June Connection

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LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP Notable legislation for Chamber EDC members Pg. 6

MEMBER PROFILE Electric Salon Pg. 8

LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN Now accepting applications for BismarckMandan's premier leadership program Pg. 23

Connection JUNE 2021

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Evan Anderson ...........................................................Gizmonics Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Andrea Birst ...............................................Glance Spa & Salon Nathan Boehm ....................................................Morton County Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Amber Larson.....................................................City of Mandan Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Becky Matthews ................................................Burleigh County Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Dr. Sara Weigel Ness ..............................Active Life Chiropractic Marnie Piehl ................................North Dakota Safety Council 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 Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank

CHAMBER EDC STAFF

Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Aasta Eggert .......Economic Development Marketing Specialist Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Christine Nelson ....................................Event & Sales Manager Rebecca Pelkey .................................Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Jaime Sabot ....................Workforce Development Coordinator Lyndsey Scheurer .........................Creative Marketing Specialist Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Josie Smyle ..................................................Events Coordinator Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .....................Communications Specialist

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CONNECTION | CHAIR'S CORNER

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f you’ve read my Chair’s Corner in the past, you know that I’m born and raised right here in Bismarck-Mandan. That means I’m all too familiar with our community’s four seasons: winter, spring, construction and fall. I’m kidding obviously. Our four seasons are really: winter, start of construction, middle of construction and end of construction. OK, enough with the jokes. We are truly blessed here to have four distinct seasons and with it, four distinct opportunities to enjoy all that Bismarck-Mandan has to offer. More specifically, summer brings the opportunity to get out and camp, play softball, ride bike or enjoy the Missouri River. What’s more is that all of these activities, and more that I haven’t even mentioned yet, present a tremendous amount of opportunities for local business. For example, if you’re going to go out camping next weekend, you’re going to have a camper or at least a tent. Oh, and by the way, you’re going to have food, probably something to fish with, and something to sit on while you’re by the fire. Or maybe you’re going to head out on the Missouri River for the day in which case you’re going to hop on a boat or trek out to the sandbar. Before you do though, you’ll need sunscreen and something to do while you’re out on the water with your family and friends. I could go on, but you get the picture. A lot of what we as Bismarck-Mandan residents during the summer is going to require a trip to at least one store and that means business for a lot of Chamber EDC Members. This month’s edition of the Connection is all about what we’ve termed, the “Recreation Economy.” There are an incredible amount of businesses around Bismarck-Mandan who will see an increase in business during the summer months simply because there are more of us out and about. Whether you’re a gas station, a boat or RV dealer, campground, marina or sporting goods store, the chances are that you’re going to see an increase in sales when the weather gets nice out. That’s not to mention all of the events that only happen during the summer like the McQuade’s Charity Softball Tournament, races at Dacotah Speedway or Bismarck Larks games. Before we jump into the summer, we have to look back though and look back at the 2021 Legislative Session. This Session was marked by a lot of critical legislation like HB 1175 which provides COVID-19 business liability protection, HB 1380 which will direct Legacy Fund earnings well into the future and HB 1419 which allows political subdivisions the ability to seek voter approval of what’s been termed a ‘street utility fee.’ That particular bill, HB 1419, was one of the Chamber EDC’s top priorities heading into the ’21 Session and we’re so grateful for the support of the Bismarck-Mandan Legislative Delegation on this bill and many others. Our local delegation does a tremendous job for Bismarck-Mandan and we at the Chamber EDC are grateful for their continued engagement. You can read more about these issues and more that the Chamber EDC is working on throughout this month’s Connection. Most importantly though, I want to thank you all for your continued support of our organization. We truly cannot do any of what we do without the support of our members.

Valerie Weigel Chamber EDC Board Chair twitter.com/bismancedc facebook.com/bismancedc @bismancedc Cover Photo Credit: North Dakota Tourism Division

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FEATURE | CONNECTION

THE RECREATION ECONOMY:

OUTDOOR RECREATION INDUSTRY THRIVES IN BISMARCK-MANDAN By Kristine Kostuck, Clearwater Communications From rolling hills — ideal for catching a sunset on the back of a motorcycle — to the Missouri River filled with boats, kayaks and canoes, Bismarck-Mandan offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. Along with providing fun in every season, outdoor recreation is a thriving industry with a big impact on the local and state economy. “People in North Dakota love recreation during every season,” says Annette Behm-Caldwell, owner of Open Road Honda, which has sold motorcycles, ATVs and side-by-sides in the community for almost 20 years. In the last 50 years, the outdoor recreation industry has grown exponentially. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, Americans spend more money on outdoor recreation than on pharmaceuticals and fuel combined, and the industry’s economic footprint is comparable to hospital care. In North Dakota, the recreation industry has created nearly 17,000 jobs and, in 2019, brought more than $1.3 billion to the state.

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Josh Vallely, owner of Vallely Sport and Marine, says he has enjoyed watching the outdoor recreation industry progress. “In our 47 years in business, recreation has changed a ton. The biggest thing that has been changing is how new technology continues to advance the industry. This will continue to drive our industry forward and require our business to change and continually adapt,” he says.

Although businesses like Open Road Honda and Vallely Sport and Marine thrive in warmer weather, both Behm-Caldwell and Vallely say their businesses are not fazed by the short summer season in North Dakota. “We carry products for all seasons. This allows us to cater to our customer’s recreational and outdoor needs year-round,” says Vallely. Vallely states structuring his business around carrying a wide variety of products for each season has helped him serve clients most effectively and keep a fully-trained staff all year. “We certainly peak during the summer season when all our products are being used. We also have a large storage and service business that peaks in the summer season. These peaks create many challenges to maintain the high customer service expectations we have for ourselves. We are set up for it and work endless hours to accomplish this during our busiest months,” he says. Open Road Honda has also expanded to meet the product and service demands of its customers, and both businesses say they work to reach all ages and demographics from across the state. “We enjoy working with a wide variety of customers. Our business model is a success in other regions of the U.S.; although, you may find the product mix may change to more motorcycle and less off-road in larger urban markets,” says Behm-Caldwell. Creative marketing has been especially essential in the past year for many businesses; however, the pandemic has had a positive effect on the outdoor recreation industry. BehmCaldwell says she has noticed a considerable increase in sales this year. “As families were not using disposable income on vacations, movies or dining, they had more money to spend on recreational vehicles,” she says.

According to the Outdoor Industry Association, Americans spend more money on outdoor recreation than on pharmaceuticals and fuel combined.

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CONNECTION | FEATURE

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

The North Dakota recreation industry has created nearly 17,000 jobs and, in 2019, brought more than $1.3 billion to the state.

Recreation-related private businesses are not the only ones drawing crowds. City and state parks have also experienced an increase in visitors. “Over the past decade, we have seen a steep rise in year-round use at the North Dakota state parks, including Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park,” says Matt Schanandore, interpretive and events director. “The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department saw a 35 percent increase in campsite nights statewide in 2020 compared to the 2019 season, with the largest increase during September and October. The surging interest in outdoor recreation, due to the pandemic, isn’t slowing down, and we anticipate another busy season in 2021 as state parks provide safe outdoor activities.” Schanandore says Fort Abraham Lincoln draws the most visitors during its full-service camping season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Being one of 11 state parks open yearround, it has also continued to see an increase in visits throughout the year. “We serve a wide range of demographics, from families to large tour groups to recreational enthusiasts. Whether residents or out-of-state travelers, those who visit the park support it. Annual and day permits, rental and camping fees, and donations all get invested back into the North Dakota State Park System to upkeep facilities and provide modernized improvements,” he says.

