October Chamber Connection

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October 2017

University of Mary New Light of Life Sparked


President Trump Visits Mandan President pitches his plan for tax reform.


Member Profile Leingang Home Center


Chamber Workforce Summit Summit will provide opportunity to access resources, workforce issues, and solutions with industry leaders.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Brenda Nagel..................................................................................................................... Chair Ron Day .................................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Wayne Munson............................................................................................................ Secretary Craig Larson.................................................................................................................Treasurer Perrie Schafer ............................................................................................................ Past Chair BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Brucker ...............Railway Credit Union Kevin Magstad.......Independent Consultant Ron Day ............Andeavor Mandan Refinery Wayne Munson .................Indigo Signworks Brenda Nagel ..................University of Mary Dr. Blake Feil ....................Feil Orthodontics Heather Fried ..........Fried Financial Services Mike Nathe ............Bismarck Funeral Home Nick Hacker ..............ND Guaranty and Title Dan Pearson .........................Northwest Tire Chad Hatzenbuhler ...Bank of North Dakota Shannon Reichenberg ........Diversity Homes Jeff Herman ................................Petro Hunt Perrie Schafer ..............Schafer Financial Inc Jasper Schneider ..................................NISC Molly Herrington ....................................KLJ Russ Honeyman ....................Doosan Bobcat Scott Staudinger ..............Cloverdale Foods Chris Jones ....ND Dept. of Human Services Greg Vetter .....................University of Mary Tracy Kindem ..........H.A. Thompson & Sons Valerie Weigel ....Basin Electric Power Coop Craig Larson .............................Starion Bank Jennifer Wilson .....................Kirkwood Mall CHAMBER STAFF Al Anderson .................................................................................................. Interim President Annie Bergrud.........................................................................................Chief Financial Officer David Leingang............................................................................ Community Growth Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons........................................................................................................Vice President Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Amanda Schwieters......................................................................... Member Services Director Chelse Simon..................................................................................Membership Sales Director Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ........................ Communications Specialist/ LBM Director Karly Palczewski...............................................................................Marketing & Events Intern

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Chamber Introduces Workforce Summit Chamber Honors Bismarck-Mandan’s Finest Chamber Names Anderson as Interim President

CHAMBER EVENTS Harvest Mixer Chamber Workforce Summit State of the Cities Address Chamber Holiday Mixer

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Cover Story 4 Member Profile 10 Ask-A-Pro 36 Chamber Perks 38 Chamber Ribbon Cuttings 42 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck, ND 58503 701.223.5660 • www.bismarckmandan.com CONTACT INFORMATION Content: The Chamber - 701.223.5660 rrattei@bismancc.com

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he definition of change is the act or instance of becoming different. In North Dakota, October is a month of change as it pertains to the changing colors of the leaves and the brisk mornings and evenings as the temps begin to hover closer to the 40-50 degree range. At the Chamber, our programming remains constant but our leadership has changed. Just as I assure myself each year that I can get accustomed to the change in seasons bringing cooler temps, socks and sweaters, I am here to assure our membership that our Chamber is alive and well. We have experienced a blip on the radar with Scott’s departure but we are strong and capable of moving forward. We have been extremely blessed with the opportunity to work with Al Anderson as our Interim President and for those that know him, I’m sure you’ll agree we are in good hands. Al has a proven track record of helping teams work through transitions and we are honored he is willing to spend his retirement time with us at the Chamber. We have many events happening and I want to call your attention to just a few. Our Harvest Mixer is set for October 12 at Northern Plains Equipment in Mandan. This isn’t your ordinary mixer as we will have the opportunity to hear insight on the state agriculture industry and its impact on the Bismarck-Mandan community. In support of our strategic plan, we are offering a Workforce Summit. The Workforce Summit will be held on October 24 in partnership with Doosan Bobcat. The summit will provide attendees the opportunity to network and learn about solutions to solving our workforce issues. DisruptWell Summit is an event you won’t want to miss on October 31. Disruptive technology is changing our world at a rapid pace and Bismarck-Mandan is not going to be immune to the change. The Cloud, Advanced Robotics, 3D Printing, Autonomous Vehicles and the Internet are all making our lives easier and radically shifting the marketplace and workplace. This Summit will be like none other in our region and I’ll look forward to seeing you all at the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence on Halloween. Finally, if the cover story intrigues you and you find yourself wanting a personal tour of the new Lumen Vitae University Center at the University of Mary, your Chamber Chair would be happy to engage the Benedictine values and invite you as my personal guest. Respectfully,

- Brenda Nagel Chair, Board of Directors

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UNIVERSITY OF MARY SPARKS NEW LIGHT OF CAMPUS LIFE Photo Credit: Jerry Anderson/ University of Mary

By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

Msgr. James Shea, President of University of Mary, speaks at the grand opening of the Lumen Vitae University Center on Sept. 8.

University of Mary is going against the drumbeat of higher education. While other colleges are beating the drum on the demise of residence life, University of Mary is constructing new buildings to strengthen on-campus life.

On Sept. 8, the brand new Lumen Vitae University Center opened at University of Mary. Lumen Vitae, which means “Light of Life” in Latin, serves as the new student center and social hub of campus. The North Dakota business community served as partners with University of Mary. Scheels sponsored the Crow’s Nest, which serves not only as the university’s 24/7 dining center, but also as the new hub of campus life. Starion Bank and the Tom and Frances Leach Foundation have sponsored living rooms, where students work, study, and socialize by fireplaces and pianos. CHI St. Alexius Health hopes to open an on campus clinic. Next door is a branch of American Bank Center. All of this is housed in the Lumen Vitae University Center. In the past 18-months, University of Mary has added 200,000 square feet of new buildings on campus including construction on the field house, the university center, and a new women’s residence, Roers Hall. “To me the most heartwarming growth is the growth of our on-campus student body,” said Monsignor James Shea, President of University of Mary. “Everybody else is beating the drum on the demise of the on-campus residential life.” 4 | Chamber Connection

Greg Vetter, Executive Vice President for University of Mary, said the university used to be more like a commuter college. In contrast, University of Mary now attracts students from a much wider space. The new freshman class includes students from Minnesota, California, Virginia and Alaska. The current student body president is from Napa Valley, Calif. “Our largest growth has been on the national stage,” Shea said. “We’ve seen breathtaking growth from the world beyond who have heard of University of Mary and know we’re the most affordable Catholic college in North America.”


“It’s healthy, it’s a cog in students’ learning,” Vetter said, “the community of a residence hall, being intentional about creating a community, sharing meals. We’re teaching you about the whole of life. If we teach you to be a CPA but don’t go any further than that, we’ve failed. We strive to educate for the whole.” The university’s new Year-Round Campus program is another way University of Mary is integrating students into life on campus and life in Bismarck-Mandan. Shea said the “drumbeat problems” in higher education are No 1. escalating costs and rising tuition; No. 2 student loan debt, which he described as being the next big bubble to burst; and No. 3 return on investment and the value of higher education.


University of Mary students have the option of completing a bachelor’s degree in 2.6 years and a master’s degree in four. The administration sees Year-Round Campus as a first-of-its-kind option to provide a new and radical pathway for completing traditional undergraduate and graduate degrees in less time and at a lower cost, with normal course loads and a full college experience. Based on the university’s analysis, the incremental savings, increased earnings, and reduced student loan balances would result in lifetime financial benefits of at least $322,000.

www.bismarckmandan.com “I realized higher ed must be one of the most infrastructure-heavy enterprises anywhere,” Shea said. “Where else do you have facilities like this built to this scope and scale? For one-third of the year … they are empty, but you still have to pay for them.”

In the new Lumen Vitae University Center, Starion Bank and the Tom and Frances Leach Foundation have sponsored living rooms, where students work, study, and socialize by fireplaces and pianos.

Shea described June in North Dakota as “the most beautiful place in the world,” and University of Mary students were missing out on that. “We have this moral obligation for University of Mary to Photo Credit: Jerry Anderson/ University of Mary attract students to the greatest community in the world,” Shea “We add a little bit of a special sparkle to the North said. “The students come when Dakota summer,” Shea said. the leaves are changing, and they leave just as the snow is melting. They never get a chance to see BismarckThe North Dakota Legislature changed state laws on Mandan in June. That’s the month when you say, ‘I want North Dakota scholarships to accommodate the new to raise my family here.’” three-semester model. This summer, NCAA changed their eligibility rules to accommodate University of Mary’s The new model has allowed University of Mary to attract nationally-recognized scholars to the college to teach the student-athletes attending Year-Round Campus. summer semester when they are otherwise on break. “They (NCAA) think Year-Round Campus is on the cutting edge,” Shea said. “The NCAA said, ‘University of Mary is Last summer, University of Mary brought in Peter Kreeft, doing this. We think others will follow. We’re changing a professor of philosophy at Boston College and writer eligibility rules.’” of popular books on Christian philosophy and theology. North Dakota scholar Clay Jenkinson took students hiking in Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Shea and University of Mary Head Football Coach Josh Kotelnicki taught a class on how to properly grill a steak.

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Renaissance Zone is designed for for-profit businesses andonly residential within the designated area. The Lumen Vitae University Center includes the Crow’s Nest, which serves not as the university’s Broadway Centre Bismarck is a mixed-use building with both commercial and residential. 24/7 dining center, but also as the newinhub of campus life.

“We’re bringing people here; we need more people in BismarckMandan and North Dakota,” said Jerome Richter, Vice President for Public Affairs. “More than 50 percent of our students are from out-of-state. We have students from 36 states and seven foreign countries. We’re drawing them here, and they’re staying here.”

