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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 Maggie Byrd ...................................................Event Coordinator Katelyn Corrigan ............ Small Business Outreach Coordinator Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Mary Kempenich........................Workforce Marketing Specialist D'Andra Morris.................................................................... Intern 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 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-223-5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com

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s we enter the busy summer season, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC is focusing on the future of our business community and continued improvement in the organization. We recently: conducted our second annual member survey, initiated a review of our building needs and opportunities, and kicked off our comprehensive economic development strategic planning process. Surveying our membership helps focus our board and staff on areas of strength and areas of opportunity, and a few key points stood out: • • •

85% of respondents rated our communications as effective 82% said there were no “gaps” in our programming AND 84% were confident in the value of their investment

For an organization like ours, these are exceptionally positive results. We’re taking the feedback provided and using it to strengthen and enhance both our most successful and our most challenging topics. Deeper in the survey 73% of responses identified “time” as the greatest barrier to more engagement, not the quality, type, or focus of our efforts, but the reality of today’s business and family worlds. Additionally, the greatest value provided by the BMCEDC as ranked by respondents were: Economic Development, Networking, and Advocacy. These three are diverse missions and the membership recognizes the value and importance of each of them. As we carry out these missions, our office space is crowded as a result of the merger in 2019 and our own organic growth. After a formal RFQ process, we have engaged an architect to assess the best way forward in our existing space. Changes in the breadth of our mission and the scope of the BMCEDC have changed our needs, and you will see evolving plans for how to best maximize usage and efficiency of our building. Finally, our Economic Development Strategic Planning process recently kicked off with consultants from the Next Move Group meeting with a broad group of stakeholders to gather perspectives and explore opportunities. This process will continue over the coming months and culminate in a plan that will undoubtedly challenge us to implement new programs, overcome obstacles, and drive the future success of Bismarck-Mandan. This is truly a pivotal moment for our organization and our community, and the most impactful project since the BMDA/Chamber merger. Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Stay engaged and join in the journey, the BMCEDC membership is that small group that is changing our world. Thanks to each of you for your membership and commitment.

Kevin Strege, Chair Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC

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RENOVATIONS AND INCENTIVES REVITALIZING DOWNTOWN MANDAN By Mary Cole, Clearwater Communications The heart of Mandan is undergoing a boom of new developments. Thanks to private and public investments, city incentives and recent renovations, downtown Mandan is becoming a thriving area and exciting place to learn, work, and relax. Improvements to the Morton Mandan Public Library and Dykshoorn Park, along with construction of the Legacy Law Firm Building, are breathing new life and activity into the community’s downtown, with the sights of city officials and business owners set on continuing to foster future growth.


The center of much of the downtown renovation is the construction in progress at the Morton Mandan Public Library (MMPL). The renovations were first kicked off by the Energy Transfer Company approaching the City of Mandan, asking how best to give back to the community. Together, company and city officials decided the library needed renovation and expansion to better meet the community’s needs. “The mission of MMPL is to build an inclusive community of lifelong learners; where citizens are encouraged to ‘learn out loud’ by doing,” said Barb Sandstrom, MMPL Director. “Our city and county communities are expanding, and now is the time to focus on their future.” The library’s new 8,000-square-foot addition and building renovations will help the MMPL’s space become even more effective as a library and further its mission, Sandstrom noted. New ramps have been added to make the library more accessible and inclusive, and conference rooms and a building redesign will greatly increase the capacity for hands-on activity spaces. The renovations will also help to integrate the library with its surroundings, including the adjacent Dykshoorn Park. The library’s new rooms will feature sliding glass doors opening to patios in the park, a great place to enjoy evening music, said Jim Neubauer, Mandan City Administrator.

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Observation decks on the east side of the library will also give guests a place to view parades and other events outside from a great vantage point. “It is our hope the renovations will attract new interest and new patrons throughout Mandan and Morton County by showing them, in unique ways, all that we offer, from free and accessible resources to programming and events to increased meeting rooms and public spaces to the bookmobile and passport/notary services,” Sandstrom said.



Next to the library, Dkyshoorn Park is also getting a new look thanks to the same donation from the Energy Transfer Company. “The park was always beautiful, but it just needed a refresh,” Neubauer said. He noted every new element at the park is geared toward increased engagement with the community and surrounding area. “We’re trying to engage people with the park, so they don’t just drive by, they also stop and walk through the park, and in turn, engage in the businesses along Main Street,” Neubauer said. “Let’s get people involved!” Renovations to the park will make it an ideal place to host events, such as beer gardens or the annual Art in the Park, he noted. New walkways will encourage visitors to wander through the park, while permanent speaker systems, new fencing, and other equipment additions will facilitate future events. Neubauer noted some trees had to be removed during the project because of safety concerns due to Dutch Elm Disease. “Believe me, we are the last ones who want to cut down trees,” he said, noting new sun shades added by the band shell will help replenish the shade lost from tree cover.


“The new Legacy Law Firm building was constructed on an empty lot on Mandan’s Main Street, which has always been vacant,” said Dan Anderson, Partner at Legacy Law Firm, noting the move to the new downtown space will have several benefits for the firm. The building’s new location on Main Street is within the city’s Renaissance Zone, an area in which new buildings or improvements may qualify for property and state income tax exemptions for up to five years. Legacy Law Firm is one of many establishments to take advantage of this incentive, aimed at breathing new life into downtown Mandan through new and remodeled businesses. The law firm also qualifies for the Partners in Community Expansion (PACE) program, a partnership between local financial institutions and the Bark of North Dakota to provide reduced-interest loans to downtown businesses. Besides the city’s incentives, moving to downtown gives the law firm a central location, says Anderson. Legacy Law Firm aimed for moving to Main Street to capitalize on the area’s increased activity, he noted, adding the location places the firm within a thriving group of businesses. “I am looking forward to being part of the local downtown community.”

Fire pits and new lighting elements in the park will give groups a place to gather and relax, while a new play package and outdoor musical instruments will also give kids a downtown space to play.

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The end goal of the city’s incentives and renovations is to foster growth in the community, said Ellen Huber, Business Development and Communications Director for the City of Mandan. “Mandan is committed to fostering a vibrant Main Street, downtown, and community as a whole,” she noted. In addition to the Renaissance Zone and PACE programs available to downtown businesses, the Storefront Improvement Program funds makeovers to the exterior, street-facing sides of buildings through matching funds in the form of forgivable loans. Another helpful opportunity is the Retail Incentive Program, targeted at businesses that fill gaps in the community’s available products and services. “There is excitement in the air around Mandan,” said Sandstrom of the community’s improvement and attraction efforts for both businesses and visitors. For more information on Mandan’s opportunities for business development visit cityofmandan.com/ businessdevelopment.

