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Member Profile American Cancer Center

Granite Award Announced The Chamber awards McQuade Distributing the 2014 Granite Award

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CHAMBER CONNECTION Executive Committee Annette Behm-Caldwell Chair Rick Matteson Chair-Elect Chad Moldenhauer Secretary Perrie Schafer Treasurer Leslie Bakken Oliver Past Chair Kelvin Hullet President

Board of Directors Rick Matteson MDU Resources Group Dan Pearson Northwest Tire Wayne Munson Indigo Signworks Greg Vetter University of Mary Kleber Hadsell Tesoro Mandan Refinery Perrie Schafer Schafer Financial Inc. Mike O’Keeffe Farm Credit Services Leslie Bakken-Oliver Vogel Law Firm Chad Moldenhauer K&L Homes Dave Hoekstra BNC Bank Ken Rutter Basin Electric Lee Pierce Al Fitterer Architects Norm Clark Gate City Bank Jeff Essler H.I.T. Inc. Mike Schmitz Widmer Roel, PC Annette Behm-Caldwel Open Road Honda Brenda Nagel Aetna Sandi Tabor KLJ Molly Barnes Northern Improvement Jeff Albers Schwan GM Auto Center Dr. Gary Miller St. Alexius Medical Center Chris Brown Motix Marc Taylor Northern Plains Equipment

CHAMBER NEWS McQuade Wins Granite Award


JA Casino is a Huge Success


A Great Day Fore Golf


CHAMBER EVENTS Brats for the Brave


Dinner on the Plaza


August Membership Mixer


Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan


Chamber Sporting Clays Shoot


August Lunch and Learn


COLUMNS Chair’s Corner


FEATURES Cover Story


Member Profile


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s the chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, I’m often asked “What exactly does the Chamber do?” That’s a good question and one I’ll try to answer from my point of view. I believe the most important role of the Chamber is as a convener of dialogue. Simply stated, the Chamber keeps the discussion and momentum going to address a need in the community. For example, the MDU Resources Community Bowl started out as a simple conversation on the need to repave the track. Repairing the track was deemed necessary if Bismarck was to retain the state track meet, which is important to our hospitality and retail members. The Chamber was asked to bring together interested parties, Chair’s Corner gather input and ideas and work with the private sector to raise funds for the needed improvements. The result is the MDU Resources Community Bowl that will celebrate its grand opening in August. At the present time the Chamber is leading similar task force groups focusing on the shortage of daycare and affordable housing, a future event center venue and the recreational needs of Bismarck/Mandan. The Chamber also works each day as an advocate for business, speaking on behalf of its members. In fact, the Chamber staff is already preparing for the 2015 legislative session. They work with members to craft legislation and during the session will testify in favor or against proposed legislation. The Chamber staff has developed a positive working relationship with all our elected leaders in North Dakota and Washington, D.C. As we Chamber members are busy managing the needs of our business and customers, the Chamber staff is busy working with leaders in the private and public sectors to ensure the future prosperity of Bismarck/Mandan. The Chamber keeps their focus on the big picture for Bismarck/Mandan, always thinking about what will help our cities continue to grow and be great places to live. It’s easy to understand what most of us “do.” We sell insurance, build houses, provide healthcare or sell ATVs. The Chamber brings people together to move Bismarck/Mandan forward. You may not see the Chambers day-to-day work but the final results are evident in the growing prosperity of our communities. Enjoy the blessing of a North Dakota summer.



Bismarck’s Downtown has experienced steady growth in recent years and is now becoming a hot spot for commerce, socialization and urban living. And according to the Bismarck Downtowners Association, this type of revitalization is taking place across the country. “After malls opened in the early 1970s, downtowns across the country lost their anchor retailers and fell into a sleepy state,” says Kate Herzog, the Downtowners marketing and assistant director. “Nationally downtowns are coming back, and Bismarck is no exception.” Herzog attributes this resurgence in part to private-public programs like the state’s Renaissance Zone and the city’s CORE tax incentive programs, which have contributed to the completion of approximately 100 Downtown projects. This, in turn, has created nearly $100 million in private investments, hundreds of full-time jobs, and more than 50 new businesses to Bismarck’s Downtown. “The two programs also have a great rate of return. On average, the incentives are generally recouped in four to six years. After which, the property or business generates higher property and sales tax for decades to come,” she says. “Downtowns tend to be the most tax efficient part of a community, producing a lot of tax due to the density and mixed-use development.”

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Herzog notes not all Downtown projects use the incentives, but all revitalization projects contribute greatly to the vibrancy of the area. “Either route a project takes, Downtown has made leaps and bounds in the last dozen years.” Supporting Growth Many additional factors have contributed to the growth of Downtown Bismarck, including the community’s stable and growing economy. “Our city and Downtown are on the national radar,” says Brenda Smith, Bismarck City Commissioner and co-chair of the Downtown Subarea Implementation Task Force. “Investors see Bismarck as a growing, dynamic city with many opportunities for good rates of return.” A study was completed of Bismarck’s Downtown this year and recently accepted by the Bismarck City Commission, which proposed making $22.5 million in improvements to Downtown within five years. “A task force was established by the City Commission to implement the study,” says Smith. “The private sector has also been very involved and committed to implementing this plan.” “The Downtown Master Plan is a key component to Downtown Bismarck’s growth in the next five years,” adds Herzog. “From ambitious projects like the Depot Plaza, to redesigns of streets and corridors, this will set the tone for development.” Continued on page 4

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The full Downtown Master Plan can be viewed at New businesses are also being drawn to Downtown by the changing community dynamics. “North Dakotans are very entrepreneurial, and our state’s economy has been recognized as one of the best places to start a new business,” adds Herzog. This has created a number of employment opportunities, in particular for young professionals. “Young professionals prefer a vibrant community core in cities where they work and live. We’ve seen young professionals start to migrate back to Bismarck-Mandan after experiencing unique urban communities elsewhere. This has created solid forward momentum for development and expansion.” David Diebel, owner of D&N Cinematics, opened his business in Downtown Bismarck in July 2012. “We really like being a part of the Downtown atmosphere. We work here and we have fun here,” he says. “There is an energy, and we like being a part of it.” Diebel moved back to Bismarck in 2010 following college and says Downtown has changed immensely since then. “There is a lot of vibrancy in the area and now more arts, culture, entertainment and restaurants. More and more small businesses like ours are also choosing Downtown locations.” He says being a part of the Downtown community also offers unique networking opportunities. “You run into people from other businesses and offices, and it really does feel like a community. Being a member of the Downtowners Association also provides us with many resources.”

The Downtowners Association has more than 200 members, with 70 percent of the membership located in Downtown and 30 percent doing business Downtown or vested in its revitalization, adds Herzog. “This development is going to continue to foster an energy and passion for Bismarck’s Downtown,” Diebel continues. “We feel really lucky to have our place in Downtown. The future looks bright for this area.” Downtown Projects The Broadway Centre has been taking shape in Downtown Bismarck over the last three years, and owner and developer Steve Pine says he and his wife, Carla, decided to develop the property after assessing the needs of Downtown Bismarck. “We literally stumbled on this site, and we did not have a design in mind until after we bought the property,” he notes. “A couple of things that immediately became obvious were the need for Class A commercial space and downtown housing.” The property’s Broadway Grill & Tavern is up and running, and the Centre’s current tenant list includes the Crowley Fleck Law Firm, Broadway Centre Spa & Salon, Pure Skin, CC’s Physical Therapy, North Dakota Petroleum Council, First Dakota Title and The Pine Companies. “Not all tenants are in their space at this time,” he notes, adding there is also still commercial and retail space available. The building’s third floor includes luxury condos, and Pine says it will likely be 18 to 24 months before all commercial space and condos are completed. “The community response has been overwhelmingly favorable, and we have had a lot of positive feedback regarding the project. The restaurant has been very successful, and we continually have interest in the condos.” “Downtown Bismarck is seeing a rejuvenation with a number of new restaurants and bars opening over the past few years,” he continues. “The downtown area is becoming more of an attraction for both residents and folks from out of town.”

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Moving Forward Smith says there are challenges in developing Downtown, which include the railroad and parking. “The Quiet Rail will help with this obstacle and there is the possibility of a pedestrian underpass so Downtown is not so disjointed,” she notes. “Also the challenge of parking has always been an issue and I think Downtown patrons are starting to embrace the idea of parking ramps.” Construction of a $13 million parking ramp continues on the corner of Thayer Avenue and Sixth Street and it is expected to be occupied in September. “As we continue to grow, we will have to continue to find ways to address parking,” Smith adds. But even as these challenges are addressed, Downtown Bismarck will continue to draw people, businesses and developers because of its unique offerings, says Herzog. “People like Downtown Bismarck and downtowns in general because of their character and mixed-use density. Having a compact neighborhood of businesses creates walkability, and that’s great for business owners and developers.” “The downtown is the heart of a community,” says Smith. “If the downtown is doing well, then generally the rest of the city is doing well. Bismarck is a growing, vibrant community showcased by a vibrant and exciting Downtown.”