Richter said University of Mary is training students to meet Photo Credit: Jerry Anderson/ University of Mary workforce needs. In health care, the university is training nurses, “We had for a long time an engineering science major,” nurse practitioners, physical therapists and occupational therapists to help fill shortages and meet rural healthcare Shea said. “You could come for two years at University of Mary and were pre-accepted to University of Minnesota’s needs. For workforce needs in education, the university program. The businesses said, ‘That doesn’t do us has a new doctorate in educational leadership to train any good. In the final years, everything depends on the next generation of administrators. To meet the needs the internships. You’re shipping all of the engineering in the engineering field, the university is building a new graduates to Minneapolis.’” School of Engineering. “This is what I love about the ethos the (Benedictine) sisters set in the beginning,” Shea said. “They always had an ear to the ground. University of Mary programs have always been formed since the beginning toward the workforce needs.” The School of Engineering is the next step in Vision 2030, University of Mary’s strategic plan. When Vision 2030 began, nearly 300 people participated and more than 300 initiatives were proposed and then boiled down to 50. “Engineering was a big deal,” Shea said. “The launch of the engineering school is something that I was skeptical of in the course of strategic planning, but I was convinced of it by the engineering community.” The proposal for the School of Engineering surprised the administration. University of Mary already had a hybrid engineering program which partnered with University of Minnesota and sent engineering students to Minneapolis-St. Paul for their upper classman years and internships. But that was the problem.

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The new School of Engineering has established partnerships with local engineering firms like KLJ and Doosan Bobcat. The university got feedback from businesses in North Dakota on what they are looking for in new engineers. In turn, the businesses have established internships with University of Mary students in the new School of Engineering. “Our graduates are those who are culturally prepared for the workplace,” Shea said. “The University of Mary graduate is resilient; doesn’t give in to self-pity; has an ethical sense and a moral courage.” Shea said when people from the wide world look at University of Mary, they see an extremely affordable private education; degree options on a campus in which campus life is thriving; strong Midwestern values in a community that is safe and wholesome; and a place dedicated to strong Christian values in an uncompromising but cheerful way. “We’re going to stand up here in the wind,” Shea said. “We’re doing everything we can to innovate and to stay true to our core values. We’re used to wind. We’re in a windy place up here on the prairie bluff.”

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By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

When President Donald Trump visited Mandan in September, he came to lay out his plan for reform of the federal tax code. With Mandan’s Andeavor Refinery as the backdrop, the President spoke on topics of interest to Chamber of Commerce members — from taxes to federal regulations to mentioning a few local businesses by name.


“North Dakota is an inspiring example of the amazing things that are possible when we unleash the genius of American innovators, unite the red tape, and I’ll tell you — and we have to unite everything. And all that red tape becomes beautiful when you get rid of it. And we’re getting rid of — are we getting rid of a lot of red tape, by the way? We unlock the extraordinary potential of our great American workers.

“North Dakota chose to embrace American industry and the American worker even when many in Washington wanted to tax and regulate your industries totally out of existence. And you knew that. And you’ve seen what’s happened over the last number of eight months. You’ve seen what’s happened. Big difference. “Today, families have new jobs and new hope because of the vast energy wealth that you brought to life right here. You understand the vital truth: Washington has no right to shut down energy production because America’s energy wealth doesn’t belong to the government, it belongs to the people. “It belongs to hardworking patriots like you because of the North Dakota energy miracle — and I call it a miracle. Today, this state has the lowest unemployment rate of any state in America, nearly half the national average.

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President Donald J. Trump attends a tax reform for energy workers event at Andeavor Refinery, Sept. 6, in Mandan.

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“I want all of America to be inspired by what’s happened in North Dakota and the North Dakota example. This state is a reminder of what can happen when we promote American jobs instead of obstructing American jobs — which has been happening, believe me.”


“Tax reform will also benefit mid-sized businesses, like North Dakota Guaranty and Title Company in Mandan. You know that company, anybody? President Nick Hacker — where’s Nick Hacker? Hello, Nick. How are you, Nick? How’s business? All right? Getting better all the time. “He says that he spends a fortune on accountants to navigate our complicated tax system. We know the feeling; everybody here knows the feeling. Like millions of other American businesses, he would much rather spend that money on higher wages for his 140 employees.


“The workers in the energy sector will benefit enormously as well. North Dakota State Senator Jessica Unruh — where’s Jessica? Where’s Jessica? Hello, Jessica. Congratulations. Doing a good job, right? That’s what I hear — who is also an environmental specialist says lower business taxes will be a catalyst for energy companies to hire countless of new American workers. So important.”


“We’ll also protect small businesses and family farmers here in North Dakota and across the country by ending the death tax. Tremendous burden for the family farmer. Tremendous burden. ... But a tremendous burden for small businesses and businesses that aren’t necessarily liquid, but they’re great businesses — where you’re forced to sell and terrible things happen. “Here with us today is Julie Ellingson, a fourth-generation cattle rancher and a mother of five from Bismarck. Where is Julie? Hello, Julie. “Like many family ranchers, Julie worries about the death tax shutting down her family business and keeping her from passing it on to her children. It’s a devastating tax. Julie: We are not going to allow the death tax or the inheritance tax or the whatever-you-want-to-call-it to crush the American Dream. Not going to let it happen, so — fighting hard. Thank you, Julie.”

Central North Dakota residents and business owners were highlighted by President Donald Trump in his speech on tax reform at Mandan’s Andeavor Refinery on Sept. 6. These individuals gave their reactions to the president’s speech. Nick Hacker, President, North Dakota Guaranty and Title: “As a small business we have a significant portion of our employees that deserve and need tax reform on an individual basis and a reduction of tax burden, effectively. It really means more money in their paychecks, which makes a great deal of difference for our folks. Secondly, as a corporation the nightmare that we run through in the difference between book and tax accounting — the tax code has become so complicated that you have to have specialists in how to navigate the tax code in your annual tax filing.” Sen. Jessica Unruh, District-33: “We’ve already felt the impact here in North Dakota when it comes to the regulatory reform that the President’s Cabinet has been working on. We’ve seen the elimination of red tape as different industries have moved through the processes of getting federal approvals. … We need to simplify the code. We need to make it fair. And we need to make it predictable or we can’t expect businesses to invest their time and effort and money in the United States of America.” Julie Ellingson, Executive Vice President, North Dakota Stockman’s Association: “The North Dakota Stockman’s Association has had policy in our national organizations and many agricultural organizations to eliminate the estate tax, which is commonly referred to as the ‘death tax.’ What that does is it severely impairs the next generation carrying on family businesses, because of an incredible tax liability that they’re saddled with following the death of a loved one.”





Leingang Home Center is celebrating their 40th anniversary.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Mark Dettling


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I am the majority owner of Leingang Home Center. I serve as the President and CEO of the company. My role in the company is to oversee the senior management team. I’m in charge of system management and work with our senior management team to implement and quantify our systems.

Q: Briefly tell us the history of Leingang Home Center. A: In 1977, we started our company by installing siding & attic insulation. Now, in 2017, we install windows, siding, roofing, gutters, decks, doors, bath-tub liners, custombuilt cabinets and countertops. Q: What differentiates Leingang Home Center from its competitors? A: We’ve been in business for over 40 years and have 75 employees. We offer a wider variety of products than most other companies in our industry; most companies only offer two or three products.

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Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Leingang Home Center? A: It has allowed us to expand our business into products that we did not offer before, such as stone-coated metal roofing and maintenance-free decks. Community growth most certainly comes with more competition in the home improvement market, which helps us improve our products and service, putting us ahead of the other home improvement companies. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: The amount of information available online can allow the customer to do their own research and know what products are available. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: There is a limited labor force. There is a strong demand for qualified employees to install all of our product lines. Customers have also become more aware and informed of energy saving products and are looking for the best products for the best price.

www.bismarckmandan.com Q: What does the future of Leingang Home Center, and the industry as a whole, look like to you? A: The future looks bright. We continually are looking to come up with innovative products and technology to help us do our jobs more effectively and efficiently. Every year, technology plays a growing role in our industry, and that is exciting. Q: Leingang Home Center became a member in 1986, why do you continue to renew each year? A: Being a part of the Chamber is one of the most important aspects of being successful as a business. Being a member keeps us aware of events, networking, community involvement and resources that we otherwise might not have. Through the Chamber, we have developed numerous relationships to grow and meet business demands for our community. Q: What should Chamber members know about Leingang Home Center that may assist them? A: If you have any home improvement projects, call us first. We will make an appointment to visit your home, and offer suggestions and ideas that will help in the decision-making process.

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CHAMBER WORKFORCE SUMMIT AGENDA ANNOUNCED Presented by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and Doosan Bobcat, the 2017 Workforce Summit will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and to be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders.

The 2017 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit areas of focus include:

Jaimie Francis, US Chamber Foundation

OPENING KEYNOTE: Managing Your Talent Pipeline 8:30am - 8:50am - Jaimie Francis, Director, Programs/Operations, US Chamber Foundation

• Encouraging and improving coordination between employers and educators. • Closing the workforce skill gap in our region. • Creating a positive culture in your organization.