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Q&A WITH MANDAN PROGRESS ORGANIZATION By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Matt Schanandore might be new to the Mandan Progress Organization, but he’s not new to Mandan or running successful events. Schanandore became Executive Director of the MPO in January, but he is a lifelong Mandan resident with extensive experience hosting popular events. Connection Magazine sat down with Schanandore to talk about his love of history, creating experiences, and the economic impact of events in Mandan.


MATT SCHANANDORE: I studied landscape and architectural design at North Dakota State University. Then, I moved home (to Mandan) and worked with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial signature event at University of Mary in 2004. That event changed my career path... The 2004 Lewis and Clark Bicentennial was a milestone event in U.S. history. I’ve always had a love for history. I didn’t feel like I could turn away from it. I’m an enrolled member with the Three Affiliated Tribes. My grandmother would tell stories about Lewis and Clark and the history of the Mandan people. That’s part of what drew me to it... From there I moved to the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation partnering with North Dakota State Parks... When the foundation purchased the Lewis and Clark Riverboat in 2008, that got me really interested in heritage tours, working with the hospitality industry, tourism, and creating unique experiences for people who were visiting and living in Bismarck-Mandan.


MS: I just ended up here. It wasn’t really a choice, but I’ve always liked Mandan. After college, I got a job, was working, had a family. You’re unaware of the transitions, and you’re making these decisions. But even from a young age, I’ve always had a love for Mandan and the BismarckMandan community. It’s a great community with a smalltown atmosphere. We have a lot of amenities that make living here enjoyable.

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MS: I’ve always liked the events. As long as, I can remember as a child we came down to the Fourth of July parade. Now, I’m bringing my kids down to these events. They are unique. Not many communities can pull off these events on a large scale. One big thing that drew me to the MPO was the entrepreneurial opportunities. We can dream big and take Mandan to the next level in terms of experiences, creating events and attractions, and creating a great quality of life for people who want to live here.


MS: My vision revolved around visitor service. I managed directly the interpretive program from the historic fort as well as the On-A-Slant Indian village. The art of interpretation is about creating unique experiences for the visitor... We really stressed the aspect of not having a canned speech. We weren’t tour guides; we were interpreters interpreting history for the visitors... We wanted to create connections for the visitors. All of those events at the park were geared toward creating long-lasting memories for visitors to the park... I was instrumental in creating the Haunted Fort. In its infancy, it was a weekend event that drew 200-300 people. It grew exponentially... In 2021 it had more than 9,000 people and had grown into a monthlong event. Halloween attractions really are the pivotal experience-based events... For the MPO, when you go to a community, you have those preconceived notions of a community. You have preconceived assumptions of what a downtown looks like, what amenities they can offer. The MPO really brings to the community an opportunity for us to facilitate unique experiences with our events. That can help break down preconceived assumptions a visitor or a resident could have. We really want to take that step to break down those and give people an opportunity to see what Mandan is really about.


MS: I see the vision of the MPO really being a community asset, a community program that helps to elevate Mandan to new levels in terms of attracting and recruiting new talent, attracting new residents to the community, and also maintaining the current population we have. We have a lot of great things going on in the community from the new high school to new sports facilities. We have a new park being renovated in downtown Mandan. I see the MPO being part of a catalyst for that... Not just from the downtown corridor, but spreading those experiences throughout the city — using current city infrastructure to help elevate the events we have... Matt Schanandore I see some hero projects revolving around our park down here. We see some opportunities to get involved in a holiday event downtown. I think Mandan is really geared up for establishing long-term seasonal attractions. I think we’ll see a lot of success with the MPO long-term in Mandan. People who live in the way north get pigeonholed into “It’s only (warm enough for) summertime events...” Even though it is cold and snowy, we have the opportunity to create experiences in these spaces year-round.


MS: It achieves a quality of life. If you can have activities that are family-based, that gather people together, it’s a great opportunity for a city like Mandan... Events bring families together around this focal point of spending leisure time in a community. Over time the events actually create tradition. That’s key to Mandan’s success with events. It has created traditions for families that have spanned generations. I came to the Fourth of July parade as a child. Now I bring my kids to the parade. If you have moved away from Mandan, you might have a tradition to come back for the parade every year.

THE EVENT SEASON IN MANDAN IS IN FULL SWING. HERE ARE UPCOMING EVENTS: Buggies-N-Blues June 10-12 Main Street Mandan Rodeo Days July 2-4 Dacotah Centennial Park Art in the Park July 3-4 Dykshoorn Park Independence Day Parade July 4 10:00am Main Street Santa’s Arrival Nov. 26 Main Street


MS: It’s heads in beds as people are traveling to the community. But it also gets people traveling through the community. It encourages both Mandan and Bismarck residents to get out into the community. It draws people through our business corridors; whether it’s Memorial Highway or Main Street or getting off the interstate. They can see the new businesses going up or new services being offered in Mandan. Having these events draws people in, it gets them out of their vehicles, walking around. Hopefully they stay awhile, they spend some dollars. Mandan offers a lot of small business opportunities, unique businesses... It reminds people that we’re here, and that helps with the economic impact in Mandan. There is a reason to come to Mandan, come downtown, and enjoy.

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The 2022 Chamber EDC Annual Dinner was an evening to remember! One of the Chamber EDC’s largest events ever started with remarks from Chamber EDC Staff and Volunteer Leadership outlining all of the accomplishments from 2021, including: increases in new memberships, increases in membership retention, and the introduction of innovative events & programming. New to the Annual Dinner this year was the Chamber EDC’s Granite Award. Sponsored and presented by MDU Resources Group and Basin Electric Power Cooperative, the Granite Award recognizes a Bismarck-Mandan company who has been operating in the community for more than 50 years, and this year’s winner was EMC Insurance. The evening was capped off with an incredible performance from Antonina & David Hall; the Mentalists. Antonina & David dazzled the crowd with a telepathy performance that not only engaged them from the audience, but brought them up on stage to participate as well. Of course, none of this is possible without the help of the more than 800 Chamber EDC Members who attended, or the many sponsors who contributed to the evening’s success!

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MEMBER PROFILE | CONNECTION Securian Financial Advisors of North Dakota has been a Chamber EDC member since 2003.

David Wald SECURIAN FINANCIAL ADVISORS OF NORTH DAKOTA Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: I have been a financial advisor since 2001. I am currently a financial advisor and President of Securian Financial Advisors of North Dakota. I not only facilitate the relationships with my clients but also train and develop financial advisors.

