October Chamber Connection

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October 2016




Member Profiles Community Options, Inc. Principal Financial Group


Announcing the LBM Class Meet the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class of 2016-2017.


Chamber Recognizes Members Meet the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class of 2016-2017.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Perrie Schafer..................................................................................................................... Chair Brenda Nagel ........................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Ron Day....................................................................................................................... Secretary Craig Larson.................................................................................................................Treasurer Annette Behm-Caldwell ............................................................................................ Past Chair


Chamber Announces the LBM Class of 2016-2017 Save the Date - 2017 Chamber Annual Dinner Chamber Recognizes Members at Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan


Harvest Mixer State of the Cities Address November Membership Mixer: Broadway Centre Chamber Holiday Mixer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Craig Larson ���������������������������Starion Financial Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Stacey Breuer ��������������������������Bobcat/Doosan Chris Jones ����������������� CHI St. Alexius Health Mike Nathe................ Bismarck Funeral Home Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Tracy Kindem...........H.A. Thompson and Sons Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Joe Duperre ������������������������������Kirkwood Mall Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Jasper Schneider ������������������������������������ NISC Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Dr. Blake Feil ����������������������� Feil Orthodontics Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Nick Hacker................. ND Guaranty and Title Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Heather Fried ..... Fried Financial Services Inc. Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc.

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reetings Chamber Members:

The crisp air on my morning runs and the fading colors on our trees remind me that fall has arrived in North Dakota. We spend our time tending to the yard, our cabins, our homes to prepare for the coming seasons. It also seems like the Chamber world is preparing for new seasons in several ways. As we reported before, the Government Affairs Committee and the Board are finalizing the Legislative Action Plan for 2017. Many meetings and opinions went into this. This is a core tenant of our strategic plan, and we’ll share with Members as soon as it is published. We are also seeking members interested in serving on our Board of Directors for 2017. Terms are for three years, and there are usually several open each year. If you are interested, please contact Scott at the Chamber. I have appointed a nomination committee to review applicants and recommend a slate of candidates to the Board in November. Of some significance, we are reviewing the Chamber’s Strategic Plan this month. The current plan was adopted in late 2013, and was to run through 2016. Therefore, it is time to look at our strategies and goals to ensure we are moving in the direction our business community is expecting. Being on the Board of Directors is such a privilege, because we, as a Chamber, are looking out and working for you. Once we agree on our strategic direction and set some standards and goals, Scott and the Chamber team will work to help us achieve those benchmarks. From watching the staff up close the past few months, I think we are very anxious to see how far we can take the organization, and the impact we can have on our communities and region. Please take some time and read the articles pertaining to the November 8 election. As business leaders it is our duty to vote, and also to be informed voters on candidates and statewide measures. Feel free to share this with your employees, colleagues and friends to help educate them on the importance of this election for the businesses in our region. I’m proud to be your Board Chair, and you can be proud to be a Member of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce as we continue to be “leaders for prosperity and advocates for business.”

- Perrie Schafer Chairman, Board of Directors

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November 8 is our national and state election day, and by the time you get this in your hands, could be only a month away. In North Dakota, we are blessed with a system which allows active participation by voters through the ‘initiated measures’ process. If you have an issue, get the signatures required and then get it on the statewide ballot. This year there are five to consider, some a bit more complex than others. We encourage you to read our summaries of the measures in this issue of the Connection and talk with your neighbors, coworkers and families. There will be a very strong (and expensive) push in television, radio and social marketing on a couple of these measures. The Chamber’s Board of Directors will decide how (or if) to weigh in on them, support, oppose or remain neutral. Once the Chamber has decided we will inform our membership in a variety of ways. There are several issues to keep in mind this November when listening to candidates. Sometimes that is hard to discern among the shouting, name calling, and social media drivel. But a couple of things to watch and listen for: Government expansion and regulation. It appears our government continues to try and ‘help’ our consumers with continuingly difficult and burdensome regulations at all levels, local, state and federal. Which reminds me of an oft-quoted Ronald Reagan line from an address during his second administration which goes like this: The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

— Ronald Reagan, Aug. 12, 1986

While the late President had a way with Hollywood oneliners that would garner a chuckle in a room of media types, no one is laughing this time. And today, the US Chamber of Commerce and the business community in America isn’t laughing either. Regulatory reform and regulatory certainty is sorely needed in our economy as much for the consumers as the businesses themselves. Tax credits and exemptions. All levels, business tax credits and exemptions are being reviewed as a new source of revenue, believing that by closing these ‘giveaways’ a sense of tax fairness between different industries will be achieved. I’m not so certain about that, but one thing is for sure on this particular issue. If businesses can’t expand payroll, increase production or grow their bottom line, the economy flounders. So watch for those issues from candidates. My interest in the government process goes back to my days in junior high (wasn’t called middle school then), when we ran a mock presidential election in our Social Studies class. I was our ‘party’s’ candidate, and eventually won the junior high presidency. The spoils of that victory were an extra recess and the privilege to teach Math class for a day. But the process stuck with me to this day. It’s not a perfect process by any means, but if we don’t participate, it won’t get any better. Early voting opens later in October, and the polls close at 7:00 pm on November 8. Get educated about the candidates and the statewide measures. Then get out and vote and take a coworker and neighbor with you. — Scott Meske, Chamber President


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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? North Dakota is an exceptional place. We have amazing people and amazing resources. And we have thrived as a state when we have elected business leaders to the Governor’s office.

The world is undergoing dynamic change on many dimensions. Yet North Dakota has the opportunity to lead the nation and world. I love North Dakota. Throughout my life I have been passionate about creating great jobs, building vibrant, healthy communities, and helping North Dakota reach its fullest potential.

My running mate Brent Sanford (Watford City Mayor, CPA, and small business owner) and I are running to ensure we continue common sense business leadership for our great state. We are also running because we see an opportunity to re-invent the delivery of government services and treat taxpayers and citizens like the customers we are. With our combined business backgrounds across software and technology, agriculture, energy, transportation, health care, and real estate, we are uniquely qualified to help guide North Dakota through these rapidly changing and challenging times. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE IN IMPROVING NORTH DAKOTA’S ECONOMY AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT? We need to create a diverse economy that builds from our core strengths in energy and ag while embracing the technological opportunities of tomorrow. One element we need to attract the jobs of the future, and supporting the evolution that is happening in energy, ag, education, healthcare and more, is ensuring that everyone has access to affordable, high-speed internet. As a first step, we can embrace the Dakota Fiber Initiative and pursue a vision of being the first gigabit state. Super high speed bandwidth is essential to us being competitive in the global economy and is important to our future as railroads, roads, and telephones have been to our history of success.

We also are constantly faced with workforce development challenges. Even during this downturn in our economy, we have too many jobs unfilled, and we are short of workers with key skills in health care, software, and engineering. We need to work with our education system and the private sector to ensure we have the workforce needed to keep North Dakota companies growing and competitive. HOW WOULD YOU GUIDE NORTH DAKOTA THROUGH THE CURRENT DOWNTURN IN OIL PRODUCTION AND COMMODITY PRICES? AND WHEN OIL PRODUCTION INCREASES? We need more jobs that are not dependent on the price of commodities. Diversifying our economy will take time, but pays great dividends. I know that North Dakota talent can compete with anyone in the world. At Great Plains/ Microsoft, we hired thousands of people from over 220 towns and cities across North Dakota. And they delivered the best products and services in the world.

DOUG BURGUM Republican

Hometown Arthur, ND

Occupation Businessman

Website www.dougburgum.com

By supporting our entrepreneurs, innovators, and companies committed to growth, we can embrace new technologies and we can create a stronger, more diversified economy for North Dakota that will create great jobs, and attract and retain talented people.

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WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? What convinced me was that our state's workers’ compensation system is actually willing to financially destroy volunteer first responders in the name of such slightly lower rates, it's not even measurable. Volunteers who actually subsidize government services in much of North Dakota. In addition, since being in the legislature, it has become evident that there is a problem with the management of several agencies and employee morale is low as a result. I've had a lifetime of living and involvement in North Dakota. After college, my wife and I have both an agricultural consulting business as well as a retail store, we built in Rolla. Been involved in our community and church. Got to see a lot of economic development projects and infrastructure projects. Been involved in investing trust funds. Done policy development my whole life. In addition, I've really used my time in the legislature to study the state's government in more depth. I know we could manage better, but it's pretty difficult to legislate management. I know a lot, but I know I don't know everything. I listen to professionals in a variety of disciplines. I am not a person that forbids or resents disagreement or suggestions for improvements. Intimidation of employees and the public has become a normal part of much of state government, this must change. A big thing is I am rural, in many ways a resident of North Dakota. I know the state, I've been all over and I continue to see a lot of the state each year. I feel as Governor, it is my duty to represent all of North Dakota, not just one area or group and I believe I can do that. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE IN IMPROVING NORTH DAKOTA’S ECONOMY AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT? Employees, finding them, training them, paying them, keeping them. Huge problem all over the state.



HOW WOULD YOU GUIDE NORTH DAKOTA THROUGH THE CURRENT DOWNTURN IN OIL PRODUCTION AND COMMODITY PRICES? AND WHEN OIL PRODUCTION INCREASES? Cautiously, without panic. We have resources but a real reduction ($5 billion) in income. Projections change almost daily but if voters approve using the foundation aid stabilization fund for educational purposes, I think the Legacy Fund will give us enough that we will not need to raise taxes. My priority in taxes is not to push the responsibility for services to the local level and thus raise property taxes. If it become absolutely necessary, I would raise income tax. We also need to increase our investment in our coal industry, we cannot afford losing it and need to help it transition to the future.

Rugby, ND

We also need to be careful not to hurt our tourism industry by unwise legislation that produces a boycott.


In addition, we need to be smart in what is cut. Current cuts to Medicaid and proposed further cuts will drive our health care industry into recession and an increase in mental health services won't happen. In addition, rural healthcare will likely go away.

Agricultural Consultant/ Businessman

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For an upturn, there is still of course some road and bridge improvements needed but those will move ahead at a slower pace. Since it was thought the boom would last longer, much of the planning is already done. The question is more one of when are things built. Since I don't believe the people favor tax increases, the basic answer is as the budget permits. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ADDRESS THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF NORTH DAKOTA? WHAT FUNDING METHODS DO YOU FAVOR FOR UPGRADES AND REPAIRS?

