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Connection SEPTEMBER 2021


The Changing Energy Landscape



Valerie Weigel ................................................................... Chair Kevin Strege ...............................................................Vice-Chair Wendy Van Duyne ........................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Brian Eiseman ............................................................ Past Chair


Evan Anderson ...........................................................Gizmonics Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Andrea Birst ...............................................Glance Spa & Salon Nathan Boehm ....................................................Morton County Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Amber Larson.....................................................City of Mandan Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Becky Matthews ................................................Burleigh County Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Dr. Sara Weigel Ness ..............................Active Life Chiropractic Marnie Piehl ................................North Dakota Safety Council Mike Remboldt ................................................................HIT Inc. Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ......................................Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs Garret Senger ...............................Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Kevin Strege ................................................Credit Foundations Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Valerie Weigel .......................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank


Brian Ritter ...................................................................President Nate Brown......................................................Sales Coordinator Aasta Eggert .......Economic Development Marketing Specialist Ross Frohlich ............................................Membership Director Christine Nelson ....................................Event & Sales Manager Rebecca Pelkey .................................Communications Specialist Elliot Rust ................................................Chief Financial Officer Lyndsey Scheurer .........................Creative Marketing Specialist Nathan Schneider ................................................Vice President Josie Smyle ..................................................Events Coordinator Cathryn Sprynczynatyk .....................Communications Specialist

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think it goes without saying that I enjoy every edition of the Connection, but I think you’re really going to enjoy this one. You see, when I’m not carrying out my duties as the 2021 Chamber EDC Board Chair, I serve as the Director of Asset Management and Commodity Strategy for Basin Electric Power Cooperative. That position gives me a front row seat to all that’s happening in our State’s energy industry and you’ll see how just how that industry is changing in this month’s Connection. Like a lot of you, I grew up right here in Bismarck-Mandan. So I know plenty of people who got up every morning, got in a carpool and went off to work at a mine or coal plant driving a front-end loader, working as a boilermaker or overseeing operations working towards providing reliable energy to our region. Those folks along with those who worked for related subcontractors, suppliers or companies like Basin Electric Power Cooperator and Montana Dakota Utilities have all played a huge role in what is one of our State’s biggest industries. And they still do, but that industry is changing. Fortunately, companies like those I just mentioned and many more have taken note of the changing environmental landscape and are making significant investments that will allow all of them to continue generating power well into the future. What’s more is that those investments continue a long tradition of our State’s power providers doing so in a way that’s environmentally responsible. North Dakotans have a long history of making a living off the land that we live on whether that’s through energy, agriculture or something else entirely. To do so in a way that’s respectful and responsible is not only the goal, but the expectation. Now, to tie all of that back to my example of folks in Bismarck-Mandan hopping in a carpool and heading off to work at a coal mine or a power plant. Those folks are our friends, families and neighbors and the wages that they earned working elsewhere so often came right to Bismarck-Mandan. Those wages were then spent in our community’s stores, restaurants and more thus making it one of Bismarck-Mandan’s most important economic sectors. That’s why we’re dedicating this month’s Connection to the energy industry and how it’s changing for the better. Unrelated to all of that, we’re heading into a very busy time of the year for the Chamber EDC. We just wrapped up our Sporting Clay Shootout and now we’re looking ahead to a Fall full of events such as: Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan, the Workforce Development Summit and State of the Cities. You can find more information on all of those events by reading the Chamber EDC Link each week or heading to our website at I look forward to seeing you all there and thank you for your continued support of the Chamber EDC!

Valerie Weigel Chamber EDC Board Chair @bismancedc

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The lignite coal plants and mines operating in the “power belt” of western North Dakota provide thousands of critical, high-paying jobs that are the lifeblood for many in small towns and larger cities, while fueling the state’s economic engine and providing services consumers need. Lignite production also helps fund improvements that make the industry itself better for the planet in the long run. Three ongoing projects in western North Dakota demonstrate the strides the lignite industry is making in producing a cleaner product and addressing greenhouse gas concerns, while keeping a commitment to employees and their communities:

• Rainbow Energy Marketing Corp. recently agreed to purchase, pending approval, Coal Creek Station at Underwood. Great River Energy (GRE) was either going to sell or close the plant. With approval, 660 jobs between the plant and Falkirk Mine were saved. • Minnkota Power’s Project Tundra will take 90 percent of the carbon emissions from either generator at the Milton R. Young plant at Center and permanently store them in the ground. Carbon capture is front and center within the industry. • Montana-Dakota Utilities’ (MDU) Heskett Plant at Mandan is slated to be retired to convert coal generating units to natural gas. While losing a lignite plant is a blow, some existing workers are being trained in operating gas turbines, thus saving jobs. These are examples of how the coal energy industry is staying relevant in an ever-changing world, said Lignite Energy Council President Jason Bohrer. “What Project Tundra and Coal Creek indicate is there is a future in coal that is there for the taking for those people who have the flexibility and vision to think a little differently.”

Project Tundra will take compressed CO2 and inject it through wells into storage layers between impermeable rock above and below, permanently sealing it in the ground.

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CONNECTION | FEATURE Rainbow Energy Marketing Corp. recently agreed to purchase Coal Creek Station from Great River Energy. With approval of the sale, 660 jobs between the plant and Falkirk Mine would be saved.

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Bohrer said GRE’s upgrades to Coal Creek in recent years, including the groundwork for carbon capture sequestration, made it attractive to Rainbow Energy. “Part of having a viable business model means recognizing how important carbon capture is to keep the plant operating,” said Stacy Tschider, President of Rainbow Energy Marketing Corp. “Coal is one of the most abundant resources. I don’t want to stay status quo with coal, so we need to move to improving coal and that’s through carbon capture utilization and storage.” Representatives from Red Trail Energy in Richardton recently asked state regulators for a permit allowing the plant to store captured carbon dioxide (CO2) underground. It was the first such hearing in the state, but others for projects like those at Coal Creek and Milton R. Young may soon follow. “GRE did some forward-thinking things over the years,” Bohrer said. “They took (Coal Creek) as far as they could. They laid the groundwork for someone else to come in and develop that technology. Because they operated that plant so efficiently and cleanly and forward-looking, they were able to find a buyer to step in and take the baton.”

