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June 2015




Member Profiles Siverson Financial Services


Outstanding Teachers Chamber recognizes outstanding teachers in Bismarck-Mandan


Kocourek Retires in June Chamber Membership Invited to a special retirement party.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Rick Matteson.................................................................................................................... Chair Perrie Schafer ........................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Molly Barnes................................................................................................................ Secretary Brenda Nagel...............................................................................................................Treasurer Annette Behm-Caldwell............................................................................................. Past Chair Kelvin Hullet................................................................................................................ President


Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Accepting Applications Outstanding Bismarck-Mandan Teachers Recognized Kocourek Retires in June


Fridays at the Chamber Chamber Golf Scramble June Membership Mixer: Open Road Honda JA Casino Night Dinner on the Plaza

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chad Moldenhauer ����������������������� K&L Homes Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Dave Hoekstra ������������������������������� BNC Bank Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Ken Rutter............ Basin Electric Power Coop. Rick Matteson �������������MDU Resources Group Lee Pierce...................... Al Fitterer Architects Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Norm Clark .............................Gate City Bank Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Jeff Essler ������������������������������������������ H.I.T. Inc. Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Mike Schmitz ...................... Widmer Roel, PC Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc. Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Craig Larson ���������������������������Starion Financial Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union

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CHAMBER STAFF Kelvin Hullet................................................................................................................ President Annie Bergrud.........................................................................................Chief Financial Officer Hannah Haynes.............................................................................................. Program Director Susie Kocourek.................................................................................... Senior Program Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons....................................................................Membership & Publications Director Sally Paulson................................................................................................... Program Director Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Amanda Schwieters......................................................................... Member Services Director

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n May, I had the opportunity to attend the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan field project presentations. What a great morning. Not only do the participants learn about the community during the program, they are contributing projects that benefit the community. Over the last few years, the Leadership Program has transitioned to a more hands-on approach. Students in the class not only research an issue, they devise a solution and determine an implementation strategy. This year, the three projects are a study of a sports commission; slacklining and the Friendship Chair. The Friendship Chair is a simple but effective concept of a colorful two-seat bench identified in a school as a place to “Take a seat, Make a difference.” At its core, the program is an effort to combat bullying and provide an avenue for a positive friendship encounter. The class raised $14,000 to place a chair in each of the public and private schools in Bismarck-Mandan. I thought slacklining might be a cousin of zip lining, which I’ve done and enjoyed. It’s not. At first, it appeared the participants had bought cargo straps, tied them to trees and called it a sport. However, the first appearance was deceiving. Slacklining is a new idea to promote balance and core strength. If you want to understand why the sport is mostly likely for those under 30, just Google “Acrobatic Slacklining” and prepare to be amazed. Bismarck Parks and Recreation anticipates building a Slacklining Park later this year. For me, this definitely will be only a spectator sport. The sports commission project studied the benefits that this concept has provided to a number of communities in North Dakota and neighboring states. Like Bismarck and Mandan, each of those communities already had a number of organizations dedicated to a specific sport, event or facility. The sports commission is not an attempt to supplant existing organizations or duplicate their work, but rather to provide additional energy and resources focused on building their communities into premier sports destinations. Another Leadership field class project from last year is moving forward – the Universal Playground in Mandan. This playground, now under construction, was a field project in 2013. The idea is to create a space that transcends the playground between handicapped and non-handicapped children. In addition to researching the project, the class undertook a fundraising campaign of $500,000. The groundbreaking was held in Mandan in early May and construction will conclude later this summer. These are just a few examples of the impact the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program is having on the community. I want to extend a thank you to Brenda Nagel who chairs the program, all the volunteers and the businesses that assist the effort. It is making a difference. Speaking of making a difference: As you will see in this issue, Susie Kocourek is retiring at the end of June after serving the community for 30 years. What a legacy she leaves at the organization. From her ability to unite volunteers and organize projects to the endless knowledge of the community, Susie will be greatly missed by the members, board and staff. We all wish her and Doug the best in retirement.

- Rick Matteson

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By Jennifer Greuel, Clearwater Communications

As the 2015 Legislative Session commenced, the priorities of the business community included infrastructure funding, employee attraction and retention, affordable housing, childcare, tax reduction and fostering a positive business climate. However, an uncertain revenue forecast impacted many of the decisions made during the 64th Legislative Session, and, according to those involved, presented one of the session’s biggest challenges. The governor’s budget, presented in December, was based on a forecast projecting $8.3 billion in revenue for the state. By the mid-March revenue forecast, that total had dropped to $3.4 billion. “Dealing with a $4 billion budget cut was by far the greatest challenge,” says Rep. Todd Porter. “The session’s outcome came from a lot of hard work placing priorities on programs.” Kelvin Hullet, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce, says the session was still a success due in part to the legislature’s efforts to prioritize funding.


“The legislature did a great job of handling the decline in revenues and prioritizing spending on required needs such as infrastructure, education and property tax relief,” he says.

The drop in oil prices, along with uncertainty about the oil tax trigger, made stabilizing the state’s economy a priority, says Sen. Dwight Cook. “I don’t know how investors can make sound investment decisions in the community if they don’t know what the economy is going to look like in just a few months,” he notes. “Whether you are building homes or expanding your business, the uncertainty that we have had to live with over the last few months not only affected the state but affected every corporate board making these investment decisions.” A late-session bill was passed that changes the state’s oil taxes from 11.5 percent to 10 percent (five percent extraction and five percent production) effective Jan. 1, 2016. It also increases the extraction tax to six percent (11 percent total) if the average price per barrel is above $90 for three consecutive months and decreases the tax to five percent following three months below $90 per barrel. Rep. Porter agreed oil tax reform was needed. “The cost of drilling and transportation is more in North Dakota than in the other shale plays and our taxing structure is still higher than Texas and Oklahoma. The boom time is over; now it is time to create a sustainable, competitive industry.”


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Increasing funding for community infrastructure was a key focus for the Chamber, and Hullet says the state’s unprecedented growth created a need for infrastructure funding for Bismarck-Mandan. In response, the legislature created a definition and funding allocation for non-oil hub cities, which included Bismarck and Mandan. Hullet says this change was one of the biggest accomplishments of the session. “Becoming a hub city is a great success,” adds Cook. “It will take some pressure off the taxpayers in Bismarck and Mandan and help the community considerably.” The legislature also appropriated $4.31 million for Mandan and $1.44 million for Bismarck to rebuild and repair roadway infrastructure. Sen. Nicole Poolman says this is a topic that will need to continue to be addressed in the interim and the 2017 Legislative Session. “It will be important to obtain transportation funds to address growing demand on our roads, especially our main thoroughfares, to ensure the safety of our citizens and the quality of our commerce.” Another legislative session has come to a close. Hullet says childcare has also been a pressing issue for the business community, and the Chamber followed the issue closely during the session. Several childcare bills passed, including an appropriation of $2.3 million to expand childcare facilities. Another appropriation of $3 million will provide grants in the amount of $1,000 or $1,500, depending if a child is eligible for free or reduced lunches, to early childhood education providers.

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Legislators addressed affordable housing as well, notes Hullet, through the allocation of $40 million toward the Housing Incentive fund from a mix of general fund dollars, tax credits and funding through the Bank of North Dakota.


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Balancing the State’s Wealth Another major accomplishment of the session was income and property tax reform. The legislature provided $108 million in income and corporate tax relief this session, which includes a five percent reduction in corporate income tax and a 10 percent reduction in personal income tax. According to Hullet, this is a sustainable amount of tax relief for the business community based on the lowered forecast.

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FEATURE Sen. Cook, chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee, was the primary sponsor of a successful bill to allow corporations the flexibility to choose one of two formulas under which to be taxed. “Corporate tax reform will keep our state business friendly and allow North Dakota to compete with other states,” he says. Hullet explains the legislature also engaged in an expansive property tax reform effort by consolidating taxing authority and removing the sunset on the 12 percent local property tax buy-down policy. Sen. Cook emphasizes the bipartisan collaboration on the tax reform bills made these initiatives particularly positive. Rep. Porter says tax relief provided by the legislature benefits both individuals and the community. “I support anytime we can keep more money in the hands of taxpayers. They better understand the needs for that money and will reinvest it in our communities,” he says.

Preparing for the Future Throughout the session, Chamber members were involved by providing testimony and contacting legislators about issues relevant to the community. Hullet says he appreciates the efforts of the Chamber’s members. “Hearing directly from a business member means a lot to legislators, and we appreciate everyone’s assistance when there was a call to action.”

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But the effort of the business community doesn’t end with the legislative session, he says. Interim studies will be chosen at the end of May, and Hullet explains, during the interim, the Chamber will work with the cities of Bismarck and Mandan to make the case for additional infrastructure funding. “While not in an oil producing county, the rapid growth in our community is pressing infrastructure needs and exceeding the revenue stream of our community.” The Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee will also begin developing its legislative agenda for the 2017 Legislative Session. Hullet encourages any Chamber members interested in serving on the committee to contact the Chamber. Overall, local legislators say they were satisfied with the session’s outcome. “You always go into the session with a wish list, hoping for the moon,” says Rep. Porter. “With the current conditions and decrease in revenue, what we came out with was a very good, solid package for both the existing programs and the impact on taxpayers.” Looking to the future, Sen. Poolman says legislators will continue to work to improve the local community and state. “We will continue to work to preserve the businessfriendly environment we have created in North Dakota and support the small businessmen and women who have helped build it.”

WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER HANNAH AND MARY! I started at the Chamber as an intern for a year and a half and transitioned to full time in May. As an intern I worked for the Young Professional Network and assisting on projects for the Chamber. I was able to dive into different Chamber committees and learn from each employee. My internship grew my passion for this community and opened my eyes to the incredible projects that were advancing Bismarck as a whole. I received my Bachelor of Science in Banking Services and Finance and Marketing from the University of Mary where I found a love for business and making a difference. As an employee of the Chamber I greatly enjoy the impact that we are able to have and make on our community. As Program Director I will be able to work on community projects, work with the different committees and help enhance the Bismarck-Mandan community. Hannah Haynes

I am a Minnesota native, but have fallen in love with Bismarck, ND and am proud to now call it home. I have loved being a part of the Chamber family and look forward to continuing full time.

I am delighted to be working at the Chamber. As an Office Support Professional my responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering phones and assisting the terrific staff of this great organization with whatever tasks need to be done. I grew up in Omaha but have long considered Bismarck to be my home. Office support work has been my niche for the past fifteen years, including ten years with the University of Mary. My interests include classic movies, cooking and spending time with family and friends.

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Marc Siverson and his office assistant, Krista Frederick.

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Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I have been in customer service since I was 16 years old and started managing retail stores when I was 21 years old. I have always enjoyed helping clients fix their needs and find their solutions. Like most business owners, I am CEO, Sales Manager, and Manager of the employee training dept.

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Q: Briefly tell us the history of Siverson Financial Services. A: After managing retail farm stores for thirty years, the company I was working for filed bankruptcy. I decided to start my own business where I had more control over my future than to rely on upper management. My role started off as Chief Cook and Bottle washer, I did what needed to be done to prospect for clients, help clients with all their needs, and keep up with changes in products. Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: Being an independent producer, I can use products that I believe in and give value to my clients for what they need, not what a home office wants me to sell. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: Because I help business owners with 401(k) plans, SIMPLE retirement plans and other employee benefits my business has been positively influenced as my clients sales improve as well. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: I would say the biggest change is that the Labor Dept. and Employee Benefits Security Administration are keen on fiduciary responsibility. As reps we won’t know what this will look like until all sides come together. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: In the financial services arena, I think there will always be changes, whether they be right or wrong.

Q: What does the future of your business look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: It seems Americans aren’t saving enough for retirement and most don’t have enough life insurance or disability insurance for their needs. I think if our industry can continue to educate the general public, a lot of these issues can be alleviated. Q: Siverson Financial Services has been a member since 2012, why do you continue to renew each year? A: I have been a member of the Chamber to stay visible within the community so I can continue helping people with their financial challenges. Q: What should Chamber members know about your company that may assist them within theirs? A: As I said earlier, I work with a lot of employers helping them to keep up with all the changes in their 401(k) plan as well as SIMPLE plans. Most business owners have enough issues to deal with, without spending too much time on the complexities of retirement plan.

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE CLASS OF 2015-2016 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan is now accepting applications for the class of 2016. Up to 20 applicants will be accepted to participate in the program. Participants delve into today’s most compelling issues. Community experts lead stimulating issue day sessions on topics relevant to the Bismarck-Mandan area. Some of the topics covered include: local issues, economic development, diversity, communications, natural resources, energy, agriculture, human services, arts, leisure, education, legislative, political involvement, health, media, law, faith, ethics, values, military, and servant leadership.

Most issue days are ½ day. Highlights of the program include: a full day retreat, group field projects and graduation ceremony. Applications are available online at Go to the committees tab and click on Leadership Bismarck-Mandan. Any questions, contact Susie at 223-5660. Applications are due August 5. Program begins September 23, 2015 with graduation in May of 2016. Scholarships Available Thanks to the generosity of Gate City Bank, Exploring Leadership Solutions-David Leingang and Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association who will be sponsoring scholarships to qualifying candidates. Please contact Susie at the Chamber to find out about a Leadership Bismarck-Mandan scholarship.


Ten years ago, a program called the Student Chamber of Commerce was started to engage our young adults in a leadership program at the high school level. It was designed to nurture and enhance the skills of students from our community who wish to become involved in impacting the future. It has been endorsed by all of the community’s high schools, both public and private.

It has been designed for high school juniors and seniors to acquaint the students with the community, develop and enhance leadership skills, provide opportunities to network with business and community leaders, and encourage young people to remain in or return to the Bismarck-Mandan community.

Task Force member Sheri Haugen-Hoffart, Principal David Wisthoff, Tieg Paulson, Chamber President Kelvin Hullet and Task Force member Chris Heringer

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The goals of the Student Chamber are: • To foster students’ interest in community and voluntary activities • Provide opportunities for students from different schools to get to know one another and develop a level of mutual trust and respect • Allow interaction with community leaders and decision makers • Foster leadership development as a stepping stone to being a community leader or a leader in the student’s school or community Four years ago, the Chamber and committee started awarding a $500 scholarship to a Student Chamber member who has been extremely active for both their junior and senior years. One of the criteria for the scholarship is that the student will be attending a North Dakota institution of higher learning, as we hope that this program has fostered their interest in staying in North Dakota. This year, we are proud and pleased to announce that the Bismarck-Mandan Student Chamber of Commerce scholarship was awarded to Tieg Paulson from Bismarck High School. Tieg plans on attending the University of North Dakota in the fall, majoring in premed. Congratulations, Tieg!

OUTSTANDING TEACHERS OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED The month of May doesn’t just bring May flowers; it also brings many Outstanding Teachers!

Missy Hanson and Family

Julie Ward and Sally Paulson

Tana Sukauskas nominated by student Nash Binegar

Around the same timeframe as Teacher Appreciation Week, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year Task Force awarded the coveted Outstanding Teacher of the Year award to an elementary teacher in Bismarck and Mandan; a secondary teacher in Bismarck and Mandan and a post-secondary winner. The Chamber’s post-secondary winner is an instructor for NDSU Nursing at Sanford. Missy Hanson was surprised at a staff meeting by the members of the committee and her family when she was recognized at the school. Missy was nominated by peers and students alike. One thing that really came across in her support letters was that she always made time for students, even those who weren’t in her classes.

Allen Shreve and wife, Karen

The elementary winner in Bismarck was Mrs. Julie Ward from Liberty Elementary. Julie Ward, a 3rd grade teacher at Liberty Elementary School, was selected after more than 60 students, parents and colleagues wrote letters of support. In her 19 years with Bismarck Public Schools, she has also taught at Saxvik and Northridge.

Whitney Rinas and Mandan Principal Mark Anderson

The secondary winner in Bismarck was Mrs. Tana Sukauskas. Sukauskas was nominated by a student who talked about how he excelled in English last year with her as his teacher. Another student wrote, “She strives to see excellence in all of us students individually and has the ability to reach us like no other has before.”

The Mandan elementary teacher of the year was Mr. Allen Shreve from Lewis & Clark Elementary. A peer said he is an amazing teacher and has a way of creating a learning environment where kids feel safe and respected. He is well known for his Cross Ranch Challenge where students must read a specific number of pages of a book. And last, but far from least, the Chamber’s secondary winner in Mandan was Mrs. Whitney Rinas from Mandan High. Mrs. Rinas was presented her award at the large scholarship assembly at the school. The person who nominated Rinas said that a good teacher is able to teach you something you will remember for a semester, however an outstanding teacher will teach you something you will remember for the rest of your life. The Chamber and Outstanding Teacher of the Year task force would like to thank everyone who wrote nomination and support letters for these teachers and would like to thank ALL teachers in Bismarck-Mandan who change the lives of children daily.


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CASH-IN AT JA CASINO NIGHT! On June 19th, Junior Achievement (JA) will host the 10th annual JA Casino Night! This event was originally created because Junior Achievement of Bismarck-Mandan wanted to try something different than was being done in our community. And it’s been a homerun!

The JA Board of Directors wanted to have an adults only fundraiser that would help raise money to support the program, but also be an absolute blast. We think we’ve accomplished exactly that! If you have not attended JA Casino Night, you are encouraged to attend this year’s event. The tickets are $30 or $50 and include $75,000 in play money, 10-15 bucket auction tickets, free hors d’oeuvres, along with music and entertainment throughout the night. Purchase of the $50 ticket also gets your name into the drawing for the two grand prizes! Drawings are held for such items that could include televisions, golf packages, night on the town baskets and SO much more! We guarantee you won’t regret attending this event! Casino Night is an amazing event that helps to support an amazing program. All of the money stays local to ensure classrooms are able to have Junior Achievement at their school.

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Mandan Eagles is the place, purchase tickets at For more information contact Sally Paulson or any JA Board member. Junior Achievement of Bismarck-Mandan challenges you to attend and NOT have fun! A huge thank you goes out to event supporters, without which Casino Night could not occur! Platinum Sponsors: Northwest Contracting; Allied Building Products; Walmart North and Walmart Mandan. Other sponsors include: Open Road Honda; Titan Heating & Air; Bank of North Dakota; Bismarck Aero Center; Townsquare Media; A-1 Steam Brothers and Fode’s Carpet, Inc.; Swenson, Hagen and Company, P.C.; Front Street Millwork; Cornerstone Bank; Capitol City Welding; Truss Systems; Century 21 Landmark Realty-Amy Hullet; City Air Mechanical; North American Coal Corp.; Missouri Basin Materials and Flecks Furniture.


