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September 2015


Entrepreneurs Ignite Bismarck-Mandan


Member Profiles Mark’s Heating and Cooling


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

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

CHAMBER STAFF Kelvin Hullet................................................................................................................ President Annie Bergrud.........................................................................................Chief Financial Officer Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons....................................................................Membership & Publications Director Sally Paulson................................................................................................... Program Director Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Amanda Schwieters......................................................................... Member Services Director Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson......................... Communications Specialist/ LBM Director


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Cover Story 4 Member Profile 8 Ask-A-Pro 30 Chamber Perks 32 1640 Burnt Boat Drive P.O. Box 1675 Bismarck, ND 58502 701.223.5660 • CONTACT INFORMATION Content: The Chamber - 701.223.5660

Advertise: Ryan Parsons

MISSION STATEMENT: Leaders for prosperity. Advocates for business.

Dave Hoekstra

CCO and President, BNC North Dakota

Wayne Harvison

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SVP Business Banking

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VP Business Banking

Business Banking Officer

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Business Development Manager

Bismarck: 322 E Main Avenue • (701) 250-3000 & 801 E Century Avenue • (701) 250-2700

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BUSINESS B ANKING The biggest difference between BNC National Bank and the new banks popping up all over — is our people — solid professionals who make up an experienced team providing financial solutions business people demand. That comes from hard work, straight talk, sound advice and solid financial guidance.

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Personal Banking Officer

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SVP Business Banking

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Personal Banking Officer

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Mandan: 2711 Sunset Drive NW • (701) 663-5448

Chair’s Corner


elcome to September. I hope you had a great summer. I see the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a cold and snowy winter. Here’s to hoping their models are off and that whichever of the El Niño’s show up this winter is well rested and happy from a summer in the tropics. This month, the Chamber is focusing on Entrepreneurship. It is alive and well in our community. The story focuses in on what I consider traditional entrepreneurship. Those individuals that are striving to develop an idea into a successful business. As we look to the future, our hope (and theirs) is they become the next Bobcat; Microsoft or Facebook. Entrepreneurship is also showing up in other ways in our community. I want to congratulate Sanford Health; CHI St. Alexius Health and Basin Electric Power Cooperative for their innovative approach to childcare. If you missed it, these three companies are teaming up with the YMCA to provide 240 childcare positions to the community. The companies are guaranteeing a certain number of spots with others open to the public. This is an innovative approach to one of the pressing issues in our community. The companies pursing FiveSouth are also very entrepreneurial. The idea of developing Fifth Street was first identified in a 1980 study. Since then, the concept showed up in every study completed on downtown. Through the model of Bismarck Futures, the business community is funding the up-front costs needed to make the project happen. In many ways, it is assuming obligations that would normally fall on the city from funding studies to land purchase. Thanks to all those willing to risk their investment to make a better community. Finally, I want to say congratulations to another pair of entrepreneurs. Jon Simmers of Bismarck Aero Center and Dan Polk of Silicon Plains. Jon won the Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year Award and Dan was the Chamber’s New Entrepreneur of the Year. These two young men are a sample of the bright future for the business community. Thanks for your efforts and dedication to small business. In closing, I urge you to look at attending Prairie Fire conference on October 24. This one day event featuring Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank is like no other in our community. It is intended to inspire us as business people, provide a spark to our entrepreneurial spirit and educate the community. We look forward to seeing you there.

- Rick Matteson

Cover photo credits: Threefold Productions

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By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications

“Entrepreneurs and start-ups play an important role in a thriving community. They bring an energy and vitality that might not otherwise be present,” said Kelvin Hullet, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. “The number of startups is a good judge of the health of the economy and a measure of the community’s attractiveness to business.” Connecting Entrepreneurs Hullet said as interest in the community has grown, the Chamber has worked to provide support to entrepreneurs through events and public policies that support the entrepreneur community and small business.

“One of the key benefits of Chamber membership is the opportunity to network with and identify like-minded individuals or services that can assist in creating a successful business.” Garrett Moon, co-founder of Todaymade, a web products company, said when he started his company in Bismarck in 2010, he utilized his prior business experience, as well as the connections he fostered in the community. “There is a lot we can learn from other people, and we had some good connections that we could use to get us started,” he notes. Moon said from his experiences as an entrepreneur, he now understands the importance of community support. “There is an important role for businesses that have been successful in looking out for and helping those who are starting now,” he said. Moon said he also focused on becoming involved with community events and opportunities to network with other entrepreneurs and business leaders. “There are a lot of things happening in Bismarck-Mandan, and there is a lot of really great talent that is looking for opportunity.”

Garrett Moon says from his experiences as an entrepreneur, he now understands the importance of community support.

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Photo by: Todaymade

Entrepreneurs build businesses through sound ideas, hard work and community support. The risks taken often lead to great successes, which reflect not only on the business, but also on the community. In BismarckMandan, a budding economy and growing business community have created a welcoming environment for entrepreneurs from across the state, region and world looking to start a business.

He said he and many other entrepreneurs are active in the Start Bismarck organization, which promotes startup activities, organizes events and encourages risk taking within the community. One of the events coordinated by Start Bismarck is One Million Cups, a weekly meeting of entrepreneurs, which gives companies the opportunity to present to the community and learn how the community can help support their business. In October, Start Bismarck is also opening a co-working space in downtown Bismarck, which will provide a workspace for independent workers and entrepreneurs, as well as the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the community, he notes. Moon said when starting his technology business in Bismarck-Mandan, he wondered about its chances for success. “There have been plenty of times when I have thought, ‘can we do this from Bismarck?’,” he said. “But entrepreneurship isn’t something you wait to happen to you, you have to make it happen. It’s really rewarding if you get there.” In 2013, Moon’s business expanded into a new venture with CoSchedule, a program now used by more than 10,000 bloggers, editors and social marketers to plan blogs, content marketing and social media. “This community has been a clean slate for us to get started, and we have really been able to stand out. We are in a state that is very hungry for entrepreneurs, and we have the community behind us.” Keenan Hauff, who co-founded Threefold, a creative video production studio, in 2013 with his two brothers, said Bismarck-Mandan is an exciting place to start a business. “It is fun to be a part of a community with new activity and growth taking place. You can build great companies right here, and still have an impact all over the world.” He noted the success of the business is due, in part, to the network developed within the community. “I think the key to success for any entrepreneur, no matter what city you are in, is being connected to people,” said Hauff. “Business leaders play a crucial role in the success of new companies. Young entrepreneurs look forward to meeting business leaders and their support, visibility and mentorship is essential to building a positive environment for startups to grow.”

Anyone can support entrepreneurs in the community, said Hauff, and support is a key to the success of new businesses in Bismarck-Mandan. “I encourage everyone to get involved with Start Bismarck. Even if you are not interested in starting your own business, your support of new business in the community is essential and a great way to be involved in what is happening in your community.” Supporting Entrepreneurs “Bismarck is in a very good position to attract new talent and employees and keep them here,” said Jared Stober, entrepreneurship manager with the North Dakota Department of Commerce. “You’re in an economy that is growing and an environment that is very supportive.” He said programs and financing geared toward supporting entrepreneurs are also helping to create new businesses in the state. The Department of Commerce offers the Innovate ND program, which provides access to venture tools, online entrepreneur education and extensive resources for entrepreneurs. Started in 2006, the program has helped more than 500 entrepreneurs and, in 2014 alone, helped to support a total of 71 entrepreneurs.

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Hauff said Threefold’s success was also fostered by strong mentors, including their father, Jerry Hauff, a North Dakota native and long-time Bismarck businessman. “Garrett Moon and Justin Walsch with Todaymade and CoSchedule have also been great mentors. They have had many of the same experiences we are going through now,” he noted. “Having mentors very close in age has been a great asset because they understand the generational shift of how business is changing.” 4120 Memorial Hwy, Mandan 701-663-4023

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FEATURE “In 2014, our program was so successful, we ran out of funding in the first nine months,” said Stober. “With our new funds for the current biennium, we combined the tech-based entrepreneurial grants with the Innovate ND funding.” Innovate ND also restructured into a new phase-based program, which awards funding through a voucher and grant system. With an entry fee of $250, a voucher of $2,500 is issued in Phase I and, with an entry fee of $500, a voucher of $5,000 is issued in Phase II. Vouchers can be used for a business plan, prototype development, coaching, and consulting and marketing assistance to help prepare entrepreneurs for their business launch. Phase III provides entrepreneurs with a $10,000 grant, and Phase IV provides a grant up to $15,000 for participants. The grants are used to execute the plan developed in the first two phases of the program. “If a participant goes through the whole program, they can now receive up to $32,500 total,” said Stober. Each participant in the program is required to work with a certified entrepreneurial center, and each phase of the program has a set maximum time limit for completion. Phase V of the program is graduation, in which participants work with the entrepreneurial center to identify the next steps for their business and explore avenues for additional financing.