Matt Sagaser, Doosan Bobcat

Employers, educators and professionals are encouraged to attend the 2017 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit on Tuesday, October 24 at the Radisson Hotel. Admission: $30.00 for Chamber Members $40.00 for General Admission $300.00 for a Table (seats 8 attendees) To RSVP or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact David Leingang or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Presenting Sponsors:

Gold Sponsors: Silver Sponsor: Table Sponsors: Wallwork Truck Center and Bismarck State College Exhibitor: Bismarck-Mandan Development Association

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PANEL DISCUSSION: Closing the Workforce Skill Gap Education and Employer Collaboration 8:50am - 9:30am - Robert Marthaller, Asst. Superintendent, ND Dept. of Public Instruction - David Farnsworth, Chair, Workforce Development Council and Manager of ND Power Generation, Great River Energy - Dr. Mark Hagerott, Chancellor, North Dakota University System - Nicole Kivisto, President/CEO, Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. - Senator Rich Wardner, Senate Majority Leader WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS* 9:45am - 11:40am - Developing an Effective Internship Program - Attracting and Retaining the Next Generation of Talent - Importance of Encouraging Professional Development * Attendees will have an opportunity to attend two, 45-minute workshops. CLOSING KEYNOTE: Importance of Company Culture in Talent Retention and Attraction 11:40am - 12:00pm - Matt Sagaser, Director, Innovation Accelerated & Acceleration Center, Doosan Bobcat North America Additional presenters include: - Joe Hall, Job Service ND - Jena Gullo, Missouri Slope Areawide United Way



September brings more than falling leaves and cooling temperatures as the Chamber hosts it’s annual Celebrate Bismarck-Mandan award ceremony.

In its 13th year of celebrating, the Chamber’s Excellence in Business and Education committee brought together its membership to behold an occasion that makes us all proud and grateful to live in the Bismarck-Mandan area. With special guests and surprised winners, over 400 attendees were reminded of how emotional this event is, as they stood for the winners of the Golden Eagle award – Veterans from the Burleigh Co. Senior Adults Program, and cried alongside award recipients who were grateful for friends, family, and overall community that have made them who they are. While awarding New Entrepreneur of the Year - Andrea Birst with Glance Spa & Salon, and Small Business Person of the Year - Kari Weigel with Sylvan Learning, we also acknowledged some up and comers as the recipients of this year’s Young Entrepreneurs of the Year – Macie & Isaac Grendahl with M&I’s Lemonade Shack. Skeels Electric took the stage to accept this year’s Granite Award – an honor to those organizations who have been in business for 50 years or more in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Before we knew it, it was all over. And though the event was finished, many lingered to connect with award winners and other friends to discuss how great our community is.

“Everything about it was great. I love the heartfelt reactions of the winners. Makes me feel so good about our community,” said Cory Fong, Director of Communications & Public Affairs at MDU Resources Group, Inc.

Of course, this all would not have been possible without our sponsors. We thank them for their commitment to Bismarck-Mandan, and the development of it’s leaders. Presenting Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Award Sponsors: Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND, Bremer Bank, CornerStone Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, LLP, First International Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, H.A. Thompson & Sons, inc., KX News, Leingang Home Center, Midco, Miller Insulation, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Starion Bank, Townsquare Media, Wells Fargo Bank, University of Mary Event Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Brady Martz & Associates, P.C., First Western Bank & Trust, Liberty Business Systems, Mattress Firm, McQuade Distributing, United Printing, U.S. Bank and Widmer Roel.

Skeels Electric Co. was named the 2017 Granite Award winner.

Andrea Birst from Glance Spa & Salon was named the 2017 New Entrepreneur of the Year.

Kari Weigel from Sylvan Learning Center was named the Small Business Person of the Year.

Burleigh County Senior Adults Center accepted the Golden Eagle Award.

The 2016-2017 Outstanding Teachers of the Year were recognized during the ceremony.

Isaac and Macie Grundahl accepted the Young Entrepreneurs of the Year Award for Lemonade Day.

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Business leaders and CEOs from the Bismarck-Mandan region joined Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for a business roundtable with the BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 24 at Bartlett & West in Bismarck. Heitkamp outlined her work to reform the nation’s 70-year-old regulatory process through the Regulatory Reform Act, her bipartisan bill with Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio.

Business leaders and CEOs from the Bismarck-Mandan region joined Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for a business roundtable with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 24 at Bartlett & West.

During the meeting, Heitkamp spoke with BismarckMandan Chamber members, small business owners, manufacturers and area business leaders about the challenges they face in complying with federal regulations. Heitkamp discussed how the bipartisan Regulatory Accountability Act would help reduce the red tape businesses and families often encounter in their everyday lives while protecting the resources they rely on. “For years I’ve heard from North Dakota business owners, farmers, and workers that one of their biggest concerns is federal rules — often written with the intention of helping them flourish — that end up bogging them down in unnecessary red tape and prevent them from doing their jobs,” said Heitkamp in a statement from her office. “A big source of their frustration is rooted in the fact that our regulatory process hasn’t been touched in 70 years. We can’t allow the dust to accumulate while our businesses and communities suffer the consequences. It’s time we rolled up our sleeves to make that process thoughtful and more inclusive of the folks on the ground impacted by these rules the most.

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That’s what my bipartisan legislation aims to do by helping rules work better and making sure those drafting them listen to the people on the ground who know best how the rules will impact them. We can keep families safe, protect the air we breathe — as regulations help do — while also making sure rules are written to help our communities prosper.” Heitkamp also fielded questions on the Farm Bill and infrastructure. The senator recently concluded a tour of western North Dakota to hear from North Dakota farmers, ranchers, researchers, and Farm Service Agency workers about the solutions they need now to weather the drought, and the critical programs that need to be protected and strengthened in the 2018 Farm Bill. “I think we’re going to get a Farm Bill; I don’t think it’s going to be this year,” Heitkamp said. “We are now stress-testing the Farm Bill in North Dakota. We’re learning lessons from that, especially in terms of livestock, what we need to do to create a stronger livestock safety net.”



The Chamber wrapped-up the month of August hosting 90 participants at our Chamber Sporting Clay Shoot! The Bismarck- Mandan Chamber would like to say thank you again to all our sponsors and participants that made it out for our 2017 Annual Sporting Clay Shoot.

This event is always a wonderful laid-back networking experience mainly because of the awesome members who continue to support the event year-after-year! This group of individuals is always up for a great time no The 2017 Sporting Clay Shoot hosted 90 participants at Capital City Sporting Clays on Aug. 25. matter what the weather conditions may be. Also the majority of our success is due to the Presenting Sponsor: Long Range Sponsors: amazing team at Capital City Sporting Clays and the excellent hard work they do to host our group! Thank you to Famous Dave’s who catered a delicious meal, and to McQuades Distributing for generously providing an assortment of beverages for our social. We wrapped up the afternoon announcing our various door winners and enjoying fellow Chamber Members Company!


The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber announced in September that Scott J. Meske has officially resigned from his post as President of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Meske had been President of the Chamber since May 2016. The Board of Directors has begun a search to fill Meske’s position. In the interim period, the Executive Committee has appointed Al Anderson as Interim President.

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It was a fair-weather day out at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory for our annual Brats with the Brave event! Joined by over 300 members of the community and armed forces, it’s no secret that this annual event is an excellent opportunity to network and enjoy a meal, but most importantly to give thanks to our men and women who are or have served in the US Armed Forces.

More than 300 people attended Brats for the Brave at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory on Sept. 5.

While we enjoyed brats grilled up by Bob Kupper and Chris Schneider from Bismarck Motor Company, we also celebrated the grand re-opening and relocating of the Military Service Center with a ribbon cutting and some words from the ND Adjutant General, Major General Al Dohrmann.

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Now located at the Raymond J. Bohn Armory, the Military Service Center will continue to serve military personnel and their families in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Thank you to the North Dakota National Guard and all of our sponsors. This amazing event would not have been possible without our sponsors.

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In September we lit up the greens for a successful second annual in “Shot in the Dark” Night the Golf Scramble and what a radiant night it was! On Thursday, September 7th, we had 56 golfers CHAMBER NIGHT GOLF check-in and enjoy some delicious dinner provided by Blarney Stone before they teed off for a 9-hole scramble at the Mandan Municipal Golf Course.

Last month we wrapped up our final, Fridays at the Chamber event for the summer, and what a wonderful time we had! It might not have felt like summer, but the warmth of our membership reminds us why this community, and our members are so awesome!

Participants had the opportunity to join in some games around the course and had many laughs guiding themselves through the elements. Fairway markers, glow sticks and tee lights illuminated the greens, as golfers enjoyed the beautiful summer weather!

We would be remiss if we did not thank our sponsors who make this event continually possible. Without their assistance we would not have been able to provide our members with a delicious new lunch line-up for members!

Thank you to all our golfers who came out to enjoy an evening with the Chamber! Congratulations to our winning team with a final score of 30! 1. Mike Lindsey 2. Mike DeWald 3. Derrick Roller 4. Justin Vander-Linden

Thank you to our Fridays at the Chamber Sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors that donated some great door prizes for our participants to win: Bismarck Cancer Center, Bruno’s Pizza, Coalition for a Secure Energy Future, Comfort Inn-Mandan, RJR Maintenance & Management, and Scheels. Also, a quick shout-out to Acme Tools for donating additional lighting for sand traps to provide further visibility for our golfers! Lastly, thank you to all our sponsors who made this event possible! Presenting Sponsor:

Thank you to everyone that came throughout the summer, it was our privilege to serve you and a great opportunity to meet so many new faces! This event is such a small token compared to everything you do, but we hope you enjoyed our company and know how much we value your continual membership, community service, and involvement with the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce.

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Event Sponsor: Acme Tools and Digital Office Centre

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The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee of the Board of Directors announced that Al Anderson has been named the organization’s Interim President. Anderson will assume the duties of interim president effective Monday, September 25, 2017.

