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Member Profile Papa’s Pumpkin & Polar Patch


Rock the Bowl in September Kat Perkins is set to preform at the grand opening of the new MDU Resources Community Bowl


Sporting Clays Shootout The annual Chamber Sporting Clays Shootout is around the corner, sign up today!



he Chamber is hosting Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan in early August and I hope you will be able to join me at this wonderful event. This year the celebration will remind us of our heritage, the people and cultures that were our beginning and still influence us today.

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

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CHAMBER EVENTS Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan


Friday’s at the Chamber


August Membership Mixer


Chamber Sporting Clays Shoot


Lunch and Learn: Worksite Wellness 16 Dinner on the Plaza


COLUMNS Chair’s Corner


FEATURES Cover Story


Member Profile


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However, we are not very good at taking time to reflect on our hard work and the success it brings. We admire others and their efforts in business but often fail to thank them or congratulate them on their success. Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan is our opportunity to celebrate the best of business and what we, the business community, have accomplished together.

Chair’s Corner

With the awards, we will recognize not only the excellence of individual businesses but also the distance they have traveled and the efforts and risks they took to succeed. A common thread in all the stories you will hear at the celebration will include persistence, patience and perspiration. McQuade Distributing Inc., a Chamber member for 50 years, will be honored with the Granite Award for their leadership and business excellence. A family business started three generations ago, that grew each day by offering quality products and outstanding customer service. As the business success grew, so did McQuade’s generosity within our community. I think you will all agree that the McQuade family and their employees are deserving of this recognition.


Recognizing New Teachers

Our heritage has given us a culture that honors work. The start early, stay late and give it 150 percent type of work ethic. This work ethic has developed business owners and leaders that do not flaunt success, but rather, quietly and generously share that success with others and our community. These are good traits from our heritage.


Take time this month to raise a toast to your own success. You never know, you may be toasting a future Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan winner. Annette Behm-Cadwell

Expanding Flight Options Provide New Opportunities for Bismarck-Mandan Area By Anne Petersen, Clearwater Communications

Travelers utilizing On May 5, 2014, Mayor John Warford announced daily flights the Bismarck to Chicago and Dallas starting in October. Airport will soon be able to access Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago through two new flights available in October. The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and the airport recently announced plans to capitalize on the community’s growth and bring additional visitors and business opportunities to the area through the new destination options. “The increase in travelers utilizing the Bismarck Airport and the competitive business environment were key factors in attracting new flights,” says Greg Haug, manager of the Bismarck Airport.

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American Airlines will begin offering daily round-trip service on 50-passenger regional jets to the new destinations starting October 2. The addition of American Airlines as a new carrier at the Bismarck Airport will also add to the facility’s daily flights to Minneapolis and Denver. “American Airlines is a welcome addition to the air services line-up at the Bismarck Airport. American Airlines is the world’s largest airline and will offer travelers both domestic and international destinations,” says Haug. He says the new flight options were chosen because of the demand for both business and leisure flights to Dallas/ Fort Worth and Chicago. The dynamic growth taking place in North Dakota and the Bismarck-Mandan community has garnered national attention and created increased interest in the community. This progress has enabled businesses throughout the community to pursue new opportunities to expand their markets and economic reach.

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“Dallas was chosen because it is the fifth busiest market at the Bismarck Airport, and it creates a southern hub to domestic and international destinations,” says Haug. “This flight option will also assist in serving the energy industry companies in North Dakota and allow travelers to make connections at an airport that does not experience the normal winter weather delays we see at northern hub airports.”

Daily flights to Chicago and Dallas open new opportunities to connect to other cities.

Haug notes Chicago has always been a high-demand destination for business and leisure travelers, as well. “It provides travelers opportunities to connect to locations in the eastern United States and many international destinations directly,” he says. According to the ND State Aeronautics Commission, travelers utilizing North Dakota airports increased 7.5 percent from May of 2013 to May of 2014. Four of the state’s eight biggest airports set all-time record for the month of May. From January to May of 2014, over 95,000 passengers utilized the Bismarck Airport for travel. In North Dakota, the load factors, or number of passengers on a plane, are above 70 percent throughout the state. “These new flights show that there is interest in North Dakota, but more specifically an interest in the BismarckMandan community,” said Tony Welder, a member of the Chamber’s Air Services Committee. “Anytime you have a new business come into the community, it brings along new businesses.” Welder, a local pharmacist, travels up to three times a month from the Bismarck Airport and says the new flights will be a great benefit to travelers. “When there is competition between flights it can help everyone financially,” he says. “American Airlines has many choices of flight options and this is an opportunity to connect with more cities.” In order to recruit the new air service to the community, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and the Bismarck Airport worked closely to gather the support needed. “In this instance, the Chamber assisted by raising $500,000 in pledges to match a $500,000 grant the airport received from the U.S. Department of Transportation,” says Kelvin Hullet, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. This is the second successful joint venture between the Chamber and the Airport. In 2012, a similar type of partnership attracted Frontier Airlines to the community.

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to notes the business community also played an important role in bringing the new airline and flight options to the community. “The Bismarck Airport would like to thank the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and the many businesses who contributed to the American Airlines recruitment effort. Public-private partnerships such as this are extremely beneficial in attracting new air service.” Hullet says these types of air service connections are vital for continuing to grow the Bismarck-Mandan community. “Good air service is an important part of any community’s economic development,” he says. “It helps when recruiting new businesses, attracting and retaining talent, and enhances the quality of life for our residents. These new flights create additional opportunities to visit friends and relatives, which are essential in attracting a talented workforce.” “Businesses coming from Houston, Atlanta and other southern points can fly through Dallas and get a direct flight to Bismarck-Mandan, reducing travel time and costs,” adds Hullet. “We are confident that these flights will positively impact the economy. Not only will it generate new travelers to and from our community, but it makes it easier to do business. These passengers will also use the great retail, dining and lodging establishments Bismarck-Mandan has to offer.”

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The Bismarck Airport recently announced the Airport will receive federal funding to assist in the rehabilitation of the airport’s runways. The Mandan Airport recently completed renovation of their runways. A ribbon cutting and community event will be held on October 2 to commemorate the first of the new flights at the Bismarck Airport.