For some, we will definitely be in a holding pattern. Road construction will be way down. Some say no one time spending and no bonding. Well we have to do some one time spending, it is impossible not to, and in a couple of very high priorities, we will have to take a serious look at bonding. North Dakota can't just stop moving forward and wait to die. Top priority has to be maintenance. It has just gotten so expensive to replace. The state really needs to care for its infrastructure, not just build new.

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I would like to see a fundamental shift in ND in funding. I think the state should fund more of the government services and the local should be more in charge of funding things like economic development and things that make the community a good place to live. Everything got kind of flipped the last bust. So the funding for government got pushed to property taxes and they were too high and so then the state started coming with program after program for things like infrastructure and economic development because locals couldn't afford the additional property taxes. The current system creates a lot of overhead and really puts too much control at the state level. It also kind of creates a "free money" competition where I think sometimes the grants become and end unto themselves.


WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR, AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? I was nominated and elected to run for governor by the Libertarian Party of North Dakota.

I have been president of several corporations and boards. I have become familiar with Robert's Rules of Order and the Carver Method of Governance. I am a student of the Deming Management Method. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE IN IMPROVING NORTH DAKOTA’S ECONOMY AND BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT? The greatest challenge facing North Dakota is the economy and the ramifications of the FED's Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) in place now for 8 years. North Dakota has experienced a tremendous bubble in its oil resource sector. The boom was helped along by the ready customers willing to buy high interest bonds used to fund the fracking method of oil extraction. Subsequent policies of OPEC hastened the downward pressure on oil prices leading to a global glut of oil. The second ramification of ZIRP is the falling returns on North Dakota's various trusts and its Public Employees Retirement System. These revenue shortfalls are further challenged by much lower commodity prices in our ag sector.

HOW WOULD YOU GUIDE NORTH DAKOTA THROUGH THE CURRENT DOWNTURN IN OIL PRODUCTION AND COMMODITY PRICES? AND WHEN OIL PRODUCTION INCREASES? I would begin the tradition of private audits of every agency and government on a rolling five year schedule. The audit would prove the numbers as presented. Also, the auditors would match the intention of the law that created the agency or department with the current staffing and management to find efficiency and improvement of performance. This is a much more precise elimination of waste and poor practices than across the board cuts which eat into those offices that are efficient and performing well. Private industry and non-profits of all sizes are regularly audited by private auditors. Government should not be excluded from this excellent policy. HOW DO YOU PLAN TO ADDRESS THE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS OF NORTH DAKOTA? WHAT FUNDING METHODS DO YOU FAVOR FOR UPGRADES AND REPAIRS? The best way to address infrastructure needs in tighter financial times such as these is by investing in ourselves. I would begin by studying ways to self-bond infrastructure projects, facilitated by the Bank of North Dakota and used existing investment pools such as the Public Employees Pension, Teachers Pension and other state investment pools as investors. These funds are chasing ever diminishing rates of return on the open market in a low rate environment. Why not internally finance our states' needs and pay back our own investment funds rather than letting that interest leave the state to international bond holders?

MARTY RISKE Libertarian

Hometown Grafton, ND

Occupation Businessman

Website www.martyforgov.com

It is only a matter of time before the target rate of return on these investment funds is lowered from the historical 8 percent to a more attainable 3-4 percent. We have the unique capabilities in the state to creatively finance projects and simultaneously reduce the cost of financing our projects through New York banks. By focusing this investment strategy on short and mid-term investments, our state can smooth out its revenue situation while paying a premium to itself. Chamber Connection | 7






Current Position: Director of Public Policy at Prairie St. John’s in Fargo

Current Position: Small business owner

Current Position: ND State Treasurer since 2004

Experience: Running businesses since 2001

Experience: North Dakota State Investment Board, the Teachers Fund for Retirement Board (TFFR), State Canvassing Board, State Board of Tax Equalization, North Dakota State Historical Board and North Dakota Board of University and School Lands



Experience: North Dakota State Senate since 1986; Master degree in Public Administration


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Current Position: Coowner/editor of "The Dakota Homestead" (www. thedakotahomestead.com)

Current Position: Small Business Owner

Current Position: Vice President of Government Affairs for the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce




Experience: Master degrees in Public Health, in Management and in Business Administration; Educator

Experience: B.S. Education B.S. Excercise Science Mayville State University Mises Institute Member

Experience: Law degree and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota


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Current Position: Public Service Commissioner since 2012

Current Position: Director of the entrepreneurial center at Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College in New Town

Current Position: Full-time Electrician with 12 years’ experience in the Red River Valley



Experience: Senior staff for former Gov. Ed Schafer and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven

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Current Position: North Dakota Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2012

Current Position: Teacher at Four Winds High School in Fort Totten

Experience: 23-year career at Bismarck Public Schools

Experience: Serves on the State Superintendent’s North Dakota State Assessment Task Force; 20-year career as a teacher

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Experience: Student of the Austrian school of economic thought frequenting the Mises Institute and Foundation for Economic Education online

Experience: MBA from University of Mary



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Roland Riemers

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Current Position: Self-employed in property management and investment



Accounting Manager at North Dakota Public Service Commission

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Experience: Former chair of the Libertarian Party of North Dakota; former board member of the national Libertarian Party; member of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the Second Change Coalition www.lpnorthdakota.org





Measure 1 would prohibit an individual from serving in the legislative assembly, unless the individual lives in the district from which he or she was selected. A "yes" vote supports requiring that state legislators remain residents of the legislative districts that they serve in for the entirety of their term, and starting at least 30 days prior to the election. A "no" vote opposes this proposal to require that state legislators remain residents of the legislative districts that they serve in for the entirety of their term, allowing legislators to potentially move their residence to other districts at any point during their time in office. Source: Ballotpedia


Measure 2 would deposit 10 percent of the revenue from oil extraction taxes in the common schools trust fund and in the foundation aid stabilization fund. Except as otherwise provided, the principal of the foundation aid stabilization fund may be expended upon order of the Governor, only to offset reductions in state aid to school districts due to a revenue shortage. A "yes" vote supports authorizing the legislature to allocate excess revenues from oil extraction taxes from the foundation aid stabilization fund for education purposes. A "no" vote opposes authorizing the legislature to allocate excess revenues from oil extraction taxes from the foundation aid stabilization fund for education purposes, thereby continuing to only allow the governor to expend principal from the stabilization fund. Source: Ballotpedia


Measure 3, known as “Marsy’s Law” would amend the North Dakota Constitution to provide certain rights to victims of crime in this state, including the following: • the right to prevent the disclosure of confidential information about the victim • the right to refuse or limit questioning of the victim • the right to notice of, and presence at, court proceedings • the right to notice of release or escape of the accused. A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of incorporating existing state statutes related to crime victims' rights into the state constitution. A "no" vote is a vote against adding a crime victims' rights section to the state constitution, and maintaining existing crime victims' rights laws in state statutes. Source: Ballotpedia


Measure 4 would provide for a new veterans’ tobacco tax trust fund in North Dakota Century Code. The trust would be funded by half of the new revenues. This fund, among others, would be supported by an increase in the excise tax on cigarettes from $0.44 to $2.20 per package of twenty cigarettes, as well as an increase in the excise tax on cigars from 28 percent to 56 percent of the wholesale purchase price at which the product is purchased by distributors. A "yes" vote supports increasing taxes on tobacco products and placing the generated tax revenue into a new state fund, called the Veteran's tobacco trust fund, that would pay for veterans' services and benefits. A "no" vote opposes increasing taxes on tobacco products and creating a new state fund, the Veteran's tobacco trust fund, in order to pay for veterans' services and benefits. Source: Ballotpedia


Measure 5 would legalize the medical use of marijuana for defined medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, and epilepsy. To participate in the program, the Act would provide for identification cards and certificates of registration which would be issued by the Department of Health for patients, caregivers, and qualified facilities, if all requirements are met. A "yes" vote supports legalizing the use of medical marijuana to treat defined debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, and epilepsy, and developing certain procedures for regulating medical marijuana growing, dispensing, and usage. A "no" vote opposes legalizing the use of medical marijuana to treat defined debilitating medical conditions, such as cancer, AIDS, hepatitis C, ALS, glaucoma, and epilepsy, keeping the state's full prohibition of marijuana use. Source: Ballotpedia Visit http://vote.nd.gov or http://ballotpedia.org/North_Dakota_2016_ballot_measures for additional information.

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MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Bryan Wetch


Q: Briefly tell us the history of Community Options, Inc. A: Community Options began in July 1997. My vision was to create an organization that supported people’s dreams of living a lifestyle of their choice. Our services were driven and directed by each person, while at the same time surrounding them with a team of individuals who would carry out the support plan to achieve their dreams. We began providing employment and residential services to people who had developmental disabilities. These services included independent living supports in their homes and apartments, assistance in finding and keeping employment, and in-home supports to families who had children with disabilities.

In 2000 we expanded our services to Dickinson and Devils Lake, shortly thereafter, we included Jamestown. Today we provide services across the entire state, with offices in Bismarck, Dickinson, Williston, Minot, Devils Lake, Grand Forks, Fargo, Jamestown, Fort Yates, New Town, and Fort Totten. Today Community Options has around 450 employees statewide and provides services to approximately 1200 people. Our services are for people with developmental disabilities, elderly, lowincome single parents, people who are recovering from a brain injury and those who have mental health challenges along with substance abuse issues. Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: Born and raised in the Bismarck area, and I have lived in North Dakota for most of my life, other than for five years that we lived in Missouri, where I worked as the Executive Director of a Non-Profit in the St. Louis Area. I am an avid runner and I am a die-hard St. Louis Cardinal and Green Bay Packer fan. I have been married to my wife, Lisa for the past 25 years and we have three children- Brandon, Tara and Lauren. I have worked in the field of developmental disabilities since 1981, most of those years working for non-profit organizations in North Dakota and Missouri. I founded Community Options in 1997 and have served as President for the past 20 years.

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Bryan Wetch, CEO of Community Options, Inc.

