October Chamber Connection

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OUTLOOK K-12 Moving Forward in Bismarck-Mandan


Member Profile Prairie Sinus Ear Allergy


Chamber/BMDA Restructure: Increased focus on workforce development.


Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Meet the class of 2018-2019.

CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Ron Day.............................................................................................................................. Chair Molly Herrington ...................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Wayne Munson............................................................................................................ Secretary Nick Hacker..................................................................................................................Treasurer Brenda Nagel ............................................................................................................ Past Chair BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Brucker ...............Railway Credit Union Tracy Kindem ..........H.A. Thompson & Sons Ron Day ............Andeavor Mandan Refinery Kevin Magstadt ...................Kraus-Anderson Dr. Blake Feil ....................Feil Orthodontics Wayne Munson .................Bismarck Sign Co. Heather Fried ..........Fried Financial Services Brenda Nagel ..................University of Mary Nick Hacker ..............ND Guaranty and Title Mike Nathe ............Bismarck Funeral Home Chad Hatzenbuhler ...Bank of North Dakota Lee Pierce ..........ICON Architectural Group Jeff Herman ................................Petro Hunt Jasper Schneider ..................................NISC Molly Herrington ....................................KLJ Garret Senger ..........MDU Resources Group Russ Honeyman ....................Doosan Bobcat Scott Staudinger ..............Cloverdale Foods Tyler Huck ............Schafer Financial Services Valerie Weigel ....Basin Electric Power Coop Chris Jones ....ND Dept. of Human Services Jennifer Wilson .....................Kirkwood Mall Mitch Kaelbaerer .........................TransTrash CHAMBER STAFF Brian Ritter ................................................................................................................. President Ross Frohlich .......................................................................................... Membership Director David Leingang............................................................................ Community Growth Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons........................................................................................................Vice President Shay Peterson .................................................................. Membership Engagement Director Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Elliot Rust................................................................................................Chief Financial Officer Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ........................ Communications Specialist/ LBM Director AnneMarie Hansen ................................................................................... Marketing & Events


Restructure Process: Increased Focus on Workforce Dev. Chamber Presents Workforce Summit Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Class of 2019


October Membership Mixer: St. Gabriel’s Community Chamber Workforce Summit Chamber Holiday Mixer


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President’s Corner


s the Chamber, we’re often asked to take a position on issues affecting our business community. Whether those issues are state or local in nature, we have the same process for deciding whether or not to weigh in. First, one of our Committees (generally Government Affairs or Local Issues) will take up the issue for questions, discussion, etc. before forming a recommendation. That recommendation is then forwarded to the Board of Directors where it is discussed further, and ultimately, voted upon. While it is certainly simple, this is our process and it has served us well. Most notably, this Fall the Chamber was asked to weigh in on a number of different issues such as state-wide Measures 1 (the Ethics Measure) and 3 (Recreational Marijuana). The Chamber will OPPOSE North Dakota Measure 1 not because our organization is opposed to conducting business ethically or concerns over transparency. Rather our organization is concerned that as written, Measure 1 will require the State to fund this new ethics commission without identifying a funding source and includes a supremacy clause rendering subsequent changes or challenges at the State level, difficult at best. The Chamber will also OPPOSE North Dakota Measure 3. Our organization’s objections to this measure are two-fold. First, the measure may pose workforce challenges as an employee could theoretically use marijuana recreationally, test positive in an employer-administered drug test and then face termination. Second, Measure 3 imposes no regulatory structure on marijuana nor is it taxed like other controlled substances such as alcohol and tobacco. Closer to home, the Chamber will also SUPPORT through education, Bismarck’s City Measure 1 which levies an additional half cent sales tax and City Measure 2 capping the existing 25-mill property tax buydown at 2019 levels. You can read more about these and other issues later on in the Connection, but suffice it to say, we have spent a lot of time discussing these issues. Finally, unrelated, we continue work on the proposed restructure of the Chamber and Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (BMDA) that would see our two organizations become one. We are currently engaged in discussions regarding the restructured organization’s name, logo and 2019 Budget. Most importantly however, we will be seeking our membership’s approval of the proposed restructure that is legally defined as a merger. That vote will be complete early this month and should it be affirmed, the merger would take effect January 1, 2019. Thank you for your continued support of the Chamber.

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By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications With increasing student enrollment and continued school facilities expansion projects across BismarckMandan, the focus in the communities remains on the growth across the school districts. While meeting the need of the growing districts remains a top priority, local educational leaders say this growth also provides the opportunity to continue to focus on important initiatives to bolster student achievement, staff engagement and communication districts-wide.


MPS Superintendent Dr. Mike Bitz says the district continues to focus on the initiatives that have been put in place to move the district forward. “We’ve been working with our staff on a Guaranteed Viable Curriculum to provide consistency across our schools, classes and teachers.” He says another important focus to provide continuity in the district is the Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS A-B), which supports academic achievement and student behavior. Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) also provide the opportunity for teachers to collaborate to improve student achievement.

Photo Credit: Bismarck Public Schools

During the 2017-2018 school year, both the Bismarck Public Schools (BPS) and Mandan Public Schools (MPS) districts completed accreditation reviews with AdvanceED, a global leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to more than 32,000 institutions worldwide. Using research-based standards, the accreditation process examined the school districts to determine how staff, students and community members work together to meet the needs of students. Both districts received high marks on the AdvanceED Index of Educational Quality and, once again, were fully accredited.

With the start of the 2018-2019 school year, district leaders say they remain focused on continuing to improve the districts’, teachers’ and students’ experiences and performance. “We’re continuing to build on the great work highlighted by AdvanceED,” says Dr. Ben Johnson, BPS secondary assistant superintendent. “We have a good system in place and we can get better.”

Five expansion and remodel projects in Bismarck Public Schools were already underway with the passage of a recent bond election, and additions to Horizon Middle School and Wachter Middle School were completed by the start of the school year.

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www.bismarckmandan.com Bitz says many of the district’s initiatives are focused on individualizing learning and instruction to meet students’ needs. “They are all designed around personalizing the education experience.”

Photo Credit: Mandan Public Schools

BPS is continuing its focus on five key initiatives to support student learning and staff development across the district. This includes MTSS Fourth graders at Ft. Lincoln Elementary used their creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication for hands-on A-B and PLCs, as well learning, practicing coding on their iPads. as Standards Based Education, which EXPANDING ENROLLMENT AND FACILITIES includes the use of standards-based assessments and Mandan Public Schools experienced an unexpected reporting; Project Based Learning, used across every jump in enrollment this fall, reaching more than 3,900 grade level; and Data Driven Decision Making, which students, an increase of nearly six percent. Bitz says uses data to improve instruction, student intervention the district has traditionally grown between 50 and and professional development. “This helps to make 70 students annually, but a jump of more than 200 for learning accessible and is part of the strategic work we the current school year was unusual. “We were not are doing to make sure students are moving forward,” expecting this rise,” he says. “Our increase was double says Johnson. what was projected.” The BPS district is also focusing on coherent governance to align communication and goals throughout the district, he notes. “This aligns with our school improvement process and continues our work forward with an emphasis on improving culture and investing in relationships.” Also in the 2018-2019 school year, BPS will be conducting a search for a new superintendent. Currently under the leadership of Interim Superintendent Dr. Jim Haussler, the district’s process will include conversations with stakeholder groups to find out what they are looking for in a leader. “The selection of any employee is a very important decision for a school district. We are in the people business and the people who work in our school determine its quality. It’s our people that make BPS great,” says Haussler. “It’s an exciting time and a time where we are working on systems for continuity and how to make sure learning is individualized for our students,” adds Johnson. “We’ve got really great students, teachers and leaders doing great things.”

