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July 2015



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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

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

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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Cover Story 4 Member Profile 8 Ask-A-Pro 32 Chamber Perks 34 1640 Burnt Boat Drive P.O. Box 1675 Bismarck, ND 58502 701.223.5660 • CONTACT INFORMATION Content: The Chamber - 701.223.5660

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t’s July. I hope you are enjoying the summer and taking in the many activities throughout our communities. Attending the Mandan Fourth of July parade and the rodeo or the fireworks on the Capitol lawn with the Bismarck Symphony is something everyone should experience. It is true Americana at its best. Summer is also a great networking time for members at “Friday’s at the Chamber,” which is held on our Chamber plaza. This free lunch event is held once a month in the summer; the next two are July 10 and August 14. As we make the turn toward the last half of 2015, I want to take a moment and reflect on the work plan for the year. The Chamber continues to meet the obligation of its mission to be Leaders for Prosperity, Advocates for Business. After a successful legislative session, the attention in the last half of the year turns more to advancing and creating dialogue on local issues. We extend our congratulations to Mandan on the successful sales tax vote. The construction of new recreational facilities is important to the community’s talent attraction and retention efforts. Studies show the Millennial generation is inclined to pick a community based on its amenities and then find a job. This is, of course, the reverse of how most of us in the pre-Millennial age group think. I’m sure the generation before us was sometimes perplexed about our perspective as well. Five South, the project proposed for downtown, continues to move forward. This is another project intended to attract and retain young people in our community. As proposed, it includes a full-service hotel across from the Bismarck Events Center that will assist in attracting more convention business to our community. More than 20 businesses are coming together through Bismarck Futures with the intent of activating this corridor. The project has a Facebook page and its website is Finally, as we look toward August, be sure to put Thursday, August 6 on your calendar. From time to time, we need to stop and reflect on the accomplishments of our local businesses. This is the Chamber’s Celebrate BismarckMandan Awards event. We will present awards for small business person of the year, entrepreneur of the year, the Mike Fink award for steady growth and profitability and the Granite Award. This is a great luncheon event. Until next month, enjoy the summer.

- Rick Matteson

Cover photo credits: ND Parks & Rec. (top) and Melanie Sioux Photography (bottom.)

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By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications

Tourism is one of the state’s top industries, and its increasing impact is becoming more evident in Bismarck-Mandan’s growing tourism sector. “North Dakota is receiving a lot of national attention, and there is a renewed interest in visiting us,” said Sheri Grossman, executive director of the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Anytime a meeting, convention or event is held in Bismarck-Mandan, the entire community benefits. Attendees come to stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores and visit our attractions.” She said visitors come to the community for many reasons and provide a significant boost to the BismarckMandan and state economy. “All totaled, it has helped to make tourism North Dakota’s third largest industry,” notes Grossman.

Tourism in Bismarck-Mandan

In 2014, Bismarck-Mandan hosted 400 meetings and events, drawing 190,000 attendees that spent $27.6 million in the community. A total of $11.1 million of these expenditures came from regional and national groups. “This is a significant amount of out-of-state dollars injected into our economy,” said Grossman. According to the IHS Tourism Satellite Account, which provides statistics to the North Dakota Tourism Division measuring the impact of travel on a local economy in jobs, wages, spending and taxes, Burleigh County visitors had a total spending impact of $349.95 million in 2013. At a 25 percent growth over 2012, this was also one of the largest spending increases in the state. Additionally, the spending impact of visitors to Morton County in 2013 was $51.58 million. Grossman noted, in recent years, the community has added 1,000 additional hotel rooms, bringing the total number of available rooms to 3,500. “In our industry, we talk a lot about events and meeting attendees; however, leisure visitors are very important to our communities, too. Whether visiting friends and family, shopping or just a weekend getaway, leisure visitors also contribute to our economy.”

After 18 years with the CVB, Sheri Grossman moved into the executive director position on April 1st.

4 | Chamber Connection She noted this impact reaches beyond just benefiting area businesses and reaches all members of the community. “Visitors generate sales tax that is used by city governments to fund not only roads, streets and other infrastructure, but also for property tax relief.”

The On-A-Slant Indian Village remains a popular destination for tourists.

The BismarckMandan Convention and Visitors Bureau

The BismarckMandan Convention and Visitors Bureau Photo Credit: ND Parks & Rec. (Bismarck-Mandan CVB) is the oldest CVB in North Dakota, with 35 years of experience in promoting the community, and has played an important role in the strong impact tourism has on the area. “Our CVB has a lot of experience, and we work with groups from all over the world, selling them on the attributes of BismarckMandan,” said Grossman.

Since stepping into the lead at the Bismarck-Mandan CVB, Grossman says she has taken steps to continue to build on the organization’s success. “My vision for the CVB is much different than where we are now,” she noted. “That involves not only building on so many things that we do effectively now, but also changing, adjusting, growing and improving to be better.”

In 2014, the Bismarck-Mandan CVB sales team made more than 2,500 contacts with new and existing meeting and event decision-makers. “Nearly 800 of those calls were prospecting calls to new groups that have never met in Bismarck-Mandan, representing a 13 percent increase over 2013,” she said. Grossman has been with the Bismarck-Mandan CVB for 18 years and stepped into the role of executive director on April 1. “I am very passionate about this community and the tourism industry, and I am so excited to lead the organization charged with promoting Bismarck-Mandan as a destination.” She said the Bismarck-Mandan CVB is a huge economic driver in the community, and she wants to grow that presence. “I want to take a more prominent role in establishing and demonstrating heightened involvement by the CVB as a vital component in the economic impact and success in our community.”

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Tourism Impact Spotlight

With tourism on the rise in the Bismarck-Mandan community, area attractions like the Dakota Zoo are experiencing an upswing in attendance. “Tourism in Photo Credit: Dakota Zoo Bismarck-Mandan has a substantial impact on Dakota Zoo’s attendance,” said Larry Klemer, marketing/membership director. “Our attendance numbers have remained in the 150,000 range for the past two years, following steady growth postflood in 2012 and 2013.” Although the Dakota Zoo doesn’t track in-state and out-of-state attendance numbers, Klemer said there are numerous out-of-state license plates in the facility’s parking lot daily. “We also welcome a large number of school groups from around the state in the spring and fall, and we have many visitors using reciprocal memberships from other zoos in North Dakota and across the United States.” The Dakota Zoo uses many avenues to reach potential visitors, including radio and billboard advertising; advertisements with the Chamber, Bismarck-Mandan CVB and other publications; social media; and rack cards at rest areas, hotels and gas stations. “We also use a fulfillment service that delivers rack cards and brochures to people requesting visitor information for this area,” said Klemer. He said continued growth in population and community offerings will only continue to bolster tourism and its benefits. “The population growth of Bismarck-Mandan in recent years, coupled with the area’s emergence as a shopping, medical and entertainment center, paints a bright future for tourism in Bismarck-Mandan.” 6 | Chamber Connection

Grossman has begun the process of developing a strategic plan through hiring a consultant to lead the organization in formulating and implementing a plan to guide the Bismarck-Mandan CVB for the next three years. “The strategic plan will help us determine where we want to be in the future, gather input from stakeholders, and identify and benchmark resources, partnerships and tools the CVB will need. This plan will become our road map to success.” The Bismarck-Mandan CVB will also begin the process of rebranding. “Our logo was new when I started 18 years ago, and our communities have significantly changed and blossomed. Rebranding will be much more than a new logo and it will be more than a ‘refresh or facelift.’ It will be a process in which the CVB re-launches with a vibrant and relevant theme.” Grossman said research has been incorporated into the strategic plan to help in the rebranding efforts. “Research will inform us how our image is perceived by locals, our competitors and, most importantly, our customers.” The Bismarck-Mandan CVB will also continue to address issues impeding tourism’s growth in the community. “Weather has always been a concern for groups from other parts of the country, and we work hard to correct misconceptions,” notes Grossman. Limited air travel can also dissuade some visitors, she says, but notes the Bismarck Airport and the community constantly strive to attract new air service. “We also need to be sure our facilities, including convention, sporting, events and hotels, keep us at a competitive level,” Grossman noted. “Other communities are constantly building and updating facilities.”