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Q: Briefly tell me about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I’m a 50 something year old “kid at heart” with a wonderful family and network of friends! I like to think I’m creative, able to discover “clever and unique” ways of fixing and creating value for our customers, from the common and the ordinary. Dr. Seuss is still my favorite author. Q: Briefly tell me the history of Papa’s Pumpkin & Polar Patch. A: In 1983, a happy accident happened with first grade teachers and their kids as they arrived to harvest their own little pumpkins. Family and friends volunteered their time, talent, and treasure to make pumpkin magic come alive and they’re still responsible for creating a “pumpkin paradise” some 30+ years later! 6 | Chamber Connection

Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: Location, location, location-- as is said. Providing more of the natural in nature! And then I like to think it’s an undying commitment to our guests and customers, family, education and FUN! Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: Yes, new customers, an expanding community circle, increased diversity, new ideas, and an increased focus or need for down time and family time. Bismarck and Mandan continue to support places where kids (older and younger) can find and fill the need to play and explore within safe environments.

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- Dave Pearce, Papa’s Pumpkin & Polar Patch

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Rock the bowl in September The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce welcomes Kat Perkins for the Grand Opening concert event at the newly remodeled MDU Community Bowl. Save the date for Saturday, September 13 for a day of tailgating, family fun and rocking out to The Voice’s Kat Perkins and Watford City’s very own Jesse Veeder. This event will help showcase to the community the many uses of the improved arena while supporting two incredibly talented natives of North Dakota. In order to kick off this big event the Chamber of Commerce will be hosting many opportunities to win tickets before the big event. On August 30th, join us at Captain Freddy’s for an “End of the Summer Bash” and a chance to win free drinks and tickets to the show. Then on September 3rd and 4th, keep your eyes out for Kat. She just may be in town! Snap a pic if you spot her and tweet it to @ROCKtheBOWL2014 for a chance to win VIP tickets. Finally on September 13th, the party starts at 3:30pm with tailgating and family fun. Doors open at 6:30pm and concert starts at 7:30pm! Get your tickets NOW at! Tickets are going fast so get them quick!

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Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan

Pillar of Heritage: Recognizing Bismarck-Mandan’s Finest

Each year, the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber’s Excellence in Business (EIB) Committee scours the membership to discover the businesses who stand out for their success. 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 www.bismarckmandan. com/events or call 701-223-5660. Tickets must be purchased no later than Friday, August 1st and are required for admittance. The Chamber thanks all of the event sponsors. Platinum Sponsors: MDU Resources Group, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and KLJ Gold Sponsors: Miller Insulation Co., Inc., American Bank Center and BNC National Bank Silver Sponsors: Bismarck Aero Center and H.A. Thompson & Sons, Inc. Award Sponsor: The Bismarck Tribune Video Sponsor: Threefold, LLC Table Sponsors: The Bismarck Tribune, 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, CrossCountry Freight Solutions and Northland Financial.

Help us recognize these other fine nominees/award winners: Granite Award Recipient

(sponsored by MDU Resources & Basin Electric)

McQuade Distributing

Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability Recipients Sue Mathern - Uniform Center Mark Peterson - WESTCON, Inc.

Small Business Person of the Year Nominees Steve Schwan - Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Leigh Kaeding - Digitally Yours Al Kuntz - Hirsch Florist & Gifts Carol Rogne - DFC Consultants

New Entrepreneur of the Year Nominees Leigh Kaeding - Digitally Yours Rachel Miller - Real Deals Andrea Birst - Glance Spa and Salon Dale & Melodie Zimmerman - Peacock Alley Sue Mathern - Uniform Center.

Outstanding Teachers of the Year

Bismarck Elementary: Toni Massey-Wheeler - Dorothy Moses Mandan Elementary: Kim Franz - Mary Stark Bismarck Secondary: Annie McKenzie - Bismarck High Mandan Secondary: Jeffry Kostelecky - Mandan High Post Secondary: Sara Berger - Sanford College of Nursing

Golden Eagle Award Recipient

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Students Called to Sit on Student Chamber Board


The Bismarck-Mandan Student Chamber of Commerce is searching for several students to serve on its board for the 2014-15 academic year. The board consists of local high school juniors and seniors who are interested in learning more about their community. Students involved in this board focus on the same issues that the Chamber’s board of directors focus on, such as transportation, government affairs, local issues, education and economic development. Students are privy to meetings with local and state officials and company CEO’s and owners. The students get to ask business and community leaders questions and voice their concerns about the future of Bismarck-Mandan and their place in tomorrow’s workforce. “As we look to the future, these are the future business owners, entrepreneurs and employees,” says Kelvin Hullet, Chamber president. “Our goal is to provide a group of students with an in-depth experience about how businesses and the community work and interact.”

Sign up for Chamberlink E-News

One of the quickest and easiest ways to stay informed on all Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce news and events is to sign up for the ChamberLink E-Newsletter.

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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Make the First Day Memorable

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber’s Business Education Partnership Committee (BEPC) encourages employers to make the first day of school memorable for their staff and students. The “First Day of School Holiday” is an effort by BEPC to prompt businesses to consider flexibility on the first day of school to promote educational excitement and increase awareness and safety as students head back into the classrooms and parents get back to the school year routine. The “First day of School Holiday” suggests the following points to make this school year a success: • On the first day of school, all employers are encouraged to give parents time off from work so they can go to school with their children. In most cases, that’s about a half hour employer time contribution. Most schools start at 8:30 a.m., so employees should be back to work by then. If “giving” a half hour isn’t feasible,consider offering flex time-perhaps a shorter lunch hour that day. • Some schools host back to school open houses for parents before school starts. Please consider allowing your employees to attend these. • Now is a good time to talk about your flexible leave policies if you have them and to get input from staff about what kind of policy they’d like if you don’t have one. “We hope you’ll consider this family-school-business partnership idea and share your decision with your employees,” said Sally Paulson, BEPC Chamber staff liaison. “Together, we can make the first day of school a special event for children…and their parents.”

