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2020 LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE PROFILES A BUSINESS PUBLICATION OF THE BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC
Brian Eiseman .....................................................................Chair Val Weigel ..................................................................Vice Chair Kevin Strege .................................................................Secretary Mike Schmitz ................................................................Treasurer Molly Herrington ....................................................... Past Chair
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Steve Bakken ......................................................City of Bismarck Brian Eiseman ...............................................Stoneshire Builders Heather Fried ....................State Farm - Fried Financial Services Molly Herrington .........................................................Individual Chris Jones ...................................ND Dept. of Human Services Amber Larson.....................................................City of Mandan Karl Lembke ......................................................Vaaler Insurance Allan Miller ............................................................Anyleaks, Inc. Dr. Sara Weigel Ness ..............................Active Life Chiropractic Jim Peluso .........................................................Burleigh County Marnie Piehl ...........................................Bismarck State College Matt Sagaser ......................................................Doosan Bobcat Mike Schmitz ......................................Schmitz-Holmstrom CPAs Cody Schulz ........................................................Morton County Garret Senger ...............................Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Kevin Strege ................................................Capital Credit Union Wendy Van Duyne .....................Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Val Weigel ..............................Basin Electric Power Cooperative Lee Weisbeck ..........................................................Starion Bank
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ll year round, our team works incredibly hard to produce events that bring value to you. Whether they’re educational or social in nature, one of the benefits of your membership is the opportunity to participate in these events and we’ve got even more coming up. For instance: •
On Tuesday, October 20 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm we’ll be hosting another edition of Chamber EDC 101: Maximizing Your Membership. This is an event we hold periodically, primarily for our new members, to talk about how you can become more engaged and take advantage of all the benefits of being a Chamber EDC member. If you’re interested in attending, please contact Ross at (701) 223-5600 or email@example.com
• And the 2020 State of the Cities will be held on Tuesday, November 3 from 7:30am – 9 :00am at the Ramkota. Attendees, both virtual and in-person, will first have an opportunity to hear from both Mayors Bakken and Helbling as to their outlooks for their respective cities. We’ll follow that up with panels that include leaders from Bismarck-Mandan schools and parks to talk about new developments in their areas. Head to www.bismarckmandan.com to register. There are going to be more events, but these are just a few. Also, I want to commend our team for adapting and changing our events this year in the face of COVID-19. Whether it’s been by adopting & developing best practices or adding a virtual attendance option, our events this year have gone very well thanks to their ability to adapt. You’re also going to notice in this month’s Connection that for the first time ever, we’re featuring legislative candidate profiles. It’s an ‘even’ year for Legislative Districts here in Bismarck-Mandan, that means races in Districts 8, 30, 32 and 34. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions, it just wasn’t possible to hold debates in those areas. However, recognizing that we needed to do something to spotlight these very important races, our team stepped up and made these profiles possible. And did so in very short order, so thank you to everyone who made this possible. Finally, while we’re on the topic of the Legislature, in just a few short months we’ll find ourselves starting another Legislative Session. In preparation, the Chamber EDC’s Board of Directors recently passed our 2021 Legislative Agenda that will focus on two main priorities; the ability to seek voter approval of a street utility tax as an alternative to special assessments and COVID-19 business assistance. The agenda is far more detailed than this, obviously, but these are the two areas where we’ll focus our efforts. We’ll be convening meetings with area legislators and members in the coming months to further discuss our agenda, so stay tuned and participate where you can. There’s obviously a lot going on right now and that’s a good thing. That means we have a vibrant, growing community. However, we’ll never lose sight of the fact that we’re first and foremost a membership organization who is here to serve our members. So if there’s anything that you need, just call the office at (701) 223-5660 and our team will take care of the rest. Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber EDC,
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DISTRICT 8 DAVID ANDAHL House of Representatives Republican
LINDA BABB House of Representatives Democratic-NPL
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? Now’s the time for conservatives to lead North Dakota into the future, with a focus on strengthening the economy and making government more efficient and effective. My background in agriculture and business as well as local government will bring a much-needed perspective to the legislature. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? As a rancher, I know firsthand the hardships that come with working in the industry. We should make sure farmers and ranchers have what they need to make a living and that includes removing unnecessary regulations. As a business owner, I know how the government can stand in the way of economic growth. We must continue to keep taxes low, diversify our economy, and expand our workforce. North Dakota is leading the way in energy. Our wealth of resources can pave the way for America to be 100 percent energy independent. This is why I believe we should have an all-of-the-above strategy to accomplish this mission.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? This pandemic has forced us to make sacrifices and changes that we never dreamed about. If elected, my goal is to prioritize our goals on the future that will be in the best interests of people not just industry and big money. I will fight with dignity and respect for the people of North Dakota, because our lives will never be the same and party loyalists are tearing us apart. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? I believe in a living wage and Medicare for all. The needs of the people far out weigh the needs of the corporations and mega wealthy. I am interested in adopting an amendment that will overturn Citizens United and create a publicly funded with federal matching elections. I want to end gerrymandering and secure our democracy. Freedom comes with responsibility, and we must redirect our collective moral consciousness to end warfare and secure peace. I think term limits will keep our leadership fresh and accountable to us ... the people.
EDITOR’S NOTE: After the October issue of the Connection had published, District 8 candidate David Andahl passed away. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Andahl's family.
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DISTRICT 8 DAVE NEHRING House of Representatives Republican
KATHRIN VOLOCHENKO House of Representatives Democratic-NPL
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? The number one reason is the desire that I have to make North Dakota, and specifically our region of the state as good, as it possibly can be. In our “citizen legislature” we have a chance to serve at the behest of our fellow citizens of North Dakota and to make decisions that impact their lives, hopefully in a positive manner as much as possible. I have been fortunate to serve on many boards and associations and to grow up in rural North Dakota — my background in agriculture and industry and also the experience in these fields make me very well suited to tackle the challenges of District 8.
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? My goal, if elected to the North Dakota State Legislature, is to bring to the table what matters most to the citizens of this community and to the state of North Dakota, to be a liaison to the legislature for any resident and as a result to enhance and maintain our quality of life.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? Work to strengthen the economy and ensure that North Dakota is the best place to do business. We are incredibly rich in resources and should continue to utilize these resources in leading the nation in many areas.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? My vision is to grow North Dakota’s economy in new ways, while caring for our people and our land.
I will ensure 100 percent transparency in all legislative business as required and even if not required by law and will challenge anyone that fails to do so. Also, I will do my very best to ensure complete accuracy and accountability.