Thank you to all our booth sponsors and attendees for joining us for the first annual New Resident Welcome! We had nearly 30 booths displaying all the wonderful opportunities and activities for residents to get involved. It was wonderful to hear the excitement of multiple new residents stating how happy they were to have an event like this welcoming them to the community. Thank you to Shiloh Christian School for opening your beautiful facility to our community and showing such generous hospitality! We look forward to growing this event over the next few year’s Lastly, thank you to A & B Pizza – South for baking up some delicious pizzas for dinner. Thank you to our booth sponsors: Gateway to Science,

Dickinson State University, Missouri Valley Family YMCA Bismarck Parks & Recreation, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, Mandan Parks & Recreation, Bismarck Senior Center, Sanford Health, Bismarck State College, BisMarket, Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, KNDR FM Radio, Optimist Club of Bismarck, Shiloh Christian School, Gold’s Gym, Northwest Tire Inc, New Song Community Church, PATH Inc, Trademark Realty, YP Network, Edward Jones/ Jessica Weisz, Century 21 Morrison Realty, Theo Art School, Bismarck Police Youth Bureau, The Studio’s at CC’, MSA United Way, Good Samaritan Society Home Care and United Blood Services.


Congratulations to Diane Rieger, ambassador of the quarter for the 2nd quarter of 2015. Diane is the general manager at Kelly InnBismarck; a position she has held for over a year. She was born and raised in Bismarck, graduating from BHS. She is married to Howard and has two children. Diane is a new ambassador and has been very committed to this committee by attending ribbon cuttings, serving as a greeter and helping with Chamber events. Diane enjoys being an ambassador as she says she loves people and the service industry and is proud to live and work in the community. Thank you to Diane and also to Kelly Inn for allowing her the time to get involved.

Diane Rieger, of Kelly Inn – Bismarck, is presented as the current Ambassador of the Quarter.

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Outstanding Teacher of the Year- If you would like to be involved in this task force, your responsibilities would be to attend meetings from Jan/Feb-April, when we present the awards to the teachers at their home schools. You will also be tasked with helping to judge the nominations and help to secure gifts for each teacher’s basket.

Have you been contemplating getting involved in the Chamber, but weren’t sure how much time you would need to devote or where you should volunteer your time? The Business Education Partnership Committee has been revamped and has now been turned into several task forces. Because we know people are so busy these days, the task forces seemed to make more sense for those who would like to be involved in certain activities. There are now three active task forces. They are as follows:

Bismarck-Mandan Student Chamber- If you would like to be on this task force, your responsibilities are as follows: help to secure the presenters for each month’s issue days, attend the issue days with Sally and the students, help welcome students at the opening retreat and bid them farewell at the closing retreat. We are also looking for two Co-Chairs for this task force.

Ethics Day- Responsibilities include attending meetings from August to November with a wrap up meeting in December; help to come up with the dilemmas that will be used for the event; help to secure table leaders. This year’s Ethics Day event will be held on November 5th at the BPS Career Academy.

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the three task forces from above, please contact Sally at 223.5660 or by email at: We would love to have you involved and they are all so very worthwhile, so if you have been contemplating getting involved with the Chamber, this would be a GREAT opportunity for you!


On August 6, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local businesses and their accomplishments. Honoring our 2015 Granite Award Winner PLUS help us recognize these other fine nominees/award winners: • Small Business Person of the Year • Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability • New Entrepreneur of the Year • Granite Award (sponsored by MDU Resources and Basin Electric) • Outstanding Teachers of the Year • Golden Eagle Recipient

Presenting sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: American Bank Center, BNC National Bank and Miller Insulation

RSVP online at You can purchase tickets for this event are $35.00 for Chamber members at $45.00 for non-members. Tickets will be available until Friday, July 31st and are required to attend, as seating is limited. There are still a few table sponsor spots left, but they are going quick! If your business would like a table at the event, please contact Sally at 223.5660 or by email at: Cost is $500. 14 | Chamber Connection

Video sponsor: Threefold Productions

Silver Sponsors: Bismarck Aero Center and Northland Financial Award Sponsor: The Bismarck Tribune

Table Sponsors: Bismarck State College, Bremer Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, LLP, Gate City Bank, Midcontinent Communications, Missouri Valley Petroleum, Sanford Health, Wells Fargo Bank, Starion Financial, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bank of North Dakota and KXMB CBS 12.

KOCOUREK SET TO RETIRE IN JUNE AFTER 30+ YEARS AT THE CHAMBER By Kelvin Hullet, Bismarck-Mandan Chamber President

For over three decades, Susie Kocourek has worked at the Chamber of Commerce. She first worked at the Mandan Chamber and then with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber after the merger in 1991. You might say the Chamber is in her blood as her father served as the Chamber President in Mandan for many years. However, the end of June concludes the Kocourek era at the Chamber as Susie will be retiring. We know she is going to miss us. No more annual meeting clean-up; worrying about booth rentals at the Holiday mixer; trying to figure golf handicaps; wondering where the flag prize stakes are; keeping the staff in-line; checking the weather for the Spring mixer; scheduling ribbon cuttings and Ambassador meetings or ensuring program timelines are updated. Who WOULDN’T miss all that fun? We do know Susie will be greatly missed by the volunteers and staff. From her expert staffing of committees and the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program to her intimate knowledge of community history and ability to share humorous Chamber stories, Susie served as a key staff person of the Chamber. Her mentoring of volunteers and staff is a legacy that will long be remembered. We wish her and Doug the best as she pursues this new beginning called retirement.

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RETIREMENT PARTY honoring Susie Kocourek

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FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Friday, June 5, 2015 Chamber Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 11:30AM - 1:00PM Free for all Chamber Members and their employees

Lunch is on us! This month is our first of three, Friday’s at the Chamber, so come out Friday, June 5th to the Chamber patio between 11:30am – 1:00pm. We’ll have brats, pulled pork, multiple sides and some cool refreshments. There is no cost to attend, so stop in for a quick bite to eat with co-workers and friends, as you enjoy our beautiful patio view. This is our little way of saying thank you for all your support throughout the year; it does not go unnoticed! Please RSVP online at event or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660 so we can plan appropriately.

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Monday, June 8, 2015 Apple Creek Country Club 8912 County Rd 10, Bismarck 10:30AM - 5:30PM $170.00 per golfer* *Includes 18 holes, golf cart, lunch, dinner and driving range.

The Annual Chamber Scramble Around is scheduled for Monday, June 8 at Apple Creek Country Club. Registration starts at 10:30am, golfing begins at 11:30am with dinner and awards at 4:30pm. You can register for this event online at or by contacting Susie at


Thursday, June 11, 2015 Open Road Honda 4120 Memorial Hwy, Mandan 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Mark your calendars for this month’s Membership Mixer on Thursday, June 11th at the Open Road Honda! In addition to some tasty local Mandan hors d’oeurves, cool refreshments and networking opportunities; enjoy ATV demo rides, scooter demos, and don’t miss the opportunity to win some great prizes! Grand prize giveaway is a brand new Lawn Mower. This is truly going to be a party with lots of horsepower that you don’t want to miss! Dacotah Speedway will be there giving away tickets for the races on Friday, June 12th and the Demolition Derby on Saturday, June 13th. Race car drivers will be there too and have their race cars on display. Membership Mixers are free to attend and open to your employees, so don’t forget to invite your co-workers along. Please RSVP online at events/calendar or by contracting Amanda at 701-223-5660.

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CASINO NIGHT Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Friday, June 19, 2015 Mandan Eagles Club 1400 Collins Ave, Mandan 6:00PM - 10:00PM $30.00 or $50.00 (includes entry into grand prize raffle)

The 10th annual JA Casino Night is scheduled for Friday, June 19th at the Mandan Eagles Club. With the purchase of a $30.00 ticket, each person gets 10 bucket auction tickets, $75,000 in play money, free hors d’oeurves along with music and entertainment throughout the night. When you purchase a $50.00 ticket, you are automatically entered to the grand prize raffle along with 15 bucket auction tickets and $75,000 in play money. Try your hand at blackjack, pull tabs, poker and roulette. At the end of the evening you can trade your winnings in for more bucket auction tickets to win amazing prizes such as iPads, lawn packages, jewelry and SO MUCH MORE! Proceeds from this event go to Junior Achievement Bismarck-Mandan. For tickets, contact Sally at 701.223.5660 or

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FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Friday, July 10, 2015 Chamber Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 11:30AM - 1:00PM Free for all Chamber Members and their employees

Join the Chamber staff and fellow members for a fun and informal way to network, one Friday each month this summer. On July 10th from 11:30am1:00pm, Chamber staff will be serving brats, pulled pork sandwiches, a choice of sides and some cool refreshments. There is no cost to attend, so stop in for a quick bite to eat and enjoy our beautiful patio view! Please RSVP online at calendar/events or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660 so that we can plan for plenty of lunch.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015 Chamber Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Chamber members are invited to join us on our plaza Thursday, July 16th for an evening of fine dining and wonderful company. July’s dinner will feature customized culinary delights by the Bistro. Also, enjoy our selection of beers to sample from Jerome Distributing and our beautiful patio view. Bring your employees, spouse or just come and meet fellow Chamber members in a laid back setting. You’ll be accompanied by delightful music and a perfectly paired selection of wine by Captain Jacks. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:00PM and dinner served at 7:00PM A limited number of seats are available, so secure your spots as soon as possible. Tickets are $30 each or you can purchase a Dinner on the Plaza season pass for $70. The next two dinners are August 27th and September 17th. RSVP online at or call Amanda at 701-223-5660 to register.