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FEATURE The August completion of a 10-classroom addition at the Mandan Middle School provided additional room for incoming students, but Bitz says the addition is already in full use. “With what we’ve gained in student numbers, our elementary schools are really at capacity as well,” he notes. Bitz says this growth has led to discussions about adding additional elementary classroom space and the search for land to build a new high school. Bismarck Public Schools enrollment increased by 178 students this fall and topped 13,000 students districtwide. Five expansion and remodel projects were already underway with the passage of a recent bond election, and additions to Horizon Middle School and Wachter Middle School were completed by the start of the school year. An addition to Simile Middle School will also be completed in December. The addition of a cafeteria and offices to Century High School was completed this fall and Phase 2 of the project will be completed next fall. Bismarck High School’s new auditorium will also be completed next fall and a new gymnasium will be finished in November 2019.

Photo Credit: Bismarck Public Schools

Bismarck Public Schools enrollment increased by 178 students this fall and topped 13,000 students districtwide.


Johnson says in the coming school year, the focus will remain on striving to continue to provide the best educational experience for students, teachers and staff. “It is really about having a continuous improvement plan and where we want our schools and district to be.” “In an ever-changing society, we cannot afford to spend the year in neutral,” notes Haussler. “We need to move forward and continually strive to get better. Communication, climate and culture is one of our major focuses for this school year.”






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Measure 1 would enact the following: • establish a five-member ethics commission with members selected through agreement by the governor, the leader of the majority party in the state Senate, and the leader of the minority party in the state Senate; • ban political contributions from foreign government entities, foreign individuals, and foreign corporations;

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create restrictions on lobbyists; create provisions designed to prevent conflicts of interest for government officials; require campaign finance information to be publicly accessible.

A "YES" vote supports the ballot initiative to establish an ethics commission, ban foreign political contributions, and enact provisions related to lobbying and conflicts of interest. A "NO" vote opposes the ballot initiative to establish an ethics commission, ban foreign political contributions, and enact provisions related to lobbying and conflicts of interest. Source: Ballotpedia

INITIATED CONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE 2 CITIZEN REQUIREMENT FOR VOTING AMENDMENT INITIATIVE Measure 2 would amend the North Dakota Constitution to state that “only a citizen” of the United States is a qualified elector, instead of the current provision that states “every citizen” of the United States is a qualified elector. The measure also would state that only a qualified elector may vote in election. A "YES" vote supports the ballot initiative to amend the North Dakota Constitution to clarify that only a U.S. citizen can vote in federal, state, and local elections in North Dakota. A "NO" vote opposes the ballot initiative the ballot initiative to amend the North Dakota Constitution to clarify that only a U.S. citizen can vote in federal, state, and local elections in North Dakota.

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INITIATED STATUTORY MEASURE 3 MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION AND AUTOMATIC EXPUNGEMENT INITIATIVE Measure 3 would enact the following: • Legalize the recreational use of marijuana in North Dakota; • Create penalties for the possession or distribution to or by any individuals under 21 years of age;

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Create an automatic expungement process for individuals with convictions for a controlled substance that has been legalized; Eliminate the state of North Dakota’s immunity from damages resulting from expungement lawsuits.

A "YES" vote supports the ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state of North Dakota for people 21 years of age or older and create an automatic expungement process for individuals with convictions for a controlled substance that has been legalized.

A "NO" vote opposes the ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state of North Dakota for people 21 years of age or older and create an automatic expungement process for individuals with convictions for a controlled substance that has been legalized. Source: Ballotpedia


Measure 4 would require that personalized license plates be provided to volunteer emergency responders, such as volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service volunteers. The license plates would be free of charge and would also allow free entrance by the volunteers to any state park. A "YES" vote supports the ballot initiative to provide volunteer emergency responders in North Dakota with a special license plate that will allow free entry to North Dakota state parks. A "NO" vote opposes the ballot initiative to provide volunteer emergency responders in North Dakota with a special license plate that will allow free entry to North Dakota state parks. Source: Ballotpedia

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The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce encourages citizens to vote “no” on Measure 1 and Measure 3. INITIATED CONSTITUTIONAL MEASURE 1


Measure 1 would establish a five-member ethics commission with members selected through agreement by the governor, the leader of the majority party in the state Senate, and the leader of the minority party in the state Senate; ban political contributions from foreign government entities, foreign individuals, and foreign corporations; create restrictions on lobbyists; create provisions designed to prevent conflicts of interest for government officials; and require campaign finance information to be publicly accessible.

Measure 3 would allow the manufacture and distribution of marijuana for recreational purposes. The measure is designed to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in the state of North Dakota for people 21 years of age or older. The measure would also create penalties for the possession or distribution to or by any individuals under 21 years of age. Additionally, the measure would create an automatic expungement process for individuals with convictions for a controlled substance that has been legalized and eliminate the state of North Dakota’s immunity from damages resulting from expungement lawsuits.

Impacts to Business • Supremacy clause — Measure 1 includes a supremacy clause that would make a state constitutional challenge, in the event of freedom of speech conflicts or other conflicts, exceedingly difficult. The supremacy clause would allow the measure to overrule existing provisions or statutes. The Chamber believes it is dangerous to set the precedent that a law can go through the initiated measure process and then take supremacy over everything else in the constitution. • Legislating through the Constitution — The Chamber believes legislating this issue through the Constitution is the wrong method. Such a law should be legislated through the legislature. It takes time and refinement to create the best possible law. The supremacy clause would make refinement exceedingly difficult. • Undefined ethics commission — The proposed ethics commission would be unelected and yet hold legal authority to regulate public policy development. Chamber Stance: Oppose

Impacts to Business • Workforce — Legalizing recreational marijuana could exacerbate workforce issues. If an employer has mandatory drug testing, the business could face an increase in number of employees testing positive for marijuana. Industries such as construction, trucking, healthcare, manufacturing and childcare are most likely to be negatively impacted by legalization of marijuana use. These industries are facing workforce challenges. Legalizing recreational marijuana could exacerbate an already difficult workforce challenge. • Lack of taxation — As the measure is written, recreational marijuana would only be subject to sales tax. Controlled substances such as alcohol and tobacco are subject to additional taxes beyond sales tax. Other states that allow recreational marijuana administer multiple taxes to marijuana sales. The additional tax revenue — which is not currently included in the measure — could be used in funding community projects. • Lack of restrictions — Measure 3 includes no restrictions on growing marijuana or possession amount. The majority of states with legalized recreational marijuana feature restrictions on production and possession of marijuana. No guidelines are included on smoking in public places such as parks, sidewalks, etc. Chamber Stance: Oppose

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Dr. Jay Raisen and his staff joined the Chamber in 2017.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Dr. Jay Raisen


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I grew up in a family comprised of practical hardworking people whose roots extend back to pioneer Midwestern farmers and ranchers. They were family oriented, kind, and would give you the shirts off their backs. My father was a businessman who inspired pursuit of knowledge and entrepreneurship from my grade four Head and Neck anatomy school project through 13 years of college and subsequent Otolaryngology training.