“If you are an entrepreneur and you can meet the criteria for Innovate ND, there is no better program out there,” Stober noted. “We don’t help create businesses, we help accelerate business.” Additional information on the Innovate ND program and its requirements are available at “North Dakota in general has a lot of opportunities, like Innovate ND, that just don’t exist in neighboring states or even across the country,” said Stober. “There’s never been a time like now where there is so much support for entrepreneurs.” Prairie Fire Conference The business and entrepreneurial community in Bismarck-Mandan is also coming together to host the Prairie Fire Conference on Oct. 24 at the Bismarck Events Center. “For more than a year, the Prairie Fire Conference has been in development,” said Hullet. “The concept is to create a conference with speakers that challenge the business community to ‘reach higher.’ To create a venue that highlights our startup community and serves to educate the broader community about the importance of entrepreneurs.” The first conference of its kind in the Midwest, speakers will highlight the importance of fostering startup communities and how to make them successful, the different roles government and business leaders hold in supporting our local communities, and how to make the most of opportunities in the local area. Hullet said the Prairie Fire Conference is geared toward the entire business community. “From our small businesses to large employers, the speakers at Prairie Fire have a message that will resonate through all sizes of businesses.” Additional information and registration for the Prairie Fire Conference is available at Looking to the Future Hullet says Bismarck-Mandan is in a tremendous period of growth and change, and entrepreneurs will continue to play an important role in the community’s success. “Bismarck-Mandan is in a transition from a big town to a small city. We are now defining the economic basis of our community for the next 25 years, and the energy and creativity of entrepreneurs and small business is imperative to a vibrant business climate,” he says. “We hope entrepreneurs and small business view our community as a place where they can bring their vision and succeed in implementing it.”

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Saturday, October 24, 2015 Bismarck Event Center, Hall A 8:30am - 4:00pm

featuring DAYMOND JOHN from ABC’s Shark Tank Also featuring:

Brad Feld (Entrepreneur)

Kristen Hadeed (Entrepreneur)

Gov. Jack Dalrymple (Invited)

Tickets: $50.00 for Students $85.00 for General Public

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Mark and his staff are located at 914 16th St NE in Mandan.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Mark Stumpf with


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: My wife and I own and operate Mark’s Heating & Cooling. I am involved with the sales, estimating, design, and installation of HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) products and services. I am also involved in repair work for customers. Q: Briefly tell us the history of Mark’s Heating & Cooling Inc. A: In high school I worked for Mandan Sheet Metal and then decided to go to school in Wahpeton for HVAC training. After graduation I worked for Mandan Sheet Metal for 10 years. I decided to open my own business in 1989.

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Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: We are a small business and are blessed with great employees. Our goal is always to go the extra mile to help our customers with their needs.

Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: With the additional residential and commercial growth in our area it has intensified the need for products and services. It has become more of a challenge to keep up with customers’ needs in a timely manner. What industry trends are taking place? A: Air conditioners and furnaces are becoming much more efficient and user friendly. You can now adjust the temperature in your home with your cell phone.

Mark has been a small business owner for over 25 years.

Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: Heating & cooling systems are a lot different than they were 50 years ago. The customer today has a wide array of energy efficient products to choose from. R-410A has replaced R-22 as the preferred refrigerant for use. R-22 was the refrigerant of choice for more than four decades. What does the future of your business look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The future of both our business and the industry is very promising. We live in an area with continued growth and extremes in weather which always makes for demands in the heating and cooling field. Q: Mark’s Heating & Cooling Inc has been a member since 1994, why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Chamber is a great advocate for businesses and it helps give smaller businesses a voice on different issues. What should Chamber members know about your company that may assist them within theirs? A: We have always strived to be honest with our customers. If something does go wrong on a job, we do our utmost best to make it right. We try to treat our customers with the service and professionalism we would expect ourselves.

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DON’T MISS YOUR OPPORTUNITY FOR RENEWAL Your Chamber membership is not only a wonderful networking experience, but also, an amazing marketing and advertising opportunity. Every month we have several events available and every year, four premier events. With our large membership I want to make sure everyone is familiar with our Total Resource Campaign (TRC) and all the endless options available. If this is something you would be interested in learning more about please message me so we can line up a meeting. Otherwise, September through early November, I’ll take the time to introduce businesses’ to the value of their Chamber membership. This method is designed to make budgeting and sponsorships easier on you.

To all our previous sponsors, thank you again for everything you do to help make the Bismarck – Mandan Chamber of Commerce possible. We cannot do this without your involvement and we truly appreciate your commitment! September marks the start of your four week sponsorship renewals! Previous sponsors, if you have not received your renewal contract yet via email, please let me know so I can make sure it did not get forgotten! We don’t want you to miss your right of first refusal. Contact Amanda at or by calling 701-223-5660 if you have any questions.


August wraps up our last Friday at the Chamber appreciation luncheon and what a wonderful close to the summer it was! Thank you to all our members who made an effort to swing by the Chamber office this summer and take in one of our Friday’s at the Chamber! We loved seeing everyone who could make it out and truly appreciate everything you’ve done for us and continue to do for the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. As we wrap up another season, we are astonished by the business community that surrounds our metro! Thank you again for your membership and support; we are truly thankful for everything our members do! Lastly, thank you to all our sponsors who helped make this event possible! We are so grateful for your support and without you this would not have been possible! Presenting Sponsor:

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COMMUNITY FIT FAIR Date: Location: Time:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 Shiloh Christian School 1915 Shiloh Dr, Bismarck 5:00PM - 8:00PM

In recognition of Suicide Prevention Month (September) and Substance Abuse Prevention Month (October), join the North Dakota National Guard for the 2nd Annual Community Fit Fair to encourage a culture of total fitness! Participants at last year’s event challenged their physical fitness by completing the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) which included three consecutive events: 2 minutes of push-ups, 2 minutes of sit-ups and a 2-mile run or a 2.5 mile walk scored by ND National Guard members. This year we’ve added something new to the mix! Community members will have the option to compete as a 4 person team! Expect to complete all stations of the APFT in approximately 50 minutes. Do you have a wellness focused business or organization that you would like to showcase? The Fit Fair invites businesses and organizations dedicated to the overall wellness of our population to display their products, resources and skills! Last year over 30 agencies presented their goods by way of display booths, interactive challenges, as well as eye catching vehicles such as fire trucks and the Bookmobile! For more information contact, Erin DeMoe, (Accenture Federal Services) NDNG Alcohol & Drug Control Officer, at 701-333-3266.

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015 Chamber Patio 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck 6:00PM - 9:00PM $30.00 per person

This month is our final Dinner on the Plaza for the summer and we are very excited to have our returning sponsor Ruby Tuesday’s cater this fabulous evening event! Ruby Tuesday’s has been a member of the Chamber for over seven years and have been very involved with helping our events flourish. If you ever need someone to cater an event, we’d highly recommend Ruby Tuesday’s! Chamber members are invited to join us on our Plaza Thursday, September 17th for an evening of fine dining and wonderful company. You’ll enjoy a customized course that will be paired perfectly with a wine from Captain Jack’s Liquor Store. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a selection of beer samples provided by the Jerome Distributing. Bring along your employees, spouses or loyal customers for a delightful evening networking and enjoying live music by Mike Swenson. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6:00pm and dinner served at 7:00pm. There is a limited number of seats available, so secure your spots as soon as possible. Tickets are $30 each which includes your three course meal and all your drinks. RSVP online at, by emailing or calling Amanda at 701-223-5660. Food Sponsors: Beer Sponsor: Table Sponsor: LPT Images

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Date: Thursday, September 24, 2015 Location: United Printing 300 South 1st Street Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM Fees: Free to Attend


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 Gary Tharaldson School of Business, University of Mary Time: 11:30AM - 1:00PM Free to Attend

Chamber members are invited to join us on Thursday, September 24th for United Printing’s Membership Mixer in their new office space at 300 South 1st Street, Bismarck. They will be serving tasty hors d’ouevres, beverages and offering tours of their new facility. Don’t forget to invite your co-workers along for a fun evening of networking opportunities.