Photo Credit: North Dakota Tourism Division

“North Dakotans and visitors alike are knowledgeable of the diversity of outdoor recreation opportunities available to them and of the positive impacts they have on them physically, mentally and economically. There is no doubt that parks and recreation provide a vital role in North Dakota’s future, supporting economic vitality, workforce recruitment and retention and improving community health,” says Schanandore.

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FEATURE | CONNECTION

2021 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk The 2021 Legislative Session was highly successful for the Bismarck-Mandan community. Connection magazine spoke with four Bismarck-Mandan legislators on bills that are important to Chamber EDC members.

INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING

COVID-19

HOUSE BILL 1425

HOUSE BILL 1175

Description: HB 1425 sets targets for investing a greater portion of the Legacy Fund principal in North Dakota. The bill directed the State Investment Board they must invest 20 percent back into the State of North Dakota. 10 percent is for equities to invest in North Dakota businesses. The idea is to make capital available to use and grow businesses. The other 10 percent goes into two infrastructure funds for cities and counties to use for infrastructure needs.

Result: Passed “One of the biggest things we did this session was the trifecta of the three bills we passed to deal with the Legacy Fund,” said Rep. Mike Nathe, District-30, the prime sponsor of HB 1425. “This session there were three very big bills that took care of that. “I am very pleased (with the result). We have a big need for infrastructure in this state. It’s a long-term problem, and I think we have come up with good long-term solutions to help fund infrastructure across the state. If you combine that with the Prairie Dog (infrastructure) bill from two years ago, we’re in a good position.”

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Chamber EDC Stance: Support Result: Passed

Chamber EDC Stance: Support

Representative Jason Dockter District 7

Description: HB 1175 protects businesses from potentially frivolous civil liability lawsuits when those businesses have acted in good faith and followed COVID-19 applicable laws, regulations, and executive orders. The law is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020, covering the entire COVID-19 pandemic.

Representative Mike Nathe District 30

“The biggest thing was the unknown liability that could exist inside the business community related to COVID-19 and the fact that it was an uninsurable risk,” said Rep. Todd Porter, District-34. “The biggest concern was somebody would sue, and it would be uninsurable and put a company out of business. It was a preemptive (law) in legislatures across the country for businesses. They wanted to get out in front of it so that you didn’t have a barrage of lawsuits that were uninsurable. “The bill was model legislation that came from business groups, and I think the bill covered exactly who and what it needed to cover.”

Senator Erin Oban District 35

Representative Todd Porter District 34


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EDUCATION

STREET UTILITY FEE

HOUSE BILL 2289

HOUSE BILL 1419

Description: SB 2289 aligns certain existing North Dakota scholarships with the state’s choice-ready framework. Choiceready is a component of the Department of Public Instruction to measure whether our high schools are producing students who are ready for success upon graduation — whether they choose to start a career, enter the military, or pursue higher education.

Description: HB 1419 gives cities and counties the option to use a street utility fee to fund street maintenance projects instead of special assessments. Voters must approve the use of a street utility fee instead of special assessments. The Chamber EDC has been working to get this passed for two legislative sessions. The legislation was drafted because of a 2017 law that limited cities’ authority to levy taxes.

Chamber EDC Stance: Support

Chamber EDC Stance: Support

Result: Passed

Result: Passed

“Over a number of years, we have created (various) scholarship programs for high school graduates,” said Sen. Erin Oban, District-35, the prime sponsor of SB 2289. “Since they were created, our expectations of students who are graduating have changed. That really came with the passage of federal Every Student Succeeds Act. With that we created a choice-ready framework. We heard students were having to make decisions between graduating choice-ready versus meeting the qualifications of the scholarships. That is counterintuitive… Now, we are making sure kids who are graduating are choice-ready whether they will be going on to college, starting a career, or entering the military.

“The passage of House Bill 1419 gives another tool in the toolbox for political subdivisions to find a way to get the proper funding of their infrastructure needs,” said Rep. Jason Dockter, District-7, the prime sponsor of the bill. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all. Different political subdivisions do their special assessments differently. It’s up to the city to educate their voters before they bring this forward. It’s another tool in the toolbox.”

“Making sure that our financial incentives are aligned to expectations was a no brainer.”

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MEMBER PROFILE | CONNECTION

Electric Salon has been a member since 2021.

Phoebe Hoerner ELECTRIC SALON Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: ​I am a Bismarck native. Two years ago I moved back here from Fargo where I worked as a cosmetologist at a salon and as a Cosmetology Instructor and Creative Director at a hair school. In May of 2019 I moved back to be with my now husband. Electric Sunn was for sale, and so we hopped on the opportunity.

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MEMBER SINCE 2021 Briefly tell us the history behind Electric Salon. A: Electric Salon opened over 15 years as Electric Sunn as a tanning and hair salon. We have nine tanning beds, independent stylists, as well as commission stylists, aesthetician, and massage therapist. The salon prides itself on maintaining a clean, welcoming environment. Our front desk staff is trained on tanning extensively so that they can provide the safest, long-lasting tan no matter what the occasion.


CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Electric Salon? A: Growth in Bismarck-Mandan is quite evident, especially in North Bismarck where we are located. We continue to see a steady increase in interest and foot traffic in the salon. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: As far as trends in our industry, we are seeing a lot of simple yet high-impact color placements and an increase in textured haircuts that involve face framing and different types of fringe. Bridal styles and makeup are starting to take the ‘less is more’ route as well. We are seeing a lot of brides asking for more of a natural glow when it comes to makeup and wearing hair down or half up with textured styles. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: COVID-19 has shaken things up a little and changed how we look at things. Clients are working from home and not going out as much, so we are seeing a lot more ‘lived in’ styling versus high effort styling. Our industry is always changing and adapting. For example, years ago when the economy was down the Balayage (soft, low-maintenance coloring technique) became very popular so that clients were able to go longer in between color appointments. I have faith in our industry that it will continue to adapt. What does the future of Electric Salon look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: I see Electric Salon as continuing to be a space for creatives in the beauty industry to thrive and support each other which in turn will create a fun, welcoming, and safe space for our clientele. Our industry is always growing and introducing new services to cater to the public. The future for our industry is unlimited,a and I am excited to see what is to come. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Electric Salon that may assist them? A: We love supporting local nonprofits and collaborating with other local businesses. Bismarck-Mandan has shown up for us the last two years and especially over the last year, we want to express our gratitude.