Q: What differentiates Community Options, Inc. from its competitors? A: The fact that all of our services are provided in community-based settings, which affords maximum opportunities for people with disabilities to interact and develop relationships/friendships with other members of our community is what sets us apart from others. We do not offer group homes or center-based services. We believe each person’s services and supports should be personalized to meet their living needs within their own home or apartment and employment preferences with local businesses.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Community Options, Inc.? A: Growth within Bismarck-Mandan has had positive effects on our company in many ways. The construction of new apartment buildings has afforded more choices for people we support, while at the same time, rising rents have been a challenge for most people we support due to their fixed incomes. Bismarck/Mandan’s rising population has on one hand helped meet our growing need for more employees; however, competition in Bismarck is high for those employees, making recruiting and retention a challenge. The growth of existing, as well as, new businesses in the area has provided great opportunities for employment for the people we support through our employment programs.

Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: The trends in the industry are definitely moving towards providing services within individualized community settings rather than in group settings such as group homes and center-based large group services. Over the next several years, the push will come from state and federal funding agencies to move away from group settings to more individualized services utilizing community settings.

Q: What does the future of Community Options, Inc. look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: I believe the future will be positive for Community Options, as well as our industry. As funding challenges loom, we will have to continually re-tool in order to meet the needs of people, while doing so as efficiently as we can, in light of reductions in funding. We will continue to diversify services, to keep us competitive in the market place. Q: Community Options, Inc. became a member in 2004, why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Chamber gives us such great opportunities to network with other local businesses, which increases opportunities for us to find employment for the people we support. Q: What should Chamber members know about Community Options, Inc. that may assist them? A: We support hundreds of people in the BismarckMandan area that are looking for work. We can be a rich resource for local businesses in meeting their employment needs.

Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you've had to deal with? A: The monumental change that I have had to deal with was de-institutionalization of the state institution at Grafton. New agencies began, group homes and workshops were built to accommodate the needs. The entire service delivery system changed and had to accommodate the movement of well over a thousand individuals into services in communities all over North Dakota.

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MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Rob Meltzer


Q: Briefly tell us the history of Principal Financial Group. A: A little company called Bankers Life was founded back in 1879 in Des Moines, IA. The business was built with a keen business mind, a genuine desire to help others, and a belief that honor and integrity are the keys to success. A lot has changed over the years. That little insurance company changed its name to Principal Financial Group and it’s not little any more. They took their insurance experience and started building their retirement and asset management expertise. They expanded outside the U.S. into Latin America, Asia and Europe. The thing that hasn’t changed is the desire to help people. What makes them different from other companies is the genuine compassion and desire to do the right thing for people. That’s why I choose to work with them.

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Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I’ve been in the financial services industry for the last 15 years. I’m just completing my seventh year with Principal Financial Group. The most rewarding part of my job is to be able to have a positive impact on a person’s life and to strengthen the financial health of a business. Most business owners are busy working in their business that they don’t take time to work on their business. That’s our role at Principal. I’m a big sports fan. For fun, I also work as a sports play-by-play announcer for Town Square Media and Midco Sports Network. I have covered local and area high school and college sporting events for the last six years. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Karen, and our dogs, Cooper and Maggie. Q: What differentiates Principal Financial Group from its competitors? A: The biggest difference I see is the people. The folks at Principal have a genuine interest in helping people live their best lives.

Principal is a little different when you see what we offer our local business. Think of it as a strategic business partner, we offer business planning services to growing business on a complimentary bases. These services include Informal Business Valuation and Buy-Sell Reviews. This is unique in the industry and another way Princiapl puts people first. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Principal Financial Group? A: Yes, the community here continues to grow, and it is our job to grow with it. The growth results in more businesses, employees, and individuals who may need help living their best financial lives.

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Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Industry trends would include the movement towards more comprehensive, holistic planning. We work one-onone with in all aspects of our client’s financial picture to help them reach their financial goals. We are seeing more and more of this approach throughout our industry.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you've had to deal with? A: There have been many monumental events that have affected the financial services industry, most recently the market crash in 2008. Anytime there’s a swing in the market, financial professionals, need to be available to explain the situation with their clients. Rob Meltzer has been with Principal Financial Group for seven years. It can be a scary thing to see market fluctuation but I try to stay ahead by calling my clients before they call me. Q: What does the future of Principal Financial Group look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: I think Principal is going to continue to grow and thrive. They’ve been around over 137 years, so they know how to weather a storm or two. I really feel like with their people, global growth strategy and innovative solutions, they’re going to continue helping customers and make a real difference in their financial futures. And probably turn a few heads along the way.

DELIGHT{FULL} “Every day is a good day here.” — Edwin Ternes, Touchmark resident

At Touchmark, residents say living well means …

Having more friendships. What does living well mean to you?

Q: Principal Financial Group became a member in 2009. Why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce has done a great job of helping local businesses grow and thrive. This community has an excellent entrepreneurial spirit, and the Chamber encourages local business owners to do business with each other. I have been a member of the Chamber Ambassador Committee since 2010 and it has been a great way to get out into the community. I enjoy meeting all the wonderful people who appreciate the great opportunity we have to run a successful business here.

Come see the exciting changes and new homes at Touchmark.

Q: What should Chamber members know about Principal Financial Group that may assist them? A: Most business owners and employees are not aware of all the free services we offer through Principal. For business owners, we offer a complimentary business valuation and buy-sell review. This helps to provide a roadmap for businesses to continue to succeed no matter what unexpected event might happen. For employees and all individuals, Principal offers a complimentary computerized financial analysis. The system allows families to see if they are on the right path for retirement readiness. We have options for people no matter where they are in their finanicl journey. It's important for people to know that it's ok to start somewhere, and that even a small step in the right direction is still a step forward.

Learn more: 701-557-9289 TouchmarkBismarck.com

We’re expanding!

TOUCHMARK ON WEST CENTURY Full-service Retirement Community 1000 West Century Avenue • Bismarck, ND 58503 1613503 © Touchmark, LLC, all rights reserved

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SALUTE TO THE BRAVE Whether it was the smell of Cloverdale brats, or the sight of the National Guard inflatable spider tent, a little bit of bad weather didn’t stop anyone from helping The Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee salute those who serve our armed forces during this year’s Brats for the Brave. Throughout sporadic showers and variable wind, the food was hot and we were able to stay dry while we ate. Through the assistance of our sponsors, we were able to feed an army, or two, while this military appreciation picnic allowed the public to break bread with military personnel of all branches. Without their support we would not be able to honor the men and women who protect our country. Presenting Sponsor:

Lunch Sponsors:

Event supporters: Kupper Chevrolet, H&R Block, Townsquare Media.


Join Mandan Mayor, Tim Helbling, and Bismarck Mayor, Mike Seminary, for the 2016 State of the Cities Address on Tuesday, November 8th, from 7:30am – 9:00am at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. Attendees will be informed on the previous year and learn the latest outlook for the Bismarck-Mandan community. Also, hear all about the mayor’s individual successes and challenges they endured throughout 2016, as well as some of the answers they have to some of our communities’ greatest questions. The cost to attend is $25.00 for Chamber members and $35.00 for non-members. Make sure to represent your organization and snag a table by becoming an event sponsor, or register online at bismarckmandan. com/events. For more information about this event, please contact David Leingang at the Chamber, 701223-5660, or email him at dleingang@bismancc.com.

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Leadership BismarckMandan has entered its 27th year with a class of 17 professionals and emerging leaders from our community:


The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class of 2016-2017.

Jarrod Auer — Kirkwood Bank & Trust Sheri Berogan — MDU Resources Group Sheena Fetzer — NISC Erin Green-Grom — Sanford Health Foundation Marla Hagemeister — Bismarck State College Lesley Icenogle — Gateway to Science Dawn Kleppe — KFYR TV Robyn Krile — Bismarck Police Department

Jennifer Lang — Bank of North Dakota Annette Martel — Dickinson State University-Bismarck Theresa Moravec — Aetna Cody Remboldt — Montana-Dakota Utilities LeNeika Roehrich — CHI St. Alexius – Mandan Wendy Van Duyne — Bartlett & West Josh Villbrandt — HIT, Inc. Wade Wall Jr. — Starion Financial LeAnne Westgard — American Bank Center

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SPORTING CLAYS SHOOT WAS A BLAST The weather might not have been on point, with showers scattered throughout the event, but our participants still shot high, with a top score of 46 out of 50 targets!

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber would like to say thank you to all our sponsors and participants that made it out for our 2016 Sporting Clay Shootout. This event is always a favorite and that’s largely due to our awesome members! Capital City Sporting Clays did a wonderful job with arranging our stations and providing necessary safety instructions. We appreciate all their efforts to make this event run smoothly. After the last flights wrapped up, members gathered around the club house for the delicious lunch catered by Famous Dave’s, while McQuades Distributing generously provided the beverages for our social hour. We wrapped up the event announcing our door prize winners and recognizing the businesses that make this event possible. Thank you again to our sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, HIT Inc, McQuades Distributing and SCHEELS for donating door prizes for our participants

Despite scattered rain showers, participants still had fun at this year's Chamber Sporting Clays Shootout.

Long Range Sponsors:

Rapid Fire Sponsors: Bremer Bank and City Air Mechanical

Event supporters: Advanced Business Methods, Century 21 Landmark Realty, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Famous Dave's, Liberty Business Systems, McQuade Distributing, Starion Financial, Cornerstone Bank and HH Gun Shop.

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Marc & Dee Taylor Northern Plains Equipment

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Join us for the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s largest premiere event of the year. Who likes a little friendly competition? This year’s black-tie optional Trivia Night is guaranteed to be a wonderful event! It’s an awesome way to celebrate the New Year as we share our accomplishments, mingle and wrap up with a live-game-show. Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 12th 2017 at the Bismarck Event Center in Hall B from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. Formal invitation to follow, but it’s never too soon to register. Check out our website for more information, www.bismarckmandan.com/events or contact Amanda at aschwieters@bismancc.com.

FRIDAYS AT THE CHAMBER: THANK YOU FROM OUR STAFF TO YOURS! Last month we wrapped up our final, Fridays at the Chamber event for the summer and what a wonderful year we had! Thank you to all our members who came out throughout the summer, it was our privilege to serve you and a great opportunity to meet so many new faces! It’s a small token compared to everything you do, but we hope you know how much we value your continual membership, community service, and involvement with the BismarckMandan Chamber.