“This project had to be a win-win for everyone, including Minnesota,” Tschider added. “When I heard the plant was shutting down it was devastating. Rainbow Energy Marketing has bought energy from the plant for years, but then I started thinking about the greater impact closing the plant would have. This plant is important for the people, the communities and for the state.” Bohrer said if Coal Creek had simply closed, the impact would have been felt far beyond nearby Underwood and Washburn. According to Bohrer, 40 percent of the plant and mine’s 750 workers commute from Bismarck-Mandan. “You take 350 jobs averaging in the $80,000 a year range ... that disappear from this community. That’s a huge hit,” he said. Tschider said the Lignite Energy Council puts the economic impact of Coal Creek at $1.5 billion for the state. “Great River Energy and North American Coal have been tremendous partners throughout this whole process. They have been committed to keeping jobs at the plant and at the mine,” Tschider noted. “We wouldn’t be where we are without their support and the legacies they have built in the surrounding communities.”

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The Milton R. Young plant and mine have been producing power for North Dakota and Minnesota, along with creating jobs, since 1970. As the energy landscape continues to evolve, Minnkota Power is preparing for a carbon-managed future.

Minnkota Power’s Project Tundra will take 90 percent of the carbon emissions from either generator at the Milton R. Young plant at Center and permanently store them in the ground.

Stacey Dahl, Senior Manager of External Affairs for Minnkota Power, says Project Tundra will achieve the goals of carbon capture. “We’re wrapping up the last stage of the engineering, the very comprehensive and complete process of designing the facility. From that, you can get the final cost estimate,” Dahl said. “The final step from there is to go find the investment and see if we can take that project to construction.” Project Tundra will take compressed CO2 and inject it through wells into storage layers between impermeable rock above and below, permanently sealing it in the ground. Dahl commended the state of North Dakota for its business-friendly environment, which supports the completion of these types of projects. Also important to Project Tundra is the hundreds of jobs and the reliability that coal-powered electricity provides. Dahl said the Milton R. Young station and attached mine employs 360 people. During Project Tundra construction, estimated to take three to four years, an additional 600 temporary construction jobs would be added. “If built, the carbon capture facility would not only preserve the 360 jobs, it also would add about 30 to 40 positions for operations and maintenance,” Dahl said. “At the end of the day, (coal) is a very valuable resource for our membership. It’s stable, it’s reliable and we can reasonably predict the cost for that facility,” Dahl continued. “The outstanding issue with coal is CO2 emissions. If we can manage those emissions with this project, it really is a win-win.”

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LONESOME CREEK STATION UNIT 6 ACHIEVES FIRST FIRE By Angela Magstadt, Basin Electric Power Cooperative In 2020, Basin Electric directors authorized a sixth natural gas generation unit to be added to the Lonesome Creek Station near Watford City, North Dakota. The decision was made to help support members’ rapid load growth and improve reliability. This growth has been projected to grow at more than twice the rate of the rest of the United States and has been for the past several years.

Montana-Dakota Utilities’ Heskett Plant at Mandan is slated to be retired to convert coal generating units to natural gas.


While MDU’s transition of the Heskett plant from lignite to natural gas turbines is not great news for the lignite industry, residual effects do show the commitment the industry has to its employees. “MDU is one of our (Lignite Energy Council) members and they are very dedicated to their workforce,” Bohrer said. “It does demonstrate the commitment the lignite industry has to its employees.” MDU spokesman Mark Hanson said some of the current workers at the plant will operate the new gas turbines when Heskett 4 is completed in the first quarter of 2023. “When the plant shuts down at the end of March, there will be seven full-time employees on site to operate the natural gas units. MDU also has seven employees who accepted other jobs within the company and will move into those roles once the coal units are retired. Anybody who applied for one of those deferred jobs were all placed,” Hanson said. Others within the plant will support Heskett 4 construction or the demolition of the coal plant.


While the future of lignite-produced energy will look a little different, it remains bright, Bohrer said. “Beyond the traditional approach, we continue to look at other emerging markets like critical minerals (rare earth elements) mining that you use in phones and electronics,” he said. “That’s a big deal for this country and it can be a big deal for the industry. We’re in the early stages to figure out how easily it can be integrated in a mine and a power plant.”

Construction began September 2020 and went as scheduled for the most part, even throughout the COVID-19 global pandemic. Some equipment was shipped from areas as far as Hungary. The turbine alone weighs approximately 105,000 pounds, is roughly 30 feet long, 14 feet wide and nearly 15 feet tall. The project came together relatively quickly, since when units 4 and 5 were constructed in 2015 and 2016, provisions were put in place to easily add a sixth unit. However, a project of this size, while a pretty straightforward build for the most part, still required a great deal of collaboration. “There is a lot more to this project than meets the eye,” says Trenton Schwahn, Basin Electric senior electrical engineer and Lonesome Creek Station Unit 6 project coordinator. “Almost every team at Basin Electric has worked on this project.” Lonesome Creek Station Unit 6 achieved first fire on Aug. 2. First fire means natural gas flowed into the gas turbine and was ignited for the first time. Lonesome Creek Station Unit 6 is adjacent to five existing turbines at the site. Once the 45-megawatt (MW) unit is online, which is planned in late-August, the plant’s total generation capacity will be 270 megawatts. One megawatt hour is enough electricity to power 800 homes for one hour.

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BISMARCK PLUGS THE GAP ON ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Bismarck has plugged the gap for rapid charging of electric vehicles in central North Dakota. In July, the City of Bismarck installed two, publicly available, Level 3 fast electric vehicle charging stations. The two charging stations are at the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau and Bismarck Airport.