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CHAMBER EDC NEWS | CONNECTION

The 2021 Annual Dinner was an excellent evening celebrated by all, thank you for attending! The evening began with a welcome from the Chamber EDC president, Brian Ritter, and continued with a video from General Consul of Canada, Ariel Delouya, where he provided a brief update regarding the Canadian and United States trade status in a post COVID-19 environment. Matthew Luhn, the keynote speaker, then joined virtually as he shared his story and how he believes storytelling can make the world of difference in the business world. We wrapped up the night with a big THANK YOU to Brian Eiseman, Stoneshire Builders, for his outstanding service as 2020’s Board Chair. We then welcomed our 2021 Board Chair, Val Weigel, from Basin Electric Power Cooperative. We look forward to Val’s leadership in 2021 and her dedication to the Bismarck-Mandan community. A huge thank you to America Bank Center, Eide Ford, Eide Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and all Gold, Silver, Media, and Table Sponsors for your continued support. Thank you and have a healthy and prosperous 2021!

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CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC NEWS

THANK YOU ANNUAL DINNER SPONSORS! PRESENTING SPONSORS:

CHRYSLER I DODGE I JEEP I RAM

GOLD SPONSORS:

SILVER SPONSORS: Dakota Community Bank & Trust Eide Bailly Environmental Services Huck Financial Group

Indigo Signs Knife River Corporation MDU Resources Group

TABLE SPONSORS: Amy Hullet: Century 21 Morrison Realty Bank of North Dakota Bartlett & West Basin Electric Power Cooperative Baymont Inn & Suites Bismarck Cancer Center Bismarck Event Center Bismarck State College Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND Bremer Bank Capital City Construction Capital Credit Union Capital Electric Cooperative CHI St. Alexius Health Cloverdale Foods Consolidated Construction CornerStone Bank Dakota Appraisal & Consulting EMC Insurance

First International Bank & Trust First Western Bank & Trust Gate City Bank ICON Architectural Group KFYR-TV Kirkwood Bank & Trust Kraus-Anderson Construction Company KX News Leadership Bismarck Mandan Alumni Assoc. MIDCO Moore Engineering, Inc. National Information Solutions Cooperative Odney Schmitz-Holmstrom CPA Starion Bank Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation United Tribes Technical College University of Mary

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

CHAMBER EDC OFFERS COST OF LIVING CALCULATOR Three times a year the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, along with approximately 270 other organizations across the country, collect prices of average everyday items and services. This information collected is utilized in a program administered by a company called The Council for Community and Economic Research to calculate a national Cost of Living Index (COLI).

The COLI average is 100 which means if a community’s number is below 100 that community’s “cost of living” is below average. Conversely, if the number is above 100 the community’s “cost of living” is above the national average. In May, Chamber EDC staff completed the 2nd quarter collection, and the results should be released in July. These collected prices are also used in a cost-of-living calculator. The calculator is used as part of the Chamber EDC’s workforce development efforts and provides what salary a person would need in Bismarck-Mandan to equal their salary in their current location.

MANDAN EMBARKS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN The City of Mandan has begun the process to develop a new Economic Development Strategic Plan. Assisted by a grant through the Department of Commerce’s Partners in Planning program, the City of Mandan was able to hire Praxis Strategy Group and Burian & Associates to facilitate the development of the strategic plan. The initial meeting of the steering committee was held in mid-May with focus group meetings and additional steering committee meetings to take place throughout the summer. The targeted date for a roll-out of a new strategic plan is set for Q4 of 2021. Chamber EDC staff serve as members of the steering committee and will provide assistance to the City of Mandan’s Business Development & Communications office throughout the development and implementation of the new strategic plan.

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BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH: PACE/FLEX PACE

One of the most widely utilized business assistance programs in the state is the Bank of North Dakota's PACE/ Flex PACE Program. A two-part program, PACE/Flex PACE has helped many businesses across Burleigh and Morton Counties grow their operations through a buydown of their traditional loan interest rate. PACE/Flex PACE has two major elements: (1) participation by BND with a local lender in a community-based loan, and (2) participation by the local community in reducing the borrower's overall interest rate. A PACE borrower is required to be a “primary sector” company and has a higher buydown amount. A Flex PACE borrower are businesses who do not meet the primary sector requirements. In addition, the interest rate buydown must have participation from the local community in order to take effect. If you have questions regarding PACE or Flex PACE contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.


ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

CHAMBER EDC EXHIBITS AT WILLISTON BASIN PETROLEUM CONFERENCE The North Dakota Petroleum Council hosted the 2021 Williston Basin Petroleum Conference May 11-13 in Bismarck. This year’s event had approximately 2,800 attendees and all exhibit spaces were sold out. The Chamber EDC partnered with the Bismarck Mandan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. The partnership provided for an expanded presence, more prominent spot on the trade show floor, and a larger booth. The show was an opportunity for staff to visit with out-of-state companies that may be looking for a presence in North Dakota. Staff sent pre-show marketing emails to previous exhibitors and contacts as well as sent emails to individual exhibitors who may be a target for business attraction efforts.

The Chamber EDC partnered on a booth with the Bismarck Mandan Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

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CHAMBER EDC NEWS | CONNECTION

THURSDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC RETURN! Thursdays at the Chamber EDC are back! Join us at the Chamber EDC for a fun, relaxed way to network each month throughout this summer. Stop by from 11:30am – 1:00pm as Chamber EDC staff serve burgers and brats along with ice cold refreshments. Upcoming Thursdays at the Chamber EDC: • Thursday, June 17th • Thursday, July 29th • Thursday, August 26th We appreciate all the support we receive from our members, so come enjoy a free meal on the Chamber EDC, as well as an afternoon on our patio and soak in the warm summer sun! There is no cost to attend this event, but please RSVP! RSVP’s can be made online at, www.bismarckmandan. com, or by contacting Josie Smyle at jsmyle@bmcedc. com, or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.

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CONNECTION | CHAMBER EDC NEWS

WHEN LIFE GIVES THEM LEMONS…THEY BECOME A YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR!

The time is FINALLY here! Get ready to taste all the delicious lemonade throughout Bismarck and Mandan on Lemonade Day on June 19th. We highly encourage YOU, members of the community, to get out and support these young entrepreneurs who have been putting in the hard work of starting, owning, and operating a small business in the form of a lemonade stand. Lemonade stands will be set up all over Bismarck-Mandan! To find the registered stand locations, head to https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan/standsmap. We encourage young entrepreneurs participating in Lemonade Day to “BRAND YOUR STAND,” so community members can find you at your selected location and have a taste of your lemonade! It’s not too late to sign up! Children have the chance to register and participate in Lemonade Day on June 19th. Don’t wait, head on over to https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan to register online or register in person at any of our pick up locations. Show your support for these young entrepreneurs by coming to see how they started their own business on June 19th and learn from them about what happens when life gives us lemons! Also, be sure to register for the upcoming Best Tasting Contest on Saturday, June 12th, at the Family Wellness Center in Mandan! Winners who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd will be rewarded and heavily promoted on our social media platforms the week leading up to Lemonade Day. For more information, contact Christine Nelson at cnelson@bmcedc.com, Josie Smyle at jsmyle@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660. Find us on Facebook at Lemonade Day Bismarck-Mandan! THANK YOU TO OUR SWEET SPONSORS! Main Squeeze Sponsor: Lime-Light Sponsors: Fresh Squeeze Sponsors:

Lemon Head: ABRA Auto Body & Glass, American Bank Center, Bartlett & West, Doosan/ Bobcat, Every Eye, P.C., First Western Bank & Trust, Gary Tharaldson School of Business – University of Mary, Gizmonics, LLC., Grand Junction Grilled Subs, Haga Kommer, Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning, Subway, Terry’s Health Products, Tires Plus, Vue Community Credit Union facebook.com/lemonadedaybismarckmandan

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PICK UP LOCATIONS May 17th - June 18th

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CHAMBER EDC NEWS | CONNECTION

REGISTER “FORE” THE CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE 701-712-8600

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The Chamber EDC Golf Scramble, presented by Eide Ford Lincoln, is here! REGISTER NOW, as number of spots available is limited. On Monday, June 14th at Apple Creek Country Club, registration will begin at 10:30am with a shotgun start at 11:30am.