If elected, I will: • Support the requirement for a safe, affordable, and reliable food supply. • Support increasing access to affordable healthcare. • Support 100 percent paid 2-year community college tuition for any North Dakota resident. • Work tirelessly to address the state’s severe shortage of mental health and addiction services. This is a crisis for our state and for every family affected by the lack of access. • Support the need for fiscally responsible legislation and transparency in government.
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DISTRICT 8 HOWARD C. ANDERSON JR., R.PH. Senate Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? To serve the people of District 8 and the whole of North Dakota. I have a long history of working with the legislature since my first effort testifying before the Natural Resources committee at the request of the local Wildlife Club back in the late ’70s. My experience as a business owner at Turtle Lake Rexall Drug, Sodas and Things in Underwood and McClusky Drug, working with the North Dakota Pharmacists Association and later as Executive of the North Dakota Board of Pharmacy. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? Unique challenges for this biennium will be to continue the good things the legislature has begun in recent sessions while working within the constraints of a much lowered income forecast. These things include the social services assumption by the state to give property tax relief to each citizen of the state. To continue the mental health and justice reform initiatives begun in the last three sessions. And to continue the efforts to vertically integrate our agriculture production, oilfield production of oil and natural gas, and to make our coal fired energy plants economically viable partly by the addition of value-added products and carbon sequestration.
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DISTRICT 30 GLENN BOSCH House of Representatives Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? During the last two legislative sessions, I've had the opportunity to sponsor and promote important bills and resolutions that enhanced public safety, invested in education, and supported business development and job growth. I’m seeking reelection to continue championing the best ideas that provide positive outcomes for District 30 and our State. During my professional career, I've been fortunate to have had experience leading a large organization and starting a small business. I've seen firsthand how good policy and fiscal responsibility lead to success. I believe as a citizen legislator I can apply these same principles to state government. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? As a State, I believe that providing for the education, safety, and health of our children is our No. 1 priority. There is no better investment we can make than funding a quality education for our State's youth. Additionally, this session I will continue to be an advocate for programs designed to protect our at-risk children. No one has been impacted by COVID-19 more than our parents and children. As we move forward, we will need to look to the future to determine the best ways for the State to support North Dakota families.
MIKE NATHE House of Representatives Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I have had the privilege of representing District 30 the past 12 years. During that time I have been heavily involved in passing landmark legislation in re-doing the K-12 funding formula, setting up a program to develop our technology sector and in the 2019 session statewide infrastructure funding commonly known as the “Prairie Dog” bill. My experience and track record of getting things done, listening to my constituents needs and working with my colleagues speaks to why I am running and my qualifications. I have had the honor of working for the people of District 30 and hope to continue that for the next four years. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? Being a member of the House Appropriations Committee, one of my priorities is of balancing the state budget along with making sure we fund our top priorities in education, infrastructure, health care, and making sure we keep supporting the business community in our state. Also, we need to take a hard look at how we are going to manage the Legacy Fund earnings. We need to develop a policy as to how we can best use these earnings so that the legislature and the people of this state know how it will be used in the future and the benefits it will bring.
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DISTRICT 30 DIANE LARSON Senate Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I’m excited to be running for re-election to the Senate. It is a citizen Legislature that includes people of various backgrounds that come together to do the best we can to make good laws. My background of graduating with a degree in Education from University of North Dakota and 23 years of working as a youth worker at the Police Youth Bureau in the Bismarck Police Department has equipped me to bring unique perspectives to the Legislature. I am running for the Legislature again because as Chair of the Senate Judiciary, I have enjoyed working on updating our state’s Juvenile Court Act and look forward to helping to bring some of these changes to the next session. I enjoy listening to a variety of issues that are important to my constituents and working to employ common sense solutions. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? My top priorities are public safety and the preservation of family values. I’m grateful for the excellent law enforcement community that are so willing to protect us from any who would try to do us harm. Our families deserve the right to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. I am pro-life and with God’s help, I will do what I can to protect all lives.
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DISTRICT 32 PAT HEINERT House of Representatives Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives with the intent to continue on the House Education and Energy and Natural Resources Committees. Both of my committee assignments are extremely important for our community. With Bismarck being the largest school district in North Dakota, we need to make sure we are in communication with our schools and working towards fulfilling the needs of our school districts. Student Aid Payments are a priority for me on the State level, as every dollar the legislature can contribute into student aid, the better our school system(s) can provide a fantastic level of education for our youth. My experiences and qualifications have helped me adjust and excel in the legislature. I have 39 years’ experience in law enforcement with my final 12 as Sheriff of Burleigh County. This position provided me great budgeting and budget management experience. I also spent four years in car sales with three of those years as a sales manager. I am a graduate of St. Mary’s Central High School, I am a graduate of the University of Mary with both an undergrad and Master’s Degree in Management.
KRISANNA HOLKUP PETERSON House of Representatives Democratic-NPL
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for the legislature because we need someone in office who truly understands what it is like to have a family member with disabilities. I am a mother, an advocate, educator, and person involved with many groups including a non-partition group called Braver Angels. This group openly discusses politics and listens to each other. We gain an understanding of why people believe what they believe. I am willing to look at all sides to decide what is best for my district. We need people who can stand up and approach issues like disabilities head on. I feel we need more women in our legislature who will not be afraid to speak out. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? My top priority is to examine how human services operates. It is a very large percent of the entire North Dakota budget. We need to find ways to make sure the average North Dakota family can get the help they need. Many children are denied services they desperately need. I would like to help prevent this from happening.
WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? My top priority upon re-election will be to help our community secure State funding for infrastructure. This is absolutely a necessity as our community has for so many years funded growth on our own, receiving limited State funds. We as local legislatures are working with The Chamber and local Commissioners to look at projects that State funding can be obtained to assist in. This project is significant for our community as our bottom line is in need of financial support.
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DISTRICT 32 LISA MEIER House of Representatives Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running to make a positive difference for the people that live in District 32 and for all the people that live in North Dakota. During my years of Legislative service, I have served on the Appropriations Committee, Education Committee, Transportation Committee, Government and Veterans Affairs Committee, Health Care and Human Services Committee. I also have and currently volunteer for many community organizations. I believe I work very well with people and am a good listener and always look at and seek out all the information in order to make well informed decisions. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? Top priorities for the next Legislative session will be working within our budget to provide needed services to our citizens along with looking at economic opportunities on how we can continue to assist and grow our state and job opportunities.
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CARL YOUNG House of Representatives Democratic-NPL
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for the House to bring a common sense voice back to Government, a voice that listens to the people in my district and places their interests over party politics. For more than 10 years, I have been advocating for systems change in the Behavioral Health world, and I hope to bring that voice to the Legislature. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? I'd like to see more reform in the Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice silos. We need to continue to break down the silos that exist in the Department of Human Services that prevent people from accessing services and supports that they need long before the criminal justice system gets involved in their lives. As a part of this reform, I see legalization of cannabis as a means to an end. Through legalization, we decrease the costs of a largely failed drug war. I say decrease, because there are drugs that will never and should never be legalized. We can use a tax on cannabis to enhance services for those who need them.
