ended up closing but the branch manager at the time started a garage door company and asked me to stay on as an employee. In late 1986 C S Doors, Inc became incorporated and took on Raynor Garage Doors as a distributor. On January 1st, 2000 I purchased C S Doors, Inc from the former owners.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted C S Doors? A: The growth since I took over in 2000 has been phenomenal. Every year is a record from the previous year. We moved into a bigger building, hired more employees, have more equipment and are still seeing we need to expand again. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: We are seeing customers just don’t want a basic garage door anymore, they want all kinds of colors, different designs, and a wide selection of windows. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The biggest change is the steel prices are soaring to a new level, shipping and lead times are months instead of weeks ,also having to work with workforce shortages. This all contributes to large price increases.

What does the future of C S Doors look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Even with the soaring prices and longer lead times, we are seeing record growth. Our customers are adjusting to the trends and working together we are just creating a new normal in our industry. C S Doors became a member in 2010, why do you continue to renew? A: We continue to be a Chamber EDC member because it gives us great opportunities to meet people and network with others in the Bismarck- Mandan area. What should other Chamber EDC members know about C S Doors that may assist them? A: We would love to have them visit our showroom to see all the choices and styles of garage doors that are available. We also would like to let them know that we can service there garage door repairs with fast professional service. We can be reached at 701-224-0599 or visit our web site at


PROTECT YOURS At Starion Insurance, we make acquiring the coverage you need easy and affordable, freeing your mind to focus on what matters most, your business. Our local agent is here for you. Tonja Iverson Insurance Agent 701.667.1632 109 1st St NW | Mandan, ND

Insurance products are not a deposit, not FDIC insured, not insured by any federal government agency and not guaranteed by the bank.

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CHAMBER EDC TO START ED STRATEGIC PLAN The Chamber EDC is currently working with a consul­ tant to help develop a community economic develop­ ment strategic plan. After an RFP process, Next Move Group was selected by the Chamber EDC’s Board of Directors. Next Move Group is an economic devel­ opment consulting firm who specializes in strategic planning, site selection, and executive searches. Next Move Group in partnership with Chamber EDC staff will work throughout the summer to develop the plan. The process will include community and one-on-one visits by the consultants. Next Move Group specializes in assisting small-to-medium sized communities and has done work throughout the upper Midwest.


The City of Mandan received a $300,000 brownfields assess­ ment grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2021 to inventory sites and conduct environmental site assessments, such as phase I or II studies often needed to secure a loan for purchase or improvement of a proper­ ty. The grant can be used for up to 16 site assessments for properties where potential contamination is an obstacle to redevelopment. Learn more at

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REGIONAL WORKFORCE IMPACT PROGRAM ANNOUNCED In early April, the North Dakota Department of Com­ merce in partnership with the Governor’s Office an­ nounced the Regional Workforce Impact Program (RWIP). The RWIP provides grants to regional workforce entities in North Dakota to design and implement innovative plans to address their region’s most demanding work­ force challenges. The goal of the Regional Workforce Im­ pact Program is to empower locally led solutions to one of the state’s greatest challenges. Each region is required to submit one application. The Chamber EDC is working with regional partners to develop eligible programming and submit an application.


The Chamber EDC assisted in facilitating a letter of support request to the city of Bismarck for Green Food 2 Go, Inc. The letter of support was for the local match of BND’s Flex PACE interest buy-down program to come from the North Dakota Opportunity Fund. The North Dakota Opportunity Fund is a revolving loan fund administered by the Lewis & Clark Development Group and will consider providing the local match of the Flex PACE and PACE when the community is unable, due to the lack of funding or the project not meeting its local economic development fund. Green Food 2 Go, Inc will be locating in a 5,320 square foot building located at 5112 Platoon Ave in Bismarck.