LBM Accepting Applicants

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan (LBM) is 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 ring program. Interested k is offe n a B y it ofit Gate C ip to a non-pr applicants may h ate rs a schola tive to particip ip apply online at www. h nta eaders represe bismarckmandan. -2014 L ogram. 3 1 0 2 pr in the com/leadership andan er arck-M Chamb m is e B h t t or may contact a t Susie tion. Contac informa Susie Kocourek at e r o m t to ge skocourek@bismancc. com or 701-223-5660.

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Recognizing New Teachers in Bismarck-Mandan


Education is among the top three considerations for individuals and corporations looking to relocate and investing in education helps attract and retain a skilled workforce, which leads to economic growth. Each year, the Business Education Partnership Committee (BEPC) takes time to acknowledge the local educators who make the Bismarck-Mandan community attractive to outsiders. “We owe a lot to our educators,” said Sally Paulson, BEPC Chamber Staff Liaison. “They not only educate our youth but help attract new residents and businesses by offering outstanding education to area youth.” Members of the BEPC will show appreciation for educators by personally welcoming the new instructors to Bismarck-Mandan this fall with a mug sponsored by area businesses. Welcome mugs, donated by Bismarck State College are filled with teaching supplies and special offers from local businesses and are handdelivered by BEPC volunteer members. The other Chamber businesses who have contributed to this initiative thus far include: Wells Fargo Bank, Capital Credit Union, Starion Financial, Kyle Herman, Farmers Insurance Group Agent and ND Guaranty & Title Company. If your business would like to help sponsor this event contact Paulson at 223-5660 or e-mail spaulson@ Sponsorship is affordable at $200. Don’t miss out on this great event!

JA Creates Certainty in Uncertain Times At no time in recent history has the need for financial literacy and economic education been more evident than it is now. From the Federal Government scratching its head over a smart financial strategy to the college freshmen wondering how to make ends meet, the ability to understand economics is universal. Junior Achievement of Bismarck-Mandan (JA) is a local non-profit with a mission to educate youth about the importance of financial savvy. The program equips local volunteers with the tools they need to enter Bismarck-Mandan schools and inspire youth to learn fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurism and economics.

“JA can provide a sense of security for adults,” said Sally Paulson, JA Director. “The program is preparing our youth to take control of their finances to provide for a strong economic future for all.” With more than 90 years of experience, Junior Achievement is at the forefront of financial literacy, helping schools reach benchmarks and standards. In Bismarck-Mandan, JA’s goal is to reach 5,500 students with relevant economic education programs in 2014-15. Volunteers are needed at every grade level if we are to reach that lofty goal. “We believe as a community, we can start inspiring tomorrow’s leaders to make successful choices today,” said Keith Schmaltz, Chair of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors. For More Information about becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer, contact Paulson at 223-5660 or email For more information about Junior Achievement visit

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Recognizing BismarckMandan’s Finest!

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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: • Granite Award (sponsored by MDU Resources & Basin Electric)

• Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability • Small Business Person of the Year • New Entrepreneur of the Year)

• 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 Power Cooperative 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, LLC 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, CrossCountry Freight Solutions and Northland Financial. 14 | Chamber Connection



Fridays at the Chamber

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

Lunch Sponsor: Cloverdale Foods Company Event Sponsor: North American Coal Corp. Don’t miss out on our LAST Friday at the Chamber luncheon on August 8th from 12:00pm – 1:30pm. We appreciate everything our members do throughout the year and are grateful for your support, so please stop in and enjoy yourself a complimentary lunch with burgers, brats, refreshments and all the other fixin’s. It’s just one way we want to say thank you! There is no cost to attend, but free-will donations are welcome. To help plan for plenty of lunch, please RSVP by either emailing me at or calling 223-5660.

Membership MIxer: ND Heritage Center

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

State Historical Society will be hosting August’s Membership Mixer on Tuesday, August 12th from 5:00pm 7:00 pm. Join members of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber for some hors d’oeurves, refreshments and business after hours. Lastly, don’t miss out on the opportunity to: • Register for door prizes • Visit two new museum galleries and additional awesome spaces • Get an exclusive Chamber “sneak peek” at the amazing ND fine arts show opening at the Heritage Center on Aug. 16. Find out more about their “Under the Dakota Sky: An Exhibition Celebrating 125 Years of Statehood” at

INTERESTED IN STARTING A BUSINESS? • Are you operating a small business and need help? • Do you have a great idea for a small business and want to talk with someone about it? • Did you launch your home-based business and now you need a plan? • Do you know what kind of business you want to start but don’t know what to do first? • Do you need to generate more cash flow in your small business? If you answered YES to any of these questions, Bismarck State College is offering an Innovative Entrepreneurship Training Course Tuesdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 Bismarck State College Campus • NECE Building RM 103 Register today at Innovative Entrepreneurship Training Course ID: 5450034 For questions call 701-224-5600

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Chamber Sporting Clays Shoot

Date: Friday, August 22, 2014 Location: Capital City Sporting Clays Time: 9:00AM - 2:30PM Fees: $100 for members; $125 for non-members Presenting Sponsor:

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:


“Worksite Wellness: Why to do it and where to start?” Date: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Location: Time: Fees:

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.

“A strong body makes the mind strong” ~ Thomas Jefferson

It is so confusing and difficult to know where to begin once you decide to take the step to become healthier, (hopefully) wealthier and wiser. Implementing a comprehensive Worksite Wellness Program can be daunting. There are so many experts and opinions out there. But there are key reasons to consider implementing a program in your business organization:

• Healthcare costs are an issue of significant concern for all businesses.

• A healthy workforce is essential to America’s continued growth and prosperity. • Much of the illness in the U.S. is directly preventable.

• The workplace is an ideal setting to address health and well-being. • That workplace wellness programs can transform corporate culture and change lives.