Mark your calendars for an amazing presentation by Mark Lindquist: Author, entertainer, actor and motivational speaker on Tuesday, September 29th at the University of Mary – Gary Tharaldson School of Business Atrium from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Networking and lunch will be served at 11:30am and Mark Lindquist’s presentation will start promptly at noon. Come early as sitting will be limited.

Their new 33,000 square foot facility opened with some new production equipment, allowing them to be a full service campus. They house press, vehicle wraps, mail services, creative writing, photography and City Magazine.

You can RSVP for this event and upcoming Lunch & Learns at or by contracting Amanda at

Please RSVP to or call Amanda at 701-223-5660.

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HARVEST MIXER Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Northern Plains Equipment 2933 Twin City Dr, Mandan 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

The Ag Committee of the Chamber will be hosting a mixer/barbecue for Chamber members, employees and spouses on Tuesday, October 6th from 5:00pm 7:00pm at Northern Plains Equipment. The purpose of this Fall event is to celebrate the harvest by inviting local produce vendors to display and sell their products. Along with this, several Ag groups will be set up to display their services. There is no charge to attend this event and enjoy a tasty barbecue, cash bar, great networking opportunities, door prizes, and take advantage of the garden harvest.

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BRATS FOR THE BRAVE Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Saturday, October 10, 2015 MDU Resources Community Bowl 1500 Edwards Avenue, Bismarck 10:030AM - 1:00PM Free to Attend

The Military Affairs Committee invites Chamber members to Brats for the Brave. Help us show appreciation for our military men and women by tailgating with them on Saturday, October 10th at the MDU Resources Community Bowl before the University of Mary football game. Brats and all the fixin’s will be served.


Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015 Location: Edgewood Vista Mandan 2801 39th Avenue SE, Mandan Time: 5:00PM - 7:00PM Fees: Free to Attend

Save–the–Date for our October membership mixer hosted by Edgewood Vista - Mandan. They are very excited to open up their assisted living facility to our members. Don’t miss this great networking opportunity, with hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.


Saturday, October 24, 2015 Bismarck Event Center, Hall A 315 S 5th St, Bismarck 8:30AM - 5:00PM $50.00 for Students $80.00 for Standard Fee

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank will be the keynote speaker at the Prairie Fire Conference for Entrepreneurs in the Midwest on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the Bismarck Event Center. The 2015 Prairie Fire Conference: Sparking Growth, will Daymond John be the first regional conference of its kind and is expected to draw hundreds of people from throughout the Midwest.


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WERRE TO RECEIVE UGPTI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Robin Werre, recently retired executive director of BisMan Transit, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute Oct. 1 at its annual award banquet in Fargo. The award recognizes Werre’s efforts in starting and growing the capitol city’s transit system. She was on the original board of directors when the board asked her to serve as executive director on a temporary basis. She retired July 15 after 25 years. It was her empathy for those with disabilities that drove her to push for improved transportation options in Bismarck and Mandan. Under Werre’s direction, Bis-Man transit launched in 1990 with limited paratransit service. The agency added Capital Area Transit, its fixed-route service, in 2003. Today the system continues to provide door-to-door transportation service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for persons age 60 or older or individuals with disabilities. Capital Area Transit has grown to include 12 routes serving Bismarck and Mandan. Some credit growth of the transit system and its ability to move customers and employees, with enhancing economic growth in the Bismarck-Mandan area. She obtained funding for the current transit facility and for two garage additions.

While at Bis-Man Transit, she was a member and treasurer of Community Elder Service Network, chair and member of the Dakota Center of Independent Living. Werre is a graduate of Bismarck High School and Bismarck Junior College. She received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Mary College. Her first career was with Job Service of North Dakota. While working there she served on several commissions appointed by the governor and served as chair and member of the North Dakota Developmental Disabilities Council and Chair of the Protection and Advocacy Board. In 1978, Werre was selected as one of 10 outstanding Women of America. Werre was also instrumental in launching Bismarck’s Pride Inc., an organization dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities realize their potential to live and work in the community. She was president and member of the incorporating board of Pride Industries and a member of the board and Central Nodak Development. Werre worked at Pride for eight years. She also served on the Bismarck Mayor’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.


If you want to welcome trick-or-treaters and also support a good community cause, visit the Halloween store in the lower level of the Seeds of Hope Thrift and Gift Store at 520 E. Main. The store features hundreds of costumes ranging from infants to adults, and it has accessories including wigs, makeup, hats, masks, pumpkins and much more. “Your children will love the large variety of costumes and parents will love the price! Decorate your home or office for less and support the mission of the AARC,” she said.

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The store’s normal hours are 9:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday. To contact the Seeds of Hope, call 701-222-8895. Sales proceeds are used by the AARC in its mission to serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children in a seven-county area in south-central North Dakota.


The North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF) is getting a big boost with a $4 million contribution from U.S. Bank. HIF supports the development of affordable housing in the state.

The HIF contribution was presented at the North Dakota State Capitol in Bismarck on Thursday, Aug. 13 by U.S. Bank Regional President Tim Hennessy to North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) Executive Director Jolene Kline.

North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) Executive Director Jolene Kline, U.S. Bank Regional President Tim Hennessy, and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.

“U.S. Bank is honored to be able to continue to support North Dakota’s housing development efforts,” said Hennessy. “The Housing Incentive Fund plays a vital role in providing affordable housing, which helps make our state an economically stronger and healthier place to live and work.”

“Having U.S. Bank’s support this early in our capitalization process will allow these housing projects to begin moving forward with construction, addressing critical housing needs in our fast growing communities.” Projects in Beulah, Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Hazen, Mandan, Minot and Ray benefitted from U.S. Bank’s contribution

NDHFA is a self-supporting state agency dedicated to making housing affordable for all North Dakotans. The Industrial Commission of North Dakota, consisting of Dalrymple as chairman, Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring and Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, oversees the agency. U.S. Bank was one of the first companies to make a contribution to the fund when it was created in 2011. The bank also contributed $1.2 million in 2011 and $3 million in 2013. “Thank you to U.S. Bank for this generous contribution and for their continued support of affordable housing development in North Dakota,” said Dalrymple. “U.S. Bank has been a strong partner from the very beginning of the Housing Incentive Fund. This $4 million contribution makes U.S. Bank the largest aggregate contributor in the program’s history.” “We are very appreciative of U.S. Bank’s continued support of the Housing Incentive Fund, and I thank the bank for making the contribution now,” said Kline. Chamber Connection | 17





BREMER BANK MEALS FOR MANY CAMPAIGN DONATIONS TOP $107,000 The 10th annual Bremer Bank Meals for Many Campaign raised a record $107,000 this year, surpassing last year’s total by more than $11,000. As part of the campaign, the $2-for-$1 Bremer match up to $30,000 was also met and exceeded.

The campaign supports the efforts of Second Harvest Heartland, Feeding America and a number of neighborhood food shelves to end hunger in local communities. Bremer employees throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin participate in the campaign each year by hosting cookouts, organizing food drives and coordinating a variety of other activities. “One in 10 people in every community faces hunger daily,” said Greg Hilding, Bremer Bank group president and Second Harvest Heartland board member. “Working families, children, seniors — people in every age group and ethnicity — in rural and urban communities. All can be experiencing hunger at any time.

“At Bremer Bank we are committed to doing what we can to feed the hungry in our region,” Hilding said, “and that’s why this campaign is so important. I’m proud of the amount we were able to raise this year, thanks to our employees, clients and the communities where we live and work.” Bremer has raised more than $1.3 million for the hungry since launching the Meals for Many Campaign a decade ago.


The Sanford Well Baby Clinic is now held at Sanford Children’s North Clinic, located at 765 W. Interstate Ave. Clinics are held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm every Tuesday and 5:00pm to 7:00pm the first Tuesday of every month and Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm. No appointment is necessary.

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Well Baby Clinic is open to all babies from birth to age 1. Registered nurses, who are certified lactation counselors, take the measurement and weight of each baby and answer any questions parents have.