“We have placed Al Anderson as the Interim Chamber President to help us ensure we continue to meet the needs and expectations of our members and the communities of Bismarck-Mandan,” said Brenda Nagel, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Al’s expertise in helping teams through transition periods will prove to be an asset for our Chamber and we are looking forward to the partnership.” The Chamber’s Executive Committee has assembled a search committee and will begin the search for a permanent Chamber President. The search committee hopes to have someone in place within the next 60-90 days.

Anderson recently retired as Commissioner from the North Dakota Department of Commerce in December 2016 where he oversaw the lead agency responsible for attracting, retaining and expanding wealth in North Dakota. He also has 30 years of leadership and development experience in the oil and gas industry, serving on the management team for the Tesoro Corporation. Anderson has served on numerous boards including the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Bismarck State College. He was appointed to the North Dakota Oil and Gas Research Council and has been active with Dickinson State University’s Business Challenge, the Missouri Slope United Way and the American Red Cross. A native of Underwood, Anderson received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geological Engineering from the University of North Dakota and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah. He and his wife, Kelly, have three children and five grandchildren.

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Leadership Bismarck-Mandan, Class of 2018.

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan enters its 28th year with a class of 18 professionals and emerging leaders from our community: Steven Allard — Kirkwood Bank & Trust Andrea Birst — Glance Spa & Salon Jason Byram — Basin Electric Power Cooperative Tracy DeForest — Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Assoc. Olivia Emmel — Dakota Foot & Ankle Clinic Landon Feil — Starion Bank Lynnette Horn — Anne Carlson Center Alicia Koenig — Ameriprise Financial Kayla Kraus — BlackRidge Bank Amber Larson — Bartlett & West Daniel Nairn — City of Bismarck Curtis Reule — Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Tim Sass — Bismarck Police Department Hope Sisk — Odney Advertising Tony Spilde — MDU Resources Group Andrea Sutheimer — Sanford Health Jessica Wetsch — Aetna Alison Zarr — Bismarck State College


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Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 Location: Northern Plains Equipment 2933 Twin City Dr, Mandan Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free for Chamber Members Gold Sponsor:

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 Location: Radission Hotel 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck Time: 8:00AM - 12:00PM Admission: $30.00 for Chamber Members $40.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

The Chamber’s Agricultural Committee will be hosting a special mixer for Chamber members, Thursday, October 12th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at Northern Plains Equipment – 2933 Twin City Drive, Mandan.

Presented by the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber and Doosan Bobcat, the 2017 Workforce Summit will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and to be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders.

The purpose of this Fall event is to celebrate the harvest by inviting our business community to engage and network with members in the Ag. Industry in an effort to educate Bismarck-Mandan on the endeavors of Agriculture in our area. We are excited to have guest speaker Daryl Lies, North Dakota Farm Bureau President, to provide insight on the state of the Agriculture Industry and how it relates to our business community. Throughout the mixer, enjoy some food and get engaged as Northern Plains Equipment will provide demos on their large and small equipment as well as some other fun experiences with the Chamber’s Agriculture ommittee chair, Jess Nehl, as he welcomes guests to a roping challenge! There is no charge to attend this event, however, please send RSVP’s to David Leingang, dleingang@ bismancc.com, or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Lunch Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, American Family Insurance - Dee Heintz, Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Farm and Ranch Guide, Starion Bank and Wells Fargo.

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Employers, educators and professionals are encouraged to attend the 2017 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit on Tuesday, October 24 at the Radisson Hotel. In addition to relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions, the 2017 Workforce Summit will feature workshops to provide attendees with insight into the various opportunities and challenges of workforce development. To learn more or to RSVP, visit bismarckmandan.com or contact David at dleingang@bismancc.com.



Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 Location: K&L Homes Model Home 1003 Community Loop, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free for Chamber Members Don’t miss our last Membership Mixer of 2017! Join our host, K&L Homes as they open up one of their model houses for our November monthly mixer. This event is a wonderful way to meet other business members within the community, while providing a comfortable, laid-back atmosphere. Enjoy some cool refreshments, hors d’oeuvres, and the opportunity to tour one of their model homes! Mixers are free for Chamber members to attend, and are open to everyone within your organization. RSVPs are appreciated and can be made online at www. bismarckmandan.com/events or by contacting the Chamber at 701-223-5660.


Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Location: Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center 800 South 3rd Street, Bismarck Time: 7:00AM - 9:00AM Admission: $30.00 for Chamber Members $40.00 for General Admission Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary for the 2017 State of the Cities address. Tuesday, November 7th, at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center. Participants will gain insight from both Mandan and Bismarck Mayors and will hear about successes and challenges that each city faced throughout 2017. Doors open at 7:000am followed by breakfast and program beginning at 7:30am. Cost to attend is $30 with Chamber member discount, and $40 for general admission. For more information, contact David Leingang at dleingang@bismancc. com, or call 701-223-5660. Register online at www. bismarckmandan.com/events.

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Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Location: Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM Admission: Free to Attend Class is in session! Join us Tuesday, November 14th for our next Chamber 101 session. This class is geared towards any new members, existing members looking to get more active, members in new roles, or any member looking to maximize your membership. We will have a brief presentation discussing Chamber programs, events, benefits, and committees. Then we will be diving into a Q&A session. We will be serving hors d’oeuvres, and refreshments! Space is limited. Please register today by contacting the Chamber at 701-223-5660 or by emailing Chelse at csimon@bismancc.com.


Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall 315 S. 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM Admission: $5.00 plus a Business Card It’s never too early to start planning your booth exhibit! Reserve your sponsorship today for the 2017 Holiday Mixer! Booths are available for you to showcase your business and services to over 1,500 individuals throughout or community. This festive holiday event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at the Bismarck Event Center in the Exhibit Hall from 5:00pm – 8:00p, and is open to the general public. There are many different sponsorship levels available for Chamber business members. If you’d like to register or to learn more about the opportunity to expose your business before, during and after the event contact Dave at dleingang@bismancc.com or call the Chamber at 701223-5660.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018 Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall 315 S. 5th Street, Bismarck 5:00PM - 9:00PM

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SAVE THE DATE! The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s largest premier event is around the corner! On Thursday, January 11th at the Bismarck Event Center, don’t miss the famous black-tie formal event with amazing entertainment and wonderful fellowship! It may be cool outside, but the excitement of the New Year and great mingling fills the hall with amazing warmth! This a great way to celebrate the New Year with nearly 1,000 friends, and get a quick glimpse into what’s on the agenda for 2018. Formal invitations to follow, but it’s never too early to mark your calendar and plan your evening out with us! To reserve your table, email Karly at karlyp@bismancc.com or purchase tickets online at www.bismarckmandan. com/events or contact the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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The Lumen Vitae University Center opened in September and is a one-stop-shop for guests. Upon entrance, people will immediately be greeted with a welcoming waft of cuisine from the new Crow’s Nest Restaurant—open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Rare for any university of Mary’s size, and the only one of its kind in North Dakota, the Crow’s Nest will have the state’s first G-8 allergy-friendly station where none of the eight most common allergens will be used in preparation or serving. Once students, faculty, staff or guests have satisfied their appetite, they can find several study areas or spaces to relax, socialize, play games or watch TV on over 50 big screens.

The Lumen Vitae University Center is linked to the McDowell Activity Center (MAC) by a corridor that features a convenience store, the Marauders book and clothing store, and the Marauders Hall of Fame. Adjacent to the Crow’s Nest on the upper level is the state-of-the-art Founders Hall named after the Benedictine Sisters of Annunciation who founded the university—a new preeminent community gathering space and stateroom that seats over 600 banquet guests and over 1,000 people for special events. It’s equipped with smart windows with electrochromic glass and programmable sensors that detect the illumination of the sun so guests can still look outside at the sunset and see the best Lewis-and-Clark-view in North Dakota overlooking the Missouri River Valley.

Below the Crow’s Nest on the lower level are two fullservice, side-by-side amenities: the new American Bank Center branch and new clinic. Nearby is the beautiful wide-open Starion Bank Living Room. The lower level also features a Hospitality Conference Center fully equipped with a 150-seating capacity conference room, a smaller meeting room and an executive boardroom. All the student organizations will now be based inside the new Student Involvement Center across from the bank and clinic.

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The North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) held a ribbon cutting ceremony in September for the new Safety Training Campus in Bismarck.

Great strides have been made to improve safety in North Dakota, but citizens are still sustaining injuries from preventable incidents.

The campus is designed to reduce injuries and fatalities in homes, workplaces, and communities by improving access to hands-on safety training.

In 2016, 113 people died in traffic crashes on North Dakota roadways. From 2012 to 2016, 460 claims were made for workplace injuries sustained during falls from a ladder or scaffolding.* An additional 164 claims were submitted for injuries sustained while caught in or between a machine.* Hands-on simulations and interactive training techniques play a critical role when conveying safety knowledge and demonstrating safe behaviors in hazardous work environments. The new campus will include a hands-on training lab, allowing for more memorable and effective training, therefore having a greater impact on reducing these injuries and deaths. The NDSC’s new facility is located at 1710 Canary Ave.

The NDSC opened their new Safety Training Campus, located in Bismarck, in September.

TSA PREP® ENROLLMENT CENTER COMING TO BISMARCK AIRPORT The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced today that local residents will have the opportunity to enroll in the popular TSA PreP® expedited screening program at Bismarck Airport in October.

