June Chamber Connection

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June 2018



Local Housing Market Real estate remains strong in Bismarck-Mandan.


Member Profile Missouri River Education Center


Chamber & BMDA to Merge The two organizations plan to restructure as one starting January 1, 2019.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Ron Day.............................................................................................................................. Chair Molly Herrington ...................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Wayne Munson............................................................................................................ Secretary Nick Hacker..................................................................................................................Treasurer Brenda Nagel ............................................................................................................ Past Chair BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Brucker ...............Railway Credit Union Tracy Kindem ..........H.A. Thompson & Sons Ron Day ............Andeavor Mandan Refinery Kevin Magstadt ...................Kraus-Anderson Dr. Blake Feil ....................Feil Orthodontics Wayne Munson .................Indigo Signworks Heather Fried ..........Fried Financial Services Brenda Nagel ..................University of Mary Nick Hacker ..............ND Guaranty and Title Mike Nathe ............Bismarck Funeral Home Chad Hatzenbuhler ...Bank of North Dakota Lee Pierce ..........ICON Architectural Group Jeff Herman ................................Petro Hunt Jasper Schneider ..................................NISC Molly Herrington ....................................KLJ Garret Senger ..........MDU Resources Group Russ Honeyman ....................Doosan Bobcat Scott Staudinger ..............Cloverdale Foods Tyler Huck ............Schafer Financial Services Valerie Weigel ....Basin Electric Power Coop Chris Jones ....ND Dept. of Human Services Jennifer Wilson .....................Kirkwood Mall Mitch Kaelbaerer .........................TransTrash CHAMBER STAFF Brian Ritter ................................................................................................................. President Ross Frohlich .......................................................................................... Membership Director David Leingang............................................................................ Community Growth Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons........................................................................................................Vice President Shay Peterson .................................................................. Membership Engagement Director Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust................................................................................................Chief Financial Officer Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ........................ Communications Specialist/ LBM Director AnneMarie Hansen ................................................................................... Marketing & Events


Chamber and BMDA to Proceed with Restructure Chamber Honors Local Educators Chamber Introduces Professional Development Series


Fridays at the Chamber Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan Professional Development Series: Talent Advantage


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President’s Corner


fter a winter that seemed like it lasted for more than just a few months, I along with everyone else in Bismarck-Mandan am ready for a change. And that seems appropriate given some of the things happening around the Chamber. I’m referring of course to the potential restructure of the Chamber and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA). To summarize the discussion that’s taken place since last October, the Chamber and BMDA are actively involved in a process of determining whether or not the two organizations should be restructured as one in an effort to accomplish even more for our community. After initially addressing the question of, “Why is this best for Bismarck-Mandan?” and determining that it was in fact in the community’s best interest, the discussion proceeded to, “How would we do it?” At that point, two separate subcommittees were formed with the goal of developing recommendations as to how a restructured organization would be governed and funded. After spending three months doing that, the subcommittees’ recommendations were then vetted with our leadership along with five separate focus groups encompassing a wide variety of businesses from across Bismarck-Mandan. Using the feedback gathered during those focus groups, the recommendations were modified and then presented to both Boards who ultimately voted to pursue the restructure. While both organizations have voted to proceed with the restructure, the process is not yet complete. We will now be preparing for operations as a restructured organization by working on bylaws, budgets and more. Once those details have been finalized, they will be presented to both Boards for a final vote that would allow the restructured organization to begin operations on or by January 1, 2019. While that obviously represents a significant change for the Chamber, it’s by no means the only thing happening here. For instance, we are in the midst of developing our 2019 Legislative Agenda which will form the basis for our efforts during the 2019 Legislative Session which is fast approaching. We are also working hard on this summer’s signature events such as Lemonade Day and the Chamber Golf Scramble. And of course, we are always busy supporting and recognizing our members via the Golden Eagle Award, Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan and more. Plus, summer means Fridays at the Chamber, which are always free to attend! So while change may be the theme for my President’s Corner this month, what remains the same is our commitment to serving our members and our community. If there’s ever any way that you think we can do that better, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at britter@bismancc.com or (701) 223-5660. We are first and foremost a membership organization and if there’s a way we can improve how we serve our members, we want to know about it.

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UTTC MAKES AN IMPACT, ECONOMICALLY AND CULTURALLY The President of United Tribes Technical College is working to get out the message that UTTC has an economic impact on Bismarck-Mandan. Building on an economic impact study in 2010, UTTC President Leander R. McDonald released another economic impact study in 2017. “United Tribes is an active economic development member of the community,” McDonald said. The 2010 study, executed by TK Associates International, found that UTTC has a $34 million economic impact on BismarckMandan. In seven years’ time, the impact has almost doubled to $59.6 million, according to the 2017 economic impact study by the North Dakota State University AgriBusiness and Applied Economics Department.

UTTC has an economic impact of over $59 million to the Bismarck-Mandan region.

Part of the economic impact comes from students moving to Bismarck-Mandan to attend United Tribes. UTTC is not able to house all of the students, so many rent or buy residencies in town. McDonald said the rebounding oil boom has resulted in an increase in students from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. He said the students are moving to Bismarck-Mandan to get away from oil activity, and they are buying homes and staying here. “They’re buying their groceries here, buying cars here, they are renting cable. They are buying their cell phones here,” McDonald said. Sixty-seven percent of the student population is from North Dakota, mostly from the five tribes that govern UTTC. Thirty-three percent is from outside North Dakota, with the majority coming from reservations in South Dakota. McDonald said he views United Tribes like Grand Forks and Minot’s respective Air Force bases. They help the communities grow financially.

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“We see ourselves the same way,” McDonald said. “It’s not only us here in town, but it’s also our sister colleges of University of Mary and Bismarck State College who have an impact. How much does post-secondary education bring in to help the city?” Since McDonald became President three years ago, he has made it a goal to raise the UTTC wage scale to match the broader Bismarck-Mandan community. When he started, minimum wage at the college was $8.35 per hour. Now, that has been raised to $11.00 per hour so that UTTC minimum wage isn’t below fast food wage levels. McDonald is still working to get elementary school wage levels at Theodore Jamerson Elementary School to the same level as Bismarck Public Schools’ pay scale. They raised the wage scale $2,000 this year and are watching to see how it impacts the budget before they make another increase next year.


According to the 2010 economic impact, UTTC brings $4.2 million into the community during powwow week alone. Due to different methodology, the economic impact of the powwow was not singled out in the 2017 study. Still, McDonald said the economic impact has only increased since 2010. Hotel rates go up and restaurants get full during powwow week. Katt Chapin is chair of the 49th United Tribes International Powwow.

The 2018 UTTC International Powwow will begin September 7th, 2018.

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“(Powwow) is a special event that brings everybody together in song and dance and visits — a time for everybody to get together,” Chapin said. “For non-participants what’s special about it is our culture. You’re going to see something significant. The regalia is unique.” McDonald said the powwow is an annual, three-day event for people to get together and see one another. Naming ceremonies and giving ceremonies are held during that time. Veterans overseas try to come home for the powwow. Warrior songs are sung for all veterans. “Those are the type of activities that occur here at United Tribes, and those are the activities that bring honor to our culture and our people,” McDonald said. United Tribes’ powwow is a contest powwow with participants competing for money. Participants come from all across the United States and Canada. Visitors come from as far as Germany to enjoy the event. “When I was younger, United Tribes was the hugest powwow to come to,” Chapin said. The powwow will have 70 different arts and craft vendors with Native American-owned art, pottery, jewelry and apparel. For a first-time attendee, Chapin recommends attending Grand Entry. “We want to get more of the community involved and participating in one the events or even coming to the powwow to watch,” Chapin said. The powwow caps off UTTC’s events week, but the annual Tribal Leaders Summit starts it. Tribal leaders from throughout the Great Plains and the nation come to Bismarck to partake in the summit. This year’s topics include opioid drugs, higher education, and tribal governance. One of the featured speakers is Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians.

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FEATURE “(Keel) has been a great leader for Indian Country, and we’re glad to get him,” McDonald said. Students at United Tribes are required to attend the Tribal Leaders’ Summit. “The students are exposed to tribal leadership and what’s happening in real time,” McDonald said. UTTC faculty are also encouraged to attend. The majority of faculty at United Tribes are non-native, and McDonald said summit provides an important cultural education for them. “The more familiar (the faculty) are, the better they are going to be in their classrooms,” McDonald said.