Lastly, thank you to all our sponsors that make this event possible. Daniel Companies was our Presenting Sponsor and without their continual support we would not be able to host these lovely lunches! Thank you to Cloverdale Foods for providing the brats and pulled pork; Cash Wise Foods for providing a different assortment of sides each week and North American Coal Company for being an event Sponsor.

Presenting Sponsor:

Lunch Sponsors: Cloverdale Foods and Cash Wise Foods Event Sponsor: North American Coal Company Chamber Connection | 17





CHAMBER MEMBERS RECOGNIZED AT CELEBRATE BISMARCK-MANDAN With over 400 attendees, eight award recipients, and some special honors given, this was not the year to miss out on The Chamber’s annual Celebrate BismarckMandan award ceremony! Held at the Best Western Ramkota, the 2016 Celebrate event was not short on the laughs and the surprises.

Melissa Pinks, kicked things off by welcoming the crowd and giving recognition to The Chamber’s Excellence in Business Committee, as well as the Military Affairs Committee (MAC) and the Business and Education Partnership Committee (BEPC), for their work and contribution to this year’s ceremony. Melissa then prepped the crowd for the fun by introducing the event’s emcee, Chamber President, Scott Meske. Meske entertained guests with his balance of comedy and stoicism as he presented nominees for numerous awards and with the assistance of Shane Hafner, with the BEPC, and Col. Scott Boespflug with the MAC, announced award winners and honored special guests Recognizing this year’s Outstanding Teachers and last year’s Student Chamber Board, Hafner reminded the audience of the importance and power a relationship between business and the education system is to our community. Col. Boespflug then invited The North Dakota Patriot Guard to the stage to receive a certificate of appreciation for their tireless support for our fallen military personnel and their families, as well as their presence at many other military benefits. As the ride captain and other approached the stage, the entire audience stood in appreciation for all they do.

Cloverdale Foods was then awarded this year’s Golden Eagle award recipient for their endless support for the military community and most importantly their employees. Recipients of the Mike Fink Award for Steady Growth & Profitability were then called to the stage to say a few words and receive their award. This year we had a healthy crop of four organizations who earned this award through their growth in operations and employees. This year’s New Entrepreneur of the Year award was no easy choice between the three nominees; April Mettler with CC’s Physical Therapy, Terry Steckler with Advanced Fleet Services, and Bob Denver with Radio Bismarck Mandan. Though Terry Steckler accepted this year’s honor, all three nominees are bright stars in our community! Out of four nominees for the Small Business Person of the Year, Aaron Moos with Golds Gym was surprised to have his name called. The other nominees for the award were, April Mettler with CC’s Physical Therapy, Terry Steckler with Advanced Fleet Services, Matt and Tena Liudahl with Mr. Squeegee Window Cleaning. Our final honor of the day, was presented by Dave Goodin, President/CEO of MDU Resources, and Mary Miller, Vice President of Communications and Creative Services. The Granite award, an honor for organizations who have stood the test of time in the Bismarck-Mandan area for 50 years or more, was given to Farm Credit Services of Mandan. We hope to see everyone at next year’s Celebration, on September 14th, 2017!

Nice to meet you Bismarck-Mandan. We’re glad to be here. West Plains Engineering has been around for more than 30 years, and we’re proud to put down roots in North Dakota. We’re looking forward to helping with your MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING & POWER engineering needs.

233 West Broadway Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 751-7322

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2016 Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan Award Winners

GRANITE AWARD Farm Credit Services of Mandan


NEW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Terry Steckler of Advanced Fleet Services

MIKE FINK AWARD CC’s Physical Therapy


MIKE FINK AWARD North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co.


OUTSTANDING TEACHERS OF THE YEAR Ms. Tiffany Moos – Red Trail Elementary School Ms. Larissa Schwab – Highland Acres Elementary School Mr. Travis Coyle – Mandan High School Mr. Jeramie Schafer – Watcher Middle School Dr. Jill Nustad – University of Mary GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD Cloverdale Foods





SILVER SPONSOR: Bismarck Aero Center

AWARD SPONSOR: Bismarck Tribune


Bank of North Dakota Bismarck Cancer Center Bismarck State College Blue Cross Blue Shield Bremer Bank Dakota Community Bank & Trust

Northwest Contracting Eide Bailly, LLP Sanford Health First International Bank & Trust Starion Financial Gate City Bank Townsquare Media Leingang Home Center Printing KXMB CBS 12 ChamberUnited Connection | 19 Wells Fargo Bank Midco







The Agricultural Committee of the Chamber will be hosting a mixer/barbecue for Chamber members, employees and spouses on Thursday, October 4 from 4:30pm - 7:00pm at Northern Plains Equipment at 2933 Twin City Drive, Mandan.

Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary for the 2016 State of the Cities address on Tuesday, Nov. 8th at the Ramkota Hotel in Bismarck. Participants will be privy to the latest outlook from the Mandan and Bismarck mayors and will hear about successes and challenges throughout 2016.

Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Northern Plains Equipment Inc. 2933 Twin City Drive, Mandan 4:30PM - 7:00PM Free for Chamber Members

The purpose of this Fall event is to celebrate the harvest by inviting local produce vendorsa long with several Agriculture groups to set up and display their services. There is no charge to attend this event and enjoy a tasty barbecue, cash bar and great networking opportunities. RSVP online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or by emailing David Leingang at dleingang@bismancc. com.

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Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 Best Western Ramkota Hotel 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck 7:30AM - 9:00AM $25.00 for Chamber Members $35.00 for Non-Members

The cost to attend is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-Chamber members. For more information, contact David Leingang at dleingang@bismancc.com. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com or call 701-223-5660 for tickets. Gold Sponsors:





Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 Broadway Centre Spa & Salon 100 West Broadway Ste 140 4:30PM - 6:30PM Free for Chamber Members

Don’t miss our last Membership Mixer of the year! Join us next month at Broadway Centre Spa & Salon as they will be hosting our November monthly mixer. We are so excited to see what they have in store for all of you! This is a wonderful way to meet other members within the business community while enjoying some refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, live music and tours of Broadway Centre Spa & Salon’s beautiful space. Mixers are free for Chamber members to attend. Consider bringing along a colleague and enjoy this casual networking event. To RSVP call the Chamber at 701-223-5660 or email Amanda at aschwieters@ bismancc.com.

Paint the Town Pink! or blue, purple, yellow, green...


CHAMBER HOLIDAY MIXER Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 Bismarck Event Center - Exhibit Hall 315 S 5th St, Bismarck 5:00PM - 8:00PM $5.00 plus a Business Card

It’s never too early to start planning your booth exhibit! Reserve your sponsorship today for the 2016 Holiday Mixer! Booths are available for you to showcase your business and services to over 1,500 individuals from the community that attend this festive holiday event on Tuesday, December 13th at the Bismarck Event Center in the Exhibit Hall from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. There are many different sponsorship opportunities for your business to gain exposure before, during and after the event. To learn more or to reserve a booth contact Amanda at 701-223-5660 or email at aschwieters@ bismancc.com.

Visit participating businesses on Saturday, October 8, 2016! Join us after at the Broadway Grill & Tavern for a “Paint the Town Pink Party” from 4-6pm. Shoppers can enjoy appetizers, pink Michelob Ultra and participate in a silent auction. For a listing of participating businesses search “Paint the Town Pink” at www.bismarckcancercenterfoundation.com Chamber Connection | 21











Elderly households and those in their prime childbearing years are the populations projected to drive housing needs in North Dakota in coming years, according to a Statewide Housing Needs Assessment released today by researchers at North Dakota State University. The assessment was sponsored by North Dakota Housing Finance Agency and other housing stakeholders in the state. “In-migration prompted by energy development and economic growth reversed decades of population decline, making our state younger and positioning North Dakota for more growth in coming years,” said NDSU Center for Social Research Director Dr. Nancy Hodur. “As the Baby Boom generation continues to age, we will see an increase in our senior population as well.” From 2010 to 2015, North Dakota’s population growth outpaced all 50 states increasing 13 percent, from 672,591 to 756,927, and reversed decades of decline in rural communities. North Dakota’s future growth in the state is projected to be more balanced with the state’s population increasing another 21 percent to 891,268 by 2029. The number of individuals age 65 and over is projected to grow 52 percent. Individuals in their prime childbearing years, age 25 to 44, are projected to increase 30 percent. While housing needs are projected to increase fairly evenly across all income categories, the greatest needs will come from lower income households for which the proportion of the state’s current housing stock that is affordable is very limited. Extremely low- and very-low income households are projected to increase by 24 and 25 percent, respectively, compared to 19 and 20 percent increases for moderate and higher income households. “The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency’s priority is to assist communities in addressing housing challenges and we remain focused on meeting the affordable housing needs of all North Dakotans,” said Jolene Kline, NDHFA executive director. “The assessment’s findings show a vibrant state and NDHFA looks forward to the role housing can play in keeping North Dakota growing into the future.” The assessment, conducted by the Center for Social Research and the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics at North Dakota State University, is available online at www.ndhfa.org. It consists of several components – a statewide population and housing forecast, regional profiles and detailed tables broken down by various levels of geography including the state as a whole, the eight planning regions, 53 counties, 12 major cities and four Native American Indian Reservations. An additional study component that examines several special topics such as recent trends in housing costs and special population will be released in September.

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Six local automobile dealerships have teamed up with The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) and are excited to announce that total sales for the 2016 Medora Musical have surpassed 100,000 for a third year in a row. The milestone sale happened on Wednesday, August 17. With just over three weeks of the season left, TRMF officials project that this year's attendance will finish as the second most attended year in the history of the Medora Musical – likely surpassing 114,000 total attendees.

The Medora Musical crossed the 100,000 sales threshold for the first time in nearly a decade in 2014, and set an alltime record last year when 124,074 people saw the 50th Anniversary show. Prior to 2015, the last time ticket sales were this high was in 2001, when 113,641 people took in the Medora Musical.

When asked about what has helped attendance numbers this year, Randy Hatzenbuhler commented, “What we are seeing at the Medora Musical this year is because of a continuation of improvement from the last five years. Our teamwork with StageWest Entertainment has focused on making sure the show is the best it’s ever been each year and the attendance numbers show that’s working. “From selecting our professional cast from over 1,000 auditions, to ensuring lots of excitement, great variety acts, fireworks, and a great time in the show for the kids to come on stage, the Medora Musical itself has never been better than it is this year. And we plan to continue improving the Medora Musical so that attendees who make a traditional trip each summer, have a fresh, new, Broadway-level experience every time they come.” Officials also credit more new events and concerts in Medora, increased hotel availability in Dickinson, and the 100th Anniversary of the National Park System in helping.