Photo Credit: ND Parks & Rec. “Sometimes when we are involved with meetings or organizations in other locations, we might forget the wonderful venue we have right in our own backyard,” she continued. “Time and time again, these groups tell their local contacts how much they enjoyed their meetings in Bismarck-Mandan.”

in Bismarck-Mandan CVB convention packets and having brochures stocked and promoted by the Bismarck-Mandan CVB; marketing members’ names, website links and promotional packages on the Bismarck-Mandan CVB website; and recommending and referring member businesses to meeting planners, convention delegates and leisure travelers.

Building Partnerships

Grossman said partnering with area businesses will continue to play an important role in growing tourism in Bismarck-Mandan. “We have a phenomenal State Tourism Department ‘right next door,’ and I want to take advantage of the synergy with that strategic partnership and relationship,” she noted. “It is also helpful for businesses to become members of the CVB,” Grossman continued. “Membership plays a large part in the successful operation of the CVB, and we want to share all Bismarck-Mandan has to offer to the rest of the country.” Businesses also benefit from Bismarck-Mandan CVB membership through receiving the Insight newsletter, published monthly, which lists upcoming conferences and events; distributing promotional items or coupons

The Future of Tourism in Bismarck-Mandan

“As a very vibrant and growing community, we have the opportunity to move to the next level in the market for meetings, conventions and events. We want visitors to experience and enjoy our events, attractions, businesses and amenities so they come often, stay longer and return frequently,” said Grossman. She said visitors are looking for many of the amenities Bismarck-Mandan offers, and continuing to build on the community’s success will benefit everyone involved. “The future of tourism is very bright in BismarckMandan. Visitors and local residents want many of the same things, including good restaurants, green space, shopping, signage and a safe community. These are all things Bismarck-Mandan offers.”

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MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Layn Mudder with Q: Briefly tell us the history of LPT Images. A: I started out as a portrait photographer. More than a dozen years ago, a local magazine asked me to photograph food. I really enjoyed it and the other commercial work that followed - product photography, real estate, agriculture, etc. It allows me to focus on the more technical aspects of photography like lighting and composition. When we lost my father-in-law to cancer, my wife and I talked about how he had spent the last years of his life doing something he loved. My wife encouraged me to do the same, providing photography services for businesses. I renamed my business to reflect the change. LPT stands for “Layn’s Play Time” because it’s my time to do what I love. 8 | Chamber Connection


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: More than once, people have asked about the size of my business after they looked at my website. They assume I have staff, but it’s just me. I am a sole proprietor. I answer the phone, book appointments, take the pictures and process them, and pay the bills. Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: My sole focus is commercial photography, supporting the needs of local and national businesses. My job is to help those businesses showcase their product or service, and tell their story. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: Our growing community has provided greater opportunities and need for services like mine. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Very few people buy cameras any more. Everyone uses the camera on their phone. Actually owning and using a camera has become something of a novelty making using a photographer an event. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: The transitional to digital cameras is the biggest change I’ve dealt with and it is still impacting the industry with new technology being rolled out every day. Q: What does the future of your business look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: We live in a visual world. The demand for quality images is stronger than ever due to the internet and social media. Q: LPT Images has been a member since 2012, why do you continue to renew each year? A: Primarily for networking. Chamber events are a great opportunity for me to catch up with my clients and make new contacts.

Layn can often times be found Friday nights taking pictures of the races at the Dacotah Speedway.

Q: What should Chamber members know about your company that may assist them within theirs? A: Know yourself and what you are good at. When I owned a portrait studio, I tried to do everything for everyone. I was run ragged and was miserable. Now that I am focused on commercial photography, I’m much happier.

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN FIELD PROJECT PRESENTATIONS There was a full house Thursday, May 14 as the 2015 Leadership BismarckMandan class presented their field projects. After many weeks of research, fundraising and preparation, the class presented three great projects for the Bismarck-Mandan community.

Forming a Sports & Events Commission This team has been working with the Chamber to review the need for the community to do more when it comes to offering opportunities for sports and leisure activities by forming a Sports & Leisure Commission. Team Members: Kirk Cristy, Brad Davison,Trish Helgeson, Josh Keller, Kim Peterson, Karalee Harper, and Robyn Johnsen. Slacklining This field project team presented their project on behalf of Bismarck Parks & Recreation to develop slacklining for the Bismarck-Mandan community. Their goal is to bring a totally new and free recreational event to our area. Team Members: Karen Smith, Todd Van Orman, Chris Gessele, Dyke Boese, Jerry Haas, Dave Leingang, Jennifer Klesalek and Melanie Phillips.

Forming a Sports and Events Commission Presentation

Slacklining Presentation

Buddy Chair/Friendship Bench Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Field Project Team presented a check for $14,000 to Acacia, Tiny Girl Big Dream, to cover purchasing Friendship Benches for Bismarck Public Schools. Team Members: Kyle Sebesta, Raquel Jessen, Ryan Steinman, Ron Walters, Nathan Schneider, Matthew Stevenson and Tanya Peluso.

Buddy Chair/Friendship Bench Presentation

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The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class celebrated their graduation from the prestigious Chamber program on Wednesday, May 20th at the Baymont Inn & Suites.

HINMAN WINS DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD Joyce Hinman was the recipient of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Distinguished Alumni Award. This award is presented each year to an outstanding alumnus of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Leadership program who has remained active in the alumni association and involved in the community.

Gabe Schell presents Joyce Hinman with the Distinguished Alumni award.

Hinman serves a leadership role in every endeavor she undertakes. She has served a three year term on the board of directors for the very prestigious International Reading Association; the only North Dakotan to ever be elected to this Board of Directors; serving as a presenter at many of the conferences. She is a mentor to numerous people in various areas; including mentoring recent widows. Hinman has worked many years with the RSVP program and is a faithful worker at Corpus Christi Church She served many years as a leader in education as former principal at Highland Acres and Will-Moore Elementary Schools. She was director of the North Dakota Reading Association and brought several conferences to Bismarck-Mandan, and co-initiated the summer reading program at the public library recruiting volunteers to read to our youth. Hinman currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Memorial Library and state reading committee. She has been a co-chair of the Leadership BismarckMandan Education Day for over 15 years and has served on the Chamber’s Education Committee. Chamber Connection | 11





GREAT WEATHER FORE CHAMBER GOLF SCRAMBLE Mother Nature could not have provided a better day for golfing at the 25th Annual Chamber Golf Scramble at Apple Creek sponsored by Eide Ford Lincoln and MDU Resources Group. On Monday, June 8th, 112 golfers spent the afternoon on the course and over 19 businesses sponsored holes offering snacks, refreshments, great conversation and contests to add to a great day of golf. Also, thank you to Ty and Apple Creek staff for accommodating our group. It was a lot of fun!

Congrats to our Chamber Golf Scramble winners! The winning teams: First Place Gross: Colton Murphy, Will Skabo, Geoff Simon, Mike Nathe Second Place Gross: Brad Balerud, Rick Keller, Stacy Keller, Arthur Jerome Third Place Gross: Jeremy Severson, Dustin Erhardt, Erick Flacksbarth, Thomas Woodby Fourth Place Gross: Andy Serri, Becky Serri, Gabe Serri, Tate Barnhardt

First Place Net: Alex Gustafson, Adam Griffith, Devon Rask, Casey Neumann Second Place Net: Spence Stone, Landon Feil, Mike Schaff, Shannon Gangl Third Place Net: Jamie Hoynes, Ben Nelson, Cora Turner, John Evenson Fourth Place Net: Doug Volk, Gary Hanson, Jon Zabolotny, Jeff Chamberlain Thank you to our amazing sponsors! Presenting Sponsors: Lunch Sponsors: Ulteig Engineers & North American Coal Dinner Sponsor: Missouri Valley Petroleum Putting Green Sponsor: Liberty Business Systems, Inc. Tee Prize Sponsor: Northwest Contracting Golf Cart Sponsor: JLG Architects Hole Sponsors: BNC National Bank, Eide Bailly, Starion

Financial, McQuade Distributing, Odney, Bartlett & West, Dakota Community Bank, Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Cellular Communications, Jerome Distributing, EAPC Architects Engineers, Sleep Inn & Suites,Network Center, Baymont Inn & Suites, Century 21 Landmark Realty - Amy Hullet and Hilton Garden Inn.