BUBBLES AND BREWS ND WINS BUSINESS PITCH CHALLENGE Bubbles and Brews ND was announced as the winner of Mandan’s 2022 Business Pitch Challenge. Bubbles and Brews ND is a mobile beverage service owned by Cassidy Hartman and Krys­ ten Faehnrich. The partners receive $1,000 in monetary prizes, the chance to be eligible for up to a $10,000 This year's Mandan Business Pitch Challenge Finalists. forgivable loan from the Mandan Growth Fund, plus a host of other prizes to assist on their entrepreneurial Judges evaluated applications and executive summaries journey. of business plans submitted by finalists as well as their live pitch presentations and responses to questions. Audience members also selected them for a people’s choice award. First runner-up was Send-It! 24/7 Cornhole, a recreational venue planned by Brad Anderson, Jed Geer and Brandon Koch. Third place honors go to The Sew Connection, a space for custom sewing, sales and classes offered by Bianca Deloreschild. The other finalist was Ran­ dy Lang of Saffpower, involving processing, distribution and sales of hand sanitizer and other products made with safflower oil.

The Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Pros­ perity Committee hosted the competition with assistance from the City of Mandan Business Development Depart­ ment, Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.

MARCH 2022 ECONOMIC INDICATORS Sales Tax Collected $2,207,759

Airport Passengers 45,125


Residential Building Permits 41

Residential Permit Valuation $14,445,258

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

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Each year the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class breaks into multiple groups to work on field projects addressing community needs. The community is invited as the class will be presenting their projects Wednesday, May 11 at the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.

Who among the Bismarck-Mandan’s young movers and shakers stood up and stood out to you this past year? It's time to nominate those who continue to make positive changes in BismarckMandan. The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC presents to you the 2022 20 Under 40 Awards. Nominations can be submitted at www.bismarckmandan. com/20under40. The deadline for nominations is May 20, 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or


1320 Tacoma Ave Bismarck ND 701.450.1216

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9:00AM - 9:45AM – LOCAL BEEF IN SCHOOLS Our group is committed to supporting children in the community who lack financial resources. The project will deliver gifts that bring joy, warmth, and nutrition during the holidays. • Amy Arenz • Samantha Froelich • Nicole Gagner • Rae Gunn • McKenzie Smith • Destiny Voth 10:00AM - 10:45AM – SOLAR POWER AT HEAVEN’S HELPERS SOUP CAFÉ Our goal is to bring local, North Dakota raised beef into the Bismarck Public School system. This ensures our students are getting a trusted, quality product while also supporting the North Dakota economy by bringing business to local ranchers. • Teresa Chrest • Nicolas Cullen • Rena Mehlhoff • Kyren Miller • Barry Schumaier • Emily Smith 11:00AM - 11:45AM – BRINGING WARMTH TO LOW-INCOME STUDENTS North Dakota produces some of the most sunlight in the country but has less solar panels than any other state. The Soup Cafe provides many wonderful resources to the community all on donations. There is a huge opportunity to build solar panels to capture a free resource to alleviate utility expenses. • Tim Flagstad • Linda Oster • Alicia Rogstad • Laura Sandberg • Ellie Shockley • Grant Sundquist If you would like to attend any of these presentations, please RSVP to Cathryn Sprynczynatyk at 701-223-5660 or



Join us for the 2022 Chamber EDC Golf Scramble, presented by Eide Ford Lincoln, on Monday, June 13th at Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck.

The cost is $175 per player or $700 for a team of four and your fee includes: lunch, dinner, entry fees, golf cart, driving range, putting green and the opportunity to WIN great door prizes from our sponsors! Registration starts at 10:30am, followed by a shotgun start at 11:30am. The fun begins with a grab and go lunch to enjoy at your leisure while out on the course, with some cool beverages, and chances to win plenty of prizes!

The Chamber EDC Golf Scramble is scheduled for June 13th.