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Q: Briefly tell me about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I have been with the American Cancer Society (ACS) for almost five years, and am currently the Account Representative for Health Systems in the state of ND. I am responsible for collaborating with state health systems, the primary care association and federally qualified health centers across the state to increase cancer screening rates. This position is relatively new to the ACS and is a product of our recently “transformed” structure. I have been married to my husband, Erich, for almost five years and we have a beautiful one year old daughter, Lilly.

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Q: Briefly tell me the history of American Cancer Society. A: The American Cancer Society was founded in 1913 by 15 prominent physicians and business leaders in New York City. At that time, a cancer diagnosis amounted to near certain death. Today, the ACS is a global leader in the fight against cancer, with $1 billion in resources annually to save lives by helping people stay well and get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back against the disease. Thanks in part to the Society’s work, there are nearly $14 million people alive in the United States alone who have survived cancer. In fact, more than 400 lives are being saved each day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer. And we won’t rest until we expand that progress so that no one – in the US or around the world – will ever lose another birthday to cancer.

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r Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: As the largest voluntary health organization in the United States, the American Cancer Society is passionately committed to saving lives from cancer. We combine our relentless passion with the wisdom of a century of experience to make this vision a reality, and we get results. Together with our millions of supporters, the ACS is saving lives by helping people stay well, helping people get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back. No other cancerfighting organization has such a comprehensive mission. Stay well: We help you take steps to prevent cancer or detect it at its earliest, most treatable stage.

Get well: We’re in your corner around the clock to guide you through a cancer experience. Our phone lines, at 1-800-227-2345, are open every minute of every day and night to help connect people with the answers they need. Our web site offers access to the latest information and news on cancer and helps people find programs and services in their area.

Find cures: The American Cancer Society is the largest nongovernmental funder of cancer research in the United States, having spent more than $4 billion since 1946 to find cures. We fund beginning researchers with cuttingedge ideas early in their careers - 47 of whom have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, the highest accolade in scientific achievement. Fight back: We help pass laws that defeat cancer and rally communities to join the fight. At its core, the American Cancer Society is a grassroots force of more than $3 million passionate volunteers who tirelessly seek to save lives from cancer.

Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: The strength of the economy in the entire state of ND has positively impacted us. The American Cancer Society’s signature fundraising event, Relay For Life, will take place in 30 communities across the state this summer. We have been fortunate to experience growth in both fundraising and participant involvement year after year due to the growth. The increased exposure and income has given us an opportunity to assist even more local cancer patients with programs & services. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: We are at a critical point in time – not only for the fight against cancer, but for the nonprofit sector itself. It’s about being sure that we understand and can meet the expectations of our stakeholders according to the highest possible standard of organizational governance, accountability, transparency and stewardship of the resources entrusted to us.

Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Change seems to be a constant at the American Cancer Society. Not only are we working on a grassroots level with volunteers around the world, but we are funding life-saving scientific research. The ACS is the largest nongovernmental funder of cancer research in the US. We get results by investing in various research efforts to help us understand cancer’s causes, determine how best to prevent it, and discover new ways to cure it. Our funding of groundbreaking cancer research has put us at the forefront of the scientific battle against this disease. Society-funded researchers have contributed to nearly every major cancer research breakthrough we’ve seen in the more than 60 years since the Society’s research program began. They’ve helped establish the link between cancer and smoking; demonstrated the effectiveness of the Pap test; developed cancer-fighting drugs and biological response modifiers such as interferon; dramatically increased the cure rate for childhood leukemia; proven the safety and effectiveness of mammography; and so much more. Q: What does the future of your business look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: A new report by the American Cancer Society – in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute – estimates there are almost $14.5 million cancer survivors alive in the US today, and that number will grow to almost 19 million by 2024. This includes everyone who’s ever had cancer, from the time of diagnosis for the rest of their life. As this population grows, ensuring they have the right care and support is becoming increasingly important. Researchers, doctors, and health organizations are working on improving and adding to the resources and systems available for helping cancer survivors live the best lives possible. Q: American Cancer Society has been a member since 2003, why do you continue to renew each year? A: It is important for us to remain connected with what is happening in our community, and our business relies on forming strong relationships with our constituents. Being a Chamber member gives us an opportunity to do both. Q: What should Chamber members know about your company that may assist them within theirs? A: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. We offer programs and services to cancer patients and their caregivers, and we give people a place to go for information and an opportunity to fight back against cancer.

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MCQUADE DISTRIBUTING NAMED GRANITE AWARD RECIPIENT The BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce McQuade Distributing as the 2014 Granite Award recipient.

The Granite Award is presented each year to one local business that has been a dependable employer and community steward for 50 years or more. McQuade Distributing was founded in Bismarck, ND in 1947 by Sam McQuade, Sr. after returning to Bismarck as a veteran of WWII. The company started as a Grain Belt distributor and slowly grew its portfolio over the years, to include Anheuser-Busch in 1955. The McQuade Distributing mission has never just been quality sales and service, but truly providing a family-like atmosphere for its employees and providing for a better community. In 1976, Sam Sr. started the McQuade Charity Softball Tournament. This June marks the 39th year and has raised over $1.5 million for our local community, making it the world’s largest charity softball tournament. Beyond the softball tournament, McQuades donates thousands of dollars each year to local programs and charities. Sam Jr’s daughter, Shannon McQuade-Ely joined the business in 2000 and is now the President. All three generations of McQuades have had a passion for the Bismarck-Mandan community and surrounding areas and look forward to bringing the business into a fourth generation. McQuade Distributing was chosen for the 2014 Granite Award by the Chamber’s Excellence in Business Committee (EIB). “McQuade Distributing came to the top of our list after reviewing their steady operational success as well as their community involvement and philanthropy,” said EIB chairman Mike Schmitz from Widmer Roel PC. “The Granite Award is a huge honor for any company to be awarded. It is special because it means we have been recognized by our peers as an upstanding community business with longevity. McQuade Distributing takes a lot of pride in being a positive part of the Bismarck-Mandan area and it is nice to be honored for that effort,” said company President Shannon McQuade-Ely. The Granite Award will be presented to McQuade Distributing on August 7, 2014, during Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan, an annual event hosted by the Chamber. Celebrate recognizes local businesses and business leaders for their achievements. Tickets to the event are available at or by calling 701-223-5660. Chamber sponsorships are also available for this event.

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The 24th Annual Chamber Golf Outing sponsored by MDU Resources and Eide Ford Lincoln was held on Monday, June 9 at Hawktree Golf Club. 130 golfers enjoyed an afternoon of networking and swapping golf stories. Our many thanks to the sponsors who made this event a success and to Hawktree for keeping us all on track. Congratulations to the winning teams:

First Place Net: Sheldon Emil, Ben Nelson, John Coleman, Jordan Neufeld

First Place Gross: Jesse Peterson, Ryan Skarperud, Alex Gustafson, Jackie Bius

Third Place Net: Jason Will, Chris Keller, Chad Bjornson, Deb Eisenman

Second Place Gross: Brian Black, Mike Schaff, Kristi Horner, Shannon Gangl Third Place Gross: Dave Goodin, Steve Bietz, Geoff Simon, Ron Rauschenberger Fourth Place Gross: Mike Dora, Mike Schnetzer, Wally Goulet, Steph Storey

Second Place Net: Lee Weisbeck, Doug Zinke, Landon Feil, Todd Neurohr

Fourth Place Net: Zach Dosch, Phil Sjoberg, Brennan Quintus, Jeff Tescher Mark your calendars for next year’s 25th Annual Chamber Golf Outing on Monday, June 8 at Apple Creek Country Club.

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COMMUNITY “ROLL’S” OUT TO SUPPORT AREA YOUTH People packed the Bismarck Aero Center on June 6th to experience a little bit of Las Vegas flair. Junior Achievement of BismarckMandan (JA) turned a Bismarck Aero Center hanger into a minicasino, setting the stage for their 9th annual JA Casino Night event.

“Every year gets bigger and better,” said JA Director Sally Paulson, “It always amazes me how our community pitches in to provide great items for a great cause!” Casino Night is one of two major fundraisers for the nonprofit organization, which educates local students about economics, finances and entrepreneurism. The 20132014 school year brought Junior Achievement into 218 classrooms and over 5,000 students reached with this amazing program. “The proceeds from this event stay in our community to support the curriculum that we bring into Bismarck and Mandan classrooms,” said Paulson. Participants played traditional casino games of chance and cashed in fake money for bucket auction tickets. In addition to dozens of auction items, a raffle was conducted for a Honda lawnmower and a $500 Visa gift card. “Again, our JA board and volunteers created an event the community can be proud of. I’m extremely grateful to all who helped and the businesses that supported Casino Night through sponsorships and donations,” said Paulson.