Golfers have a chance to win a 2021 Ford Escape by sinking a hole in one! Color may vary.

Golfers will also have the opportunity to enter in the Eide Ford Lincoln Hole in One Contest to win a 2021 Ford Escape! Individual player fee is $175 and includes: golf fee, golf cart, driving range, lunch and dinner and an opportunity to win great door prizes from our sponsors! So, mark your calendar and get your team ready for a fun day on the green!

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STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM STUDENT LEADERSHIP NETWORK PROGRAM Annually, the Chamber EDC’s Excellence in Business and Education Committee selects juniors and seniors from both public and private schools in the BismarckMandan area to participate in this leadership program. Students are selected based on their academic achievements, as well as how well they can communicate their passions, goals, and life accomplishments. Congratulations to the Chamber EDC Student Leadership Network, for successfully completing this year’s 2020/2021 program the Bismarck-Mandan on May 3, 2021.

Student Leadership Network graduated on May 3.

Seniors Bridger Anderson — Century High School Samuel Enget — Shiloh Christian High School Micah Schlittenhardt — Legacy High School Faith Stelter — Legacy High School Corby Svihovec — Legacy High School Juniors Kendal Blair — Mandan High School Madeline Erickson — St. Mary’s Central High School Jenna Gierke — Mandan High School Athalia Haughton — Century High School Bethany Magnus — Century High School Anna McCarthy — Dakota Adventist Paw Lay Pway — Dakota Adventist

Applications for the Chamber EDC’s Student Leadership Network program are provided directly to the local schools the beginning of September each year. Juniors and seniors from both public and private schools are encouraged to apply. Please contact Jaime Sabot at jsabot@bmcedc.com or call the Chamber EDC’s office for more information, or to submit your application 701-223-5660. Thank you to the 2020/2021 supporters of the BismarckMandan Student Leadership Network program. Presenting Sponsors: Program Sponsors:

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CHAMBER EDC’S COMMITTEE HONORS TEACHERS FOR 34TH YEAR

The Chamber EDC’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Ad Hoc Committee have finished presenting this year’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards to five worthy individuals. This completes the 34th year of honoring outstanding educators throughout Bismarck-Mandan on the primary, secondary, and post-secondary education levels. With the support of presenting sponsor, CornerStone Bank, the Chamber EDC, and its committee, are proud to continue this wonderful tradition of celebrating and recognizing the amazing teachers within our community.

Kristen Just, Northridge Elementary

The Crystal Apple award symbolizes excellence in education and outstanding achievement within their profession. Then, the committee selects five recipients of the Crystal Apple on three levels in both Bismarck and Mandan: Primary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, Secondary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, and one Post-Secondary Educator. The following teachers were awarded this year’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award: • • • • •

Bismarck Primary Outstanding Teacher of the Year — Kristen Just Mandan Primary Outstanding Teacher of the Year — Scott Streifel Bismarck Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year — Thomas Bushaw Mandan Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year — Loren Nieuwsma Higher Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year — Brett Williamson

Scott Streifel, Red Trail Elementary

Although only five educators were able to receive the Crystal Apple award, we would also like to honor all the outstanding educator nominees throughout Bismarck and Mandan: Megan Crawford – Centennial Elementary Amy Steiner – Centennial Elementary Cassandra Baker – Christ the King Elementary Emily Himmelspach – Christ the King Elementary Catherine Zweber – Christ the King Elementary Cindy Scott – Custer Elementary Sheri Achtenberg – Fort Lincoln Elementary Pam Berg – Lewis & Clark Elementary Stacey Knodel – Lewis & Clark Elementary Amber Kocourek – Lewis & Clark Elementary Jennifer Lucas – Mary Stark Elementary Tami Iszler – Miller Elementary Melissa Mutschler – Myhre Elementary Alexandra Randall – Myhre Elementary *Kristen Just – Northridge Elementary Andrea Sagsveen – Northridge Elementary Lindsay Mock – Pioneer Elementary *Scott Streifel – Red Trail Elementary Darla Torgerson – Shiloh Elementary Neva Weninger – Shiloh Elementary Sheila Blotsky – Solheim Elementary *Thomas Bushaw – Legacy High School Nicole Key – Legacy High School Jordan Kleingan – Legacy High School

Melissa Mortvedt – Legacy High School Rachel Schaffner – Legacy High School Matthew Thorton – Legacy High School Stephanie Bouche – Mandan High School Courtney Carlson – Mandan High School Janae Jackson – Mandan High School Susan Janko – Mandan High School *Loren Nieuwsma – Mandan High School Brent Schafer – Mandan Middle School Peder Stenslie – Mandan Middle School Chantell Williams – Mandan Middle School Richard Zander – Mandan Middle School April Blotske – Shiloh Christian School Randi Fuchs – Shiloh Christian School Lucas Moormann – Simile Middle School Nicole Senger – Simile Middle School Nick Emmel – St. Mary’s High School Hunter Hager – St. Mary’s Academy Vance Vesey – Bismarck State College Carmen Cain – University of Mary Susan Weigum – University of Mary Janet Bassingthwaite – University of Mary *Brett Williamson – United Tribes Technical College

Thomas Bushaw, Legacy High School

Loren Nieuwsma, Mandan High School

Brett Williamson, United Tribes Technical College

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AREA INDUSTRIES SHOW OPTIMISM FOR 2021, AT CHAMBER EDC ECONOMIC OUTLOOK FORUM On Thursday, April 1st, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, along with Starion Bank, hosted the 2021 Economic Outlook Forum. This informative event included much insight on the outlook of our Bismarck-Mandan economy, through two panel discussions, the presentation of survey results, and keynote speaker, Jeremy Jackson.

The morning started out with an Industry Panel Discussion featuring the following business leaders: Dr. Michael LeBeau, New this year, Economic Outlook Forum added a Hospitality Panel including restaurant, retail, and hotel industries. Sanford Health Bismarck; Brenda Nagel, University of Mary; and Ron Ness, THANK YOU SPONSORS! North Dakota Petroleum Council. Presenting Sponsor: Following that discussion, Dr. Karel Sovak, with the Univer sity of Mary presented the survey results from the annual Economic Outlook Survey that gathers insight each January from the local business community and gives perspective on what was in 2020 and what is to come in 2021. NEW this year was the Hospitality Panel Discussion that followed the presentation of the survey results. This panel featured business leaders ranging from retail, restaurant, to the hotel industry. Such leaders included: Tyler Halm, Scheels; Curt Miller, Old Ten Bar & Grill; and Tyler Gangl, Baymont Inn & Suites. Closing out the event was keynote speaker, Jeremy Jackson, Professor of Economics/Director of NDSU Center for the Study of Public Choice and Private Enterprise. Jackson spoke on the Economic Outlook of “Where are we, and where are we going?” He gave insight on where the national, state, and local Bismarck-Mandan economies are and where each of these economies are going in the future.