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On August 6, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local businesses and their accomplishments. Help us honor our 2015 Granite Award Winner PLUS 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

RSVP online at You can purchase tickets for this event; $35.00 for Chamber members and $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 701-223-5660 or by email at Cost is $500.

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Video Sponsor: Threefold Productions

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

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.


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APPLY TODAY FOR LEADERSHIP BISMARCKMANDAN 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, graduation ceremony. Applications are available online at For more information about this prestigious program, contact Hannah at 701-223-5660. Applications are due August 5. Program begins September 23, 2015 with graduation in May of 2016. Scholarships Available! Thank you to the generosity of Gate City Bank, Exploring Leadership Solutions-Dave Leingang & Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association who will be sponsoring scholarships to qualifying candidates. Please contact Hannah at the Chamber to find out about a Leadership Bismarck-Mandan scholarship.

THANK YOU FROM SUSIE As my time is winding down here at the Chamber, I wanted to make sure I thanked all of you who have provided me with a great career at the Chamber.

The friendships I have made over the years are valuable to me. I have enjoyed working with you on committees, programs, events and as leaders of our community. I have learned many things from you as great leaders, teachers and mentors. You have been wonderful to work with; making my job easier and a lot of fun. Bismarck-Mandan is a great community because of you; we have outstanding people who live and work here and are committed to making things better. The Chamber staff over the years has been very dedicated to Bismarck-Mandan, the Chamber, and the mission of this great organization. It will be tough to leave them as they have become great friends and extended family; and are a team in every sense of the word. Thank you for over 32 wonderful years, I will miss you!

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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

Thank you to the nearly 80 members in June who came out and joined our staff on the Chamber patio to enjoy a beautiful sunny afternoon. Your involvement, sponsorships and volunteer-ism does not go unnoticed and we are very grateful for all the businesses that help make our community a better place to live. With one down and two more to go, I hope to see all of you again and more, at our next Friday at the Chamber on July 10th from 11:30am – 1:00pm! There is no cost to attend, so stop in for a quick bite of some scrumptious food provided by Cloverdale Foods and Cash Wise Foods. There will be brats, pulled pork, cool refreshments and multiple side dishes to choose from. *If you’d like to make a contribution to the Boy Scouts of America this month, there will be a donation box available.

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DINNER ON THE PLAZA Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Thursday, July 16, 2015 Chamber Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 6:00PM - 9:00PM $30.00 per person $70.00 for season pass

This month is our first Dinner on the Plaza series of the summer and we cannot be happier to have The Bistro catering this fabulous evening event. The Bistro has been a Chamber member for 19 years and is a wonderful asset to our business community! They provide a truly unique menu that goes beyond your expectations and satisfies your every taste bud. If you have not been there before, they are located at 1103 East Front Ave Bismarck. I hope you’re all looking forward to a delicious dining experience, because July’s will be one you don’t want to miss! Chamber members are invited to join us on our Plaza Thursday, July 16th for an evening of fine dining and wonderful company. You’ll enjoy a customized course that will be paired perfectly with a wine from Captain Jack’s Liquor Store. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a selection of beer samples provided by Jerome Distributing. Bring your employees, spouses or loyal customers for a delightful evening networking and enjoying live music by a local musician, Tyler Ktytor. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:00pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. There is a limited number of seats available, so secure your spots as soon as possible. Tickets are $30 each or you can purchase a season pass for $70. The next two dinners are August 27th and September 17th. RSVP online at, by emailing or calling Amanda at 701-223-5660.


Thursday, July 23, 2015 Bismarck Motor Company 1100 57th Ave NE, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Chamber members are invited to join Bismarck Motor Company on Thursday, July 23rd at it’s all new Honda, Nissan and Volkswagen facilities in growing North Bismarck. The dealership group will be serving tasty hors d’ouevres, beverages, live music, test drives and guided tours through the state-of-the-art facilities. Sign up for a Medora Getaway along with complimentary gifts for each attendee. Bismarck Motor Company’s new autoplex is home to a 25,000 sq ft Honda dealership – featuring the Midwest’s only in-dealership, community-based café where portions of proceeds directly benefit charitable causes, a 15,000 sq ft Nissan dealership – only one of five in the nation like it – and a 12,000 sq ft Volkswagen dealership – N.D.’s second stand-alone VW store. The new dealerships are located at the intersection of NE 57th Ave and HWY 83, North Bismarck. This is a mixer you won’t want to miss! Please email Amanda at or call 701-223-5660 to RSVP.

CELEBRATE BISMARCKMANDAN Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsors:

Thursday, August 6 2015 Best Western Ramkota Hotel 11:30AM - 1:00PM $35.00 for Chamber Members; $40.00 for General Admission

On August 6, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local businesses and their accomplishments. Help us honor our 2015 Granite Award Winner PLUS 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 • Outstanding Teachers of the Year • Golden Eagle Recipient RSVP online at Tickets will be available until Friday, July 31st and are required to attend, as seating is limited.

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Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015 Location: Northern Lights Lasik 4501 Coleman Street, Ste #102, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM Fees: Free to Attend

Save the date for next month’s Membership Mixer at Northern Lights Lasik on Thursday, August 13rd. Also, don’t forget to invite your coworkers along to enjoy some tasty hors d’ouevres, refreshments and a casual evening networking amongst other fellow members. Please RSVP to or call Amanda at 701-223-5660.


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

Friday, August 14, 2015 Chamber Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 11:30AM - 1:00PM Free for all Chamber Members and their employees

Don’t forget to save the date for our last Friday at the Chamber appreciation luncheon on August 14th from 11:30am – 1:00pm. As much as I don’t want to think about this, because it means summer will be coming to a close, I am excited to see every one of you again. So join Chamber staff and fellow members for the last luncheon to extend our thank you for everything you have done for us at the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce! Please RSVP online at events or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660 so that we can plan for plenty of lunch.

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Friday, August 21, 2015 Capital City Sporting Clays 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck 9:00AM - 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. This is a wonderful opportunity to treat your coworkers or loyal clients to a fun networking experience and a chance to win some awesome Grand Prizes from Runnings and Scheels Sports. 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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Theo Art School 21st Annual Garden Walk

Sunday, July 19th 10:00am - 3:00pm

TICKETS: $12.00 Available in advance at Theo Art School or online at Available on the day of the walk at B. Little House on the corner of Avenue A and Washington Street. For addition information, call 701-222-6452.

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Rapid Fire Sponsors: Bremer Bank, City Air Mechanical, Missouri Valley Petroleum, North American Coal Corp. Pigeon Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, McQuade Distributing Co., Liberty Business Systems Inc, Starion Financial, CornerStone Bank, Century 21 Landmark Realty

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BISMARCK MANDAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AIMING FOR $1 MILLION MATCH The Bismarck Mandan Community Foundation has an immediate opportunity to more than double its assets in the next four months. The Otto Bremer Foundation is providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant, up to $1 million, to grow the community’s endowment fund. Individuals and businesses are being asked to consider a contribution to the fund this summer in order to capture the matching grant monies before the deadline in October.

The purpose of the Bismarck Mandan Community Foundation is to build a permanent financial resource that will benefit the community far into the future. Gifts from many individuals and businesses are pooled into a single fund, invested, and a portion of the earnings used to provide grants for community projects in Bismarck, Mandan, and Morton/Burleigh Counties. “The unique aspect of the Bismarck Mandan Community Foundation is that ANY non-profit organization or governmental entity can apply for one of its grants,” explains Director Christi Stonecipher. “The fund is only limited to the geographic area it serves. It’s our community’s charitable savings account.” Previous grant recipients include Hope Manor, Wing Theatre, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Bismarck, Aid, Inc., and the Ruth Meiers Hospitality House.