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UTTC DEDICATES VETERANS’ MEMORIAL United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) dedicated a veteran’s memorial on Friday, September 9 on the campus in Bismarck. The event took place at a site near the entrance to the college at 3315 University Drive.


The memorial dedication took place on Friday, September 9

The permanent display recognizes the contributions of veterans in the different branches of military service. It also pays respect to Native American veterans along with veterans past and present from all racial and ethnic groups in the country. Native Americans have served in all of the nation’s military conflicts and wars, and in numbers that are greater per-capita than other ethnic groups. “Veterans are honored figures in Native culture and it isn’t generally understood that veterans are present in the student population at UTTC,” says UTTC President Leander “Russ” McDonald, a veteran of the U.S. Army. “They’re here to earn an education and in doing so they add a great deal of maturity and leadership to the campus experience for everyone.”

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FRONTIER PRECISION, INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION Frontier Precision is excited to announce that they have acquired award-winning, Idaho-based company, Electronic Data Solutions (Elecdata). They look forward to having their expertise and professionalism now being part of the Frontier Precision family and operating as a branch office in the Jerome, ID location. Electronic Data Solutions has been a trusted authorized distributor, professional service provider, and software developer specializing in field data collection since 1986. Founded by Linda Dean Glover and David Dean, Elecdata has served customers in a wide variety of industries, including: forestry, natural resources, local government, transportation, agriculture, mosquito/vector control, weed control, utilities, environmental, solid waste, oil and gas, water resources, and wetland delineations. The addition of Elecdata’s high level customer service and diverse portfolio to Frontier Precision, will allow customers to have a true one source business partner, providing: new hardware, software, and support products to meet each and every one of customer needs, now and into the future. They look forward to bringing their extensive product and service offering to all current and future Frontier Precision customers.



The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) is seeking locations within the city of Bismarck to place a motor vehicle registration Self-Service Terminal (SST) machine. As part of a pilot project, three terminals will be located within the city of Bismarck for one year. Two terminals will be placed in selected locations and one will be located within the customer service area of the NDDOT building. “We want to offer the convenience of self-service terminals, which would allow citizens accessibility to renew and print their vehicle renewals when it’s suitable for their schedule,” said Mark Nelson, NDDOT Deputy Director of Driver and Vehicle Services.

The 24-hour terminal is a fully automated motor vehicle registration renewal station that will dispense license plate renewal registration cards and motor vehicle tabs on the spot. A vehicle owner can navigate through the easy touch screen (voice assistance available) with a valid North Dakota driver’s license; North Dakota identification card; or if a company, the information provided on their renewal notice such as their invoice number. Once the payment has been submitted and the transaction is complete, the vehicle’s renewed registration card and tab are dispensed directly from the machine. The SST allows vehicle owners to register their vehicle(s) up to 60 days prior to their expiration. Vehicle owners can use the terminal with the proper identification. Acceptable forms of payment will be restricted to credit cards (AMEX, MC, VISA, Discover, and pin-less Debit cards). Business or retail owners interested in providing a location for a motor vehicle registration SST can review the request-for-site proposal with detailed information outlining specific criteria on NDDOT’s website at dot.nd.gov or this link Some of the criteria includes 24/7 accessibility, an indoor or secure vestibule with sufficient heating and cooling, as well as providing other equipment and electrical needs. Prospective SST location providers with questions may make inquiries to NDDOT by phone at (701) 328-2545, or by email at dot@nd.gov with the subject line “RFP for SST Site Proposal.”

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY OFFICIALLY OPENS NEW RESIDENTCE HALL Students, faculty, staff and honored guests officially marked the opening of the all-female, 276-bed residence hall with a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, the unveiling of its new name, Roers Hall (pronounced Roars), and tours of the facility. Roers Hall is just steps east of Welder library tucked between two other residence halls, Greg Butler Hall and Hillside Hall, forming a neatly nestled quad that fosters more interaction among students.

“We are extremely grateful to the Roers family. Their faithfulness and devotion to Catholic higher education and their love for our students and the Benedictine Sisters of the Annunciation Monastery, founders and sponsors of the University of Mary, is an inspiration to us all,” said University of Mary President, Monsignor James Shea. “Over the years Roers has expanded west from their home in Fargo, so they understand firsthand the growth we are experiencing in North Dakota, particularly in Bismarck and on our campus.” For the Roers family and their employees, community development is a way of life. Since it began in 1976, Roers Development has become a true full-service firm and a leading construction, development, property management and real estate company that pays over $15 million in wages and contributes in excess of $150 million in gross sales annually to North Dakota’s economy. “We are honored to have our name on this building,” said Jim Roers, president and CEO of Roers Development, based out of Fargo with offices in Bismarck, Dickinson and Minot.



“We know these ladies who come together to walk these halls in friendship, faith and fun, represent all that is good about community. It’s our desire that Roers Hall gives these students lifelong relationships, a healthy learning environment and a sense of place that shines a light of life upon all who call it home.”

Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary, looks on as the name of the new all-female residence hall on campus is revealed.

The $11 million Roers Hall, made possible through a multi-million dollar cash gift from Roers Development, is the largest living quarters on campus. A majority of the residents are first-year students occupying the first two levels. The third floor, called St. Scholastica Learning Community, is dedicated to those women of various ages who desire to live in an intentional faith-centered community. Also on that level is a new chapel that will be completed in December and open to all students of Roers Hall for prayer and reflection.

SAVE THE DATE! Reserve your sponsorship today for the 2015 Chamber Holiday Mixer! Booths are available for you to showcase your business and services to over 1,500 who will attend this festive event on Tuesday, December 13th at the Bismarck Event Center - Exhibit Hall from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. You can register for this event online at www.bismarckmandan.com or by calling the Chamber at 701-223-5660. There are many opportunities for a sponsor to gain exposure before, during and after the event. Contact Amanda to learn more information about sponsorship opportunities by emailing aschweiters@bismancc.com or by calling 701-223-5660.

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Record enrollment in Bismarck Public Schools again, despite the downturn in oil and agriculture industries. There are 348 more students in Bismarck Public Schools today than there were last fall. Last year, there were 361 more students than the previous year, for an enrollment increase of more than 700 students in grades K-12 in the past two years.

Superintendent Tamara Uselman says, “Despite the state economic outlook, the Capital City is still growing by leaps and bounds. Having an additional 348 kids show up in our classrooms today is about the size of one of our elementary schools. That’s a lot of kids to find space for.” This is the 13th year in a row that Bismarck Public Schools has seen enrollment increases. This year, most of the increase is in grades 6-12 with an additional 117 middle school students and 104 high school students.

Simle has most of the middle school growth with enrollment at 1,031. Horizon has nearly 1,000 students (996). Wachter has 868 students due to a smaller than typical 6th grade class coming in, but all three middle schools are now over capacity, as predicted. A 75-person community task force has recommended the School Board add on to all three middle schools rather than building a new middle school, and make equity improvements at Bismarck and Century High Schools. Enrollment between the three high schools is comparable with Century at 1,233 students today, Bismarck High at 1,229, and Legacy at 1,125.

Uselman says the School Board will make a decision this fall regarding if and when to have an election to address middle and high school space needs after reviewing the scope of each project based on preliminary work done by architects and principals this summer. She also notes that today’s actual enrollment is very close to what the school demographer projected in March of 2015.

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PERKS ASK-A PRO News Community BISMARCK, ND RANKS #2 OUT OF 383 AS BEST PLACE IN THE U.SA. FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS TO LAUNCH THEIR BUSINESS The metro area of Bismarck, ND was ranked #2 in a new report by data analysts from GoodCall.com as one of the best places in the U.S. for women entrepreneurs to launch a business. The report was launched in light of American Business Women’s Day (9/22), a nationally recognized holiday that honors American business women and women business owners across the country.

"Bismarck's strong local economy provides an opportunistic environment for women-owned businesses to take their business to the next level. Entrepreneur or startup, with our strong mentor support and small business advocates as resources, it's the best place to be for women-owned businesses,” says Heidi Ripplinger, Director of Marketing and Communications at the Greater North Dakota Chamber. Scott Meske, President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce added, “It’s great news that our BismarckMandan region is considered so inviting for womenowned enterprises and small businesses. The quality of life our schools, communities, and our businesses provide here is world class and likely contributed to our significant leap in the rankings. As we continue to grow and develop, the environment for women-based startups and established companies will flourish. We are very excited to have been named one of the country’s top regions for women entrepreneurs by GoodCall.com.”

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A total of 383 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) were evaluated on their ability to provide networking opportunities, a welcoming business climate for women, a bustling economy and a great baseline for female education. Data sources included the U.S. Census Bureau’s most recent Survey of Business Owners to evaluate the networking potential (10% of the total score) and business climate (25%), and the bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey to weigh differences in male and female educational attainment (30%). “Bismarck won the #2 position, outpacing other North Dakota metros in the top 100, including Fargo and Grand Forks,” says GoodCall.com research analyst Claire Etheridge. “Several factors boosted Bismarck up in the rankings, including robust educational values for women, a thriving post-recession economy and, of course, a high density of female business owners. Taken together, those factors elevated it above many other places in the country.” Economic health information (35%) for the cities came from two sources - year-over-year change in an MSAs gross domestic product from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the current unemployment rate from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey’s 5-year estimates. Read the full report regarding Bismarck’s ranking here: https://www.goodcall.com/data-center/2016-bestplaces-women-entrepreneurs

BUSINESS STARTUP WORKSHOP TO FEATURE RESOURCES & SUCCESS STORIES Aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to the fourth annual Business Start-Up 101 workshop in Mandan on Tuesday, Oct. 11. This free informational session runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Baymont Inn, 2611 Old Red Trail. The event is hosted by the Mandan Tomorrow – Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee. For program details and to register, visit www.cityofmandan.com/register or call the Mandan Business Development office, phone 667-3485.