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ACCEPTING LEADERSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2021-2022 Leadership BismarckMandan is now accepting applications for the Class of 2022. 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 about which they are passionate and work to make that field project into reality. Applications are available online at www. bismarckmandan.com/Leadership-Bismarck-Mandan. Any questions, contact Cathryn at cathryn@bmcedc.com 701-223-5660. Applications are due Aug. 1, 2021. Program begins Sept. 22, 2021. Tuition is $625.

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BISMARCK-MANDAN YP NETWORK NAMES CHAMBER EDC COMMUNITY CHAMPION The Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network recently held it's annual Cinco Celebration & Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 5th. This event, which is held on the day of the network's inception, is the Young Professional Network's biggest event. Area young professionals between the ages of 21-39 gather for an opportunity to network and celebrate the Network's anniversary. During this festive evening, the YP Network also handed out several awards. One of the awards being the YP Network's Community Champion which was awarded to the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC. This award is presented to a partner of the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network who has shown exemplary efforts in promoting and supporting the mission and vision of the network.

Elliot Rust accepted the award from Past Chair Katie Schiltz.

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AT THE

CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE

Date: Monday, June 14, 2021 Location: Apple Creek Country Club 8921 E Highway 10, Bismarck Time: 10:30AM - 4:30PM Admission: $175.00 per player * Includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner, driving range and tee prize Presented By: REGISTER NOW! And mark your calendar FORE the Chamber EDC Golf Scramble on Monday, June 14th at Apple Creek Country Club. Don’t wait to sign up, as number of spots available is limited! Individual player entry is $175 and includes: golf fee, golf cart, driving range, lunch and dinner, and an opportunity to win great door prizes from our sponsors! Registration begins at 10:30am and shotgun start is at 11:30am. Started putting your team of four together as there will be plenty of prizes, contests, food, and refreshments! Please contact Josie Smyle at jsmyle@bmcedc.com, or call 701-223-5660, with any questions or to register.

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THURSDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Presented By: We are thrilled for June as it is the first Thursdays at the Chamber EDC appreciation lunch for the summer of 2021! We greatly appreciate our members and all the support you give throughout the year, so please, stop by and accept our small token of appreciation. Thanks to our presenting sponsor, Daniel Companies, we are able to bring this event to you for FREE! Join Chamber EDC staff for a fun way to network on Thursday, June 17th, from 11:30am – 1:00pm on our beautiful patio while we serve burgers, brats, a choice of sides, along with ice cold refreshments. Contact Josie Smyle at jsmyle@bmcedc.com, or call 701-223-5660 to RSVP for this fun afternoon in the sun!


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BISMARCK-MANDAN

BISMARCK-MANDAN LEMONADE DAY

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021 Location: Throughout Bismarck-Mandan Time: All Day Admission: Free to Attend Presented By:

Bismarck-Mandan Lemonade Day is coming up on Saturday, June 19th! This is a FREE entrepreneurial program that empowers today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. Participants in the program have the opportunity to learn how to create, own, and operate their own business in the form of a lemonade stand! The young entrepreneurs create their own business hours and set up shop by partnering with area businesses around the community where they will sell their tasty lemonade! With the help of a responsible parent or mentor, children set goals, make a plan, and then work the plan in order to achieve their dreams.

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ADVANCED BUSINESS METHODS Date: Thursday, June 24, 2021 Location: Advanced Business Methods 4480 Coleman Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Join this fellow Chamber EDC member in celebrating their 50th Anniversary during this Membership Mixer! Come enjoy some food, sweet treats, refreshments, and business after hours. Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and brining colleagues from your workplace! RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by registering online at business.bismarckmandan.com/ events or by contacting Josie Smyle at jsmyle@bmcedc. com.

Please join Bismarck-Mandan area youth as they learn all about what happens when life gives us lemons! REGISTER TODAY at https://lemonadeday.org/bismarck-mandan and get your young entrepreneur started. Interested in learning more or have questions? Contact Christine Nelson at cnelson@bmcedc.com, or Josie Smyle at jsmyle@mbcedc.com or call the Chamber EDC at 701223-5660.

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LIGHT OF CHRIST CATHOLIC SCHOOLS AND KLJ EARN NDSPE PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD KLJ is proud to announce that Light of Christ Catholic (LOC) Schools and KLJ were recently recognized by Chapter 3 of the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers (NDSPE) for the work completed on St. Mary’s Central High School Campus and presented the 2021 Project of the Year award. The award recognizes projects that include innovative engineering and provide benefit to society.

Light of Christ Catholic Schools hired KLJ to identify and size a new site for St. Mary’s Central High School and associated athletic facilities. After the site was selected, our team developed a master plan that guided the development of the property. KLJ aided LOC with the transfer of land, and our civil, structural, and electrical engineers along with our surveyor team, sited the new high school and designed the surrounding parking lots, courtyard, and football stadium. The design included proper water, sanitary and storm sewer connections, and landscape and lighting enhancements. In addition, our team designed the city roadways on either side of the site along with the associated water, sewer, and streetlights.

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The project began with rough grading in the fall of 2016 to move the soil and give the land a year to settle prior to constructing building foundations in the fall of 2017. Staging the project in this fashion helped accomplish LOC’s goal of starting the 2019 school year in the new high school, and start the 2020 school year with in-person learning even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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NEW LINEWORKER TRAINING CENTER IN MANDAN SETS COURSE FOR NEXT 50 YEARS OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP Bismarck State College (BSC) and the North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives (NDAREC) will celebrate 50 years of partnership and renew their commitment to training lineworkers across the region in a joint “Investing in Our Future” event on Thursday, May 6, at 1 p.m. The event marks the next chapter in this five-decadelong partnership by unveiling plans for the new Lineworker Training Center. NDAREC, along with North Dakota’s electric cooperatives, is upgrading the current BSC Lineworker training facility on NDAREC’s grounds, located at 3201 Nygren Drive N.W. in Mandan. Since 1970, BSC has trained 1,700 graduates of the lineworker program at the Mandan facility. The new, 26,294-square-foot, four-seasons Lineworker Training Center will be a one-of-a-kind, innovative facility providing enhanced, year-round training for the electric industry workforce. NDAREC has secured a $4-million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration for the project, which will be matched by $1 million in local investment from North Dakota’s electric cooperatives. “Fifty years ago, North Dakota’s electric cooperatives answered the call to meet the needs of a growing electric industry by partnering with BSC to develop a premier lineworker training program,” said Josh Kramer, NDAREC executive vice president and general manager. “Now is the time to once again invest in the future of this critical trade.”