EDUCATION AND INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS The foundation of United Tribes Technical College is in technical education and skills training. In recent years, UTTC has developed four-year degrees in elementary education, environmental sciences and research, business administration, and criminal justice. All programs are working to build strong ties with their respective industries.

Sheridan McNeil, Career and Technical Education Director, said each program at United Tribes has an advisory board populated by those who work in the respective industry. For example, the advisory board for UTTC’s automotive program meets at least once per semester to discuss new technology, trends in the automotive industry, et cetera. “They see the work our students are doing; they see the curriculum,” McNeil said. “They really help guide our program to help maintain that certification.” Advisory board members also get a sneak peek at the graduating work force. “They really nab our students as they are ready to graduate,” McNeil said. Another program where graduates get snapped up is the welding program. UTTC’s welding program is certified through the American Welding Society. Faculty from United Tribes also travel to Williston to certify their graduates. All UTTC graduates are American Welding Society certified welders.

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“Our placement rates are well over 85 percent for welding, automotive, heavy equipment,” said Devin Wertman, UTTC Career Counselor.

UTTC features impressive placement rates in high-demand fields, such as welding and heavy equipment, of over 85%.

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The United Tribes nursing program also has strong ties with businesses in the Bismarck-Mandan community. UTTC students complete nursing clinicals at CHI St. Alexius Health, Sanford Health clinics, Dacotah Foundation mental health services, Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, and Prospera Community nursing home facilities.

www.bismarckmandan.com Industry partnerships are vital in developing UTTC program curriculum.

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“There is a huge nursing shortage nationwide,” said Jan Lynch, Chair of the UTTC Nursing Department. “It’s our goal to facilitate getting as many nurses out there as quickly as we can.” United Tribes has several new academic programs in development. The college currently has a preengineering program. They are working to develop a program that would have two years of engineering at UTTC followed by two years at University of North Dakota. Last month, McDonald testified at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. Currently, all training for BIA law enforcement happens in New Mexico. UTTC would like to become a northern tier training facility for BIA law enforcement.

McDonald said that goal is that when United Tribes students walk across the graduation stage, they have a job waiting for them. “We’re a resource. We’re a resource for workforce development,” McDonald said.


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“We have a very healthy housing market in BismarckMandan,” says Nancy Deichert, Executive Director of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of REALTORS®. “Buyers have more options in today’s market than they did a few years ago.” But with a current uptick in oil activity, growth in local business and job opportunities, and rising interest rates, Deichert says the inventory may not hold. “However, as always, a property that is priced appropriately, has been well-kept and updated, and is in a desirable location could be advantageous for both the seller and the buyer.”


According to Mary Shelkey-Miller, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of REALTORS®, the market is different today than during the peak of oil activity from 2011-2014. “When the inventory was incredibly low, buyers were just buying ‘something’ because it was available,” she notes. “It is important to note the market is ‘different’ now, but that doesn’t make it ‘bad.’” Shelkey-Miller says there are more properties for sale today, but this is proving to be a positive in the market. “What people don’t see is there are as many homes under contract today as there have been in recent years. There is activity in all price ranges in the market right now.” Desri Neether, president-elect of the Bismarck-Mandan Board of REALTORS®, says properties in BismarckMandan are selling at a healthy pace. “With the increase in supply, buyers are spending more time searching for the ‘right’ home.” Ninety-two percent of home buyers start their home search online and begin looking nearly a year before they are ready to be on the market, Neether notes. “There is the perception, because there are more homes on the market, sellers will consider low-ball offers. In reality, lowball offers can cause a seller to completely disregard the offer.” “For sellers, the reality that home prices are not what they were in 2011-2014 can be hard, but if priced correctly, it will sell, and it will typically sell before the average days on the market of three to four months,” she adds. 8 | Chamber Connection

Chad Moldenhauer, owner, K&L Homes Inc. at the Heritage Park development in north Bismarck.

There are several reasons people are buying and selling homes, including families growing, empty-nesters downsizing, and individuals relocating for jobs. Neether says buyers are looking for homes with updated kitchens and baths, which tend to sell faster. Currently, the average sale price for a single-family home in Bismarck-Mandan is $256,500, and sale prices have remained stable, only dipping about one percent in the last three years. “Our biggest demand drivers are millennials, who outnumber all other buyers and are expected to peak in two years and really start buying,” says Neether. “The biggest opportunity we have in Bismarck-Mandan and around the nation is affordable single-family housing. There are very few entry level homes available for sale.”


“The peak of homebuilding occurred in our community in 2013-2014,” says Chad Moldenhauer, owner, K&L Homes Inc. “While more homes were being sold, it was difficult for consumers to make an educated decision given the scarcity of homes and the high demand for them. For home builders, there was more potential for sales. However, recruiting and retaining qualified employees and subcontractors to build the homes was a challenge.”

www.bismarckmandan.com Moldenhauer says oil production continues to play a role in the homebuilding market, but businesses are also a driving force behind demand. “In Bismarck and Mandan, we rely heavily on local hospitals like CHI St. Alexius Health, Sanford The economic diversity of Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area has contributed to a healthy real estate market. Health and Mid Dakota Clinic, in addition to our Moldenhauer says builders will continue to face state government and large challenges, including high material and labor costs companies like Basin Electric, MDU Resources and and overreglulation, but the outlook remains good NISC,” he notes. “When major employers make hiring for building in the community. “Given these hurdles, or policy changes, there is a direct correlation to local Bismarck and Mandan are still wonderful places to live homebuilding activity.” and raise a family, so I predict building activity will remain steady and perhaps even see a slight uptick in the next He says northwest Bismarck continues to be a focal year.” point for expansion in the community and city special assessments and infrastructure costs remain a hot Deichert says the Bismarck-Mandan real estate market topic. “Special assessments on a city lot can range from has remained steady to strong for many years. “When $20,000 – $30,000, and although there are discussions other markets experienced high appreciation rates to require developers to absorb these costs, this will followed by ‘busts’ in their market, the Bismarck-Mandan ultimately result in higher lot costs,” Moldenhauer says. area maintained a steady, healthy growth rate,” she “In the coming years, I believe we will see an increased notes. “We are very fortunate in Bismarck-Mandan and demand for rural lots in Burleigh and Morton counties, the surrounding area that our economy is so diverse, where there are reduced infrastructure costs, fewer taxes providing us with a healthy and stable community, which and no special assessments.” creates a healthy and stable real estate market.” Moldenhauer says contemporary, modern and industrial design trends are becoming more popular, and clients are mixing different styles, colors and finishes. In larger homes, bonus rooms are popular options and formal living and dining rooms are more of a rarity. “Tall ceilings and big windows, along with expansive heated garages, are always in high demand.” “With lot sizes in our community continuing to shrink as a means to control costs, consumers are demanding public spaces for recreation,” he continues, noting other trends developing in the homebuilding market. “Baby boomers looking to downsize or for a seasonal home continue to be a growing part of our market. Turnkey packages with landscaping included and associations for maintenance are very popular with this market segment.”


“Real estate is local, and every market is different,” says Shelkey-Miller. “Currently, the ‘national’ real estate market report is that inventory is very low and the demand is high. In Bismarck-Mandan and the surrounding area, we are seeing strong inventory and steady demand from buyers.” indigosignworks.com | 701.250.9696 | 3521 Memorial Hwy, Mandan

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MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Luke Schaefer


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: My name is Luke Schaefer and I am the Executive Director of Missouri River Educational Cooperative. MREC is one of eight regional education associations (REA) in the state and we exist to increase opportunities for students, educators, and schools. Q: Briefly tell us the history of Missouri River Educational Cooperative. A: The MREC began in 2005 when 37 public school districts, through a joint powers agreement, decided to increase opportunities for students regardless of geographical, financial and school size barriers. MREC began with a part-time director who would oversee the regional activities. The MREC now employs over 85 employees.

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Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Missouri River Educational Cooperative? A: As schools have experienced growth in both the number of students and the diversity of students, MREC has continued to be responsive by adding programming such as our Counseling Program for schools who cannot find a full-time counselor. Additionally, MREC added a English Learner Consortium where we assist schools in meeting the needs of English Learners. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: As a Service Cooperative, we continually seek innovative strategies to help schools meet the social, personal and academic needs of their students to prepare them to be choice (career, college, military) ready. Professional development strategies aimed at increasing student engagement in the classroom has become an important focus.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Assistance is frequently requested regarding STE(A) M Education (Science, Tehcnology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). A more focused approach to learning has occurred through students engaging in the design process of identifying, testing, and solving problems. Additionally, increasing the amount of personalized learning for students has become a frequent request, often through a multi-tiered system of supports for students. Q: What does the future of Missouri River Educational Cooperative look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Innovation is vitally important to our work with schools, educators, and students. We continually seek grants that further our mission of support to schools and strive to become more effective as a service provider. We are excited to find new ways to assist schools in their endeavors to educate students for careers that may not even exist yet.