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The Bismarck Mandan Community Foundation fund is managed by the North Dakota Community Foundation (NDCF), but all fundraising and granting activities take place on the local level, driven by an Advisory Committee made up of volunteers from the area. NDCF manages 60 different community foundations across the state. “Some of our local community endowment funds give $50,000 every year to programs and projects in their town,” explains Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of NDCF. “In fact, one of our funds gives out $250,000 every year in grant money to various non-profits. The Bismarck Mandan Community Foundation has the opportunity to become a significant funding source to improve the quality of life for the people of our area if we can grow the fund now.” All donations to the fund are tax deductible to the fullest extent of state and federal law and those that meet statutory limitations qualify for the 40% ND income tax credit for gifts to qualified ND endowment funds. Donations may be sent to the Bismarck Mandan Community Foundation at PO Box 387, Bismarck, ND 58502-0387 or made online at www. Anonymous gifts should include a written request for anonymity.

BISMARCK MOTOR COMPANY OPENS NEW AUTO-PLEX Bismarck Motor Company, a Kupper Automotive dealership, opened the doors of all-new Honda, Nissan and Volkswagen facilities to the public on Monday, June 15th during an official grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony.

“We’re excited to introduce Bismarck to our state-of-theart dealerships,” says Chris Schneider, general manager. “These are facilities you won’t see anywhere in the region, and we couldn’t be happier to build them in our growing Bismarck/Mandan community.”


Bismarck State College holds its eighth annual President’s Run Friday, July 10, to raise money for the Paul Swanson Scholarship fund held by the BSC Foundation.

Motorcycle and car enthusiasts are welcome to join BSC Interim President David Clark and friends, colleagues and students of Paul Swanson for the run to Beulah Bay. Participants eat lunch there and proceed to Beulah for a tour of the Coteau Freedom Mine, followed by ice cream at The Union Bank of Beulah. Registration begins at 9:15 a.m. with departure at 10 a.m. from the BSC Jack Science Center parking lot. A $100 donation per vehicle is requested. Inducted into BSC’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010, Paul Swanson was a coach, math instructor and mathematics and engineering department chair at BJC/BSC from 1956-87. Swanson became the Mystics’ head football coach in 1956. He also coached the men’s basketball team from 1958-60 and was an assistant coach under Bruce Meland for 12 seasons. Swanson also coached Bismarck High School basketball, taking the team to Top 10 state competition six of his eight years there.

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The new autoplex is home to a 25,000 square feet Honda dealership – featuring the Midwest’s only in-dealership, community-based café where portions of proceeds directly benefit charitable causes, a 15,000 square feet Nissan dealership – only one of five in the nation like it - and a 12,000 square feet Volkswagen dealership – N.D.’s second stand-alone Volkswagen dealership. “Our vision of building the area’s most modern and unique dealerships has come to life,” says Bob Kupper, owner. “We’re ready for the public to see what we have been working on all year – and excited to serve our past, current and future guests at our all-new modern facilities.” Bismarck Motor Company’s new Honda, Nissan and Volkswagen dealerships are located at the intersection of 57th NE Ave and Highway 83, North Bismarck.

FRONT: Levi Andrist, Amanda Peterson, Leslie Bakken Oliver, Brenda Blazer, R.J. Pathroff BACK: Jeffrey Nelson, James Cailao, Monte Rogneby, Seth Thompson, John Kapsner, Joel Gilbertson, Diane Wehrman 200 North 3rd Street, Ste. 201 Bismarck, ND 58501 701-258-7899 • 877-629-0705 Offices also in Fargo and Williston, ND, and Moorhead and Minneapolis, MN

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North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co. announced the acquisition of Grand Forks Abstract & Title Company which also includes Pennington County Abstract & Title, L.L.C. (Thief River Falls, MN) and Strander Abstract & Title, L.L.C (Crookston, MN). With the close of this acquisition, NDGT will now provide a full range of title insurance, closing and escrow services, 1031 exchange services, tax and lien searches and title reports throughout the Red River Valley and Western Minnesota. “This is an exciting time of growth for our company” said Nick Hacker, President of NDGT. “Tony Faust and his staff have built a wonderful company that is committed to the needs of its customers. We are proud to welcome Grand Forks Abstract & Title Company, Pennington County Abstract & Title, L.L.C. and Strander Abstract & Title, L.L.C as part of The Title Team and we look forward to continue providing outstanding services across the entire state of North Dakota, Western Minnesota and Eastern Montana.



On May 7th, the Bismarck-Mandan Young Professionals Network (YPN) celebrated its tenth anniversary and welcomed a new set of leaders at the organization’s Annual Meeting and Anniversary Celebration. Along with new co-leads entering their positions, members also elected Stacey Thomas, a Bismarck native and YPN entrepreneur team co-lead, as the next vice president. “I am very grateful for this opportunity to serve the YPN,” said Thomas. “The network has a strong history and a bright future. I am looking forward to working together and continuing to offer exceptional opportunities for leadership development, community service and networking for our members.” Stacey, a client relations specialist at Specialized Cleaning & Restoration, will serve one year as vice president before assuming the role of president. TJ Jerke, a contract lobbyist, took over as president at the event, while Heather Welle, a realtor at Trademark Realty, moved from president to chairwoman of the network. Along with the changes to the executive leadership, the YPN’s teams welcomed new co-leads, who serve two-year offset terms with one co-lead vacating his or her position each year. The new co-leads are: Ambassador Team: Amber Jensen, Marketing and Operations Manager at MSA United Way, joins Justin Thomas, Insurance Agent at Kramer Agency.

Entrepreneurship Team: Chance Schmidt, Financial Services Professional at New York Life joins Jerry Haas, Surface Acquisition Manager at Houston Engineering, Inc.

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Marketing Team: Mariah Rittel, Communications Specialist at KLJ, joins Viva Lauinger, Marketing Specialist at Kupper Chevrolet.

Professional Development Team: Stacy Schaffer, Development Officer at North Dakota Humanities Council, joins Miles Traiser, Real Time Trader at Basin Electric Power Cooperative.

Social Team: Megan Zerface, Paralegal at Pearce & Durick, joins Mallory Westby, Personal Banker at Starion Financial. All faiths or beliefs are welcome.

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Service Team: Cody Schoonover, Investment Advisor at Starion Financial, joins Carla Bodensteiner, Sales Service Representative at US Water Services.


At 31 years, Sister Thomas Welder, OSB, served the longest tenure as female president at any college or university in America at the time she retired in 2009. Days later, at age 34, Monsignor James Shea succeeded Welder and became the youngest serving college president in the United States, and still is today. On Saturday, May 16, 2015, both Welder and Shea received honorary doctorate degrees — the highest honor bestowed by any college or university —from Belmont Abbey College (Charlotte, NC) and Thomas More College, (Merrimack, NH), respectively.

Active in community, state and national professional, civic and religious organizations, Welder has promoted and modeled the Benedictine values. Under her leadership, Mary College expanded to university status in 1986 and added undergraduate and graduate degree programs at locations throughout the state and region. During her presidency, enrollment grew from 925 students to nearly 3,000 in 2004. As president emerita, Welder most recently earned the Caritas Award from Catholic Charities North Dakota. In 2004, she received the prestigious Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award — the highest state award presented to select individuals who have achieved national recognition, reflecting credit and honor upon North Dakota and its citizens. The award states, “Sister Thomas is recognized as a woman who lives, serves and leads by example. Envisioning the University of Mary as the nation’s premier institution for the preparation of servant leaders, Sister Thomas promotes competence in communication, commitment to values and service to community.” During his current tenure as the sixth president of the University of Mary, Shea has spearheaded several groundbreaking higher education initiatives to include the new Year-Round Campus program that allows students to graduate in 2.6 years and earn their master’s degree in four years. In Oct. of 2014, Shea announced a partnership with Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) that will allow incoming freshmen nursing majors at Mary to receive their senior year free. He entered the University of Mary into an unprecedented collaborative agreement with the largest public research university in America — Arizona State University — that allows ASU students to take courses from Mary in theological studies and Catholic studies.

Shea’s other popular visionary programs include a new campus in Rome, Italy; the Catholic Scholars program that provides free room and board to eligible graduates of Catholic high schools offered to firsttime, full-time freshmen; in 2010 he created the Bishop Paul A. Zipfel Catholic Studies Program that has quickly become the second largest in the United States.