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Casino Night 2014 Sponsors: • Platinum Sponsors - Northwest Contracting, Allied Building Products and MDU Resources Foundation • Gold Sponsors - Bank of North Dakota, Titan Heating & Air and Bank of North Dakota • Blackjack Table Sponsors - A-1 Steam Brothers & Fode’s Carpet, Inc., Bismarck Aero Center, KLJ, Town Square Media, Swenson, Hagen & Co., Truss Systems, Front Street Millwork • Poker Table Sponsors - North American Coal Corp., Capitol City Welding, Fleck’s Furniture & Appliance, Missouri Basin Materials and Wells Fargo • Roulette Table Sponsor - Amy Hullet-Century 21 • Pull Tab Sponsor- Comstock Construction Special thanks to Bismarck Aero Center for hosting the event, Dakota Gaming and Western Distributing for Gaming Tables and Mo Zhust Media for Dj’ing the event. Thank you to the following contributors of door prizes: Walmart Mandan, Walmart South, McQuade Distributing, Nyhus Tax, Townsquare Media, Mandan Parks & Rec., Bismarck Parks & Rec., Capital RV, Arrowhead Plaza Drug, Sommer Jacob, Melissa Ahonen, Sue JacobsonCentury 21, First Community Credit Union, Lori Nagel Bookkeeping, Downtown Business Association, Cashwise, Jerome Distributing, MDU Resources, CAT, Vernon Promotions, NISC, Captain Jacks, Pepsi, Ace Hardware, Delta Waterfowl, Shear Wonders, Designline by Fleckenstein, Mary Bollinger, Aspen Group, Bismarck Civic Center, JJ’s Bakery, Interiors by France, Nyhus Law, Kupper Chevrolet, Starion Financial, Bismarck Aero Center, Houston Engineering, Titan Heating & Air.


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LEADERSHIP BISMARCKMANDAN FIELD PROJECTS Each year the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class breaks into several groups to work on a field project addressing community needs. The class of 2014 developed the following community projects and presented them on Thursday, May 15: Downtown Art Project Jason Anderson Neuley Kienzle Lauren Meiers Deidre Olmsted Scott Ritter Susan Ronning

To partner with the Dakota West Arts Council and other members such as Bismarck Parks and Rec and The Downtowners to approve a space in Bismarck which public art can be displayed. We envision a tangible display that the public can interact with such as the “Before I Die� wall. Playground Project Andrea Fonkert Amber Haman Michelle Walker Josh Wiens Sandi Himmelspach Jordan Hatzenbuhler Karl Liepitz

The goal is to evaluate the need and feasibility of constructing a fully-accessible, inclusive play environment for people of all abilities and ages to enjoy. The project will also include development of a plan to create the new play environment as appropriate for the community needs. Daycare Gina Huck Derek Weigel Jed Fluhrer Lee Weisbeck Josh Blikre Karen Erickson

Create a proposal for businesses to partner with the YMCA to provide childcare for their employees. Gather the research for this by creating a survey to send to HR of ten employers in Bismarck-Mandan, interview daycare providers (both home and centers) to get information on their current challenges, and provide statistics from CCR&R research on childcare issues. Chamber Connection | 11





LBMAA RIVERBOAT CRUISE FUNDRAISER The Leadership Bismarck Mandan Alumni Association sponsored a fundraiser cruise down the Missouri River on Friday, May 30th on the Lewis & Clark Riverboat.

Friends, Alumni, and spouses participated in this event and were treated to great hors d’oeuvres and networking with fellow graduates. Many thanks to those who attended and to Tracy Potter, Ft. Lincoln Foundation, for helping the LBMAA coordinate this event. Money raised from the cruise will help to continue with the leadership experience offering programs during the year. Also, thank you to Melissa Hammond, Robin Thorson and the LBMAA Board of Directors for planning this event.

CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN Each year, the BismarckMandan Chamber’s Excellence in Business (EIB) Committee scours the membership to discover the businesses who stand out for their success. After soliciting nominations and screening applicants, the committee comes up with an ivy league of local businesses for honors at the annual Celebrate BismarckMandan event.

“Over the years, our committee has found that the hard part isn’t identifying successful businesses, but narrowing them down,” said Chamber staff liaison and Program Director Sally Paulson. “There are so many businesses that deserve the recognition we give at Celebrate.” This year’s list of nominees provides evidence that there are numerous businesses operating successfully. The number of recipients has hit an all-time high for the event. 12 | Chamber Connection

Included in the honors is the Small Business Person of the Year, Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability, the Granite Award, Outstanding Teachers of the Year and the Golden Eagle Award. “We are so excited that McQuade Distributing will be this year’s Granite Award recipient,” said Paulson. Several businesses may be bestowed the Mike Fink Award while just one will receive the Small Business Person and Golden Eagle awards. Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan is Thursday, August 7th at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel. The event begins with a reception at 11 a.m. with lunch and awards to follow. The cost is $30 for Chamber members and $35 for general admission. Purchase tickets online at events or call 701-223-5660. Tickets must be purchased no later than Monday, July 25th and are required for admittance.

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Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association each year recognizes one of our own who has used leadership knowledge and skills to benefit BismarckMandan, in turn serving as examples to others.

Renae Hoffman Walker

This year’s award was presented to Renae Hoffman Walker. She has served on numerous non-profit boards, Downtown Street Fair, Carries Kids, Ronald McDonald House, United Way, church council, and other foundations and non-profit organizations. Hoffman Walker has also served in leadership roles on local PR associations, panels, spoken at Leadership BismarckMandan Issue Days, serves as adjunct professor for the University of Mary, and was a past member of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Board of Directors and served as its program director. She plays an active role on the Community Crisis Team preparing the community for any disasters that we may face. Hoffman Walker was a member of the first graduating class of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program. She is currently employed with Bismarck Public Schools serving as Director of Community Relations.


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Leadership Bismarck-Mandan (LBM) is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 program. LBM consists of ten, half-day issue days and a full-day orientation beginning in September and ending in March with a closing retreat. A graduation luncheon will follow. Topics covered include: diversity, communication, natural resources, local issues, community characteristics, human services, military affairs, law, education, economic development, agriculture, faith, ethics, values, servant leadership, legislative affairs and political involvement. Sessions feature presentations by community leaders and are infused with skill building activities. The purpose of the program is to engage emerging leaders in business and community issues. Selection is limited and the application deadline is August 5, 2014. The cost of the program is $495. Only one absence is allowed during the program. Interested applicants may apply online at www.bismarckmandan. com/leadership or may contact Susie Kocourek at or 701-223-5660.



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ChamberLink is an electronic newsletter distributed to almost 2,500 members by e-mail. The ChamberLink E-newsletter goes out every Tuesday afternoon, reminding members of upcoming Chamber events and everything that is happening at the Chamber. Signing up for ChamberLink is free and super easy to do! Members can sign up by going to and clicking on the ChamberLink button the left hand side of the page or by e-mailing Rebecca at ChamberLink also offers several advertising opportunities for members. Advertise your business or upcoming business events by contacting Rebecca at 701-223-5660.

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Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, the program credited with producing some of the area’s top leaders, held a graduation ceremony on May 21, 2014. Throughout the past seven months, 19 leaders gathered twice per month to participate in “Issue Days” by engaging emerging leaders in business and community issues. Some of the topics presented to the participants included local issues, natural resources, political involvement, health, education, military, economic development, agriculture, human services, media, ethics and values. The last segment of the program involves class members selecting and gathering input to develop a field project addressing a community need. This year there were three groups who presented field projects on the need for daycare in our community, downtown art, and a universal playground addressing all needs and abilities. Leadership BismarckMandan begins with an orientation in September and graduation in May each year. Leadership BismarckMandan applications are taken May-August with up to 20 selected for the class. The following students were recognized during a luncheon on May 21. Jason Anderson, Bank of North Dakota; Josh Blikre, American Bank Center; Karen Erickson, Bismarck State College; Jed Fluhrer, Security First Bank; Andrea Fonkert, MDU Resources; Amber Haman, HIT, Inc.; Jordan Hatzenbuhler, MDU Resources; Sandi Himmelspach, Aetna; Gina Huck, NISC; Neuley Kienzle, Bremer Bank; Karl Liepitz, MDU Resources; Lauren Meiers, Schwan Buick GMC; Deidre Olmsted, Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson; Scott Ritter, Aspen Group;

Susan Ronning, Bismarck Police Department; Michelle Walker, Anne Carlsen Center; Derek Weigel, Cornerstone Bank; Lee Weisbeck, Starion Financial; Josh Wiens, Shiloh Christian School/MacDonalds Leadership Bismarck-Mandan is a program sponsored each year through the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. This program was developed over 25 years ago by a group of leaders in our community. Several of the founders were present at the graduation: Dan Halvorson (formerly with Lips & Lahr Insurance), George Keiser, Quality Printing, Chuck Peterson, Jobbers Moving & Storage, and Nancy Deichert (former Staff Program Director). Marilyn Johnson and Kevin Dvorak, participants of the first Leadership graduating class, presented a fitting tribute along with their class memories.

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Thank You For Your Service!


Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Location: The Chamber Patio Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Fees: Free for all Chamber Members Presenting Sponsor: The Chamber Military Affairs Committee invites Chamber members to their annual Brats for the Brave. Help us show appreciation for our military men and women by dining with them Tuesday, July 8th on the Chamber patio. Brats and all the fixings will be served. There is no cost for this event, but businesses are welcome and encouraged to donate to help cover the costs. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made with Zac or Amanda at the Chamber. Call 701-223-5660 or you can register online at www.bismarckmandan. com/events. Thank you to our sponsors, for making this event possible. Lunch Sponsor:


Date: Friday, July 11, 2014 Location: The Chamber Patio Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM Fees: Free for all Chamber Members Presenting Sponsor:

Lunch is on us! Come out Friday, July 11th to the Chamber patio between 12:00pm - 1:30pm for some grilled goodies and the fixings. This is a great way to spend a Friday lunch with co-workers and friends as you enjoy our beautiful patio view. Please RSVP online at event or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660 so that we can plan for plenty of lunch. Thank you to our sponsors: Lunch Sponsor: Cloverdale Foods Company Event Sponsor: North American Coal Corp.