Supportive parents enabled me to now give back to our community. My own special needs son inspires me daily. The return home to the Midwest in North Dakota (as I am originally from Winnipeg) brings me closer to family and friends with enjoyment of fishing, hiking, biking, golf, and community involvement.

Prairie SEA companies are composed of a Sinus Ear Allergy Clinic and affiliated Hearing Center. My role as physician entrepreneur and clinic founder is as hands on servant leader in all aspects of the business, yet mainly just trying to be a great doctor! It has been a privilege over the years to study under some world class physicians, and I stand on their shoulders when I see patients. 10 | Chamber Connection

Q: Briefly tell us the history of Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy. A: “Prairie SEA” refers to the vast midwestern grasslands and links the history of our people. The plains inspired my dream to make a better place for patients, employees, and all our families. The acronym “SEA” also stands for Sinus Ear & Allergy. Over my last three years in Bismarck and 6 years prior in Fargo I have experienced many realignments and mergers of local and regional health care facilities. Last year, it was time to make a difference in this new landscape. Prairie SEA companies strives to create a boutique healthcare experience in a superior facility. We provide medical and surgical treatments for problems related to Sinus, Ear, Allergy, General ENT, and Hearing Healthcare. We developed clinic systems driven by patient needs with compassion, innovation, and science. Peace of mind is provided by reassurance that the many small details of your care are considered. Our terrific and experienced staff work as a team utilizing state of the art technologies with a comprehensive approach for that extra step we expect for our own families.

www.bismarckmandan.com The other main provider includes audiologist, Dr. Jessica McLindsay. Jessica was born and raised here in Bismarck and after spending eight years in Arizona, she and her husband decided to move back home to raise their son Caden close to family. Jessica’s experience in private practice as well as her expertise in hearing aid technology are a great asset to our clinic’s comprehensive hearing healthcare approach. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy? A: Growth and diversity have created opportunities to serve North Dakotans from all walks of life, and from all across the United States. Our skilled team provides quality of care one would expect at an academic national organization right in the heart of the North Dakota. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: Health care systems have grown and centralized control of personal healthcare settings, often owning hospitals, clinics and now insurance companies. At risk may be patient choice, due to economics, and requires innovation and cooperation. Economy of scale facilitates enhancement of community facilities for emergent care, charitable care, research, and education. However, healthcare systems may at times have goals which inadvertently misalign from patient’s customized treatment needs. Prairie SEA works to channel those competing forces by leveraging modern technologies and focusing on patients. Q: What does the future of Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: Rapid advancements are moving surgery from operating rooms to doctor’s offices, or replaced it entirely with advanced medical therapy. Lean organizations like Prairie SEA can quickly adapt. Our team made necessary investments of time and capital to foster a superior infrastructure with newer technologies. EarLens, for example, is a new laser driven motorized lens which sits on and drives ear drum movements to improve sound quality over traditional hearing aids. Three dimensional GPS-like navigation permits office sinus surgery without general anesthesia. Our low radiation CT scan delivers a fraction of the radiation of traditional CT’s. Electronic check in and medical records permits access to care from home, and drop immunotherapy replaces doctor visits for allergy shots. Innovations are often more convenient, efficient, safer, and cut costs. We are excited to keep innovating! Prairie SEA Clinic has been chosen to participate in a national research protocol which evaluates placing ear tubes in children without general anesthesia. This advancement and many to come, may change the face of outpatient surgery in the United States.

Q: Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy became a member in 2017, why do you continue to renew each year? A: The Bismarck Chamber community has been very welcoming and supportive to our staff. It plays a vital role in attracting talent to Bismarck, supports community institutions, and as well as our youth. The camaraderie it fosters within the business community creates new opportunities for members and our entire region. Q: What should Chamber members know about Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy that may assist them? A: Pediatric and adult patients are welcome. We take most insurance plans and referrals are often not required. Our terrific staff have small-town hearts but provide big city medicine, right here in Bismarck. We want to share the Prairie SEA difference and invite to you join our mission to make healthcare a better place for all of us!




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INCREASED FOCUS ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT According to the latest statistics from Job Service North Dakota, there a combined 2,177 job openings between Burleigh and Morton Counties. That coupled with an unemployment rate below 3.0% means that one of our business community’s biggest challenges remains workforce. As organizations, we believe that we have two ways to approach this issue. • In the short-term, we can try and attract new talent to our community. We are currently doing this via online talent attraction campaigns targeted to those most in-demand occupations and where we believe that talent to be located. We’ll touch on how the proposed restructure can help us augment those efforts in a future edition of this series. • In the long-term, we can also seek to retain the talent we already have in our community. It may surprise some to know that between our public and private K12 and Higher Education institutions, there are approximately 25,000 full and part-time students here in Bismarck-Mandan. So why not start there? The question really then is, “How do we do that?”

We can start by trying to create meaningful work experiences for those students so that they become engrained in our workforce and our area employers. One effort that is helping us do that is the BMDA’s Job Shadow Week where each February, we seek to place as many high school and college students in two and fourhour job shadows to give them a glimpse of what that occupation and employer are really like. It is our hope that a job shadow can not only help focus that student’s career path, but potentially lead to a longer-term internship and ultimately, a full-time job here in BismarckMandan. We’re also trying to educate those educators who are with those students every day via our Educators Summer Workshop. This is a week-long program where we place a group of area educators in various places of employment to learn directly from those employers the skills, education, etc. they’re looking for, and the educators take those lessons back into the classroom.