DISTRICT 32 DICK DEVER Senate Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I will be forever grateful for the honor of serving the people of District 32 in the North Dakota State Senate. I served several sessions on the Human Services Committee and served the last two sessions on the Appropriations Committee. The last session, I chaired the sub-committee in the Senate that developed the Human Service budget. In those capacities, I have made a difference in the lives of a lot of people. I am running to continue that service to children with special needs, the elderly, and vulnerable populations. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? The pandemic and the downturn in oil revenues have created real challenges for the budget in the next session. In the last session, we did more to address Behavioral Health issues, both on the youth level and the adult level, than we ever have. The initiatives included support for schools and peer to peer support for addiction, among others. Those issues will not be resolved in one biennium. My first priority will be to ensure that those efforts will continue. A second priority will be to evaluate the response to the pandemic and consider appropriate changes to the authority granted to the Executive branch under emergency powers.
AMELIA DOLL Senate Democratic-NPL
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running to bring a young, working, female voice to the table when decisions about our state, children's education, and much more are being made. It is time for a change of representation in our District, and I am here to be that change. North Dakota’s government looks similar to many states across the nation — with an under-representation of young females. I am a working mom who will work hard for the people of North Dakota. My experience working for a nonprofit, a for-profit, and as a state employee will help me represent all of North Dakota. Additionally, I hold an undergraduate and master’s degree from North Dakota State University. Finally, I have a similar background to many others in North Dakota coming from a small, rural town in Montana. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? Providing adequate funding for the entire education system. PreK-higher education lays the foundation for a strong future for North Dakotans. We need to ensure schools have the funds necessary to continue to provide safe, high quality education, whether our students are in the classroom learning, or utilizing virtual learning tools and methods. Our education system is only as strong as our teachers and staff, North Dakota must continue to invest in current and future educators.
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DISTRICT 34 JOSHUA JOHNSON House of Representatives Democratic-NPL
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running because I believe that there is a need for a greater diversity in the opinions ideologies that are currently represented in the state legislature. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? My top priority for the legislature in the next biennium will be to address current energy needs of our state including sustainability of the current energy industry, as well as energy transmission, and infrastructure. I will especially be concerned with how these topics relate to jobs — current, expiring, and new — and how public policy can be used to shape economic outcomes for the entire state.
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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for office because for too long I have seen North Dakotans pushed into the background as our current GOP-led legislature focuses on serving their mega donors, who are often out of state corporations. I am qualified to serve because in my job I have spent years advocating for the people of our great state, which first and foremost has taught me how to listen to their concerns. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? My top priority once elected will be to create programs that will help the thousands of individuals and families in our state who have been financially devastated by COVID-19. I would fight to secure funding for those North Dakotans from our state’s $6 billion-plus Legacy Fund, to help them pay their bills and feed their families. The Legacy Fund has been called our state’s rainy day fund. It does not rain any harder than it’s raining right now.
2020 LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES DISTRICT 8 Senate Howard C. Anderson Jr. – incumbent House David Andahl Linda Babb Dave Nehring Kathrin Volochenko
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DISTRICT 30 Senate Diane Larson – incumbent House Glenn Bosch – incumbent Mike Nathe – incumbent
DISTRICT 32 Senate Dick Dever – incumbent Amelia Doll
DISTRICT 34 Senate Doug Larsen Adam Michal
House Pat Heinert – incumbent Krisanna Holkup Peterson Lisa Meier – incumbent Carl Young
House Joshua Johnson Bernie Parkhurst Todd Porter – incumbent Nathan Toman – incumbent
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DISTRICT 34 TODD PORTER House of Representatives Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am seeking re-election to the North Dakota House of Representatives. Having served Mandan for the past 20 years along with being a small business owner and involved with numerous boards and organizations within our community, including the Bismarck Mandan Chamber Board of Directors, that makes me a qualified leader to continue serving my community. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? Infrastructure and Value-Added Energy are my top priorities going into next session. I co-sponsored “Operation Prairie Dog” and now I am working on an infrastructure bonding bill to allow local political subdivisions the ability to do more critical projects.
NATHAN TOMAN House of Representatives Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I am running for re-election because we need to be involved to preserve our liberties and to ensure the proper role of government. I have been a constant voice for life, personal responsibility, low taxes, and transparent, effective government. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? My top priority is to maintain a low tax and predictable business climate as well as continue working to remove barriers to success by reducing and eliminating over burdensome regulations.
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DISTRICT 34 DOUG LARSEN Senate Republican
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? Throughout my 26 years of service to the state and country in the National Guard, I have learned a few things about leadership and problem solving in stressful situations. As a business owner, I have learned the necessity of responsible spending and adjusting budgets to forecasted obstacles. As a life-long North Dakotan and long-time resident of Mandan, I care deeply for the success of my city and state — I will strive to ensure as many Government obstacles are removed to allow all the opportunity to pursue their dreams. WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM? Keeping the budget balanced without raising taxes by ensuring our spending is contained to what is needed. Families should retain more of their earnings. The government cannot diversify the economy — that is the job of the people. My goal is to take more of the Government off of the backs of our citizens so they can do the job of building the economy.
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Roberts Floral has been Chamber EDC members since 1995.
Pat and Laura Ressler ROBERTS FLORAL Tell us about yourself and your role within your business. A: We were both born in Bismarck, we love our city. Pat and I are the owners. Pat manages the office, deliveries and technology. I manage designers, floral designers and sales.
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Briefly tell us the history behind Roberts Floral. A: Roberts Floral started in 1958. Pat and I are the third generation husband & wife couple to own and operate Roberts.
CONNECTION | MEMBER PROFILE How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Robert's Floral? A: The growth of Bismarck-Mandan has given us many opportunities to expand and grow our business. We offer classes to our customers, schools and daycares. Our website is always growing and changing, bringing new flower designs to our customers. We have started shipping some gift items all over the country. What trends are taking place in your industry? A: Floral design & trends are constantly changing. One of the biggest changes in our store has been adjusting to our website and the amount variety of items sold on our website. It is like having a few different stores! Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you've had to deal with? A: One of the changes is competitors local and nationwide. Learning to deal with non-brick and mortar stores. The business world is always changing, we find we have to be constantly changing, analyzing and ever vigilant.