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Honda of Bismarck 1100 57th Ave NE, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Mark your calendars for July’s Membership Mixer on Thursday, July 23rd at the new Honda of Bismarck! Membership Mixers are free to attend and open to your employees, so don’t forget to invite your co-workers along. Please RSVP online at events/calendar or by contracting Amanda at 701-223-5660.

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Friday, August 21, 2015 Capital City Sporting Clays 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck 8:00AM - 2:30PM $100 for Members; $125 for non-members

Mark your calendar for a day of fun at Capital City Sporting Clays. This outdoor event is fun for all members from the casual shooter to those with serious shooting skills. Cost to attend is $100 each for Chamber members and $125 for non-members. Admission includes shotgun shells, course fees, lunch, beverages and great door prizes! Visit to register or call 701-223-5660 for registration or sponsorship information.

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY AND BEK COMMUNICATIONS PARTNER TO PROVIDE COUNTRY’S FIRST STUDENT-RUN TV STUDIO It’s a college student’s dream come true. Thanks to a seven-figure investment by BEK Communications Cooperative they’ll have the opportunity to do things no other college student in the country has ever done before. Starting this fall, all University of Mary communications students will have the chance to work with state-of-the-art high definition television equipment to broadcast live events remotely from the new BEK Broadcast Studios on campus.

Derrick Bulawa, general manager at BEK Communications, announces partnership with University of Mary.

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This partnership between the University of Mary and BEK Communications Cooperative is the first of its kind in the nation and goes beyond what is being done on a national level at sports networks and colleges. “Nobody else is doing this — it’s the future of live broadcasting,” stated Derrick Bulawa, general manager at BEK Communications. “We are revolutionizing how live sports coverage is being produced. Some FBS Division I conferences are using similar technology, but we are taking it one step further with students operating our remote broadcasts, on-screen graphics and creating instant replay, on-air play-by-play and color commentary. The students will be completely immersed into all roles of live television production.” “We are offering something different, something greater for our students,” added Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “In 2013, the Board of Trustees at the University of Mary embarked on Vision 2030 — a new, robust strategic plan for the future of our students, our faculty and our campus. It’s a plan that engages alumni, current students, faculty, donors, trustees, community members and businesses to join with us to meet our goal and vision as a university with distinction. This partnership with BEK Communications and this new, one-of-a-kind studio answers that call. It not only serves our North Dakota communities but helps our students share in the joy of learning.” The current technology and older broadcast model used by ESPN and other national networks involves bringing huge semi trailers to an event connected to more than a dozen cameras, with over 50 staff and onair personalities.

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BEK Communications and the University of Mary are simply changing the paradigm by turning the new studio on campus into what once was the traditional on-site television-production truck run remotely by students. To start, the plan is to broadcast approximately 100 to 200 live events a year. The new state-of-the-art BEK Broadcast Studios will be located in the lower level of the Welder Library on campus.


Area seniors will soon benefit from the development of forty new affordable apartments.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) has awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to Sierra Court LLP, an independent living project for households age 55 and older. The development will be located at the corner of Century Avenue and Ithica Drive, in close proximity to retail centers, schools, parks, municipal services and public transportation. The L-shaped property will be three stories. It will feature a common reception area with a fireplace, a fitness center, library, media room and a multipurpose room. A manager will live on site. Each of the 18 one-bedroom and 22 two-bedroom units will offer a spacious floor plan, full kitchen, carpet and tiled floors, blinds, central air, a washer and dryer, and secure access through indoor corridors. The units will rent for $450 to $900 per month (depending on household income and unit size). Pre-development planning is now underway. The project is expected to begin construction by the summer of 2015. Mountain Plains Equity Group and Hometown Living are the co-developers and general partners of the project. Both companies are based in Billings, MT and have been involved in the financing and development of affordable housing projects in North Dakota for several years.


The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, in conjunction with StageWest Entertainment, is excited to announce the cast of the 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical. After the conclusion of thousands of auditions in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Tennessee, 12 Burning Hills Singers and two hosts have been selected for this year’s landmark performance.
 The “Queen of the West,” Emily Walter, will join “Wild West Prestidigitator,” Bill Sorensen, as co-hosts of this year’s show. Walter began hosting the Medora Musical in 2010 and this year will use her powerful voice to lead the cast as they celebrate the legacy of Theodore Roosevelt and the old west.

Meanwhile, the on-stage antics of Bill Sorensen will add a touch of magic and humor to the storyline – while he ever so slightly pesters his fellow cast members, to the delight of the crowd.
 The 50th Anniversary of the Medora Musical shows every night, June 5 – September 12, at 7:30pm MDT. Tickets are on sale April 27 at

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Mandan Parks and Recreation and the Universal Playground Committee held an equipment groundbreaking ceremony Photo courtesy of Landscape Structures for the new universal playground on Monday, May 4 at Eagles Park at 100 14th St. NE. The fundraising for this project began in May 2014. Thanks to 50 plus sponsors, the vision has become a reality. The universal playground and the multipurpose building are scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. Planned for approximately 14,400 square feet of space, the new universal playground and the multipurpose building will provide a place where everyone can interact and play together. For more information about the universal playground, visit or

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Oaktree Realtors is under new ownership. Longtime Oaktree real estate agents Crystal Neumann, Darren Schmidt, and Jason Schmidt are now partners in the firm. “We are excited to continue the legacy of excellent service that prior Oaktree Realtors founders and owners started. While our firm is under new ownership, our approach to serving our clients remains unchanged,” said Crystal Neumann. “Over the years, the Oaktree brand has become one of the most recognizable and respected in our region,” says Darren Schmidt. “We are grateful for the chance to continue to serve clients.” Jason Schmidt adds that the trio’s passion for real estate will continue to guide them in the management of the company. “We’re realtors because nothing is more professionally rewarding than helping a person or family find a new home or a place for business.”


National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) President and CEO Vern Dosch has authored the business book Wired Differently which shares the compelling story of the organization and its nearly 50-year history of being based on the cooperative business model. Dosch unveiled the book during NISC’s annual meeting on Feb. 22, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

“There are tangible reasons why NISC has seen consistent growth over the years, and why so many of our employees have chosen to build a career at NISC rather than consider us merely as a stop along their journey,” Dosch said while addressing an audience of over 500.”To the best of our ability, through story and example, Wired Differently offers NISC as a business, cultural and leadership model for the reader’s consideration.” NISC leaders have discovered that the power of leadership through service, the importance of putting values in action, and the foundational strength of operating as a cooperative combined to deliver a collaborative culture in practice, according to Dosch. “Wired Differently seeks to present an intriguing business case for these elements because, at NISC, we have seen how effective they are at drawing out the best in people, empowering them to consistently deliver positive bottom-line results to our Member/Owners and our customers,” Dosch said.

Award-winning professor John N. Doggett wrote the Foreword to Wired Differently. Doggett is a senior lecturer for the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in Austin, and he consults with clients in 30 countries around the world.”This book will move you,” Doggett says.”It tells a humbling, inspiring and wonderful story of what can happen when people strive to live a life of meaning and service to others. It will show you the power of putting organizational values into action, and perhaps it will even wake up corporate America to the cooperative model and a whole new way of doing business.”

Early praise for Wired Differently has come from authors, clergy, academics and industry executives, including Martin Lowery, Executive Vice President of Member and Association Relations with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association in Arlington, Va. “Management books come and go, and most are not remembered,” Lowery says.“This book, as the title implies, is different. Above all, Wired Differently has made an important contribution to the philosophy of cooperative management that has profound implications for how organizations can and should operate in the future.”

Readers of Wired Differently are taken inside the IT cooperative where one out of every 10 employees has chosen to stay and contribute for more than two decades, and the average tenure of over 1,000 employees exceeds 10 years. Wired Differently offers insights, errors and the story of NISC’s successful evolution into the wellrespected community partner and industry leader that it is today. NISC is a leading provider of information technology products and services in 49 states as well as in Canada, American Samoa and Palau. It offers billing, accounting, engineering, e-commerce and infrastructure products, including 24-hour support, and provides consulting to utilities and telecommunications companies. NISC also serves other infrastructure industries, and its clients include businesses from Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 lists.

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Area racing enthusiasts no longer have to search to buy performance enhancing racing fuel. Open Road Honda in Mandan has announced that it has become a supplier for VP Racing Fuel. This is good news for area racers and performance enthusiasts looking to increase engine performance on their vehicles.

the 2014-2015 Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award and the Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award, and second place for the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award and the Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Member Service Award.