This event typically sells out so don't wait to sign up you and your team. To sign up, contact Nate Brown at nbrown@ or call the Chamber EDC Office at 701-223-5660. THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Presenting Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors: Drink Cart Sponsor: Hole Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Amy Hullet with Century 21 Morrison Realty, APT, Inc., Baymont Inn & Suites, Bismarck Cancer Center, BNC National Bank, Brady, Martz & Associates, P.C., Consolidated Construction Company, Inc., Dakota Carrier Network, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, ICON Architectural Group, Radisson Hotel, Scheels Sports, Vue Community Credit Union Putting Green Sponsor: Vogel Law Firm



Tee Prize Sponsors: Amy Hullet with Century 21 Morrison Realty, Bismarck Municipal Airport Cart Path Sponsors: Farmers Insurance/Kyle Herman Agency, ECO Sanitation

Engineers | Architects | Planners | Scientists 701.354.7121 |

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CHAMBER EDC DEBUTS LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN DEALS & DISCOUNTS The strength of the Chamber EDC GRADUATION truly lies within our growing 1,200+ member businesses and what better way to support one another than to patronize one another? To encourage members to do just that, the ‘Deals & Discounts’ promotion has been created and it’s as easy as 1-2-3 to participate.

1. Go to and click on the Member Login.

2. Click on ‘Deals & Discounts’ tab on the left-hand side and then enter your specific promotion. 3. Click ‘Submit.’

If you decide to participate, what you offer to other Chamber EDC members is completely up to you. For example, you might offer all Chamber EDC Members 10% off when ordering online just by using the promo code BISMAN or 20% off to all Chamber EDC members when they buy in-store. It’s all up to you! If you have any questions, contact the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.

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

Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor: Program Sponsors:


Table Sponsors: Starion Bank, Leadership BismarckMandan Alumni Association

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CREATING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS, ONE STEP AT A TIME Bismarck-Mandan Lemonade Day 2022 will be here on Saturday, July 23rd. However, you don’t have to wait that long to get in on the fun! Any child in BismarckMandan can register for Lemonade Day 2022 by registering online (with the help of an adult) at https://lemonadeday. org/bismarck-mandan.


Come by our liquor superstore Kids can pick up their free Business Kit at Lemonade Day Kick Off on June 22.

Kids can also registration in person on Wednesday, June 22 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm for the Lemonade Day Kickoff Event at the Dakota Zoo! Here you can grab your business kit which includes a FREE children’s pass with a paying adult to be used at Dakota Zoo. And once registered, each participant will get a confirmation email that they are signed up along with next steps and tips to ensure their success on Lemonade Day! Please contact Christine Nelson at or call the Chamber EDC Office at 701-223-5660 with any questions. THANK YOU TO OUR SWEET SPONSORS!

Main Squeeze Sponsors:

in Bismarck and browse endless aisles (and walk-in beer cooler) of everything liquid and delicious. Our selection is


Lime-Light Sponsors: Fresh Squeeze Sponsors:

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

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JOIN US FOR A MEMBER APPRECIATION LUNCH! Lunch on the Patio, formally known as Thursdays at the Chamber EDC, is back! Join us at the Chamber EDC for a fun, relaxed way to network each month throughout this summer. Stop by on select Thursdays from 11:30am – 1:00pm as Chamber EDC staff serve burgers and brats along with ice cold refreshments. Upcoming Thursdays at the Chamber EDC: • • •

Thursday, June 2nd Thursday, July 14th Thursday, August 11th

We appreciate all the support we receive from our members, so come enjoy a free meal on the Chamber EDC, as well as an afternoon on our patio and soak in the warm summer sun! There is no cost to attend this event, but please RSVP! RSVP’s can be made online at,, or by calling the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.

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The first Lunch on the Patio of the summer is Thursday, June 2nd.

Presenting Sponsor:





Date: Wednesday, May 11 Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC — 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free



Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class present field projects that address community needs.


Date: Wednesday, May 18 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Chick's Place at University of Mary — 7500 University Drive, Bismarck Admission: $35.00



You are invited to celebrate with us the graduates of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class of 2022.


Date: Thursday, May 19 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: McQuade Distributing Co. — 1150 Industrial Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free





Enjoy a fun evening of networking, food from the Big Boy food truck, sample a variety of refreshments, and win door prizes!

Date: Thursday, June 2 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio — 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free

We appreciate your membership so please come have lunch on us located on our beautiful patio.

JUNE MEMBERSHIP MIXER: FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST Date: Thursday, June 9 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: First International Bank & Trust — 4530 Memorial Hwy, Ste 201, Mandan Admission: Free

Enjoy a fun evening with appetizers provided by Stonehome Brewing Company, refreshments, and some business after hours!