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To coordinate these efforts however, we need a full-time focus and we don’t have that ability at the BMDA, as those workforce-related duties have traditionally been assigned to a position also responsible for the organization’s marketing and publications. However, by leveraging the resources of both the BMDA and Chamber, those marketing and publication responsibilities can be reallocated to other Staff or potentially a new position. This would then allow the existing workforce and marketing position to be focused full-time to workforcerelated efforts, developing relationships with our partners in education and developing even more workforce development programming. By having a position dedicated solely to workforcerelated efforts, we are in a position to better meet the needs of our business community and that’s just one more example of why we believe the BMDA / Chamber Restructure is in the best interests of all involved. And as to where we’re at in the restructure process, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be presented to both organizations’ Board of Directors at their September meetings. Should the MOU be approved, it would be forwarded along with a Plan of Merger to the Attorney General’s office to start the legal process of merging the two organizations. That same Plan of Merger will also be sent to all BMDA and Chamber members along with additional information regarding next steps. We also continue to work on developing the new organization’s name, logo and brand with the help of KK BOLD who recently conducted an electronic survey and series of focus groups. The results of those efforts will now be taken into account as KK BOLD begins the creative process of developing that name, logo and brand. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to get a hold of me directly at britter@bismancc.com or (701) 223-5660. You can also find previous editions of the BMDA / Chamber Restructure Series at http://www. bismarckmandan.com/restructure



The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Doosan Bobcat present the 2018 Workforce Summit. This event will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders.

The economic strength Bob Randall, CEO of Transcend Engagement of Bismarck-Mandan, and North Dakota, is unquestionably connected to the education and skills of our community. A diversely skilled and educated workforce further enables our region’s ability to be economically competitive on a local, national and global level. Employers, educators and professionals are encouraged to attend the 2018 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 31 at the Radisson Hotel. In addition to relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions, the 2018 Workforce Summit will feature workshops to provide attendees with insight into various opportunities and challenges of workforce development.


PANEL DISCUSSION: Talent Attraction and Retention: Insight from Today’s Workforce • • • •

Rachel Kunkel — Registered Nurse, Sanford Health Ed Sargeant — Creative Services Director, Agency MABU Dan Shockley — Foreman, Northern Improvement Co. Wendy Van Duyne — Associate, Community Development, Stantec

PANEL DISCUSSION: Ready-Up: A Career Readiness Discussion with Employers, Educators & Students

• Kayla Hieb — Training & Development Specialist, Doosan Bobcat • Dale Hoerauf — Director, Career Academy & Technical Center, Bismarck Public Schools • Skyler Jablonski Strand — High School Student, Bismarck High School

Additional Panelists to be Announced

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS * Generations, Engagement and Inclusion – Where do we go from here! • Jeffon Seely — Innovations International

Developing a Strong Culture Through Leadership • Facilitator To Be Announced

Workforce Strategies - Discussion of Best Practices

• Raquel Nachatilo — PHR, SHHRM-CP, Human Resources Director, Missouri Valley Family YMCA

* Each workshop will run twice at 45 min, giving attendees an opportunity to attend two sessions.


Presenting Sponsor: Speaker Sponsor:


Gold Sponsors: Silver Sponsors: Table Sponsor: MDU Resources Group and EMC Insurance

CLOSING KEYNOTE: “Activating Employee Engagement” Bob Randall, CEO of Transcend Engagement, will provide his insight on employee engagement and how your organization use engagement to attract and retain talent. Randall has a passion for helping individuals, teams and organizations thrive. With one foot in research as a Doctorate in Organization Development and one foot in practice as a leader with experience in diverse corporate settings, Randall brings a thoughtful and practical approach to his employee engagement. He brings a positive energy to events and believes organizations are a great place for people to learn and grow. Chamber Connection | 13






The Chamber’s Agricultural Committee is excited to be hosting their annual Harvest Mixer on Thursday, October 4th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at Open Road Honda, 4120 Memorial Highway, Mandan!

This year’s Harvest Mixer will include an Agriculture Awareness feature with guest speaker, Dr. Greg Lardy, Interim NDSU Extension Director and Associate VP of Ag. Affairs. He will provide an update on the endeavors NDSU’s Ag. Department are currently working on, as well as an outlook on our Ag. Industry for the upcoming Legislative Session. Throughout the mixer, enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and have some fun with Open Road Honda who will provide demos with some of their special units as well as some other fun experiences with the Chamber’s Agriculture Committee 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 or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660. Business Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, American Family Insurance – Dee Heintz, Farm and Ranch Guide, Farm Credit Services of Mandan, Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative Inc., Northern Pulse Growers Association, Starion Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank


In late August, the Bismarck City Commission voted unanimously to place three measures on the November ballot. The Chamber will collaborate with the City of Bismarck to provide a series of educational sessions on the topic throughout the month of October. Currently scheduled sessions include: Thursday, October 4th 8:00 – 9:00 AM Wednesday, October 17th 8:00 – 9:00 AM Tuesday, October 30th 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Educational sessions will be held at the National Energy Center of Excellence (200 Schafer Street, Bismarck.) on the Bismarck State College Campus in the Basin Electric Auditorium #304. City Measure 1 levies an additional half cent sales tax for the construction and reconstruction of major arterial roadways to be sunset after 10 years and limited to the following list of pre-determined list of projects: • • • • • • • •

43rd Ave/Ash Coulee Dr from Tyler Parkway to 66th St Centennial Road from I-94 to 43rd Ave Main Ave from 26th St to 66th St State Street from Calgary Ave to ND 1804/71st Ave Washington St from Burleigh Ave to South Bismarck Drainage Ditch Century Ave from Centennial Rd to 66th St Tyler Parkway from Valley Dr to 57th Ave 57th Ave from Washington St to State St

City Measure 2 caps the existing 25-mill property tax buydown (funded by the existing 1.0% sales tax) at 2019 levels and City Measure 3 amends outdated language in the City’s Home Rule Charter. The Chamber SUPPORTS City Measures 1 and 2 as they are part of a comprehensive infrastructure funding plan developed by the City’s Joint Task Force in partnership with the business community.

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The passage of Measure 1 will allow the City to address what is a long list of needed roadway improvements in a responsible and timely manner. The passage of Measure 2 will simply cap the amount of sales tax revenue being used to subsidize, or buy down, 25 mills of property tax at 2019 levels and prevent that buy down from consuming even more sales tax revenue.



Over 415 special guests and members of the community came together early in September to Celebrate area businesses and the individuals that make Bismarck-Mandan great! Annually, the Chamber’s Excellence in Business and Education committee dedicates their time between the months of February and August to the process of identifying and selecting outstanding teachers and amazing business professionals throughout BismarckMandan.

Golden Eagle Award – Starion Bank

Granite Award – Eide Bailly LLP

Mike Fink Award – Allan Miller and Cody Stern; Anyleaks, Inc.

New Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Stacy Voegele; The Critter Sitter

All together, these volunteers review and evaluate anywhere from 75 to 100 nominees in various categories ranging from educators, small business Small Business Person of the Year Award – Jason Sellers; Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Matilde Toledo-Agudelo; leaders, new entrepreneurs, Mattress Firm Right from the Lemon Tree and organizations who have helped make BismarckThis event and the awards provided would not be Mandan great for 50+ years. In the end, this process possible without the Chamber’s Excellence in Business culminates in the Chamber’s Celebrate Bismarckand Education Committee, and Military Affairs Mandan award ceremony! Committee. This year’s nominees and winners are as follows: Outstanding Teachers of Bismarck-Mandan • Kendall Bergrud – Lincoln Elementary • Mary Kautzman – Mary Stark Elementary • Cory Volk – South Central High School • Shawna Huber – Mandan Middle School • Dr. Joe Ellefson – Bismarck State College

Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors:

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ®

Golden Eagle Award — Starion Bank

Award Sponsors:

Mike Fink Award — Anyleaks, Inc.