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What does the future of Roberts Floral look like, and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: We see our future ever constantly and continually changing but us continuing and changing, with it. At the center of everything is our customers and what we can do to provide for their needs. Roberts Floral became a member in 1995, why do you continue to renew each year? A: We renew each year because we know the value of business networking, connections and local support. What should other Chamber EDC members know about Roberts Floral that may assist them? A: Other businesses should know what we offer in business decorating, private home decorating, private classes for a group of coworkers from work or friends. We come into people's business and offer either hands on or we can do a talk to a group. We also offer all of our everyday flower services. Get well, anniversaries, birthdays, sympathy and weddings.
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HANDSHAKE CREATES INSTANT TALENT POOL FOR EMPLOYERS AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS Over the past few years, the Chamber EDC has developed workforce development programming specific to high school students such as Job Shadow Week and programming specific to educators like E2: Educators Experience. However, a remaining a challenge is how to promote internships to area college students as yet another step in that continuum of workforce development. Enter our institutions of higher education. The University of Mary Career Services Department is now making the process of finding an internship much Kevin Allan, director of career services at University of Mary, with student. easier and beneficial — not only for the student, but also for the potential employer — thanks to its new career management platform called Handshake. “This new career management platform is a very intuitive and comprehensive for the employer and student. “Once students download the Handshake application, they Handshake will allow Mary students to connect directly with enter their umary.edu email that corresponds with University employers, while employers can post events for students, of Mary as a registered school, they fill out their profile to register for exclusive virtual career fairs, view student determine if they are looking for an internship, a part-time resumes and more.” job, a full-time job, or even an on-campus job,” said Kevin Allan director of Career Services at the University of Mary. Allan says the University of Mary already has a stellar career outcome rate of 97 percent over the past five years and One of the challenges most commonly cited by businesses expects Handshake to enhance the rate to near 100 percent, looking for interns is that they simply don’t know where while also broadening the employer spectrum for students to look? Job Service North Dakota is one resource and and allow them to get an honest look at employers and jobs sometimes, employers have an individual relationship from student reviews. According to Handshake, along with with college instructors who can help identify candidates. the University of Mary, it partners with approximately 1,000 However, Handshake will give businesses one central colleges and universities. More than 500,000 employers hire platform by which they can potentially identify candidates students on Handshake, they can create events for students and likewise give students somewhere to identify to participate in, and communicate directly with them opportunities. through the system. Employers can get started using Handshake by going to https://app.joinhandshake.com and if they have questions they can contact Kevin Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 701-355-8050.
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MANDAN EOP COMMITTEE ANNOUNCE EVENT DATES The Mandan Economic Opportunity and Prosperity (EOP) Committee have announced the dates for two upcoming events specifically targeting our communityâ€™s entrepreneurs. Both events are part of the committeeâ€™s ongoing business education and outreach activities. The eighth annual Business Start-Up 101 Workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Anyone thinking about getting into business for themselves is welcome to participate either in person or virtually. The free session runs from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. The session will be held at the Baymont Inn & Suites located at 2611 Old Red Trail in Mandan with social distancing protocols in place and via an online platform. For program details and to register, visit www.cityofmandan.com/ register or call 701-667-3478. Attendees will connect with representatives of the CTB, Lewis and Clark Development Group, and Dakota Business Lending plus others who can assist throughout their planning and financing processes. The discussion with entrepreneurs includes Mandan business owners Kimberly Bloms, Kids in Motion Pediatric Therapy and Wellness; Kevin Cavanagh, Bearscat Bakehouse; Melissa Hertz, RuLissa Boutique and More; and Jerry Stryker, Main Street Drive Thru Liquor and Coffee.
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Also upcoming is an event that has grown in popularity and that is the third Mandan Business Pitch Challenge. Applications are due Jan. 28, 2021. Live presentations by finalists are scheduled for March 24, 2021. Stay tuned for more information at www.cityofmandan.com/businesspitch. The committee is assisted by the City of Mandan Business Development Department and Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC and the events are sponsored by American Bank Center, Aspen Group Real Estate, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Realty, BNC National Bank, Bremer Bank, Cornerstone Bank, Dakota Business Lending, Dakota Community Bank and Trust, Daniel Companies, First International Bank and Trust, First Western Bank and Trust, Gate City Bank, Goodhart and Associates, Haga Kommer CPAs, Lewis and Clark Development Group, Railway Credit Union, Security First Bank, Starion Bank, Vue Community Credit Union and Wells Fargo Bank.
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2021 ANNUAL DINNER – UPWARD & ONWARD! Presented by American Bank Center, Eide Ford Lincoln & Eide Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – The Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC invites you to the 2021 Annual Dinner – an exciting evening with elegant dining, keynote speaker and networking with nearly 1,000 other business leaders in the community!
The 2020 Annual Dinner featured a fire and ice theme and engaging keynote. Learn more about what is planned for the 2021 Annual Dinner by following the Chamber EDC on Twitter at @bismancedc
Thursday, January 21, 2021 5:00pm - VIP Sponsor Social 5:30pm - Social 6:30pm - Dinner & Program Bismarck Event Center 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck Purchase tickets at https://business. bismarckmandan.com/events. Interested in sponsoring a table for employees or clients? Contact Joan at email@example.com, 701-223-5660 or 701-400-2931. Presenting Sponsors:
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STATE OF THE CITIES AROUND THE CORNER Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2020 State of the Cities address on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck from 7:30am – 9:00am. On this morning, participants will hear a panel discussion Mayor Tim Helbling Mayor Steve Bakken from the Parks & School Panel as well as gain insight from both Mandan and Bismarck Mayors on the successes and challenges that each city faced throughout 2020. In addition to receiving community insight from both mayors, the Parks & School Panel will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more on the parks, recreation, and school developments within their district. Following the mayoral presentations and the Parks & School Panel will be a Q&A session with both Mayor Bakken and Mayor Helbling. AGENDA 7:00am - Registration and Breakfast 7:35am - Bismarck Mayor Bakken Presentation 7:55am - Mandan Mayor Helbing Presentation 8:15am - Parks & School Districts Panel Discussion • Marnie Piehl - Board Member, Mandan Public School Board • Karl Lemke - Board Member, Bismarck Public School Board • Julie Jeske - President, Bismarck Parks & Recreation Board • Wade Meschke - President, Mandan Parks & Recreation Board 8:45am - Closing Q&A Session: Mayor Bakken & Mayor Helbling NEW THIS YEAR IS THE VIRTUAL ATTENDANCE OPTION! Cost to attend is $30 for Chamber EDC members (Virtual and In-Person) and $40 for General Admission. For more information, contact Christine Nelson, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-223-5660. Registration is available online at https://business.bismarckmandan.com/events. Presenting Sponsor:
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Table Sponsors: AE2S, American Bank Center, Apex Engineering Group, Bismarck
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CHAMBER EDC’S COMMITTEE HONORS TEACHERS FOR 33RD YEAR
The Chamber EDC’s Excellence in Business and Education Committee have finished presenting this year’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year Awards. This completes the 33 years of honoring educators in both Bismarck and Mandan on a primary, secondary, and post-secondary education levels. With the help of Capital Credit Union, the Chamber EDC and its committee are proud to continue this tradition of celebrating teachers in our area.