Date: Monday, June 13 Time: 10:30am - 5:00pm Location: Riverwood Golf Course — 725 Riverwood Drive, Bismarck Admission: $175 per person/ $700 per team



This annual golf scramble is known to sell out quickly so don't wait to sign up you and your team.


Date: Wednesday, June 22 Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Dakota Zoo — 602 Riverside Park Rd, Bismarck Admission: Free




Register for Lemonade Day in person and pick up your business kit which includes a FREE children’s Dakota Zoo pass.

Date: Thursday, July 14 Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio — 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Admission: Free

We appreciate your membership so please come have lunch on us located on our beautiful patio. REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS AND MANY MORE ONLINE AT WWW.BISMARCKMANDAN.COM

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Jarid Lundeen, President of Tires Plus Total Car Care and Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Bismarck and Minot has acquired RaceDay Lube & Wash. Discussions began the latter part of 2021 and the agreement was finalized February 1, 2022. The two stores are ideally located – at 1154 West Divide Avenue and northeast of the Bismarck Airport at 1212 Tacoma Avenue – to provide Bismarck/Mandan and surrounding communities with additional conve­ nient drive-through oil change and preventative maintenance service options.

RaceDay Lube & Wash is now Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

Like Lundeen’s stores, the two RaceDay & Wash were fam­ ily-owned and operated. The first Race Day was opened by Al and Jay Braun in 2007. The initial location became a quick success, and the Brauns expanded by opening a second location in 2018.

They took great pride in being a locally owned business and attribute their success to building and maintaining outstanding customer relationships and loyalty. “This acquisition of these two stores fits perfectly into our strategy for growth,” said Lundeen. “They’re family-owned, just like our stores, and they’re very well run. Jay has over 30 years of industry experience and I’m thrilled to have his wealth of experience on our team. This is a great opportu­ nity to expand our services throughout the community.” Jay along with his entire team will remain on staff, and Jay will assume a role as an Operations Manager for the Valvo­ line Instant Oil Change stores. “Together, with what we both bring to the table, I feel we can really do something special in these North Dakota markets,” said Al Braun. “There’s an opportunity for growth and I’m really looking forward to being a part of making this a great success.” The former RaceDay Lube & Wash locations are currently in the process of being converted to the Valvoline Instant Oil Change drive-through model. At Valvoline Instant Oil Change, your car is the waiting room. Stay in your vehicle to see the job done right — right before your eyes. You also get a free 18-point safety check with every oil change, and it’s all completed in about 15 minutes.

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DALE PAHLKE RODEO ARENA NAMING RIGHTS APPROVED FOR WEST GRAND STANDS At the April 12 Mandan Park Board meeting the Mandan Park Board approved a $500,000 donation for the Dale Pahlke Rodeo Arena west grand stands from G. Roy Gil­ breath.

The Dale Pahlke Rodeo Arena.

Gilbreath has a personal connection to rodeo. Gilbreath’s life long partner had a love for barrel racing which made this an easy decision. G. Roy Gilbreath name will be rep­ resented on the west side of the Dale Pahlke Arena grand stands. The Dale Pahlke Arena will feature a ticketing booth, Architectural Group open concept pavilion, dig­ ital board, larger arena with improved drainage, new fencing and gates, new an­ DACOTAH CENTENNIAL PARK nouncer stand, audio visual RODEO GROUNDS MANDAN, ND system, 4,000 seat ADA accessible grandstand with covered canopies, open area for the potential to have food trucks, livestock pens, contestant warm-up area, future exhibit hall and a maintenance/storage shed. Dacotah Centennial Park updates will include accommodat­ ing ADA upgrades to the bleachers. The Dale Pahlke Arena and the existing Dacotah Centennial Park facility will share the existing parking lot. The goal is to have the permanent rodeo arena in place for the 2022 4th of July Rodeo. If this goal is not met due to the current business climate and unforeseen shipping delays the 4th of July Rodeo will be held at the existing facility at Dacotah Centennial Park.