Table Sponsors: Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center,

New Entrepreneur of the Year — Stacy Voegele – The Critter Sitter Young Entrepreneur of the Year — Matilde ToledoAgudelo – Right from the Lemon Tree Small Business Person of the Year — Jason Sellers – Mattress Firm Granite Award — Eide Bailly LLP

Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bremer Bank, CornerStone Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Eide Bailly, First International Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, Kirkwood Bank & Trust, KX News, Leingang Home Center, Midco, Miller Insulations, North Dakota Bankers Association, Northwest Contracting, Sanford Health, Starion Bank, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank.

Event Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Brady Martz & Associates, Liberty Business Systems, Mattress Firm, Media Productions and Widmer Roel.

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Leadership Bismarck-Mandan enters its 29th year with a class of 15 professionals and emerging leaders from our community: Dennis Agnew — Doosan Bobcat Amy Bickleman — Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Education Kelly Churchill — Mandan Parks & Recreation Kim Ekart — Youthworks Angie Friez — Bismarck State College Becky Haider — Knife River Corporation Dave Lehman — Alliance Real Estate Tracey Miller — KLJ Heather Pitsiladis — Glance Spa & Salon Tyler Sander — Aetna Alison Ternes — Sanford Health Maria Walen — Comfort Inn & Suites – Mandan Angil Wanner-Koper — Braun Intertec Jenny Wollmuth — City of Bismarck Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class of 2019. Jona Ziemann — Starion Bank

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STATE OF THE CITIES AROUND THE CORNER Join Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Steve Bakken for the 2018 State of the Cities Address on Tuesday, Nov. 6th at the Mayor Tim Helbling Mayor Steve Bakken Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Bismarck from 7:00am - 9:00am. Mayors will inform attendees on the challenges endured, and successes earned that Mandan and Bismarck have seen in the last year, as well as what they forecast for the future state of the cities. Economic Development, Public Safety, Education and Infrastructure are just some of the topics and more that our Mayors will dive into. Then, we will hear from the community as each Mayor is asked questions that have been submitted by the community during the Q&A session that will close out the event. The cost to attend is $30 for Chamber members and $40 for general admission. However, this is a great event to share with colleagues and friends, so be sure to sign up and reserve a table. For information on table sponsorships or for general inquires for the event, please call David at 701-223-5660, email him at dleingang@ bismancc.com, or register online at bismarckmandan. com/events. THANK YOU SPONSORS:

Gold Sponsors:

Event: Sponsors: BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE A Touchstone Energy Cooperative ÂŽ

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Roughly 475 Bismarck-Mandan community members gathered on a special day to pay respect and show appreciation to the brave ones who have sacrificed all and continue to protect.

This year’s Brats with the Brave, held on September 11th, brought together first responders and military personnel to show appreciation for their dedication and continued sacrifices to our communities and nation. Along with the general public and veterans, the crowd lined the grounds of the RJ Bohn Armory.

Governor Doug Burgum enjoys brats with the brave.

Special guests included North Dakota’s Adjutant General, Major General Al Dohrmann, and Governor Doug Burgum, who provided words of gratitude for all who are serving and have served our communities and nation on such a special day. The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee served an army with the help of Bob Kupper of Kupper Chevrolet and Chris Schneider of Bismarck Motor Company, who grilled up Cloverdale brats for everyone.

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The Chamber thanks the Military Affairs Committee, The North Dakota National Guard, presenting Sponsor CrossCountry Freight Solutions, and all the other sponsors who make this special event possible. Presenting Sponsor: Lunch Sponsors: Event Sponsors: Kupper Chevrolet and Kirkwood Bank & Trust.


.Nearly 100 Chamber members participated in the 2018 Sporting Clay Shootout. The Chamber wrapped-up the month of August hosting nearly 100 participants at our chamber Sporting Clay Shoot! The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce would like to say thank you again to all of our sponsors and participants that made it out for our 2018 Annual Sporting Clay Shoot.



Last month we wrapped up our final Fridays at the Chamber event for the 2018 Summer, and what a fantastic time we had!

Thank you to everyone that came throughout the summer. It was our privilege to serve you as well as 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 BismarckMandan Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to our sponsors who continue to make this event possible and so much fun. Without their assistance we would not be able to provide such a wonderful and delicious lunch line-up for our members! Thank you to our Fridays at the Chamber Sponsors! Presenting Sponsor: Lunch Sponsors:

This event is always a fun entertaining way to network, mainly because of the members who continue to come out and support this event year after year. This group is always up for a great time. Thanks to the great weather, Mark, and the Capital City Sporting Clays staff, this has been another fantastic Shoot. A special thank you to the North Dakota Army National Guard for providing breakfast, Dickey’s Barbecue for providing our delicious noon meal, and McQuade Distributing for providing and assortment of refreshments for our social. Presenting Sponsor: Long Range Sponsors: Rapid Fire Sponsor: First International Bank & Trust Pigeon Sponsors: Advanced Business Methods, Amy Hullet - Century 21 Morrison, BNC National Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, HH Gun Shop, McQuade Distributing and Liberty Business Systems. Chamber Connection | 19






Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 Location: Open Road Honda 4120 Memorial Hwy, Mandan Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend The Chamber’s Agricultural Committee will be hosting a special mixer for Chamber members, Thursday, October 4th, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, at Open Road Honda! The purpose of this Fall event is to celebrate the harvest by inviting our business community to engage and network with members in the Agriculture Industry in an effort to educate Bismarck-Mandan on the endeavors of agriculture in our area. There is no charge to attend this event, however, please send RSVP’s to dleingang@bismancc.com or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ST. GABRIEL’S COMMUNITY Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 Location: St. Gabriel’s Community 4580 Coleman Street, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend

Mark your calendar for our October Membership Mixer! On Thursday, October 25th St. Gabriel’s Community will be hosting our Chamber Membership Mixer at their location 4580 Coleman Street in Bismarck from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This event is a great opportunity to network, enjoy delicious appetizers and refreshments prepared by the on site staff of St. Gabriel’s. It’s free to attend. RSVPs can be made online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bismancc.com.



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Wednesday, October 31, 2018 Radisson Hotel 605 E Broadway Ave, Bismarck 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Admission: $30.00 for Chamber Members $45.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsor:

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce and Doosan Bobcat present the 2018 Workforce Summit. This event will provide our region the opportunity to access resources and be included in a discussion of workforce issues and solutions with industry leaders. Employers, educators and professionals are encouraged to attend the 2018 Bismarck-Mandan Chamber Workforce Summit on Wednesday, October 31 at the Radisson Hotel. In addition to relevant keynote speakers and panel discussions, the 2018 Workforce Summit will feature workshops to provide attendees with insight into the various opportunities and challenges of workforce development.


Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center 800 S. 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 Steve Bakken for the 2018 State of the Cities address on Tuesday, November 6th 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 2018. Cost to attend is $30 with Chamber member discount, and $40 for general admission. Register online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events.


To learn more or to RSVP, visit bismarckmandan.com or contact Shay Peterson at 701-223-5660 or speterson@ bismancc.com.

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Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 Location: Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy 3000 North 14 Street, 3rd Floor, Bismarck Time: 4:30PM - 6:30PM Admission: Free to Attend Mark your calendar for our November Membership Mixer! On Thursday, November 8th Prairie Sinus Ear and Allergy will be hosting our Chamber Membership Mixer at their location 3000 N 14th Street, 3rd Floor in Bismarck from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. This event is a great opportunity to network, enjoy delicious appetizers and refreshments prepared by the on site staff of St. Gabriel’s. It’s free to attend. RSVPs can be made online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events/calendar or by emailing Ross at rfrohlich@bismancc.com.

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Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall 315 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 8:00PM Admission: $5.00 plus Business Card It’s never too early to start planning your booth exhibit! Reserve your sponsorship today for the 2018 Holiday Mixer! Booths are available for you to showcase your business and services to over 1,500 individuals throughout the community. This festive holiday event is scheduled for Tuesday, December 11th at the Bismarck Event Center from 5:00pm – 8:00pm, 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 learn more about the opportunity to expose your business before, during and after the event contact Shay at speterson@bismancc.com or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660.


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Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019 Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B 315 5th Street, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Admission: $75.00 for Chamber Members $85.00 for General Admission Presenting Sponsors:

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Get ready for your close up! The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s largest premier event is around the corner! On Thursday, January 24th 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 halls with amazing warmth! This is a great way to celebrate the New Year with nearly 1,000 friends, and a quick glimpse into what’s on the agenda for 2019. 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 Shay at speterson@ bismancc.com or purchase tickets online at www.bismarckmandan.com/events or contact the Chamber at 701-223-5660.

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The third annual Choice Financial raised over $62,000 for Sanford Health Hospice. Go Hawaiian for Hospice was held on August 7, 2018 at Choice Financial in Bismarck. An estimated 680 people attended, raising $62,785 for Sanford Health Hospice. Attendees of the lunch enjoyed a luau-style feast of roast pig, baked potato, fresh pineapple, Hawaiian Punch and a frozen treat. The event also featured a memorial wall where guests were invited to “Sanford Hospice helps so many people when they remember their loved ones. The Bismarck event has need it most,” said Brooks Grotte, AVP-Credit and Event raised in excess of $200,000 over the last three years for Chair from Choice Financial. “Sanford Hospice is an hospice care in the community. organization that touches so many people’s lives and helps them through a difficult time in life. We are so thrilled to be able to help such a great organization serving our community.”

The Go Hawaiian for Hospice fundraiser helps provide funding for Sanford Health Hospice to offer end-oflife care for terminally ill patients and support for their families. Choice Financial’s first Hospice event was held in 2013 in Fargo, ND. Since then, Choice Financial has held hospice fundraising events across North Dakota in Fargo, Dickinson, Bismarck, and now Grand Forks. Since 2013, Choice Financial has raised over $750,000 for four Hospice organizations (Hospice of the Red River Valley, Sanford Hospice, CHI Health at Home Hospice and Altru’s Hospice) across North Dakota.

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Funding can be one of the biggest hurdles to getting any new business off the ground. The winner of Mandan’s first-ever “Business Pitch Challenge” to be held this fall will receive a $500 cash prize, the chance to be eligible for a $10,000 forgivable loan to start their business in Mandan, plus a host of other prizes to aid in starting their business.

The competition will be held Nov. 13 at the Strawberry Theater, 210 W Main Street. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and contestant presentations will begin at 5:30 p.m. Following the competition and as judges finalize scores, the audience will be treated to a keynote talk by Scott Bintz, an e-commerce entrepreneur, author of “Principles to Fortune,” and founder of RealTruck.com.

The Mandan Tomorrow - Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee is hosting the event with assistance from the City of Mandan Business Development Department, Bismarck-Mandan Development Association and IDEA Center. Organizers are looking for aspiring entrepreneurs and early startups who could use a boost on their entrepreneurial journey.

The event will conclude with a networking social. It is open to the public and free of charge. For planning purposes, attendees are asked to register by Nov. 9 at www.cityofmandan.com/register or by calling 701-6673478.

TAX REFORM UPDATE: WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOUR BUSINESS Congress has passed the largest and most comprehensive tax reform legislation in the past 30 years. Businesses and individuals alike are trying to figure out the tax implications and what this means for them in their current situation and moving forward. Join Eide Bailly and The Chamber for a Tax Reform Update exploring the key provisions, effective dates, how the current plan impacts you, what other local businesses are doing and next steps.

I’D LIKE TO STAY INFORMED Tax Reform Update Seminar | Tuesday, October 23 | 8 – 10 a.m. | Ramada Bismarck Hotel

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For full information, and to REGISTER, visit eidebailly.com/events, or contact Carrie Mandigo at 701.255.8451.

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5TH ANNUAL BASIN ELECTRIC GAMECHANGERS SUPPORTS PROPOSED RETURNS IN OCTOBER CLEAN POWER PLAN Bismarck will host the 5th annual GameChanger ideas REPLACEMENT festival at the Belle Mehus Auditorium on October 13th. GameChanger is a program of Humanities North Dakota, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to providing lifelong learning opportunities for the general public.

This year’s ideas festival theme is “The Pursuit of Health and Happiness.” Featured speakers include Andrew Solomon, clinical psychologist and author of Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity; Dhruv Khullar, M.D., M.P.P., a doctor who studies the health benefits of finding meaning in one’s life; Dr. Andrew Wehrman, historian of American Medicine; Ashton Applewhite, anti-ageism activist and author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism; and Caitlin Doughty, mortician and author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory. This one-day event encourages meaningful conversation between participants and the speakers. Credit opportunities are available for nurses, social workers, special education instructors, and more. Visit gamechangernd.com for information about the speakers, tickets, and event schedule.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative is voicing its support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to replace the Clean Power Plan. A replacement rule was recently submitted to the Office of Management and Budget. Once approved, it will be published in the Federal Register as a proposed rule.