Q: Missouri River Educational Cooperative became a member in 2011, why do you continue to renew each year? A: MREC values the connections and networking that comes with being a Chamber member. Understanding the needs and direction of business and industry is critical to our assistance and support to schools. Since 2015, we’ve assisted the Bismarck Mandan Development Association in engaging teachers in a summer internship. Q: What should Chamber members know about Missouri River Educational Cooperative that may assist them? A: Students, educators, and schools benefit greatly when MREC discovers new partners to move programming and support forward. Whether it’s a career symposium sponsored by the HESS corporation, Manufacturing and Engineering Days hosted by Doosan Bobcat, or connections to business representatives with the Missouri River Area Career and Technical Center, MREC appreciates our business and industry connections to serve our schools and students.

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Leadership BismarckMandan is now accepting applications for the class of 2019. Up to 18 applicants will be accepted into the program. Participants delve into today’s most compelling issues. BISMARCK - MANDAN

Community experts create issue day sessions on topics relevant to the Bismarck-Mandan area, including: economic development, energy, natural resources, agriculture, human services, law enforcement, military, emergency services, arts, leisure, education, legislation, political involvement, faith, ethics and values. Most issue days are 1/2 day. Highlights of the program include a full day at the Capitol during the legislative session, a full day retreat and a graduation ceremony. Following the issue days, the class will divide into groups, select a community project about which they are passionate and work to make that field project into reality. Applications are available online at www. bismarckmandan.com/pages/LeadershipBismarckMandan. Any questions, contact Cathryn at 702-223-5660. Applications are due Aug. 1, 2018. Program begins Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Scholarships Available Thanks to the generosity of Gate City Bank, Exploring Leadership Soulutions-Dave Leingang and Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association, who will be sponsoring scholarships to qualifying non-profit and small business candidates. Please contact Cathryn at the Chamber to find out more about a Leadership BismarckMandan scholarship.

CHAMBER AND BMDA VOTE TO RESTRUCTURE The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA) Boards of Directors have voted to proceed with a restructure of the two organizations.

Both Boards voted last October to investigate a restructure of the organizations based upon a recent change in leadership, a convergence of the missions of both organizations and a desire to more efficiently utilize existing resources. Three months later, both Boards voted to continue the process by forming separate subcommittees to develop recommendations as to how a restructured organization would be governed and funded. “The question of whether or not to pursue a restructure of the BMDA and Chamber is not a new one. What’s different now is that so many different factors have come together to create an opportunity that we simply couldn’t ignore,” said Chamber Board Chair Ron Day. Both organizations then vetted the recommendations developed by those two subcommittees with five separate focus groups encompassing a wide variety of businesses from across Bismarck-Mandan. Using the feedback gathered during those focus groups, the recommendations were modified and presented to both Boards who ultimately voted to pursue the restructure. “What these recommendations support is the restructuring of two organizations into one unified business development organization governed by one board of directors and supported by one funding structure,” said BMDA Board Chair Kevin Magstadt. While both organizations have voted to proceed with the restructure, the process is not yet complete. The organizations will now begin drafting bylaws, developing a budget in support of the subcommittee recommendations. Once those details have been finalized, they will be presented to both Boards for a final vote that would allow the restructured organization to begin operations on or by January 1, 2019. Members of both organizations, as well as the public, can follow this process via the BMDA and Chamber’s publications and a series of monthly communications beginning in June that will document the transition and various aspects of the restructured organization’s value proposition.

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STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM CHAMBER PROGRAM Annually, the Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Business and Education Committee selects juniors and seniors from both public and private schools in the Bismarck-Mandan area to serve on it’s Student Chamber of Commerce Board. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, as well as how well they can communicate their passions, goals, and life accomplishments. This competitive program had the task of selecting those 18 students out of 26 submitted candidates.

Student Chamber graduating class of 2018.

Congratulations to the 2017/2018 Student Chamber, who graduated from the Bismarck-Mandan Student Chamber of Commerce program on April 18th. Seniors Carson Breuer - Senior at MHS Karissa Limesand - Senior at Shiloh Victoria Windsor - Senior at SMCHS Jack Markle - Senior at LHS Gavin Miller - Senior at MHS North Skager - Senior at MHS Tiana Staudinger - Senior at LHS Sheradyn Schmaltz - Senior at LHS Paul Schumacher – Senior at DAA Crystal Mills - Senior at LHS

Juniors Faith Wahl - Junior at BHS Erynn Dunnigan - Junior at SMCHS Karter Schauer - Junior at MHS Kathryn Schnaible - Junior at SMCHS Nevin Fetzer - Junior at BHS Victoria Wu - Junior at MHS Grace Volk - Junior at SMCHS Applications for the 2018-2019 Student Chamber of Commerce program are available on the Chamber’s website, www.bismarckmandan.com. Juniors and seniors from both public and private schools are encouraged to apply. Please contact David Leingang, dleingang@ bismancc.com, or call the Chamber’s office for more information, or to submit your application 701-223-5660.


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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS… Lemonade Day is almost here! On June 16th, Bismarck and Mandan will have more lemonade than they know what to do with. We are encouraging everyone in the community to get out and support our young entrepreneurs as they open up their own little businesses in the form of a lemonade stand. Stands will be scattered all across Bismarck-Mandan, however a map of registered locations can be found at, https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan/ stands-map. Though you might find some stands in front of homes or on residential street corners, we are encouraging them to make partnerships with other businesses in the area to set up shop outside their front doors. Simply pick an organization downtown or around town and ask permission to set up shop outside their front doors! Of course it’s not too late to register! Young entrepreneurs will be able to register and participate in Lemonade Day up to the day of June 16th. Registration can be done online at, http://bismarckmandan. lemonadeday.org, or in person at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Or any of the following locations:

Morton Mandan Public Library 609 West Main St., Mandan Monday - Thursday, 9:30am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday, 9:30am – 5:00pm Sunday, 1:00pm – 5:00pm


Bismarck Public Library 515 N 5th St., Bismarck Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday, 9:00am – 6:00pm Sunday, 1:00pm – 6:00pm Missouri Valley Family YMCA 1608 North Washington St., Bismarck Monday – Friday, 6:00am - 11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am – 7:00pm Family Wellness Center 2700 46th Ave. SE, Mandan Monday – Friday, 5:00am - 11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am - 7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am – 7:00pm Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

On June 9th, we invite all registrants of Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan to join us at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA, for a Best Tasting Contest! From 10:00am – 11:30am, come share your prize winning recipe as we have judges select the top three best tasting lemonades to check out on June 16th. If you are interested, in learning more or have any questions, please contact David Leingang at dleingang@ bismancc.com or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660. MAIN SQUEEZE SPONSOR: LIME-LIGHT SPONSORS:



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The Excellence in Business and Education Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce have finished presenting this year’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards.

This completes the 31st year of honoring educators in both Bismarck and Mandan on a primary, secondary, and post-secondary education levels. With the help of Dan’s Supermarket, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and its Excellence in Business and Education committee are proud to continue this tradition of celebrating teachers in our area. After receiving 39 nominations, 36 educators accepted the nomination and qualified for the Crystal Apple, a symbol of excellence in education and outstanding achievement within their profession. Out of those 36, the committee selects five recipients of the Crystal Apple on three levels; Primary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, Secondary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, and one Post-Secondary Educator.

Kendall Bergrud, Bismarck Primary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Mary Kautzman, Mandan Primary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year

The following teachers were honored this year:

Bismarck Primary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Kendall Bergrud, Lincoln Elementary Mandan Primary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Mary Kautzman, Mary Stark Elementary Bismarck Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year Presentation – Cory Volk, South Central High School

Mandan Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year Presentation – Shawna Huber, Mandan Middle School

Cory Volk, Bismarck Secondary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year

Higher Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year Presentation – Dr. Joe Ellefson, Bismarck State College The Outstanding Teacher of the Year award is an annual award. Each year, community members nominate a teacher who has positively affected their life, or the lives of others to receive the top honor in three categories elementary, secondary and post-secondary education. This is the 31st year of celebrating outstanding teachers, and it would not be possible without the support of our program sponsor, Dan’s Supermarket.