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Briefly tell us the history behind Securian Financial Advisors of ND and how you got started. A: Securian Financial Advisors of ND started in 2003. It is an independently owned and operated full service financial services company that focuses on the wants, wishes, goals and dreams of our clients. I joined SFAND in August of 2008 after working with another firm for the first 7 years of my career and became the President/ Owner of the firm in April 2021.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Securian Financial Advisors of ND? A: It has increased the need for the types of services we provide. With the influx of people from really all over the country, it has opened not only the types of people that we work with, but also the questions and situations that we deal with. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: We are seeing clients that seek a more wholistic approach and all-encompassing financial advice. They want us to look at their whole financial picture versus just a singular need like investments. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The biggest changes and challenges continue to be the regulatory environment. While good intended, it has made simple relationships very burdensome from a regulatory standpoint. I believe this hurts the very people they wanted to protect. What does the future of Securian Financial Advisors of ND look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: I think SFAND’s future is bright. We focus on relationships versus transactions. This allows us to be there for our client’s at every step of their financial livelihoods. I think the industry will continue to push toward a wholistic approach for taking care of client’s needs. The industry will also continue to evolve from a regulatory standpoint as advising becomes more complex. Securian Financial Advisors of ND became a member in 2003, why do you continue to renew? A: I think it’s important to be part of our business community as well as our community. The chamber supports not only our businesses but also our communities. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Securian Financial Advisors of ND that may assist them? A: I think it’s important to know that the client centric relationship is what’s important at SFAND. It’s not just talk to them if you have money to invest. Tell us what your wants, wishes, goals and dreams are and our job is to guide you to get there.

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Mandan voters in 1991 approved a portion of the 1% city sales tax for job and economic development. The fund accumulated for this purpose is the Mandan Growth Fund. The Growth Fund Committee considers applications for assistance and incentives with a focus on developing employment within the area, expanding the local tax base, increasing capital investment and improving the entrepreneurial climate. The committee provides recommendations to the Mandan City Commission for final consideration.

The Technical Skills Training Grant program aims to offset the cost for program providers and employers in their effort to support the development of highly trained skilled workers to meet the demands of our labor market.

Some of the programs that are part of the Mandan Growth Fund include storefront improvement, retail incentive program, property tax exemption, and fire sprinkler assistance program.

More information and the Technical Skills Training Grant application can be found at ndgov.link/TSTG

The North Dakota Department of Commerce recently announced that the application window for the Technical Skills Training Grant program is now open through July 7.

New and existing programs that began after May 17, 2021, may qualify for this grant to train workers. All training programs must mitigate a workforce issue that was created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To learn more about these programs and others as well as find out how to apply visit www.cityofmandan.com/incentives.

APRIL 2022 ECONOMIC INDICATORS Sales Tax Collected $3,497,624

Airport Passengers 37,217


Residential Building Permits 38

Residential Permit Valuation $13,858,200

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

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CHAMBER EDC RECEIVES PARTNERS IN PLANNING GRANT The Chamber EDC was recently announced as a recipient of a Partners in Planning grant through the North Dakota Department of Commerce.

North Mandan Opportunity Session Hosted at Marathon Petroleum.

The Mandan Tomorrow – Economic Opportunity and Prosperity (EOP) Committee hosted two separate sessions recently. The first session, hosted in late April, provided small business advice from the BAIL team. BAIL stands for banker, accountant, insurance agent, and lawyer. These professionals can guide owners in important aspects of starting, managing, and succession planning for a proven business.

The grant program supports nonprofit organizations and local governments with two grant options for completing a comprehensive plan or economic development/diversification strategic plan. A total of 12 applications were submitted from communities and regions across North Dakota with 7 being awarded grants. The Chamber EDC will use the grant funds to offset the costs of the consultant hired to complete the organization’s economic development strategic plan.

The second session, hosted in early May, focused on developments and opportunities available in north Mandan. The session featured information about projects north of interstate 94 that extend roadway, water, and sewer services for residential and commercial growth. Speakers talked about new subdivisions and available business sites including outlots surrounding the new high school, planned for a fall 2024 opening. The Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee hosts educational business sessions with coordination services provided by the City of Mandan Business Development Department and Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.



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REGISTER “FORE” THE CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s Golf Scramble is coming up on Monday, June 13 and for the first time EVER, we’re heading to Riverwood Golf Course in Bismarck! Registration opens The Chamber EDC Golf Scramble is June 13. at 10:30am and is followed by a shotgun start at 11:30am. Individual players can register for $175 or sign up a team for $700. Either way, your registration includes: green fees, golf cart, time on the driving range, lunch, dinner and the opportunity to win great door prizes from our incredible sponsors. Please contact Chamber EDC Events Coordinator Maggie Byrd at mbyrd@bmcedc.com or call 701-223-5660 to register. Presenting Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors: 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, 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 Golf Cart Sponsor: Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. Tee Prize Sponsors: Amy Hullet with Century 21 Morrison Realty, Bismarck Municipal Airport

Cart Path Sponsors: Aspen Group, Farmers Insurance - Kyle Herman Agency and ECO Sanitation

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Leadership BismarckMandan is now accepting applications for the Class of 2023. Up to 18 applicants will be accepted into the program. Participants delve into today’s most compelling issues. Community experts create issue day sessions on topics relevant to the Bismarck-Mandan area, including: economic development, energy, agriculture, legislation, political involvement, human services, law enforcement, military, emergency services, arts, leisure, healthcare, and education. 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 they are passionate about and work to make that field project into reality.

WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER EDC, KATELYN! I grew up in the Twin Cities, specifically Shakopee Minnesota. If you have ever been to ValleyFair you have been to Shakopee! Yes, I have been to ValleyFair many times. I moved to Bismarck in 2016 to attend the University of Mary. I graduated with a degree in Business Administration in 2020 and moved back Katelyn Corrigan home for almost two years, but Bismarck kept calling me. The community that I built here while in college is what brought me back to Bismarck in 2022 and I am excited to be working with the Chamber EDC as the new Small Business Outreach Coordinator! I enjoy spending time with family and friends and in the summer months you will find me outside as much as possible!

Applications are available online at www.bismarckmandan.com/Leadership. Any questions, contact Cathryn at 223-5660. Applications are due Aug. 1, 2022. Program begins Sept. 21, 2022. Tuition is $650. SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Thanks to the generosity of Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association for sponsoring limited scholarships to non-profits and small businesses. Please contact Cathryn at the Chamber EDC to inquire about a Leadership BismarckMandan scholarship.


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Every year, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC invites local juniors and seniors to apply for the Student Leadership Network. In our 2021-2022 session, after a selection process looking for those with outstanding records of community service, academic achievement, and who display an earnest interest in learning about their community, we had fifteen young adults participate.

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The Student Leadership Network provides these students with the unique opportunity to meet community leaders in vital industries, while getting an upclose look at what makes a city grow and thrive.