“We sell and service high-performance machines and we wanted to provide a high quality fuel that will perform consistently” said Shawn Volk, Service Manager at Open Road Honda. Volk said that Open Road Honda decided to become a VP supplier because their customers were asking for better fuel options. “High performance machines like many of our customers ride and race demand the best fuel, so it was an easy decision.”

The awards were recently presented by the Credit Union Association of the Dakotas (CUAD), a regional organization that represents credit unions in North Dakota and South Dakota, at the annual summit in Las Vegas.

Open Road Honda will stock all popular VP fuels, ranging from two-stroke lawn and garden engine fuel all the way up to high-performance NHRA drag car fuel. Racers will now be able to purchase racing fuel locally, giving them an extra edge on the track.

The Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award, which recognizes a credit union’s effort to teach personal finance skills to community members over the age of 18, was awarded to Capital Credit Union for promoting personal finance education with conducting seminars, free financial education booklets; and online financial tools. The Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award, which recognizes credit unions and their efforts to educate community members under the age of 18 on personal finance concepts, was awarded to Capital Credit Union for promoting youth financial literacy through events such as Jump$tart’s Real World Camp, which teaches students about budgeting, loans, savings accounts, personal expenses and credit cards. The Louise Herring Philosophy-in-Action Members Service Award, which acknowledges a credit union’s efforts to improve members’ lives through programs outside of personal finance education, was awarded to Capital Credit Union for promoting unique loans like the Payday Alternative Loans (PAL), which help members avoid the high rates and fees charged by payday lenders. The Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award, which acknowledges efforts to strengthen community organizations though outreach programs, was awarded to Capital Credit Union for partnering with Meals on Wheels to deliver meals to community members in need.

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BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOLS PURCHASES LAND PROPERTY The Bismarck School Board has purchased property potentially for a future school on the northwest corner of 71st Avenue and North 26th Street in east Bismarck. The 80 acres of land will cost $2.4 million. Board member Lawrence King says it’s a fantastic investment in a central location and puts the district in a good position for a possible elementary, middle or high school in future years. Board president Heide Delorme says the school district is land poor and she’s glad to get the property at a good price. The Board has also purchased two 8-plex apartment buildings near Simle Middle School for nearly $1.5 million. Middle school space is needed for projected enrollment of 730 more middle school students in the next five years. Board member Matt Sagsveen says he doesn’t want to break the feeder system that currently links the three middle schools to the three high schools. Lawrence King said he favors adding onto the three middle schools instead of building a new, more costly facility. Until now, Simle was landlocked while Wachter and Horizon have space. The Board is interested in continuing to lease the apartments at 1214 and 1218 Simle Drive until needed, which will generate revenue. In other business, the Bismarck School Board approved bids for Legacy High School furniture at $2.8 million. Scoreboards for Legacy, estimated to cost $72,000, will be donated. The Board also approved bids and plans for the LHS track, fields and bleachers at a total cost of about $6 million. The field should be done in October; the track may not be finished until spring 2016.

Last but not least, Bismarck Public Schools will provided free breakfast and lunches this summer for all interested students ages 18 and under, regardless of income. The sites will be as follows: Myhre Breakfast and lunch

Thurs. June 11-Fri. July 24 7:40-8:00am & 12:00-12:25pm

Saxvik Breakfast and lunch

Thurs. June 11-Fri. July 24 7:40-8:00am & 12:00-12:25pm

Will-Moore Breakfast and lunch

Thurs. June 11-Fri. July 24 7:40-8:00am & 12:00-12:25pm

Grimsrud Lunch only

YMCA Lunch only

Thurs. June 11-Fri. Aug. 14 12:00-12:25pm Thurs. June 11-Fri. Aug. 14 12:00-12:25 pm

Children do not need to be YMCA members or attend Camp Edventure, MREC summer programs, or Bismarck Parks and Recreation District Summer Activity Centers to get free meals. These two parks will also offer free summer lunch June 8-Aug. 21 and may be closer to your home:

• Kiwanis Park, West of Sweet and Bowen Ave. on Washington St., 11-11:30 am.

• Custer Park, West of Broadway Ave. on Washington St., 12-12:30 pm.

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The Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN) introduced a new logo and look at their annual meeting and anniversary celebration held on Thursday, May 7. The change celebrates the organization’s 10year anniversary and follows a two-year strategic plan developed in 2014. “The new logo embodies what it means to be a young professional: a sharp-looking, sophisticated design, yet brings a sense of exuberance with the bold and colorful look,” said TJ Jerke, president of the BismarckMandan Young Professionals Network. “The new look will give the network a bolder image in the community and is going to take the organization through 10 more years of providing exceptional opportunities for our communities’ young professionals.”

Designed by Odney, a local advertising company, the bright orange, circular icon with accents of white and teal/blue reflects YPN’s brand today as it heads toward another successful 10 years in the Bismarck-Mandan community. The logo includes the organization’s full name to highlight the professional development goals of the network. The YPN slogan “Career minded. Community focused.” will continue to be used in conjunction with the logo to communicate the organization’s purpose to the Bismarck-Mandan community. In addition, YPN has unveiled a tenth anniversary version of the logo to be showcased throughout 2015. The new logo is visible on the YPN website at

Edward Jones congratulates Financial Advisor Troy Nelson, one of Barron’s “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.” That’s impressive. But even more impressive is how Troy puts his experience to work for you.

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BSC HONORS ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AND RISING STAR Trustees of the Bismarck State College National Alumni Association have chosen Terry Bourgeois, ‘84, for the 2015 Alumnus of the Year award for his dedication to community service and sustained leadership in raising money for cancer research. BSC honors Bourgeois at a campus dinner for friends, family and the public Thursday, May 14, and during commencement May 15 at the Bismarck Event Center. The dinner also recognizes Scott Zainhofsky, ’95, recipient of the Alumni Association’s 2015 Rising Star Award for his leadership and volunteer service. The award acknowledges young alumni of exceptional achievement. Bourgeois studied Power Plant Technology and acquired transferable skills for his 12 years in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power submarine service and 20 years at Praxair, Inc., a Fortune 250 Company that produces, sells and distributes industrial gases. He now holds a master’s degree and has worldwide influence for Praxair, Inc., providing guidance and support to 20 international workforce communities as the knowledge management and training program manager for global engineering.

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His work for cancer began in 1999 after a chance entry with Praxair colleagues to test a new bike at a Roswell Park Cancer Institute fundraiser in Buffalo, N.Y., an event that changed his life. Moved by stories of cancer victims on T-shirts, Bourgeois became so involved that by 2004, he was one of eight volunteer co-chairs responsible for planning, operations, and a biker experience supporting 8,000 cyclists and 1,500 volunteers. The award-winning efforts of these co-chairs helps raise $4 million annually for cancer research.

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Bourgeois emcees the Ride for Roswell and recently Scott Zainhofsky helped plan the Empire Ride by cycling across New York State to test his concept and raise more money for Roswell. He conducts practice training rides for bikers on weekends and routinely speaks at community cancer-related events. Sales of his children’s book go toward pediatric cancer research at Roswell. Zainhofsky graduated from BSC in pre-engineering and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from University of North Dakota. Since joining the state Department of Transportation in 2004, he has achieved several promotions, each with growing management responsibility. He now heads the Planning/Asset Management Division, one of 21 DOT divisions and eight district offices.

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At the DOT, Zainhofsky has leveraged his opportunities and skills to help others succeed. He began his community volunteering while at BSC and continues today judging science and engineering fairs and talking to youth-based organizations about science concepts. He directs a Cub Scout den and is a leader in the North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers.


Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity. In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA awarded $698,000 through a state partnership agreement with the North Dakota Council on the Arts for programs that benefit state residents. The state partnership agreements allow the NEA to extend its reach to every community in America; translating national leadership into local, state and regional benefit. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States including in North Dakota. Funding these new projects represents a significant investment in local communities and the creative vitality of North Dakota.� The NEA funds cover a number of grant programs within the state of North Dakota, including programs designed for education, for folk and traditional arts, to offer support for arts organizations, to bring artists to rural and urban communities, for professional development of artists within the state, and for special projects.

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KUPPER SUBARU EARNS SUBARU OF AMERICA 2014 SUBARU STELLAR CARE AWARD Kupper Subaru of Mandan, N.D. joins an elite group to receive the prestigious 2014 Subaru Stellar Care Award from Subaru of America.

The Subaru Stellar Care Award recognizes Kupper Subaru’s dedication to delivering an outstanding customer experience. To earn the prestigious award, Subaru retailers must achieve a defined list of performance measures by year’s end. These performance measures are only achieved by Subaru retailers who take customer handling to the highest level. The Stellar Care program focuses on delivering an excellent ownership experience to Subaru customers. The program is all about developing positive, longterm relationships with Subaru customers and is a fundamental part of daily business for a Subaru retailer. Kupper Subaru is among the less than 40 percent of MSP Zone retailers to achieve Stellar Care. Achieving this highly coveted award requires truly exceptional dedication and Subaru dealers must devote significant time and resources to the customer experience throughout the year. Performance measures for the program range from participation in all customer-focused Subaru programs to maintaining a customer-friendly, inviting facility. Dealers must also achieve outstanding satisfaction scores for all key areas in Sales and Service and demonstrate outstanding performance in Customer Loyalty.