As North Dakota’s polytechnic institution, BSC is a world leader in energy industry education and training. The BSC Lineworker program is the only one of its kind in North Dakota. Lineworker students receive intense, hands-on instruction in all facets of powerline construction, equipment operation and maintenance. Study includes classroom instruction, indoor and outdoor lab work, and courses to prepare students for North Dakota’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) exam. Graduates of the BSC Lineworker program are workforce-ready and report 90% placement rates, with hourly earnings up to $40. "Lineworkers keep homes powered and the lights on in our community. They are essential workers. It’s important that we invest in training this crucial workforce, and when industry partners such as NDAREC come alongside BSC like this, we can provide the highest quality hands-on, experiential, workforce training,” said BSC President Doug Jensen. “As a polytechnic institution, this is a top priority for BSC.” The joint “Investing in Our Future” event will include remarks from BSC, NDAREC and the offices of Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota’s congressional delegation, with lineworker training demonstrations by current BSC students.

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GATEWAY TO SCIENCE NORTH DAKOTA COMJOINS ASSOCIATION OF MUNITY FOUNDATION CHILDREN’S MUSEUMS SURPASSES $115 Gateway to Science, North Dakota’s hands-on science MILLION IN NET ASSETS center, has joined the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) in addition to its membership with the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).

As an Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Network Member, Gateway to Science members will receive 50% off general admission for up to six (6) people when visiting participating ACM member museums. The ACM Reciprocal Network is a voluntary group of ACM member museums open across the U.S. and Canada that reciprocate discounted admission to each other’s members. 200 museums participate in the network. The card holder must be present for discounted admission. Gateway to Science is an ASTC member science center that participates in the association’s Travel Passport Program. Passport Program venues grant Passport Program visitors with free or reduced general admission to their center or museum. Gateway to Science also participates in the Museums for All Program with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF) has announced that it surpassed $115 million in net assets in 2020. The organization was founded in 1976 to improve the quality of life of North Dakotans through charitable giving and promoting philanthropy.

NDCF currently manages over 750 charitable funds, including 69 local community foundations in the state and over 150 scholarship funds for North Dakota students. It has awarded over $84 million in grants since its inception. The organization has offices in Bismarck, Larimore, Dickinson, and Wahpeton, North Dakota. Local community foundations at NDCF in this part of the state include: • The Richardton Area Community Foundation • The Hebron Area Community Foundation • The Glen Ullin Community Foundation • The New Salem Area Community Foundation • The BisMan Community Foundation • The Garrison Area Community Foundation • The Mercer County Community Foundation The BisMan Community Foundation, which was established in 2011, had assets at the end of 2020 of over $2 million, which includes assets from the Glenn & Helen Sorlie Memorial Fund. The fund has awarded a total of 46 grants, totaling over $330,000. Grant recipients include the Heaven’s Helpers Soup Cafe, Aid, Inc., Bismarck Art & Galleries Association, Hope Manor, Wing Theatre, the Dakota Children’s Advocacy Network and Dreams in Motion.

Ross Frohlich - Membership Director

CONTACT ROSS TODAY to find out details about membership and if it’s the right choice for your business! rfrohlich@bmcedc.com

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY DOCTORATE OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PROGRAM FIRST AND ONLY PROGRAM ACCREDITED IN NORTH DAKOTA The University of Mary Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD) program continues to set the highest academic standards in its field of study. It recently became the first and subsequently the only program of its kind in North Dakota and Montana to receive a seven-year stamp of approval from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). The University of Mary OTD met all the compliance standards in each of its three locations — Bismarck, Fargo, and Billings, MT, — to become accredited. ACOTE praised the new University of Mary OTD program at its three sites with a list of a dozen major strengths that include hands-on fieldwork experiences in the United States and international level I experiences, along with its pro-bono clinics. “The academic fieldwork coordinator is lauded for overseeing culturally rich field work experiences. The unique Peruvian level I fieldwork, which has become a hallmark of the program, brings to life the mission of the university to serve the religious, academic, and cultural needs of the region and beyond,” said ACOTE in a stellar Report of the Accreditation Council (RAC) summary that also included suggestions for professional development and an aggregated program evaluation at its North Dakota sites, while also highlighting the future hiring of a fieldwork coordinator and enhanced interprofessional team dynamics at the Billings location. “They supported establishing a satellite occupational therapy campus leveraging a building and community resources and pro-bono clinic that supports the development of leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and practice in the occupational therapy students. The clinic is expanding to provide opportunities for additional interprofessional collaboration within the School of Health Sciences and has led to enhanced services for the underinsured and uninsured of the communities Bismarck and Fargo and demonstrates the Benedictine values of stewardship, community, justice and peace.”

Leading the faculty and setting the rigors of excellence among its student-body is Dr. Janeene Sibla, chair of the occupational therapy program at Mary. Sibla orchestrated the program’s transition from the master’s to the OTD, “developing the program into one that fully represents the School of Health Sciences mission to prepare health care professionals, anchored in moral courage, who respect and defend the dignity of the human person as well as the philosophy of the profession of occupational therapy. She is a strengths-based leader that successfully teams faculty across the curriculum and across campuses. This has resulted in a faculty that plans together, ensuring that the students regardless of home campus, experience community and excellence and consistency of content and assessment,” said the RAC. Sibla credits her dedicated and caring faculty who have a broad range of practice experience and expertise, and the self-driven students for the program’s success and rise to prominence in the OTD field.

In addition to pro-bono clinics at all locations, students also take part in interdisciplinary experiences in the three cities. According to the RAC, the University of Mary OTD faculty set a benchmark for blended online and on-site learning for students, especially during COVID-19.

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3400 Burnt Creek Loop, Bismarck, ND 58503 701-355-0995

JOHN WEIS at

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such as life insurance, annuities, and retirement accounts, passes to heirs by beneficiary designation. Beneficiaries can be persons or entities, such as a charity or a trust, and you can name multiple beneficiaries to share the proceeds. When you open an IRA or begin participating in a 401(k), you are given a form to complete to name your beneficiaries. Changes are made in the same way — you complete a new beneficiary designation form. A will or trust does not override your beneficiary designation form. However, spouses may have special rights under federal or state law. It's a good idea to review your beneficiary designation form at least every two to three years or when your circumstances change (marriage, divorce, death of beneficiary). And if adjustments are needed, complete and sign a new beneficiary designation form. For more information or to contact me directly, visit capcu.org/investments. Investments available through CUSO Financial Services, LP (Member FINRA/ SIPC). Not NCUA insured, not credit union guaranteed, may lose value.

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Q: WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OF SKIN CANCER? A: Skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma,

squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma) are an abnormal growth of skin cells and most often develop on skin that is exposed to the sun but can occur on areas of your skin not ordinarily exposed to sunlight. Most skin cancers are not life threatening and can be treated easily. A change in your skin is the most common sign of skin cancer- know the ABCDE’s of melanoma: • • •

A is for Asymmetry: One half of a mole or birthmark does not match the other. B is for Border: The edges are irregular, ragged, notched, or blurred. C is for Color: The color is not the same all over and may include different shades of brown or black, or sometimes with patches of pink, red, white, or blue. D is for Diameter: The spot is larger than 6 millimeters across, although melanomas can sometimes be smaller than this. E is for Evolving: The mole is changing in size, shape, or color.