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Over the course of the program, the Student Leadership Network met with: Brevera Bank, Sanford Health, Colton Shoults of Laughing Sun Brewing Co and the Craftcade, Alex Dahl of Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothes, Sanford Health, Gizmonics, The North Dakota Water Commission, Former Senator Erin Oban, BPS School Board Vice President Dan Eastgate, and Northwest Contracting. Congratulations, Student Leadership Class of 2022! SENIORS: Brooke Brendan – Legacy High School Eli Fricke – Legacy High School Eliot Huntington – Shiloh Christian School Isaac Wanner – Saint Mary’s Central High School Jesse Hetletved – Century High School Kendal Blair – Mandan High School Logan Schoepp – Century High School Mackenzie Meyer – Saint Mary’s Central High School Marianna Miller – Legacy High School Xander Wonnenberg – Shiloh Christian School JUNIORS: Annalise Hetland – Century High School Cassidy Mosset – Mandan High School Grace Martin – Legacy High School Jenna Stein – Mandan High School Olivia Schlosser – Saint Mary’s Central High School SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS:

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Presenting Sponsors: Program Sponsors:

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Applications for the Student Leadership Network are sent directly to schools at the beginning of each school year. Juniors and Seniors from any BismarckMandan school are welcome to apply. For more information, please contact mary@bmcedc.com.



One of the funnest days of summer, Bismarck-Mandan Lemonade Day, is coming up on July 23rd. NOW is the time to sign up your young entrepreneur for the sweetest event of the year! Lemonade Day is a free entrepreneurial program that gives kiddos the opportunity to learn how to create, own, and operate their very own business in the form of a lemonade stand. Mentors, parents, teachers, and youth leaders are encouraged to register their youth online at: https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan or in person at one of our many sweet pickup locations! Join us for the Lemonade Day Kickoff Event on Wednesday, June 22nd from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Dakota Zoo! Enjoy the fun with Lemmy and Lemon Drop with face painting and the opportunity to register for Lemonade Day in-person. If already registered, bring your confirmation email, and pick up a business kit for the young entrepreneur! *Business kits will include a FREE Children’s Pass to be used at the Dakota Zoo! If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Christine at cnelson@bmcedc.com, Maggie at mbyrd@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660. THANK YOU SPONSORS!

Main Squeeze Sponsors: Lime-Light Sponsors:

Fresh Squeeze Sponsors:

Lemon Head: ABRA Auto Body & Glass, Bartlett & West, Bismarck Bobcats, 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


PICK UP LOCATIONS Starting June 27th

BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Dr, Bismarck Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm BISMARCK VETERANS MEMORIAL 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 1680 N Washington St., Bismarck Monday-Friday, 5:00am-11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am-7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am-7:00pm MORTON MANDAN PUBLIC LIBRARY 609 W Main St., Mandan Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-8:00pm Friday-Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, CLOSED FAMILY WELLNESS BISMAN 2700 46th Ave SE, Mandan Monday-Friday, 5:00am-11:00pm Saturday, 6:00am-7:00pm Sunday, 9:00am-7:00pm

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WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER EDC, D'ANDRA! I’m a Kingston, Jamaica native who moved to Bismarck, ND strictly to further my education and athletics at the University of Mary. I studied Business Administration, Marketing, and Economics during my undergraduate years, and have now started my graduate studies in the MBA program with a concentration in project management at the University of Mary. I’m also recognized an exceptional athlete by quite a few as I currently hold the university’s indoor and outdoor triple jump school record that stood since 2015. Additionally, I’m the 2022 NCAA Division II Indoor Women’s Triple Jump champion – the first ever for the university, and a 6x All-American. I think I’m a decent athlete striving to accomplish as many goals as possible in the time I have remaining. I’m currently an intern here at the Chamber EDC and hope to elevate my professional career from the knowledge I’ll be acquiring during this time. I have entirely too much time on my hands, and it’s quite evident as my spare time is spent either with my cat, Tilly, sewing additional clothes I don’t need, attempting another DIY I found on TikTok, or researching business propositions for the business I may potentially never attempt to develop.

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For 35 years, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC has honored outstanding teachers from around Bismarck-Mandan and this year was no different thanks to our presenting sponsor; Cornerstone Bank!

The Chamber EDC is proud to recognize educators in Bismarck and Mandan by first soliciting nominations from the public. After nominations are received, an ad hoc committee of Chamber EDC Members reviews every single nomination before selecting a winner in each of the five divisions: Bismarck Primary, Mandan Primary, Bismarck Secondary, Mandan Secondary and Higher Education. Those winners are then recognized in a ceremony at their respective schools and receive the coveted Chamber EDC Crystal Apple which recognizes their incredible contributions to our community.

Katie Babcock, Sunrise Elementary

Over the past month, members of the Chamber EDC’s ad hoc committee and staff have been busy recognizing this year’s winners all around our community and we’re proud to recognize them again, here: • • • • •

Bismarck Primary Outstanding Teacher: Katie Babcock- Sunrise Elementary Mandan Primary Outstanding Teacher: Kris Brashears – Custer Elementary Bismarck Secondary Outstanding Teacher: Jessie Markovic – Century High Mandan Secondary Outstanding Teacher: Kelsey Brown – Mandan High Higher Education Outstanding Teacher: Ginny Saiki – Bismarck State College

Kris Brashears, Custer Elementary

And although five educators from Bismarck-Mandan are selected as winners, we want to honor all of those outstanding educators who were nominated as well. Amy Gludt - Centennial Elementary Robyn Buchholz - Grimsrud Elementary Jill Schwan - Grimsrud Elementary Alyssa Merriman - Lincoln Elementary Kyler Olson - Lincoln Elementary Shari Wetzel - Lincoln Elementary Kendall Bergrud - Lincoln Elementary Cathy Schatz - Miller Elementary Tescha Walz - Myhre Elementary Lindsay Mock - Pioneer Elementary Allison Pilon - Pioneer Elementary Kimberly Stein - Pioneer Elementary Jenn Astle - Rita Murphy Elementary Amy Ersland - Rita Murphy Elementary Amy Hanzal - Rita Murphy Elementary Averi Heesch - Rita Murphy Elementary Kristin Natwick - Rita Murphy Elementary Katie Babcock - Sunrise Elementary Angela Fischer - Sunrise Elementary Kristi Martin - Sunrise Elementary Margo Krabbenhoft - Theodore Jamerson Elementary Cassandra Baker - Christ the King Ashley David - Christ the King Angela Gotcher - Christ the King Cate Zweber - Christ the King Kris Brashears - Custer Elementary Andrew Fischer - Bismarck High Jessie Markovic - Century High

Jeremy Overbeck - Century High Christina Bruggman - Horizon Middle Elizabeth Gotta - Horizon Middle Derrick Leithold - Horizon Middle Alicia Overbeck - Horizon Middle Therese Entringer - Legacy High Kaila Rohrich - Legacy High Landen Schmeichel - Legacy High John Tufte - Legacy High Joan Breitbach - Simle Middle Kristen Hahne - Simle Middle Brittany Lothspeich - Simle Middle James McMahon - Simle Middle Nicole Senger - Simle Middle Becky Crisman - Watcher Middle Jessica Varriano - Watcher Middle Kelsey Brown - Mandan High Amanda Aakre - Mandan Middle Sara Baumann - Mandan Middle Daphne Davis - Mandan Middle Joshua Rants - Mandan Middle Aaron Schmidt - Mandan Middle Katlyn Varty - Mandan Middle Tanya Walther - Mandan Middle Ginny Saiki - Bismarck State College Jason Lawson - University of Mary Janelle Olson - University of Mary Matthew Schumacher - University of Mary