Bob Kupper, Dealer/Owner of Kupper Automotive and Christian VanFaasen, Subaru of America District Sales Manager, MSP District 01

“We are honored to have achieved the criteria needed to receive the highest award from Subaru of America,” stated Bob Kupper, Dealer of Kupper Subaru. “It wouldn’t be possible without our great customers and staff that we’re able to be among the most elite Subaru dealerships in the country.”

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CenturyLink, Inc., in partnership with the North Dakota Educational Technology Council (ND ETC), today announced the second winner of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program at Lincoln Elementary School during a school assembly. The program awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classrooms.

Kent Blickensderfer presents a $5,000 grant to Barb Sandstrom of Lincoln Elementary School.

Lincoln Elementary School was awarded $5,000 to purchase a FLEXCAT LightSpeed Pod Audio System, an HD video camera, two tripods, a wireless microphone, and three Chromebooks for The Intellectual Gymnasium project that will impact 100 students. Library Media Specialist Barb Sandstrom submitted the project.

Across the country, more than 1,000 grant applications were received. In North Dakota nearly 50 teachers applied, with two winning schools selected by a review committee comprised of ND ETC members, community members, and CenturyLink representatives.

“The project turns the library into an intellectual gymnasium where exploration spaces, known as Spark Labs, are developed to inspire and stimulate students through creativity, problem-solving, discussions, reading, writing, and technology,” said Sandstrom in the blind grant proposal. “We were excited to see the innovation and creativity in this year’s grant applications,” said Julie Darrington, CenturyLink vice president of operations. “It’s encouraging to see teachers’ enthusiasm for bringing new learning tools and techniques into their classrooms, and we are pleased to help expose students to more educational technology in their daily school lives.” “Since 2006, North Dakota schools have received $182,500 as part of the Teachers and Technology grant program,” said Jody French, ND ETC executive director. “These generous funds have provided 58 schools and nearly 8,000 students with equipment and materials to support the implementation of technology rich projects.” Chamber Connection | 31






With its latest grants, Farm Credit has invested more than $2 million in western North Dakota communities since 2012, and today in Minot, the leaders of three Farm Credit organizations and several of the non-profits they support met to discuss the impact the grants have made. The Rural Community Grant Fund was established as a partnership between Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Farm Credit Services of North Dakota – the two largest providers of agricultural loans in western North Dakota—and AgriBank, their St. Paul, Minn.-based funding bank, to help communities impacted by the oil development. Through the fund, Farm Credit provides grants to support infrastructure or development initiatives encompassing housing projects, medical facilities, health, safety and environmental programs, and other critical needs. “The Farm Credit System was created with one mission— to support rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services,” said Bill York, CEO of AgriBank. “Our goal with these grants is the same as the purpose of our loans – to help rural communities grow and thrive.” “Farm Credit has 16 offices with nearly 200 employees in western North Dakota focused on that mission every day,” said Aaron Vetter, CEO of Farm Credit Services of Mandan. “Our employees live and work in the communities where these grants are made, and that gives us a special sense of pride in the work we do.”

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“Farm Credit has been there for us when we needed them,” said Alfred Sams, executive director of the St. Luke’s Community Foundation. “When we needed to replace the central boiler at the Sunrise Care Center in Crosby, Farm Credit was there with the grant to help senior residents stay warm. They provided us with the funds for a hematology analyzer so that community members could have blood tests done locally instead of driving all the way to Williston or Minot. And they funded the machinery we needed to ensure that respirators fit properly for workers in oil fields.” Grants to the Mountrail County Medical Center in Stanley helped purchase emergency exam room equipment, an EKG machine and a portable ultrasound unit that allows providers to diagnose injuries and conditions wherever the patient is. Steph Everett, foundation director at the center, said, “We are so grateful for these funds. These grants are crucial for our ability to update equipment. They help us save lives, plain and simple.” Claude Sem, CEO of Farm Credit Services of North Dakota (Minot), encouraged worthy organizations to apply for funds, “The Rural Community Grant Fund reviews grant applications three times a year,” he said. “We invite worthy organizations to apply online at www., or www.”


A bus shelter along a south Bismarck Capital Area Transit (CAT) route will be removed in the near future. The bus shelter is between the Jeannette Myhre School and Cashwise Foods, just north of Bismarck Expressway. “We received a request from Bismarck Public Schools superintendent Tamara Uselman, asking if we could take the shelter down due to safety concerns,” explained Interim Transit Director Al Wangler. There are more than 20 shelters along CAT routes throughout the Bismarck and Mandan communities.


BEI Services and ENX Magazine recently selected Marco as an Office Technology Service Excellence Award recipient. This honor is given to dealerships that have proven to meet or exceed national performance standards in areas relating to customer satisfaction as defined by BEI Services. Thirty-nine Marco technicians were recognized for their outstanding service and Marco also received the dealer award. The criteria needed to achieve this honor is based on technician and equipment performance data and is compared to other dealerships nationally. Marco was evaluated on four key metrics: average call back rates, average hold for parts rates, average technician grade, and average copies between visits. “It takes hard work and dedication to achieve this prestigious and deserving award, and it stands as a testament to Marco’s commitment to providing the best customer experience possible,” said Wes McArtor, president of BEI Services, Inc.

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A community gardening program for adults with disabilities started by a master gardener is growing in Bismarck with support from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities. Pat Weinberg started the Gardening Recreational Opportunity With Friends (GROW) program, last year with five adults with special needs and four mentors. Her goal was to promote a healthier lifestyle for people with developmental disabilities by mentoring them as they raised and harvested their own fruits and vegetables. Recently, the council awarded a small innovation grant to help Weinberg double the number of participants and mentor gardeners and also add a nutrition education and food preparation class. A retired family and consumer science teacher is leading the class. “I have a son with developmental disabilities,” Weinberg said. “I know that gardening benefits him and can benefit others by providing access to healthy, affordable fresh foods, encouraging better food choices, and creating an opportunity to socialize and enjoy the outdoors, while getting some moderate exercise.”


The Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, earned a superior rating – scoring 950 out of 1,000 – during its first scored audit by the American Institute of Baking (AIB) International. The audit rates food safety, sanitary working conditions, employee training, and the proper handling of food products and ingredients. AIB International standards are internationally recognized as the most stringent in the food industry. Major donors of food products use AIB International ratings and certifications to verify that a food bank uses best practices in its operation. “Our superior rating assures people in the food industry that their food donations will be handled properly,” said JoAnn Matthews, Great Plains Food Bank operations director. AIB International also promotes safety in the food supply chain through education, research, and technical services. The Great Plains Food Bank staff used these resources to learn best practices and prepare for the audit, noting that staff training is one of the most important things the food bank does to ensure quality. Last year the Great Plains Food Bank and its partner network recovered, safely handled, and distributed food for a record 11.4 million meals – touching the lives of more than 87,700 children, seniors, and adults living day to day with hunger.

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“We recognize our responsibility to ensure the safety and integrity of the food we receive from food industry donors,” said Steve Sellent, Great Plains Food Bank program director. “This responsibility is reflected in our goal to implement all the AIB standards for the handling, storage, and distribution of shelf-stable, fresh, and frozen products to our hungry neighbors in need.” Sellent said the high score received demonstrates the food bank’s values of leadership and integrity, as well as the dedication, skills, and overall excellence of a great operations team.


Monday, 1st 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 1st 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 2nd 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Monday, 8th 4:30 pm Mandan Park Board (recorded) Monday, 8th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Tuesday, 9th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 10th 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission Thursday, 11th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Monday, 15th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 15th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 16th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Thursday, 18th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Commission Monday, 22nd 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Tuesday, 23rd 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 23rd 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Wednesday, 24th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thursday, 25th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings can be viewed LIVE (unless otherwise indicated) and are replayed several times on Government Access, cable channel 2. Government meetings are also available for online viewing (LIVE and Video on Demand) at


The Downtowners Association of Bismarck announces their 4th Annual Downtowners’ Art & Wine Walk, Thursday June 25. The event brings more than 20 Downtown Bismarck businesses together for a night of wine sampling, appetizers, art, music and shopping.

Attendees will receive a “passport” with all the participating business locations and artist information as they journey around Downtown Bismarck. Businesses will stamp the passport, offer a unique wine selection with food pairing and host a local artist or musician during the event. Participants are encouraged to interact with the artists and business owners as they stroll through the Downtown area. Passport holders will vote for the Best Business as well as the Best Wine Varietal. Each participating business will offer a door prize, and if participants can get a stamp on their passport from all locations, they’ll be entered into the grand prize drawing. The event runs approximately from 4:30pm to 9:30pm. Tickets for the event go on sale starting June 2. Tickets for the Downtowners’ Art & Wine Walk are $40 plus processing for early bird or $45 plus processing for late bird, and can be purchased online at

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If you’re willing to color your hair every 3-6 weeks and want 100 percent gray coverage, choose a permanent color. If you want to only color your hair every 2-3 months, a demi-permanent color or a more translucent permanent color is chosen. This will allow for less of a harsh line of regrowth because the demi-color will gradually fade with each shampooing. Another way to lessen the line of regrowth is to add highlights. Additionally, to help blend gray, choose a base color that is the same level of lightness or even slightly lighter than your natural hair color.