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Shea previously served as pastor to several parishes in the Bismarck diocese while teaching at the Catholic schools in the region. He began his undergraduate work at Jamestown College, majoring in English and history, and then entered the seminary for the Msgr. James Shea Diocese of Bismarck, earning a bachelor’s degree and a pontifical master’s degree (licentiate) in philosophy at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He studied classical Greek at the University of Texas at Austin and continued at the Vatican’s North American College, studying theology at the Gregorian and Lateran universities in Rome. Monsignor is also an alumnus of the Institutes for Higher Education at the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. Shea has worked with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity at the Gift of Peace AIDS Hospice while teaching religion at two innercity elementary schools in Washington, D.C. In Rome, he served as chaplain for the Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital and also at the Rome campus of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. Most recently Shea served as chairman of internal affairs for the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as well as the Governor’s Commission on Education in the State of North Dakota. Chamber Connection | 23






The GOD’S CHILD Project is holding a golf tournament, “2015 GCP Golf Charity Scramble”, on July 10 at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan. The GOD’S CHILD Project is known for providing education, health and wellness services and human rights protection to some of the world’s poorest children and people. Registration begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00pm. The cost of the tournament is $100.00 for individual golfers, $220.00 for a cart sponsor, $380.00 for a team of four, $500.00 for a hole sponsor. Cart sponsorships includes registration for two golfers and your name and/or logo prominently displayed on a golf cart. Hole sponsorships includes registration for a team of four, their name and/or logo prominently displayed on a signage at a tee-box, recognition throughout the tournament, option to provide promotional items to golfers and to host contests at your hole. All registrations include door prizes, green fees, cart rentals and dinner at the awards banquet. There will be a bucket auction and a special appearance and sponsorship by Dixon Golf. Dixon Golf is the makers of the world’s first high performance ecofriendly golf ball.

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BISMARCK SCHOOLS BREAKS GROUND FOR COMMUNITY ATHLETIC COMPLEX School administrators, athletic directors, local business leaders, architects, contractors, and parents were on hand for a groundbreaking for a new Bismarck Public Schools athletic complex that will be used by the entire community.

The Bismarck School Board had approved bids and plans for the track, football and soccer fields, grandstands and concessions. The first fields should be done by October and the track next spring. Baseball and softball fields are planned for the future. Some fields are turf; some are grass. Superintendent Tamara Uselman said, “Space for youth and adult athletic activities is always in short supply in Bismarck. This will truly be a community facility. It will not only be used by Legacy and our other public high schools, but by other schools and groups as well.” The complex is located at LHS. Uselman says the district is looking for ways to partner with the community for parts of the outdoor project, which could include naming rights for donors.

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It was also officially announced that the gym at Legacy High School will be named after the district’s longtime Activities Director Jim Haussler. Dr. Haussler is retiring as of July 1. A formal ceremony at the gym will be held in the fall.


Starion Financial awarded scholarships to nine Bismarck-Mandan students through the Dollars for Scholars program. The scholarships were presented by Starion representatives Curt Walth, executive vice president; Arnie Strebe, chief human resources officer; Kassy Landis, mortgage banking officer; and Cody Schoonover investment advisor. This year’s recipients were Emily Bendish, Mandan; Erica Binegar, Bismarck; Olivia Eckert, Bismarck; Cullen Gress, Mandan; Trever Leingang, Mandan; Katelyn Rising, Bismarck; Emily Schloer, Bismarck; Samantha Weigel, Bismarck; and Tyler Weigel, Mandan.


Sanford Health and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA broke ground on June, 12th, for a Family Wellness facility in Mandan. The $13.3 million project located at 2620 46th Ave. S.E. in Mandan, directly south of Raging Rivers Water Park, is expected to be complete by fall 2016. There will be full reciprocity between the Missouri Valley Family YMCA in Bismarck and Family Wellness in Mandan providing added value, convenience and better access for members of both facilities.

Dollars for Scholars is a national organization dedicated to increasing scholarship opportunities for students seeking all types of post-secondary education. North Dakota currently has 72 chapters and one statewide chapter. Landis serves on the boards of directors for the Bismarck and Mandan Dollars for Scholars chapters and Schoonover serves on board of directors for the Mandan chapter. Since beginning in the state, all North Dakota Dollars for Scholars chapters have raised a combined $30.3 million and awarded 23,819 students. “Supporting our young people’s educational goals is one of the most important things we can do for the community,” said Strebe. “We are pleased to recognize these students for their achievements and helping with college costs.”


Dollars for Scholars winners pictured left to right: Curt Walth, Olivia Eckert, Erica Binegar, Katelyn Rising, Samantha Weigel, Arnie Strebe, Kassy Landis.

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The board of directors of Central Dakota Children’s Choir (CDCC) has announced the retirement of Karen Traeholt, executive director, effective June 30, 2015. Karen Traeholt is the founder of the program which began in 1998 as a result of the Bismarck-Mandan Leadership Class. Under her leadership, the program has grown from one choir of 65 singers in grades 4-6 to six choirs and a pre-choir with 350 children in grades 2-12 from 47 public, private and homeschools from the central and western North Dakota regions. During her tenure, CDCC has established a concert programming schedule of 40 performances annually, performed for a collective audience of 198,575 people in the tri-state area, and has been invited to perform at many local, state, and regional events.

STARION FINANCIAL NAMED A TOPPERFORMING COMMUNITY BANK IN THE NATION Starion Financial was named to “The Best of the Best” list by Independent Banker magazine and received a superior rating from BauerFinancial.

Independent Banker is a publication of the Independent Community Bankers of America, an organization that represents more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes throughout the country. It separates banks based on asset size and ranks the top 25 by their return on average assets (ROA) and return on average equity (ROE) ratios. For 2014, Starion was evaluated as a subchapter S bank with assets of $1 billion or more. Starion’s ROE rank jumped from number 15 in 2013 to 7 in 2014. The bank also improved its ROA rank from 20 in 2013 to 8 in 2014. Based on data from the fourth quarter of 2014, Starion also earned a five-star “superior” rating, the highest possible, from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. Star ratings are assigned on a scale of zero-to-five stars, with five being the strongest, and are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution. The ratings are independent, meaning no institution is able to pay to be rated or excluded. Craig Larson, Starion Financial president/CEO, attributes the advancement and recognition to the hard work and dedication of Starion employees. “Earning recognition from both of these entities speaks highly of the commitment our employees make to our customers,” he says. “When our customers are successful, our bank succeeds as well. This allows us to support our employees, our customers and the communities we serve even better.”

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On Monday, June 8, the new Hillside Aquatic Complex in Lions Park, 1719 E. Boulevard Ave., opened its doors to the public for its grand opening. Hillside Aquatic Complex will open as a pool with a considerably different look. The new water park is fullyaccessible and features two slides, a climbing wall, four lap lanes and a large patio and deck area with lounge chairs and umbrellas. The building itself has new locker rooms, family changing rooms, concessions, an elevator and a large community room. Starting Wednesday, June 10, the Hillside Aquatics Complex regular season hours will start. All outdoor pool hours are Monday through Thursday, Noon to 4:00pm and 4:30-8:00pm; Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 7:00pm. The fee is $3.50 per session, or $5 per session with the water slide. Infants 11 months and younger will get in free. Coupon books with 12 admissions are $35 each, or 12 admissions with the waterslide for $50. A season patch for all pools is $75, and a season patch for all pools with the water slide is $100. All coupon books and patches are available for purchase at all pools or at the Bismarck Parks and Recreation District office, 400 E. Front Ave. Lap swimming is available at Hillside. The hours are 11:30am-12:30pm, Monday through Friday, for $1. Prior to the Hillside Aquatic Complex opening, several public input sessions were held. “This complex was created with public input,” said Randy Bina, Executive Director of Bismarck Parks and Recreation District. “We’re very proud of the complex and are excited for the community to come see it.” The original Hillside Pool was built in 1953 and was home to general swimming, swimming lessons, competitive swimming and a teen social area. The new pool is part of the Lions Park Master Plan, which has included new entryways, lighting, parking lots, two new playgrounds, tree removal and planting, a redesigned and upgraded disc golf course, and the resurfacing of the tennis courts. The skate park is currently being expanded, with a completion date of mid-summer.