Program Award Sponsor: Sponsor:

Jessie Markovic, Century High School

Kelsey Brown, Mandan High School

Ginny Saiki, Bismarck State College





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WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER EDC, MAGGIE! I was born and raised in Pensacola, FL (yes you read that right, Florida!). My travels started after I graduated from Full Sail University with a Bachelor’s in Film. My first stop was in New Hampshire, where I was able to work at their ABC News affiliate and for an ECHL hockey team as a production assistant. I loved setting up the studio for all the different segments at the station and being behind the camera at the games. My second stop was Texas, where I expanded my passion in graphic design and was able work for ESPN during a Saturday Night Baylor vs. Oklahoma football game. And now, my third stop, Bismarck, ND. I’m so excited to take on the role of Event Coordinator with the Chamber EDC and become more ingrained in the Bismarck Mandan community! Since I moved here, I’ve had nothing but welcome arms from everyone I’ve met, and I can’t wait to give back with events I’ll be planning. In my free time, I love to read, watch TV, paint, go shopping, FaceTime my niece and nephews, and during the winter watch the snow fall or during the summer sit in the sun on my balcony with my cat, Luna.

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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.


Date: Saturday, July 23 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Admission: Free

Time: All Day



Support area youth as they dip their toes into entrepreneurism in the form of lemonade stands across Bismarck-Mandan.


Date: Thursday, July 28 Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Bismarck Motor Company — 805 E Main Street, Mandan Admission: Free




Enjoy a fun evening business after hours at their new location in Mandan!

Date: Thursday, August 11 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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45 YEARS FOR KNDR 104.7 FM Today’s Christian Music” KNDR 104.7 FM in Mandan will celebrate 45 years of broadcasting on June 21, 2022. They currently reach people in an 80-mile radius, 24 hours a day, with the message of Jesus Christ—and farther with translators that repeat the broadcast in Beulah, and in Firesteel & Mobridge, South Dakota. In 1977, after much prayer and $100,000 in offerings and pledged support from area churches, KNDR was on the air and reached people 18 hours a day in a 40-mile radius. The studio built at the base of Crying Hill, 1400 NE 3rd Street in Mandan, was expanded in 1995 courtesy of an estate gift. Predominantly faithful donors, and some advertisers, have continued to support Christian radio. The translators came in 2005 and 2007. As technology has advanced from records and reels to tapes, CDs and streaming, fewer people have been required to run the studio. Today seven employees are on staff, keeping KNDR live and local during the day.


Bismarck State College (BSC) will host the IgniteND conference on June 6-8, at the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence. The mission of the three-day conference is to provide educators, administrators, ad tech coordinators, parents and policymakers opportunities to obtain the tools needed to effectively implement North Dakota’s PK-20W Initiative: “Every Student. Every School. Cyber Educated.” Conference participants will engage in discussions and breakout sessions on 21st-century education topics such as computer science and cybersecurity as a foundation for success in a global, digital economy. The conference keynote speaker is Leslie Fisher, director of Fisher Technologies, Inc. Fisher specializes in K-12 educational technology presentation services as well as onsite and online professional development. The featured speaker is Heather Keeler, founder of Two Feathers, LLC. For more information and to register, visit ignitend.com.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY LAUNCHES ONLINE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION DEGREE While school districts across North Dakota and the country are struggling to find teachers, small, rural towns especially are grappling with the shortage. When teachers can’t be recruited to stay and serve in small communities, not only does the school struggle to function and suffer, but so does the viability and vitality of the town. Furthermore, hardships occur to families and towns as graduating high schoolers or professionals wanting to change careers and become teachers, leave their rural communities for bigger cities to get a teaching degree at a college or university. To support rural community schools in retaining their talent pool, the University of Mary is meeting potential first-through-eighth-grade teacher candidates where they are — in their own rural hometowns — and offering them the opportunity to stay there and get a full, comprehensive elementary education degree online. The online elementary education program is unique because it mirrors the in-person format, even allowing students the option of taking courses as part of University of Mary’s one-of-a-kind Year-Round Campus (YRC) format.

Those who elect this option will take eight continuous semesters with short breaks in between so they can graduate in 2.6 years instead of four years — proven to save time and money. The University of Mary was the only school in the North Dakota to recently be awarded a grant from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) worth $575,000 that will go towards scholarships for eligible students. The University of Mary undergraduate elementary education program continues to excel with a 100-percent employment rate. The University of Mary is fulfilling the dream set forth by its founders and sponsors the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery. The private, Catholic university in Bismarck continues to carry out the Sisters’ mission as it serves the needs of the region and beyond by offering a complete and comprehensive elementary education online degree.

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North Dakota’s Gateway to Science will take part in the 2022 Blue Star Museums program. This program offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and up to five immediate family members from Saturday, May 21, 2022 (Armed Forces Day) through Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022. Blue Star Museums is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 2,000 museums across America. Blue Star Families is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. To find more museums participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

CONTINUUM OF CARE ACCEPTING RFPS FOR YOUTH HOMELESSNESS ASSISTANCE North Dakota’s Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) is accepting Request for Proposals for the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP). “Understanding the depth of youth homelessness is challenging in a rural state,” said Dave Flohr, North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) executive director. "Through the YHDP, we are committed to ending youth homelessness in North Dakota.” The ND CoC received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support selected communities in the development and implementation of a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness. The population to be served by the program is youth experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness, including unaccompanied and pregnant or parenting youth, where no member of the household is older than 24 years. Eligible applications include nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, instrumentalities of local governments, and public housing agencies. To learn more about the YHDP, visit ndcontinuumofcare.org. The application deadline is June 8, 2022. NDHFA is the Collaborative Applicant for the state’s CoC, a communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The program provides funding to support efforts to end homelessness, promotes access to and for effective utilization of programs, and optimizes the self-sufficiency of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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NORTH DAKOTA CUSTOMIZED /SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT TAX CREDIT PROGRAM The North Dakota Customized /Supported Employment Tax Credit is equal to 25% of up to $6,000 of wages paid during the tax year to a qualifying employee. The credit is allowed for each qualifying employee hired. For example, if two qualifying employees are hired, each of which is paid $5,000 for the tax year, the employer is allowed a credit of $2,500 ($5,000 x 25% x 2). The credit is allowed in each tax year in which the qualifying employee is employed. If the employer is interested in the tax credit, VR staff will complete the necessary application. If Vocational Rehabilitation determines that the individual(s) identified in the application meet the targeted group criteria (has a developmental disability or a severe mental illness), a letter certifying that the individual is a qualifying employee will be sent to the employer. To claim the tax credit, the employer must include a copy of the certification letter with the employer’s North Dakota income tax return for each tax year in which the credit is claimed. For questions on the certification process, contact Vocational Rehabilitation at 1.800.755.2745. For question about the income tax credit, contact the Office of State Tax Commissioner by calling 1.877.328.7088 or sending an email to taxinfo@nd.gov.