Lyndsey Hoffer - Centennial Elementary
Renae Laframboise - Fort Lincoln Elementary
After receiving 48 nominations, 45 educators accepted the nomination and qualified for the Crystal Apple, a symbol of excellence in education and outstanding achievement within their profession. Out of those 45, the committee selects five recipients of the Crystal Apple on three levels; Primary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, Secondary Educator in Bismarck and Mandan, and one Post-Secondary Educator. The following teachers were honored this year: The following teachers were honored this year: • Bismarck Primary Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Lyndsey Hoffer • Mandan Primary Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Renae Laframboise • Bismarck Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Karri Landeis • Mandan Secondary Outstanding Teacher of the Year – John Gieser • Higher Education Outstanding Teacher of the Year – Dawn Hagerott Though we are only able to select five educators to receive the Crystal Apple, we would like to honor all the outstanding nominees:
Karri Landeis - Century High School
John Gieser - Mandan High School
Dawn Hagerott - Bismarck State College
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Amy Steiner – Centennial Elementary Lyndsey Hoffer – Centennial Elementary Jaydin Underwood – Fort Lincoln Elementary Renae Laframboise – Fort Lincoln Elementary Amanda Bettger – Rita Murphy Elementary Christopher Klemisch – Roosevelt ElementaryBismarck Jennifer Rueter – Roosevelt ElementaryMandan Heather Sanderson – Solheim Elementary Kaara Kleinjan – Solheim Elementary Amanda Williams – Solheim Elementary Emily Lee – Shiloh Christian School Marnie Speidel – Shiloh Christian School Ian Grande – Shiloh Christian School Siri Coleman – Shiloh Christian School Kim Garrison – Shiloh Christian School Karri Landeis – Century High School Donna Knutson – Century High School Robb Graff – Legacy High School Amy Dahl – Legacy High School Tasha Martin – Legacy High School Courtney Kessler-Huck – Legacy High School Alicia Marsh – Legacy High School
Ryne Jungling – Mandan High School Stephanie Bouche – Mandan High School John Gieser – Mandan High School Travis Coyle – Mandan High School Lucia Shelley-Maluy – Mandan High School Dewitt Mack – Mandan High School Ruth Sotherland – Mandan High School Keri Hess – Mandan High School Tanya Walther – Mandan Middle School Sarah Fox – Mandan Middle School Ashley Brown – Mandan Middle School Vanessa Eback – Mandan Middle School Jennifer Barnhart – Mandan Middle School Karlee Laframboise – Mandan Middle School Rebecca Warren – Mandan Middle School Sheila Quick – Mandan Middle School Kylie Cline – Mandan Middle School Van Bardell – Mandan Middle School Charlene Nemec – Shiloh Christian School Mark Kunze – Shiloh Christian School Carmel Miller – Bismarck State College Dawn Hagerott – Bismarck State College William Fleck – United Tribes Technical College
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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN CLASS OF 2020
Leadership Bismarck-Mandan enters its 31st year with a class of 10 professionals and emerging leaders from our community: • Melissa Barth – Aetna, a CVS Health Company • Sean Cleary – Office of U.S. Senator John Hoeven • Weston Dressler – Sanford Health • Rich Garman – Great River Energy • Jillian Lagasse – Capital Credit Union • Annique Lockard – WBI Energy Transmission, Inc. • Amy Mazigian – Gate City Bank • Kari Schmidt – City of Mandan • Katie Schulz – North Dakota Women's Business Center • Tina Stanger – University of Mary
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EXCELLENCE COMMITTEE CELEBRATES BISMARCK-MANDAN
Over 250 special guests and members of the community came together in on Tuesday, September 22nd to Celebrate area businesses and the individuals that make Bismarck-Mandan great! Annually, the Chamber EDC’s Excellence in Business and Education committee dedicates their time between the months of February and August to the process of identifying and selecting outstanding teachers and amazing business professionals throughout Bismarck-Mandan.
Golden Eagle Award –Sanford Health
Granite Award – Dakota Community Bank & Trust
Mike Fink Award – Cross Country Freight Solutions
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Dax Wilson; Dax-A-Million
All together, these volunteers review and evaluate anywhere from 75 to 100 nominees in various categories ranging from educators, small business leaders, new entrepreneurs, Small Business Person of the Year Award – Evan New Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Jon Bollinger; and organizations who have Ganya Anderson; Gizmonics Bismarck Larks helped make BismarckMandan great for 50+ years. This event and the awards provided would not be possible In the end, this process concludes in the Chamber EDC’s without the Chamber EDC's Excellence in Business and Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony! Education Committee and Military Affairs Committee. This year’s winners are as follows: Outstanding Teachers of Bismarck-Mandan • Renae Laframboise – Fort Lincoln Elementary School • Lyndsey Hoffer – Centennial Elementary School • Karri Landeis – Century High School • John Gieser – Mandan High School • Dawn Hagerott – Bismarck State College Golden Eagle Award — Sanford Health
Mike Fink Award — Cross Country Freight Solutions
New Entrepreneur of the Year — John Bollinger; Bismarck Larks Young Entrepreneur of the Year — Dax Wilson; Dax-A-Million Small Business Person of the Year — Evan & Ganya Anderson; Gizmonics Granite Award — Dakota Community Bank & Trust
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Award Sponsor: Table Sponsors: Apex Engineering Group, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Capital Credit Union, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First International Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, Liberty Business Systems, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Schmitz-Holmstrom Certified Public Accountants, Security First Bank of ND, Starion Bank, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank
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CHAMBER EDC SPORTING CLAYS SHOOTOUT WAS A BLAST Chamber EDC members and their guests enjoyed this yearâ€™s Chamber EDC Sporting Clays Shootout presented by Knife River Corporation on Friday August 21st.
Nearly 100 Chamber EDC members blasted clays out of the sky at Capital City Sporting Clays.
We had weather so nice it seems as if we ordered it! Nice overcast weather for the shoot with a couple of drops of rain to keep us cool. Our shooters were able to blast some clays out of the sky, tried their hand at throwing axes, and feeling the boom of Tannerite. Followed by the skies opening up to enjoy lunch and beverages in the open air for some socially distanced networking. Thank you to Mark Sandness and the Capital City Sporting Clays staff for hosting and helping keep this event such a fun and popular event year after year. A special thank you to Bismarck Pizza Ranch for catering an amazing individually packaged lunch and McQuade Distributing for providing an assortment of ice-cold refreshments along with all of our sponsors who provided great door prizes.