The workshop will feature speakers who provide a variety of helpful resources and services to those exploring the possibility of starting a business. There will also be a panel discussion with local business owners who will share insights and lessons learned about operating a business. Resource people at the workshop will include those who assist with income, expense and cash flow projections, advising and financing new businesses, plus those who facilitate networking and sharing of best practices among entrepreneurs. There will be representatives from the Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Center for Technology and Business, 1 Million Cups, and the Lewis and Clark Regional Development Council as well as the Lewis and Clark Certified Development Corporation. The panel of entrepreneurs includes Edgar Oliveira of the Harvest Brazilian Grill, Station West Bar and Grill and the James River Café; Kim Ressler of Classic Rock Coffee; Cody Randall, Cyclist’s Cove, and Jon Larson, Larson’s Tattooing. Coordination assistance for the outreach session is provided by the City of Mandan Business Development Office and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association. The Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Commission is a subcommittee of the Chamber that is helping to implement the Mandan Tomorrow strategic plan.



The University of Mary invited high school counselors and principals, health care professionals and the general public to a grand opening of its new campus location in Billings. Guests received tours and a brief program with comments from University of Mary President, Monsignor James Shea and Occupational Therapy Director Janeene Sibla.

University of Mary’s well-respected and accredited graduate program in occupational therapy has had a presence in Billings since the fall of 2013—offering an entry-level Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. As part of the university’s new Vision 2030 Capital Campaign for growth and due to the high demand for its services in the Billings and surrounding area, Mary identified a need to expand into this larger 9,000-square-foot facility. This new, larger space allows the University of Mary to accept a cohort of 16 OT students compared to 12—with room to grow more in the future, which would require the addition of more faculty.




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The Sanford Cancer Survivorship Program received a $7,000 grant from the North Dakota Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. The funds will be used to implement an All Cancer Survivor Retreat focused on healthy nutritional choices for survivors of all cancers and their caregivers. Though the date of the retreat has not yet been determined, it will be open for all cancer survivors in North Dakota and will be held in the Fargo metro area. “Attendees of the All Cancer Survivor Retreat will learn about healthy lifestyle habits that can help with cancer treatment and recovery as well as cancer prevention,” said Shelby Terstriep, M.D., Sanford Oncologist and Medical Director of the survivorship program. “It also creates an opportunity for cancer survivors to connect, share experiences and find encouragement from one another.” Cancer is the second leading cause of death in North Dakota. Efforts, such as those like the All Cancer Survivorship Retreat, aim to prevent cancer, save lives and improve the quality of lives of North Dakotans

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UTTC HEALTHY COMMUNITY COALITION AWARDED GRANT Janna Pastir, North Dakota Department of Health Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Director, announced that they have awarded grant funds in the amount of $7,000 to United Tribes Technical College. The funds will be used to implement a pilot program for a comprehensive worksite wellness program for fulltime employees. The program will include developing and rolling out a point system based on voluntary participation in a variety of events and activities focused on holistic health and wellness. Included in the program will be nutrition education, fitness assessments, health risk assessments, spiritual and ceremonial events, mental/emotional health classes or activities, and physical activity challenges.

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in North Dakota. The efforts at UTTC, such as the Comprehensive Worksite Wellness Pilot Program, are vital to cancer prevention, saving lives and/or improving the quality of lives of North Dakotans. Mara Yborra, UTTC Healthy Community Coalition (HCC) chairperson, shows her excitement when talking about the program, “UTTC is really great at offering health and wellness opportunities to employees, but until now, we weren’t able to package it and streamline it to make sense for our employees. We are excited about fostering a culture of wellness here on campus.” Chris Knoll, Strengthening Lifestyles Director and Vice-Chair of UTTC HCC, states that he is most enthusiastic about the long term effects of a holistic and comprehensive worksite wellness program. “Our employees will benefit, our organization will benefit; it’s a win-win.”



Capital Credit Union presented the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) with a donation of $300, helping the organization recoup the amount recently stolen from a donation box in the Seeds of Hope Thrift and Gift Store.

“We decided the day we found out about the loss we were going to make it up,” said Dustin Bitz, Capital Credit Union Vice President of Member Services. “The credit union philosophy is ‘People Helping People,’ and we wanted to be sure we helped AARC, an organization that provides valuable services to so many in our state.” Seeds of Hope is owned by AARC and its proceeds are used to support ongoing programs the organization provides.

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“We are grateful for the caring gesture by Capital Credit Union and its employees in replacing the money taken recently from our Seeds of Hope Thrift and Gift Store. We will use this gift to help children at the shelters, which was the purpose for the funds that were taken,” said Diane Zainhofsky, Executive Director of the Abused Adult Resource Center.


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BPS SCHOOLS AND OPIOIDS Contributed By Tamera Uselman, BPS Superintendent

Since we learned about fatal or near fatal opioid incidents in eastern North Dakota, Bismarck Public Schools has been diligent in informing parents and others in our community about this increasing problem. We emailed fentanyl information to families this spring, and some of our secondary schools were able to schedule presentations with students and staff before the summer break.

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This fall, all of our middle and high schools are working with School Resource Officers (SROs) and Bismarck Police Youth Bureau (PYB) staff to educate students and employees about the dangers of fentanyl. Bismarck Police Department SRO Preston McKay says, “It’s here; it’s very dangerous; and some kids don’t think it will happen to them. We have had five suspected overdose deaths in Bismarck so far this year, which is the most I’ve seen in such a short time span in my 14-year career. It’s disturbing.” McKay is the SRO for Century High School and Horizon Middle School, as well as some local elementary schools. In September, he presented information to CHS students. “Our push is going to be the education piece,” McKay says. “Fentanyl is extremely dangerous and even a little amount can have serious side effects such as respiratory distress and possibly death. In the U.S. lots of drugs are being cut with fentanyl obtained from China, through the internet, because it’s so cheap to make. Drug dealers want to make money; they don’t care who they kill.” McKay says in the U.S. fentanyl is being found in cocaine, heroin, marijuana and oxycodone. Any contact with the substance, since it can be absorbed through the skin as well as inhaled, is considered an overdose risk and people should seek medical attention. “We cannot stress enough the need for immediate medical help if you come in contact or introduce this chemical into your body,” he says. “You have very little time to get emergency medical attention that may save your life.” As part of being proactive so this drug epidemic doesn’t get out of hand in our community, Preston says SROs work closely with narcotics detectives to learn what they are seeing, who the players are, and who they are running with. Legacy High presented information on opioids last spring to all staff and students and will do so again this fall. South Central High School and Horizon Middle School will have SRO presentations this fall. Wachter and Simle middle schools will have SROs and PYB staff present to 7th grade health classes. BHS will do presentations in their physical education and health classes. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to call my office (323-4054) and I’ll try to find answers for you. Be vigilant; be informed. Work to keep our community’s children safe.

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On the first day of the 2016-2017 school year, Mandan Public Schools showed an increase in enrollment of 124 students in grades K-12 from the prior year – a 3.49 percent increase. Mandan elementary schools has an additional 84 students in grades K-5, for a total of 1,821 students. Mandan Middle School has an additional 35 students in grades 6-8, for a total of 876 students. Mandan High School has an additional 15 students in grades 9-12, for a total of 1,043 students. Mandan Public School District educates 3,675 students in six elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative education center.


This year acknowledges the 40th year that the three independent Farm Credit Services associations in North Dakota have donated FFA Handbooks to agricultural students in area schools. Farm Credit Services of Mandan will deliver over 500 FFA handbooks to 24 high schools in southwest and south central North Dakota. “We are proud to support our rural youth who may become tomorrow’s agricultural producers and leaders,” said Aaron Vetter, CEO Farm Credit Services of Mandan. “Farm Credit is here to help our rural communities grow and the FFA program helps students become better citizens in those communities,” he added. This year, approximately 80 high school agriculture education programs in North Dakota and northwest Minnesota will receive over 2,800 of the student handbooks for the start of the 2016/2017 school year donated by the Farm Credit Services Associations in North Dakota. For four decades close to 73,000 of the books have been presented to FFA-first year 'greenhands' to be used throughout the four-year FFA program. The official Student Handbook of the National FFA Organization was originally developed in 1977 and revised through grants from the Farm Credit system.

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Sanford Health Welcomes Cardiologist

Stephen Boateng, DO, cardiologist, recently joined Sanford Clinic in Bismarck. Dr. Starion Financial has hired Boateng received his medical Chris Fraser and Brittany degree from University of North Stuhlmiller as mortgage Texas Health Science Center in Chris Fraser banking officers in BismarckFort Worth and completed his Mandan. Stephen Boateng residency training in Cardiology As mortgage bankers, Fraser MABU Hires Jyring from University of Chicago – and Stuhlmiller work with and Gerrity Northshore in Evanston, Ill. He is fellowship trained customers to finance new in Cardiology from Rush University Medical Center in home purchases, refinancing, Agency MABU recently Chicago and board certified in internal medicine by new construction and other welcomed Ben Jyring and Colin the American Board of Internal Medicine. home loans. They work with Gerrity to its team. customers to identify the Ben Jyring joins MABU’s appropriate mortgages to fit Eckart Joins DCN Bismarck office as a Web Ben Jyring Brittany Stuhlmiller individual needs, guiding Developer. A recent graduate Dana Eckart recently joined customers from the qualifying of Minnesota State University DCN as an Account Executive process through closing. Moorhead with a degree and is located at the Fargo, Fraser has worked in banking for three years, in Graphic Design and North Dakota office. Eckart primarily in mortgage. Prior to the banking industry, Communications, Jyring was previously employed at previously worked at MABU as a Network Center Inc. His current he worked led sales teams in various industries. He web development intern during Dana Eckart responsibilities include working is active with the Bismarck-Mandan Homebuilders Association and the Bismarck-Mandan Board of his college studies. with existing and prospective Realtors. Fraser earned a bachelor’s degree in Colin Gerrity has joined customers, to provide technology solutions for their Colin Gerrity business administration from the University of Mary. the MABU office in Phoenix, business needs. Maryland as a communications Dana graduated from Minnesota State University, He is located at the bank’s Mandan branch. Stuhlmiller has worked in the mortgage industry coordinator. A graduate of Towson University with Moorhead, Minnesota in 2001 with a Bachelor of since 2011, including four years as an escrow closing a degree in English, Colin brings experience in Science degree in Business Administration. officer. Prior to working in the mortgage industry, she copywriting and editing to MABU’s base in the worked in the areas of retail and customer service. Washington, DC region. DFC Consultants Named "50 Best She is located at Starion’s branch on the corner of Places to Work" Highway 83 and Skyline Boulevard. Stuhlmiller Japel Named to New York Life's DFC Consultants has been named to Prairie attended Bismarck State College and the University of Presidents Council Business magazine’s “50 Best Places to Work” list. North Dakota. Loren H. Japel has been The list is compiled of 50 businesses in the northern named a member of the 2016 plains that demonstrate a commitment to making President’s Council of New York their business one of the best places to work. There Life. Members of the President’s were 950 nominations received. Council are among the top five Companies were nominated through an percent of New York Life’s elite anonymous employee satisfaction survey and rated in sales force of 12,000 licensed areas including work environment, employee benefits Loren H. Japel agents. and employee happiness. This is the third consecutive year that DFC Consultants has made the list.