Render Credit: ICON Architects

Capital City Christmas



Grant Applications Arts, Culture and Humanities Non-Profit Groups are encouraged to apply by or before June 1, 2022. To learn more or apply visit: Connection 3 33



109 N 4th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-751-1698


The Capital Gallery, are free and open to the public! We also know that some feel intimidated entering a fine art gallery. This is understandable, as we are not in a major city, filled with galleries and museums. We are a “come as you are” gallery! As a non profit with a mission statement of “Celebrating History, Art, & Culture!” we are committed to showcasing original art to as many as possible. We also make our gallery available to those seeking that “special place” for a gathering. Whether it’s a nonprofit recep­ tion, or a business-oriented function with staff and customers, we love welcoming as many as possible to experience our exhibitions. Recently, we made final arrangements for a business group to socialize in our space, taking advantage not only of our beautiful art, but our grand piano. Whether it’s busi­ ness or social, and especially a combina­ tion of both, The Capital Gallery is an ideal place to gather!

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4204 Boulder Ridge Rd, #100, Bismarck, ND 58503



autoimmune disorder or caused by wear and tear, your arthritis can cause pain and weakness. A physical therapist can help you manage your arthritis by creating an individualized plan that incorporates bal­ ance training, improved range of motion, and strength training to build your stami­ na. Your therapist will review your medical history with you, ask questions about your daily activities, evaluate your physical func­ tion, and listen to your concerns and goals for physical therapy. It is crucial to stay physically active, keep a positive attitude, and keep your team of healthcare providers informed of any changes in your health that you experi­ ence. To achieve optimal function and enjoy your daily living activities again, contact us at (701)751-3064. There is no referral needed to access quality physical therapy. See your Movement Specialist today! Visit Optimum Therapies at www.optimumther­


201 W Front Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504 701-557-7600

Q: WHAT IS THE LARKS COMMUNITY FUND? A: The Bismarck Larks have prided our­

selves on using FUN to make a difference in people’s lives, particularly for kids. We believe sports and FUN have the ability to positively change lives and we NEVER want money to hinder access. Because of this, the Larks have created the Larks Community FUNd - a pending non-profit organization that will ensure every kid in our region gets picked first by assisting with access to sports, scholarships, and positive life experiences. With the help of Larks fans and partners, we are working to fund some exciting programs including LarksCares Tickets for Kids which provides ticket and meal grants to sporting events for non-profit organi­ zations that work with qualifying youth and families. Other programs include youth team grants for uniform, equip­ ment, and travel costs, various academic scholarships, and eventually an annual grant to help build and/or upgrade youth recreational facilities in our region. The Larks Community FUNd aims to work with like-minded non-profit partners on help­ ing fund their important programming as well as assisting in volunteer coordination efforts. If you’d like to support any of these programs or to learn more, please email Jordan Black at or visit





1315 S 20th Street, Bismarck, ND 58504 701-751-6188

Q: HOW CAN YOU HELP IN OUR WORK? A: Our mission here at the Great Plains

Food Bank is to end hunger together. And it is only because of all of you that we are able to provide needed food assistance to more than 121,000 individuals each year. YOU make the difference in our work and there are a lot of ways to make an impact. So how can you help? •

Financial donations: For each $1 donated, we can provide three meals for those in need.

Volunteers: Volunteers are crucial inside our Bismarck regional service center along with stops of our mo­ bile food pantry.

• •

Help your local food pantry: The Great Plains Food Bank works with 200 partner food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens across the state. Each rely on volunteers to distribute the food we provide. Advocates: Sign up to be a hunger advocate and share your voice to help end hunger. Food donations: If you have extra food items that can be donated, drop those off at our Bismarck re­ gional service center or at your local food pantry.

You can find information on each of these different ways to help at greatplainsfood­


500 N 8th Street, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-222-6100


2603 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501 701-323-5222

Q: I’M A 45-YEAR-OLD WOMAN Q: WORKPLACE DRUG TESTING: AND AM NERVOUS ABOUT SKIN OUT OF TOUCH OR IN THE DAMAGE AND SKIN CANCER. KNOW? WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR? A: Drug testing at a worksite is a safety measure. Employees who use drugs can A: Skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) are an abnormal growth of skin cells and most often develop on skin that is exposed to the sun but can occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. A change in your skin is the most common sign of skin cancer- know your ABCDE’s: •

A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other.