Presenting Sponsor: Long Range Sponsor: Rapid Fire Sponsor: Dakota Carrier Network and First International Bank & Trust Pigeon Sponsor: Advanced Business Methods, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, HH Gun Shop, Liberty Business Systems
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CHAMBER EDC 101 MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
CHAMBER EDC 101: MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
Date: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 12:00PM - 1:00PM Admission: Free to Attend (Virtual or In-Person) Whether you are a brand new member, a long-time member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you! Please RSVP by either contacting the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660 or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bmcedc. com.
UNCOVERING LEADERSHIP BLIND SPOTS
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020 Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 8:30AM - 10:30AM Admission: $49 for Chamber EDC Members (Virtual or In-Person) Presented By: Only 17% of employees are satisfied in their job. And 45% of employees are planning on leaving their job in the next 12 months. How can you turn those numbers around? Are there “blind spots” that you, as a leader are missing that could drive employee retention and satisfaction? Don't miss out on Dale Carnegie’s Uncovering Leadership Blind Spots: Discovering the Pathway to Motivating Your Employees Business Brief - Reserve Your Seat Today! Start to identify your organization’s leadership performance gaps with this Business Development Series at a discounted rate for members! This event has been approved for 2 SHRM PDCs and 2 HRCI HR credits.
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STATE OF THE CITIES
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Location: Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 7:30am - 9:00am Admission: $30.00 for Chamber EDC Members (Virtual or In-Person) $40.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor: Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2020 State of the Cities event on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck from 7:00am – 9:00am. In addition to receiving community insight from both mayors, the inclusion of the Parks & School Panel discussion will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more of the parks, recreation and school developments within their district. NEW THIS YEAR IS THE OPTION TO ATTEND VIRTUALLY! Cost to attend is $30 for Chamber EDC members (Virtual & In-Person) and $40 for General Admission. For more information, contact Christine Nelson at cnelson@bmcedc. com, or call the Chamber EDC at 701-223-5660.
MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ZORELLS JEWELRY
Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020 Location: Zorells Jewlery 221 S 9th Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Save the date for the November Membership Mixer! Zorells Jewelry will be hosting the November Membership Mixer on Thursday, November 12th at their location at 221 S 9th St in Bismarck from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Join fellow Chamber EDC members for the “It’s a Wonderful Life” themed mixer while we enjoy catering by Lady J’s along with an open bar for complimentary drinks. This wonderful event will also be giving away door prizes to attendees in the form of gift cards to Zorells! Mixers are FREE for Chamber EDC members to attend. Please consider attending and bringing colleagues from your workplace. RSVP’s are appreciated and can be made by registering online at https://business.bismarckmandan. com/events or by emailing Josie Smyle at jsmyle@bmcedc. com.
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UNIVERSITY OF MARY OPENS NEW STATE-OFTHE-ART SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING FACILITY
In 2015, the University of Mary announced its intent for a new School of Engineering and began to dramatically increase technical course offerings in the fall of 2016. Since then, Dr. Terry Pilling has spent the last half decade soliciting opinions from local and regional firms, touring other colleges and universities, and listening to his own students, as to what they believe would make up the most ideal, most comprehensive, and most student and faculty friendly engineering program. Pilling took all that advice to heart, along with his own 25 years of experience as a professor, Monsignor Shea with staff host a ribbon cutting for the new University of Mary nuclear physics researcher, engineering School of Engineering firm executive, and scientist, in order to help design and build what he and the University of Mary believe is one of the most modern, teaching-centered, student-friendly, state-of- At its centerpiece, is a student design center in which students will work on their junior and senior projects. The the-art engineering facility in the United States. space is immediately adjacent to a machine shop with a tool dispensary separating them. This allows the students “The new engineering building was constructed with our to fabricate the materials in the machine shop and check unique curriculum in mind,” said Pilling, chair dean of out any tools and equipment they need to complete their University of Mary’s School of Engineering. “We decided project. The projects will be "in progress" throughout the on a layout that allows us to teach the laboratories and the year and anyone visiting the building will see a constant lectures in the same space. Our curriculum is designed so buzz of action as students work on their projects. The that courses and labs can be combined and taught by the building is also designed so that students can work on same faculty member. This enables the student to study their projects outside of class time and on the weekends the theory behind an engineering concept, such as an by simply using their student MCard ID. This will allow the electric circuit, and then immediately test the theoretical students to work on their projects at any times and for results with a computer simulation, and then immediately as long as they need in order to achieve the successful follow this by actually constructing the circuit and completion of their design. testing the results in a direct laboratory experiment. This combined way of teaching engineering concepts is not The University of Mary broke ground on the new done elsewhere and we believe it is crucial to connecting engineering facility 16 months ago, in April of 2019. That’s the theoretical concepts learned in class with the when the school began an aggressive renovation and physical apparatus that the student will encounter in their repurposing of the old University Hall on North Campus future career. So we have designed the classrooms and where it’s located, while keeping intact the structural laboratory spaces in our new building with this teaching integrity of the building designed in 1965 by worldmethod in mind.” renowned architect Marcel Breuer. The University of Mary celebrated the completion of its new engineering facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony by President Monsignor James Shea, Executive Vice President Jerome Richter, Pilling, and other faculty, friends and engineering firms. The nearly 20,000 square feet facility is dedicated to teaching for the instruction of Civil, Electrical, and Mechanical Engineering along with Computer Science, and Construction Management programs.
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Q: WHAT IF YOUR PHONE WAS A TINY SCANNER? A POCKET TOOL THAT COULD BE USED ON ANY DEVICE TO SAVE CONTENT INTO YOUR NEXT ARTICLE, PRESENTATION OR PDF. A: Go now. Search for “Office Lens” in your app store to download the free Microsoft Lens app. Whether you’re in a business meeting taking notes off a flip chart or whiteboard or maybe a student struggling to focus on a lecture while taking notes you need this app.
You are basically scanning a picture using your phone (aka pocket sized scanner) from a whiteboard, paper handouts, book pages ect and transferring this information to use as your own, personal notes. Save and scan pictures as editable PDF, Word, OneDrive, Power Point or OneNote files. Have a picture that’s slightly out of focus? Try using your camera as a scanner to improve the image. Recipes. Website content. Try not to think of something useful to use this with, it’s not possible.