Shawna Huber, Mandan Secondary Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year


Dr. Joe Ellefson, Higher Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year






Have you noticed that your recruiting, engagement and retention efforts are not working like they used to? We can agree that here in ND with our 3% unemployment rate, our talent pool feels more like a puddle. Today’s efforts to attract and keep the right people on your team involve thinking creatively and differently than your competition and collaborating with multiple departments. Come join the Chamber and Dale Carnegie for our Professional Development Series: Talent Advantage on Wednesday, June 27 from 9:00am - 12:00pm.

You will learn the skillsets all businesses need to elevate themselves to the next level. The day will feature keynote speaker, Michelle Wall, a People Performance Igniter and Business Results Orchestrator with Dale Carnegie. We will also have a panel of businesses excelling in talent attraction, onboarding and social employee networking, and retention, followed by a roundtable discussions with the panelists. Learn to separate yourself from the competition and find talent,

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Get ‘Em. Discover how to improve engagement efforts through onboarding and winning hearts and minds, Love ‘Em. Learn about culture and retention efforts in organizations that have positively impacted bottom line employee engagement results, Keep ‘Em. We’ll share proven practices and innovative ideas you can implement immediately. This inspiring event is only $49.00 for Chamber members, $59.00 for general admission. Excited to register? Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com or by contacting AnneMarie or Shay at 701-223-5660.




The Chamber’s Annual Golf Scramble is quickly approaching! The Chamber Golf Scramble *Color may vary presented by Eide Ford Lincoln is scheduled for June 11, 2018 at Apple Creek Country Club from 10:30am – 4:30pm.

It’s never too early to start planning for Chamber a day of fun Sporting Clays at Capital City SHOOTOUT Sporting Clays on Friday, August 24th! It’s an event that everyone can enjoy and always friendly competition.

There are limited number of spots available so don’t miss your chance to get you and your team registered! It is $175 for individual and $700 for a team of four.

Registration starts at 8:00am with a light breakfast before a shotgun start promptly at 9:30am. Participants are encouraged to stay for a delicious lunch and ice cold refreshments afterwards. Stick around afterwards for door prizes.

Also, don’t miss your chance at winning a free car on Hole 4 from our presenting sponsor, Eide Ford-Lincoln. All you have to do is sink a hole-in-one on Hole 4 and your prize is a 2018 Ford EcoSport Titanium! Please contact Shay by emailing speterson@bismancc. com to register yourself or your team. Presenting Sponsor: Hole Sponsors: AE2S, Amy Hullet Century 21 Morrison Realty, Baymont Inn & Suites and Ramada Bismarck Hotel, BEK Communications, Bismarck Cancer Center, Black Wall Media, BNC National Bank, Consolidated Construction, CornerStone Bank, Crowley Fleck, Dakota Carrier Network, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, MetroPlains Management, Radisson Hotel and The Network Center


You can register individually ($100/Person members $125/person Non-members) and we will assign you to a team or you can sign up in teams of four. Admission includes shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), ear plugs, course fees, lunch, refreshments, and a great opportunity to win some awesome door prizes. Please register you and your team today by going online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bismancc.com. THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Pigeon Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Amy Hullet - Century 21 Morrison, Dakota Community Bank & Trust and Liberty Business Systems.

Drink Cart Sponsor: Black Wall Media Putting Green Sponsor: Liberty Business Systems Lunch Sponsor: Ulteig Engineers Tee Prize Sponsor: Amy Hullet Century 21 Morrison and NRG Technology Services Golf Cart Sponsor: EAPC Architect Engineers

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Date: Friday, June 8, 2018 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presenting Sponsor: Summertime, summertime, oh how we have missed you! Can you tell we are excited here at the Chamber about the change in season? Another exciting thing is this month marks our first member appreciation luncheon and we cannot wait to serve you! We appreciate your membership and all your support throughout the year, so please stop in and accept our small token of appreciation. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Daniels Companies, we are able to bring this event to you for FREE! Join us and other fellow members for a fun and informal way to network on Friday, June 8th from 11:30am – 1:00pm on our beautiful Chamber patio. We will be serving brats, hot dogs, burgers and a choice of sides along with cool refreshments. Please RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan.com/ events or by calling Shay at 701-223-5660. Lunch Sponsors:

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Date: Monday, June 11, 2018 Location: Apple Creek Country Club 8912 County Rd 10, Bismarck Time: 10:30AM - 4:30PM Admission: $175.00 per player

* Includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner, driving range and tee prize.

Presenting Sponsor: It is finally June! Which means it is time to Par-tee at our Annual Chamber Golf Scramble! The Golf Scramble is scheduled for Monday, June 11th at Apple Creek Country Club. Join us and several Chamber members for an exciting, interactive 18-hole scramble.

Registration starts at 10:30am with an 11:30am shotgun start. Players will compete in teams of four. You may either sign up individually ($175/person), and we will assign you with three players, or as a full team of four ($700/team). You’ll receive a boxed lunch when you check-in and instructions for where to go. While on the course you will be provided with beverages, snacks, and other fun activities provided by our hole sponsors. Spots fill up quickly, so don’t wait to register Call 701-223-5660 or email speterson@bismancc.com for a registration form.



MEMBERSHIP MIXER: LEMONADE DAY JEROME DISTRIBUTING BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 Location: Jerome Distributing Inc. 3420 Miriam Avenue, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Join members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber during June’s Membership Mixer hosted by Jerome Distributing Inc. on Thursday, June 14th at their location at 3420 Miriam Ave in Bismarck. Enjoy refreshments, hors d’oeurves, and some business after hours. This event is always a fantastic opportunity to network and enjoy an array of cool refreshments distributed by Jerome Distributing Inc. So grab your friends, and come enjoy samples of the latest beers.

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Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan will be June 16th. This program is empowering today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs by teaching them how to create, own and operate their own business in the form of a lemonade stand. These young entrepreneurs will be setting their own hours and establishing partnerships with area businesses to set up shop all around town while they sell their product. With the help of a responsible mentor, they will set goals, make a plan, work the plan, and achieve their dreams. Please join area youth in the Bismarck-Mandan as we discover what happens when life gives us lemons! Register today at, http://bismarckmandan. lemonadeday.org, and get started! If you are interested in learning more, or have any questions, please contact David Leingang at dleingang@bismancc.com.


Mixers are free for Chamber members to attend. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be done online at www. bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar by calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Time: All Day Admission: Free to Attend Main Squeeze Sponsors:

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Location: Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM Admission: $49.00 for Chamber Members $59.00 for General Admission

Come join the Chamber and Dale Carnegie for our Talent Advantage event. You will learn the skillsets all businesses need to elevate themselves to the next level. The day will feature keynote speaker, Michelle Wall, a People Performance Igniter and Business Results Orchestrator with Dale Carnegie. We will also have a panel of businesses excelling in talent attraction, onboarding and social employee networking, and retention, followed by a roundtable discussions with the panelists. RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan.com.


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RACE DAY SERIES: DACOTAH SPEEDWAY Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 Location: Dacotah Speedway 2500 Longspur Trail, Mandan Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Join us for our first Race Day Series event hosted by Dacotah Speedway on Thursday, July 19, 2018! The evening starts at 4:30pm with food, refreshments, networking and race car fun. Enjoy this relaxed networking opportunity at Dacotah Speedway where Chamber members get the exclusive chance to go behind the scenes at the race track. Dacotah Speedway will have race cars on display for Chamber members to check out up close and personal. Drivers will be on hand to talk racing and answer any questions you may have. Dacotah Speedway volunteers will be giving tours of the facility and showing members all the hard work that goes into having a successful race night. Weather permitting, drivers will also do a couple hot laps to demonstrate just how quickly their race cars fly around the track. RSVPs are greatly appreciated and can be made by either going online to www.bismarckmandan.com/ events or by emailing Shay at speterson@bismancc. com.




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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: FRONT STREET MILLWORK & LUMBER Date: Thursday, August 16, 2018 Location: Front Street Millwork & Lumber 3320 E Century Ave, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Mark your calendar and save the date for August’s Membership Mixer! On Thursday August 16th Front Street Millwork and Lumber Inc. will be hosting our Membership Mixer at their new location at 3320 E Century Ave in Bismarck from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and networking opportunities. It’s FREE to attend, RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bismancc.om.