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Microsoft will offer a free upgrade to Windows 10 for qualified new or existing Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year! And even better, once a qualified Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it up to date for the supported lifetime of the device, keeping it more secure, and introducing new features and functionality over time – for no additional charge. More information on this upgrade offering will be made available in the coming months. As an FYI, Windows 10 is set to be released in July of this year.

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Eliason Named Advisor of the Month

Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Keith Eliason has been named Advisor of the Month for March. Keith has been a Keith Eliason Financial Advisor with Securian since January 2008 and is located at 4431 Memorial Highway in Mandan. TR#1095036, DOFU: 2-2015.

Tangedahl Receives Benedictine Spirit Award

CHI St. Alexius Health awarded Guy Tangedahl, MD, the Benedictine Spirit Award during the 2015 Doctor’s Day celebration. The Benedictine Spirit Award is presented annually to a physician who provides distinguished service to patients and upholds the mission and values outlined by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Annunciation Monastery. For more than 22 years, Dr. Tangedahl has contributed to the growth and well-being of CHI St. Alexius Health, and exhibits a strong ethical stance to the medical community. Dr. Tangedahl is currently the Associate Program Director; he previously served as program director 1994-2006, for UND Center for Family Medicine Residency Program and was recently appointed to CHI St. Alexius Health’s Board of Directors.

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Downtowners Hire Special Project Coordinator

Schneider Promoted to Lead Flightline Technician

The Downtowners Association The Bismarck Aero Center has of Bismarck have hired Madison promoted Skylar Schneider Cermak as their new Special to Lead Flightline Technician. Projects Coordinator. Cermak Schneider has been with BAC will take coordinating roles Skylar Schneider since the fall of 2013, and has on Downtowners Association done an outstanding job as a projects and events, including Flightline Technician and part-time Professional Pilot. new Downtown retail events Madison Cermak Schneider has been in the aviation industry all coming up in his life coming from a family agricultural spraying 2015. Cermak, a Bismarck native, has recently completed operation based out of his hometown of Rugby, ND. He earned this opportunity through continually her internship at the Downtowners Association showing high levels of accountability, leadership, and will move into the new role in April. She is a integrity and decision-making skills. Some of recent graduate from NDSU earning a BS in Public Schneider’s new role responsibilities will be to Relations and Advertising with a Minor in Business adhere, train and enforce customer service standards Administration. and expectations, lead all Fuel Quality Assurance Measures, train new employees on all operations, and New Principal for delegate tasks focused on optimizing efficiency and Horizon customer satisfaction. Bismarck Public Schools (BPS) has announced that Dr. Tabetha Cedric Theel Toyota Earns Toyota Rabenberg has accepted the position as the new principal of President’s Award Horizon Middle School effective For the 7th consecutive year, Cedric Theel Toyota Dr. Tabetha Rabenberg July 1 to replace Sherry Heaton has earned the prestigious Toyota President’s Award; who is retiring at the end of the the highest honor given to a Toyota dealership. In order to qualify for this award, Cedric Theel Toyota had school year. to excel in a number of categories, including: Dr. Rabenberg from Urbandale, Iowa was one of • Sales Satisfaction five people interviewed for the position on Friday. The • Service Satisfaction other four were internal candidates from Bismarck • Market Share Attainment Public Schools—three assistant principals and one • Vehicle Delivery Excellence elementary principal. A total of 18 candidates applied. • Employee Training and Certification She was chosen by a committee which included district administrators and two Horizon teachers. Additionally, several staff members were also Rabenberg has been a principal for four years at recognized for their efforts in 2014. Prairie Ridge Middle School in the Ankeny Community • Dan Lee, General Sales Manager, has earned the School District. She has ten years of combined Sales Excellence Award. administrative experience including positions as a • Ben Sandstrom, Sales and Leasing Consultant, School Improvement Leader, Dean of Students, and has earned the Sales Society Bronze Award. Special Education Curriculum Coordinator. She has a bachelor’s degree in science from Black Hills State • Serena Jangula has earned the Comptroller University in South Dakota, and masters and doctorate Excellence Award. degrees in Educational Leadership from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Starion Financial Promotes, Hires at Mandan Branch Starion Financial has

promoted Chantil Guthmiller and hired Janelle Bothwell and Kellan Schmaltz, all at the Mandan branch. Guthmiller has been promoted to business banking representative II. With the Chantil Guthmiller promotion, Guthmiller will spend a greater amount of time working with new and existing business customers. She started her career at Starion in 2010 as a part-time teller in the Mandan branch. Guthmiller holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mary. Janelle Bothwell Bothwell is an accounting specialist. She earned an associate degree in marketing and management from Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead. She is responsible for balancing customer and general ledger accounts, performing various banking Kellan Schmaltz transactions and actively contributing to a strong sales environment within the bank. Her prior experience includes more than 13 years of customer service and supervisory responsibilities in the retail and service industries. Schmaltz joined Starion as teller supervisor in Mandan. As a teller supervisor, he provides leadership at the branch for all operations performed by tellers; ensures compliance with policies; assists tellers in problem solving; and provides training, coaching and constructive feedback to tellers. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and has several years of retail and management experience.

BSC Announces Several Recognitions for its Programs and Employees The BSC tutor training

program received College Reading and Learning Association Level 1 re-certification through January Dee Heintz 2021. The certification allows BSC to issue certificates to tutors who meet the associationScott Lingen approved requirements for Level 1 Certified Tutor. Scott Lingen, director of BSC financial aid, was elected president of the North Dakota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. His service Marv Splonskowski includes representing the organization and its members Joe Ellefson at the regional and national levels. Joe Ellefson, associate professor of criminal justice, has received a doctorate in teaching and learning with emphasis in higher education from the University of North Dakota. He has been teaching at BSC for 20 years. Terry Kraft

American Family Insurance Agents Earn Top Honor for Customer Service American Family Insurance

agents Dee Heintz and Marv Splonskowski, Bismarck, and Terry Kraft, Mandan, have been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. The service excellence distinction was determined through an evaluation process conducted under guidelines established through the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification Program. The process consists of a customer satisfaction survey which measures customers’ overall experience with their current American Family agent.

Jurgens Named Retail Banking Supervisor At Credit Collections Bureau Promotions American Bank Center Credit Collections Bureau is proud to promote Tina American Bank Center is Williams to Collection Associate; Jessica Jones to pleased to announce that

Collection Coordinator; Matt Ray to Collection Advisor; Brandy Jurgens will be the Debbie Rose to Senior Collection Director Level 13; new Retail Banking Supervisor and Jefferie Gable to Senior Collection Director Level Brandy Jurgens in Bismarck. Jurgens has a 5. bachelor’s degree in business Management from the University of Mary. She has Bismarck Aero Center Hires Certified been with American since April of 2011 and most Flight Instructor recently held the titles of Branch Manager of the Washington Center and Dan’s Supermarket locations. Steven Schaffner, Bismarck native, is returning to Bismarck Aero Center after completing his New Director of Behavioral Health at schooling and CFI commitments Sanford Health with the University of North Jennifer Harrington is now the director of Sanford Eide Bailly Technology Consultants Dakota (UND). A 2014 UND Behavioral Health, which includes both inpatient and graduate, Schaffner spent the Receive Lenovo Certifications outpatient services. In this new role, Harrington will last 12 months building flight Steven Schaffner Regional CPA and business advisory firm Eide monitor the care of patients, supervise staff within hours as a full-time Flight Bailly LLP congratulates Shawn Heiraas and Nick the Behavioral Health department and assure that Instructor at UND. He has been Stolpman on achieving multiple Lenovo certifications. care is being provided according to best practices and a part of Bismarck Aero Center during the summer of accreditation standards while maintaining safety. 2011, 2012, and 2013 working on both the Flightline Prior to becoming the director of Behavioral Melvie Qualified as an Aircraft Refueler and in the Flight Department as Health, Harrington worked as the director and clinical a Pilot. During his involvement at Bismarck Airport, he For The Chairman’s coordinator of the inpatient unit. recognized the various advancement opportunities for Advisory Council Professional Pilots in our region. Loren Melvie a Private Wealth Pharmacist Attends Concierge Advisor with Ameriprise Congress Erhardt Joins Financial, was recently named Kevin Oberlander, RPh, to the 2015 Chairman’s Cornerstone Bank Loren Melvie Compounding Pharmacist, Advisory Council. Dustin Erhardt has joined recently attended Concierge Melvie qualified for the Cornerstone Bank as a full-time Congress in Chicago hosted by prestigious Chairman’s Advisory Council based on Mortgage Loan Underwriter at the Professional Compounding distinguished performance and client service. He joins Bismarck South. Dustin comes Center of America (PCCA). Kevin other top-ranked advisors to discuss current issues to us with over seven years serves as a facilitator for one of and business opportunities with Ameriprise Financial Dustin Erhardt of mortgage and five years of the 21 concierge compounding Chairman and CEO James Cracchiolo and other Kevin Oberlander underwriting experience. groups that meet monthly. Ameriprise Financial leaders. The Chairman’s Advisory Council was established in 1984 and advisors qualify Chamber Connection | 39 each year based on superior business results.