B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, or blurred.

C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include dif­ ferent shades of brown, black, red, white, or blue.

D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 mm across (melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this).

E is for Evolving: The mole changes in size, shape, or color.

create an unsafe environment at work. The use of alcohol, opioids, marijuana or other drugs at work increases the risk of injury for the user and their coworkers. It also in­ creases the risk of damage to the worksite. Productivity and attendance are also ad­ versely affected by drug use. What’s more, drug users tend to stay with employers for shorter periods of time than non-users. Drug testing is therefore a way to ensure a safer, more productive workplace with less turnover. Can an employer choose which drugs are tested for in its program?

Unless the drug testing program is feder­ ally regulated under the Department of Transportation, the employer can choose which drugs to include in its test panels. For instance, many panels can now ex­ clude marijuana at the employer’s discre­ tion.

Checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION MATTERN JOINS OPEN ROAD HONDA Trent Mattern, Technician at Open Road Honda, Mandan, has earned an Outboard Diagnostic Technician Trent Mattern Certification. Mattern attended a week long instructor led training at the American Honda Motor Co. training facility in Troy, Ohio. The certification included completion of 17 hands-on training rotations and individual assessments. In addition to his marine certification, Mattern also holds Honda powersports, UTV and power equipment certifications. Mattern is a 4 year member of the Open Road Honda team. Open Road Honda is a full service marine, powersports and power equipment dealer in Mandan, ND. NEXUS INNOVATIONS WELCOMES BANKS AND SCHERER Beth Banks joins Nexus Innovations as a Business Analyst/Project Manager in the Bismarck Beth Banks office. She attended Rhema Bible College with a focus in Ministry of Helps. Beth joins us from Centene Corporation. Debbie Scherer joins Nexus Innovations as an Office Coordinator in the Bismarck office. Debbie Scherer She joins us with over 20 years experience as an administrative assistant. STEIN QUALIFIES FOR COURT OF THE TABLE Michael Stein has qualified for the Court of the Table achievement, based on client services, ethics, Michael Stein and professionalism. He is a lifetime qualifier in the Million dollar Round Table and is with MassMutual Central U.S. in Bismarck.

DOTSON JOINS MABU Adrian Dotson recently joined Agency MABU as Content Marketing Manager. In this capacity, Dotson will provide strategic Adrian Dotson content development for multiple mediums. Prior to joining Agency MABU, he founded and ran Rainmaker Media Group, an Arizonabased communications company. Dotson is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and will be working from an office in Phoenix, AZ.