In a unique, first-of-its-kind agreement, the Missouri Valley Family YMCA (Y) has partnered with three local businesses in the Bismarck-Mandan community to expand its quality child care services. The new child care location will open by Feb. 1, 2016, at the former Rasmussen College building, located on East Century Ave. The building lease between the property owner and the YMCA has been signed. Three partnering organizations – Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Sanford Health and CHI St. Alexius Health – are each committing to a designated number of slots that will be filled by their employees’ children. The new facility, which will be named YMCA Youth Development Center North, will care for a total of 240 children, ages infant to pre-K. Child care openings not filled by the three partnering businesses will be open to the public. Bill Bauman, executive director/CEO at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA, said the new facility is rooted in community. “We’ve got three partnering businesses who are committed to this project, the children of their employees and this community. We have a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of our kids,” Bauman said.

The local businesses’ decision to partner with the Y for child care is an innovative move to address their employees’ child care needs.

“One of our greatest assets is our employees,” said Basin Electric CEO and General Manager Paul Sukut. “When our employees struggle to find quality child care for their kids, it affects everything. We wanted to be part of finding a solution to help fill that void in our communities.” “All businesses in the area know that work force is the biggest challenge we face in Bismarck-Mandan, and, to attract and retain employees, we need more day care options,” said Dr. Craig Lambrecht, president of Sanford Health in Bismarck. “Sanford Health is proud to be a partner in this innovative solution to a problem that requires community collaboration and creative thinking in an era of rapid development. This partnership will help us ensure we have the employees necessary to continue to provide the high quality health care our community deserves.” CHI St. Alexius Health’s Market CEO Kurt Schley said, “We want our associates to feel valued, appreciated and listened to. We heard finding child care in our community was difficult. Through this partnership, we are able to offer another option for child care.”

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CAPITAL CREDIT UNION ACHIEVES 30,000 MEMBERS Capital Credit Union reached a new milestone: We are now 30,000 members strong! Peter Ororo, Bismarck, was the 30,000th member.

Ororo said he chose Capital Credit Union based on living close to one of our branches and from recommendations of his coworkers. Ororo had been unhappy with his other financial institution and was interested in opening a checking account and transferring a loan. His transition to Capital Credit Union was assisted by Ryan Welder, Main Office branch manager, and Ines Rasidovic, Main Office financial services representative. This has been a great experience,” Ororo said. “Everything was clearly explained and all my questions were answered. It’s been wonderful.” For being the 30,000th member, Ororo received a gift basket of Capital Credit Union logo items, including a sporty gym bag and CamelBak water bottle, and a $100 Capital Credit Union Visa gift card. Capital Credit Union CEO Deb Gallagher credited the talented, hardworking staff and board members for achieving the milestone, in addition to other factors.

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“We’ve also been privileged with opportunities to add other credit union families to Capital Credit Ryan Welder, Main Office branch manager, and Peter Ororo. Union’s family of members—including most recently, New Salem Credit Union, Noridian Credit Union in Fargo, and the Knife River Credit Union branches in Hazen and Beulah.” Gallagher also said it is sustained member growth that keeps the credit union financially strong and competitive, enabling it to adhere to the credit union philosophy of being able to return profits to members in the form of lower fees and rates on loans and higher rates on deposits. In fact, Capital Credit Union has been able to offer some of the best loan and deposit rates in the market, in addition to offering the types of products and services that today’s financial consumers expect beyond standard consumer loan and deposit products, including credit cards, mortgage loans, business loans, online and mobile banking, and investment and insurance services.


Sanford POWER, a program that incorporates the latest in strength development, speed, agility, and plyometrics to local athletes, now has a location in Bismarck. Healthways Athlete Training Center joined Sanford Health and is now Sanford POWER. The facility, located at 2020 Lovett Ave., offers team- and groupbased athletic training programs while transitioning into the personalized, individual training approach POWER is known for. Mike Salwei, former Healthways Training Center manager and trainer, is leading Sanford POWER in the Bismarck region with direct contact to leadership in Fargo and Sioux Falls to promote consistent programming at all POWER locations. All Healthways members will retain their membership and will now be Sanford POWER members. There are also Sanford POWER facilities in Fargo and Sioux Falls.





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NORTH DAKOTA UNIVERSITY SYSTEM UNDERGOES STAFFING CHANGES The North Dakota University System has had several changes and adjustments take place to ensure proper staffing while plans continue to develop for the coming year under the leadership of Chancellor Mark Hagerott.

“I’ve been on the job for less than a month, and there is much to learn and many decisions to make. I’ve been meeting with legislators, business leaders and our own staff to learn as much as I can about our system and how we can best meet the needs of our state,” Hagerott said. “We all want a system that serves our students and communities and as we move forward, the changes that are made will reflect the input and collaboration of all of the system’s stakeholders.” Murray Sagsveen served for more than two years as chief of staff and ethics officer, and until July 1 also oversaw legal services for the NDUS. Sagsveen’s last day is today and Lisa Feldner, Ph.D., current vice chancellor for Information Technology and Institutional Research, will take over as interim chief of staff. “We will all miss Murray and I am very appreciative of the extensive knowledge he brought to our office. Lisa brings a wealth of experience about K-20 education, state government, technology, critical systems, and oversight of large budgets, projects and staffs to this appointment,” Hagerott said.

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Legislation also impacted the NDUS budget for internal audit functions, so those adjustments are also being made. State Board of Higher Education Chair Kathleen Neset and Hagerott have authorized a temporary extension of employment to auditors Tim Rerick, Cynthia Beiswenger and Eric Miller through October 2015. This will allow the Board and the audit committee an opportunity to develop plans for future funding and organizational structure. Rerick, the NDUS director of internal audit, has agreed to assume Sagsveen’s ethics officer duties. Richard Rothaus, Ph.D., has been appointed interim vice chancellor of academic and student affairs, replacing Sonia Cowen, Ph.D. “We greatly appreciate all who have accepted these interim appointments. I know it not only impacts them, but it also affects their teams as duties are re-assigned. We have been working on adjustments to the Board’s strategic plan and the system office plan and will have further discussions in the coming months on future staffing of these positions. We are all in this together,” Hagerott said.


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Marco Consulting Systems Engineer Brian Jaenisch, accepted the award and was recognized during the Microsoft SMB Champions Award Reception in Orlando, FL on July 13, 2015. “I was happy to accept this award on Marco’s behalf,” said Jaenisch. “It confirms our focus on providing our customers with the latest technology and support to help them be successful and grow.”


To best manage a growing workforce and continue serving its valued membership, Basin Electric has changed its Human Resources reporting structure.

On July 10, Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager, announced plans to create the position of senior vice president of human resources and development. Effective immediately, the position has been filled by Diane Paul, former Basin Electric vice president of Human Resources. The cooperative also promoted Ted Cash to vice president of Human Resources, effective immediately. Cash previously served as Basin Electric manager of media support services.

Paul joined Basin Electric in 1979 and has worked in many areas of Human Resources, including equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, salary administration, employee recognition, performance management, talent acquisition and strategic workforce planning, and employment law. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Mary in Bismarck. Cash has been with the cooperative for 16 years, serving as a board member for both Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and Missouri Slope Areawide United Way. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from University of Mary

“Basin Electric is excited to further develop the cooperative’s culture and what I consider to be the Basin family way of providing service,” Sukut said.

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STATE BOARD APPOINTS OZBUN INTERIM DSU PRESIDENT The State Board of Higher Education, at a special meeting today, voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Jim L. Ozbun as interim president of Dickinson State University. Current DSU President D.C. Coston recently informed North Dakota University Jim L. Ozbun System Chancellor Mark Hagerott that he is stepping down on Aug. 15 due to health concerns ahead of his originally planned retirement date of February. Ozbun will begin serving as interim president Aug. 17. The Board also agreed that the timeframe for the interim service would be negotiated by Hagerott with Ozbun depending on the needs of the university and the successful search for a permanent president. “I want to thank D.C. Coston for his years of service. What is important at this point is that we take care of him and his family as he faces health issues. I appreciate that the Board could make time for a special meeting for the urgent matter of appointing an interim president,” said Hagerott. “Dr. Ozbun is a respected member of the Dickinson community, and with his extensive background, he will be able to fulfill the duties as we continue our search for a permanent president.”

At the Chancellor’s recommendation, the Board considered three interim candidates: Ozbun; Cynthia Lee A. Pemberton, Ed.D., current DSU provost and vice president of Academic Affairs; and Larry C. Skogen, Ph.D., who would have served both as the president of Bismarck State College and DSU. Hagerott thanked all for their willingness to serve, but said he thought Ozbun would be able to give the university his full attention, which is critical at this time of transition.