The enrollment center will be located in the airport’s Conference Room A starting Monday, October 9 through Friday, October 13. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 6:00pm On Friday, it will be open from 7:00am to 11:00am and 12:00pm to 4:00pm. TSA PreP® allows Trusted Travelers to leave on their shoes, light outerwear and belt. At some airports, passengers can keep their laptop in its case and keep 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels in a carry-on bag. Travelers who want to enjoy the benefits of TSA PreP® on a consistent basis are encouraged to enroll in the program.


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In order to better serve its customers, First Western Bank & Trust announced its adoption of a new online domain, www.FirstWestern.Bank. Moving from a .COM to a .BANK allows customers peace of mind that their information is protected at the highest level of security in our increasingly connected world. It is an easily identifiable channel for trusted communication between banks and their customers. Since the .BANK domain is exclusive to the banking industry, it provides unmatched protection compared to traditional internet environments by requiring banks to meet enhanced levels of security. The strict controls in place mitigate cyber security risk and allow First Western to better serve its customers. “We are delighted to adopt .BANK for our internet operations and be one of the first in North Dakota to do so,” said Chad Johnson, First Western Bank & Trust Bismarck Market President. “The increased value of FirstWestern.Bank enables us to build a high-trust environment for our customers that can offer new products and services, and provide a more secure domain to better protect them from cybercrime attacks.” In addition, First Western Insurance, the division of First Western Bank & Trust that manages insurance policies, has earned the .INSURANCE domain and is moving to the new online domain, www.FirstWestern.Insurance.


For 14 years in a row, Bismarck Public Schools has shown record enrollment growth. This fall, there are 103 more students than last year for a new total of 12,861. In the past four years, the district has grown 812 students. Last year enrollment was up 341 students in grades K-12. Superintendent of Schools Tamara Uselman says, “We project growth to continue, though at a slower pace. The growth is at our secondary schools, which we expected. Having more students to educate this year will be a challenge as our fund balance is low.” Middle school enrollment is up 97 students from a year ago. Construction projects have started at Horizon, Simle and Wachter to accommodate this growth. Horizon gained the most students at 58, Simle was down by 13 and Wachter was up 52. High schools gained a total of 28 students from last fall. Legacy is up 76, Century is up 40, while Bismarck High is down 72 students on the first day and South Central is down 16. Construction at CHS has begun and the BHS project will start in the spring. All five projects were approved by 85% of the voters during a bond election last school year. On the elementary level, enrollment is down by 22 students district-wide. Some K-5 schools are still increasing in enrollment while others are declining. For example, Murphy has the most growth at 41 additional students, followed by Solheim at 33, and Lincoln at 26. Roosevelt is down 30 students from a year ago, followed by Pioneer with 26 fewer students, Will-Moore with 23 fewer, and Liberty 22 less. Uselman says, “Sunrise and Northridge are slightly over capacity right now. Highland Acres has two portable classrooms to accommodate Promontory Point students. On the flip side, Roosevelt is down to only 110 students total with only 13 in third grade and 16 incoming kindergarteners. The Board continues to study enrollment trends and how to balance growth areas with areas that appear to be declining.”

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Bismarck State College and Valley City State University have created a collaborative education program resulting in a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Valley City State University earned on the BSC campus. “The beauty of the North Dakota University System is that we can work with other colleges and universities to help students meet their academic goals in a manner that is flexible and affordable for them,” BSC Vice President for Academic Affairs Dan Leingang said.

This collaboration is designed for students to earn an Associate in Science degree with an emphasis in elementary education from BSC and a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from VCSU. Students will be able to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in two years without having to leave the BSC campus. The VCSU elementary education coursework will be delivered to the BSC campus using various distance delivery technologies but mostly online.

“The VCSU Teacher Education program is pleased and excited to partner with BSC to offer our elementary education major to students from BSC. Students will also have the opportunity to earn endorsements in Special Education, Kindergarten, Reading, English Language Learners, STEM, Middle School or Early Childhood Education,” said Dr. Gary Thompson VCSU dean of education and graduate studies.

Both campuses will maintain compliance with state and national accreditation guidelines and will benefit the educational needs of the region by providing high quality elementary education graduates. This partnership provides a high quality collaborative program to students in a convenient, timely, flexible and cost-effective manner.


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The Starion Sports Complex, located at 111 Old Red Trail NE, celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 29. The celebration continued afterwards with tailgating events before the Mandan Braves kick-off football game against Legacy High School. The Starion Sports Complex will be home to Mandan Braves hockey, football, track and field and Dakota Star Gymnastics. The Starion Sports Complex boasts several unique areas within the 84,000 square foot building including over 450 paved parking spaces, eight locker rooms, a dryland skate training room, dual use concessions, press box, office space and a Mandan Park skate rental location. The complex features two sheets of ice, Schwan Cadillac Rink (competitive rink) and the Schwan Buick GMC Rink (practice rink). The Cadillac Rink has seating for 1,000 people, and the Buick GMC Rink will have 150 seats using portable bleachers. The concourse features glazed glass windows that offer a view to both rinks. The Schwan Cadillac Community Room allows space for approximately 50 people, is equipped with a kitchenette and overlooks the Cadillac Rink. The Leon House Track and Starion Sports Complex field will have 2,000 permanent seats. The turf football field is NCAA certified, which allows other user groups to utilize the field. The track includes eight lanes for events, along with field space for pole vault, long jump and throwing events. The Dakota Star Gymnastic facility has space for vaults, bars, beams and floor space. Other attributes include an in-ground trampoline and an in-ground tumble track. The gymnastics facility will have seating for 250 people. The Dakota Star Gymnastics facility is scheduled to open in late October. Starion Sports Complex enables Mandan to provide more recreational opportunities for all ages and improve the overall quality of life. Mandan Park and Recreation’s goal has been to encourage a progressive community, attract new businesses, offer a common sense of pride for our community and make a difference for our youth. Thank you to the Mandan community for helping make the Starion Sports Complex a reality! 28 | Chamber Connection



Sanford AirMed has purchased a new EC-145 helicopter, which will provide life-saving air ambulance services to critically ill or injured patients in central and western North Dakota, eastern Montana and northern South Dakota. This new helicopter replaces the existing helicopter which was in need of repairs and upgrades.

“North Dakota is definitely a rural part of the country,” said Adam Parker, AirMed base manager in Bismarck. “Being able to fly right to the scene of an accident or fly a critically ill patient from their local hospital to a tertiary medical center is crucial in making sure the patient gets the adequate care they need.” The EC-145 helicopter can travel up to 167 mph and is equipped with onboard weather radar and traffic collision avoidance, night vision goggles and can hold two patients on board in addition to emergency medical staff. Sanford AirMed’s Bismarck base consists of a helicopter and a highly trained team of flight paramedics, flight nurses, pilots and mechanics chosen for their expertise in their fields. A flight paramedic, flight nurse and pilot are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Sanford AirMed operates a fleet of four helicopters and four airplanes from bases in Bismarck, Fargo, Sioux Falls, Bemidji and Dickinson.

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MANDAN PUBLIC BISMARCK CANCER SCHOOLS SEES CENTER EARNS ACR ENROLLMENT INCREASE ACCREDITATION On the first day of the 2017-2018 school year, Mandan Public Schools showed an increase in enrollment of 89 students in grades PreK-12 from the prior year – a 2.43 percent increase.

Bismarck Cancer Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in radiation oncology as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Mandan elementary schools has an additional 42 students in grades K-5, for a total of 1,747 students.

Bismarck Cancer Center underwent a comprehensive peer-review evaluation earlier this summer by boardcertified radiation oncologist and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Patient care and treatment, patient safety, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed.

Mandan Middle School has an additional 14 students in grades 6-8, for a total of 884 students. Mandan High School has an additional 40 students in grades 9-12, for a total of 1,069 students. Mandan’s Early Childhood Special Education had a decrease of seven students, for a total of 46 students. In the previous school year, 2016-2017, enrollment rose by 124 students. Mandan Public School District educates 3,746 students in six elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, and one alternative education center.

The ACR is the nation’s oldest and most widely accepted radiation oncology accrediting body, with over 650 accredited sites, and 29 years of accreditation experience. The ACR seal of accreditation represents the highest level of quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting specific Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards developed by ACR. “With this accreditation we are recognized for providing safe, high quality patient care,” said Executive Director Amy Gross. “Achieving accreditation from ACR is a team effort that will bring assurance to our patients that we have reached the highest level of patient safety standards.” The ACR is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services. The Bismarck Cancer Center, a radiation therapy center, is a cooperative venture of Sanford Bismarck and CHI St. Alexius Medical Center. For more information, contact Sara Kelsch at 701-222-6119.

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Bismarck Parks and Recreation District (BPRD) has been honored with the highest and most prestigious award attainable by a park and recreation agency; the 2017 Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. BPRD was named one of the four Finalists for the award earlier this year. The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AARPA), in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and Musco Lighting, are sponsors of this award. The announcement was made during the Opening Session of the NRPA Annual Congress and Exhibition on Tuesday, September 26 in New Orleans, LA. The Gold Medal Awards program honors communities throughout the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.



Join the 300 young singers of Central Dakota Children’s Choir at their annual fundraiser “An Evening to Inspire--A Celebration of Children’s Voices” on Sunday, November 5, at 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Ramkota Hotel Ballroom in Bismarck. “An Evening to Inspire” is a fun, family-friendly event that features a dinner, silent auction, raffles and inspiring stories, along with performances by all five choirs.