Date: Friday, August 24, 2018 Location: Capital City Sporting Clays 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck Time: 8:00AM - 2:00PM Admission: $100.00 for Chamber Members $125.00 for General Admission It’s never too early to start planning for a day of fun at Capital City Sporting Clays! It’s an event that everyone can enjoy and always friendly competition. You can register individually ($100/Person members $125/person Non-members) and we will assign you to a team or you can sign up in teams of four. Admission Includes shotgun shells (12 and 20 gauge), ear plugs, course fees, lunch, refreshments, and a great opportunity to win some awesome door prizes. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events.



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WEIGEL NAMED 2018 SBA NORTH DAKOTA SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2018 North Dakota Small Business Person of the Year is Kari Weigel, Executive Director and Owner of Sylvan Learning Center in Bismarck and Fargo, North Dakota. Sylvan Learning Center is a franchise business that offers personalized tutoring on a number of subjects, as well as study skills and ACT prep courses, primarily to students in grades K-12.

Since purchasing the Bismarck business in 2008, Weigel has acquired the Fargo center and expanded to three satellite locations throughout the state of North Dakota. Her business also operates after school STEM programs in five schools in Bismarck and Fargo. This growth has allowed Weigel to increase her number of employees by about 50 percent. When Weigel determined she needed a new building to meet her growth plan, an SBA 504 loan helped her construct it. “Kari Weigel is an outstanding example of the entrepreneurial spirit,” SBA North Dakota District Director Alan Haut said. “It’s my honor to recognize her achievements and I’m pleased that SBA helped support her business growth.” The SBA Small Business Person of the Year award – part of National Small Business Week April 29-May 5, 2018 – recognizes small business owners who demonstrate staying power and substantiated history as an established business with at least three years of business operation. Winners must also show growth in net worth and business expansion, increase in jobs and sales, innovativeness of products or services, response

to adversity and contributions to communityoriented projects.

In addition to running a growing business, Weigel is involved in her community. She is a volunteer with Junior Achievement where she teaches elementary kids about economics Kari Weigel, Executive Director and Owner of Sylvan Learning Center in Bismarck and Fargo. and business. She also provides ACT Prep and Speed Reading workshops and provides services for Legacy Children’s Foundation. Weigel supports various organizations including local schools, Make-A-Wish, Special Olympics, Parkinson’s support groups, and the Cystic Fibrosis Association. Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam will be honored at events and ceremonies in Washington, D.C., on April 29 and 30 when one of them will be selected as the National Small Business Person of the Year.

LOOKING TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN THE BEST TALENT FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION? Read This Before You Make A Mistake and Hire the Wrong Person! Did you know that not all employees are good employees? Yes, it’s true. Some employees see their role in your organization as a job, an ATM where they trade time in for money. While others, who are more empowered, understand not only the importance of turning their job into a career, but also, are committed to the performance and profitability of your company.

You see, understanding the 21st Century Curve will help you on your very next hire and will reduce turnover and increase performance that will directly impact your bottom line. That’s the good news. The bad news is that there is only one organization in North Dakota that teaches this method for attracting and retaining the next generation of talent. Fortunately, that organization is here in Bismarck.

Have you ever hired a bright young person just to see them leave after a few months? If so, you should help middle and upper management better understand how to use the 21st Century Curve to their advantage.

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First International Bank & Trust opened its doors in their new state-of-the-art facility at the corner of State and Divide. The new facility houses over 50 First International Bank & Trust employees providing a full array of financial services including; personal banking, mortgage lending, commercial banking, private banking, wealth management, and insurance. The building also features several leased office suites opening in July as well as Stonehome Brewing Co. “We have an exceptional team in this extraordinary building, and we’re thrilled to share it with the Bismarck-Mandan community,” stated Dave Mason, Bismarck President.

“I’ve always had a vision of a landmark building in Bismarck. I’m proud to say we’ve created a place where our financial experts can help families grow wealth and businesses prosper,” said Stephen L. Stenehjem, CEO/ Chairman of First International Bank & Trust.

First International Bank & Trust invites the community to come and see the new Bismarck bank location.

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BALLOT REQUEST TO INCREASE 911 FEES The Central Dakota Communications Center (CenCom) is a consolidated public safety communications facility serving the City of Bismarck, City of Mandan and all of Burleigh County. CenCom responds to 9-1-1 calls, nonemergency calls, alarms and other events, provides lifesaving pre-arrival instruction and coordinates dispatching of law enforcement, fire, emergency medical and other services. CenCom also manages the core technology used by public safety to respond to the aid of the community, visitors and travelers.Currently located at 2301 University Dr. (Bismarck Airport property), CenCom has outgrown the facility and does not meet necessary standards at this location. As such, a request to increase the local 9-1-1 fee by $0.50 per mobile device will be on the ballot on June 12, 2018 in Burleigh County. The ballot request to increase the 9-1-1 fee is to provide necessary, dedicated funding to purchase, lease or construct and operate a new public safety communications facility to serve the participating communities now and into the future. If approved, it is expected that the increased 9-1-1 fee will generate approximately $500,000 per year.

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The priority option for the use of those funds is to pursue a public/private partnership with Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) and co-locate at their Bismarck facility, leveraging DCN’s expertise and investment to provide a suitable operational environment for CenCom and the critical information technology systems used by public safety. The Bismarck City Commission, Mandan City Commission and Burleigh County Commission have individually endorsed this initiative as has the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Should you wish to learn more about this ballot measure, please contact CenCom Communications Director Mike Dannenfelzer at (701) 222.6727 or mdannenfelzer@ bismarcknd.gov


Mandan Public School District has been honored with a Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.


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The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Mandan Public School District answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Mandan elementary students are required to participate in 90 minutes of music instruction per week. Students at Mandan Middle School have the opportunity to participate in choir, band, or both. There are also extracurricular opportunities to participate in jazz band, marching band, show choir, and Braves Singers. Mandan High School students may participate in one of three choirs and also may choose to audition for the extra-curricular activities of swing choir and the high school musical. Music history, music theory, and guitar are also music classes offered at MHS. MHS students may be a member of several different band opportunities, including three levels of concert band, three levels of jazz band, pep band, and field marching band. Mandan Band ensembles and individual student musicians consistently place in top positions at local, state, and national festivals and the MHS Concert Band I was recently selected as the North Dakota Governor’s Band for 2018. “Mandan Public Schools considers music to be an integral part of our curriculum and an excellent way to engage our students in the 4 Cs that are part of our core beliefs - Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, and Critical Thinking,” said Dr. Mike Bitz, Superintendent. “Receiving the Best Communities for Music Education designation is a validation of our hard working music staff, the dedication of our music students, and the support for music provided by our community.”

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Bismarck Public Schools has been recognized as a Common Sense Media District for its commitment to creating a culture of digital citizenship & digital learning. Common Sense is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology. BPS has a curriculum that teaches students to safely and responsibly use digital tools for their learning and personal privacy and security. Digital media and technology present opportunities and risks for young people. Students are using the Internet and mobile technology to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined, both in and out of the classroom. But issues that emerge from this 24/7 connected culture such as cyberbullying, privacy lapses, and uncertainty about which information to trust online, are surfacing in schools and at home.



Capital Credit Union recently received numerous awards at the Credit Union of the Dakotas (CUAD) Summit and Annual Meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. In the category of credit unions with $250 million to $1 billion in assets, Capital Credit Union won: • Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Award – First Place • Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award – Second Place • Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award – First Place

• Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award – First Place In addition to those awards, Kayla Hardy and Greg Tschider were individually acknowledged. Hardy, Capital Credit Union senior human resources specialist, won the Emerging Leader award. Tschider, Capital Credit Union’s outside legal counsel, was elected to the CUAD Hall of Fame. Deb Gallagher is CEO and President of Capital Credit Union.

(Left to right): Faye Miller, Capital Credit Union board member; Jim Schaefbauer, vice president of member services East Region; Kayla Hardy, senior human resources specialist; Lacey Hetletved, branch manager and Keith Mantz, chief retail officer.

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The Energy Transfer / Sunoco Foundation and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), announced a $5 million commitment to the University of Mary’s Vision 2030 campaign at a press conference held today on campus. Three of the $5 million dollars is a contribution towards the University of Mary’s new state-of-the-art engineering facility while $2 million will be given for workforce development in the state.