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DINNER ON THE PLAZA WITH PIROGUE GRILLE Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Thursday, July 17th The Chamber Patio 6:00PM - 9:00PM Tickets are $25 per person

Chamber members are invited to join us on our plaza Thursday, July 17th for an evening of fine dining and wonderful company. July’s dinner will feature customized culinary delights by Pirogue Grille. Also, enjoy our selection of beers to sample, while relaxing to music.


Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 ND Heritage Center, 612 E Boulevard Ave, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

State historical Center will be hosting August’s Membership Mixer on Tuesday, August 12th. Join members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber for some hor d’oerves, refreshments and business after hours. Mixers are free for Chamber members to attend. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be done online at or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660.

Bring your employees, spouse or just come and meet fellow Chamber members in a laid-back setting. The evening will begin with social hour at 6 PM, dinner served at 7 PM. A limited number of seats are available, so secure your spots as soon as possible. Tickets are $25 each or you can purchase a Dinner on the Plaza season pass for $60. The next two dinners are August 28th and September 18th. RSVP online at or call Amanda at 701-223-5660 to register. Dinner Sponsors:

Beer Sponsors: Table Sponsors: Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Northwest Contracting, North American Coal Corp.

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Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Thursday, August 7th Best Western Ramkota Hotel 11:30AM - 1:00PM $30 per ticket (includes lunch)

On August 7th, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local businesses and their accomplishments. Honoring our 2014 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 & Basin Electric)

• Outstanding Teachers of the Year: Sara Berger from Sanford College of Nursing; Ann McKenzie from Bismarck High; Jeffry Kostelecky from Mandan High; Kim Franz from Mary Stark; and Toni Massey-Wheeler from Dorothy Moses. • Golden Eagle Award Recipient

RSVP online at Tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, August 1, 2014 and are required to attend as seating is limited. Platinum Sponsors: MDU Resources Group, Basin Electric and KLJ Gold Sponsors: American Bank Center, Miller Insulation Co., BNC National Bank Silver Sponsor: Bismarck Aero Center, H.A. Thompson & Sons, Inc. Video Sponsor: Threefold Productions Award Sponsor: The Bismarck Tribune Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bartlett & West, Inc., Ramada Hotel & Conference, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bremer Bank, Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, LLP, Gate City Bank, KXMB CBS 12, Midcontinent Communications, Missouri Valley Petroleum, Northwest Contracting, Starion Financial, Wells Fargo Bank, Sanford Health, Cross Country Freight Solutions and Northland Financial.

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Date: Friday, August 22, 2014 Location: Capital City Sporting Clays Time: 9:00AM - 2:30PM Location: $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. Long Range Sponsors:



The Chamber 11:30AM - 1:00PM $15 for members; $20 for non-members Lunch is included

*No refunds are given for cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance.

Melana Howe, CEO from Howe Enterprises, will be guiding you through various steps an organization needs to do to begin the process of developing a worksite wellness program. You will leave this luncheon with some new ideas that you can put into place in your business that will be grassroots and measurable. Lastly, she’ll take you through the ‘next’ steps and explain how value can be measured. Register online here or call Amanda at 701-223-5660.

Rapid Fire Sponsors: City Air Mechanical, Inc., North American Coal Corp., Missouri Valley Petroleum, Bremer Bank, Amirpride Linen & Apparel Lunch Sponsor:

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Save the Date!


Date: Friday, August 8, 2014 Location: The Chamber Patio Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM Fees: Free for all Chamber Members Presenting Sponsor:

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

Thursday, August 28th The Chamber Patio 6:00PM - 9:00PM Tickets are $25 per person

Dinner Sponsors: Lunch Sponsor: Cloverdale Foods Company

Beer Sponsors:

Event Sponsor: North American Coal Corp.

Table Sponsors: Liberty Business Systems, Inc.

Bismarck’s Legal Team

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 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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For the past four years, North Dakota’s economy has continued to outpace all other states, according to information released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Factors driving the state’s robust economy include continued growth in economic production, new jobs and rising wages. North Dakota’s gross domestic product (GDP), a measure of total economic production, increased 9.7 percent last year to top economic growth among all states for the fourth straight year. Mineral resources, including oil and gas extraction and coal mining, contributed 3.6 percent to North Dakota’s GDP growth. “It’s very encouraging that our continued economic growth stems from nearly every business sector and that no single industry tells the whole story of the great progress we’re making,” said Gov. Jack Dalrymple. “Moving forward, we will continue to support economic growth through low taxes, a sensible and effective regulatory environment and a state government that is responsive to the needs of its people and businesses.”

In 2013, North Dakota’s economy produced a record $49.8 billion. In the past four years, North Dakota’s economy has averaged an annual growth rate of about 12 percent compared to the national economy’s growth rate of 2 percent.

Wyoming produced the nation’s second strongest state economy in 2013, with a growth rate of 7.6 percent. The nation’s GDP growth rate slowed to 1.8 percent last year, after increasing 2.5 percent in 2012, the BEA reports. North Dakota’s continued economic growth is reflected in many areas of commerce including manufacturing, agriculture, the energy industry, construction, transportation, wholesale trade, retail trade and the finance and insurance sectors. The BEA report can be viewed at

Other statistics that detail the state’s economic progress include: • North Dakota has created 116,600 net jobs since 2000. • North Dakota’s per-capita personal income of $57,084 represents the strongest income growth in the nation. In 2000, North Dakota’s per-capital personal income ranked 38th in the nation. Today, North Dakota’s personal income ranks second among all states. • The state continues to have the nation’s lowest unemployment rate, at just 2.6 percent.

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SORLIE MEMORIAL FUND TRANSFERS $54,000 TO BISMARCK-MANDAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION The North Dakota Community Foundation has announced the recent transfer of over $54,000 from the Glenn and Helen Sorlie Memorial Fund to the Bismarck-Mandan Community Foundation. The Sorlie Memorial Fund was established in 2010 with a gift from the estate of Helen Sorlie. It has provided grants to area organizations for several years.

The donor-advised fund was guided by Glenn and Helen’s children Sue and Gus Sorlie and has provided grants to numerous organizations including the Central Dakota Humane Society. With the transfer, the BismarckMandan Community Foundation advisory committee will determine future grant awards. “I know that both our parents would appreciate the funds staying in the community,” said Sue Sorlie of their decision to transfer the money. Glenn and Helen Sorlie lived in Bismarck for many years where Glenn worked a variety of jobs with the Bismarck Tribune including reporter, wire edition, city editor, imaging editor, publisher, and eventually president.

Both Glenn and Helen were active in a variety of local organizations including Rotary, Dakota Zoo, Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Presbyterian Church, P.E.O., and the Humane Society. The Bismarck-Mandan Community Foundation is currently benefiting from an Otto Bremer Foundation $1 Million Matching Grant. Any donations to the BismarckMandan Community Foundation in 2014 are matched dollar-for-dollar by the Bremer Foundation, essentially doubling the impact of any gift. “We are so pleased that Sue and Gus have chosen to support the Bismarck-Mandan Community Foundation in this way,” said Kevin Dvorak, President and CEO of the North Dakota Community Foundation, which manages both funds. “With the Otto Bremer Foundation’s $1 million matching grant, their gift will generate an additional $4,000 in grant money for local organizations every year.” For more information about the Bismarck-Mandan Community Foundation or to make a donation, go to or call 222-8257.

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Upcoming Racing Events • July 18 - Points Racing • July 25 - ND Governor’s Cup • July 26 - ND Covernor’s Cup

Dacotah Speedway has the largest car counts in this region of the US, with highest IMCA Modified, Wissota Street Stock car counts anywhere! Dacotah Speedway is also known as a premier US Legend Car/INEX track.

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BISMARCK HORIZONTAL COLLECTOR WELL WINS “ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE” AWARD The City of Bismarck, ND and AE2S (Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.) have been awarded an “Engineering Excellence” award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Dakota (ACEC/ND) in the Water Resources category. The award recognizes the City’s Horizontal Collector Well (HCW), a one-of-a-kind project in North Dakota which provides an alternative way to tap into Bismarck’s primary water supply from the Missouri River. The HCW takes advantage of natural processes that help remove impurities from the water before treatment. “The old intake was deficient and had a limited capacity,” said Ken Weber, PE, AE2S Project Manager for the design and construction of the HCW project. “There is an excessive amount of sediment in the Missouri River, and it’s pretty expensive to keep that clear. The new system actually uses the sand bank along the Missouri River to filter-out turbidity (water impurities and color) which has a correlation with water-borne micro-organisms. It will also eliminate both variations in the raw water quality and the future need for expanded pretreatment at the Bismarck Water Treatment Facility.” Design and construction of the HCW system required a phased approach due to the complexity of the project. The design process looked at potential sites along the Missouri River with the correct deposits of sand and gravel that allow a HCW to work. Construction of the project began in June 2009. Phase I consisted of a collector caisson and lateral wells, Phase II included the raw water transmission line from the well to the treatment plant, and Phase III consisted of the pumping station and electrical system at the well. “We’re pulling the water through 80 feet of sand at all times, so no matter what happens to the condition of the water in the river, we’ll have a very consistent water quality at the Treatment Plant. We’ll also avoid siltation and fluctuating river level problems,” said Weber. The purpose of the ACEC/ND awards is to recognize projects from across the state for uniqueness and innovative applications; future value to the engineering profession; perception by the public; social, economic, and sustainable development considerations; complexity; and successful fulfillment of client/owner’s needs, including schedule and budget.