Rapid Fire Sponsors: City Air Mechanical, Inc., North American Coal Corp., Missouri Valley Petroleum, Bremer Bank, Ameripride Linen & Apparel Lunch Sponsor: Pigeon Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Century 21, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Liberty Business Systems, Inc., McQuade Distributing Co. Inc., Starion Financial, Cornerstone Bank, and Cedric Theel Toyota

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Melana Howe has 35 years as a registered nurse. She is certified in Worksite Wellness through the Wellness Council of America, the national leader in worksite wellness. The Wellness Council of America is a national not-for-profit organization of forward-thinking business and health leaders. It is one of the most respected resources for workplace wellness in America with over 3,200 members dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all working Americans. During the presentation we will cover four simple steps to begin the process. We will cover the Challenges of Change and provide you with four steps to designing a Best in Class Walking Initiative in the Workplace. We will present to you four stages (crawl, step, walk and stride/run) in detail to assist you with designing and implementing a set of effective walking interventions for a 12 week Walking 4 Wellness Challenge.


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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

Chamber members are invited to join us on our plaza Thursday, August 28th, for an evening of gourmet food provided by Ruby Tuesday’s that will be sure to have your mouths watering. Also enjoy some beer sampling, wine and fine company while relaxing to a local musician Brian Gray. Dinner Sponsors: Beer Sponsors: Table Sponsors: Liberty Business Systems, Inc.

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Save the Date!

Membership MIxer: Crowley Fleck

Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 Crowley Fleck 100 W. Broadway Ste. 250, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Mark your calendar for our September’s Membership Mixer! Crowley Fleck is hosting a membership mixer on Tuesday, September 9th from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Join fellow Chamber members for refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and some business after hours. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by calling Amanda at 223.5660 or emailing her at aschwieters@

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Thursday, September 18th The Chamber Patio 6:00PM - 9:00PM Tickets are $25 per person

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KLJ Expands to Florida KLJ, an engineering, surveying and planning firm, is expanding to Lake Worth, Florida. The firm will specialize in hydrogeological services and provide comprehensive water supply, water management and well water-system consulting to the community and surrounding area.

The office, a business suite in the Wellington Commons Business Center, is located at 8461 Lake Worth Road, Suite # 1-251 in Lake Worth, Florida. The Lake Worth office is KLJ’s first office in Florida and brings the firm to 24 office locations. “Expanding our services into Florida will provide unique opportunities to work with the community and bring multiple career opportunities to the area, as we plan to continue to expand once we become more prominent in the community,” said Michelle Miller, recruiting manager at KLJ. Mike Waldron, a Lake Worth resident, recently joined KLJ, and will lead the initiative in Florida from the Lake Worth office. Waldron, a professional geologist and hydrogeologist, has more than 24 years experience in water resource and environmental fields and has served as project manager and technical lead for numerous injection-well programs and water-supply well projects.

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KLJ is headquartered in Bismarck, ND and has grown significantly over the past few years. The move exemplifies the company’s growth and goal toward becoming a national firm. In 2014, the firm was recognized as one of the Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News Record for its 2013 performance and has won both regional and national engineering awards. “KLJ has evolved into an industry leader by excelling locally. Our office locations and local knowledge offer our clients a strategic advantage through understanding and knowing the communities in which we live and work and, we plan to provide the same quality service in Florida,” said Niles Hushka, KLJ’s CEO. KLJ’s success is evidence of a rich 75-year history, a thriving presence and a strong future. As a leader in the industry the company will continue to provide unparalleled services to a variety of market sectors that sets the standard for quality and client satisfaction for local, regional and national infrastructure projects.

Basin Electric board approves joining Southwest Power Pool

On July 17, Basin Electric Power Cooperative’s board of directors authorized the cooperative to join a regional transmission organization (RTO) – the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), subject to FERC approval of necessary documents. The decision reflects years of focused evaluation with Basin Electric’s members and its Integrated System (IS) partners, Western Area Power Administration and Heartland Consumers Power District. Joining an RTO means Basin Electric and its members will have access to the market when Basin Electric’s system requires power or has surplus power to sell. The board’s decision today follows critical decisions by SPP and the boards of Basin Electric’s IS partners. On June 9, SPP’s board approved tariff changes making it possible for the Integrated System partners to join the RTO. Heartland’s board approved SPP membership July 8 and Western’s administrator approved SPP membership July 9.

Membership in SPP will not happen right away. Basin Electric staff will continue to work with its members, Western and Heartland to integrate into SPP by October 1, 2015.

Membership in SPP was among three options Basin Electric and its partners collectively considered. The other options were standing alone outside its neighboring RTOs or membership in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO). “Standing alone posed challenges for us all when we needed access to markets in times of surplus or deficit power supplies,” says Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager. “We determined we cannot remain an island within our nation’s energy infrastructure. These limitations directed our focus to RTO membership. “Ultimately, we needed to balance the needs of our members – from cost, transmission, market, philosophical and geographic standpoints. SPP satisfied those criteria,” Sukut said.


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Cornerstone Holding Company and Lakeside Bank Holding Company announce intent to merge. Cornerstone Holding Company, Fargo, ND, and Lakeside Bank Holding Company, New Town, ND, today announced a definitive merger agreement, which will take effect in late 2014 or early 2015, subject to regulatory approval. The merged entity will operate under the name Cornerstone Bank. This merger brings together the assets and expertise of two locally owned independent community-based financial institutions, allowing the new organization to provide a more expansive product offering to their customers while staying true to their mission of providing accessible financial know-how. Cornerstone Holding Company was established in 2006 following the purchase of Citizen State Bank of Enderlin. Cornerstone Bank is headquartered in Fargo, ND and offers six locations including two in Fargo, ND; two in Bismarck, ND; and mortgage loan production offices in Minot, ND, and Grand Forks, ND. As of March 31, 2014, Cornerstone Bank had $238.2 million in assets. Lakeside Bank Holding Company was established in 1952. Lakeside operates as Lakeside State Bank with four locations including New Town, ND; Parshall, ND;

Makoti, ND; and Plaza, ND. The Petersen family of New Town, ND, purchased controlling interest in Lakeside State Bank in 1968. The Petersen family also owns McKenzie County Bank in Watford City, ND, established in 1982. As of March 31, 2014, Lakeside State Bank had $374.2 million in assets and McKenzie County Bank had $141.4 million in assets. “This merger provides real opportunity for Cornerstone and Lakeside customers,” said Jerry Hauff, president of Cornerstone Bank, Bismarck. “Our customers will benefit from access to more locations and expanded product and service offerings. But even as we extend our capabilities, we promise not to lose sight of the accessible financial expertise our customers have come to expect of us. That’s what it means to be a locally owned independent community bank.” This merger will make Cornerstone Bank one of North Dakota’s 10 largest independent community banks with 11 locations and over $750 million in assets. Customers can continue to do business as usual and also enjoy the convenience of any of the expanded Cornerstone Bank locations.