Checking your skin for suspicious changes can help detect skin cancer at its earliest stages. If you have one of these warning signs, have your skin checked by a doctor. You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by limiting or avoiding exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation.


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Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE Q: HOW CAN I GET MORE OUT OF Q: CAN EMPLOYERS TEST BETWEEN A SPRAIN AND A TEAMS? FOR MARIJUANA AFTER STRAIN? LEGALIZATION? A: Follow the channels and chats you care A: A sprain is when you stretch and or tear most about. Right-click on the channel A: An employer can continue to test for a ligament; this is the connective tissue that joins the end of one bone to another. Sprains can be caused by a sudden movement such as a cutting move (think basketball with a quick pivot). You will tend to feel a tear or ‘pop’ in the affected area. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, bruising and inflammation. A strain occurs with an injury to a muscle, tendon or both. Tendons connect muscles to our bones. A strain can be caused by an awkward movement, twist, pull or prolonged, repetitive movements. Symptoms for a strain may include pain, swelling, muscle weakness, throbbing, or muscle spasms. Sprains and strains are graded by the level of severity of the injury which is why it is important to have a physical therapist conduct a thorough evaluation. After your evaluation the PT will discuss and provide a plan of care to get you back in the game of life! There is no referral needed to access quality physical therapy. See your Movement Specialist today! To learn more about Optimum Therapies visit www.optimumtherapies.com.

or chat you want to pay attention to click pin to find it easier in your left navigation. Change your Channel Notifications so that channels you want to stay up-to-date set to “All Activity”, change it do “Off” for channels if you do not need notifications for, there is also custom options. Have fun with your communications! You can use the GIF button and do searches for reaction words like “Happy” or “Sad” to find a GIF that will add some fun to your conversations. You can use snipping tool or other screen capture tools to copy and paste pictures into chats to help clear up communication. You can use Teams to collaborate on Microsoft files inside of Teams you can share an Excel or Word file and work on it with a team or coworker. Hosting spontaneous meeting is as simple as clicking the Meet button in a Channel or the Phone button in chat.

marijuana but is at risk if impairment is not documented at the time of the test. If marijuana testing is performed because of reasonable suspicion or post-accident and impairment has been demonstrated, an employer can take employment action. Employers could consider including marijuana in their reasonable suspicion drug-testing panel but not in a pre-employment or random panel. If an employer has safety-sensitive positions and believes it may not be safe to employ legal users of marijuana, they must perform an individualized employee assessment and a direct threat analysis. This determines if the employer can provide reasonable accommodation for the employee to maintain a safe workplace. The employer can then decide if they want to hire the applicant or take employment action.

You can install Teams on your smart phone and follow along with your communications on the go, but I suggest muting the Notifications while on a vacation or trip, make time off actually time off.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION AMERICAN BANK CENTER PROMOTES MEGAN MAXON TO MORTGAGE BANKING OFFICER Megan Maxon joined American Bank Megan Maxon Center in 2020 and has recently been promoted to mortgage banking officer. She finds the best loan products for home, land or investment property purchases. She can also assist with refinancing for better rates on existing home mortgages. Raised in Bismarck, Maxon has been working in the financial industry since 2011. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. DCN NAMES FRANK SALES ENGINEER Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) has named Steve Frank the company’s new sales engineer, based out Steve Frank of the Fargo office and serving customers across the DCN footprint. In this position, Frank will serve as a technical resource for design, verification, and deployment of services. This includes identifying customer IT needs and designing solutions to meet those needs, acting as a liaison between the sales and operations teams to facilitate the implementation and testing of customer solutions, testing and validating customer solutions in a lab environment, and demonstrating service offerings to current and prospective customers. Frank, who has an associate degree in electronics, has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry. He joined DCN in 2011 as Ethernet/IP technician II in Bismarck. In 2019, he moved to Fargo, allowing DCN to expand its remote hands services in the data center. Prior to joining DCN, Frank had 20 years’ experience with Owner companies BEK Communications in Steele and West River Telecom in Hazen.

CHI ST. ALEXIUS HEALTH WELCOMES SISTER NANCY MILLER, OSB, AS MISSION INTEGRATION DIRECTOR CHI St. Alexius Health has hired Sister Nancy Sr. Nancy Miller, OSB Miller, OSB, as the new Mission Integration Director. Sr. Nancy is a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation Monastery, sponsors of CHI St. Alexius. She also served as a Board Member at the hospital for 13 years. As the Director of Mission Integration, Sr. Nancy is tasked with fully integrating CHI St. Alexius Health’s mission and values as well as its heritage, ethics and identity into the environment, processes, policies and procedures of the organization. She will have responsibility for and executive oversight, leadership and direction of “Mission Services” at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, Mandan, Turtle Lake, Garrison, Minot and Washburn including, but not limited to the areas of, Spiritual Care, Community Benefit, Ethics, Violence Prevention, Indigenous People’s Hospital, Formation, Workplace Spirituality and Ecclesial Relations, etc. In collaboration with the local President, Kurt Schley, and the Division SVP, Mission Integration, Andrew Santos, Sr. Nancy will have the responsibility to help guide and lead all employees, as true “mission integrators,” to ensure the mission and values of the organization are inherently alive and fully integrated. Sr. Nancy graduated from University of Mary with a Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Management, She has been an influential leader in the Bismarck community for nearly 20 years serving at University of Mary as their Director of Campus Ministry and as the Prioress of the Annunciation Monastery. With a certification in Spiritual Direction, Sr. Nancy is a team player who is well respected, listens well and is known to have a great sense of humor. BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS Bianco Realty has announced their top 10 "REALTORS® of the Month" for April: Tori Mathern, Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Darcy Fettig, Brenda Foster, Heidi Stein, Justin Sackman, Judy Maslowski, Phyllis Rittenbach and Greg Gerhart. These 10 REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in April 2021.

DAKCU ANNOUNCES ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS During the Dakota Credit Union Association (DakCU) awards banquet, two Dakota credit union professionals were Faye Miller recognized for their outstanding individual achievements. Faye Miller, Volunteer at Capital Credit Union in Bismarck, was named Volunteer of the Year. This award goes to one volunteer each year that Travis Dengel has selflessly contributed time, effort, and talent to the development of the credit union movement in their state. Volunteers are an integral part of the credit union movement, and their contributions resonate throughout the credit union community by illuminating the most important part of the credit union structure. Travis Dengel, Assistant VP of Consumer Lending, Railway Credit Union in Mandan received the Emerging Leader of the Year Award. This 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 by executing the credit union mission and guiding the mission in new directions that enhance the overall vision of their organization. WILSON PROMOTED TO RECRUITMENT MANAGER FOR KLJ KLJ Engineering is proud to announce that Travis Wilson has been promoted to Travis Wilson Recruitment Manager. Wilson stepped into the Interim Recruitment Manager role in March and now takes on the role officially. As KLJ’s recruitment manager he will lead the company’s recruitment efforts and ensure recruitment practices align with the strategic growth of the organization. Wilson, who has worked in KLJ’s Human Resources department since April 2019, earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and human resources management from the University of Mary. He is a Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRMCP) and has a wealth of experience in talent recruitment, human resources, and business administration.

Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at rpelkey@bmcedc.com.