The $3 million portion will help fund University of Mary’s new 18,200-square-foot state-of-the-art engineering facility. Construction will start within six months, as requests for proposals (RFPs) have recently gone out. Currently, there are 60 freshmen and sophomores enrolled in the engineering program since it began two years ago, with another 40 to 50 incoming freshmen expected this fall. With record enrollment, and attracting more that 50 percent of its student body from outside the state, the University of Mary intends to use the remaining $2 million – to be presented at a later time in concert with the announcement of a comprehensive plan – to help develop and equip North Dakota’s talent pool of skilled workers in engineering, computer programming, IT, and other areas of critical need. This effort is in line with University of Mary’s and ETP’s commitment to the state of North Dakota and leadership in workforce issues.

“This contribution is part of our commitment to be a valued business partner in North Dakota,” stated Kelcy Warren, chairman and CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, which was named as one of Forbes’ 2017 Best Large Employers. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to help more young men and women become engineers through Mary’s growing program. We are also happy to support Mary’s continued leadership in developing North Dakota’s workforce for generations to come.”

This donation brings University of Mary’s record-setting three-phased Vision 2030 Capital Campaign total to over $81 million—only $15 million shy of its Phase One goal of $96 million. When the campaign is completed in 12 years it will have raised a total of $272 million. With over 200,000 square-feet of new space created on campus within the last two years, Vision 2030 is part of a continued effort and mission to better serve the needs of this region and beyond — begun in 1959 by the university’s founders, the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery.

“We are so humbled and thankful to receive this gift, which accomplishes two things in harmony with one another,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea. “Our engineering program will help solidify the industry need and will also help fulfill the intense need for workforce development. Our aim is to form engineers who are both at the top of their field in terms of their academic and technical preparation, but also who are culturally prepared for the workplace and ready to become employees of choice as well as fine citizens. It’s exciting because a few years ago the engineering industry asked for our help and support to be a hub in western North Dakota for talented, smart, innovative, liberal arts and values-based engineering students who can be integrated into the workforce from a new School of Engineering here on campus. This gift advances that noble cause.”

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Railway Credit Union was recently honored with five awards at the 2018 Credit Union Association of the Dakota’s Annual Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. Each year CUAD recognizes outstanding individuals and credit unions for their contributions toward advancing the credit union movement in their state and the nation. RCU IS PROUD TO HAVE WON THE FOLLOWING AWARDS:

CU Volunteer of the Year – Jim Jensen, RCU Board of Directors CU Professional of the Year – Chad Bartosh, Business Banking and Innovation Officer

1st Place – Champion Award for CU Advocacy Efforts 2nd Place – Louise Herring – CU Philosophy in Action in Member Service Award 2nd Place – Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility in Community Service Award

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Connect your story, to the amazing story of the North Dakota Badlands. Again in 2018, businesses from around the region can join the hundreds of thousands that make Medora their tradition every year, by becoming a Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) Business member. TRMF Business Memberships include philanthropic support for TRMF and major perks for members and their employees. The Perks TRMF business members get transferrable Medora Musical season passes to use for employees or to treat your most-valued customers and clients – and Business Memberships are customizable so organizations can pick the right number of season passes for their team. Business Members also receive four individual rounds of golf at Bully Pulpit – named one of the “Top 100 Public Courses in America.” Plus, members are recognized in TRMF and Medora Musical publications. Why Get Involved Annual Members have been the bedrock of TRMF support since 1986, with the Business-specific Membership now in its fourth year. The amazingly valuable support from members allows TRMF to continue to carry out the dreams and vision of Harold and Sheila Schafer, to connect people to Medora for positive, life-changing experiences. Connect your business to the mission that keeps families from around the nation enjoying one of North Dakota’s most special places. Businesses can easily become a member online at Medora.com/Give and start utilizing their perks within days.



In order to provide more convenience for its customers, American Bank Center is building a new location at 1615 Burnt Boat Drive in Bismarck, next to the Eckroth Plaza. The estimated completion date for the building is winter 2018.

This location will feature American’s Branch of Tomorrow concept which includes industryleading technology and a new model of service to provide customers with a superior experience. Customers will have one point of contact for all their banking needs, instead of being transferred from one person to another.

The new American Bank Center location is expected to be open late this year.

Banking services offered in the new space include: retail, e-banking, consumer lending and home mortgage. In addition, there will be the opportunity to consult with financial experts at American Trust Center and American Insurance Center using video conference capabilities.

The building will also have 2,000 square feet of commercial lease space. Those interested should contact the Daniel Companies; Bill Daniel at 701-2202455 or Taylor Daniel at 701-391-4262.

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Sometimes agents will tell their clients to check out open houses to see if a house is one they want to proceed with or pass on-so always make sure your home is pristine for open houses! Open houses are only 1-2 hours for a reason, supply and demand! We want people to see urgency in coming to the open house. If they are too long OR too often, the listing will be come more of a regular vs. a hot commodity.

• Ask the locals! Locals are open to talking all about their humble abode. Ask about best places to dine, local hideaways, and why they love living there! • If you need help diving into the details enlist the help of a travel planner. We thrive on the planning process, the hype leading up to your trip, and excitement of hearing all your stories when you get home!

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Board Hires Interim Superintendent for Bismarck Public Schools

The Bismarck School Board approved a contract for Dr. Jim Haussler to be the one-year interim superintendent for Bismarck Public Schools, effective July 1st. He will take over for Tamara Uselman who Bismarck Aero Center Jim Haussler has resigned as of the end of Hires New Flightline this school year. The Board is currently seeking consultants to help with the hiring Technician Tanner Osborn joins Bismarck process next year for a future Superintendent of Schools. Aero Center as a Flightline Technician with aspirations of growing his career in aviation. Bookmobile Librarian Receives Grant Tanner Osborn He is exploring aviation for Leadership Institute maintenance and pilot career Burleigh County Bookmobile librarian Keli paths. Tanner has recently received his Private Pilot’s McDonald was chosen to attend the Mountain Plains license and is working on continuing with his pilot Library Association (MPLA) Leadership Institute. The training to obtain an instrument rating. 11th MPLA Leadership Institute is an intense five-day Prior to his work in aviation, Osborn spent time workshop focused on library leadership, facilitated by working as a Sheet Metal Apprentice and in the nationally known consultant Maureen Sullivan. It will automotive industry as a Quick Lube Technician. In his take place the beginning of May in Estes Park, CO. spare time, he enjoys repairing used cars that need a Through a competitive grant process, a limited little TLC. number of fellows are selected by MPLA State As Flightline Technician, Osborn will specialize Representatives and the Leadership Institute in aircraft refueling of commercial, business and Committee. McDonald was the only librarian in North privately-owned aircraft. His role is key in ensuring Dakota selected for this honor. transient travelers have a great first impression of the Bismarck-Mandan Community.

Nagle joins BNC’s Mortgage Lending Team

Rob Nagel

Rauschenberger Appoints McMerty as Deputy Tax Commissioner

Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger announced the appointment of Sandy Sandy McMerty McMerty as deputy tax commissioner. McMerty is a 12 year employee of the state, most recently serving as deputy commissioner at the Department of Commerce. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Communication from the University of Mary. As deputy tax commissioner, McMerty will be responsible for leading the agency’s research and policy team, assisting the tax commissioner in all areas of tax administration, working with legislative committees regarding state tax policy, and serving on boards and commissions as needed and directed by the tax commissioner. McMerty will succeed former Deputy Tax Commissioner Joe Morrissette who was appointed to the position in 2014 by Tax Commissioner Ryan Rauschenberger. Morrissette was recently appointed by Governor Doug Burgum to the director of the Office of Management and Budget position. Rauschenberger extends his congratulations to Morrissette as well as his gratitude for his time at the Office of State Tax Commissioner.

Mastel Returns to Widmer Roel as Audit Eliason Named Advisor of the Month Associate

Securian Financial Advisors of Widmer Roel is proud to ND, Inc. is pleased to announce Rob Nagle recently joined BNC welcome back Chontay Mastel that Keith Eliason has been National Bank as a mortgage to their Bismarck office as an named Advisor of the Month loan originator. He grew up Audit Associate. Mastel received for April based upon his Chontay Mastel outside of Grand Forks, ND and her Bachelor of Science degree production and service to his has resided in the Bismarck/ in Accounting from North clients. Mandan area for seven years Dakota State University in December 2015. She comes Keith Eliason Eliason is a Registered where he’s worked in the to us from CoSchedule and was previously employed Representative and Investment mortgage origination industry. with Widmer Roel for three years. Advisor Representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC.