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St. Alexius Earns National Accreditation

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation to the cancer program at St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck. To earn voluntary CoC accreditation, a cancer program must meet 34 CoC quality care standards, be evaluated every three years through a survey process, and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive patient-centered care. “St. Alexius takes a multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer as a complex group of diseases that requires consultation among surgeons, medical and radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, pathologists, and other cancer specialists,” states Gary P. Miller, president and CEO of St. Alexius Medical Center. “This multidisciplinary partnership results in improved patient care.” The CoC Accreditation Program provides the framework for St. Alexius Medical Center to improve its quality of patient care through various cancer-related programs that focus on the full spectrum of cancer care including prevention, early diagnosis, cancer staging, optimal treatment, rehabilitation, life-long follow-up for recurrent disease, and end-of-life care. When patients receive care at a CoC facility, they also have access to information on clinical trials and new treatments, genetic counseling referrals and patient centered services including psycho-social support.

Like all CoC-accredited facilities, St. Alexius maintains a cancer registry and contributes data to the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the CoC and American Cancer Society (ACS). This nationwide oncology outcomes database is the largest clinical disease registry in the world. Data on all types of cancer are tracked and analyzed through the NCDB and used to explore trends in cancer care. CoC-accredited cancer centers, in turn, have access to information derived from this type of data analysis, which is used to create national, regional, and state benchmark reports. These reports help CoC facilities with their quality improvement efforts. ACS estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013. There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients. When cancer patients choose to seek care locally at a CoC-accredited cancer center, they are gaining access to comprehensive, state-of-the-art cancer care close to home. The CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program through the CoC Hospital Locator at

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On July 7th, Choice Financial proudly announced their entrance into the Bismarck community with a loan production office located at 324 North 3rd Street. Leading the loan production office team is Tim Karsky as president, with Deb Eiseman, Chad Bjornson and Chris Keller as business lending officers. “The addition of the loan production office offered a great opportunity to enter the vibrant and growing market of Bismarck, and we look forward to continuing our growth efforts into the community,” said Brian L. Johnson, Choice Financial CEO. Choice Financial is a premier choice for financial solutions with 14 full-service banking locations and one loan production office in North Dakota, and one fullservice banking location in Minnesota. Choice Financial was recently named the top performing community bank by SNL Financial, and is proud to hold the #1 position out of 784 community banks eligible. The designation is based on performance criteria for banks with assets between $500 million and $5 billion.

Bismarck Schools busy registering MORE students!

In July, the Central Registration office registered 25 to 50 new students each week. It’s anyone’s guess how many will register in August before the first day of school September 2nd. As of June 10th, Bismarck Public Schools showed an increase of 80 students from the first day of classes last fall. Liberty Elementary School, which will open this fall, already has more students registered than the school was technically built for, so other space within the building may need to be used for classrooms. BPS Superintendent Tamara Uselman says the district plans to have a demographer revise enrollment projections for future planning purposes. If you know of someone who has moved to Bismarck and has school-aged children, please encourage them to register as soon as possible for fall classes. They must call 323-4110 to make an appointment. The paperwork that needs to be completed is on the BPS website, Parents must also bring birth certificates, immunization records, and proof of residency in the Bismarck school district. Those requirements are also listed online.

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August Televised LIVE Government Meetings

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Wednesday, 20th 8:30 am Burleigh County Commission Budget Thursday, 21st 8:30 am Burleigh County Commission Budget Thursday, 21st 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Commission Tuesday, 26th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 26th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded)

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Wednesday, 27th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning & Zoning Commission Thursday, 28th 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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Pat Brunelle

3101 North 11th Street Bismarck, ND 58503 701-224-9521

Q: How important are immunizations? A: August is National Immunization

Awareness Month and with kids getting ready to go back to school, immunization awareness is very important Immunizations help prevent dangerous and sometimes deadly diseases. To stay protected against serious illnesses like the flu, measles, and tuberculosis, adults as well as kids need to get their shots. Children need to stay updated on their regularly scheduled immunizations as well as the seasonal flu vaccine. Adults need seasonal flu protection also, as well as a Td booster every 10 years. Adults age 65 and older need to get a shot to prevent pneumonia and also consider Zostavax, which is the vaccine to prevent shingles.

Diseases like flu, pneumonia, measles, and TB don’t just go away, they need to be prevented. Vaccinating is the most effective way to prevent them. Talk to your doctor or other health care professional to inquire about the vaccines you or your child should receive.

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Shelly Botsford

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The breakthrough Vanquish technology uses radio-frequency heat to selectively destruct stubborn fat cells that are then eliminated naturally through the lymphatic system. The best thing is the results are permanent, once the fat cell has been destructed it will never come back. The treatment is known to be very comfortable with the largest treatment area of any non-invasive device. The heat also helps tighten the skin and tissue for added result! The Vanquish series consists of four 45 minute treatments.

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Q: What is Cloud Storage, and Should We Be Using It? A: Cloud storage is a model of data

storage where the digital data storage spans across multiple servers and often in multiple locations. These cloud storage providers are responsible for keeping the data available and accessible, and the physical environment protected and running. People and organizations buy or lease storage capacity from the providers to store end user, organization, or application data. Cloud storage can be extremely helpful to those who work outside of the office on a regular basis, but still need access to company data. It allows you to access your data from any location that has an Internet connection. Data can be accessed via laptop, smartphone, tablet, etc. Beware though, several providers give cloud storage away for free, but they aren’t typically very secure. You probably don’t want to put your company data on a free solution. The best ones will have authentication and encryption features built in for security, as well as an audit trail to track and alert you if your data has been compromised. This secure storage is still very reasonably priced, and can be purchased for as little at $10 per month for 10GB of data through NRG.