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ST. ALEXIUS OPENS ICA RANKED THIRDNEWEST PHARMACY FASTEST-GROWING FEATURING DRIVE-THRU INDEPENDENT In order to enhance services and better serve patients, BROKER-DEALER St. Alexius Mandan Clinic – North opens its full-service pharmacy, featuring a drive-thru window, on Monday, June 2, 2014. St. Alexius Mandan Pharmacy is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and honors most drug insurance plans. In addition, the pharmacy carries a variety of competitively-priced over-thecounter products, offers cost-effective prescriptions and private, one-on-one consultations with a pharmacist. An integral partner in healthcare, St. Alexius Mandan Clinic – North’s pharmacists work with medical providers in the clinic and recommend changes to a patient’s prescriptions if needed or if a more costeffective alternative is available. “Pharmacists are that ‘extra eye’ to make sure a patient’s prescriptions do not present any interactions,” said Krissi Sperle, PharmD, owner/manager of St. Alexius Mandan Pharmacy. St. Alexius Mandan Pharmacy is committed to providing convenient, personalized care to every customer. “Mandan Pharmacy features cost-effective, high quality services. We provide convenient access to prescription medications, popular over-the-counter supplies, and consultations with pharmacists who are important members of the St. Alexius health care team,” said Krissi. Customers can refill prescriptions online or through an automated phone system by calling 530-3750. Prescriptions can be mailed, or customers can pick them up in person or by using the drive-thru window.

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Investment Centers of America (ICA) has been ranked the third-fastest-growing independent broker-dealer by InvestmentNews, out of the top 10 fastest-growing firms. The ranking was based on the percentage ICA’s revenue jumped in a one-year period, from yearend 2013 ($113,097,240) compared to year-end 2012 ($87,463,000) — an increase of more than 29 percent. The total list of firms represents the 50 largest independent broker-dealers based on overall end-ofyear revenue in 2013. “The boost in revenue is a testament to our firm’s longstanding reputation in the local community and to our strength in knowing what tools and products financial professionals need to meet their clients’ individual financial goals,” said Greg Gunderson, president and CEO of ICA. “ICA is known for its innovative technology and customized support for financial advisors to help them run their businesses smoothly and efficiently.” ICA is part of National Planning Holdings, Inc. (NPH), the nation’s sixth-largest independent broker-dealer network. The network is made up of four firms: National Planning Corporation (NPC), INVEST Financial Corporation (INVEST), Investment Centers of America, Inc. (ICA) and SII Investments, Inc. (SII).



The University of Mary’s School of Health Sciences and the Division of Nursing are proud to announce that the university has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer its second doctoral degree — the Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) — to continue to meet the health care challenges emerging today.

said, meeting challenges such as shortages of primary care professionals in the state.

Responding to recommended changes in the nursing field, the university received approval for its application that its current Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) degree be advanced from a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) to a DNP.

The doctoral program is currently underway with its first cohort, Roller said. Its first doctoral class is expected to graduate in May 2016.

This new doctorate in nursing will be a further addition to the university’s extensive health care programs dedicated to educating top-tier medical professionals. To meet the growing demands and complexity of health care delivery, a 2010 report from the Institute of Medicine called for a doubling of the number of doctoral prepared nurses by 2020. “This approval represents not only remarkable effort and dedication and thorough preparation for the Higher Learning Commission site visit, but also daily attention to offering excellence at all levels of nursing education,” said Dr. Diane Fladeland, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Mary. “We owe gratitude and congratulations to Dr. Billie Madler, Director of Graduate and Distance Education in the Division of Nursing; Dr. Jodi Roller, Dean of the School of Health Sciences; Dr. Glenda Reemts, Division Chair, and all nursing faculty, as well as Dr. Kim Long, who worked with the faculty in preparation of the (application) report and visit,” she said. This new offering will amplify the educational opportunities that the university currently offers, Madler

The University of Mary’s first doctorate, established in 2003 with the first graduating class in 2006, is the Doctorate of Physical Therapy. “This new doctorate is another wonderful addition to the University of Mary,” said Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “Nursing education was one of the university’s founding cornerstones, and continues to be a vital and growing legacy of the Benedictine Sisters’ desire to serve the needs of the people. “We are tremendously proud of this long tradition of excellence. This new doctorate is another step forward, in a time of exciting growth for the university, to serve the expanding and complex needs of our community, of western North Dakota, the state, region and beyond.”

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Bismarck may not be one of America’s great tourist draws, but there’s more to this Midwestern city than initially meets the eye. From the towering art deco capitol building to the historic downtown district, Bismarck has more to offer than you might think in terms of culture. A city of carnivores, Bismarck’s restaurants are known for their fresh, local meats and fish, including buffalo, pheasant, and walleye. Here’s where to experience the best of this city’s cuisine by The Culture Trip, LTD. • The Bistro

• The Little Cottage Cafe

• The Walrus

• Fiesta Villa

• Pirogue Grill

• Peacock Alley

• Blarney Stone Pub

• Country House Deli

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Starion Financial awarded scholarships to eight students through the Dollars for Scholars program. The scholarships were presented by Curt Walth, Executive Vice President, and Sheila Marquart, Chief Human Resources Officer. This year’s recipients included the following: Alyssa Martell, Bismarck; Devin Stelter, Bismarck; Eric Mayer, Mandan; Jessica Fleck, Mandan; Jessica Paul, Bismarck; Jordan Rau, Bismarck; Madison Lobsinger, Bismarck; and Preston Schmidt, Mandan. 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 80 chapters and one statewide chapter. Marquart serves on the Board of Directors for the Bismarck Chapter and Kassy Landis, mortgage banking officer, serves on the Mandan Board of Directors. Since beginning in the state, all ND Dollars for Scholars chapters have raised a combined $27.9 million and awarded 22,500 students. DESIGN | FABRICATE | INSTALL | SERVICE

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Wednesday, 2nd 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 7th

5:30 pm Mandan School Board

Tuesday, 8th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 9th 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission


July 14-18

July 21-25

Monday, 14th 12:00 pm Burleigh County Commission

July 28-Aug 1

Monday, 14th 4:30 pm Mandan Park Board (recorded)

July 28-Aug 1

Monday, 14th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board

Monday, 14th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Tuesday, 15th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Thursday, 17th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park District Board Monday, 21st

5:30 pm Mandan School Board

Tuesday, 22nd 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 23rd 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Tuesday, 29th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Thursday, 31st 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

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The first step in considering a rebrand should be to evaluate your current branding efforts and determine whether they align with what your business stands for. Ask yourself these three questions: • Does my current brand attracting the customers I most want to work with? • Does my brand reflect my personality?

• Has my business grown or evolved from when I first started out?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you can get the ball rolling by working with a designer that understands visual branding and it’s importance for your business growth. After all, a business rebrand is more than just making your business look good. It’s about making your bottom line look good, too!


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CHAMBER Perks Allan Earns International Certification

Kevin Allan, director of Career & Testing Services at the University of Mary, recently received his certification as Kevin Allan Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) from the Center for Credentialing and Education. Allan completed the 16-week (120 hour) training through the North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education. Allan has worked for the past nine years at Mary and holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and is a licensed professional counselor in North Dakota.

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Preston Elmer has joined the sales staff at Cedric Theel Toyota. Elmer is a Bismarck native and 2009 graduate of Bismarck High School. He previously worked in leasing and property management and as a Training Supervisor at Bismarck Aero Center. Ashley Seilinger has joined the Cedric Theel Toyota team in the Recon Department. Ashley is a Bismarck native and 2010 Bismarck High School graduate.



Forward Joins Stinson Leonard Street’s Bismarck Office

Stinson Leonard Street LLP announced that Robin Wade Forward has joined the firm’s Energy, Mining, Transportation and Telecommunications Division as a partner in the firm’s Bismarck, N.D. office. Prior to joining Stinson Leonard Robin Forward Street, Forward was Special Assistant Attorney General and Special Investigations Unit Director in North Dakota. Forward is the fourth partner to join Stinson Leonard Street since Jan. 1, 2014, when Stinson Morrison Hecker and Leonard, Street and Deinard completed their merger. The combined firm has offices in 14 cities and more than 520 attorneys. As Special Assistant Attorney General, a post he had held since August 2003, Forward supervised litigation of more than 600 complex administrative cases, including more than 30 appeals to the North Dakota Supreme Court. He drafted legislation and administrative rules, testifying before the North Dakota legislature. He also reviewed and approved administrative orders and prosecuted civil collection cases. As Director of Special Investigations Unit, a post Forward held since February 2008 while he was Special Assistant Attorney General, he directed the agency’s investigations of injured workers, employers and medical providers involved in the workers’ compensation system. He supervised the unit’s daily operations and its vendor contracts with private investigators. He also facilitated the criminal prosecution of fraud cases.