In July, the City of Bismarck installed two, publicly available, Level 3 fast electric vehicle charging stations. This charging station is at the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“This really helps pivot and makes Bismarck attractive to a 21st century workforce and benefits tourism in our community,” said Bismarck City Planner Will Hutchings. While Bismarck previously had lower-rated charging stations, the Level 3 charging stations are the fastest way to charge an electric vehicle. Level 3 stations charge a vehicle in 30-45 minutes. A Level 2 station takes 3-4 hours, and a Level 1 charger takes a full day. Last year, Tesla installed Level 3 chargers in Pinehurst Square shopping center, but those are limited to Tesla vehicles. “The charging stations help make our community a destination and help stimulate economic growth,” said Sheri Grossman, CEO of Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau. “It’s always nice for us to have new offerings for visitors. Even if they’re just passing through this time, we have the opportunity to convince them to come back and plan a longer visit next time.” Previously, travelers were known to avoid driving across North Dakota due to its lack of charging stations. When combined with existing charging stations in the state, the addition of these Level 3 chargers makes electric vehicle travel across North Dakota is possible. “Our location in central North Dakota makes these beneficial not only to Bismarck tourism but also the greater state,” Hutchings said. “It will make electric vehicle travel and ownership more viable.” The fast-charging stations are manufactured and supported by ChargePoint, Inc. and accessed using the ChargePoint app. The initial charging rates established at these stations is a $5.00 connection fee and $.25 per kWh used.

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The two charging locations were chosen to provide ease of access for both residents and visitors. Bismarck Airport provides an opportunity for car rental agencies to add more electric vehicles to their inventory. Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau is located next to Interstate 94 and near coffee shops, dining, and shopping.

CONNECTION | FEATURE Photo Credit: Krista Rausch/Capital Electric Cooperative

The initial charging rates established at these stations is a $5.00 connection fee and $.25 per kWh used.

“While people are charging their car, they can come inside and we can help educate them on the many things they can do here,” Grossman said. “It’s a great way to tell them about all the interesting and culturally rich places our region has to offer.” Money for the chargers came from a 2016 settlement between Volkswagen and the United States government. The settlement was due to Volkswagen tampering with emission controls which caused diesel engines nitrogen oxide (NOx) output to exceed U.S. standards without detection. North Dakota was awarded $8 million, and the funds were administered by the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality.

“This project marks a significant milestone in the development of effective and efficient connectivity in transportation while sustaining a healthy environment. I’m delighted to see Bismarck leading the future in transportation with projects like these. Bismarck marks the spot to connect people, infrastructure and economic opportunity.” Hutchings said he was “blown away” by usage of the charging station at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Even before it was publicly announced, the charging station was being used as soon as it was hooked up to the network. Within the first few weeks, Hutchings said there have been 28 unique users, almost two per day.

“We thought adoption to this would be quite slow, but once we built it, they really did come,” Hutchings said. Hutchings said electric vehicles comprised 3.39 percent of vehicle sales in 2020. The Edison Foundation: Institute for Electric Innovation predicts that electric vehicles will make up nearly 30 percent of sales by 2030. “This helps make sure the city is recognizing the trends and preparing for what is coming down the road into the future,” Hutchings said. “Pun intended.”

In the application, Hutchings had to determine the impact of two Level 3 charging stations in Bismarck. Hutchings calculated that over the life of these chargers, they are estimated to reduce NOx emissions by 11.46 tons. “The Volkswagen settlement disbursement really helps bring North Dakota up to the level of other states in terms of EV charging infrastructure,” Hutchings said. “In some ways even better than some of our neighboring states.” Originally, City of Bismarck applied for funding of three electric vehicle charging stations. The third station was proposed at Bis-Man Transit Center. However, that location would have been more costly to accommodate 480-volt service. The charging stations operate on a 60-amp or higher breaker on a 480-volt or higher three-phase circuit with special grounding equipment. “The installation of two, Level 3 electric vehicle fast charging stations is exciting because it makes access to charging stations more readily available for residents and visitors,” said Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken.

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Rocky Gordon & Company has been a member since 1991.

Jeremy Petron ROCKY GORDON & COMPANY Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: ​My name is Jeremy Petron. I’m Vice President of Rocky Gordon & Company. I’ve been with the company for two years and involved in the property management industry managing residential and commercial properties for 16 years.

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MEMBER SINCE 1991 Briefly tell us the history behind Rocky Gordon & Company. A: Rocky Gordon & Company was founded in Bismarck by Rocky Gordon in 1986. We specialize in managing apartment residential buildings and commercial property management. Over the years, the company has expanded and diversified in managing cold storage facilities, parking ramps, condo associations, and mobile home parks. Rocky retired in December 2020, and our seasoned staff is continuing the operations and keeping the business going to serve our community.

CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Rocky Gordon & Company? A: The growth of Bismarck-Mandan has helped create opportunity for our company to expand our management services. We do third-party management for local and outside investors, individual owners, partnerships, property ownership companies, and REITs. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: The trends in our industry are affected by cycles of supply and demand in housing and commercial office space. There was a big boom of building occurring in the last decade. A lot of new apartment complexes started offering an array of amenities including community room clubhouses, recreation areas, workout facilities, and pools. Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: With the trends of remote working, we are seeing businesses downsizing office space. However, there are still a lot of businesses that need a store-front presence or office location for customers and clients. What does the future of Rocky Gordon & Company look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: We look for the right fits to expand our business and where we can serve in the community. We offer the local expertise to manage residential apartment buildings, commercial office space, and storage facilities. As the new paradigm of remote working shakes out, certain industries may find that productivity is improved with at least some in-person interaction and collaboration, or a hybrid approach. That will mean office and commercial space will still be in demand over time and a need for managing those commercial buildings and spaces. Rocky Gordon & Company became members in 1991, why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber EDC is a great collaborative organization. Being a member affords the opportunity to network with other businesses and industries in our community. The Chamber EDC works tirelessly to advocate for the best interests of well-rounded development in our community, and the staff are always friendly and help point you in the right direction to find the answers to your questions. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Rocky Gordon & Company that may assist them? A: We manage a variety of residential apartment properties that can fit nearly any budget and affordable options. We also manage several commercial office buildings downtown and throughout Bismarck. Give us a call if you are looking for professional management for your property, or are looking for a new apartment home or office location.

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BSC & BPS PARTNER ON POLYTECHNIC Recently, Bismarck State College (BSC) announced a change in mission that would see it become North Dakota’s first and only polytechnic institution. However, one question soon followed. What is a polytechnic institution? A polytechnic institution can loosely be defined as a university or college dedicated to the instruction of various technical arts and applied sciences. However, for most Bismarck-Mandan residents, that doesn’t help answer the question. “As North Dakota’s Polytechnic Institution, Bismarck State College provides industry-responsive education to individuals seeking skills for employment or professional growth,” BSC Polytechnic Programs Outreach Director Alicia Uhde says. “We collaborate with business and industry leaders to develop curriculum and programs that impact the emerging economy. We connect talent to opportunity and create an avenue for employees and employers to be successful together.”