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Q: WHAT’S NEW WITH THE MANDAN RODEO THIS YEAR? A: The Larks event company, Funatix



Events, is so excited to partner with the Mandan Rodeo Days on creating the best possible rodeo experience for fans and businesses this year. This summer’s event will be special, as it's being called “The Last Crack at the Track.” Construction has begun on the Dale Pahlke Arena at the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Rodeo Grounds which will become the new permanent home of one of the oldest rodeo’s in the world in 2023. So, we’re asking families and businesses to come celebrate the final year that the Mandan Rodeo Days will be held at the Dacotah Speedway by purchasing one of our NEW Cowboy ticket packages. This ticket package is $25 (the same price as always) and you receive a guaranteed seat, commemorative Last Crack at the Track hat, a private entrance so there is no waiting in line the day of the event, AND the first rights to pick your seats at the new Dale Pahlke Arena in 2023. The Mandan Rodeo will be held July 2-4 and you can purchase tickets at mandanrodeo.com.

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A: Once you have begun your physical

therapy course of care, it is vital to communicate with your therapist before you decide to stop your therapy if you feel better. You and your physical therapist can review the goals you established together at the beginning of your treatment to maximize the benefit of your treatment. Commitment to your appointments and consistency with your home program is paramount to a successful outcome. Each time you meet helps your physical therapist identify changes throughout your course of care and allows for adjustments to that plan when you are ready. Sticking with your physical therapy and finishing it through to the end will help you avoid any setbacks, regain function sooner and prevent the injury/pain from returning. We want to see you get back to doing the things in life that bring you joy! There is no referral needed to access quality physical therapy. See your Movement Specialist today! Visit www.optimumtherapies.com or call (701)751-3064 to schedule.

A: From the moment of diagnosis and

for the balance of life, an individual diagnosed with cancer is a considered a survivor. Today, more people than ever are surviving cancer because of better treatments, prevention, and early detection. As a result, much more attention is being placed on the long term adjustment of patients and most people want to find ways to reduce the chances of their cancer coming back. Some tips for all cancer survivors include: 1.

Quit smoking- Smoking after cancer treatment can increase the chances of getting cancer at the same or a different site.


Maintain a healthy weight & stay active - Eating well can help you reach a healthy weight and exercise after cancer may help lower the risk of recurrence.


Cut down on how much alcohol you drink- Alcohol increases the risk of certain cancers.

For a complete list of survivor support groups in our area, check out www.bismarckcancercenter.com or call (701)-2226100.



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Q: WHAT IS WINDOWS 11? A: It seems like only yesterday we were

swapping out Windows 7 for Windows 10 and told that would be the LAST version. In June 2021, Microsoft announced Windows 11. This new version is a revamp of the user interface that Windows 10 had to improve the ease of use. New features include integration of Microsoft Teams and productivity features, security and accessibility updates and performance improvements. When the user undocks a laptop, the windows on the monitor will be minimized, and when the laptop is redocked to a monitor, Windows will put everything exactly where it was before. Features removed include Internet Explorer, Skype, Paint 3D. The touch keyboard no longer docks in screens larger than 18 inches. Live tiles from Windows 10 has been replaced by Widgets. The layout may appear different at first but is customizable, as we have come to expect. The apps are grouped in the middle of the taskbar and can be moved to the left depending on user preference. Task Manager has been removed from the task bar; it is still accessible using Ctrl+Alt+Del.


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only opportunity to purchase artwork from The Capital Gallery. We stage each show to be on display for two to three months. The transition from one exhibition to the next begins with taking artwork off the walls and pedestals and carefully wrapping them for storage. Sometimes though, we will transfer pieces of artwork to another one of our galleries (we have two small galleries in the back of our 4th Street building) or deliver them to The Capital Gallery West in Medora for display. During any given exhibition, someone will come into the gallery and ask to see work by an artist that we don’t currently have on our main gallery floor, and we generally have something on hand by all the artists we represent.

A gallery exhibition is a wonderful time to purchase a piece of art, but if you ever If you are concerned about your programs miss an exhibition, don’t be afraid to ask being compatible with the new operating one of us at the gallery if we can show you system, reach out to your IT provider or the what else we have available! Contact us vendor of the specific software. Chances 701-751-1698 or visit our website, Theare, if it was compatible with Windows 10, CapitalGallery.com. it will still be compatible with Windows 11.


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lated injury. Preventing sunburn is a matter of being prepared and thorough. Wear sunscreen rated SPF 30 or higher and reapply periodically, especially if you are sweating. Try to avoid extended exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when rays are hottest and most damaging. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are two other big heat-related concerns. These occur when the body loses the ability to regulate its temperature and overheats. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, excessive sweating, nausea and vomiting. If heat exhaustion progresses without intervention, one could develop heat stroke. Symptoms of heat stroke include confusion, irrational thoughts and seizures. Often the body ceases to sweat and the skin becomes hot and dry. It is critical to seek medical attention immediately if you experience these symptoms. Stay hydrated to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Limit sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, and keep your body cool with light, loose-fitting clothing that promotes airflow.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION KLJ PROMOTES EMILY JOHNSON TO SENIOR VP AND WELCOMES ASSOCIATE VP TO TALENT ACQUISITION TEAM KLJ Engineering Emily Johnson (KLJ) is pleased to announce the promotion of Emily Johnson to senior vice president of the company’s newly formed talent acquisition and communications department. Johnson, who has Kurtis Karn worked for the company since 2010, has held various leadership roles throughout her tenure. Most recently, she served as vice president of KLJ’s branding and communications department, where she oversaw KLJ’s brand, including the company’s marketing and communications efforts, proposal development, and public engagement. Johnson will continue to oversee these efforts from a high level with a concentrated focus on building alignment with the company’s talent acquisition initiatives, the overall brand, and culture. The Company is also welcoming Kurtis Karn to their talent acquisition team as an associate VP. Karn who most recently served as the director of talent acquisition for a regional hospitality focused firm, will work alongside Johnson to identify and retain the people that best fit with the company’s culture and the clients’ expectations. Johnson earned her MBA and a bachelor’s degree in both business administration and English with an emphasis in Human Resources, from the University of Mary in Bismarck. She recently earned her Talent Acquisition Specialty Certification from Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a professional human resources membership, of which she is a member. Johnson is also a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Karn, earned an MBA in human resources from the University of Mary in and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and communications with a minor in Information Technology from the University of Jamestown. He has his SHRM-CP and PHR certifications and is also a national member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Fargo Moorhead Human Resources Association.