Grande Joins AAA as Travel Sales Consultant

Hollie Grande has joined AAA North Dakota as a travel sales consultant in the club’s branch office at 3113 N. 14th St, Hollie Grande Bismarck. A graduate of North Dakota State University with a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Grande has six years of experience in catering and event planning. She was previously employed by Mintahoe Catering and Events in Minneapolis.

St. Alexius’ Karla Smith Appointed to AARC’s Board

Karla Smith, St. Alexius’ Sleep Center coordinator was recently appointed by the American Associate for Respiratory Care (AARC) Board of Directors as the chair of the Sleep Specialty Section during their April 2014 Karla Smith meeting in Dallas. As chair, some of Smith’s responsibilities include: providing proposals for programs at the International Respiratory Congress and Summer Forum to the Program Committee to address the needs of the Specialty Section’s members; encouraging membership growth, identifying, cultivating, and mentoring new section leadership. In addition, Smith must work to enhance communication with and from section membership, review and refinement of information for the section’s web page and provide timely responses to requests for information from AARC members, as well as review the membership and the offering of the Credit Collections Bureau sections and make recommendations to the Board for Promotions Mandi Smith and Rosie Black have been promoted areas of improvement. Smith joined St. Alexius Medical Center in to Collection Associates. 1989. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy from University of Mary and is a registered respiratory therapist and registered polysomnographic technologist.



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Pierson Promoted by North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co.

Erin S. Pierson has been promoted to the position of Executive Assistant/Corporate Secretary at North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co. in its Bismarck, N.D., office. Pierson was an order Erin Pierson coordinator prior to her promotion. She joined NDGT in May 2012 after working for Aetna and Bobcat, both in Bismarck. Pierson earned a certificate in welding from Bismarck State College.

Huber joins BNC

Rheannon Huber has joined BNC National Bank as a Personal Banking Officer. Huber graduated from the University of Minnesota Moorhead and has worked in financial industry Theannon Huber for over nine years, specializing in consumer lending, in addition to opening IRA’s and deposit accounts. Her office is located at the BNC Downtown Bismarck branch, located at 322 E Main Avenue.

Johnson Named Basin Electric’s Senior Vice President and CFO

Beauchamp Named St. Alexius VP Material and Facility Resources Eide Bailly Technology Consultants Receive Certifications

Regional CPA and business advisory firm Eide Bailly LLP congratulates Lorin Ronken for attaining St. Alexius Medical Center has multiple Lenovo certifications and Brian Bohanna, announced the naming of Jeff Ryan Cossette, and Nick Stoplman on achieving Beauchamp as its vice president CompTIA certifications. Rob Wengenroth for attaining Jeff Beauchamp multiple QlikView certifications and Ryan Cossette of material and facility on achieving CISSP® certification. Brian Bohanna resources. Beauchamp has more than 30 years of healthcare experience. In 1983, and Craig Dummer for attaining multiple VMWare certifications and Sabrina Schindler on achieving Jeff joined St. Alexius as a biomedical equipment technician III. He was named director of biomedical PMP® certification. services in 2003. As vice president of material and facility resources, Sanford Health Nurse Received Beauchamp will plan, implement, and coordinate Board Certification the medical center’s material and facility resources Sanford Health’s Shawna activities in keeping with the organization’s strategic Trebas, board certified plan. In addition, he is responsible for the medical registered nurse, has center’s departments directly related to material successfully been certified as a acquisition and distribution. These include: medical surgical nurse by the Purchasing, Central Supply, Printing, Great Plains American Nurse Credentialing Rehabilitation Services, Engineering, Security, Center. Environmental Services, Biomedical Engineering, Shawna Trebas Trebas has been with Sanford Safety, and Food & Nutrition. Health for three years. Beauchamp earned a Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business NDSC Hires Accounting Management from University of Mary. He also has A.S. degrees in biomedical technology and computer Coordinator systems The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) has hired Kristine Weippert as the accounting coordinator. Ellison Advisor of the Month Kristine graduated from the University of Mary with Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased a bachelor of science degree in accounting and business administration, and previously worked in to announce that Bruce Ellison is Advisor of the public accounting. She will be performing general Month for May. Bruce has been a Financial Advisor with Securian since December 2013 and is located at accounting duties for the NDSC, including accounts receivable and financial statement preparation. 4431 Memorial Highway in Mandan. Kristine can be reached at 701-751-4940 or AE2S Names Wilke Structural

Basin Electric CEO and General Manager Paul Sukut today appointed Steve Johnson to serve as the cooperative’s senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO). Johnson stepped into the Steve Johnson interim CFO position in January, replacing Sukut, who had been Division Manager AE2S (Advanced Engineering appointed Basin Electric’s interim CEO and general and Environmental Services, manager at the same time. Basin Electric’s board of Inc.) has promoted Sam Wilke, directors announced May 14 the selection of Sukut as PE to Structural Division the cooperative’s fifth CEO and general manager. Manager. Wilke will oversee the Johnson, who started at the cooperative in March firm’s structural engineering 1982, previously served as vice president and services, manage projects, treasurer. Sam Wilke manage engineering and A University of Mary alumnus, Johnson holds design production, mentor bachelor’s degrees in accounting and business administration, and a master’s in management. He is employees, and assist in business development and construction administration. He is currently working also a certified public accountant. in the firm’s Bismarck, ND office, and will transfer to AE2S’ office in Fargo, ND in the near future. Sanford Health College of Wilke was recently elected as the North Dakota Nursing Associate Professor Society of Professional Engineers Chapter 3 Recertified Young Engineer of the Year. The award is based on Sanford Health College educational achievements, professional society of Nursing’s Wendy Kopp, activities, technical activities, civic and humanitarian associate professor and activities, continuing competence, engineering registered nurse, has achievements, and professional experience. successfully been recertified as Originally from Mantorville, MN, Wilke holds a gerontological nurse by the a Master of Science degree in Engineering American Nurse Credentialing Management from the University of Wisconsin in Wendy Kopp Center. Platteville, WI; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Kopp has been with Sanford Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University Health for 22 years. in Fargo, ND.

Starion Financial Hires CIO/COO

Stacy Hall has joined Starion Financial as the Chief Information Officer/Chief Operations Officer. He is located at the bank’s Mandan location. Stacy Hall In his role, Hall is primarily responsible for the overall administration of the bank’s technology, accounting and operations teams. He provides vision and insight into the development of the business strategy for the operation and technology of the bank, demonstrates leadership and expertise for technology initiatives and assists in attaining established operational goals. Hall comes to Starion with more than 13 years of banking experience, previously working as a divisional information officer, business process manager, project manager, operations officer and general lender. He is a certified project manager and attended the Pacific Coast Banking School. Hall earned his Bachelor of Science in political science from the University of Wyoming – Laramie and his Masters of Business Administration in technology management from the University of Phoenix. Chamber Connection | 31



The Arc Welcomes Dahme


The Arc of Bismarck welcomes April Dahme, who assumed the role of program coordinator on May 21. Dahme, a native of Napoleon, ND, graduated from Dickinson Andrea Blowers State University in Bismarck, April Dahme ND, with a degree in elementary education. Dahme is currently pursuing a master’s degree in special education through the University of North Dakota, specializing in intellectual disabilities, emotional disturbances, and learning disabilities. She will be coordinating North Dakota’s Partners in Policymaking program and The Arc’s education and advocacy activities.