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Dr. Russo

500 N 8th St, Bismarck, ND 58501 • 701-222-6100

Q: Where can I find out more about a specific type of cancer? A: While the Internet offers countless

resources for cancer patients and their families regarding a specific type of cancer, care must be taken when searching the Internet to avoid misinformation. This can include false information, outdated information, advertisements and many others. While you or your family member’s cancer professional (Oncologist) is the best resource for answers to your questions, reputable websites such as the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) offer excellent patient oriented information. The links to these two sites, with information by cancer type, are listed below: American Cancer Society: www.cancer. org/cancer/index National Comprehensive Cancer Network: guidelines/cancers.aspx

Jason Frank

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Q: Does a new home come with any type of warranty? A: Every builder is required to provide

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Q: What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? A: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is

caused by compression of the median nerve as it passes from the wrist into a one year home warranty. How that warranty is carried out is a question to ask the hand. Symptoms include weakness, burning, tingling and pain in the thumb, your builder. index and middle fingers, especially at At construction completion it is night. Driving, reading the newspaper, recommended a walk-through be or typing may exacerbate symptoms, conducted with your builder or a while shaking or rubbing the hands representative. During the walk-through can alleviate symptoms. CTS can be compile a punch list of any items that associated with other medical issues, need to be addressed such as paint including pregnancy, diabetes, obesity touch-ups, door adjustments, etc. Ask and hypothyroidism. your builder how concerns after move-in To confirm CTS, your medical provider date will be handled. The builder may may order radiographs, blood work and/ prefer a list of items be compiled rather or nerve testing. Fortunately, treatment is than contacting them with single items. largely conservative and includes antiYour builder may have a dedicated inflammatory medications, nighttime warranty program and warranty wrist splints, and avoiding repetitive hand personnel. This will help ensure timely motions when possible. Steroid injections completion of post construction punch may provide significant temporary list items as well as any issues that may relief, and in severe cases, surgical arise after move-in. decompression may be necessary.

In addition, your Oncologist may have pamphlets and patient handouts to supplement discussions and research that you have done on your own.

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CHAMBER Perks North Dakota Guaranty and Title Co. Announces Promotions

North Dakota Guaranty and Title Co. in Bismarck, N.D., announces the promotion of Erin Schmitz three employees: Erin Schmitz was promoted from Vice President of Training to South Region Vice President. Schmitz joined NDGT in 2007 and has worked in the real estate industry since 1994, during which time she worked as a Realtor, in lending Alicia Miller and primarily as a title and closing agent. Schmitz earned a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State College of Denver. Alicia Miller was promoted from Commercial Title Officer to Assistant Manager of Commercial Services in the Bismarck, N.D., office. Miller Chelsey Legg joined NDGT in 2012 after working as a land man and for a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines. She earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and history from the University of North Dakota. Chelsey Legg was promoted from Licensed Title Insurance Agent to Title Production Manager in the Mandan, N.D., office. Legg began her career at NDGT in 2010 after working in the collections industry for six years. She received an associates degree in business management from Bismarck State College.

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White Joins Alliance Real Estate

Integra Realty Group announce that Jeff White has is pleased and excited to joined our team of professional announce that Pam Hanson has REALTORS®. joined our team. White is originally from San Hanson brings with her Diego, CA, but has called North a wealth of experience and Dakota home for the past 14 knowledge, specializes in Jeff White years. White is a graduate of residential sales and is looking Jamestown College with a B.A. Pam Hanson forward to working with all of in History/Political Science and Secondary Education. her past, current and future Alliance Real Estate offers superior quality service clients to make their real estate transactions an to our customers and clients and is committed to enjoyable experience. Contact Pam at 391-4897 (cell) excellence in servicing our community for life. 751-6377 (office), or

Eide Bailly Technology Consultant Credit Collections Bureau Receives Certification Announcements Regional CPA and business advisory firm Eide Bailly LLP congratulates Ryan Cigelske for attaining Cisco certification.

New Radiation Oncologist Joins Bismarck Cancer Center

Credit Collections Bureau announces that Missy Lynn has been named collector of the month for June 2014. Kristie Bauer has been named client services rep of the month for June 2014. Adrian Jacobs has been named employee of the month for June 2014.

The Bismarck Cancer Center is proud to introduce a new member to their team. Dr. Kyle Russo joined the Bismarck Cancer Center as a Radiation Oncologist in June of 2014. He replaced Dr. John Dr. Kyle Russo Watkins, who moved to Iowa to be closer to family. Dr. Russo Shirley Thomas is a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport and completed his radiation residency at Medical University of South Carolina in Charlestown. Dr. Russo comes to us from E+OncoLogics in Lafayette, Louisiana. Dr. Russo is a member of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiation Oncology. He brings his wife and a daughter with him to the Bismarck community.

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C M Ward Returns to Gold’s Gym

Thea Ward is returning to work as a Personal Trainer at Gold’s Gym since leaving in November 2013. She spent the first three months at Fort Jackson, SC where she attended Basic Combat Training after enlisting in the North Dakota Thea Ward Army National Guard. She went straight from there to Fort Lee, VA spending the last five months training for her MOS, 92W Water Treatment Specialist. Ward was named the Distinguished Honor Grad, which is an honor only one individual per class receives. This was determined by her class GPA and PT score. She isn’t wasting any time with her passion for training though; one week after returning she traveled to Denver to get her Level 2 TRX Force certification. Even though she says she would do Basic all over again in a heartbeat she is excited to be back home helping others achieve their goals of a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Weigel Completes Leadership Program