Central Dakota Children’s Choir is celebrating their 20th Anniversary this year, “More than 2000 children have participated in our program,” says Tammy Rector, executive director and choir parent, “we’re honoring that milestone by focusing on our singers’ stories. Each of our singers has a unique experience, some of which are truly inspiring—we want to share that with the community.” Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit Central Dakota Children’s Choir and their mission to inspire tomorrow’s voices—building friendships, enriching lives and serving the community. Tickets are $50 for adults, $17 for children and are available at the choir office and online at www.aboutcdcc.org. Deadline to purchase tickets is Thursday, October 26. Reserved tables are also available. For more information, call 701-258-6516.

“Bismarck is already known as an amazing and supportive community. This prestigious honor recognizes the investments we are making in our programs, parks and facilities. We are very honored to be a two-time recipient of this Gold Medal Award. This places BPRD in a very rare category of park agencies, and we accept this award on behalf of the citizens of Bismarck,” said BPRD Executive Director Randy Bina. BPRD is a past recipient of the award, receiving the NRPA Gold Medal Award in 1993, and being a finalist in 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999, 2016 and 2017. BPRD Board of Park Commissioners President Wayne Munson said, “To be selected as one of the top park and recreation agencies in the country is a proud and historic moment. This award recognizes our past as well as the important work we do every day with eyes on a promising future. We’re both thrilled and humbled to be recognized for these efforts.”

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BISMARCK-BURLEIGH PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEARTVIEW FOUNDATION RECEIVE GRANT TO REDUCE OPIOID ABUSE AND OVERDOSE DEATHS Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health (BBPH) and Heartview Foundation have received a grant from the North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Behavioral Health Division to address opioid abuse and overdose deaths. Five communities were awarded grants after demonstrating a need for funding, as well as the capacity to implement evidence-based prevention, treatment and recovery strategies. The grant will support the Mayors’ Gold Star Community Task Force, a locally-driven, collaborative effort between the Bismarck-MandanLincoln communities in response to behavioral health and substance abuse issues in the community, and will be used for various interventions including prevention and education, increasing the availability and use of naloxone to prevent overdose deaths and increasing access to medication assisted treatment. The Mayors’ Gold Star Community task force met in July and identified education and prevention, intoxification/ withdrawal management and increased access to recovery and treatment as top priorities.

In August, the federal Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis released its interim report and called for enhanced access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the most recent data estimates that 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose. Overdose deaths in North Dakota increased from 20 deaths in 2013 to 61 deaths in 2015. According to the County Health Rankings, there were 10 drug overdose deaths in Burleigh County in 2015. As community partners and co-applicants of the grant, Heartview Foundation will administer the $180,000 grant. Eighty percent of which ($144,000) is focused on treatment and recovery. Twenty percent of the grant ($36,000) is focused on prevention and education. Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health will serve as a contractor to implement these strategies.

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A local Gulf Club is being recognized for taking steps to save money and go Green!

Jordan Berglund, Head Golf Professional, and Club Manager at Hawktree Golf Club, recently accepted a plaque from Paul Deichert, Regional Energy Specialist for Total Energy Concepts, rewarding the facility as the only TEC Certified GREEN Golf Course in the Upper Midwest.

Jordan Berglund, of Hawktree Golf Club, accepts the TEC Certified Green award from Paul Deichert of Total Energy Concepts.

Hawktree recently teamed up with Total Energy Concepts to improve Efficiency of Hawktree with the intent to reduce the Energy usage and Save Money. TEC utilized a Systematic approach to Energy Improvements, which resulted in significant Savings, but more importantly, an improvement in Operational Efficiency with a short payback. TEC installed Power Factor Correction to help with efficiency, Voltage Conditioning Units to control Voltages, and protect from Lightning Strikes and power Surges, as well as Facility Grounding. Next, they installed Smart Cool units on all HVAC loads to control run and compressor cycle times. TEC also installed a complete Lighting upgrade – including LED Lighting, which improved on light levels, while drastically lowering Energy Demands. “Since partnering with TEC we can save on energy costs which allows us to allocate funds elsewhere that can improve course conditions, clubhouse conditions, and customer experiences. Having the ability to put more money into areas that directly affect the customer has improved our bottom line.” Jordan Berglund, Golf Pro at Hawktree. Hawktree Golf Club is doing their part to improve their bottom line, and improve our Environment at the same time. The impact on their Carbon footprint will be decreased, which is good for everyone. Paul Deichert from TEC in excited about their new partnership with Hawktree. He said, “it is a rewarding experience to work with a business that is pro-active in lowering their Energy usage while helping the world be a better place.”

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Mandan Parks and Recreation’s Mandan Municipal Golf Course has an exclusive new offering! In addition to the 9 hole golf course, Mandan Municipal will offer a certified AFGL FootGolf Course! FootGolf is a relatively new precision sport that requires players to kick a soccer ball into a cup by using as few attempts as possible. FootGolf, which combines elements found on a soccer field with those found on a golf course, is quickly growing. This is the first accredited FootGolf course in North Dakota! The new course consists of 18 AFGL certified FootGolf holes, with two sets of tees to match any skill level. The cost is $10 for 18 holes. At Mandan Municipal’s website, www.golfmandan.com, players will find available tee times, a course map, and official FootGolf rules.

MARCO NAMED ONE OF THE 50 BEST PLACES TO WORK RECENTLY PURCHASES KOPI Marco was named one of the 50 Best Places to Work for 2017 by Prairie Business magazine for the fourth year in a row. Companies were nominated through an anonymous employee satisfaction survey and rated in areas including work environment, employee benefits and happiness.

“The 50 Best companies clearly recognize employee satisfaction as one of the keys to productivity and profitability,” says Tom Dennis, editor of Prairie Business. “That comes through in the surveys over and over again. We all know how hard we’ll work to satisfy a good manager. Turns out people feel the same way about their employer…and when the employer goes the extra mile, the employees do, too.” In its fourth year hosting the Best Places to Work contest, Prairie Business received more than 1,000 nominations from employees in North Dakota, South Dakota and western Minnesota. Marco also announced that it has purchased Koestner Office Products, Inc. (KOPI), a copier/printer company based in Jefferson City, Missouri.



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“This purchase allows Marco to further expand its technical expertise and services in the state of Missouri,” said Jeff Gau, Marco CEO. “We look forward to continuing KOPI’s commitment to satisfying their copier clients and providing opportunities for their valued employees.” This is the 17th acquisition the company has completed over the past three years. In addition to Jefferson City, they have three other locations in Missouri. Marco has 1,100 employees and serves more than 32,500 customers from its 46 locations throughout the Midwest and nationally. “We are excited to sell our company to Marco. They are a high performing company that is committed to excellence and outstanding customer service,” said Sherri Wilbers, President of KOPI. They are also consistently recognized as a great place to work.”



Through its annual Casual for a Cause campaign, Basin Electric Power Cooperative has made a substantial $23,000 donation to the Great Plains Food Bank to assist their efforts in supplying food assistance to 94,000 individuals each year. This gift will supply nearly 70,000 meals to those in need.

For the second year in a row, Basin Electric went ‘Casual for a Cause’ where employees made contributions to the cause and were allowed to wear jeans during the summer months. Nearly 175 Basin Electric employees participated in this year’s campaign that started Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day. “Basin Electric employees are among the most generous people I know, and I’m so proud of them for coming together for this cause,” said Paul Sukut, Basin Electric CEO and general manager.

“While North Dakota continues to be a state rooted in agriculture and feeding the world, we know there are so many people who still don’t have enough to eat. I commend the work done by the Great Plains Food Bank in getting food to the people who need it, especially in the rural areas of North Dakota. Much of the food bank’s service area is within our membership. Our employees have embraced the cooperative principle of ‘concern for community,’ and I’m happy to support them in that.”

“We are thrilled that Basin Electric chose the Great Plains Food Bank and our work to end hunger to benefit from this year’s ‘Casual for a Cause’ campaign,” Great Plains Food Bank CEO Steve Sellent said. “This tremendous gift will make a meaningful impact in the lives of thousands of children, seniors and working families struggling with hunger throughout Basin Electric’s service area. We salute Basin Electric Cooperative and their employees for their generosity and compassion for the hungry people we serve.”

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Zinke Graduates From Banking School

Doug Zinke, business banking officer-vice president, at Starion Bank in Bismarck recently graduated from the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado (GSBC). Zinke graduated with honors, a special designation First Western Bank & Doug Zinke for students in the top 10 Trust Announcements percent of their class. GSBC is America’s premier community First Western Bank & Trust banking school. This 25-month program provides is pleased to announce Ron Rauchenberger has joined the management and leadership training for community banking professionals. Students complete training Board of Directors and Dawn Ystaas has accepted the role of that focuses on the areas of general management, Ron Rauchenberger technology, lending, leadership, human resource Chief Financial Officer. management and financial management in banks. Rauchenberger resides in Bismarck, he and his wife Laurie Requirements for graduation include comprehensive examinations, research projects and participation in a previously owned Kenmare Clothing. He served as Chief of bank-management simulation course. Staff for Governor Hoeven and Zinke joined Starion Bank in 2011, bringing with Governor Dalrymple and most him five years of banking experience. He earned a recently was Special Advisor to bachelor’s degree in business administration and MBA from the University of Mary, Bismarck. Locally, Governor Burgum, he retired Dawn Ystaas Zinke serves on the board of directors at the Gateway from public service and has to Science Center. started a consulting business. Rauschenberger has been active as a Director on the ND Development Fund, Souris Basin Revolving Loan Fund, Minot Magic Summers New General Manager for Expressway Suites - Bismarck Fund representing rural communities, ND Retailers Association and GNDA. We are pleased to have Ron Expressway Hotels of Bismarck is pleased to join our board. announce Karen Summers as the new General Ystaas graduated from the University of North Manager for the Expressway Suites – Bismarck. Please Dakota with a major in Accounting, and then join us in congratulating Karen for taking this next worked as a bank examiner for six years. She was step in her hospitality career. Karen has over twenty a supervising Examiner and monitored banks for years of hospitality experience, and is committed to safety and soundness. Ystaas worked for a financial customer service excellence. Karen graduated from institution before coming to First Western Bank & North Dakota State University with a degree in Mass Trust for nearly 10 years as the Chief Risk Officer. She Communications and Political Science. She currently has participated in Junior Achievement and Women serves on the Board of Directors for the Bismarck United Little Black Dress Campaign. Ystaas joined the -Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau. bank in December 2016 as Vice President of Project Joe Dosch, the hotel’s past General Manager, is Management. taking on a new position as Chief Financial Officer for Coulter Lodging, the parent company.