PERKS Basin Electric Schneider Joins Kupper Employees Earn Chevrolet-Subaru ‘Spotlight on Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru Excellence’ Awards is proud to welcome back

Basin Electric employees were recognized May 12 for their award-winning communications efforts. The “Spotlight on Excellence” awards, sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, were presented during the CONNECT® ’14 conference in Julie Ness San Antonio, TX. The CONNECT conference Hoffman Promoted brings together more than to St. Alexius’ 550 electric cooperative Biomedical Services professionals for two-andDirector a-half days of educational St. Alexius Medical Center sessions, information on energy announced Rob Hoffman innovations and technologies, has been named director of and networking opportunities. Rob Hoffman biomedical services. Hoffman Steve Crane The 2012 Basin Electric joined St. Alexius in 1995. Most Annual Report won the Gold recently, he was the biomed-IT coordinator. Award for best annual report. As Director of Biomedical Services, Hoffman’s Andrea Blowers, senior staff responsibilities include directing, monitoring and writer/editor, served as editor participating in the maintenance, electrical safety of the project, Julie Ness, and equipment repair programs for the medical multimedia specialist III, equipment at St. Alexius while maintaining designed the report, and Steve compliance with all JCAHO, state, federal and local Crane, multimedia specialist II, regulatory laws, standards, and protocols. Nicole Perreault served as chief photographer. Rob received a Diploma in Biomedical Equipment Judges also awarded Technology from Detroit Lakes Technical College Multimedia Specialist II Nicole Perreault with a Silver and graduated from Bismarck State College with an Award for her recently created “Energize” blog. Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Technology degree. He earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Business Information Technology from Minot New Assistant Superintendent at State University. In addition, Hoffman is a certified BPS biomedical equipment technician. Bismarck Public Schools has named a new Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education to replace Garcia Joins Quality Title, Inc. Mike Heilman, who is retiring at the end of June. oduce Dr. Ben Johnson from Boone, Iowa will be the Lou Garcia has worked in the ia Assistant Superintendent for the middle and high Title Industry for over 25 years. rcial Garcia has done everything from schools, as well as other job duties. t selling real estate to working with Johnson will start his position with Bismarck Public Schools July first. He has seven years of experience a national Real Estate software as a school administrator. Ben has been a high provider as a Trainer. Through school principal, an assistant principal in charge of the years he has seen many Lou Garcia changes in the real estate market curriculum and professional development, and a high and has been able to adapt and school teacher. be successful in all types of markets, thus enabling his Dr. Johnson has a doctorate degree in Educational clients to also be successful. Garcia is a true believer that Leadership and Policy studies from Iowa State University, as well as a Certificate of Advanced Studies this industry is all about relationships and providing superintendent endorsement. He is also a lecturer quality service and that’s what he strives to do here at for the Educational Administration Masters’ degree Quality Title, Inc. program at Iowa State. His undergraduate degree is TY TITLE, INC . Garcia is a Member of AMLA, NAREP, VAREP and from Cornell College in Iowa. HAREP and attends conferences across the country He and his wife Bridget have been married 13 to keep up on what’s happening with the Local and years and have two elementary school daughters. National Markets.

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Bismarck native, Jenna Schneider, for an internship. Schneider graduated from Bismarck High School in 2012, and is currently attending Jenna Schneider North Dakota State University. She’ll be a Junior this fall, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising with a minor in Psychology. As a previous intern at Kupper, Schneider helped with various events, such as the Frogger- Annual Kevin Frosaker Memorial Fishing Tournament, Medieval Rush, Annual Customer & Military Appreciation Event & Car Show, and more. When Schneider isn’t helping with public relations, advertising and marketing at Kupper, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, drawing, painting, watching movies and endless episodes of TV series on Netflix.

Goulet, Hubbard, Binstock and Roth Join Odney Team

Odney recently added Mike Goulet, Gwen Hubbard, Austin Binstock and Cecil Roth to its Bismarck office. Mike Goulet is working with Odney as a digital strategist. He previously worked with the TriZetto Corporation in Denver, Colorado, in the areas of process management and data analysis. He recently returned to Bismarck and joined Odney to pursue opportunities in marketing. He earned a degree from Colorado State University’s Business School with concentrations in finance and marketing. Gwen Hubbard has joined Odney as a marketing consultant/account executive for North Dakota Tourism. In this position, she will support the development and execution of marketing, advertising, digital and public relations strategies for North Dakota Tourism. Hubbard has over 14 years of account management experience working with a variety of national brands while living in Atlanta, Georgia, including Chick-fil-A, Inc., Whataburger in San Antonio, Texas, and Bloomingdale’s in New York, New York. A native of Mott, North Dakota, Hubbard earned a bachelor of science degree in marketing from Montana State University in Bozeman. Austin Binstock is working with Odney as a graphic designer, where he is creating a wide variety of print and web advertisements for clients. He previously worked at Indigo Signworks in Mandan. A Mandan native, Binstock earned an associate of applied science degree in graphic design and communications from Bismarck State College. Cecil Roth brings extensive experience to his position as interactive designer at Odney, where he is working on interactive and creative projects. He previously worked as an art director and interactive designer at Agency MABU in Bismarck serving clients such as the U.S, Army, Small Business Administration and National Congress of the American Indian. He also was a designer for the Bismarck Tribune. Roth earned a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts from Jamestown College. Starion Financial Hires Fischer and Richter in Audit and Compliance

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Kayla Fischer and Kelsey Richter have joined the audit and compliance department at Starion Financial. Fischer is a compliance auditor and Richter is an internal auditor. Both are located at the bank’s Mandan branch. As a compliance auditor, Fischer is responsible for performing compliance functions in the bank. She ensures bank lending compliance with applicable laws, regulations and bank policies and procedures, ensuring effective internal controls, accounting and

reporting. Fischer’s previous experience includes three years as a mortgage quality control auditor. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Metropolitan State University – St. Paul, MN. In her role as internal auditor, Richter conducts internal audits to ensure that assets are properly safeguarded and liabilities properly recorded. She assists with completion of annual risk assessments and coordinates various external audits and examinations. Richter has more than five years of banking experience. She was previously a loan operations assistant at Starion. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from the University of Mary – Bismarck.

Sanford Health Nurse Receives Board Certification

Sanford Health’s Jeffrey Louritt, registered nurse, has successfully been certified as an emergency nurse by the Board Jeffery Louritt of Certification for Emergency Nursing. Louritt has been with Sanford Health since 2012.

Orgaard joins Advanced Surgical Arts Center

Christal Orgaard is a full-time Coolsculpt Team Leader and Wellness Coach. She is available by appointment to discuss fat removal through Coolsculpting. On the wellness side she can provide information and Christal Orgaard encouragement on; diet, exercise, weight loss and dietary supplements. She strives to help create a healthier lifestyle by listening to patient concerns, boosting self esteem and confidence, and providing knowledge.

Local American Waind Receives Certification Family Insurance Haley Waind, a registered Agents Earn Award nurse in St. Alexius’ Intensive

Dee Heintz, Tim Herman, and Marv Splonskowski, American Family Insurance agents in Bismarck, and Dee Heintz Terry Kraft, American Family Insurance agent in Mandan, have been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification. They join other American Family agents who have Tim Herman demonstrated the highest level of commitment to outstanding customer service. “There are many choices out there in the insurance marketplace,” said Dan Schultz, American Family Insurance’s president and chief operating officer. “The American Star Terry Kraft Excellence in Customer Experience Certification lets consumers know these are agents with an established track record of excellent customer service.” The service excellence distinction was determined through an evaluation process conducted under guidelines established through the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certification. The process consists of a customer satisfaction survey which measures customers’ overall experience with their current American Family agent. Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on customer satisfaction surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified.

Care Unit (ICU), recently earned her critical care registered nurse (CCRN) certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Haley Waind Candidates are given three hours to complete 150 multiplechoice questions and must meet all of the necessary eligibility requirements before taking this exam. This includes having an up-to-date registered nurses license that is valid in the United States and free of any impediment. The CCRN certification provides additional validation of advanced clinical knowledge and demonstrates commitment to patients, families and colleagues. In 2010, Waind earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of North Dakota. She began her employment with St. Alexius Medical Center in 2011.

Bismarck Aero Center Promotes Peterson

Bismarck Aero Center (BAC) has promoted Erik Peterson to Lead Maintenance Technician. Peterson joined Bismarck Erik Peterson Aero Center as an aircraft A&P Maintenance Technician in 2011. Before BAC, he worked as the Safety Supervisor at General Electric and was a maintenance technician at Goodrich Aviation Technical Services. Peterson graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor degree in Aviation Systems Management. He also received his A&P certification from Westwood College of Aviation Technology in Broomfield, CO and has obtained an Inspection Authorization (IA) certificate. Rettig Joins Spherion Staffing Peterson’s new responsibilities will be to coordinate maintenance jobs, contact customers Spherion Corporation, about the status of their aircraft, lead commercial a recruiting, staffing and airline relations and step in for the Director of workforce solutions provider, announces the addition of Kayla Maintenance during his absences. Rettig as Branch Manager in the Bismarck, ND office. Odney’s Chief Digital Officer In this position, Rettig will work Achieves Certification Kayla Rettig with Spherion’s Temporary, Odney’s chief digital officer, Temp-To-Hire and Direct Hire Michael Pierce, is now a Google placement solutions. She brings years of experience AdWords certified online in sales, operational management, corporate account advertising professional. Pierce management, performance management, and passed multiple exams testing leadership. Rettig completed the Coca-Cola Sales his proficiency in Google Leadership Academy training program. Kayla will marketing fundamentals, specialize in professional direct hire placements and Michael Pierce advanced search and advanced sales. display advertising to achieve Spherion has provided high quality staffing and accreditation. The certification will allow Pierce to recruiting services to the Bismarck region for more better assist clients with creating and managing paid than 15 years. Rettig holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Minot advertising. State University, a Master’s of Science in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from St. Cloud State University, and resides in Mandan. Chamber Connection | 33