CAPITAL CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES BUSINESS SERVICES VICE PRESIDENT TERNES Capital Credit Union announced the hiring of Tom Ternes as Tom Ternes business services vice president at their Main Office in Bismarck. Ternes has 10 years of professional experience in the financial services industry. As business services vice president, Ternes will be responsible for delivering business products and services to existing and prospective credit union members. KLJ PROMOTES MICHELLE MILLER TO He’ll also look for opportunities to provide ASSOCIATE VP OF HR additional products and services to KLJ Engineering (KLJ) is pleased to business members. announce the promotion of Michelle Miller Ternes joins the Capital Credit Union to associate vice president of Human team from Bank of North Dakota where Resources (HR). he had worked since 2012. He graduated Miller, who has worked for the company from Minnesota State University Moorhead since 2010, has held various leadership in 2008 with bachelor’s degrees in roles throughout her career at KLJ, most elementary education and mathematics. recently serving as the company’s HR Ternes also earned a Master of Business director. In her new role, she will oversee Administration from the University of Mary employee relations as well as KLJ’s in 2012. In addition, he graduated from compensation and benefits programs. the North Dakota Bankers Association's Miller earned her MBA and a bachelor’s Dakota School of Banking in 2016. degree in business administration from Ternes and his wife, Chelsea, live in the University of Mary in Bismarck. She Bismarck with their three children. is an alumnus of Leadership BismarckMandan, a program that focuses on BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS strengthening leadership skills and Bianco Realty has announced their top networking with community members 10 REALTORS® for March: Shirley Thomas, and is a member of the Society for Human Amber Sandness, Judy Maslowski, Jim Resource Management (SHRM). She been Jeromchek, James Jeromchek, Phyllis recognized by Prairie Business Magazine Rittenbach, Greg Gerhart, Darcy Fettig, and the Bismarck Tribune as 40-under-40 Blayn Auch & Brenda Foster. These 10 and one of the Top 25 Women in Business. REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in March 2022. ASSURE HOME MORTGAGE DALE CARNEGIE WELCOMES KOPER PROMOTES Assure Home Dale Carnegie is Mortgage is excited pleased to announce to welcome Angil the promotion of Erica Koper as the Business Angil Koper Johnsrud from Client Development and Experience and Brand Operations Manager. Erica Johnsrud Champion to Director of Angil brings over 20 years of Brand and Community leadership, management, and marketing Relations. Erica has been with Dale experience to this growing company. She Carnegie of North Dakota and Northwest is looking forward to making an impact Minnesota for one year. in the market by helping clients fulfill the American dream of homeownership, one key at a time.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS CEDRIC THEEL TOYOTA WELCOMES TWO NEW EMPLOYEES Cedric Theel Toyota recently welcomed Connor Hamlin and Chase Eckholm to the Conner Hamlin team. Connor is a service advisor and focuses on the customer experience in regards to vehicle service and repairs. Chase is a lube tech performing oil changes and minor repairs to vehicles. Connor grew up in Chase Eckholm Bismarck and attended Bismarck High School. He worked in the reconditioning department then quick lube at Cedric Theel Toyota from October 2017 to February 2019. We are happy to have him back as a service advisor since focusing on customer service is something he’s always wanted to do. Chase grew up in Bismarck and is following in his dad’s footsteps at Cedric Theel Toyota. His dad, Curtis, has worked in the service department at Cedric Theel Toyota for more than 20 years.

FIRST COMMUNITY CREDIT UNION HIRES DAHLKE First Community Credit Union (FCCU) recently hired Matt Dahlke as an Ag/Commercial Loan Matt Dahlke Officer. Dahlke is currently located at the Bismarck North Branch at 3201 Weiss Avenue but will be moving to the new Mandan location at 4614 Memorial Highway when it opens. As an Ag/Commercial Loan Officer, Dahlke will be responsible for helping members with agricultural and commercial lending in and around the Bismarck/ Mandan area. Dahlke, originally from rural Minnesota, graduated from NDSU with a degree in Ag Systems Management with minors in Agribusiness and Business Administration. He has been working as an Ag Loan Officer for the previous seven years with Farm Credit Services of Mandan.

SAUNDERS PROMOTED TO ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER Tires Plus is pleased to announce John Saunders’s promotion to Assistant Store Manager at their John Saunders north Bismarck location. John joined the Tires Plus team in 2019 as a Tire Technician & Specialist and quickly moved on to Sales and Service Writing. In his new role as Assistant Store Manager, John will assist the Manager with day-to-day operations to ensure that customer needs are met, and that customer service is unmatched. He will also provide support and training to his fellow team members. John brings over nice years of tire and automotive experience to the Tires Plus team. He also served in the US Marine Corps and is a 6th generation Marine. We’re proud to have John on staff. Tires Plus of North Dakota is locally owned, and well-known as a tire and service industry leader. Their products are top-ofthe-line, and their people are key to their long-term success with a common goal: To always provide the best service to every customer.