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Donlin Joins Odney as Senior Account Executive

Linda Donlin has joined Odney as a senior account executive. Donlin has extensive experience in Linda Donlin higher education, healthcare and energy, most recently serving as vice chancellor of strategic engagement for the North Dakota University System. An expert in marketing, brand development, customer and employee engagement and relations, and strategic communications planning, Donlin has created awardwinning communications strategies and campaigns for Mayo Clinic, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and MDU Resources Group.

Steele Returns To Houston Engineering, Inc.

Mark Steele returns to full-time status in Houston Engineering, Inc.’s (HEI) Bismarck office as a CAD Designer. Steele worked full time at HEI from 2004-2010 as a CAD Supervisor, he then took on a role teaching full time at Bismarck State College Mark Steele as a Professor of Engineering Technology and GIS. While teaching at BSC, he interned at HEI for the past several years and we’re happy to have him rejoin our team full time. Over the past few years, HEI has used GIS as an integral part of how we do business with municipalities and rural water supply systems. Steele will be an integral part of handling the asset management and GIS development of these types of projects going into the future. Steele is a Bismarck native and has a AAS in architectural drafting and estimating technology from North Dakota State College of Science, a certificate in GIS from Bismarck State College, a BS in technical education from Valley City State University, and is a certified instructor of higher education.

www.bismarckmandan.com Bismarck Motor Company Hires Three, Promotes One Krystal Strand, Chad Kay and

Stephanie Martin join Bismarck Motor Company’s team, and Kyle Schroeder, current employee, is promoted. Strand, originally from Turtle Lake, ND, joins our team as an Krystal Strand Allstate Insurance Specialist. She previously worked in the healthcare industry as a respiratory therapist. In Strand’s free time, she enjoys Crossfit, cooking, and watching her Husband race. In her new position, she is most looking forward to the challenge of a Chad Kay new career and the opportunity to educate and assist guests with their insurance needs. Kay, originally from Minot, ND, joins our team as a Business Manager with previous training and experience in automotive sales and finance. In Kay’s free time, he enjoys camping and Stephanie Martin boating with his family. In his new position, he is most looking forward to being a good team leader and assisting guests. Martin, originally from Drake, ND joins our teams a Title Clerk with previous experience in Kyle Schroeder marketing and sales. In Martin’s free time, she enjoys home and yard improvement projects with her husband. In her new position, she is most looking forward to meeting new people and learning new skills. Schroeder, originally from Dickinson, ND, has worked at Bismarck Motor Company as a Sales & Leasing Consultant since 2011. He has now been promoted to Business Manager. In Schroeder’s free time he enjoys spending time with friends and playing sports. He is very much looking forward to this advancement in his career.

KLJ Adds Finance and Human Resource Divisional Directors to Organizational Structure KLJ, an engineering firm

KLJ Adds Finance and Human Resource Divisional Directors to Organizational Structure Derek Binstock, a Registered

Assistant with Choice Financial Wealth Management, recently passed the General Securities headquartered in Bismarck, Lanny Harris Representative Examination. ND, recently promoted Lanny He also passed the Uniform Harris, Michelle Miller, and Combined State Law Mike Ross. The company also Derek Binstock Examination. hired Stacey Breuer. The four The General Securities individuals will help drive examination is also known as the Series 7 exam. resource efficiencies and best practices for the company’s two It enables Binstock to solicit, purchase and sell security products. The Uniform Combined State Law divisions, Environment and Infrastructure and Energy and examination is also known as the Series 66 exam. Michelle Miller It, along with the Series 7 qualifications, registers Natural Resources. candidates as both securities agents and investment Harris and Ross are now advisor representatives. serving as Divisional Finance Binstock has been with the office since November Directors. Harris joined KLJ 2015. Amongst other tasks, he places many of the more than 25 years ago. trades and also assists with financial planning. Most recently he served as chief operating officer for Progress Solutions, a former Record Keepers Achieves NAID subsidiary company of KLJ’s Mike Ross Certification parent company, KLJ Solutions Record Keepers’ Bismarck location has achieved Holding Co. AAA Certification status with the National Association Ross began working for KLJ in for Information Destruction for the 9th consecutive year. 2012 and most recently served To achieve this status, a company must undergo an as a business financial analyst. audit of the security measures of its facility, employee Both Harris and Ross will screening and training, insurance coverage, transport oversee financial practices for vehicles and internal processes and procedures. Record the divisions ensuring they are Keepers’ certification is for paper records destruction, running efficiently. computer hard drive destruction, non-paper media Stacey Breuer Miller and Breuer are now destruction, and custodial records storage. serving as the Divisional Human Resources Directors. Miller began working for KLJ more than seven years ago. She most recently Sanford Health honors Employees of the Year served as the company’s recruiting manager, a role she will continue to serve part-time. Five individuals were named 2017 Sanford Health Breuer is new to the organization and will also Employees of the Year for the Bismarck region. serve a dual role as not only a Divisional Human On an annual basis, Sanford Health staff has an Resource Director but also as the corporate training opportunity to recognize their peers and management manager. Breuer brings a unique combination of by nominating them for Employee of the Year Awards. technical and Human Resource leadership to KLJ. Her First awarded in 2011, these awards were established experience includes nearly 20 years of leadership, to recognize employees who consistently demonstrate training, change management and business strategy exceptional performance and show a relentless pursuit in the manufacturing, engineering consulting, of perfection through the following Sanford Values: Widmer Roel government, and not-profit industries. courage, passion, resolve, advancement and family. Promotes Gessner Sanford Bismarck Employee of the Year winners Bianco Realty Welcomes Schuh and It is with great pleasure that for 2017: Fettig Widmer Roel announces the Arlys Nelson Executive Assistant of the Year promotion of Amanda Gessner, Bianco Realty is excited to announce the newest Wanda Wahl, Executive Assistant CPA, CFE, to Audit Supervisor. REALTORS® to join their professional Real Estate Team, Sanford Management Employee of the Year Amanda will lead the Bismarck Josh Schuh and Brandon Fettig. Schuh and Fettig Amanda Gessner Cristie Dockter, Manager, Respiratory Therapy Audit team engaged with a wide look forward to helping clients with their Real Estate Sanford Clinical Employee of the Year range of clients throughout the needs, achieving their dream of home ownership and Jessica M. Leingang, RN, Procedures Ambulatory North Dakota area. Amanda received her Bachelor’s providing a Tradition of Excellence! degree from the University of Minnesota and has been Sanford Support Services Employee of the Year with the company since 2015. Congratulations on a Delphine Marshall, Senior Marketing Specialist well-deserved promotion. Sanford Physician of the Year Eric Hart, M.D., Physician, Podiatry

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Bianco Realty Sales Awards

Bianco Realty has named Shirley Thomas and Judy Maslowski “REALTORS® of the Month.” Thomas and Maslowski had the most closed sales at Bianco Realty for the month of August 2017. Thomas has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2001 and Maslowski has been a licensed REALTOR® since 2007. Demy Hall

Starion Bank Promotes Four

Starion Bank has promoted four individuals in Bismarck. Nagoshia Gangl has been promoted to human resources generalist, focusing on talent Nagoshia Gangl acquisition, supervisor support and employee relations. She joined Starion in August 2009 as a teller and was promoted twice, first to customer service representative and then to teller supervisor. Gangl joined the human resources team in September 2014 after earning Nickolas Schmidt a bachelor’s degree in human resources management from Dickinson State University. Nickolas Schmidt has been promoted to universal banker I at the branch on North 4th Street in Bismarck. In this role, he helps customers with new accounts, provides customer service Royann Schmit on deposit transactions and continues working in the teller line. Schmidt started at Starion Bank in June 2015 as a teller. He earned a degree in business and human relations from Bismarck State College. Royann Schmit has been promoted to executive assistant, Seth Weber providing assistance to the bank president, chief financial officer and executive vice president, and assisting other members of the executive team. She joined Starion in December 2014 as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining Starion, Schmit had more than 12 years of office administration and management experience in banking, human resources, payroll services, higher education and healthcare. Seth Weber has been promoted to universal banker II at the branch on the corner of South Washington and Expressway Avenue. In addition to previous universal banker responsibilities, he also opens personal and business accounts, processes personal loans and prepares related documents. Weber joined Starion in October 2015 as a teller in Mandan and in August 2016 was promoted to universal banker I. Weber attended Minot State University and has several years of retail and customer service experience.

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PERKS Dakota Eye Institute Team Members Complete Certification Training

Demy Hall and Sara Henley of Dakota Eye Institute recently completed the Ophthalmic Coding Specialist (OCS) certification. OCS designation confirms the assistant’s expertise and proficiency specific to coding for ophthalmology services. The online test consists of 100 multiple choice questions focusing on all aspects of coding Sara Henley for ophthalmology. The American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives (AAOE) and the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) are partners in offering this exam. Both Hall and Henley have worked at DEI for two years. They join seven other employees at Dakota Eye who are also certified in ophthalmic coding.