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Dakota Eye Institute recently hired Brittnee Felix and Susan Hintz to join its eye care team as ophthalmic technicians. They will perform initial screenings and preliminary eye function testing for patients prior to seeing the doctor Felix is from Park River, N.D. and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D. Hintz is a native of Flasher, N.D. and has an Associate’s in Applied Science degree in Human Services from Bismarck State College in Bismarck, N.D.

Gross Takes Over Leadership Role at UND Center for the Bismarck Cancer Center Family Medicine Welcomes Dr. Rhonda The Bismarck Cancer Center Schafer-McLean (BCC) Board of Trustees recently

The UND Center for Family Medicine announced recently that Dr. Rhonda SchaferDr. Rhonda Schafer-McLean McLean has joined the faculty Brittnee Felix at the UND Center for Family Medicine. Dr. Schafer-McLean is a Wilton native and has been practicing Bismarck since 2009. Dr. SchaferMcLean specializes in women’s healthcare including Obstetrics, Gynecology and surgical procedures such as hysterectomy, laparoscopy, bladder sling, infertility, endometriosis and related surgeries. She’ll begin seeing patients in early August and has privileges at Sanford Medical Center. She also performs in-office procedures at UND. Susan Hintz Dr. Schafer-McLean completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Colorado in Denver, then returned to Bismarck and Dr. Nath Joins CHI worked for a local clinic before joining the UND Center St. Alexius Health for Family Medicine. Dr. Schafer-McLean said, “I love Neonatal Clinic teaching and sharing best practices with residents in Himadri Nath, MD, has a patient-focused environment, plus having all of the joined CHI St. Alexius amenities like radiology lab and procedure rooms. Health Neonatal Clinic. As a This was a way to work near my hometown and give neonatologist, Dr. Nath joins back to North Dakota by working with residents. Himadri Nath, MD CHI St. Alexius Health’s expert UND produces nearly 85% of the North Dakota’s team of neonatal and pediatric family practice physicians and I wanted to be a part specialists, skilled nurses and therapists working of training our North Dakota physicians.” Dr. Schafertogether to provide comprehensive care in the McLean is a recipient of the AOA Teaching Excellence Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Award from the University of North Dakota and the Dr. Nath received his medical degree from R. G. OB/GYN Outstanding Resident Teacher Award from the Kar Medical College, Calcutta University Kolkata, University of Colorado School of Medicine. India. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick, New Starion Financial named to Prairie Jersey, and completed a neonatal-perinatal fellowship Business Top 50 at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Starion Financial has been named one of Prairie Memphis, Tennessee. Business magazine’s 50 Best Places to Work for 2016. Dr. Nath is board certified by the American Board “Starion is honored to be named a best place of Pediatrics. He is a Fellow of American Academy to work in the region,” said Craig Larson, Starion of Pediatrics and a member of Indian Academy of president/CEO. “As a family-owned community bank, Pediatrics. we strive to be a place people want to work and take pride in being part of the community.” Sanford Health This award is given based on anonymous employee Welcomes Nurse nominations that address work environment, Practitioners employee benefits and employee happiness, with Jenna Scharmer, family consideration given to the number of nominations a nurse practitioner, recently company received. Prairie Business received nearly joined Sanford Health in 950 nominations from employees in North Dakota, Mandan. Scharmer received her South Dakota and western Minnesota. The September Jenna Scharmer bachelor's and master's degrees issue of the magazine honors the businesses from the University of North Larson believes something that sets Starion apart Dakota. as an employer is its belief in career track planning Brandi Christmann, family for employees at all levels and a commitment to nurse practitioner, recently promoting from within. Along with highly-competitive joined Sanford Health salary and benefit packages, these help employees in Bismarck. Christmann feel valued, knowing they have a future in the graduated from Medcenter One organization. College of Nursing, now NDSU Brandi Christmann Nursing at Sanford Health, and received her master’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

appointed Amy Gross as the new executive director. First hired as a radiation therapist for BCC in 1997, Gross appreciated working closely Amy Gross with patients until being hired as the assistant director in 2014. In this role she was able to showcase her leadership skills and planning efforts during a time of growth at the BCC. A Park River native, Gross graduated from University of Mary and the radiation therapy program at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. She worked as a Radiation Therapist at Altru Cancer Center in Grand Forks prior to joining the team at the BCC

Two Promoted at Widmer Roel, Bismarck

Widmer Roel, a public accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Bismarck, Fargo and Hazen has Amanda Moen promoted Amanda Moen to senior staff accountant in the audit department and Pao-Yueh (Claudia) Schollmeyer to senior staff accountant in the tax department. Moen is originally from Fargo, ND and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pao-Yueh Schollmeyer Minnesota - Crookston. She joined Widmer Roel in 2015 and has more than three years of experience. Schollmeyer is a native of Hualien, Taiwan, and earned a MBA from the University of Mary, bachelor’s degree in finance from California State University, Fullerton and an associate degree in accounting from Ching-Chung College. She joined Widmer Roel in 2011 and has more than five years of experience.

Ellison Named Advisor of the Month

Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Bruce Ellison has been named Advisor of the Month for August based upon his production and service to his clients. Bruce has been a representative with Securian Bruce Ellison since December 2013 and is located at 4431 Memorial Highway in Mandan.

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NEWS American Bank Center Announces Senior Management Updates

American Bank Center is pleased to announce Kevin Dykema has been named Bismarck Regional President. Along with the executive responsibility for the Bismarck Region; Dykema will build and Kevin Dykema maintain a professional rapport with community members, as well as cultivating new and existing customer relationships. Dykema brings over 20 years banking and supervisory experience to the position. He has served as a Business Banker, the Vice President of Mortgage Banking, and most Jonus Elston recently as the Vice President of Business Banking for American Bank Center. Prior to American Bank Center, Dykema worked as a Commercial Loan Officer for the Community Bank of the Red River Valley. Originally from Linton, N.D., Dykema earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of North Dakota; and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking in Madison Wisconsin. Dykema, his wife Rachel, and three children live in Bismarck. Jonus Elston, previous Bismarck Regional President, will assume the responsibility of Chief Credit Officer. Elston’s experience as a Regional President, combined with this strong credit and regulatory background, will serve American Bank Center well as he transitions into this critical role. Originally from Sanborn, N.D., Elston has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Mary, and prior to American Bank Center worked for the North Dakota of Department of Financial Institutions as a Financial Institutions Examiner. Elston, his wife Tera, and two daughters live in Bismarck.



Luxe Beautique is glad to welcome their newest team members to their salon and spa family! Luxe opened their doors May, 2016 and offers an array of salon and spa services including hair, nails, facials, waxing, and Missy Helgeson massage. Among the many services they provide, they have several professional hair, skin, and nail beauty products you can take home to keep your skin glowing, your hair healthy, and your nails always polished. Massage therapist, Missy Helgeson, has been performing massage for 15 years. She is Sonya Schaner-Trapp known for her healing touch and compassionate personality. She is also known for her Traditional Thai Massage which is a style of massage where the body is compressed, pulled, stretched, and rocked. Other massages offered by Missy include 30 minute, 60 minute, Kellye Trzpuc and 90 minute. Sonya Schaner-Trapp is our newest Aesthetician at Luxe and performs services such as facials, microdermabrasion, body wraps, and facial waxing. Sonya likes to consult with her guests before she devises a plan on how to care for their skin. Megan Bender Sonya also has experience in skin care education and is great at helping her guests pick the right at home products. Kellye Trzpuc is the newest artist at Luxe, hair and nails being her specialty! She has mastered the art of balyage and ombre' color techniques. She enjoys doing fun cuts and colors and is always up on the latest hair trends. When not working behind the chair Marco Named One Of The 50 Best Kellye is running her boutique, Blu Elephant, located Places To Work By Prairie Business inside Luxe. Marco was named one of the 50 Best Places to Megan Bender has been in the salon industry Work for 2016 by Prairie Business magazine for the third year in a row on Tuesday, August 30. Companies for six years, working with nails and skin care. She specializes in full body waxing and aesthetic services were nominated through an anonymous employee satisfaction survey and rated in areas including work such as facials and microdermabrasion. Through her years of experience she's had the opportunity to get environment, employee benefits and happiness. educated in several skin care lines and is certified in “Employees in the companies nominated for this microdermabrasion and chemical peels. list wait eagerly to find out if their workplace has been chosen,” says Lisa Gibson, editor of Prairie Business. “It’s a point of pride for our winners because being nominated as a great place to work by actual employees on all levels of hierarchy is a testament to really being a great company. You can’t claim to be a great place to work unless the employees who actually work for you agree.”

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Peterson Elected Chairman Of State Auto Association

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Jesse Peterson, Bismarck, ND, was elected Chairman of the Automobile Dealers Association Jesse Peterson of North Dakota (ADAND) during the organization’s annual conference held recently in Fargo. Jesse is a partner in Eide Ford Lincoln in Bismarck, Eide Hyundai in Grand Forks, and Eide Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep in Pine City, Minnesota. He has served on the ADAND Board of Directors since 2010. Jesse was born in St. Louis Park, MN, and is a graduate of Monticello (MN) High School outside of the Twin Cities. He earned a degree in Business Management and Marketing from Northwood University in Midland, Michigan in 2002. Jesse started washing cars at his father’s Ford dealership in Monticello in 1992. He worked there through high school and college in various capacities. He also worked at a number of other dealerships in the metro and St. Cloud in an internship capacity in Service and Sales. Upon graduation from Northwood, Jesse also worked on the manufacturer side for American Honda Motor Company, serving as a District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL, and Virginia Beach, VA from 2002-2004. In 2005, Jesse began selling cars at Eide Ford in Bismarck, a dealership owned by his grandfather, Allen Eide, since 1981. Jesse’s idea of staying 3 months to “get some experience,” turned into over 12 years and 3 stores together in partnership, something he’s most proud of. He has held nearly every position in a dealership, including Service Advisor, Parts, Sales, F & I, Internet Manager, Used Car Manager, General Sales Manager and General Manager.