Ozbun is a retired academic with a long history of service in higher education. Before purchasing a small cattle ranch in western North Dakota, Ozbun served from 1988 to 1995 as President of North Dakota State University. Ozbun’s career led him through faculty roles and leadership positions at Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, Kansas State University, Washington State University and NDSU. His work in research and teaching related to physiology and nutrition of crop plants. Ozbun has served on numerous boards and committees throughout his path of service, including most recently the Medora Foundation Board, St. Joseph’s Hospital Board in Dickinson, the Partners for Grassland Stewardship and as Chair of the North Dakota Racing Commission. He has authored dozens of scientific journal articles and advised numerous graduate students, including 10 Ph.D. dissertations. His Ph.D. is in Soils and Plant Physiology. The search for the next DSU president began immediately after Coston’s February announcement, and a presidential search committee was formed in April. DSU’s fall semester begins Aug. 24.

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CHI St. Alexius Health has been recognized as the best hospital in North Dakota for 2015-16 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 26th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.

In rankings by state and metro area, U.S. News recognized hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers in one or more specialties, as well as hospitals that excel in multiple common procedures and conditions.

According to interim Chief Executive Officer Joseph Messmer, this is not the first time CHI St. Alexius Health has been recognized from U.S. News & World Report or other ranking agencies. “CHI St. Alexius Health has a 130 year commitment to providing exceptional patient-centered care in western and central North Dakota. The expertise and commitment of our physicians and associates to our mission continues to earn our organization national recognition. I truly appreciate all the work that goes into earning such a distinction!”

U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty. “A Best Hospital has demonstrated expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Ben Harder, chief of health analysis at U.S. News. “A hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of.”

The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. U.S. News used the same data, as well as the new Best Hospitals for Common Care ratings, first published in May, to produce the state and metro rankings. The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews. com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2016” guidebook, available in August from the U.S. News Store.


EAPC Architects Engineers, an award winning design consulting firm, has been named one of the best firms to work for in the United States and Canada by Zweig Group, a management consulting and research company for the architecture, engineering and environmental consulting industry. EAPC was selected for two awards including Zweig Group’s Architecture and Multi-Discipline categories. Awards are based on factors such as workplace practices, employee benefits and retention rates. EAPC President Alan Dostert said “We are humbled and grateful by this news and we will continue to work hard for our current and future employees to ensure that EAPC remains the place to communicate, collaborate, and celebrate!”

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Firestone Building Products Company, LLC, a leading manufacturer and supplier of a comprehensive “Roots to Rooftops” product portfolio, presented Twin City Roofing, LLC with the 2015 Partner in Quality Award. The Mandan firm is among only 133 Firestone Building Products Red Shield™ Licensed Roofing Contractors in the United States, Canada and Mexico achieving the award. Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors are required to complete extensive product installation training. Projects are backed by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield™ Warranty as a testament to each contractor’s skill and attention to detail. Warranty terms can range from five to 30 years, depending on the commercial roofing system. “Our Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors are among the best in the business,” said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “In addition to the number of warranted jobs these contractors have completed, each has demonstrated exemplary attention to detail and craftsmanship, and we are proud to honor them with the prestigious Partner in Quality Award.”

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Bismarck Aero Center and the Bismarck Masonic Temple are pleased to be hosting this year’s Bismarck Airport Fly-in Pancake Breakfast September 13th at 7:30am to 1pm. The event will take place at the Bismarck Aero Center’s hangar 53, next to the Bismarck Commercial Terminal. The event is free to attend and welcomes all ages to enjoy aviation activities. All donations taken at the event will go to the Robert E. Asker Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children. Along with the delicious pancakes, eggs and sausage that will be served, this year’s event will feature fun activities such as Flight Simulators and Airplane & Helicopter rides for the whole family. On display, will be the ND National Guard Blackhawk, Civil Air Patrol aircraft, the Sanford Air Medical Helicopter, the Dusters Classical Car Collection and many more aircraft that will be flying in that morning. It is the mission of the Robert E. Asker Scottish Rite Speech Therapy Center for Children to be dedicated to improving children’s speech and language skills by providing evaluation and family center therapy. Since beginning in April of 1992, the clinic has provided over 15,000 total therapy sessions for local children. Free speech therapy sessions are available to any child who is aged two to seven and whose family is unable to pay for such services.


If you ran the largest school district in the state, what would guide you as you did your work?

This fall, Bismarck School Superintendent Tamara Uselman wrote a letter to each parent in the public school district. Starting her 5th year with BPS, Uselman recalls sharing her core values with school employees and families when she started in 2011. They have not changed. 1. Safety first. Rest assured the safety of students and staff at BPS is top priority. Remind students to report safety concerns to a principal or teacher or to Text-a-Tip. The School Board has used state safety grant dollars and local match funds to improve security in school buildings. The district’s safety officer works closely with police department School Resource Officers (SROs) to maintain campus safety and security. Yet the most impactful strategy to improve safety is to build community by inviting all people, students, parents, and staff, to have a voice in their school community. 2. All means all. We care about the academic and social-emotional growth of every single BPS student. Regardless of whether a child’s learning begins from a point of struggle or a point of acceleration, it’s fair to expect at least a year’s growth in skill for each child every year. Growth is the single most important measure.

3. Food is fuel and movement is magic. There is fear that the life expectancy of youth is dropping by five years compared to that of adults, due largely to diseases related to diet. The brain learns best when it is fueled by nutritious food and healthy snacks. In addition, the human brain needs the human body to move.

4. Students today are absolutely awesome! Young people are capable of learning high academic content and mastering skills in communicating, collaborating, critical thinking and creativity (4Cs). Students are developing habits of good citizens in the real world as well as in the digital world. 5. There is only one earth. In addition to reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic, at BPS we practice the other three Rs with all of our resources: reduce consumption, reuse when possible, and recycle when not. Doing so is both environmentally wise and fiscally intelligent.

Uselman says learning may be the most important work on earth. She is “thankful daily to be part of this beautiful community and thankful even more to have a role in educating the students of BPS.” She is also “deeply respectful to have the opportunity and to carry the responsibility involved in ensuring every single student is developing the success skills needed today and into the future.” The superintendent says she has seen the community pull together to “do the right thing for kids in the long run” by providing quality educational space for children to learn and grow. As Bismarck Public Schools responds to ever increasing enrollment in a fiscally responsible manner, the district will continue its tradition of listening to and working with the community. BPS remains committed to partnering for student achievement of high academic standards and success skills needed for 21st century citizenship.

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Marco, Inc., a leading technology services provider in the United States, announced that it has assumed responsibility for the copier sales and service previously provided by Crabtree Companies, Inc. Marco welcomed the employees that previously supported Crabtree’s copier sales and service to its employee-owned team. Crabtree Companies will continue to provide Laserfiche sales and support. “This acquisition augments our well established copier and printer services division and allows us to further expand our customer base,” said Marco CEO Jeff Gau. “We look forward to continuing Crabtree’s commitment to satisfying their clients and providing them with expanded services.” Since 2004, Marco has grown from 200 employees to 900 employees at 42 locations nationally. The formerCrabtree employees will continue to serve you from our St. Louis Park office.

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EAPC Architects Engineers, an award winning A/E design consulting firm with a local office in Bismarck, is pleased to announce that they have opened a new office location in St. Paul, Minnesota. With several projects in progress in Minneapolis and surrounding areas currently, this location provides an office presence that will focus primarily on providing healthcare design services. Andrew Jordan, EAPC Senior Architect for Healthcare Design, will manage the new office. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. “We are extremely excited and dedicated in continuing to service healthcare clients throughout Minnesota and the region.” The new EAPC office is located at 539 Bielenberg Drive in St. Paul. Additional EAPC office locations include Grand Forks, Fargo, Bismarck, Williston, Minot; Bemidji, Sioux Falls, Fort Collins, CO; Norwich, VT; Buenos Aires, ARG.


Tuesday, 1st 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Wednesday, 2nd 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Tuesday, 8th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 8th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board Wednesday, 9th 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thursday, 10th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park District Board Thursday, 10th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Monday, 14th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Monday, 14th 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board (recorded) Tuesday, 15th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District Tuesday, 15th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Tuesday, 15th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Thursday, 17th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Tuesday, 22nd 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 22nd 5:30 pm Mandan School Board Tuesday, 22nd 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Wednesday, 23rd 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thursday, 24th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 28th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Monday, 28th 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission (recorded) Meetings can be viewed LIVE (unless otherwise indicated) and are replayed several times on Government Access, cable channel 2 and HD602. Government meetings are also available for online viewing (LIVE and Video on Demand) at

The Housing Incentive Fund is off to a fantastic start not just with some great projects, but also in collecting contributions. Since July 1, the first day NDHFA could accept contributions, we have received more than $13 million which means we have about $17 million to go. Several financial institutions and businesses have stepped up with big checks that will make getting funds to our 24 approved projects go much quicker. Remember, the faster we fulfill our conditional commitments to the projects selected, the faster our developers can begin construction and provide more North Dakota families with affordable places to call home. I want to thank all those who have made contributions so far and encourage those who haven’t yet to consider it today. We have many great partners who have contributed to HIF and it is by those contributions that we will be able to address North Dakota’s unmet housing needs.