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Q: I AM A 72 YEAR OLD MALE AND Q: HOW CAN A PHYSICAL THERAPIST HELP ME BECOME HAVE PROSTATE CANCER. ARE MORE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE? THERE ANY NEW TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE? A: Physical activity on a regular basis can A: The Bismarck Cancer Center performs improve your physical and mental health. HDR Prostate Brachytherapy as an additional option for the treatment of prostate cancer. This procedure involves using a radiation source (probe) that is delivered through a series of catheters that are temporarily placed within the prostate using ultrasound guidance, while the patient is sedated. The physician is then able to deliver a higher radiation dose to the prostate and minimize the side effects to the tissue surrounding it. This provides a very precise high dose treatment given over a shorter period of time with minimal side effects. We are confident this new prostate treatment has been instrumental in advancing the way we treat cancer and ultimately create better patient outcomes. The benefits of HDR Brachytherapy are: Radiation to healthy tissue is minimized, reducing the potential for side effects; the procedure is done on an outpatient basis, so no hospital stay is necessary; and the patient is not radioactive after treatment, therefore no exposure to family or pets.
If there are barriers that hold you back from physical activity and keep you from participating in activities that you enjoy a physical therapist can assess your movement and address any pain issues that prevent you from living your best life.
Your therapist will review your medical history with you and ask questions, but more importantly listen to your concerns. The next step is to assess your mobility, strength and balance to determine any issues or challenges. Once those issues or challenges are discovered your physical therapist will formulate a plan specific to your needs and goals, providing hands-on interventions while educating you about your body mechanics. The therapist will then develop a home exercise program that is easy to fit into a busy lifestyle and get you back to participating in an active, healthy life! There is no referral needed to access quality physical therapy. See your Movement Specialist today! To learn more about Optimum Therapies visit www.optimumtherapies.com or call (701)751-3064
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Q: WHAT ARE SOME WAYS PARENTS CAN SUPPORT THEIR CHILD’S FINE MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT? A: To support a child’s learning and
growth, parents may find it helpful to provide their child(ren) with opportunities to practice learned and developing fine motor skills. Introducing children to tasks that strengthen their shoulders, wrists, hands, fingers, and the core serves as the foundation. Children often enjoy participating in animal walks (walk like a bear, hop like a frog, walk like a crab), ball partner exchanges (bounce and chest pass, behind the back turn and pass), crossing midline exercises (cross crawls, cross body toe touches), and child yoga poses. Participation in seated tasks can be challenging for children. In these situations, it may be helpful to present your child with preparatory hands-on tasks such as the use of the thumb and index finger or a pair of tweezers to complete small item activities like sorting or bead pegboards, to introduce different writing utensils (smelly markers, erasable pens, colored lead, etc.), or to present the same written task in a different way, like on a white board. Anne Carlsen’s Bismarck location is pleased to announce that Occupational Therapy is now being offered. Please call 701-751-2315 to contact Lauren Wallin, M.S., OTR/L to make an appointment.
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Q: DURING COVID WE HAVE Q: SHOULD I GET THE INFLUENZA HEARD A LOT ABOUT PPE; (FLU) VACCINE DURING THE WHAT IS PPE AND WHY IS IT COVID-19 PANDEMIC? CRITICAL TO USE IN LONG A: Yes, it is more important than ever TERM CARE OR WHEN AROUND to receive the flu vaccine this year. A flu ELDERLY OR ILL INDIVIDUALS? vaccine lessens your chance of getting the flu and helps protect those around A: PPE stands for Personal Protective you. Additionally, because both the flu Equipment; including masks, face shields, goggles, gowns, gloves, or shoe covers worn on top of clothing to protect everyone from infection. These items are easily removed; discarded or washed to prevent spreading any infection from one individual to another.
and COVID-19 share similar symptoms, you may think you have COVID-19, which would require testing or you to stay home from work in quarantine for at least 10 days.
Flu vaccines are recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. For those Long-term care facilities are at high risk for who have had an allergy to the flu vaccine severe COVID outbreaks due to the conin the past, new vaccine options may be gregate nature and vulnerable population available to you. If you have COVID-19, (older adults with multiple co-morbidities). please wait until you feel better to get your COVID is spread by respiratory droplets flu vaccine. Clinics are currently taking from someone talking, sneezing or coughextra precautions to safely administer ing. These droplets can land on objects, on vaccines, including screening individuals a person’s skin or even in a nearby perbefore entering clinics, requiring masks son’s eyes, mouth or nose, which are the and ensuring patients can practice social main areas which COVID enters an indidistancing. vidual’s body. If anyone touches an object with droplets and then touches their nose, mouth or eyes, they have now exposed themselves to the virus. Wearing proper PPE around those that are elderly or ill can prevent the spread of the virus.
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MEMBER PERKS | CONNECTION CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES TAAVOLA Shane Taavola was recently promoted to financial services representative at Capital Credit Union’s South Shane Taavola Branch. In this role, he will be responsible for consumer lending including auto, RV 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. Taavola graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in ceramics, graphic design and photography. He has been with Capital Credit Union since 2019, most recently as a member services associate at the South Branch.
SANFORD HEALTH WELCOMES PEDIATRICIAN Carla Zacher, MD, pediatrician, has joined the Sanford Children’s team in Bismarck. In Carla Zacher, MD addition to seeing children for well child appointments, Dr. Zacher also specializes in caring for newborns, cystic fibrosis, asthma and preventative medicine. She has been practicing pediatric medicine in the Bismarck-Mandan community for more than 20 years. Dr. Zacher graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine in Grand Forks and completed her residency in pediatrics from Marshfield Hospital & Clinic in Marshfield, Wis.
FIRST INTERNATIONAL BANK & TRUST APPOINTS JOHNSON BELCASTLE MANAGEMENT COMPANY CHIEF FINANCIAL WELCOME NEW LEASING SPECIALISTS OFFICER Belcastle Management Company First International recently welcomed Correne Bahr and Bank & Trust (FIBT) is Elaine Feland to its team as Leasing Jason Johnson proud to announce Specialists. Bahr has over 5 years in Jason Johnson has been Residential Property Management and named the organization's Chief Financial Feland is brand new to the industry! We Officer (CFO). Jason has served as FIBT's have also been lucky to add another Controller since 2018 and has an extensive talented individual, Janet Green to the background in bank finance, reporting, team. Janet supports all our leasing and strategic planning, and budgeting. He has maintenance team members. Belcastle a deep appreciation for FIBT's 110 years Management has also an additional of serving its customers and looks forward maintenance team member, Steve Knodel, to helping guide the bank's direction for Knodel comes to our tech team with more years to come. than a couple decades of experience! In addition to its 28 bank locations in Welcome Correne, Elaine, Janet and North Dakota, Minnesota, and Arizona, Steve! Belcastle Management Company is First International operates full-service pleased to offer dedication to exceeding insurance and wealth management the goals of excellence in customer service divisions. Recently, FIBT has acquired ACH as well as providing beautiful apartment provider Kotapay, and mineral tracking homes to renters in Bismarck. and software firm, MineralTracker. As CFO, Johnson will help guide all FIBT affiliated BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS operations. Bianco Realty has announced their Jason brings 17 years' experience to top six "REALTORS® OF THE MONTH" his new role. He's a Magna cum laude for August: Darcy Fettig, Shirley Thomas, graduate of the University of North Dakota, Amber Sandness, Brenda Foster, Tori holding a Bachelor of Accountancy. Since Mathern and Judy Maslowski. These six earning his Certified Public Accountant REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at certification in 2004, Jason has served in Bianco Realty in August 2020. various roles, including Audit Manager, Controller, and Chief Financial officer, at a number of accounting firms and banks in North Dakota and Minnesota.