BCBSND Promotes Hartje

Ryan Hartje has been promoted to account executive in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Cornerstone Bank is proud of North Dakota (BCBSND) to announce Derek Weigel, office in Bismarck. His primary Business Banker in Bismarck responsibilities include recently graduated from the 25th Derek Weigel employer group sales and class of the Bismarck/Mandan retention. Chamber Leadership program. Ryan Hartje He previously worked as a The program offered by the Chamber is a seven month business implementation lead course which works to develop local leaders who actively participate in and support community progress in Business Delivery and Quality at BCBSND in Fargo. Before joining BCBSND, he worked as a benefits case and engages emerging leaders in business and manager at Premier Benefits Group in Fargo and as community issues. a licensed insurance representative at State Farm Insurance in Moorhead, Minn. Fireside Office Solutions Earns Hartje graduated from Mayville State University Certification with a bachelor of science degree in business Fireside Office Solutions has been certified administration. as a Total Document Solutions (TDS) Provider by Kyocera Document Solutions America, one of the Dakota Eye Institute Leadership world’s leading document solutions companies. The Attend Conferences certification, awarded only after a dealer has completed Members of the Dakota all levels of an extensive curriculum, validates Fireside’s Eye Institute leadership ability to resolve customer workflow issues with team recently attended the award-winning line of document imaging Wald Named Securian Advisor of Kyocera’s American Society of Cataract products, customized business applications, and the Month and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Fireside’s services. Securian Financial Advisors of and American Society of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce Starion Financial Names Feil Ophthalmic Administrators Bill Marion that David Wald is Advisor of (ASOA) conferences. Bill Marion, Bismarck-Mandan Market the Month for June. David has President Mary Radke, and Carrie Clayton been a Financial Advisor with attended sessions on practice Jay Feil has been named Securian since August 2008 administration, productivity and Bismarck-Mandan market and is located at 207 East Front efficiency, use of social media, president for Starion Financial. David Wald Avenue in Bismarck. optical buying, electronic health Feil has been the market records, regulated standards in president of the Mandan branch a clinical setting and improving for more than 22 years and will ambulatory surgery centers. BCBSND Names now oversee both markets. He Mary Radke Marion, Radke, Clayton, as has been with Starion since the Scott Oothoudt as Jay Feil well as Collette Sabot and Stacy bank opened its Mandan branch Manager Lelm, also attended the Large 25 years ago, and has 36 years of Scott Oothoudt has been Ophthalmic Care Organization industry experience. named manager of the Blue (LOCO) conference in Las As market president, Feil is responsible for the Cross Blue Shield of North Vegas. Along with members management of all branch locations including staff, Dakota (BCBSND) office financial and sales performance. He serves on a of 22 other Large Ophthalmic Scott Oothoudt in Bismarck. His primary number of Starion committees including executive, practices, the Dakota Eye responsibilities are sales market presidents, asset/liability and special assets. team attended sessions for and ensuring that BCBSND Carrie Clayton Feil has been active in a variety of state and local administrators, clinic standards, continues its tradition of excellent service in organizations. He was past-chairman of the North efficiencies, requirements, and southwest North Dakota, including Dickinson, always Dakota Bankers Association, the Fort Abraham improvements in regards to maintaining its focus on customer needs. Lincoln Foundation, Mandan’s Tomorrow Economic ambulatory surgery centers. He previously worked at Northwestern Mutual Development Committee, Mandan Renaissance as a financial representative/college unit director in Zone, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association Bismarck. and Mandan Growth Fund. He is past co-chair of the Oothoudt, a Minot native, earned an associate of Missouri Slope Areawide United Way. arts degree from Bismarck State College and attended Collette Sabot Minot State University and the University of Mary in Paul Schmidt joins Studio North Bismarck. Studio North is proud to announce Paul Schmidt has joined their team. Schmidt has a broad background Credit Collections Bureau from experience working in multiple ares of business, Promotions stemming from his six years working for local Credit Collections Bureau promotes Keith Dean to companies. He is responsible for administrative and financial duties as well as assisting with web Collection Associate. development. Schmidt graduated from University of Jefferie Gable has been promoted to the Three Mary with Bachelor of Business Administration along Million Dollar Club. Stacy Lelm with a minor in Accounting. He is originally from Williston, ND. Chamber Connection | 29



Fireside Office Solutions Hires Two


Jay Frohlich has returned to Fireside Office Solutions as a Service Technician. Frohlich has over 30 years of experience and is certified with many Suhail Alkilani, MD manufacturers including Kyocera, HP, Sharp, Canon, and Konica-Minolta. Most recently Jay was with Marco. Matthew Stevenson has joined Fireside as a Furniture Sales Representative. A Detroit native, he graduated from the University of Mary this past May Sulakshna Dhamija, MD and has six years of customer service experience. Stevenson will be able to provide efficient, professional and comfortable workspaces throughout the Bismarck-Mandan area.

PERKS Four Graduate from Dr. Michelle TePastte earned her medical degree from Fellowship Program Wayne State University Medical School in Detroit, Michigan. She completed a family medicine residency Suhail Alkilani, MD,

Sulakshna (Sue) Dhamija, MD, Taleb Taha, MD and Michelle TePastte, MD recently graduated from the Hospital Medicine Fellowship Program at St. Alexius Medical Center and Jay Frohlich University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Dr. Suhail Alkilani earned his medical degree from University of Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic. He completed a family medicine residency at University of North Dakota Center for Family Medicine in Matthew Stevenson Minot, North Dakota. Dr. Alkilani will join Trinity Health in Minot, North Dakota. Dr. Sulakshna (Sue) Dhamija earned her medical degree Wisthoff Named from Grant Medical College in New BHS Principal Taleb Taha, MD Bombay, India. She completed David Wisthoff has been a family medicine residency named the new principal at program at Hofstra-North Shore Bismarck High School, replacing Long Island Jewish School of Michael Cary who resigned to Medicine in Glen Cove, New take a position in Minnesota. York. Dr. Dhamija will be joining David Wisthoff Wisthoff has been the Assistant as Assistant Professor in the Principal at BHS for the past Department of Family and four years. Before that, he was Community Medicine at UND Michelle TePastte, MD a social studies teacher in West Fargo. Wisthoff has a Center for Family Medicine in Master of Education degree from North Dakota State Bismarck, North Dakota. University and a Bachelor Degree in Social Science Dr. Taleb Taha earned his medical degree from from University of North Dakota. University of Cairo, Egypt. He completed a family Wisthoff will begin his new duties as principal at medicine residency program at UND Center for Family Bismarck High immediately. Medicine in Bismarck, North Dakota. Dr. Taha will join the St. Alexius Medical Center Hospital Medicine faculty.