Walker Earns Dakota Broadcasting Association’s Pioneer Award

Dwayne Walker was recently honored with the 2017 North Dakota Broadcasting Association’s Pioneer Award. NDBA states, “This prestigious award is given out annually to a true icon and legend in the broadcast industry.” Dwayne Walker Walker has 50 years in the television news industry, 45 of them with KFYR TV News in Bismarck. He has used every type of television format from film to drone photography. He has his own still and video business called Dwayne Walker Photography and is a licensed commercial drone pilot. During his years with KFYR TV, Walker traveled to Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Guatemala and other places throughout the world, United States, and North Dakota. He covered the Gordon Kahl story and the Missouri River flooding. He has won numerous awards for his television news photography but he says, “This Pioneer Award means the most to me because I share the honor with former local colleagues such as Al Gustin, who nominated me, Dick Heidt, Rog Higgins, Tom Barr, Bob Denver and Dan Brannan, and other news people across the state like Charley Johnson, Marv Bossert, and Jim Adelson. Walker finished his 45th year with KFYR TV on August 31 and is now retired from the station, though he will continue to private still, video and drone photography. He lives in Bismarck and is married to Renae Hoffmann Walker, Bismarck Public Schools Community Relations Director, and has three children, four grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.

Schwartz Earns Promotion; Kirchmeier and Bird Achieve Circle of Success Recognition

Angie Schwartz was promoted to Financial Advisor with the practice of Legacy Financial Partners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. As a financial advisor, Schwartz will be responsible for providing Angie Schwartz advice that is anchored in a solid understanding of client needs and expectations, and provided in a one-on-one relationship with her clients. Jason Kirchmeier and Joel Bird, Private Wealth Advisors with Legacy Financial Partners, Jason Kirchmeier a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. in Bismarck, have qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2017. To earn this achievement, Kirchmeier and Bird established Joel Bird themselves as one of the company’s top advisors. Only a select number of high-performing advisors earn this distinction.

Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru Welcomes New Staff

Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru has added multiple team members to its staff and promoted within the company. Scott Eckman re-joins the staff at Kupper Subaru as General Sales Manager. Michael Knapp moved from the Kupper ChevroletSubaru Detail Center to a new role as Sales & Leasing Consultant at Kupper Subaru. Donna Morrell joined the staff as evening Receptionist. Michael Peterson is the newest member of the Kupper Chevrolet service team, join our staff as a Service Advisor. Tyler Sapp joined our sales staff as a Sales & Leasing Consultant. Dixie Thoman joins Kupper Auto Body & Glass as an Office Assistant. Shawn Weekes, previous Business Manager at Kupper Subaru, moved to the Finance & Insurance team at Kupper Chevrolet. Weekes has been with the dealership group since 2009. Dakota Boehm joins Kupper Auto Body & Glass as an estimator and Sebastian Schroeder is welcomed to the team as a body shop technician. Joining the sales staff as sales & leasing consultants are Daniel MacArthur (Kupper Chevrolet) and Charlie Bell (Kupper Subaru). Jacob Rust joins the service team as a technician at Kupper Subaru.

Sanford Health Welcomes New Staff

Abigail Gabriel, M.D., hospitalist, recently joined Sanford Health in Bismarck. Dr. Gabriel provides care to patients who are admitted to Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck. She provides primary hospital care and coordinates referrals to specialists during a patient’s hospital stay. Dr. Gabriel graduated from St. George’s University in True Blue, Grenada and received her residency in internal medicine from Harlem Hospital Center in

www.bismarckmandan.com New Agents at Century 21 Morrison Capital Credit Union’s Mikkelsen and Tollefson Named Top 20 Professionals Realty Century 21 Morrison Realty is honored to introduce Under 40

the newest members of our team of professionals. Jeff Fetch is from Bismarck and a past BHS grad. He brings with him over ten years of experience in the customer service industry. Abigail Gabriel Jo Ellen Kralicek is from Bismarck and along with her husband Mike, has raised their three children here. She brings 25 years of customer service and sales experience, as well as a deep knowledge of the local area. Ashley Pulver is from Bismarck and has two kids with her husband Zach. She looks forward to providing the Gold Standard in service to her clients. Amy Bower brings great energy and 18 years of real Michael Mirzai estate experience. For her, clients come first. Bower works to be in constant communication with her clients New York. Michael Mirzai, M.D., child & adolescent psychiatrist, to keep them fully informed throughout the entire process. recently joined Sanford Seventh & Rosser Clinic in Bismarck. Dr. Mirzai sees child and adolescent patients Alicia Rixen is a graduate of UND. She many years of sales experience and most recently worked in the real for behavioral health related illnesses. He graduated from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tenn. and estate industry for five years. Amy Hullet brings a wealth of experience and years completed his residency from Texas A&M in Temple, of client-centric service to our team. She is the recipient Texas. He is board certified in general and child and of numerous Quality Service Awards, Production-based adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Awards, and the Realtor of the Year for our local board Psychiatry and Neurology. as well as for the state.

Capital Credit Union’s Nicole Mikkelsen and Loren Tollefson were recently named to the Bismarck Tribune’s list of the top 20 professionals under age 40, recognizing their positive impact on the organization and local Nicole Mikkelsen community. Mikkelsen is the credit union’s vice president of human resources, a role she’s held since January 2016. Mikkelsen earned the Senior Professional of Human Resources designation in 2011 and was promoted to human resources manager that Loren Tollefson same year. Tollefson serves as branch manager for the credit union’s North and Sunrise branches in Bismarck, a role he’s held since February 2015. He started working for Capital Credit Union in 2012 as a financial services representative, bringing seven years of previous lending experience from a large financial institution in Phoenix, Ariz.

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

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Tue, 17th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

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5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Thur, 19th

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

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5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:30 pm Morton County Commission *

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5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 25th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission

Wed, 11th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission Thur, 12th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission *

Mon, 16th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board *

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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 Chelse Simon at 701-223-5660 or email csimon@bismancc.com.

ENGTECH Kevin Powers, President and staff at the new location on 600 S. 2nd Street Ste. 105 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-258-7077. Member.

BARE MEDISPA Tara Specht and Jean Gustafson, Co-Owners, at their new location on 3801 Memorial Highway Ste. B in Mandan. Phone: 701-204-8709. Member.



Jarivs and Brittany Bearstail, Owners at their new business on 3801 Memorial Highway Ste. B in Mandan.

Jeremy Petron, Regional Manager, and staff at their new property on 4912 N. 19th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-7512161. Member.



Vern Dosch, CEO and Board of Directors at their newly remodeled and expanded office on 3131 Technology Dr. NW in Mandan. Phone: 701-667-6511. Member. 42 | Chamber Connection

Ron Ferman, Owner, Brett Overturf, General Manager and Ben Nelson at their new location on 2620 Morrison Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-306-9655. Member.


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.

BisMan Stiletto PO Box 7282 Bismarck, ND Melissa Hammond (580) 916-6656 A social service group of professional business women in the Bismarck Mandan area with a serving heart. Pelican Health 3100 North 11th Street Suite #1 Bismarck, ND Kendra Roloff (701) 751-2272 Pelican Health is a comprehensive pelvic health & continence center in Bismarck. We bring together an experienced team to deliver advanced and non-surgical treatments for pelvic & bladder disorders. Booming Nutrition 625 S. Washington Street Bismarck, ND Klinton Koster (701) 751-2934 Booming Nutrition not only provides you a place to get a nutritional shake and flavorful tea for your healthy lifestyle, but also make you feel welcome in a fun environment with a sense of community. KinderKidz Bismarck 1413 Sharloh Loop Bismarck, ND Josh Wastvedt (701) 751-0551 KinderKidz provides quality child care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Our daycare/preschool programs are developed to stimulate your child and prepare them for a lifetime of learning. Dacotah Speedway - Bismarck-Mandan Stock Car Association 2500 Longspur Trail Mandan, ND Beau Simmons (701) 240-2976 Dacotah Speedway is a high-banked three-eighths-mile clay oval that hosts weekly racing on Friday nights From May until late August starting at 7:00pm.

Quality Pack and Load LLC 803 Adobe Trail SE Mandan, ND Ricardo Chapa (701) 527-8033 Family-owned professional moving co. with the knowledge needed to help you move successfully. With over 20 years of experience, trust us to get the job done right while exceeding your expectations. Harvest Brazilian Grill 308 W. Main Street Mandan, ND Edgar Oliveria (701) 751-4393 The Harvest Grill is an all-you-can-eat Brazilian barbecue restaurant. Its menus offers a wide variety of meats grilled in South American fashion, including steak, sirloin, chicken, pork.




Crystal D. Overby, DDS • James A. Nelson, DDS • Kristin R. Schoch, DDS

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Upcoming Chamber Events HARVEST MIXER Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Northern Plains Equipment – 2933 Twin City Dr, Mandan WORKFORCE SUMMIT Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 • Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm Location: Radisson Hotel – 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Model home in Heritage Park – 1003 Community Loop, Bismarck STATE OF THE CITIES Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 • Time: 7:30am - 9:00am Location: Ramkota Hotel & Confernece Center – 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck CHAMBER 101: MAXIMIZING YOUR MEMBERSHIP Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 • Time: 4:00pm - 5:00pm Location: Chamber of Commerce – 1640 Burnt Boat Drive, Bismarck


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