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On Thursday, May 28, earthkind® planted the seeds for a community garden that will feed hundreds of North Dakota residents. The garden is located behind the Legacy Methodist Church in Bismarck and is part of a larger project the local natural pest prevention company launched in April. The project is called #BeKind and it challenged a group of volunteers to make kindness grow.

Throughout the months of April and May, members of a woman’s leadership program, sponsored by the Center for Technology and Business, were each given $50 and asked to perform a random act of kindness, locally. “It was all part of a bigger plan,” Kari Warberg Block, earthkind®’s CEO laughed. “We knew that if we could plant the seeds of kindness, they would begin sprouting all over town, and we weren’t disappointed. We watched as some of the women matched our donations, so they could have an even bigger impact. And then, we saw people they offered to help, ask if they could pay it forward, and give the money to someone who might need it more. “

An experiment that began with the North Dakota Women’s Leadership graduates -- grew into a project that fed hungry families, kept the lights on for local residents and sprinkled kindness throughout the community. Unsuspecting residents of Minot, Bismarck and New Town were surprised with simple pleasures like ice cream cones, flowers and free meals. “earthkind®’s community garden was actually inspired by one of our volunteers,” Warberg Block explained. “Ten year old Bryce Dahle heard about the #BeKind project and asked his mother Julie, if he could participate. He wanted to give baskets of fresh fruit and vegetables to families that were less fortunate than his own. He told us that his dream was to be able to give out even more baskets, so we decided to help him make kindness grow a little more. He and his friends are going to be helping us all summer as we grow vegetables, herbs and edible flowers. “ And while the #BeKind project began in North Dakota, Warberg Block is hoping that its impact will be felt around the globe. More information on earthkind®’s #BeKind campaign is available on the company’s Facebook page,

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Realtors® and leaders from the Bismarck Mandan Board of REALTORS ® joined nearly 8,500 other guests from across the country in Washington, D.C.,to attend the 2015 Realtor® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 11-15. In attendance from the local association was Kristin Oban, President; Amy Hullet, Presidentelect; Karin Haskell, member; Mary Splichal, member; Greg Larson, NDAR President; and Vicki Roller, NDAR Past President; Jill Beck, CEO of NDAR, Nancy Willis, Government Affairs Director for NDAR; and Nancy Deichert, Association Executive of the Bismarck Mandan Board of REALTORS. While in the nation’s capital, local participants were part of a group of about thirty North Dakotans that met with Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Senator John Hoeven, and Congressman Kevin Cramer and their staffs on Capitol Hill to ensure qualified buyers and investors in the Bismarck-Mandan community and surrounding area have access to safe and affordable mortgage financing and to protect and advance real estate-related policies.

“Attending the Realtor® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo offers Realtors® an opportunity to meet face-toface with decision makers and be heard on the issues that affect the industry and consumers’ ability to buy, sell and invest in real estate,” said Kristin Oban, President of the Bismarck Mandan Board of REALTORS®. “While meeting with lawmakers, regulatory officials and industry executives in Washington, Realtors® urged support for the issues that are most important to the industry, communities and the clients that we serve.” Realtors®’ meetings with North Dakota’s Congressional Delegation focused on important residential and commercial real estate issues to homeowners and investors, as well as extending the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which expired at the end of 2014 and prevents distressed homeowners from facing excessive income tax bills on forgiven home loan debt. Realtors® also urged lawmakers to protect commercial real estate related tax provisions, such as retaining like-kind exchange provisions and making permanent the 15-year depreciation period for leasehold improvements. In addition, Realtors® advocated legislation to reform patent demand letters, set nationwide data security standards, and pass the Mortgage Choice Act to end discrimination against affiliated lenders.

“Realtors® do so much more than list and sell properties. The discussions we had about greater access to safe credit, patent reform, mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief, and commercial real estate tax provisions will help advance policies that strengthen homeownership and property rights and make a positive difference for consumers and our industry,” said Oban. During the week-long conference, Realtors® participated in sessions with a variety of industry experts and government officials who discussed many of the critical housing, mortgage finance and real estate investment issues facing real estate today. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro provided a housing industry outlook to meeting attendees and referenced credit availability as the biggest hurdle to homeownership. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray discussed changes to loan closing procedures and documents, stating that the new mortgage rules are in place to educate and empower buyers to “know before they owe.”


(Job ID: 3768) Bremer Bank in Bismarck, ND is looking for a sales driven, customer focused, business banker to actively solicit, develop and manage commercial/business account relationships. Other key responsibilities include performing on-site inspections of business operations; monitoring client collateral; serving as an advisor to clients in capital purchases, credit management and economic trends affecting business operations; and representing and promoting the organization through active community involvement. Individuals with proven competencies in business development, problem solving, communication and relationship management are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a combination of education and experience that would enable success in the job generally acquired through the attainment of a bachelor’s degree, three to five years banking experience and a strong background in credit analysis. Interested and qualified applicants may apply by completing an online employment application at WORK HARD. BANK EASY. Bismarck • 258-8005 800-908-BANK (2265)

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‘Let’s Go Fly a Kite—Up to the Highest Height” is the theme of Sleepy Hollow’s 26th season at Sleepy Hollow Arts Park in Bismarck, located at 26th and Divide Avenue.

local farm-fresh foods fresh cut flowers kids activities local eats area music


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Dates and Times

July through the end of the season

Saturdays 10:00am - 1:00pm

Tuesdays 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Go! to the Market Saturdays July 11, 2015 August 8, 2015 September 12, 2015

Local artists & crafters, healthy community booths, food demonstrations, imagination playground and MORE!

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Midsummer Festival June 20 Celebrating the longest day of the year, the afternoon features family activities ($.25 activity tickets) and an 8:30 pm evening with live music at the Gazebo (adult oriented with admission charge; alcohol available). Enjoy “Lighting Magic at the Hollow” with hundreds of antique LED lights for ambiance! Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical July 14-19, 22-26, 28-Aug. 2 Enjoy the magic of Mary Poppins in a full scale Broadway-style production including a live orchestra! Directed by Job Christenson and Casey Paradies. It’s outdoors “under the stars” at Sleepy Hollow Arts Park, 8:10 nightly with a Rising Stars pre-performance. General admission and reserved seating available at most Subways and at the gate. Mary Poppins Tea: On Stage at Sleepy Hollow July 18 and 25 Be part of the magic with tea and Mary Poppins in THE setting! Reservations necessary 319-0894. Charged event. “I Hear Music” Cabaret Concert July 21 Cabaret concert with Dr. Anne Christopherson, Director of Sleepy Hollow’s Voice Division and New York based pianist and composer, Zach Redler. 7:30 pm. Dr. Christopherson is Associate Chair of UND’s Music Department. The Last 25 Years: a Musical Showcase Aug. 4-8 Sleepy Hollow’s second musical is a hit parade of fully costumed, choreographed and performed songs that showcase in Bismarck and travel to western North Dakota. Favorite songs selected from Broadway musicals including Grease and Les Miserables. Performances outdoors“under the stars” at Sleepy Hollow Arts Park. Tickets available at most Subways and at the gate. More information at or call 701-319-0894.


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A new store in Bismarck has a wide variety of women’s personal items and accessories as well as things that are needed before, during and after medical treatment. Sanford Just for Women boutique is located in the former Sanford Health HealthCare Accessories building at 121 E. Century Ave. in Bismarck. The private, retail store offers an intimate setting for women shopping for personal supplies, such as nursing products, pre- and post-mastectomy supplies, mastectomy swimwear, compression garments and other supplies. Trained fitters help women find the right accessories they need for pre and post-medical treatment.