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program at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dr. TePastte will join Theda Care Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin

Starion Financial’s Anderson Earns PHR Certification Sherri Anderson, human

resources specialist, obtained her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) through the HR Certification Institute. Anderson has been with Starion Financial for 17 years and is Sherri Anderson located at the bank’s downtown Bismarck location. The PHR certification demonstrates mastery of the technical and operational aspects of HR practices and U.S. laws and regulations. The professionally relevant credential is for HR professionals who focus on program implementation, have a tactical/logistical orientation, are accountable to another HR professional within the organization and have responsibilities that focus on the HR department rather than the whole organization. Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of North Dakota – Grand Forks, and her Human Resource Management Certificate from Dickinson State University. Anderson is a member of the Central Dakota Human Resource Association.

New Assistant Principal at Century High School

Sharon Espeland has been named the new Assistant Principal at Century High School, replacing Lee Ziegler who is now the Principal at Wachter Middle School. Espeland was the Dean of Students and Activities Coordinator at CHS. She will resume her new duties August first.

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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

Paradigm Production Dave Mau, owner on his new business. A home-based business in Bismarck.

HDR Engineering Eric Keen, president in their new location at 4503 Coleman Street in Bismarck. Chamber Member.

Gateway Insurance Bob Hackman, manager and LaDonna Bowerman, owner in their new location at 4501 Coleman, Suite 108 in Bismarck. Phone: 557-3358

Plains Commerce Bank Austin Hawkinson, manager in their new business located at 404 South 3rd in Bismarck. Phone: 751-4749. Chamber Member.

J’z Fashions Boutique

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt

Essie Wright, owner and Carly Lenihan, manager in their new business located at 410 East Bowen in Bismarck. Phone: 751-6311.

Dale and Cathy Gossett & Paul and Jenelle Bortke, owners in their new business located at 1515 Burnt Boat, Suite D in Bismarck. Phone: 751-7272. Chamber Member.

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Rock 30 Games Andrew Zoller, owner and Eric Walth, business director in their new location at 1515 Burnt Boat in Bismarck. Phone: 751-2566. Chamber Member.

Silver Thread Sewing & Upholstery Shirlene Irwin in her new business located at 216 North 4th in Bismarck. Phone: 751-6229.

Venture Real Estate Mike Bohrer and Kyle Leftwich in their new business located at 601 North 5th in Bismarck. Phone: 226-3798. Chamber Member.

First Dakota Title Denese McLeish, assistant vice president and staff in their new business located at 233 West Broadway in Bismarck. Phone: 223-8520. Chamber Member..

Plainview Designs Blake Preszler and Tanner Reidman in their new business located at 601 North 5th in Bismarck. Phone: 471-6189.

Bisman Coupons Kay Hanson on her new home based business. Phone: 426-0714. Chamber Member. Chamber Connection | 33

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

JT’s Inflatable Games Bismarck, ND Heather Kitzen (701) 471-0414 Inflatable games for the whole family! Sumo Suits, Joust, Obstacle Courses, Bounce and Slides - And more! Venture Real Estate 601 N. 5th Street Bismarck, ND Mike Bohrer (701) 226-3798 Venture Real Estate is a local real estate company specializing in residential resale and new construction. Brent Helm, CPA Mandan, ND Brent Helm (701) 663-8263 Specialist in individual and business planning and preparation.

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, Diane Wehrman 200 North 3rd Street, Ste. 201 Bismarck, ND 58501 701-258-7899 • 877-629-0705 Offices also in Fargo and Williston, ND, and Moorhead and Minneapolis, MN

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Bison Illustrated 502 1st Ave North Fargo, ND Mike Dragosavich (701) 478-7768 Bison Illustrated is a free publication distributed monthly. Our mission is to help promote North Dakota State University Athletics, provide a quality and fun reading experience. Hertz Equipment Rental 2300 Vermont Avenue Bismarck, ND Mark Wagner (701) 224-3500 Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation is a highly successful leader specializing in rentals, sales, and service of the very best construction and industrial equipment available today. Under Wraps Graphics 970 Industrial Dr. Suite B Bismarck, ND Corey Hittle (701) 751-2751 Specializing in vinyl wraps for cars, trucks, trailers, semis, boats, ATVs and more. We offer full vehicle wraps, partial wraps and die-cut decals/lettering. Banners, wall graphics etc. also available Hilton Garden Inn – Fargo 4351 17th Ave. S Fargo, ND April Eskelson (701) 499-6000 The Hilton Garden Inn Fargo and Convention Center has 15,000 sq. ft. of convention space, 110 rooms, pool, whirlpool, business center, HDTV, Fitness Center. Above All Painting and Construction, Inc. 102 1st Ave NW Mandan, ND John Croughlin (701) 400-8191 Roofing, remodeling and house painting.


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Bismarck-Mandan ChamberConnection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive P.O. Box 1675 Bismarck, ND 58502


Date: 8/7/2014 • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: Ramkota Hotel - 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck



Sporting Clays



Date: 8/8/2014 • Time: 12:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Location: The Chamber Patio - 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


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Sporting Clays



Date: 8/12/2014 • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location: ND Heritage Center, 612 E. Boulevard Ave, Bismarck

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This outdoor event is fun for ALL members. Enjoy a day full of food, fun and prizes.


Date: 8/22/2014 • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Location: Capital City Sporting Clays, 12951 71st Ave NE, Bismarck

August 22, 2014 9:00am - 2:30pm Capital City Sporting Clays Bismarck, ND

LUNCH & LEARN: DEVELOPING A WORKSITE WELLNESS PROGRAM Date: 8/27/2014 • Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Location: The Chamber - 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck

$125 for non-members $100 for members


Date: 8/28/2014 • Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Location: The Chamber Patio - 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck



Sporting Clays



Date: 9/13/2014 • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Location: MDU Resources Community Bowl - 1701 Canary Ave Bismarck

Register online at or by calling Amanda at 701-223-5660

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