With that in mind, BSC leaders went to work on identifying opportunities and partnerships where students could begin to advance education and skills at their own pace through college credits earned in high school; industry specific certificates; associate degrees and bachelor of applied science degrees. One such opportunity was identified with BSC’s Cybersecurity program. “I certainly believe that our partnership with Bismarck State College has greatly benefited Bismarck Public School students over the years by allowing them to earn credits toward post-secondary certifications and degrees in Career and Technical Education pathways while still in high school. This has been evident in the success of our Electronics Articulation and Med Terminology dual credit programs, to name a few. It is a win/win for students to be able to learn at their pace and receive post-secondary and industry recognized micro-credentials.” said Dale Hoerauf, Director of the Bismarck Public Schools Career Academy. In partnership with K-12, BSC developed a Mobile App Development certificate and a Cybersecurity Fundamentals certificate. Both programs are available to any student as early as their sophomore, junior or senior year of high school. Regardless of a student’s age, earning a Cybersecurity Fundamentals or Mobile App Development certificate is the first step towards a cybersecurity-related career. Each certificate can then be ‘stacked’ on top of other credentials to advance skills and education that can result in an associate or bachelor’s degree once enough credits are earned. In addition to cybersecurity, this education model can be duplicated in other academic program areas. “As the costs and debt associated with higher education continues to be prohibitive for many students and their families, providing college credit career and technical education (CTE) in high school provides a gateway to higher paying jobs, especially with companies actively looking to fill highly skilled positions,” Uhde says. “These CTE certifications are hands-on education that not only provide highly technical skills but also improve teamwork, problem solving, and communication skills in students.” BSC’s evolution into the State’s only polytechnic institution is just one way Bismarck-Mandan’s higher education institutions are working with the business community to develop talent to fill our community’s more than 3,000 open jobs. For more information, visit the BSC website at

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JOIN CHAMBER EDC IN CELEBRATING BISMARCK-MANDAN’S FINEST! The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC invites our members and the community to this year’s Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony! Join us on Wednesday, September 22nd from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. Mark your calendar and help us in congratulating and honoring this year’s amazing nominees and winners as they come together on one stage! At this year’s event, we will honor nominee’s as well as announce winners in the following categories: • • • • • •

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The cost to attend is $40 for Chamber EDC Members and $50 for General Admission. Registration is available online at, For more information, please contact Josie Smyle at, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660. THANK YOU SPONSORS!

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Employers, educators, professionals, etc. are encouraged to attend the 2021 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Workforce Summit on Thursday, October 21st at the Radisson Hotel from 8:30am to 11:30am. This event will feature an expanded selection of workshops to provide attendees with insight into various workforce opportunities and ideas for the workplace!

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The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC invites their members AND the community to their annual appreciation picnic at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory, located at 4200 Miriam Ave in Bismarck, on Friday, September 10th, from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Join us in saying thank you to the men and women who not only serve or have served our country, but also to our community’s first responders and healthcare workers!

Did you know the CEDC has over 1,200 members and one of the best ways to reach them is by participating in our events and programs?

The Chamber EDC’s Military Affairs Committee works each year with the North Dakota National Guard in hosting this significant event for the community to come together at the Armory and show their gratitude for our local veteran, active duty, and reserve military personnel, as well as our local first responders and healthcare workers. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy a delicious Cloverdale brat grilled up with all the fixin’s as well as some great company as we thank those who have done so much for our community and our country! If you have any questions, or would like to RSVP, please contact Josie Smyle at, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660. This special event would not be possible without the following military supporters and Chamber EDC members: Presenting Sponsor: Lunch Sponsors:

Whether it is Annual Dinner, Golf, Lemonade Day, Sporting Clays, or any of the other new events-there are many options! During the next 16 weeks, the CEDC will take the time to introduce our membership family to the value of their membership and how to MAXIMIZE the benefits! Renewing sponsors have the right of first refusal for their sponsorships from the previous year this is what we call the “renewal period”. The 2021 renewal period will begin on August 2nd and end on September 3rd. Starting on September 7th, all sponsorships that have not been renewed will be available for all members. Don’t miss out and return all renewal contracts by Friday, September 3rd to secure your sponsorships! Keep an eye out for your renewal contacts and let us know if you do not receive them. SAVE THE DATES!

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If your organization is interested in sponsoring an event-take this opportunity to get involved! Questions? Contact Nate Brown at or 701-223-5660. *No first right of refusal for monthly Membership Mixers.

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Date: Friday, September 10, 2021 Location: Raymond J. Bohn Armory 4200 Miriam Ave, Bismarck Time: 11:30AM - 1:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Presented By: The Chamber EDC invites the community to the annual Brats with the Brave appreciation picnic for the military, first responders, and healthcare workers! Show your support by joining us to have lunch with not only the military men and women who bravely serve or have served our country, but also our community’s first responders and healthcare workers. Come for some delicious Cloverdale brats and all the fixin’s, Friday, September 10th, at RJ Bohn Armory from 11:30am – 1:30pm, or until we run out! If you have any questions or would like to RSVP, please contact Josie Smyle at, or call the Chamber EDC’s office at 701-223-5660.

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SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 9:00AM - 10:00AM Admission: Free to Attend Presented By:

Business Development Series (BDS) is back and in full force! On Tuesday, September 21st from 9:00am to 10:00am, the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and Capital Credit Union will be hosting the Business Development Series: “Situational Awareness in the Workplace.” Come and learn how to keep employees safe at work and how to trust your environment and gut feelings. The September BDS Series is FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at https://business. or by contacting Christine Nelson at


CELEBRATE BISMARCK- MEMBERSHIP MIXER: MANDAN CENTURY 21 Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 MORRISON REALTY Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM Admission: $40 for Chamber EDC members $50 for General Admission Presented By:

On Wednesday, September 22nd, the Chamber EDC and its Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Committee will recognize local businesses and their leaders for their accomplishments within the community! Join us as we honor those who have been nominated and will be announced as winners in the following categories: • • • • • •

Outstanding Teachers of the Year New Entrepreneur of the Year Young Entrepreneur of the Year Golden Eagle Award Ambassador of the Year Granite Award

Come along as we recognize our outstanding businesspeople throughout Bismarck-Mandan on Wednesday, September 22nd from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center.

Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 Location: Century 21 Morrison Realty 1142 W. Turnpike Ave, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Mark your calendar for this month’s membership mixer! On Thursday, September 30th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Century 21 Morrison Realty will be hosting the September Membership Mixer at their location at 1142 W. Turnpike Ave in Bismarck. Join fellow Chamber EDC members for this Membership Mixer while we enjoy catering by Lady J’s with refreshments and some business after hours. This fun event will also be giving away a wide variety of door prizes to attendees in the form of gift baskets! Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and bringing colleagues from your workplace! RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at https://business.bismarckmandan. com/events or by contacting Josie Smyle at jsmyle@

Cost to attend is $40 for Chamber EDC members and $50 for General Admission. If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact Josie Smyle at, or call 701-2235660, for more information!

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MEMBERSHIP MIXER: STARION BANK Date: Thursday, October 14, 2021 Location: Starion Bank 333 N 4th Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Save the date for the October Membership Mixer! On Thursday, October 14th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, join Starion Bank as they host the October Membership Mixer at their location at 333 N 4th Street in Bismarck. Join fellow Chamber EDC member while we enjoy food, refreshments from an open bar, along with some business after hours. This event is a great way to get out and about for networking and get the chance to win some great door prizes! Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made by registering online at or by contacting Josie Smyle at

WORKFORCE SUMMIT Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 Location: Radisson Hotel 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck Time: 8:30AM - 11:30AM Admission: $35 for Chamber EDC members $50 for General Admission Presented By:

The 2021 Workforce Summit will provide the area with much opportunity to access different resources regarding workforce trends, current issues in the workplace, and methods to integrate into one’s workforce programs. The Chamber EDC encourages employers, educators, and professionals to attend the 2021 Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Workforce Summit on Thursday, October 21st, to gain insight on workforce issues businesses face each day and find solutions to such issues from leaders within their industry. Join Opening Keynote: Rikka Brandon, the Brandon Group LLC, as she speaks on “The Recruiting Blueprint.” She will provide a break down on: • Scarcity – Settling – Setback • Your Ideal Hire Profile • How to Supercharge Your Job Postings • How to Get the Word Out + Go Beyond Just Posting the Job For more information, contact Nathan Schneider,, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660. Registration can be done at

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STATE OF THE CITIES Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Location: Baymont Inn & Suites 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan Time: 7:00AM - 9:00AM Admission: $30 for Chamber EDC members $40 for General Admission Presented By:

Join Mandan Mayor, Time Helbling, and Bismarck Mayor, Steve Bakken, for the 2021 State of the Cities event on Wednesday, September 10th at the Baymont Inn & Suites in Mandan from 7:00am to 9:00am. On this morning, participants will gain insight from both Mandan and Bismarck mayors on the successes and challenges each city faced throughout 2021. Attendee’s will also hear about what can be expected in BismarckMandan in the upcoming years. This informative, networking event is a must for anyone wanting to be “in the know” about where we live, work, and play! Cost to attend is $30 (Virtual & In-Person) for Chamber EDC members and $40 (Virtual & In-Person) for General Admission. For more information, contact Josie Smyle at, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660.


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The award-winning content and crew remain the same, but the name and look have changed. Midco Sports Network® will now be known as Midco Sports™. “Midco Sports™ is more than a TV network – it’s a full sports watching and following experience,” said Jeannie Thurston, Midco’s Senior Director of Creative Services. “It’s truly a part of Midco® and our entire brand.” Midco Sports™ color palette also looks different. Orange and complementing tones within a pattern harmonize its new look. “Midco Sports™ stands out from the rest already with our high-quality regional sports coverage, and it’s time to make sure that people know that we’re different from other regional channels out there,” said Craig DeWit, Midco Sports General Manager. “The new look and feel will do just that. The team is excited to see it in action during games, shows and on Midco Sports Plus.”

GATEWAY TO SCIENCE ANNOUNCES NAME CHANGE Gateway to Science, North Dakota’s hands-on science center, announced a name change to “North Dakota’s Gateway to Science.” The Board of Directors has made this change in recognition of the support received from the State of North Dakota, and from individuals and businesses throughout the state. “Updating our name to include North Dakota reflects the statewide nature of our mission and impact,” said Beth Demke, Executive Director. “Our interactive gallery is located in Bismarck, where we host visitors from all across the state. We also serve students and families through our mobile program that brings our unique, hands-on STEM programming to North Dakota schools and communities.” In order to expand the capacity of North Dakota’s Gateway to Science (NDGTS) to serve the entire state, a new 43,000 square foot facility is being constructed on Canary Avenue, across the street from the MDU Resources Community Bowl. A project of this size and scope requires the commitment of many dedicated partners. Northwest Contracting has resumed construction of the building designed by JLG Architects. Science Museum of Minnesota has designed one-of-a-kind hands-on exhibits that tell the story of innovation and opportunity in North Dakota with experiences focused on energy, agriculture, health care, transportation, and more. Bismarck Industries and Bank of North Dakota have helped NDGTS explore financing options to realize the full vision of the project. North Dakota’s Gateway to Science will be able expand its current programming with the larger facility, both onsite and as the headquarters for its statewide outreach program. • The science center will include 13,700 square feet of gallery space, or 5 1/2 times more room for exhibits than the current gallery. • The facility also has an education wing including a laboratory classroom, and indoor and outdoor learning space. • More than 3,500 square feet of deck space wraps around the science center’s south exhibits gallery, looking south and west over the Missouri River. • The second floor holds the 7,800-square-foot innovation space, fostering an environment that helps build 21st century skills, such as collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, which are important in the classroom, the workplace, and the public sphere.

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The new science center is expected to open by the end of 2022.