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Bismarck Aero Center Hires New Flightline Technician

Trevor Opp joins Bismarck Aero Center (BAC) as a full time Flightline Technician. Opp is a recent Bismarck High School graduate and currently pursuing a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Peske Hired as Trevor Opp the University of Mary. He has Executive Director of four years of Customer Service The Arc of Bismarck experience from working with Dan’s Supermarket The Arc of Bismarck Board of and Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center. On the Directors announced the hiring Flightline, Opp will provide quality depth to our of Nicole Peske, who assumed growing team. His hard working ethic and strong the role of executive director on customer service skills will be a great addition to Bismarck Aero Center. May 4.

Peske oversees the various services and programs offered by The Arc of Bismarck, including information referral, legislative advocacy, The Arc Thrift Store and the Partners in Policymaking program. She also serves as an advisor to the American People Self-Advocacy Association and serves as the executive director of The Arc of North Dakota.

Steinolfson Earns National Certification

Lisa Steinolfson, Compliance Officer, Kirkwood Bank & Trust, was recently awarded the Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) Dakota Carrier Network Hires Mack Lisa Steinolfson designation from the Institute Michael Mack has been hired of Certified Bankers (ICB), a as the Outside Plant/Project subsidiary of the American Bankers Association, in Manager to oversee all facets Washington DC. of DCN’s fiber infrastructure. The CRCM designation is awarded to individuals Mack brings a great deal of who demonstrate excellence in the field of bank experience working with the regulatory compliance. To qualify for the CRCM construction and maintenance certification, individuals must have a certain level Michael Mack of fiber facilities. Mack was of experience and education in the compliance previously employed as the profession, pass an exam and agree to abide by a Outside Plant and Access Engineering Manager at code of ethics. The CRCM exam covers regulatory IdeaOne/Enventis Telecom for 16 years. He grew up in requirements as they relate to credit, deposits/ Kensal, North Dakota and has been a Fargo resident securities, safety and soundness, information since 1999, his office is located at the DCN building in reporting and corporate responsibility. Fargo. Steinolfson has been with Kirkwood Bank & Trust since 2010, and has over 20 years of experience in the banking industry.

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CHI St. Alexius Health Names White Director of Central Supply

CHI St. Alexius Health recently selected Evan White as its new director of central supply and Evan White sterile processing effective June 1. As the director overseeing these areas, Evan is responsible for leading the team charged with supporting patient care through the cleaning and sterilization of the instruments used in CHI St. Alexius Health’s operating rooms, and with maintaining the flow of supplies throughout the hospital. Evan joined CHI St. Alexius Health in March of 2013. Previously, he served as the assistant director of purchasing services. Evan holds two bachelor’s degrees from Wichita State University; one in business administration and one in marketing.

Credit Collections Bureau Promotions Credit Collections Bureau is proud to announce that Tina Williams has been promoted to Collection Associate; Jessica Jones has been promoted to Collection Coordinator; Matt Ray has been promoted to Collection Advisor; Debbie Rose has been promoted to Senior Collection Director Level 13 and Jefferie Gable has been promoted to Senior Collection Director Level 5.

Arvig Hires Wilson as Web Designer

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Mallory Wilson was hired as a Web Designer at Missouri River Pages, An Arvig® Company. Wilson earned her Graphic Design Technology AAS Degree from Dakota County Technical College. Missouri River Pages creates custom websites for businesses of all sizes. Starion Financial Hires, Promotes

Starion Financial has promoted and hired individuals in a variety of roles at its Bismarck branches. Rick Geloff has been promoted to credit analyst II. Located at the downtown Rick Geloff Bismarck location, he analyzes and underwrites loan requests, assists in the administration of borrowing accounts and other credit-related functions. Geloff joined Starion as a credit analyst I in 2013. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Minot State Kathleen Ketterling University. Kathleen Ketterling is a fulltime teller at the bank’s South Bismarck location. Ketterling provides paying and receiving services, processes a variety of customer transactions, and identifies other bank products and services that may be suitable to customers’ needs. Royann Schmit She has several years of retail experience. Royann Schmit has joined Starion Financial as administrative assistant at Starion’s downtown Bismarck location. Schmit provides support to the executive team, performing administrative Andrew Tweet duties. She has more than 12 years of office administration and management experience in several industries, including banking, payroll services, higher education and healthcare. Andrew Tweet is a credit analyst II at Starion’s downtown Bismarck location. In his role, he analyzes and underwrites commercial loan requests. Tweet has more than two years of credit analyst experience and more than five years of customer service experience. He holds an associate’s degree from Bismarck State College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota.

Securian Financial BSC Faculty Members Earn Tenure Advisor of the Month Six Bismarck State College

faculty members were granted tenure by the State Board of Higher Education in early May. All earned the rank of associate professor. Tenure candidates were Elizabeth Braunagel Elizabeth Braunagel, associate professor of mathematics; Greg Hatzenbiler, associate professor of electrical lineworker; JoDe KnutsonKupper Chevrolet-Subaru Welcomes Person, associate professor New Employees of chemistry; Jason Lueder, Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru has associate professor of graphic recently added to its group of design and communications; employees and also promoted Tony Musumba, associate Greg Hatzenbiler within the organization. 
 professor of physics; and Tyler Raymond Heck (Belfield, ND), Schau, associate professor of who worked at the dealership agriculture, technology and natural resources. from 2005-2009, returns to Raymond Heck the staff as the Digital Sales Manager. Heck is looking forward to working again with a great group of people and being back in the Midwest. 

 Sarah Lepp (Bismarck, ND) joined the dealership as a JoDe Knutson-Person Jason Lueder Cashier. She is looking forward to meeting new people and working with the amazing staff Sarah Lepp at Kupper. Her hobbies include: video games, movies, baking, and cuddling with her dog.
 Derek Rakoczy (Reynolds, ND) joins Kupper Chevrolet as a Sales and Leasing Tony Musumba Tyler Schau Consultant. He has previous sales experience and is looking forward to meeting more Derek Rakoczy people in the Bismarck-Mandan Amy Davis Attends Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics Training area. Rakoczy enjoys hockey, football, and sport shooting. Amy Davis, director of 
 Kayla Overmoe (Mayville, nutritional services at Sanford ND), previous Customer Service Bismarck, attended a two-day Representative with Kupper “Business of Medical Nutrition Chevrolet-Subaru, has been Therapy (MNT) Boot Camp Level with the dealership group II,” training in Chicago April 17 three years and was recently and 18. Kayla Overmoe Amy Davis promoted to an Accounting Topics covered during the twoBry is new AARC position, where she is eager day train-the-trainer program Volunteer/Special to help that department run included collecting outcomes data, enhancing Events Coordinator smoothly. Kayla enjoys cooking, skills for reimbursement and articulating the value video games, music and Brenda Bry has been hired as proposition of registered dietitian and nutritionists spending time with family. 

 the new volunteer and special (RDNs) and MNT services in alternate health care Jadehya Emter (Mandan, events coordinator at the payment models. ND), joins the staff as a Cashier. The training is sponsored by the Academy Abused Adult Resource Center Brenda Bry Emter enjoys camping, reading of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest (AARC). and yoga and is excited for Jadehya Emter Bry most recently worked organization of food and nutrition professionals. Davis her new position, as she likes for about five years at the American Cancer Society is a registered dietitian and has been serving as an promoting programs and services. She is a member working with computers and interacting with guests. Academy MNT Business Leader since the first Business of the North Dakota Women’s Health Conference of MNT Boot Camp held in April 2013. She has been Planning Committee and is a former Volunteer of the with Sanford Health for eight years. Year for Big Brother Big Sisters of Bismarck.

Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that David Wald has been named Advisor of the Month for April. David has David Wald been a Financial Advisor with Securian since August 2008 and is located at 207 East Front Avenue in Bismarck. TR#1095036, DOFU: 2-2015.

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Graham Joins Dordahl Named North Dakota Houston Engineering Guaranty & Title Director of Human Nicholas Graham joins our Resources Bismarck office as a survey Mark Dordahl joined North technician. Nicholas is originally from Rugby, ND. He earned his associates degree in engineering technology from Bismarck State College.