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Q: HOW LONG DO WARRANTIES Q: WHAT ARE THE GUIDELINES FOR Q: WHAT IS A MEME AND HOW LAST ON NEW HOMES? REASONABLE SUSPICION DRUG IS IT USED IN MARKETING? AND ALCOHOL TESTING? A: The typical warranty period for a A: A “meme” (rhymes with “team”) has new home is one year. However, the old A: Many states allow employers to test for been likened to a cold or flu virus in that adage that a warranty is only as good as the company behind it certainly rings true with home building. A new home is one of the largest purchases a person will ever make and unlike an erector set, there is no instruction manual. It is important for prospective buyers to do their research regarding a builder’s warranty policy prior to purchase. Find out if there is a written warranty manual, who performs a builder’s warranty work, how that work is reported, what the average turn-around time is and if a builder has scheduled follow ups after certain milestones. Ask the builder for references or talk with current owners and compare answers.

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it can travel from person to person very quickly. Memes share images, ideas, or commonalities that bring people together. If you Google “meme” images you’ll find many examples.

You can use memes in marketing to make your customers feel “in” on something by creating an identifiable reference. These messages are on all social networks and if done well, can go “viral” very quickly. If you’re thinking about creating a meme, make sure it’s simple, inclusive, identifiable, shareable, and funny. Before creating a meme, consider whether your target audience is on social media and if there’s a common thread that your customers will understand and find funny.

Memes can get your company’s message out there in a new way by creating a bond of understanding and encouraging interaction through a shared humor or experience. Always do a test launch before sending a new meme to your target audience. Doing so will help avoid any public relations nightmares and prevent your meme from going viral for the wrong reasons.

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Ameriprise Advisors Attend Wealth Management Conference Joel Bird

Sanford Health Welcomes New Anesthesiologist

Craig Jones, DO, anesthesiologist, recently joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. He graduated from Craig Jones, DO A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Mesa, Ariz., and completed his residency in Anesthesiology at Oklahoma State University in Tulsa, Okla. As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Jones will provide pain relief and comfort to patients during medical procedures and treatments.

Liberty Business Systems Adds to Sales Team

Steve Laddusaw was recently added to our Sales Team as the Solutions Specialist and Jeff Myklebust was recently added to our Sales team as an Mailing and Water Systems Sales Associate.

Halverson Attends Show in Minneapolis

Jane Halverson

Jane Halverson, owner of Dakota Promotions & Printing, recently attended a room show in Minneapolis presenting new and popular trends in promotional products. Only a select number of promotional distributors are allowed to this event.

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Jason Kirchmeier

Roger Koski

Joel Bird, Jason Kirchmeier and Roger Koski, Private Wealth Advisors with Ameriprise Financial, recently attended the firm’s Wealth Management Conference in Palos Verdes, California. The annual conference is open by invitation-only to a limited number of Ameriprise Financial advisors for in-depth discussions on selected financial advisory topics. Attendees participated in sessions on tax planning strategies for the affluent, alternative investments, the rising interest rate environment and retirement planning. Each session was led by a well-known industry expert.

Hinderer Named Athletic Director

Dallas Hinderer, a social studies teacher at Wachter Middle School, has been named the Athletic Director at the school. Hinderer started with Bismarck Public Schools as a 5th grade teacher in 2002. Dallas Hinderer He also taught 5th grade at Riverside and Centennial before becoming a 6th grade social studies teacher at Wachter in 2013. Dallas has coached numerous sports at Dickinson State University, Ellendale High School, Century High School, Bismarck High and Wachter. As the head girls’ basketball coach at BHS from 2009 to 2014, Hinderer was named WDA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2012 and 2014, and was chosen as the North Dakota Class A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 2014. He is currently the 8th grade football coach at Wachter and the assistant boys and girls track coach at BHS. Hinderer has an elementary education degree from Dickinson State and an elementary administration degree from University of Mary.

Dr. Doll Joins CHI St. Alexius Health

Amy Doll, MD, has joined CHI St. Alexius Health’s Emergency & Trauma Center. Dr. Doll received her medical degree from University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, N.D. Amy Doll, MD She completed her emergency medicine residency at University of Missouri, Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo. Dr. Doll is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Christian Medical Dental Association. She is board eligible by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Schnell Offering Insurance Services Located at Capital Credit Union

Ryan Schnell has recently been contracted as an agent joining the CCU Insurance Ryan Schnell Agency, LLC in partnership with Capital Credit Union and Farmers Union Insurance. Schnell, originally from Mandan, N.D., is a graduate of the University of Mary with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration. He will be offering a range of insurance services, including auto, homeowners, renters, farm and ranch, commercial, life, health, crop and hail, long-term care and annuities. Start Bismarck Hires Startup Community Director

Starion’s Hetland, Hoffman Graduate from Banking School

Start Bismarck has hired Hannah Haynes as a Startup Community Director. Haynes will help lead the effort to Hannah Haynes establish Start Bismarck’s goals and mission in the community. Dale Hetland Haynes will start the position in early August. In order to make this all happen smoothly, a major fundraising campaign will begin. The fundraising effort will help establish Haynes’ role, maintain the the momentum of Start Bismarck events like 1 Million Cups, Startup Weekend, and Startup Drinks and establish a coworking space in our community.

Consolidated Construction Announces New Staff Additions

Dale Hetland and Brandon Hoffman of Starion Financial recently graduated from the Consolidated Construction Dakota School of Banking. Co. Inc., a full-service design/ Hetland is business banking build firm announces new staff Chad Redder officer/VP in Fargo. Hoffman is additions in its Bismarck office: mortgage banking manager/VP Chad Redder has recently and based out of the downtown joined Consolidated Bismarck location. Construction’s team as a Dakota School of Banking is superintendent. Redder has sponsored by the North Dakota been working as a project Bankers Association (NDBA) and superintendent since 2005 on endorsed by the South Dakota numerous hospitality projects Bankers Association (SDBA). In Rick Lynam including; Fairfield Inn & Suites, its 42nd year, the school trained Home2 Suites, and the Hyatt 56 bank personnel. The school Place. In his new role, Redder Dockter Earns Master’s Degree has been held on the campus of will be responsible for project scheduling and Brandon Hoffman Cristie Dockter, Sanford respiratory therapy University of Jamestown since coordination, quality control, and onsite safety for coordinator, recently completed her Master of 1997. multifamily and hospitality projects. His first project Business degree in Healthcare Management from Students are enrolled for two years, attending with Consolidated will be the Citadel Apartments, Western Governors University. Dockter received her Phase 2 in Bismarck. Bachelor of Science degree in Respiratory Care from the school one week each summer. The first-year Rick Lynam was recently hired as a project the University of Mary in Bismarck and has been with session provides a general overview of the banking industry and the departments that make up a bank. manager. Lynam graduated with a Bachelor of Sanford Health for 11 years. The second-year session builds on the general Science in Construction Engineering Technology banking knowledge gained in the first year and adds from Missouri Western State University. He has prior LaCompte Hired as Project Manager a computerized bank management simulation to experience as a project manager in commercial at Agency MABU reinforce technical and functional management skills. construction markets including: retail, apartments Teachers at the school include bankers, attorneys, and retirement communities. Lynam has managed Stacey LaCompte recently accountants and financial industry consultants. joined Agency MABU as a projects valued to $20 million in his last positions and Sessions combined lecture, hands-on activities, a project manager for Native will now be working on projects throughout the Upper computerized banking simulation and testing. American initiatives. Midwest. He will be in charge of cost and schedule LaCompte brings extensive adherence, subcontractor relations, and customer experience in working with Snustad Joins satisfaction. tribal nations, government Cornerstone Bank Stacey LaCompte agencies and non-profit Cornerstone Bank is pleased Braun Intertec Welcomes Angil organizations to promote to announce that Kirk Snustad Wanner economic, workforce and business development has joined Cornerstone Bank Braun Intertec Corporation, a premier engineering, within Native American communities. In her role in Bismarck as full-time IT Help consulting and testing firm, is proud to announce the as project manager, she will coordinate strategic Desk. He comes to Cornerstone hire of sales and marketing specialist, Angil Wanner. planning, market research, entrepreneurship training Kirk Snustad Bank with over 18 years of IT Based in Bismarck, North Dakota, her responsibilities and advocacy efforts. experience. will be to enhance the Braun Intertec brand and LaCompte is an enrolled member of the Standing position in North Dakota, collaborate with internal/ Rock Sioux Tribe and has worked with Tribes in North external teams on strategic proposals, and coordinate Schley Name CEO of CHI St. Alexius Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska, as well as marketing and communication initiatives. Additionally, Congressional, State, and local government agencies. Health CHI Fargo Division announced Wanner will work closely with the marketing team in Notable clients with whom LaCompte will serve at today Kurt Schley has accepted Bloomington to support: internal communication, MABU include the National Congress of American the position as CHI St. Alexius create marketing materials, as well as execute events Indian, the National Indian Education Association and Health’s market chief executive and tradeshows. the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Wanner has more than 15 years of professional officer (CEO). Since 2012, Indian. Schley has served as president services and management experience. Previously, she worked for SIA Companies, a nationally recognized of CHI Franciscan Health’s St. Wald Named Advisor Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor, brokerage firm based in Bismarck, that promoted LongKurt Schley of the Month Term Care Insurance across the United States. As the Wash. His first day at CHI St. Securian Financial Advisors of senior underwriter and new business coordinator, Angil Alexius Health was August 17, 2015. ND, Inc. is pleased to announce led strategic planning, administrative support, and As a key leader within the CHI Fargo Division, that David Wald has been managed agent/client relationships. She was born and named Advisor of the Month for Schley will oversee CHI St. Alexius Health’s 306-bed raised in southwestern North Dakota on the family farm June. Wald has been a Financial medical center in Bismarck and seven critical access of five generations. hospitals in North and South Dakota as well as an David Wald Advisor with Securian since Wanner is eager to develop relationships with array of clinics and other health care services. August 2008. colleagues and support our client work in North Dakota. During his tenure at St. Anthony Hospital, Schley She will also identify new marketing strategies that will played a key role in advancing the health care ministry support revenue growth for Braun Intertec. on the Peninsula.