STARION BANK DONATES FUNDING & ARTWORK TO BISMARCK CANCER CENTER Starion Bank announced that it has pledged $250,000 to the Bismarck Cancer Center expansion campaign. The Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign will help the Bismarck Cancer Center renovate the existing facility and add a second floor. The new area will include additional exam rooms, family counseling rooms, treatment equipment, and a more comfortable, welcoming space for families to await their appointments. Starion Bank is proud to support the people and organizations who provide necessary and compassionate health care services in our communities. Expanding the Bismarck Cancer Center helps our region prepare to handle the unfortunate yet growing need for cancer treatments. With these expansions, the Center will be able to treat more people in less time, ultimately saving more lives, providing more hope, and impacting our community even more than it already has.


With sponsorship and support from Dakota Community Bank and Trust and the Central Regional Area Career and Technology Center (CRACTC), a mobile meats lab was unveiled on Thursday, August 12, 2021. As a member of the CRACTC, Mandan Public School students enrolled in the Agricultural program will deepen their understanding of processing meat and poultry along with food safety requirements. Mandan Public Schools is grateful for the partnership with Dakota Community Bank and the Central Regional Area Career and Technology Center. Their leadership in the procurement and management of the mobile meats lab will significantly benefit our students. The lab is scheduled to be at MPS from mid-October to mid-November.

“The Bismarck Cancer Center is such an important organization in our community,” says Lee Weisbeck, Bismarck-Mandan Market President. “It’s a place of hope for individuals and their families who are fighting battles with cancer. The Center delivers the highest quality radiation treatments to people within Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding region. Those treatments have improved the quality of life and length of life for so many individuals. The work from the Cancer Center's staff is invaluable.” Bismarck Cancer Center visitors may see a familiar name on the new art hanging in the waiting area. Shelley Larson, Starion Bank family owner and well-known local artist, is assisting in decorating the new space by curating a rotating collection of her original paintings. The artwork inspires courage, strength, endurance, and hope in patients and their families. Craig Larson, Starion Bank CEO and Board Chairman, says the decision to donate was easy. “Donating to the Healing for Today, Building Hope for Tomorrow Capital Campaign was an instant and unanimous yes from our entire team. The Bismarck Cancer Center is changing and impacting lives within our community every day, and we are proud to be able to support a cause such as this.”

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If you want to welcome trick-or- treaters and also support a good community cause, visit the Halloween store in the upper level of the Seeds of Hope Thrift and Gift Store at 520 E. Main Ave in Bismarck

The University of Mary has been awarded two fully-funded grants from the Office of Indian Education’s (OIE) Professional Development Program worth $2.88 million over the next five years starting this fall semester 2021. The first grant goes towards scholarships for Native American’s wanting a bachelor’s degree in teacher education or special education completed in a fast track of three years. The second grant is scholarship money for Native American graduate students wanting to enter University of Mary’s online master’s of education (MEd) program.

Seeds of Hope is owned and operated by the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC). “We have a wide variety of Halloween, Thanksgiving, and fall decorations and props not found in other stores,” said Lisa Ternes, store manager. 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. The store’s normal hours are 10:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Saturday. To contact the Seeds of Hope, call 701-222-8895.

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This is the third time the University of Mary has received the grant, but the first time they’ve received the full amount possible from the federal government. “We’re so excited, humbled, and honored to receive this scholarship funding again that has proven in the past to significantly benefit our Native American population,” said Dr. Carmelita Lamb, associate dean of the Liffrig Family School of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Mary. “Since this grant was just recently announced and only a few weeks before the start of the new school year, we need Native American students who just graduated from high school and are interested in these education programs we offer, to apply immediately to see if they qualify for the scholarship and then enroll. United Tribes Technical College is a key partner in these awards, thus UTTC bachelor’s degree graduates receive first priority for the scholarship if they enroll in Mary’s online MEd program to learn and to be trained as K through 12 administrators and special education strategists. “The University of Mary is very proud of the partnership with our tribal members in the Northern Plains area,” added Lamb. “The benefits to all children in K through 12 is evident by the scholarship of these Native educators. We look forward to continuing our efforts to bring more Native American educators and administrators into our school systems across North and South Dakota.” Lamb says, so far, the grants awarded to the University of Mary over the past years have benefited 110 Native American students, representing an 85 percent completion rate for the program. Grant dollars by the year include $800,000 the first year (2021-2022), $800,000 in year two (2022-2023), $800,000 in year three (2023-2024), $240,000, year four (2024-2025), and $240,000 the final year (20225-2026).



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function from the many causes of dizziness and balance problems which include inner ear disorders, stroke, vascular insufficiency, age-related multi-sensory deficits, and head trauma. In a properly functioning system, the right and left vestibular organs (located in the inner ear) work together in a push-pull fashion. To maintain equilibrium, it is essential these two organs maintain an equal amount of activity (push-pull). If a change in the function of one of these organs occurs, we experience a turning or spinning motion called dizziness or vertigo. This situation can be treated effectively by a physical therapist using a gentle particle repositioning maneuver. When it comes to balance, not all individuals with balance problems have dizziness or vertigo. Treatment may consist of a combination of strengthening exercises and strategies to improve mobility, including walking pattern modifications and/or walking on uneven surfaces. A customized program will be developed for the individual based on test results and situations that provoke symptoms and there is no referral needed to access quality physical therapy. See your Movement Specialist today by calling 701-751-3064.


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Q: HOW CAN I USE FUN TO LEAVE Q: WHAT ARE AN EMPLOYER’S AN IMPRESSION ON CLIENTS RESPONSIBILITIES FOR VISITING FROM OUT-OF-TOWN? WORKER COMPENSATION COVERAGE? A: One guiding principal we preach at the Larks is to “exceed expectations” in the A: With a few exceptions, North Dakota’s moments people least expect. This creates a WOW factor and something people will remember and talk about. For example, one small but FUN thing we do to WOW the away team players and coaches is we leave a “snack pack” in their hotel room upon arrival. Just think - do the away players expect to walk into their room on the road and have a have a Red Bull, Dots Pretzels, and a Bismarck/ Mandan travel guide waiting for them? No! This lasting impression might make its way back to their campuses in the Fall and could lead to some new recruits for the Larks in the future. Same with your clients and customers traveling in town. Surprise them with a gift basket of local favorites like a Larks t-shirt, $5 Bearscat gift card, and more to really leave a FUN, lasting first impression.

workers’ compensation law requires employers to insure all their workers including part time, seasonal and occasional workers hired at any business in the state. Employers can complete an online application for insurance coverage. If an employer does not have coverage and a worker becomes injured, the employer will pay a premium for the period when they were uninsured and they may be subject to penalties and interest for failure to secure coverage. In addition, a worker may bring suit against an uninsured employer for damages caused by an injury during the time when the employer was uninsured.