Mabin Earns Commercial Drone Pilot Certification

Mike Mabin, Managing Partner with Shutter Pilots, attended a flight instruction course titled “Commercial Drone Pilot Certification” offered by V1 Aeronautics in Hagerstown, Maryland. As part of the course, Mabin Mike Mabin passed a pilot knowledge exam administered through the Federal Aviation Administration (FFA) to earn a remote pilot certificate. This training and certification process enables Mabin to operate as a Pilot in Command (PIC) under the FAA’s new rules and regulations relating to small, unmanned aerial systems (sUAS).

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Governor Appoints Kost to State Real Estate Appraiser Qualifications and Kyle Johnson, M.D., ear, nose Ethic Board

and throat physician, recently joined Sanford Seventh and Broadway Clinic in Bismarck. Dr. Johnson received his medical degree from Keck School of Medicine of USC in Los Angeles and completed his residency Kyle Johnson, M.D. training in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, from the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington. Jason Rogers, ear, nose and throat physician assistant, recently joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. Rogers received his bachelor’s and master’s Jason Rogers degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Rogers sees patients at Sanford Seventh and Broadway Clinic, 715 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple appointed Corey Kost to a five-year term on the North Dakota Real Estate Appraiser Qualifications and Ethics Board. Kost brings to the board experience in commercial, industrial, residential and land appraisals. Kost, a staff appraiser at Dakota Appraisal & Consulting in Bismarck, is a MAI designated member of the Appraisal Institute and charter member of the North Dakota Appraiser Association. Kost holds a civil engineering degree from the University of North Dakota. Prior to joining Dakota Appraisal, Kost served as a project engineer in Bozeman, Montana.

Bianco Realty Sales Awards

Bianco Realty has named Judy Maslowski and Shirley Thomas "REALTORS® of the Month"! Maslowski and Thomas had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of August 2016. Maslowski has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2007 and Thomas has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001. '

UND Center for Family Medicine Welcomes New Faculty Physician

Dr. Shannon Sauter, a Bismarck native, is joining the teaching faculty at the UND Center Dr. Shannon Sauter for Family Medicine in early August. Faculty physicians (preceptors) oversee the patient care provided by the licensed resident physicians at the clinic. Dr. Sauter completed her own residency training at the UND Center for Family Medicine in Bismarck and chose to stay on as faculty. Dr. Sauter specializes in women’s health include obstetrics, gynecology and full reproductive healthcare.

New Receptionists at Dakota Eye Institute

Dakota Eye Institute recently hired Jaelea Doe and Tess Hoff to join its professional team as receptionists. Their responsibilities are to check in patients, verify information, and make future appointments. Doe is a native of Colorado Springs, CO and currently resides in Mandan. She has six years of experience in reception. Hoff is from Richardton, ND and has an associate’s degree in Accounting from Dickinson State University in Dickinson, ND.

OCTOBER LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS Televised on Government Access, cable channel 2 & 602 HD.

Broadcast on KDAK 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at www.freetv.org.

Mon, 3rd

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School *

Tues, 4th Mon, 10th

5:00 pm Mandan City Commission

Tues, 11th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board *

Wed, 12th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission Thur, 13th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission *

Mon, 17th

5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board *

Thurs, 20th

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 24th 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission Tues, 25th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:30 pm Morton County Commission * Wed, 26th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thurs, 27th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org. * Delayed Playback

Tues, 18th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:00 pm Mandan City Commission Chamber Connection | 39

Welcome new members

The Chamber of Commerce encourages all members to do business with each other. The following companies and organizations have recently made an important investment in their business by joining the Chamber. Please consider them for your professional and personal needs. To find a complete listing of Chamber members, view the Member Directory online at www.bismarckmandan.com.

American Resurfacing Inc. 2909 Twin City Drive Mandan, ND Scott Olson (701) 712-1050 For all your Sweeping, Striping, Crack Sealing & Sealcoating needs! We also provide Sandblasting services for all types of metal & concrete! Zimmerman Law, PC 523 E. Bismarck Expressway #3 Bismarck, ND Issac Zimmerman (701) 224-1519 Law firm that focuses on tax, estate planning, and business succession planning. EngTech - Engineers-Architects-Forensic Experts 513 E Bismarck Expressway Bismarck, ND Joan Klein (701) 258-7077 We are a full-service, engineering-architectural-forensic experts firm serving diverse clientele. We are certified in LEED AP, Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Green Building Engineer.

Moritz Sport & Marine 2540 Marina Rd SE. Mandan, ND Dave Moritz (701) 222-2000 Sales - Service - Parts; Fun 4 all seasons Gate City Bank - Yorktown Drive 3204 Yorktown Drive Bismarck, ND Peter Smith (701) 355-7675 Obermiller Nelson Engineering 233 Rosser Ave. W Bismarck, ND Jason Kaul (701) 222-0520 Obermiller Nelson Engineering, Inc. delivers success to our clients by providing professional, detailed mechanical, electrical and civil design and coordination Livewire Entertainment Media Services, LLC 1701 1st Ave N Fargo, ND Kent Kolstad (320) 815-1288 Livewire provides world-class production for corporate, musical and theatrical events, as well as equipment rental, installation and sales.

Friday, November 25th • 8:00pm - Midnight Bismarck-Mandan Elks Lodge #1199 Prospective Member Night

LIVE MUSIC • FREE APPETIZERS www.facebook.com/elkslodge • www.bismanelks.com • 701-255-1199 40 | Chamber Connection

www.bismarckmandan.com MSM Realty, Inc. 2900 E Broadway Ave. Suite 20 Bismarck, ND Mary Shelkey - Miller (701) 258-1213 Motivated Mediating Real Estate Agents. We work with buyers, sellers, investors, and commercial clients. We are involved in community & professional organizations. We welcome new clients!

Viant Crane, LLC 2140 Business Loop I-94 Mandan, ND Bob Brower (844) 344-6478 Provides bare crane rental, truck crane service, heavy rigging, lifting logistics, lift planning and design. Providing safe and reliable service throughout the Midwest.

Lula b. 301 E. Broadway Ave. Bismarck, ND Carly Lenihan (701) 223-8012 lula b is a fun and fashion forward women's clothing abd accessory boutique for ages 15-115. This trendy shop allows mothers and daughters to shop together while never leaving empty handed.

Mabelle Photography 15160 Sundown Drive Bismarck, ND Rebecca Brick (701) 425-1405 At Mabelle Photography, we believe that all photo shoots are an opportunity to feel empowered and have an adventure. Whether it's a business or personal shoot we make you our priority.

United States Commercial Roofing 1365 Tacoma Ave Suite #3 Bismarck, ND Juan Garcia (701) 210-1414 Local roofing contracting company specializing in all commercial and residential roof applications. Also offering commercial and residential paint, deck and siding services. Goldstone Realty 1401 Skyline Blvd Suite 230 Bismarck, ND Christine Rivinius (701) 354-1000 Goldstone Realty was born in 2015 out of a desire to serve real estate clients with cutting edge technology, professionalism and dedication. BisMan Autoworx, Inc. 235 Airport Road Bismarck, ND Kelly McGregor (701) 751-6190 BisMan Autoworx Service & Sales has been offering vehicle sales and service since 2013. We sell and service SUVs, trucks and cars to local customers and surrounding areas.

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Ribbon Cuttings

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

DIAMOND BEND APARTMENTS Peggy Knudson and Chantal Mack, along with staff at their new business on 4430 21st St. SE in Mandan. Phone: 551-2410. Member.

PROBUILD Keith Doerr, General Manager and staff at their newly remodeled location on 1513 39th Ave. SE in Mandan. Phone: 663-9861. Member.

GLASSER IMAGES Jack Glasser, Owner and staff at their new location on 510 E. Main Ave. Ste. 3A in Bismarck. Phone: 250-2190. Member. 42 | Chamber Connection

THE CYCLIST'S COVE Cody Randall, Owner and Cassondra Wilmoth at their new business on 4101 21st St. SE Ste. 6 in Mandan. Phone: 751-1290.

TERRA NOMAD Chris Tello, Julia Tello and Tyler Romine at their new business on 514 E. Main Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 751-2070.

RUTH MEIERS HOSPITALITY HOUSE Jaclyn Hall, Executive Director and Betsy Dalrymple at the new location on 1100 E. Boulevard Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 222-2108. Member.


Schedule Your Ribbon Cutting Today!



Jody Kerzman and Marci Narum, Co-Owners, at the Grand Opening Ceremony revealing the newly-designed magazine. Website: Inspiredwomanonline.com. Member.

Nathan and Kathy Stewart, Owners, at their new business on 1307 Grumman Lane Unit E. in Bismarck. Phone: 751-2360.



Brittani Leischner, Owner at her new business on 3250 Rock Island Pl in Bismarck. Phone: 400-9402.

Maryse Mathieu, President, and staff at their new apartments on 119 Irvine Loop in Bismarck. Phone: 701-223-6580. Member.

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

Upcoming Chamber Events HARVEST MIXER Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016 • Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm Location: Northern Plains Equipment – 2933 Twin City Drive, Mandan STATE OF THE CITIES Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 • Time: 7:30am - 9:00am Location: Best Western Ramkota Hotel – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck

You’re invited to attend an olde fashioned barbecue with all the fixin’s

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BROADWAY CENTRE SPA & SALON Date: Thursday, November 17 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Broadway Centre – 100 West Broadway, Ste 140, Bismarck



CHAMBER HOLIDAY MIXER Date: Tuesday, December 13, 2016 • Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck 2017 ANNUAL DINNER Date: Thursday, Janaury 12, 2017 • Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck

Tuesday, October 4 4:30pm - 7:00pm Northern Plains Equipment 2933 Twin City Dr, Mandan Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar

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