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NEWS New Employees at Dakota Eye Institute

Dakota Eye Institute recently hired Demy Hall and Chelsie Sauers to join its eye care team. Hall, an ophthalmic technician will perform initial screenings Demy Hall and preliminary eye function testing for patients prior to seeing the doctor. She is a 2013 graduate of Bismarck High School and has experience in childcare and retail. Sauers is from Bismarck, N.D and joins the team as a receptionist. She has a Business Chelsie Sauers Management degree from Bismarck State College and has experience in the medical and banking fields.



Winbauer Joins Fireside Office Solutions

Gaskins Joins The Auto Club Group

David Winbauer has joined Henry Gaskins has joined Fireside Office Solutions as a AAA’s Auto Club Group (ACG) Supply Sales Specialist. He has as a travel agent in the club’s over 15 years of professional branch office at 3113 N. 14th business to business St, Bismarck. A native of Texas, Henry Gaskins relationship experience. Gaskins graduated from David will provide efficient, The University of WisconsinDavid Winbauer professional office supply Parkside and served in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was and equipment solutions to previously employed in the hospitality industry. organizations throughout the Bismarck-Mandan area.

Credit Collections Bureau Announcements

New Medical Physicist Joins Bismarck Cancer Center

The Bismarck Cancer Center is proud to introduce a new member to their team. Michael Sigler joined the Bismarck Cancer Center as a Medical Physicist in July. Sigler is a graduate of Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He then received his German Appointed to
Health Nardini Fire Equipment Co Celebrates Master of Science degree in Radiological Physics from Information Technology Advisory 35 Years Wayne State University. Sigler completed his Medical Board Nardini Fire Equipment Co., Inc. of ND is celebrating Physics Residency at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Sharon German, enterprise director of IT Poughkeepsie, NY. applications for Sanford Health, has been appointed 35 years in business in the Red River Valley and Sigler will be involved in patient care pertaining to greater North Dakota. With over 30 employees and by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to the North Dakota Health radiation treatment planning and quality assurance. offices in Fargo, Bismarck and Williston, Nardini Fire Information Technology Advisory Board. As a member is appreciative of the loyalty and support from our of the board, German will work to promote the use communities and look forward to continued growth. Gate City Bank Promotes Stacy Smith and acceptance of the Health Information Network (HIN). The HIN focuses on the electronic exchange of Nardini Fire is consistently creating new positions and Stacy Smith has been medical information between providers. She will also employment opportunities for those interested in the promoted to Executive Manager investigate ways to leverage grants and other funding Life Safety and Fire Protection field. to the Chairman, President, and available to the North Dakota HIN. CEO and Assistant Corporate Schlittenhard Named She has been with Sanford Health for 12 years. Secretary. COO of CHI Smith has been employed St. Alexius Regional at Gate City Bank since 2009 Alliance Real Estate Stacy Smith Health System and was most recently the Announces Three New Administrative Assistant. Dewey Schlittenhard was Agents A native of Fargo, N.D., Smith graduated from Fargo recently named chief operating Alliance Real Estate is proud to North High School, before attending University of Dewey Schlittenhard officer (COO) for CHI St. Alexius announce three new agents. North Dakota where she earned her Bachelor’s degree Regional Health System. Patsy Chapman has been in in Management. Schlittenhard joined CHI St. the Grand Forks market for 17 Patsy Chapman Alexius Health in 1999. He serves as vice president years and is excited to make New York Life Agent Bismarck her new “Home Town”. of CHI St. Alexius Health’s physician enterprise and oversees the Heart & Vascular Center, Respiratory Becomes Registered Roger Nelson started real estate in 1999 in the Bottineau Care, Radiology, Heart & Lung Clinic, Laboratory, Representative With area; he has recently moved to Pharmacy, Rehabilitation Services, Anesthesia, the Nylife Securities Bismarck and is looking forward adult critical care specialists, the specialty clinics, and Jennifer Japel-Smallacombe, Mandan’s and Minot’s medical plazas. In addition to to this new challenge. an agent from the North Dakota his roles at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, Schlittenhard Melissa McDaniel was born General office of New York Jennifer Japel-Smallacombe will be responsible for the operations of CHI St. and raised in Fargo graduated Life, has become a Registered Roger Nelson Alexius Regional Health System which includes seven from Concordia College Representative of NYLIFE hospitals located throughout central and western in Moorhead, MN with a Securities LLC (Member FINRA/SIPC) A Licensed bachelor’s degree in Business North Dakota. Insurance Agency by passing a qualifying exam Schlittenhard’s professional memberships include Education. After a lifetime administered by FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory desire to become a REALTOR® the American College of Healthcare Executives, Authority). FINRA is the leading private-sector she is now pursuing that dream. American Pharmaceutical Association, National provider of financial regulatory services, dedicated Community Pharmacist Association, American Society of Health System Pharmacists, North Dakota to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation and complimentary Pharmaceutical Association and the National compliance and technology-based services. Melissa McDaniel Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Becoming a Register Representative allows Mrs. Active in the community, he is a board member Japel-Smallacombe to discuss and sell variable of Bismarck Cancer Center, Heart & Lung Clinic contracts and investment company securities through Operating Board and is Chairman of the Board NYLIFE Securities LLC. of Directors of the Health Industry Business 34 | Chamber Connection Communication Council. Credit Collections Bureau is proud to announce that Matt Ray has been named Collector of the Month and Krystal Engel has been named Employee of the Month for July 2015. Starion Financial Promotes and Hires Jensen Named Financial Advisor of in Mandan the Month

Starion Financial has promoted one individual and hired two others at its Mandan location. Angela Schock has been promoted to loan operations supervisor. She supervises Angela Schock the loan operations services to ensure all bank policies, procedures and government regulations are being followed. Schock began her Starion career in 2000 as a loan processor and advanced to loan operations specialist II and lead loan operations specialist II. She Monica Murphy holds a bachelor’s degree from Valley City State University. Monica Murphy is an accounting specialist II. In this role, she balances customer and general ledger accounts and performs various banking transactions. Murphy has more than 17 years of financial Sandra Wolf services industry experience including 11 years with Starion Financial, serving as a teller, teller supervisor and personal banker. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota. Sandra Wolf is a business banking representative II, working with new and existing customers and providing sales and service support to business bankers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from North Dakota State University and has more than 13 years of experience in the banking and agricultural sales industries.

Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Jim Jensen has been named Advisor of the Month for July. Jim has been a representative with Securian since December 2003.

Holwagner, Achieves SIOR Designation from Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® Kyle Holwagner, SIOR

Sanford Health Welcomes Rheumatologist

Piyush Poddar, MD, rheumatologist, recently joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. He graduated from Nil Ratan Sircar Piyush Podder, MD Medical College in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla. As a rheumatologist, Dr. Poddar will diagnose and treat conditions and diseases affecting joints, muscles and bones in children and adults.

of Daniel Companies has achieved the SIOR industrial designation awarded by the Society of Industrial and Integra Realty Announcements Office REALTORS®. SIOR is Congratulations to Ramona a Washington, DC-based Kyle Holwagner (Mona) Dockter on being international professional inducted into the Rail Road Hall organization of more than of Fame for being the first female 3,000 commercial real estate professionals, 2,800 rail road engineer in the United of whom have earned the coveted SIOR designation. States. Integra Realty Group, Inc. Kyle is the first SIOR designee in Bismarck/Mandan, is honored to have you on our North Dakota market. Ramona Dockter team. To achieve the SIOR designation, Holwagner, Jamie McLean has received his completed at least five years of creditable experience Real Estate Brokers license. in the highly specialized field of industrial real ​ He is now an associate Broker estate; met stringent education requirements; and and part owner of Integra Realty demonstrated professional ability, competency, ethical Group, Inc. Jamie also serves conduct, and personal integrity. as ​a Director on the BismarckMandan Board of Realtors and Dr. Rahman Joins is the chair of the local and state CHI St. Alexius Jamie McLean association tech committees.​ Health Jamie specializes in residential, Hamood Rahman, MD, has commercial and investment properties. joined CHI St. Alexius Health’s hospital medicine team. Dr. Network Center, Inc. Announces New Rahman received his medical Hamood Rahman, MD Hires and Certifications degree from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan and Technology solution provider Network Center, Inc. completed his family medicine residency at St. Mary announces the addition of Application Developer Paul Sanford Health Welcome Podiatrist Staszko and Director of Consulting Services Amber Vogel. Mercy Hospital, Livonia, Mich. Burkley Jensen, DPM, Paul graduated from Northwest Technical College Dr. Rahman is board certified by the American podiatrist, recently joined with a degree in Computer Programming. Prior to Board of Family Medicine. He is a member of Sanford Podiatry, located Network Center, Inc., Paul worked for Networked Energy American Academy of Family Physicians and College within the Sanford Seventh & Services. Paul has 12 years of experience with computer of Physicians and Surgeons in Pakistan. Thayer Clinic. He graduated programming. from Midwestern University in Amber graduated from NDSU with a Bachelor Century 21 Morrison of Science in Business Administration/HR and Glendale, Ariz. and completed Burkley Jensen his residency in Podiatric Hires New Agents the University of Mary with a Master’s in Business Medicine and Surgery at United Century 21 Morrison is excited Administration/Management. Prior to NetWork Center, Health Services Hospitals in Johnson City, N.Y. and honored to have Morgan Inc., Amber worked as a Business Analyst for Sundog Edmonson, Christa Stayton and and a Technology Consulting Manager for Eide Bailly. Eide Bailly Technology Consultant Cathleen Feland joining our Amber joins us with over 10 years of experience Earns HP Certifications team of professional Real Estate assisting customers in aligning their business goals with Morgan Edmonson Regional CPA and business advisory firm Eide Agents. They look forward to technology solutions. Bailly LLP congratulates Ryan Cigelske on attaining HP helping you with all of your Real Certifications Achieved: ExpertOne certifications. Estate Needs. Mike Orcutt achieved CCNA Wireless certification. Cigelske completed the required tasks to receive Aaron Furstenau achieved Network+ certification. HP ExpertOne Industry Standard Server Solutions and Jeff Bolstad achieved Configuring Service 2012 HP ExpertOne Industry Standard Architecture and certification. Technology certifications. Matt Helgeson achieved Cisco Express Foundation certification. Mike Gray achieved IBM Midrange Storage Sales V1 certification. Christa Stayton Cathleen Feland Chamber Connection | 35

Ribbon Cuttings

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

HAAG SIGNS Mike Haag in his new location at 2020 3rd Street S.E. in Mandan. Phone: 701-222-4222.

LIFE EXPRESSIONS FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC Mandy Dietz, owner, in their new location at 4207 Boulder Ridge Road, Suite 175 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-391-4015. Member.

EDWARD JONES FINANCIAL Bob Albrecht, Financial Advisor, in their new location at 4207 Boulder Ridge, Suite 150 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-258-2459. 36 | Chamber Connection

ASIAN GOURMET MARKET Ruby in her new business located at 220 West Front in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-7464.

USI INSURANCE SERVICES Dan Werner, Senior Sales Executive, in their new location at 4207 Boulder Ridge, Suite 225 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-989-7674. Member.

AFLAC INSURANCE Carrie Palczewski, Regional Sales Coordinator, in their new location at 4207 Boulder Ridge, Suite 140 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-258-6040. Member.

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CAN CLEAN Dave Bender, owner, of his new business. A home-based business in Bismarck. Phone: 701-226-2264. Member.

ADVANCED FLEET SERVICES Terry Steckler President, along with Travis, Diane & Dustin in their new location at 1202 Burlington Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 701-250-5114. Member.

HOLIDAY INN Lara Loritz, Vince & Joseph Dora at their new business on 3903 State Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-8250. Member.

PULSE USA Byron Lannoye, General Manager, in their new location at 2002 Northern Plains Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 701-530-0734. Member.

RE/MAX CAPITAL Beth Posey & Terry Chavez in their new location at 1501 Mapleton Ave, Suite 3 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-390-9343. Member.

CONSOLIDATED CONSTRUCTION Chris Sievert, Project Director, in their new location at 1355 Airport Road in Bismarck. Phone: 701-816-8128. Member. 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

Larson Engineering, Inc. 1655 N. Grandview Lane Suite 202 Bismarck, ND Dale Johnson 701-751-3949 Design of developments, structures, curtain walls, residential, commercial and industrial properties, railroads, water, waste-water and oil & gas facilities. Elanco 18211 Hwy 1804 Baldwin, ND Kenton Carlson (605) 237-1624 Elanco provides comprehensive products and knowledge services to improve animal health and foodanimal production in more than 70 countries around the world. Dakota Fluid Power 2001 Twin City Dr. Mandan, ND Scott McElhone (701) 663-9878 Dakota Fluid Power is your complete source for Fluid Power solutions. At DFP, we will provide you with innovative products, technical expertise and a wellstocked inventory. Ahern Rentals 3015 Memorial Highway Mandan, ND Steve Symington (701) 663-2662 Specializing in all sizes of aerial equipment - scissor lifts and boom lifts, plus a full line of reach forklifts. We also rent a wide array of general rental equipment. North Dakota Museum of Art 261 Centennial Dr. Stop 7305 Grand Forks, ND Laurel Reuter (701) 777-4195 The North Dakota Museum of Art, by legislative act, serves as the official art museum of the State of North Dakota. 38 | Chamber Connection

Exercise Equipment Center 1501 Mapleton Ave Bismarck, ND Sue Blair (701) 751-7466 Exercise Equipment Center is Bismarck’s premier fitness retailer with 29 years of experience in residential and commercial sales. Offering the best in fitness equipment, service and repair. Belcastle Management Company 119 Irvine Loop Bismarck, ND Maryse Mathieu (701) 223-6580 Belcastle Management owns and operates multiple different rental properties and provides many different options to fit everyone’s needs. Pacific Sound & Video 2306 Clydesdale Dr. Bismarck, ND Jamie Stephens (701) 258-1032 Retail audio and video. Energy Transfer / Dakota Access Pipeline Bismarck, ND Tammy Ibach (701) 400-9482 Energy & Environment Shogun Sushi, Hibachi & Thai 2700 State Street, Ste H1 Bismarck, ND Nancy (701) 250-9888 Shogun Sushi, Hibachi and Thai serves authentic Japanese food, main dishes include sushi, sashimi, hibachi, Japanese noodles and Thai food.


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