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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION KLJ HIRES CONTENT STRATEGIST IN BISMARCK KLJ Engineering LLC ( KLJ) is proud to welcome Ashley Kelsch to the firm’s Bismarck, N.D. office. Ashley Kelsch Kelsch will be working as a content strategist in KLJ’s communications and branding department. She has extensive experience in communications, content creation, and media. Kelsch will help KLJ create both internal and external marketing content for a variety of markets. Kelsch earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a bachelor’s in English from University of North Dakota.

DR. DATZ JOINS CEO LARSON HONORED NORTHLAND PACE AS WITH PRAIRIE MEDICAL DIRECTOR BUSINESS MAGAZINE PRESTIGIOUS AWARD Northland PACE is pleased to announce Starion Bank CEO the appointment of Kurt Craig Larson has been Datz, DO, as Medical named a recipient Dr. Kurt Datz Craig Larson Director. Dr. Datz joins of Prairie Business us with nearly 20 years magazine’s 2021 Leaders of medical experience in hospital and & Legacies Award. The award recognizes clinic settings, and has held positions as a executives in the region for their recent medical consultant, medical director, and (Leaders) and lifetime (Legacies) chief hospitalist. We are confident that Dr. contributions in business. Datz will continue to uphold our tradition Craig began his career with Starion of outstanding patient care. Bank as comptroller in 1985 and was In his new role as Medical Director, Dr. named president and CEO in 1997. Under Datz is responsible for the basic health Craig’s leadership, the Bank has grown care needs of Northland PACE participants from approximately $200 million in assets by focusing on general wellness and five North Dakota branches to $1.60 and prevention of ailments through billion in assets with 13 branches in North assessments and health screenings. He will Dakota and 3 branches in the Madison, PERFORMANCE EQUIPMENT WELCOMES assist in the implementation and oversight Wisconsin area. of quality improvement and projects. Dr. Starion Bank’s values-driven, familyBINGERT Datz will serve as the lead in the design owned organization consistently receives Performance of the medical components for Northland the highest ranking possible from Equipment is excited to PACE and as a liaison to the medical BauerFinancial, an independent bank announce the edition community on behalf of Northland PACE. rating firm, and has earned recognition of Kyle Bingert to our Kyle Bingert As a physician member of the Northland among the nation’s top performers by team. Kyle is our service PACE team, he also serves as the Independent Banker magazine. Larson expert and comes to us consultant and resource to the Northland attributes these honors to the Bank’s with over 12 years of experience with lawn PACE primary provider team. strong culture of giving back to the and garden equipment. Kyle is a native of Dr. Datz received his Doctor of communities it serves. Mandan and graduated from North Dakota Osteopathic Medicine degree from No stranger to service, Larson enjoys State College of Science with a degree in Philadelphia College of Osteopathic being active in both his local community Recreational Engine Technology. Medicine in Philadelphia, Penn. He and the banking industry. He recently completed an internship at The Methodist served as the Advisory Board Chair for DCN HIRES MALSAM Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y., and completed the Prairie Family Business Association, an his residency at St. Vincent’s Medical organization that builds relationships and David Malsam has offers high-quality educational programs been hired as an ethernet/ Center in New York, N.Y. Dr. Datz is certified by the American Board of promoting successful family businesses. IP technician II at Dakota Internal Medicine and holds professional He and his wife, Shelley have also recently Carrier Network (DCN). memberships with the American Society served as Co-Chairs of the MSA United In this role, Malsam of Addiction Medicine, Society of Hospital Way Fundraising Campaign. will support the company’s David Malsam Medicine, and North Dakota Medical Larson is currently honored in the July state-of-the-art carrier issue of Prairie Business magazine and will ethernet and IP networks, Association. receive his award in person at a banquet including network monitoring and GIRODENGO JOINS this fall. provisioning, receiving and resolving BIANCO REALTY trouble reports, and provisioning and Bianco Realty is excited troubleshooting carrier ethernet and IP to announce the newest services and equipment. He will be based REALTOR® to join their out of DCN’s Network Operations Center in professional Real Estate Bismarck. Team, Marci Girodengo. Malsam brings nearly 20 years of Marci Girodengo Marci looks forward to experience in information technology, with helping clients with their 15 of those being dedicated to network engineering. A Steele, N.D., native, Malsam Real Estate needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and providing a Tradition earned an associate degree from North of Excellence! Dakota State College of Science where he studied in the area of microcomputer specialist with a focus on networking. Share your business news with the Chamber EDC. Email press releases to Rebecca at

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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES FALTER Kari Falter was recently promoted to branch manager at Capital Credit Union’s Mandan Branch. Kari Falter In this role, Falter will oversee branch financial and member services staff and be responsible for consumer lending including auto, recreational vehicle and home equity loans, delivery of deposit products such as money market accounts and certificates of deposit, and actively soliciting, promoting, and servicing credit union products and services. Originally from Mandan, Falter earned an associate degree from Bismarck State College in 2016. She has been with Capital Credit Union since July 2016, most recently as a financial services representative at the Mandan Branch.

KLJ NAMES CEO The KLJ Solutions Holding Co., parent organization to KLJ Engineering LLC (KLJ), and its Board of Directors has announced Eric Michel, Eric Michel as the organization’s chief executive officer (CEO). Michel fills the gap left by previous CEO Barry Schuchard, who passed away in March of this year. Michel brings decades of construction, engineering, and leadership experience to the role. In joining the nearly 85-year-old company, he also brings enthusiasm for the firm and the industry, having previously spent time with the company as the Vice President of Energy and Natural Resources. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering from North Dakota State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Wyoming. He is past President of the North Dakota Chapter of American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and current member of the Minnesota Chapter of ACEC.