Bismarck Aero Hires Five

Christian Roberts joins Bismarck Aero Center coming highly recommended from Lake Area Technical Institute (Watertown, SD) where he recently completed his Airframe & Powerplant Certification. Prior Christian Roberts to attending Lake Area Tech, Roberts attended Greenville Technical College in Greenville, SC. While going to college, Roberts has been working at a hydraulic company brazing, milling, machining and operating numerous other metal forming machines. Kris Hexom joins Bismarck Kris Hexom Aero Center with over 13 years of avionics experience. Over the years, he has developed an outstanding reputation for specializing in advanced avionics applications. Hexom received a degree in Electronics from the ND State College of Science in Wahpeton, ND and a degree in Aircraft Electronics at Linda Davis Alexandria Tech in Alexandria, MN. Along with experience, Hexom brings factory training from Garmin, Cessna G1000, Rockwell Collins Pro-Line 21 and Honeywell APEX. Hexom has been honored with the FAA Ruby award for training in 2009 and was named the 2013 ND Avionics Technician of the Year. Micah Doebler As Lead Technician, Kris will provide guidance with respect to workflow through the Avionics Department and will provide additional technical troubleshooting guidance to our customers and maintenance department. Linda Davis joins Bismarck Aero Center with over 17 years of administrative/sales experience. Most recently, she has been working as Recruiting Assistant; spending her time doing research, scheduling and assisting with potential employee documentation. Through her sales career, she developed her skills in communication, problem solving, and customer service. Micah Doebler comes to Bismarck Aero Center with a strong passion for aviation. Doebler started in the industry as a member of the Air National Guard, 148th Fighter Wing. After that, he graduated from the University of North Dakota with a Bachelor in Aeronautics in 2010 and became a Certified Flight Instructor for UND shortly afterwards. Doebler has accumulated over 1100 hours of total flight time and is looking to build more seat time. At BAC, Doebler will be working closely with the Maintenance Department to help keep the shop running smoothly, and the Flight Department with overflow flights and instruction. 34 | Chamber Connection

PERKS Ehli and Smith Join Green-Grom Promoted at KK BOLD Cornerstone Bank

Kayce Ehli and Daniel Smith have joined the staff at KK BOLD advertising agency in Bismarck, N.D. Kayce Ehli Ehli’s expertise includes both web design and graphic design. She also is skilled in photography and motion graphics. Ehli earned an associate degree in web design and interactive media from the Seattle Art Institute. Daniel Smith is an audio/ video producer. His experience includes five years of work for a Daniel Smith production company in Grand Rapids, Mich. Smith received a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids.

Erin Green-Grom of Cornerstone Bank has been promoted to Mortgage Operations Manager. Green-Grom has been a Mortgage Loan Processor with Cornerstone Bank since October 2012. She was promoted to Erin Green-Grom Lead Mortgage Loan Processor in September 2013. Erin’s office is at the bank’s Bismarck south location.

Good Samaritan Society-Bismarck Hires New Administrator

Anthony (Tony) Elsperger has been hired as Good Samaritan Society- Bismarck’s new Administrator. Tony attended Minnesota State University- Moorhead where he received his degree in Health Services Administrator with an emphasis in long term care and a minor in management. He spent several years as a Director of an assisted living community. He has Sanford Clinical Coordinator been with Good Samaritan Society for almost a year Receives MSN and was recently hired in Bismarck. Good Samaritan Sanford Health’s Sean Forster, Society- Bismarck is excited to have him. behavioral health clinical coordinator and case manager, Rausch New AARC recently earned a Master of Volunteer/Special Science in Nursing (MSN) Events Coordinator degree from the University of Stephanie Rausch has been Mary in Bismarck. hired as the new volunteer and Sean Forster Forster has been with Sanford special events coordinator at the Health for five years. Abused Adult Resource Center Stephanie Rausch (AARC). Braun Qualifies for Prestigious She began May 28. Rausch “Court of the Table” has a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology Outstanding client service, from the University of North Dakota. Previously, she ethics and professionalism worked as a writing consultant for the UND Writing have elevated Daryl Braun of Center in Grand Forks. Mandan, ND to qualify for the Stephanie can be reached at the AARC at 222-8370 exclusive “Court of the Table” of or by email at the Million Dollar Round Table — The Premier Association of Daryl Braun Financial Professionals.® Braun Edgewood Vista Holds is a 17-year MDRT member and Groundbreaking Ceremony On May 28th, Edgewood Development Group, a three-time Court of the Table qualifier. Achieving LLC (Edgewood) held a groundbreaking ceremony to Court of the Table status places Braun among the start building Coulee Ridge Apartments in Bismarck, top professionals in the global life insurance and N.D. It is one of the many projects that Edgewood financial services industry. It recognizes Braun for demonstrating exceptional professional knowledge, Development Group will build for Edgewood Real Estate Investment Trust (Edgewood REIT). Edgewood client service and ethical conduct. In addition to recognizing career accomplishments, and its affiliated partners are developing over 1,500 apartment units in that area over the next three years; Court of the Table membership offers Braun the opportunity to further improve professional skills by including 240 Class B Apartment units, 1300 Class A Apartment units, 53 single family lots available now sharing ideas and best practices with other leading and a 600 unit cold and climate-controlled storage professionals. facility. For more information, contact Braun at When completed, Coulee Ridge will include 460 701-224-0660 or apartment units, underground garages and a separate community center that will include a fitness center, community room and other services accessible to all apartment residents. The construction will be take place in two phases: First, Coulee Ridge East construction of 240 units in 2014, then Coulee Ridge West in 2015.

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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

LABORMAX STAFFING Mary Wolf, Branch Manager, and Amy Flowers, District Manager, in their new business located at 209 North 24th in Bismarck. Phone: 751-7014, Member.

THE DENTAL SUITE Dr. Ashley Wangler and Dr. Nicholas Wangler in their new business located at 3000 North 14th Street, Suite D in Bismarck. Phone: 255-0469. Member.

HIT, INC. Mike Remboldt, CEO, in their new location at 2640 Sunset Drive in Mandan. Member. 36 | Chamber Connection

CAT BUS Robin Werre, Director of Bis-Man Transit, on their 10th Anniversary celebration, located at 3750 East Rosser in Bismarck. Member.

SALT CAVE WELLNESS RELAXATION CENTER Pat & Agata Zidon in their new business located at 1001 West Interstate, Suite 120 in Bismarck. Phone: 751-7258. Member

TODAYMADE Britni Schwartz on their new business location at 318 East Broadway in Bismarck. Phone: 595-0567. Member.

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MINISTRY ON THE MARGINS Sister Kathleen Atkinson in her new business located at 115 North 2nd Street in Bismarck.

COSMELLE HAIR SALON Danielle Braun in her new business located at 625 South Washington in Bismarck.

EDGEWOOD APARTMENTS Wayne Zink on their groundbreaking for their new apartments located on the corner of Nebraska Drive & 43rd Avenue NE in Bismarck.

TINEE & TRENDY Miranda Bodvig in her new business located at 625 South Washington in Bismarck. Phone: 751-7011

G & R CONTROLS BALANCING PROFESSIONALS Trent Jongetjes in his new location at 2000 University Drive, Suite 3 in Bismarck. Phone: 751-4870. Member.

CITY MAGAZINE Taylor Rash & Ryan Pearcy on their unveiling and relaunch of their magazine. Members. Chamber Connection | 37

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

LaborMax Staffing 209 N. 24th Street Suite A Bismarck, ND Mary Wolf (701) 751-7014 LaborMax Staffing is a first-class staffing agency that prides itself on creating a connection between workers searching for employment and businesses seeking a solution to their staffing needs. Digital Embers Bismarck, ND Sean Marshall (701) 214-9214 Website development. Kirkwood Ace Hardware 805 S 7th Street Bismarck, ND Jeff Hinz (701) 258-6161 Complete hardware store including paint, house wares and power equipment. Shank’s Golf Shop 2390 E Bismarck Expressway Bismarck, ND Jonny McGrath (701) 751-4227 Name brand clothing and shoes, GPS and Rangefinders, Custom fitting on Simulator/Launch Monitor and an assortment of bags, balls and tees. Brahma Group, Inc 929 17th Street NE Mandan, ND Chris Rear (701) 566-4632 Brahma Group’s capabilities encompass design, engineering, material selection, procurement, and construction across a spectrum of industrial and commercial disciplines.

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Dacotah Speedway 2500 Longspur Trail Mandan, ND Beau Simmons (701) 240-2976 Dacotah Speedway is a high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval that hosts weekly racing on Friday nights starting at 7pm. iWerx Advertising Bismarck, ND Jackie Hieb-Barnhard (701) 540-5111 iWerx Advertising Inc is western North Dakota’s premier provider of indoor advertising. Sakura Japanese Steak House 2700 State Street Bismarck, ND Fen Sheng Chen (701) 250-9888 Japanese Steak, Seafood House and Sushi Bar. Gibbons Fiberglass & Aluminum Boat Repair 3035 E Broadway Ave Bismarck, ND Robert Gibbons (800) 424-0656 Specialize in gel-coat refinishing of fiberglass boats, personal watercraft and other fiberglass products. Aluminum boat straightening, riveting, welding and painting. Retail of repair supplies and boat protection products. Fabrication of fiberglass products. Airplane parts, fuel wing tips, cowlings, wheel fairings and wind turbines. All Seasons Exteriors Inc. 1500 Saber Dr. Bismarck, ND Robert Pulver (701) 258-9339 Residential reroofing and repairs, Cedar Shakes and Asphalt Shingles.

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