“Based on a preliminary review, the proposed rule appears to provide Basin Electric with an achievable plan that adheres to EPA’s legal authority under the Clean Air Act,” said Basin Electric CEO and General Manager Paul Sukut. “This new proposed rule would provide Basin Electric with the certainty and flexibility we need to meet our member-consumers’ local energy needs. “It is imperative that EPA’s rules recognize the sizable investment that Basin Electric and our member cooperatives have made in our coal-based power plants over the past decade to comply with a plethora of EPA regulations. The Clean Power Plan would likely have resulted in closing these very same plants, significantly increasing electricity costs for our members as we would have continued to pay debt service on the closed plants as well as incur capital costs to build replacement generation. “At the same time, in response to our members’ load growth, our generation portfolio is evolving as we add natural gas and renewable generation,” Sukut added. “Case in point, Basin Electric derived 85 percent of its electricity from coal in 2000 and only 44.6 percent this year.”

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OTTO BREMER TRUST AWARDS $100,000 GRANT TO AARC The Otto Bremer Trust has announced that it has awarded the Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) a $100,000 grant to provide safer shelter and crisis care for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children in a seven-county area in south-central North Dakota.

“We are grateful for this gift that will help us in our mission for abuse victims and their children in our service area,” said Diane Zainhofsky, AARC executive director. “The Bremer Trust and the former Bremer Foundation have long been supportive of AARC and the victims we serve.”

The Trust indicated the funds are to be used for the general operations of the mission of the AARC. In 2017, provide crisis services for 1,655 new victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. AACR’s two shelters also safely provided a temporary home and services for 277 abuse victims and their children last year.

The Bremer organization has been providing grants to AARC since 1998.

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TRANSFORMED MARAUDER LOOKS TO LEAD UNIVERSITY OF MARY INTO NEW ERA OF ATHLETICS The University of Mary introduced its new family of athletic logos at a spirited rally in front of cheering students, alumni, faculty, founding sisters, community supporters and media. University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea and Athletic Director Dale Lennon unveiled the new logo inside the McDowell Activity Center (MAC)—home of Marauders basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams—followed by a blessing from Annunciation Monastery Prioress Sister Nicole Kunze, and concluded with food, a photo opportunity and a chance to purchase brand-new Marauders apparel. “We knew our legacy Marauders logo holds a strong place in all of our hearts and is loved by our fans, our alumni, and our founding Sisters of Annunciation Monastery. So our effort was to stay true to our past while creating a powerful new athletics brand for our future,” said University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea.

The new primary mark or main athletic logo is current, contemporary and three-dimensional, replacing the former athletic brand in use since 1990. And in this case, less has become more—gone is the color black with sharp lines on a left-facing pirate and replaced by a new right-facing Marauder clad in a new navy blue jacket and captain’s hat with a flowing orange bandana. Lighter shades and tints of these same colors were added to give the Marauder a dramatic 3D look. A white customized U-M-A-R-Y wordmark engraved inside a block of navy blue and outlined in orange with Marauders text embossed underneath is superimposed over the Marauder.

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MISSOURI VALLEY PETROLEUM INC. (MVP) TO BE ACQUIRED BY PARKLAND USA Missouri Valley Petroleum, Inc. (MVP), a petroleum products distributor with operations throughout North Dakota, announced today it has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Parkland USA, a subsidiary of Parkland Fuel Corporation (TSX:PKI), Canada’s largest and one of North America’s fastest growing independent suppliers and marketers of fuel and petroleum products. MVP is a preferred provider of fuel, propane and lubricants throughout North Dakota with headquarters in Mandan, N.D. MVP operates three bulk plant terminals co-located with cardlocks in Williston, Belfield, and Mandan, and owns and operates six retail sites with convenience stores located in Mandan, Rugby and Bismarck. “As third generation owners, today’s news is time for reflection and excitement. We believe Parkland represents a vision and business model that will be in the best long-term interest of MVP’s employees, customers and suppliers. Our name will continue to be represented in the market. We will continue serving and building our local relationships as a major part of the fabric of the North Dakota and the regional communities we serve, as we have for more than 70 years,” said Dave Froelich, MVP President. “Now, we will have the added benefit and resources of a nationallyrespected industry partner, to help us grow organically in the state.” Under the terms of the MVP Agreement, Parkland has agreed to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of MVP in addition to certain real estate assets used in the operation of the business. “MVP represents an opportunity for Parkland USA to grow within its existing footprint in North Dakota and expand our offering into the commercial fueling and propane markets. These business lines provide us with a strong organic growth opportunity that we do not address today through our existing retail and wholesale fuel operations in North Dakota,” stated Dan Dunstan, Director of Sales and Operations of Parkland USA.

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CHAMBER Perks Sanford Health Welcomes Dermatopathologist

Sri Krishna Chaitanya Arudra, MD, dermatopathology, recently joined Sanford Clinic in Bismarck. Dr. Arudra specializes Sri Krishna Chaitanya Arudra in the early detection and treatment of skin disorders. He graduated from Deccan College of Medical Sciences in Andhra Pradesh, India and completed his residency at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. He completed fellowships in surgical pathology at Washington University in St. Louis and dermatopathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. He is boardcertified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

Bianco Realty Sales Awards

Bianco Realty has announced their top six “REALTORS® OF THE MONTH” for August: Shirley Thomas, Darcy Fettig, Amy Asche, Judy Maslowski, Amber Sandness and Tyler Hofland. These six REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in August 2018.

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Three Join CHI St. Alexius Health Heart & Lung Clinic CHI St. Alexius Health is

pleased to welcome Katherine M. Carvell, DNP, FNP-C, Jacklene Hoffman, DNP, APRN, NP-C, and Samantha Kisicki, PA-C to Heart & Lung Clinic. Carvell received both her bachelor of science in nursing Katherine M. Carvell and doctor of nursing practice from University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D. She is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Carvell is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and North Dakota Jacklene Hoffman Nurse Practitioner Association. Katherine joins Heart & Lung Clinic’s Cardiac Electrophysiology team. Hoffman received her bachelor of science in nursing from University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., and her doctor of nursing practice from Samantha Kisicki University of Mary, Bismarck, N.D. She is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) and is board certified by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Hoffman is a member of the American College of Cardiology and joins Heart & Lung Clinic’s Interventional Cardiology team. Kisicki received her bachelor of science in education and human sciences from University of Nebraska at Lincoln, Neb., and her master of physician assistant studies from University of Colorado at Denver, Aurora, Colo. Samantha is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and American Society of Endocrine Physician Assistants. Kisicki joins Heart & Lung Clinic’s Interventional Cardiology team.

Cole LaMontagne

Cole Musland

Andrew Beyer

Megan Hansen

Shelley Gramling

Eide Bailly Announces New Hires, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Designation and Promotions Eide Bailly LLP, a regional

certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has hired Cole LaMontagne and Cole Musland. LaMontagne serves as an Audit Associate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Dickinson State University. Musland serves as a Tax Associate and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Jamestown. He has also completed his Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation. A CPA designation is a certification of expertise in the field of accounting granted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in order to maintain industry-wide, professional standards. Only a CPA can provide an opinion to the public regarding publicly distributed financial statements. To become a CPA, a person must complete a college-level accounting program, pass a cumulative 150 credit hours at a college level, pass the Uniform CPA Examination, and complete one year of professional work experience in accounting. Andrew Beyer and Megan Hansen were also promoted to Audit Senior Associate and Shelley Gramling was promoted to Tax Senior Associate.

www.bismarckmandan.com KLJ Hires Freije Ehrens Named Woman of the Year by KLJ, an engineering firm, North Dakota Women’s Network has hired Anna Freije in KLJ’s Karen Ehrens of Bismarck has been named the

Bismarck office. Freije, a project assistant, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human resources management Anna Freije from Dickinson State University. She joins KLJ with nearly three years of office experience.