HEFTA NAMED 2021 AMA 4 UNDER 40 EMERGING LEADER Lindsey Hefta marketing director for Dakota Community Bank & Trust is being recognized Lindsey Hefta as a 2021 winner of the American Marketing Association (AMA) 4 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award. To be eligible for this award, Hefta had to demonstrate commitment to her industry with advancement and contributions to the field of marketing and its sub-fields as well as establish leadership with high potential for collaboration and success, all while being under 40 years of age. According to the AMA’s website, “The AMA 4 Under 40 Emerging Leaders Award honors individuals who have already made significant contributions to the field of marketing and its sub-fields and have demonstrated leadership and continuing service. We recognize marketing visionaries who have elevated the field, and we support the next generation of marketers who will transform the profession.”

SEPTEMBER LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD. Broadcast on Radio Access 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at

Wed, 1st

5:00 pm

Burleigh County Commission

Thurs, 16th

Thurs, 2nd

5:00 pm

Bismarck Board of Adjustment

Tues, 7th

5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Mandan City Commission Mandan School Board

Mon, 20th 10:00 am 5:30 pm

Metropolitan Planning Org. Technical Advisory Committee Mandan School Board

Tues, 21st 1:30 pm 5:30 pm Wed, 22nd 5:00 pm

Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Mandan City Commission

Wed, 8th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 9th 9:00 am Bismarck Parking Authority 4:00 pm Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority 5:30 pm Morton County Commission* Mon, 13th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board*

Tues, 14th

5:15 pm

Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 15th

3:30 pm 5:00 pm

Historic Preservation Commission Burleigh County Commission

5:15 pm

Bismarck Park Board

Bismarck Planning Commission

Mon, 27th

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission*

Tues, 28th

5:15 pm 5:30 pm

Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission*

Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at * Delayed Playback

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RIBBON CUTTINGS | CONNECTION Ribbon cuttings are conducted by a committee of Chamber EDC 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 find out how you can get a free ribbon cutting from the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC, please call Ross at 701-223-5660.

FIRST STREET LOFTS Celebrating new business at 215 S 5th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-1379.

FAMILY CHOICE Celebrating new business at 555 Memorial Hwy in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-0408.

DOCKSIDE, LLC Celebrating new business at 4010 Southbay Dr SE in Mandan. Phone: 701-354-7321. Member.

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BISMARCK PARKS AND REC Celebrating new maintenance facility at 605 West Arbor Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-222-6455. Member.

ICON ARCHITECTURAL GROUP Celebrating new location at 220 E Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-751-0430. Member.

HOSPICE OF THE RED RIVER VALLEY Celebrating new location at 1400 43rd Ave. NE Suite 212 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-3950. Member.

CONNECTION | NEW MEMBERS The Chamber EDC 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 EDC. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber EDC members, view the Member Directory online at Spotless Windows Plus, Inc. 2440 Laforest Ave Bismarck, ND 58501 Clint Bergstorm (701) 238-7374 Professional window cleaning service in Bismarck and custom woodworking Electric Salon 3100 N 11th St. Suite 2 Bismarck, ND 58503 Phoebe Hoerner (701) 222-4786 We are a full service salon with services including highlighting, dimensional coloring, formal styling, tape in extensions, facial & body waxing, skin care, massage therapy and more! Bright Life Family Chiropractic, PC 3001 Yorktown Drive Suite 3 Bismarck, ND 58503 Haley Sundby (701) 712-8588 Safe, effective, individualized chiropractic care for all ages. First National Pawn 110 Main Street W Mandan, ND 58554 Shelley LaBeau (636) 248-8800 Pawn/Retail/Customer Service Big Muddy Septic Services 6606 Sonora Way Bismarck, ND 58503 Kelsey Leingang (701) 751-5868 Big Muddy Septic Service handles all your pumping needs from septic inspections, clean outs, restaurant grease traps, car wash/shop pits & industrial services. Brutal Twig Mushroom Cultivators, LLC 2024 N 2nd St. Bismarck, ND 58501 John Sullivan (701) 595-1850 Cultivation of gourmet mushrooms for sale to individuals or business. Free delivery in the Bis/Man area.

Donut Hole 931 S 9th St Unit #1 Bismarck, ND 58601 Shannon Halvorson (701) 208-1316 Bakery/Donuts/Pastries/Coffee/Muffins Shirt Shack 525 Memorial Highway Bismarck, ND 58504 Alex Thompson (701) 223-5250 Shirt Shack was founded in 1999 in Bismarck, North Dakota with the simple intent of providing the best and most affordable custom t-shirts to our community. Sons of Norway PO Box 1912 Bismarck, ND 58502 David Phillips (701) 731-0053 Our mission is to promote and to preserve the heritage and culture of Norway, to celebrate our relationship with other Nordic Countries, and provide quality insurance and financial products to members Rapid Fire Protection, Inc. 333 E Broadway Ave., Suite 1202 Bismarck, ND 58501-3370 Charles Haugen (701) 250-7037 Design and installation of all types of fire sprinkler systems. Rocks & Blocks Landscaping 5220 E Main Ave. Bismarck, ND 58501 Jordan Ledahl (701) 258-2417 Landscape supply and installation Doodlebug Beverages 4546 Sunset Blvd West Fargo, ND 58078 Arthur Weidner (701) 318-1591 Wholesaler of alcoholic beverages

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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS BRATS WITH THE BRAVE Date: September 10, 2021 • Time: 11:30am - 1:30pm Location: Raymond James Bohn Armory – 4200 Miriam Ave, Bismarck BDS: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS IN THE WORKPLACE Date: September 21, 2021 • Time: 9:00am - 10:00am Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN Date: September 22, 2021 • Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: CENTURY 21 MORRISON REALTY Date: September 30, 2021 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Century 21 Morrison Realty – 1142 W Turnpike Ave, Bismarck SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: STARION BANK Date: October 14, 2021 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Starion Bank – 333 N 4th Street, Bismarck BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC



WORKFORCE SUMMIT Date: October 21, 2021 • Time: 8:30am - 11:30am Location: Radisson Hotel – 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck STATE OF THE CITIES Date: November 10, 2021 • Time: 7:00am - 9:00am Location: Baymont Inn & Suites – 2611 Old Red Trail, Mandan


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The 2021 Workforce Summit will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and to be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021 Radisson Hotel 8:30am – 11:30am TICKETS: Chamber EDC Members - $35.00 General Admission - $60.00


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