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5:00 pm 5:30 pm

Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board *

Tues, 17th

Tues, 3rd

5:30 pm

Mandan City Commission

Thurs, 5th

5:00 pm

Bismarck Board of Adjustment *

Wed, 18th 3:00 pm

Bismarck Historic Preservation Commission *

Mon, 9th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board *

Thurs, 19th

5:15 pm

Bismarck Park Board

Tues, 10th

5:15 pm

Bismarck City Commission

Mon, 23rd

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Planning & Zoning *

Wed, 11th

8:00 am 5:15 pm

Burleigh Water Resource District * Burleigh Planning & Zoning

Tues, 24th

5:15 pm

Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 25th

5:00 pm

Bismarck Planning & Zoning

Thurs, 12th

9:00 am 4:00 pm

Bismarck Parking Authority * Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority *

Mon, 16th 10:00 am 5:00 pm 5:30 pm

Met. Planning Org. – Tech Advisory Cmte. * Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board *

1:30 pm 5:30 pm

Met. Planning Org. – Policy Board * Mandan City Commission

Meetings are replayed on Government Access channels and are archived online at * Not available on Radio Access

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

GO PROMO Casey Glant and his team celebrate a new Bismarck location at 4023 State Street Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-8007. Member.

BISMARCK CANCER CENTER Amy Gross along with board members and team celebrate the expansion of their location at 500 N 8th St Bismarck. Phone: 701-222-6100. Member.



David Duma, owner, celebrates 4 year anniversary and becoming new Chamber EDC member at their location at 107 N 5th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-1044. Member.

Jake Kubik, owner, celebrates becoming a new Chamber EDC member. Phone: 701-202-9473. Member.



Manager Chris and his team celebrate new location in the Kirkwood Mall. Phone: 701-354-6892.

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Dana Peterson, Mandan Branch President, with staff at the Grand Opening of new branch located at 4530 Memorial Hwy in Mandan. Phone: 701-751-9600. Member.

CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at LB Family Properties LLC PO Box 698 Bismarck, ND 58502 (701) 226-4734 Lonnie Barth LB Family Properties LLC is a Family owned Rental company that rents Apartment homes and Storage units. We own and manage five properties. MATPAC Wrestling Club Inc. 2600 E. Rosser Ave. Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 426-9367 Dyke Boese We are a wrestling club for youth ages 4 to 18 and college. Coaches and mentors focus on teaching the fundamentals of wrestling, sportsmanship, hard work, teamwork, and being great kids. Eyemart Express 1300 E. LaSalle Dr – Unit 2 Bismarck, ND 58503 (972) 277-3022 Brandon Delaney

Burian & Associates, LLC 501 1st St NW Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 478-7999 Dani Kelly Founded in 2020, Burian & Associates, LLC is a growing, dynamic civil engineering and consulting firm that provides professional services to public and private clients throughout the Upper Midwest. Bismarck Bobcat Hockey 1200 N Washington St. Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 222-3300 Brad Feldman Junior Hockey Organization & Restaurant facilities at Tom O'Leary The Hair Academy 2101 E Broadway Ave. Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 255-3547 Andrea Birst Hairstyling College

ECO Sanitation 3860 21st SE Unit 101 Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 595-5555 Lance Selzler Full service trash removal and recycling DK Orthodontics 4401 Coleman Street Suite 105 Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 751-2852 Daniel Keith Orthodontic specialty clinic offering braces and clear aligner therapy to create straight, healthy smiles. Dr. Keith is a Bismarck native having graduated from both Century HS and U Mary. Biomat USA 929 W. Interstate Ave. Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 258-3895 Jade Schirado Biomat USA is a plasma donation facility, the first step in a manufacturing process that creates life-saving medications that impact patients worldwide.

Who will you celebrate? 701-202-1624



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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503


LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN GRADUATION Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: University of Mary – 7500 University Drive, Bismarck

Honoring the Top 20 Young Professionals under age 40

MAY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MCQUADE DISTRIBUTING Date: May 19, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: McQuade Distributing – 1150 Industrial Drive, Bismarck LUNCH ON THE PATIO Date: June 2, 2022 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck JUNE MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MCQUADE DISTRIBUTING Date: June 9, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: First International Bank & Trust – 4530 Memorial Highway, Mandan CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE Date: June 13, 2022 • Time: 10:30pm - 5:00pm Location: Riverwood Golf Course – 725 Riverwood Drive, Bismarck


Join us to Unite for the Fight as we celebrate cancer survivorship & raise funds to help those on a cancer journey.




ND State Capitol Loop

Cancer Survivor ice cream celebration 5-6 p.m. Walk from 6-9 p.m. proceeds raised benefit

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