2018 Woman of the Year by the North Dakota Women’s Network (NDWN) for her long-time advocacy in the fight to end hunger. Karen Ehrens is a health and nutrition consultant, registered dietitian, and policy advocate. She connects groups working to provide food and end hunger in North Dakota. Karen is a long-time ND Women’s Network Member and is Vice Chair of the Sanford Health Welcomes Internal Bismarck-Mandan League of Women Voters. Karen Medicine Physician was an endorsed candidate for the North Dakota Daniel Field, MD, internal House of Representatives in District 32 in 2016. She medicine, recently joined has provided testimony to the city commission, the Sanford Seventh & Thayer Clinic state legislature and the US Congress on proposed in Bismarck. As an internal legislation impacting health and nutrition. Karen was medicine physician, Dr. Field nominated by Waylon Hedegaard and Ellie Shockley. will provide preventative care Previous NDWN Woman of the Year recipients and focus on complex health include Dina Butcher, Connie Hildebrand, Bonnie issues. He graduated from the Palecek, Judy DeMers, Kylie Oversen, Karla Rose Daniel Field University of North Dakota Hanson, Cheryl Bergian, Nancy Johnson, Ellen Chaffee, School of Medicine in Grand Kathy Fick, and Kathy Hogan. Forks and completed his internal medicine residency at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis.

Three Promoted at Widmer Roel Widmer Roel has promoted

Rhonda Elkin to Supervisor, Kyle Palczewski to Tax Senior, and Chontay Mastel to Audit Senior. Rhonda Elkin is originally from Blaine, MN and has earned bachelor’s degrees Rhonda Elkin from University of Minnesota and Dickinson State University. Rhonda joined Widmer Roel in 2011 and has more than seven years of experience in small business and tax accounting. Kyle Palczewski is originally from Bowman, ND and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kyle Palczewski University of North Dakota. Kyle joined Widmer Roel in 2016 and specializes in small business accounting and tax preparation. Chontay Mastel is originally from Bismarck, ND and earned a bachelor’s degree from North Dakota State University. Chontay Mastel Chontay joined Widmer Roel in 2014 and has more than four years of experience in business accounting, tax preparation, and auditing.

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

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

Mon, 1st 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board Tues, 2nd 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Wed, 3rd 5:30 pm Morton County Sheriff Candidate Forum 6:30 pm Morton County Commission Candidate Forum Thurs, 4th 5:00 pm Bismarck Board of Adjustment Mon, 8th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Park Board* Tues, 9th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wed, 10th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District 5:15 pm Burleigh County Planning Commission Thurs, 11th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission* 5:30 pm House District 7 Candidate Forum 6:30 pm House District 47 Candidate Forum

Mon, 15th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board* Tues, 16th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Wed, 17th 5:30 pm House District 35 Candidate Forum Thurs, 18th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Mon, 22nd 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board 5:30 pm Mandan Planning Commission* Tues, 23rd 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:30 pm Morton County Commission* Wed, 24th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at www.freetv.org. * Delayed Playback

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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 Ross at 701-223-5660.

ACTIVE LIFE CHIROPRATIC Dr. Doug Ness and Dr Sara Weigel, co-owners, at their new location at 215 W Main Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-255-4241. Member.

CULVER’S MANDAN Sammy and Harry Wu, owners, at their new business located at 1704 E Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-751-3130. Member.

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LONE STAR VETERANS ARENA United Tribes Technical College re-dedicated an arena to former college president Dave Gipp and all veterans during the 49th United Tribes Powwow at 3315 University Drive in Bismarck. Phone: 701-255-3285. Member.

ROBERT’S FLORAL Herb and Mary; Pat and Laura; Amy and Joe, owners, celebrating 60 years of business at 210 N 8th Street in Bismarck. Phone: 701-258-8311. 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.

ICON Architectural Group 100 Collins Ave Suite 101 Mandan, ND Lee Pierce (701) 751-0430 Our mission is to provide clients with innovative design and effective building solutions that meet their exact needs. We measure our success by the success of our clients.

Roosevelt Place Hotel 1405 Skyline Way Bismarck, ND Amy Mulder (701) 751-2550 Hotel includes an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access and complimentary hot breakfast.

Applewood Home & Co. 2120 E Sweet Ave. Bismarck, ND Bryan Dean (701) 258-3326 Here at Applewood Homes, we are dedicated to helping others turn their current space into a place where life can happen. We take your dreams and turn your house into a home that you will love.

Herc Rentals 3101 Morrison Ave. Bismarck, ND Mark Wagner (701) 224-3500 A premier, full-service equipment rental firm providing their customers the equipment, service, and solutions they need to achieve optimal performance safely, efficiently and effectively.

Mandan Bennigan’s 1506 27th St NW Bismarck, ND Rob Knoll (701) 333-8248 An upbeat & relaxing place to kick back & experience the genuine spirit of Irish Hospitality while enjoying crave able, crowd-pleasing food & a bountiful selection of ice cold beers & specialty drinks. Superior Windshield Repair 10950 318 Ave. NE Wilton, ND Debbie Pearson (701) 400-7546 Superior Windshield Repair for the Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding area. Debbie Pearson, Owner/Operator, providing 30 years of quality year-round service.




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Bismarck-Mandan ChamberConnection 1640 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck, ND 58503

Upcoming Chamber Events HARVEST MIXER Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Open Road Honda – 4120 Memorial Hwy, Mandan OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ST. GABRIEL’S COMMUNITY Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: St. Gabriel’s Community – 4580 Coleman St, Bismarck WORKFORCE SUMMIT Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 • Time: 8:00am - 12:00pm Location: Radission Hotel – 605 E. Broadway Ave, Bismarck STATE OF THE CITIES Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 • Time: 7:30am - 9:00am Location: Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S. 3rd Street, Bismarck NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: PRAIRIE SEA Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Prairie Sinus Ear Allergy – 3000 N. 14 Street, 3rd Floor, Bismarck

Holiday Mixer

CHAMBER HOLIDAY MIXER Date: Tuesday, December 11, 2018 • Time: 5:00pm - 8:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Exhibit Hall – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck

8th Annual Bucks for Bras Charity Event at Borrowed Bucks Roadhouse

October 24, 2018 5:30 - 10p.m.


Benefitting the American Cancer Society & Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation to support the fight against cancer.

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