Dakota Guaranty & Title Co. as the Director of Human Resources. Nicholas Graham “We are very excited that Mark has joined the NDGT team as the Director of Human Resources,” said Nick Hacker, Edgewood Management and Mark Dorhahl President. “He brings a wealth Development Groups Announce of HR knowledge, experience New President and excellent leadership qualities.” Edgewood Management Dordahl earned a Bachelor of Science Degree Group LLC (EMG) and from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. He is Edgewood Development Group also a member of the Society for Human Resource LLC (EDG) have named Russell Management (SHRM) and has earned his Professional G. Kubik their new President. in Human Resource Management Designation. Kubik has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Bismarck State College Adds New Operations Officer of EMG since Russell Kubik Employees 2010. In his new role, Kubik Bismarck State College has hired a number of new will continue to oversee EMG’s operations as well as adding new responsibilities and faculty and professional staff throughout the 20142015 academic year. oversight in the development side of Edgewood’s senior living and multi-family housing business. The Mathematics program added two assistant Originally from Dickinson, N.D., Kubik earned professors – Danica Allard and Heather Gysberg, who his undergraduate degree in sociology and was teaching part time. attended graduate school for sociology/research The Agriculture, Technology and Natural Resources at the University of North Dakota. Kubik began program has three new instructors – assistant his career as the administrator of Mandan Villa, a professors Kenan Layden, Charlotte Heim, and Lindsey 120-bed skilled nursing facility located in Mandan, Novak. N.D. Before joining Edgewood as Executive Vice BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE) President/Chief Operations Officer, his past roles has three new assistant professors. Adam Johnson also included Regional Director of Operations with teaches Electrical Transmissions Systems Technology Beverly Enterprises, overseeing 13 skilled nursing classes. Erin Thomas has Power Plant Technology facilities in Washington and Idaho; Regional Director classes, and Larry Hanson teaches in the Renewable of Operations for Sunrise Healthcare Corporation, Generation Technology program. overseeing 10 skilled nursing facilities in the Other new faculty are Patrick Becker, assistant Puget Sound region; Vice President of Operations professor of management; and Nathan Steffen, for Emeritus Assisted Living, including general assistant professor of political science. operations, development and growth of 62 senior New professional hires are Ashley Mattson, living communities in 15 states; and Divisional Vice admissions counselor, and Dave Huizenga, TrainND President for Life Care Centers of America, consisting manager for business and training sales in Continuing of 32 skilled nursing facilities in Idaho, Oregon and Education, Training and Innovation (CETI). Washington. Kubik and his wife Ione, who is also Jerame Novak is the new student advisor at originally from North Dakota, reside in Grand Forks. the NECE. Scott Lingen has taken over as director of financial aid. Duane Johnson has assumed the Marco Announces position of Campus Safety and security manager. Rebecca Patrick was promoted from BSC financial New Hires aid associate to testing service coordinator. She Marco is proud to announce previously was a credentialing associate for Coventry the following new hires: Health Care in Bismarck. Kessie Baier as inside sales Alison Zarr was promoted from CETI training representative and Jay Fettig as coordinator to CETI program manager. the technology advisor. Mary Morrell, administrative assistant to the Kessie Baier NECE vice president, was promoted to NECE grants coordinator, a new federal grant position. Hired in 2005, she also worked three years as administrative assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. Melinda Weninger is a new employee hired as the accountant for BSC’s College Advancement Department. She previously worked as an auditor and budgeting specialist for the North Dakota Department of Human Services. Jay Fettig 36 | Chamber Connection

Zittleman Selected as Athletic Director Bismarck Public Schools

has chosen Dave Zittleman to replace district Activities Director Jim Haussler, who is retiring effective July 1st. Twelve Dave Zittleman people applied for the position which oversees all athletic, drama, arts and music activities in the school system. Three internal and one external candidate were interviewed. Zittleman has worked for the school district for 13 years. He taught Physical Education and adaptive P.E. for special need students and served as Activities Coordinator at Bismarck High School until 2013 when he became Dean of Students and Athletic Director at BHS. His undergraduate degree and Master’s degrees in Secondary Administration of Education are from the University of Mary.

Kirkwood Bank & Trust Promotions

Kirkwood Bank & Trust is pleased to announce the following promotions. Jayme Archambault has been promoted to Branch Manager of the Kirkwood Mall Bank location. She has an Associate’s Degree from North Dakota State College of Science, and is currently working on a BA in Finance. Archambault joined the bank as a teller, and has been with the bank since 2013. Sarah Stevens has been named Mortgage Loan Processor. Stevens, a Montana native, began working as a teller with the bank in 2013. Kathy Fries has been promoted to Mortgage Loan Closer. She joined the bank in 2011 as a teller, and was later promoted to Mortgage Loan Processor. Stevens and Fries will be working in the Mortgage Department of the Kirkwood Bank & Trust North location.

New York Life Agent Eric Rick Becomes Registered Representative With NYLIFE Securities Eric Rick, an agent from the

North Dakota General Office of New York Life, has become a Registered Representative of NYLIFE Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC) a Licensed Insurance Agency by passing a qualifying exam administered by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). FINRA is the leading privatesector provider of financial regulatory services, dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation and complimentary compliance and technology-based services. Eric’s hometown is Bowbells, North Dakota. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from the University of Mary. He resides in Bismarck, North Dakota with his wife, Brittany, and their two children, Ella and Lillian. Eric Rick


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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 Amanda Schwieters at 701-223-5660 or email

YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT Bill Dean, Branch Manager, in their new business located at 2700 State Street-Gateway Mall in Bismarck. Phone: 701-255-1524. Member.

SANFORD PLAY LAND Kids, staff and Board Members in their new play land located in Kirkwood Mall in Bismarck.

LABORMAX STAFFING Kim Christie, Manager in their new location at 1513 South 12th in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-7014. Member. 38 | Chamber Connection

COLDSPRING Reid Kubesh in his new business located at 13700 Trail Boss Way in Bismarck. Phone: 701-595-7213. Member.

NUTRIPHARMA Dan Churchill in his new business located at 2941 North 11th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-6375

BRUNO’S PIZZA New Owners Jim Eastin and Brandon Ralph located at 910 East Front in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-3700. Member.

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Voegele Commercial Cleaning Bismarck, ND Stacy Voegele (701) 426-5063 We clean small to large office and professional buildings. The Critter Sitter Bismarck, ND Stacy Voegele (701) 426-5063 I walk, visit, administer meds and play with your pet as directed. Whether it’s a long vacation or you can’t get home for lunch, I am there. References available upon request. J & M Excavation Inc. 3301 Old Red Trail Mandan, ND Ardis Gloria (701) 667-1300 Excavation and utilities for commercial business. Edward Jones/Jessica Weisz, Financial Advisor 521 E Main Ave, Suite 225 Bismarck, ND Jessica Weisz (701) 258-4382 When it comes to your financial future, we take a stepby-step approach to identify your goals and develop strategies to help you achieve them. Contact me today. Personal service makes a difference. Your Home Improvement Company 2700 State St Bismarck, ND Mark Abramson (701) 255-1524 Interior & Exterior home improvements. Windows, siding, roofing, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, decks and insulation.

Scoopy Doo Bismarck, ND Cory Wardner (701) 989-5667 Pet waste removal and lawn renewal. Top Gun Power Washing 6749 Sterling Drive, Unit A Lincoln, ND Lyle Hogue (701) 425-5781 Offering quality cleaning services for residential, commercial, industrial, and new construction properties. We’ll improve the appearance, safety, and performance of your building and equipment. Prairie Patriot Firearms Training Mandan, ND Josette Severson (701) 214-1786 ND Concealed Carry Licensing, NRA Certified Pistol & Refuse To Be A Victim Instructors, Personal Self Defense Basics, Womens Concealed Carry Essentials, Fingerprinting, Notary Services HH Gun Shop 1021 S. Washington Street Bismarck, ND Darryl Howard (701) 223-4888 Double H Guns, is the newest gun, ammo, and reloading supplies dealer to Bismarck/Mandan. Over 70 years of combined experience hunting, trap shooting, teaching, and hand guns. Locally owned/operated. Leggette, Brashears & Graham, Inc. Bismarck, ND Tim Adair (701) 258-3707 To meet our client’s increasingly complex environmental needs, Leggette, Brashears & Graham offers comprehensive environmental and civil engineering consulting services. We are groundwater experts.

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