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www.bismarckmandan.com Tschider Inducted into CUAD Hall of Fame

The Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD) is pleased to announce that Greg Tschider, long-time attorney for the association, was officially inducted into the CUAD Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April Greg Tschider 10th. The induction took place during the association’s Annual Summit Awards Banquet that was held at the Embassy Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona. The CUAD Hall of Fame Award gives recognition to individuals who have shown exceptional dedication and given outstanding service to the credit union movement in the Dakotas. Tschider has represented credit unions since 1973, advocating on behalf of their interests at the local, state, and national level. As an accountant, CPA, and lawyer, his expertise has been a valuable asset for the association and for credit unions all across the Dakotas. In addition, the example of leadership and professionalism he has displayed throughout the years has served as inspiration to many in the industry.

Make-A-Wish® North Dakota Names Godfread as Regional Director

Make-A-Wish® North Dakota has named Amanda Godfread as its first-ever Regional Director located in Bismarck-Mandan. Godfread brings over 15 years of public relations experience to this new role for the statewide chapter. Amanda graduated from the University of North Dakota (UND) with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and French and served her alma mater through the Alumni Association and UND Foundation for seven years. She has also served the state of North Dakota through the Office of the Governor before becoming the Director of Strategic Engagement at Odney. She was one of the founders of the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, and in 2015, Amanda was named one of the top professionals in the upper Midwest by Prairie Business magazine in its annual 40 under 40 list. She has served as a Make-A-Wish volunteer for the past year. Amanda and her husband, Jon, have three children. With the chapter’s statewide headquarters based in Fargo, Godfread will be the liaison to the western part of North Dakota for wish families, donors, media, volunteers and other community partners. The chapter has a staff of seven and over 150 volunteers across the state.

KLJ Hires Five

KLJ, an engineering firm, hired Sandra Petrovic, Megan Schafer, Nichole Fischer, Channa Van Beek and Martin Fritz. All are based in KLJ’s Bismarck office. Petrovic, a GIS technician, Sandra Petrovic comes to KLJ with five years of experience in geographic information systems. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geography in Belgrade, Servia. Schafer, a project assistant, earned an associate degree from Bismarck State College. She joins KLJ with four years of Megan Schafer office experience. Nichole Fischer, a graphic designer, earned her associate degree in commercial arts from Bismarck State College. Previously working at the North Dakota Safety Council, Fischer comes to KLJ with over 12 years of graphic design experience. Nichole Fischer Van Beek, a human resource assistant, earned a bachelor’s degree in human resource management and business from Dickinson State University. She has nearly two years of human resource experience. Fritz, market director for energy and natural resources Channa Van Beek division, has more than 20 years of high-level industry experience. Most recently serving as President and CEO of WBI Holdings, Inc., a pipeline and midstream company. During his career he has also owned his own consulting firm, and served Martin Fritz as Executive Vice President of Midstream Operations, Land and Construction at EQT Corporation. Additionally, he earned his juris doctorate degree from The Dickinson School of Law, Pennsylvania State University and practiced as an attorney for a number of years.

Mandan Public School District hires new Assistant Superintendent

Jeff Fastnacht, Superintendent at Ellendale School District, has been hired as the new Assistant Superintendent for Mandan Public School District. Fastnacht spent the past 16 years as Superintendent at Jeff Fastnacht Ellendale, along with six years as an elementary principal and information technology staff person for that district. He also taught fifth grade in Britton, S.D. for five years. Throughout his career Jeff has focused on the needs of students including enhancing instruction with the use of technology, creating strong student support programs, and most recently developing robust school to work partnerships. Fastnacht was selected to represent all school Superintendents in 2015 by holding the position of president for the North Dakota Association of School Administrators (NDASA). Fastnacht also was selected as the North Dakota Superintendent of the Year in 2011. Fastnacht earned his Bachelor of Science in elementary education and his Master of Science in school administration from Northern State University. He has been accepted to the doctoral program at the University of Mary. Fastnacht replaces Dr. Jeffery Lind, who has been with Mandan Public Schools for six years and will be retiring as of June 30.

Woldie Joins Alliance Real Estate

Alliance Real Estate is proud to announce that Stacy Woldie has joined our team of professional REALTORS®. Stacy Woldie’s military Stacy Woldie family lived in various and diverse cultures throughout her lifetime. She has an MBA from Ashford University and can speak Spanish.

Levey, FNP, Joins CHI St. Alexius Health Pain Clinic

Amanda Levey, FNP-C, has joined CHI St. Alexius Health Pain Clinic. As a family nurse practitioner, Amanda assists with pre-procedural work-ups, patient education, patient follow up clinic visits, and coordinating care for pain treatments. Levey received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Nursing in Nursing Administration from University of Mary in Bismarck, ND. She completed her Post Graduate Certificate (Family Nurse Practitioner) from South University in Savannah, GA. Amanda is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Chamber Connection | 33


DCN’s Kaeding announces retirement, Domres promoted

After more than 20 years as DCN’s Director of Sales, Kevin Kaeding will retire on July 20, 2018. Kaeding joined DCN in Kevin Kaeding January 1998 and has been instrumental in growing its government, wholesale and commercial sales. Kaeding’s shoes will be filled by Todd Domres who has served as DCN’s Business Development Manager for the past four years. As the new director of Todd Domres sales, Domres’ responsibilities will to be to expand DCN’s government, wholesale and commercial sales programs, and develop its diversification strategy. Prior to working for DCN, Domres was a telecom sales and business development manager who led a nine-person sales team that exceeded annual revenue and order goals while under his direction. He also brings project management, strategic communication and customer service experience to his new role. Domres has bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary. He is also Certified Public Accountant. New and existing customers have been directed to reach out to Domres regarding sales questions and support as of March 19. To ensure a smooth transition for customers and employees alike, Kaeding has been gradually transferring responsibilities to Domres over the past few months.

Melvie Qualified for the Ameriprise Chairman’s Advisory Council Loren Melvie, CFP® a Private

Wealth Advisor with Legacy Financial Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Bismarck, was recently named to the 2018 Chairman’s Advisory Loren Melvie Council for the fAmourth time. Melvie qualified for the prestigious Chairman’s Advisory Council based on distinguished performance. He joins other top-ranked advisors to discuss current issues and business opportunities with Ameriprise Financial Chairman and CEO Jim Cracchiolo and other Ameriprise Financial leaders. The Chairman’s Advisory Council was established in 1984 and advisors qualify each year based on superior business results. As a Private Wealth Advisor, Melvie provides financial advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and is delivered in one-on-one relationships with his clients. Legacy Financial Partners has served the Bismarck area since 2013. 34 | Chamber Connection



PERKS Sanford announces project director for Bismarck Region

Nicki Cain has been named the new project director for the Bismarck Region of Sanford Health. As the project director, Nicki Cain Cain will oversee the planning, implementation and tracking of projects and initiatives for the Bismarck region; lead multi-disciplinary groups through the process of discovery, design and implementation and will be responsible for the progress and performance of all projects and initiatives. Cain graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in public health. He previously served as the improvement advisor for the Bismarck Region of Sanford Health. Cain has been with Sanford for four years.

Schuler Named Business Banking Manager

Mark Schuler has been named Business Banking Manager for Wells Fargo in Bismarck and Minot. In his new role, Schuler will lead a team serving businesses with annual sales generally from $5 million to Mark Schuler $20 million, providing a range of services, including credit, cash management, risk management, succession, and wealth management. A 24-year Wells Fargo veteran, Schuler worked in Sioux Falls, S.D., Minneapolis, Minn., and Scottsdale, Ariz., before joining the team in Bismarck in 2016. Schuler is a graduate of the University of South Dakota and the University of South Dakota School of Law. He also serves as a trustee of the University of South Dakota Foundation and the Bismarck State College Foundation.

Cheryl Graner

Heidi Stein

CUAD Announces Emerging Leader of the Year

Kayla Hardy, Senior Human Resource Specialist with Capital Credit Union in Bismarck, ND was recently named the Emerging Leader of the Year by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD). Kayla Kayla Hardy received the honor at the Awards Banquet that was held during the CUAD Summit in Scottsdale, AZ. The Emerging Leader of the Year Award recognizes one credit union employee each year from North or South Dakota that has shown proven dedication and enthusiasm for the credit union movement. This award is given to those who are building a career in the industry, executing the credit union mission and guiding the mission in directions that enhance that overall vision of the credit union movement.