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Cornerstone Bank Hires New Mortgage Loan Processor Heather Metz has joined Cornerstone Bank as

organization of a diversified family of companies announces three vice president positions. The company is proud to Sean Forster welcome Bob Berman, Cory proud to announce the naming Finneman and Darcy Volk of Sean Forster as the new director of its inpatient in positions focusing on Bob Berman Yantzer Promoted at psychiatry and partial hospitalization program. As designing and implementing Bismarck-Mandan the director, Sean is responsible for assuring the strategies to further advance CVB highest possible quality of psychiatry care, as well the organization’s capabilities as the continued growth and development of both Lori Yantzer has been across the corporation’s programs. promoted to the position portfolio. A native of Bismarck ND, he graduated from of Director of Sales at the Berman is serving as Vice Century High School in 2005. He completed both Bismarck-Mandan Convention President of Human Resources. Lori Yantzer his Licensed Practical Nurse associate degree and & Visitors Bureau. Lori was His responsibilities include his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from previously a Destination Sales talent acquisition, development, Dickinson State University. Sean graduated in 2013 Specialist with the CVB. Cory Finneman performance management, for University of Mary with a Master’s in Nursing compensation, benefits and Administration (MSN). safety. Prior to joining the Starion Financial Hires Strebe as Sean’s health care career began at an assisted corporation, Berman worked for CHRO living facility in Bismarck, ND, where he started as Eastman Kodak Company for Starion Financial has hired a nursing assistant and later transitioned to a CNA/ more than 30 years including Arnold Strebe as its chief CMA position. A lifelong learner, his education 10 years as senior vice president human resources officer and work experience presented him with the and chief human resources (CHRO). He is located at the opportunity to learn, practice and engage with officer. downtown branch in Bismarck. patients. Upon completing his BSN, he worked as an Finneman is serving as Vice As CHRO, Strebe is responsible Darcy Volk inpatient behavioral health registered nurse, clinical President of Client Services. for providing leadership in coordinator and case manager at a local Bismarck He will focus on opportunities developing and executing hospital for six years. Arnold Strebe related to client relationships, marketing and human resources strategy – research, branding and communication and succession planning, talent Edgewood Management Group business development. Finneman has worked for the management, change management, organizational corporation for more than six years and most recently Announces Next Executive Director in and performance management, training and in corporate planning. Training Program Candidate development, and compensation – for the entire Volk is Vice President of Processes and Systems. Starion Financial organization. Edgewood Management Group is excited to She will lead system data and security, knowledgeannounce its third Edgewood Senior Living Executive A North Dakota native, Strebe has spent more sharing, system and software integration, processes than 25 years in human resources and leading Director in Training Program candidate, Natalie creation and platform identification. Previously, Volk organizational change. His experience includes 12 Nagle. Natalie will be based out of the Edgewood served as director of shared transaction processing years with the U.S. Army/Army National Guard, 11 communities in Bismarck/Mandan, ND. services for MDU Resource Group, Inc., for more than years with The Schwan Food Company and, most The Executive Director in Training Program is seven years. recently, Evergreen Enterprises and Plow & Hearth. an intensive educational experience designed specifically to provide individuals with a broad base of Network Center, Inc Earns operational knowledge and skills for leadership as a CHI St. Alexius Health Names Certifications licensed Executive Director in an Edgewood Assisted Johnson Risk Manager Network Center, Inc. achieved Cisco Advanced Living and Memory Care Community. The program Nicolette Johnson, BSN, RN, Unified Access Specialized in USA. By achieving the exemplifies and ensures Edgewood’s commitment was recently named CHI St. Advanced Unified Access Specialization, Network to the Standards of Excellence and Core Cultural Alexius Health’s risk manager. Center, Inc. has proven they have the ability to provide Values for the best possible outcomes in terms of Johnson’s responsibilities sophisticated, value-added Cisco Unified Access quality and value for our customers and financial include managing activities solutions through their in-depth sales capabilities, success for our investors. The goal of this program that are directed toward technology skills, and service offerings. is to provide a guide for educational, practical and identification, evaluation, Network Center, Inc. was named to Penton clinical experiences that will help individuals develop reduction and correction of Technology’s eigth-annual MSPmentor 501 Global identifiable competencies and grow as a professional Nicolette Johnson potential risks that could lead Edition, a distinguished list and report identifying the utilizing his or her unique style of leadership as an to patient, associate or visitor world’s top 501 managed service providers (MSPs). Executive Director. injury. She will receive extensive training from the Johnson joined CHI St. Alexius Health in 1989. proven leaders within our organization, and learn Prior to being named risk manager, she was a staff what the Edgewood culture is all about. Once she nurse and team leader on the surgical unit and a staff completes this program, Natalie will be able to fill a nurse in the pre-surgical and post-anesthesia care unit needed leadership role for Edgewood, and ensure we before spending five years as a clinical coordinator. continue to provide the highest-quality services, care Johnson earned her Bachelor of Nursing Science and accommodations to our residents. from University of Mary and a legal nurse consultant degree from the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. 40 | Chamber Connection

a full-time Mortgage Loan Processor at Bismarck South. Heather comes to us with over nine years of banking and six years of loan processing experience and is a graduate of NDSU with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology.

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Welcome new members

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

Holiday Inn of Bismarck 3903 State Street Bismarck, ND Joseph Dora (701) 751-8240 Full service Holiday Inn featuring: Restaurant serving breakfast and dinner, indoor pool and whirlpool, evening lounge service, banquet and meeting space. Morgan Hayden Insurance Agency, Inc. 101 Slate Dr Suite 3 Bismarck, ND Morgan Hayden (701)-425-3130 Insurance. Polar Package Place / Lucky’s Bar & Lounge 2150 E. Thayer Ave. Bismarck, ND Mark Fetch (701) 255-8770 Locally owned liquor store and lounge. Best products, the best service and the best prices. NUTRISHOP 218 W. Front Ave. Bismarck, ND Melanie Pierson (701) 751-7575 NUTRISHOP offers consumers all the Top Brands and the latest cutting edge supplements at the Guaranteed Lowest Prices. Big Muddy Septic / Spot-A-Pot 1722 Mandan Ave. Mandan, ND Kirt Pelster (701) 751-5868 Septic pumping, car washes, shop pits, portable restrooms, grease traps, campers, man camps etc. North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department 1600 E Century Ave Bismarck, ND Mark Zimmerman (701) 328-5361 State parks and outdoor recreation support.

Midwest Armor & Strategic Solutions 1347 S 22nd Street #40 Bismarck, ND Tom & Virginia McClure (701) 782-3000 Manufacturer of personal protective equipment for law enforcement, military and industrial operations. Tidbits of Bismarck 701 Walter Way Bismarck, ND James Wiese (701) 391-2076 Tidbits is a local paper dedicated to publishing entertaining morsels for the mind: trivia, fun facts, amusing stories, and oddities. RDO Truck Center 3020 Vermont Ave. Bismarck, ND Nick Nelson (701) 557-9240 RDO Truck Center offers the highest quality new and used trucks money can buy. We sell, lease and repair Mack and Volvo heavy duty trucks along with Isuzu medium duty trucks. Dakota’s Brightest 2130 South 12th. Street Suite 315 Bismarck, ND Judy Deutsch (701) 955-4226 BUSINESS SOLUTIONS-Marketing, Event and Promotional Planning, Print and Media Graphic Designs. Website Design, SEO, Free Consultations, Dance, Gymnastics, Creative Movement, Gifted and Talented Ed. M.C. Inkster Party DJ Bismarck, ND Cory Wardner (701) 220-1267 Media service provider. DJ for dances, weddings, anniversaries. Videography for weddings or any event.

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Ribbon Cuttings

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

POWERHOUSE BAR & GRILL Gina Leingang and Wes Kellog, owners in their new business located at 501 Burlington Street in Mandan. Phone: 663-3020.

SHILOH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Laurie Eisenbeis, Board, Staff and Students on their completion of the commons and kitchen area located at 1915 Shiloh Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 221-2104. Member.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE THREE AFFILIATED TRIBES Boys & Girls Clubs of the Three Affiliated Tribes in their new organization located at 1406 2nd Street N.W. in Mandan. Phone: 421-0567. 42 | Chamber Connection

NORTHWEST INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY Curt Binstock in his newly expanded location at 2228 East Front in Bismarck. Phone: 258-2890. Member.

GEE WILLIQUORS Bill Klein, Tom Klein, Troy Matthiesen and Fred Ibach, Manager, in their new business located at 3025 Yorktown Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 751-7373.

KAITY KAKES Beverly Maitland, in her new business located at 2700 State Street-Gateway Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 425-2159.

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Upcoming Chamber Events FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER

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Date: 6/8/2015 • Time: 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Location: Apple Creek Country Club - 8912 County Rd 10, Bismarck


Date: 6/11/2015 • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: Open Road Honda - 4120 Memorial Hwy, Mandan

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Test Your Luck With Black Jack Roulette Poker Paddlewheel Pull Tabs 50/50 Raffle


Date: 6/19/2015 • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Location: Mandan Eagles Club - 1400 Collins Avenue, Mandan


Date: 7/10/2015 • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Chamber Patio - 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


Date: 7/16/2015 • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Location: Chamber Patio - 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Must be 21 to attend. No actual cash tendered in gaming. For tickets, contact Sally at 223-5660 or visit Permit #2015-24

John B. Brownson CFO/COO Royal Tire, Inc.

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