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS GOMEZ AND LODOEN JOIN FIRST WESTERN BANK & TRUST Henry Gomez joins First Western Bank & Trust as a Consumer Lender in downtown Henry Gomez Bismarck. He is a Bismarck native and comes to First Western with over 5 years of financial industry experience. Henry holds an Associates Degree from Bismarck State College and is working towards a Bachelor's Maddy Lodoen Degree in Accounting, Business Management, and Human Resources from Dickinson State University Maddy Lodoen comes to First Western Bank & Trust as the Marketing & Public Relations Specialist, she is located in our Downtown Bismarck bank location. Lodoen graduated from Minot State University with Bachelor's degrees in Marketing and Business Management in 2018.

BISMARCK AERO CENTER WELCOMES REIKOW TO TEAM Bob Reikow joins Bismarck Aero Center with over 35 years of aircraft maintenance Bob Reikow experience. He has a wide variety of turbine aircraft experience and expertise. Reikow has factory airframe-specific training in King Air, Beechjet 400A, Pilatus, Falcon 50. Bob has also received advanced training on PT6, Piper, Continental, and Garrett Engines. Recently, Reikow has been commuting to the Twin Cities, where he has been working on multiple turbine aircraft. He is no stranger to Bismarck as he spent the past seven years as a customer of BAC and previously worked at BAC for approximately six years.

BINKSTOCK EARNS CERTIFIED INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT CERTIFICATION We are proud to announce that Derek Binstock has earned his Derek Binstock Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) Certification. This program is designed to help investment consultants, analysts and financial advisors upgrade their understanding of investment management and portfolio construction to provide a wider channel of expertise to clients. With this certification Binstock has been promoted to Investment Officer with American Trust Center. He has been with American since 2018.

JUNE LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD. Broadcast on Radio Access 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org. Wed, 16th

3:30 pm

Historic Preservation Commission

Thurs, 3rd 5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment Mon, 7th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board*

Thurs, 17th

5:15 pm

Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 21st

5:00 pm 5:30 pm

Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board*

Tues, 8th

Tues, 22nd

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission*

Wed, 23rd

5:00 pm

Bismarck Planning Commission

Mon, 28th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Planning Commission*

Tues, 1st

5:30 pm

5:15 pm

Mandan City Commission

Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 9th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 10th

9:00 am 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck Parking Authority Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority Morton County Commission*

Mon, 14th 10:00 am 5:15 pm

Metropolitan Planning Org. Technical Advisory Committee Bismarck School Board

Tues, 15th 1:30 pm 4:00 pm 5:30 pm

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board Mandan City Commission

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

SIGNATURE EVENTS Renee Murrish, owner, celebrating new venue and storefront at 401 West Main in Mandan. Phone: 701-226-1640. Member.

BRUNO'S PIZZA Brandon Ralph, owner, celebrates the completion of the new interior remodel at 910 E Front Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-3700. Member.

N.D. GUARANTY & TITLE CO. Nick Hacker, President, Andrew Engelman, VP Commercial Services, and staff celebrate the grand opening of new remodel at 300 N 4th Street, Ste103 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-4989. Member.

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MATTRESS BY APPOINTMENT- MANDAN Jenny Benz, owner, celebrates the grand opening of her new business at 112 2nd Ave NW in Mandan. Phone: 701-238-9496.

WESTERN ND HONOR FLIGHT Kathleen Bien and volunteers celebrate becoming new members of the Chamber EDC. Member.

CULVERS Sammi Wu, owner, celebrates ground breaking at their new location at 4424 Skyline Crossing in Bismarck. Member.


CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com. Nutrition on 43rd 820 43rd Ave #126 Bismarck, ND 58503 Chase Geer (701) 220-8799 Nutrition on 43rd serves up our community with healthy meal replacement shakes, energizing teas, soothing aloe, high protein coffee and smiles to energize your day all while in a fun atmosphere!

HexaHive 3803 High Creek Rd Bismarck, ND 58503 Jade Scherr (701) 989-4880 At HexaHive, we provide marketing and design services that help you stand out from the crowd. We make your goals our priorities, ensuring that you get results that matter from your investment.

ZenBusiness 5900 Balcones Dr. Suite 5000 Austin, TX 78731 Ross Buhrdorf (512) 814-6420 ZenBusiness makes it easy to start, run & grow your business. We are a small business that is excited about helping other entrepreneurs realize their dreams of creating & growing a successful business.

Mattress by Appointment Mandan 112 2nd Ave NW Mandan, ND 58554 Jenny Benz (701) 238-9496 Save 50-80% on brand new mattress sets. Schedule a time to meet, find a mattress you like, and take it home today.

Kompleks Aerial PO Box 150 Bismarck, ND 58502 Dustin Bakken (701) 368-9923 Kompleks Aerial provides data driven drone services such as 2D orthomosaic maps, 3D models, construction progress monitoring, plant health, cut/fill analysis, and asset inspection. Advanced Pathogen Technologies 6088 Bennet Ct. S Fargo, ND 58104 Toyier Foster (701) 404-9224 Air, Water, Surface purification for home, office, showroom, or large venue ShredND 381 21st St. W Dickinson, ND 58601 Michael Ollerman (701) 690-5480 NAID Certified ON-SITE Professional Paper and Hard Drive Shredding Service.

Gunschers Auto Repair 1819 43rd Ave SE Mandan, ND 58554 Troy Gunsch (701) 663-3417 Automotive repair. All makes & models. Repairs gas & diesel engines. Super 8 Motel 1124 E Capitol Ave Bismarck, ND 58501 Minal Oza (701) 255-1314 Free hot continental breakfast; Pets welcome, Data-Port telephones, Cable TV, fridge, microwaves in all rooms. 24/7 Fax/copy services. Warren’s Locks & Keys 310 E Thayer Ave. Bismarck, ND 58501 Andrew Hoff (701) 223-0938 Locksmith shop. Safe & vault services Jimmy V’s 512 E Main Ave Bismarck, ND 58501 Steven Nardello (701) 557-7676 Bar servicing classic and new drinks, beer and shots. Along with East Coast style food.

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS CHAMBER EDC GOLF SCRAMBLE Date: June 14, 2021 • Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm Location: Apple Creek Country Club – 8921 Country Rd 10, Bismarck

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LEMONADE DAY BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: June 19, 2021 • Time: All Day Location: Bismarck-Mandan MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ADVANCED BUSINESS METHODS Date: June 24, 2021 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Advanced Business Methods – 4480 Coleman Street, Bismarck

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THURSDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC Date: July 29, 2021 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck CHAMBER EDC SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTOUT Date: August 20, 2021 • Time: 9:00am - 2:30pm Location: Capital City Sporting Clays – 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck

Join us for a Member Appreciation Lunch on our Patio! Thursday, June 17th Thursday, July 29th Thursday, August 26th RSVP ONLINE AT WWW.BISMARCKMANDAN.COM

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THURSDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC Date: August 26, 2021 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

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THURSDAYS AT THE CHAMBER EDC Date: June 17, 2021 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Patio – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

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Carz-n-Cures Tractor Trek Volkowitsch Golf Open BCC Night at the Larks Survivorship Picnic Mandan Road Race Blue Grass Goes Pink