Barnhardt named new Asst. Superintendent

Will-Moore Elementary School principal Brad Barnhardt has been selected as the new Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools for Bismarck Brad Barnhardt Public Schools. Nine people applied for the position; two internal and two external candidates were interviewed by a team of elementary principals and central office administrators. Barnhardt has an Elementary Education degree from University of Mary and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership from Aurora University in Illinois. He has been the principal at Will-Moore Elementary for five years. Before that, Barnhardt was a principal, dean of students, and elementary teacher in Sycamore, Illinois.

Loken Attends National EIA Conference

Graner and Stein Join Bianco Realty Bianco Realty is excited

Lance Loken of Western Plains Consulting, Inc. (WPC) from Bismarck, North Dakota recently attended the National to announce the newest Environmental Information REALTORs® to join their Association (EIA) conference in professional Real Estate Team: San Diego, California in March. Cheryl Graner and Heidi Stein. Lance Loken The conference, which is an Graner and Stein look forward annual event, had presentations to helping clients with their and roundtables on asbestos, indoor air quality, and Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership environmental topics focusing on the latest activities in the industry. Attendees were from across the United and providing a Tradition of States and Canada. Additionally, Mr. Loken who is Excellence! the National Chair of the National EIA Environmental Management Systems and Environmental Site Assessments Technical Committee, chaired an EMS/ESA roundtable at the conference. This years roundtable focused on the upcoming update to the ASTM Phase I Standard Practice. Mr. Loken is on the National ASTM Task Force which is working on the update, which should be ready late in 2020 or early 2021.

www.bismarckmandan.com Matter Named 2017 Champion of Affordable Housing

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency recently recognized Lindsey Matter, Mortgage Loan Originator at Choice Financial in Bismarck, as a 2017 Champion of Affordable Housing at the Statewide Housing Conference. Matter was one of four lenders Lindsey Matter to be recognized. “The Champions Awards recognize and celebrate the work of individuals, non-profit organizations, public agencies, and private sector businesses who go above and beyond to provide affordable housing for North Dakotans,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “Lindsey is very deserving to be name the top producer of North Dakota Housing loans for Choice Financial Group,” said Choice Financial VP Residential Real Estate Manager, Blair Sandy. “Her drive and dedication to help each borrower achieve home ownership is second to none. Lindsey has taken advantage of the great loan programs offered by North Dakota Finance Housing Agency to make that dream a reality for so many first-time homebuyers.” Through NDHFA’s homeownership programs, individuals and families, which are typically first-time home buyers, receive low-cost financing, and down payment and closing cost assistance.

SWCA Promotes Rio Franzman To Natural Resource Program Lead In Bismarck

DFC Consultants Welcomes Horn as Funtional Consultant

Bobbi Horn has joined DFC Consultants as a Functional Rio Franzman was recently Consultant, responsible for promoted to Natural Resource implementation and ongoing Program Lead for SWCA support of Microsoft Dynamics Rio Franzman Environmental Consultants’ GP. Horn has 24 years of Bismarck, N.D. office. He will accounting experience and has manage the natural resource program, develop and Bobbi Horn worked with Microsoft Dynamics build client relationships, strategically develop new GP for 19 years. Prior to joining clientele, and mentor staff in Bismarck and throughout the team at DFC Consultants, she was responsible for the region. GP Project Management, implementations and client Franzman has been with SWCA since 2015, recently care at a Microsoft partner in the Twin Cities. serving as SWCA’s large infrastructure Project Manager in the company’s Houston office. He recently managed BPS hires new HR all environmental and regulatory permitting for a $1.6 manager billion dollar natural gas pipeline project for one of Bismarck Public Schools has North America’s largest infrastructure companies. chosen a new Human Resources Franzman holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Manager to replace Lisa Kudelka Utah University in Zoology. He has over a decade who is retiring after 21 years of environmental consulting experience directing with the district. Stacey Geiger projects in natural resource surveys, permitting, Stacey Geiger has been selected; she is and regulatory compliance and has successfully currently the HR director for completed projects throughout the Great Plains, Rocky Mountains, Texas Gulf Coast, and Australia. His Mandan Public Schools. She has held that position for five years. expertise resides in mining, oil and gas, and land More than 20 people applied for the position development and four were interviewed by a broad-based team of school district employees and administrators.

JUNE LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD.

Broadcast on KDAK 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org.

Mon, 4th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

Tues, 5th

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Tues, 19th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Thurs, 7th

5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Thurs, 21st

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 11th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board*

Mon, 25th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission*

Tues, 12th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Tues, 26th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Wed, 27th

5:00pm Bismarck Planning Commission

Wed, 13th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 14th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission*

Mon, 18th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board*

Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org. * Delayed Playback

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Ribbon Cuttings

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



Mary Shelkey-Miller, Derrick Rittenbach and Lori Peter at their new location at 2900 E Broadway Ave. Suite 8, Bismarck. Phone: (701) 354-1372. Member.

ANDEAVOR MANDAN REFINERY The Andeavor team located at their new office at 4207 Boulder Ridge Drive, Suite 200, Bismarck. Phone: (701) 667-2400. Member.

ANYLEAKS Allan Miller and Cody Stern, owners, at their new facility located at 140 Riverwood Ave SE, Mandan. Phone: (701) 223-8777. Member. 36 | Chamber Connection

Steve Van Dyke and council at their remodel facility located at 1016 E. Owens Ave Bismarck, ND 58501. Phone: (701) 258-7117. Member.

PRAIRIE PATRIOT Josette Severson, owner, at her new business located at 3930 Memorial Highway, Mandan. Phone: (701) 712-8600. Member.

NORTHWEST TIRE Kory Grossman, Vice President, Dan Pearson, President, Kyle Richter, Store Manager, at their new location at 3601 French Street, Bismarck. Phone: (701) 222-0000. Member


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Robert Veshosky, Regional Vice President, and Mark Wagner, General Manager, at their new location at 3101 Morrison Ave, Bismarck. Phone: (701) 224-3500. Member.



Harry Wu, Sammy Wu and Paula Grosinger, partners, at the groundbreaking of their future location at 1704 E Main St, Mandan. Member.


Wyatt Pollert at his newly renamed business located at 1929 N. Washington St. Suite J., Bismarck. Phone: (701) 7514264. Member.

Gena Norton, Brianne Lang, Adam Berger and Austin Berger, Owners, at their business located at 401 E. Broadway Ave., Bismarck. Phone: (701) 751-4410. Member.

community FARTHER

To celebrate Pay it Forward Day, Starion Bank distributed 200 Kindness Cash wallets with $20 inside around town and asked people to use the money to help others.

Thank you

to those who helped make this project a success, and congratulations to the ND Veterans Cemetary for winning our $250 Kindness Cash drawing! Read more at starionbank.com/kindness.

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Welcome new members

The Chamber of Commerce encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com.

Power Plate Meals 4309 Ottowa Street Bismarck, ND Shalimar Schaeffer (701) 712-8655 Power Plate Meals serves healthy ready to eat meals made with clean, simple ingredients. We offer breakfast, lunch & dinner options. Stop in store & grab a meal that is packed full of power. National Express Transit 3750 E. Rosser Ave. Bismarck, ND Albert Perez (323) 314-8778 A worldwide leader in Fixed Route and Paratransit solutions. National Express has the experience and expertise to make sure there are no bumps along the way. Mandan Inflatable Games 1010 19th St. NE Jamestown, ND Shelley Mansavage (701) 566-0179 Mandan Inflatable Games has what you need for your school, business, or community event. We are now renting for medium to large events in the Mandan and surrounding area.

Force Contracting 4540 30th Ave. NW Mandan, ND Eldon Kroh (701) 663-4012 Full-service building contractor. Culver’s Mandan 210 Collins Ave. Mandan, ND Paula Grosinger (701) 202-1293 Culver’s is a friendly, fast-casual restaurant with fresh, never frozen burgers, fish dinners, pot roast and delicious snacks. Featuring frozen custard and cheese curds. All Star Painting Inc. 1017 N Washington St. Bismarck, ND Joshua Bohlen (701) 471-7002 All Star Painting is a family-owned residential, commercial, and industrial painting company located in Bismarck, ND.

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FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER Date: Friday, June 8, 2018 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck CHAMBER GOLF SCRAMBLE Date: Monday, June 11, 2018 • Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm Location: Apple Creek Country Club – 8921 County Rd 10, Bismarck JUNE MEMBERSHIP MIXER: JEROME DISTRIBUTING INC. Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Jerome Distributing Inc – 3420 Miriam Ave, Bismarck


LEMONADE DAY BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018 • Time: All Day Location: Bismarck-Mandan PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES: TALENT ADVANTAGE Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 • Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


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