CORNERSTONE BANK EXPANDS FINANCIAL SERVICES Ryan Dressler has joined Cornerstone Financial Group as a Private Wealth Advisor. Ryan Dressler Dressler earned his degree from the University of North Dakota. He has been working in the financial services industry since 2016 and holds his Series 7, 63, and 66 through LPL Financial and is licensed for Life, Jeremy Gunderson Annuity, Health and LongTerm Care Insurance. Dressler is a Bismarck native and currently resides there with his wife, Ashley and their daughter. Jeremy Gunderson has joined Cornerstone Financial Group as a Private Wealth Advisor. Gunderson earned his degree in Investments from the University of North Dakota. He has been working in the financial services industry since 2012 and holds his Series 7, 63, and 66 through LPL Financial and is licensed for Life, Annuity, Health and Long-Term Care Insurance. Gunderson is a native of Bismarck and resides there today. WETSCH JOINS ALLIANCE REAL ESTATE Alliance Real Estate is proud to announce that Rod Wetsch has joined our team of professional REALTORS®. Rod has Rod Wetsch been investing, buying, and selling real estate for 35 years. He has decided to become active in the real estate market as a licensed agent to help you with all your real estate needs.
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CONNECTION | MEMBER PERKS BISMAN TRANSIT WELCOMES KITZAN AND MUNDAHL Taylor Kitzan, our new Accountant, started with Bis-Man Transit on June 1st, 2020. Taylor’s Taylor Kitzan experience is in various banking positions, as well as administrative positions. Taylor earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, with a minor in Business Management, from Mike Mundahl Dickinson State University. Please join me in welcoming Taylor to the Bis-Man Transit team! Mike Mundahl joins Bis-Man Transit as the Marketing & Mobility Specialist. A native of Rugby, North Dakota, Mundahl earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining Bis-Man Transit, Mundahl worked for the City of Bismarck, and has nearly 20 years of radio and television broadcast experience.
CAPITAL CREDIT UNION PROMOTES WOODEN Ashley Wooden was recently promoted to financial services representative at Capital Credit Union’s Main Ashley Wooden Office. In this role, she will be responsible for consumer lending including auto, RV 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. Wooden earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mary in 2015. She has been with Capital Credit Union since 2019, most recently as a member services associate at the North Branch.
KERN JOINS OAKTREE REALTORS Oaktree REALTORS® recently welcomed Dylan Kern to their team! Dylan is a native of the Bismarck/Mandan Dylan Kern area and is the Owner of Nutrition Revolution since April of 2016. Dylan’s drive and motivation in customer service has drawn him in to Real Estate where he will continue to serve the community with his many years of customer service. In Dylan’s spare time, he enjoys hunting and relaxing on the Missouri River, but his top priority is fulfilling his client’s needs and his ultimate goal is to find you the home of your Dreams.
OCTOBER LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS
Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD. Broadcast on Radio Access 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org. Tues, 20th 1:30 pm 5:30 pm
Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board Mandan City Commission
Historic Preservation Commission
Bismarck Park Board
5:15 pm 5:30 pm
Bismarck School Board Mandan Planning Commission*
Bismarck School Board Mandan Park Board*
5:15 pm 5:30 pm
Bismarck City Commission Morton County Commission*
Bismarck City Commission
Bismarck Planning Commission
Thurs, 1st Mon, 5th
Bismarck Board of Adjustment
5:00 pm 5:30 pm
Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board*
Mandan City Commission
9:00 am 4:00 pm 5:30 pm
Bismarck Parking Authority Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority Morton County Commission*
5:15 pm 5:30 pm
Wed, 14th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Mon, 19th 10:00 am 5:00 pm 5:30 pm
Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org, Roku and Apple TV. * Delayed Playback
Metropolitan Planning Org. Technical Advisory Committee Burleigh County Commission Mandan School Board*
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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.
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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 www.bismarckmandan.com. Open Water Marine 4210 Memorial Hwy Mandan, ND Shawn Volk (701) 214-0425 We sell new and used Qwest and Angler Qwest pontoons. The most innovative and cutting-edge fishing and luxury pontoons. Dakota Bridgeview Partners 4809 Harbor Trail SE Mandan, ND Pamela Schafer (701) 426-1312 Bridgeview luxury condos featuring 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units.
Starlight IT & Security 1421 South 12th Street Bismarck, ND Donnell Dennis (701) 401-7827 Starlight's mission is to partner with our clients, communities we serve and our employees in an ongoing effort to provide the best in both virtual and physical security. Lonesome Dove 2910 Memorial Hwy Mandan, ND August Kersten (701) 663-2793 Tavern located on Memorial Highway in Mandan, ND.
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Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Connection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503
UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS CHAMBER EDC 101 MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
CHAMBER EDC 101: MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP Date: October 20, 2020 • Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Or Virtually
CHAMBER EDC 101 MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP
BDS: UNCOVERING LEADERSHIP BLIND SPOTS Date: October 28, 2020 • Time: 8:30am - 10:30am Location: Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Or Virtually STATE OF THE CITIES Date: November 3, 2020 • Time: 7:30am - 9:00am Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ZORELLS JEWELRY Date: November 12, 2020 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Zorells Jewelry – 221 S 9th Street, Bismarck
Whether you are a brand new member, a long-time member or just want to learn more about membership this is the event for you!
For a list of Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation fundraising events, visit our website at bismarckcancercenter.com
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020 BISMARCK MANDAN CHAMBER EDC 12:00PM - 1:00PM
October: Puklich Chevrolet $100 per vehicle sold
October: Eide Ford & Eide Chrysler $50 per vehicle sold
October 13: Applebees Fundraiser October 22: Touchmark Pumpkin Parade
October 27 & 29: Poppin’ Pink Pizza Party To-Go
October 31: Spook Out Cancer Trunk or Treat at Puklich Chevrolet
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