BIRD, SCHLAFMAN, AND KIRCHMEIER QUALIFIED FOR THE AMERIPRISE CHAIRMAN’S ADVISORY COUNCIL Joel Bird, David Schlafman, and Jason Joel Bird Kirchmeier, Private Wealth Advisors with Legacy Financial Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. in Bismarck were recently named to the 2022 Chairman’s Advisory David Schlafman Council. Bird, Schlafman, and Kirchmeier qualified for the prestigious Chairman’s Advisory Council based on distinguished performance. They join other top-ranked Jason Kirchmeier 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. CEDRIC THEEL TOYOTA WELCOMES BIRKELAND Cedric Theel Toyota recently welcomed Sam Birkeland to the team as a service advisor. Sam Sam Birkeland focuses on the customer experience in regards to vehicle service and repairs. Sam grew up in Bismarck and attended Wilton High School. He received his business management degree from Black Hills State University. For the past six years, Sam was a branch manager at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Through his position at Enterprise, he got to know the team at Cedric Theel Toyota and always enjoyed working with them.

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GRAMLING ACCEPTED INTO EIDE BAILLY PARTNERSHIP Effective May 1, 2022, Shelley Gramling was accepted into the partnership of top 25 CPA and business advisory firm Eide Bailly.

DCN EMPLOYEES EARN ETHERNET CERTIFICATION Eleven DCN employees recently earned MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professional (CECP) certification following a week of intensive training and successful exam completion. CECP is a vendor neutral, technical certification recognizing carrier Ethernet expertise in professionals from a cross section of job functions. The certification is valid for three years and is recognized industry wide as the highest standard for carrier Ethernet professionals. The following DCN team members were certified or recertified (* indicates recertification): • Mark Aslakson - wholesale sales manager* • Sheldon Dacar - Ethernet/IP technician I* • Todd Domres - manager of Owners and government relations* • Jennifer Guthmiller - commercial sales manager* • David Malsam - Ethernet/IP technician II* • Tim Paulson - Ethernet/IP engineer* • Barb Pfeifer - Ethernet/IP technician I • Branden Rasmussen, cloud services specialist • Jody Sommer - Ethernet/IP technician II* • Aparna Subramanian - information systems manager* • Tara Taylor - application analyst* FIRESIDE EARNS PREMIER DEALER STATUS FROM KYOCERA Kyocera Document Solutions America, Inc. conducts annual Dealer Program Service Evaluations for all the Servicing Dealers. Fireside Office Solutions has consistently scored in the top 10% in the annual Profile since the CSEA Program began in 2003. For 2022, Kyocera has ranked Fireside Office Solutions as a Premier Dealer Level, the highest level, in the CSEA Program.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS MILBRATH AND DICKHUT JOIN NORTH DAKOTA’S GATEWAY TO SCIENCE AS STEM EDUCATORS North Dakota’s Gateway to Science Madison Milbrath (NDGTS) welcomed Madison Milbrath and Kirsten Dickhut to the staff as STEM Educators. Milbrath is a North Dakota native from Minot. She studied Biology and STEM Education at Kirsten Dickhut NDSU, earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Madison recently moved to Bismarck to begin her work as a STEM Educator with NDGTS. Dickhut has been passionate about STEM since her teen years. After obtaining a Geological Engineering Degree and working in the environmental field for 20 years, she became an educator in the Bismarck public and Catholic schools. Both are excited to join North Dakota's Gateway to Science and continue educating future scientists and engineers.

KLJ HIRES ELECTRICAL DESIGNER KLJ Engineering is proud to welcome Jim Troop to the team. Troop will be working as an electrical designer based Jim Troop remotely in Missouri. He has more than 13 years of experience working in the outside plant (OSP) fiber optic cable industry. Troop earned an associate degree in medical assisting and clinical focus from Tidewater Technical College in Norfolk, Virginia, and an associate degree in logistics and management from Community College of the Air Force in Hampton, Virginia. BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top 10 REALTORS® for April: Tori Meyer, Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Judy Maslowski, Duane Bentz, Darcy Fettig, Jim Jeromchek, James Jeromchek, Cindy Cooper & Amy Asche. These 10 REALTORS® had the highest sales totals in April 2022.

WAMSLEY JOINS CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH BISMARCK FOUNDATION CHI St. Alexius Health is pleased to welcome Kathy Wamsley to its Kathy Wamsley Bismarck Foundation. Kathy will assist with donor development, grant management, event planning and office management. Before joining CHI St. Alexius, she served as the Team Lead for Marketing and the meat department at Sam’s Club. Kathy brings more than 25 years of experience in healthcare, management, and fundraising. Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in management from Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and camping.


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Burleigh County Commission

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Mandan City Commission

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Burleigh Planning & Zoning

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CHAMBER EDC NEWS | CONNECTION KLJ HIRES FOUR ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNERS KLJ Engineering (KLJ) is proud to welcome four new environmental planners – Lexee Craig, Lexee Craig Robert McClellan, Casey Engelhard, and Anna Gamez – to multiple North Dakota office locations and its Billings, Montana office as well. Craig, who will be located in KLJ’s Dickinson office, recently earned Robert McClellan a bachelor’s degree in biology and an associate degree in geology from Dickinson State University in Dickinson. She brings four years of experience in agriculture. McClellan has a bachelor’s degree Casey Engelhard in natural resource management-biotic resources from North Dakota State University in Fargo. Additionally, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years where he coordinated the fire protection of aircraft and Anna Gamez personnel. McClellan will be working from KLJ’s headquarters in Bismarck. Engelhard will be working out of KLJ’s West Fargo office. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Valley City State University in Valley City and is pursuing a master’s degree in environmental health management. Engelhard has six years of experience and is certified in Erosion and Sediment Control in both North Dakota and Nebraska. Gamez, who will be located in KLJ’s Billings, Montana office, has a bachelor’s degree in animal science from California State University, Chico in Chico, California. She has 10 years of experience working in wildlife conservation and education.

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DCN HIRES BARTLETT Jordan Bartlett has been hired as systems administrator at Dakota Carrier Network (DCN). In this role, Bartlett will support the technical Jordan Bartlett needs of the DCN team. This includes installing, configuring, and maintaining computer hardware, software, networks, printers, and scanners; diagnosing and solving technical issues; and scheduling and performing IT maintenance and upgrades. He is based at DCN’s Bismarck facility. Bartlett earned an Associate of Applied Science in cybersecurity and computer networks from Bismarck State College. He previously served as technology assistant at Jamestown Public Schools. A native of Steele, he is active in the community including volunteering at the local Amvets.

HEARTVIEW APPOINTS FIRST DICKINSON-AREA BOARD MEMBERS The Heartview Foundation announced this week the appointment of three Dickinson-area Sen. Rich Wardner members to its board of directors. Senator Rich Wardner, Michael Riesinger, and Vaune Johnson were appointed to a three-year term. This brings the total number of board members to 12, six members from Bismarck, Michael Riesinger three from Cando, N.D., and three from Dickinson. Senator Rich Wardner has served the Dickinson area as a legislator since 1991 and has served as Senate Majority Leader for the past decade. He is CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH a retired educator, coach NAMES NEW VP Vaune Johnson and formerly served as OPERATIONAL FINANCE executive director of the CHI St. Alexius Health Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce. is proud to announce Michael Riesinger is well-known in the James L. Smith, CPA, business community as an entrepreneur as its Vice President of James L. Smith, CPA and dedicated volunteer. He was the Operational Finance. He founder of R&W Real Estate and BrickHouse previously served as Vice Grille and has been involved in the President of Finance at Palomar Health in Downtown Dickinson Association and San Diego, Calif., where he was responsible Downtown Dickinson Task Force for many for financial reporting for California’s largest years. He is currently the sales director for a healthcare district. regional distribution company and owns a Mr. Smith is an experienced health consulting firm. care finance executive known for being Vaune Johnson, CPA, recently retired a people-oriented leader, mentor and from her position as Dickinson market coach with the ability to create structures president. She previously held various and strategies that ensure solid financial financial roles at American Bank Center, performance and compliance. He received Kovash and Dasocik, PC, and West River his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Special Services Unit. She also serves on Administration from the University of the board of the Greater North Dakota California, Berkeley, Calif., and gained his Chamber of Commerce and North Dakota professional public accounting experience Board of Medicine and is treasurer of the with the Northern California Healthcare Stark County JDA. Practice Group in Ernst & Young’s San Francisco office. KNOLL JOINS INTERSTATE ENGINEERING Carmen Knoll recently joined the Mandan team as a CADD Technician. She holds an Associate Degree in Estimating and Architectural Drafting from North Dakota State College of Science along with an Associate Degree in Engineering Technology from Bismarck State College. The combination of her knowledge along with her 15 years of experience, will serve the growing Interstate Engineering team well.

CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC NEWS 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.

HEXAHIVE Jade Scherr, Owner, and team celebrating their new location at 811 E Interstate Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-989-4880. Member.

PRIME EYECARE Mike Hammerschmidt, Owner, and team celebrate Grand Opening at 1300 E LaSalle Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 701-557-1574

SEW CONNECTION Bianca Deloreschild, Owner, and supporters celebrate Grand Opening at 104 2nd Ave NW in Mandan. Phone: 701-557-2214.

EYEMART EXPRESS Sandra Deserly and team celebrate Grand Opening at 1300 E LaSalle Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 701-204-2028. Member.

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

Register your team today at bismarckcancercenter.com

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NEW MEMBERS | CONNECTION 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 www.bismarckmandan.com. CB Accounting 121 E Century Ave Bismarck, ND 58503 (701) 751-1320 Cory Berry CB Accounting is your locally owned accounting firm. We offer tax, bookkeeping, payroll, and business consulting services.

Meadowlark Mercantile 810 N 28th St. Bismarck, ND 58051 (701) 391-3742 Nicole Gagner Art Vending, Community Supported Art shares and more! Connecting local artists to potential art collectors in new fun ways.

Thrivent – Trevor Opp 4007 State St. #11 Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 712-3194 Trevor Opp Financial Services provider specializing in providing advice as a fiduciary for retirement accumulation and distribution planning.

Fredrickson & Bryon, P.A. 1133 College Drive Ste. 1000 Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 221-8700 Justin Hughes Law firm specializing in business representation with emphasis on the oil and gas, renewable energy, banking, and real estate sectors.

Legacy Roads LLC 204 3rd Street NW Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 934-2130 Jennifer Binstock E-commerce and Multilevel marketing

Cappuccino on Collins 105 Collins Ave. Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 667-1979 Trish Camisa Coffee shop in Mandan Alzheimer’s Association 600 S 2nd Street Ste. 202 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 356-2087 Emily Bultema The Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota provides support, education, training and other resources to increase knowledge and to support those facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. KZ Photobooth Rental 1911 N 7th St. Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 400-2366 Kathy Zahn Party Equipment Rental and Design Services NuVation Health Services 600 South 2nd St. Suite 201 Bismarck, ND 58504 (701) 258-3780 Theresa Porter Mental Health Clinic

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CONNECTION | ANNIVERSARIES The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment to continue their membership with 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 www.bismarckmandan.com.


Midco Weigel Funeral Home


AAction Movers


Dan’s Super Market, Inc.


Century 21 Morrison Realty Days Inn


Gartner’s Capital Shoe Hospital, Kirkwood Mall, UND Center for Family Medicine


Connecting Point, Dacotah Foundation, Dakota Awards, Inc., Dominio’s Pizza – Bismarck, Downtown Business Association, Fargo Glass and Paint Co., WBI Energy


Butcher Block Meats, Capital R.V. Center, Inc., Captain Jack’s Liquor Land, Country West MVP Store, Dakota Fence, DaWisePerry/Mandan Crematory, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bismarck North, Gate City Bank – Bismarck, Hertz Rent A Car, Midway Machining, Missouri Slope Areawide United Way, ND Long Term Care Association, North Dakota Newspaper Association, Northbrook MVP Store, OK Tire – Commercial, Traffic Safety Services, Inc.


Bismarck-Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dacotah Paper Company, Expressway Suites, Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation


4 Bears Casino & Lodge, Allstate Insurance, Badlands Environmental Consultants, Inc., Boy Scouts of America, Comfort Zone Heating & Air, Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch – Western Plains PRTF, Fleck’s Furniture and Appliances, Heartland Payment Systems, Northern Plains Plumbing, Heating, Air & Excavate, Open Road Honda, Praxair, Schaff Estate & Life Planning Group


Bismarck Cancer Center, Dvorak Motors, Inc., Gate City Bank – Golf Drive, Magnum LTL, Pirogue Grille, Taco Del Mar


Choice Bank – North, Dakota Capital Life Insurance Company, Fireflour Pizzeria & Coffee Bar, Johnson Controls Inc., Kirkwood Bank & Trust – Downtown, Kirkwood Bank & Trust – South, LPT Images, Missouri Basin Materials, Inc., Residence Inn by Marriott, Staybridge Suites, Trihydro Corporation


Aflac, Brenda Nagel, Buffalo Rings & Wings, Burleigh County Senior Adults Program, Centennial Collision & Paint, Lakewood Condominium Association, Optimum Therapies of North Dakota, Paul Gurholt, Pelican Health, The Salvation Army

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS 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: FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST 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: 10:30am - 5:00pm Location: Riverwood Golf Course – 725 Riverwood Drive, Bismarck LEMONADE DAY KICKOFF EVENT Date: June 22, 2022 • Time: 4:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Dakota Zoo – 602 Riverside Park Rd, Bismarck LUNCH ON THE PATIO Date: July 14, 2022 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck LEMONADE DAY BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: July 23, 2022 • Time: All Day Location: Bismarck-Mandan

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