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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Kevin Strege

Wendy Van Duyne

Matt Sagaser

Valerie Weigel

Dave Ehlis

Evan Anderson

Andrea Birst

Nathan Boehm

Dave Ehlis

Fred Fridley

Heather Jones

Joe Camisa

Becky Matthews

Allan Miller

Lee Pierce

Marnie Piehl

Mike Remboldt

Dave Rogstad

Matt Sagaser

Mike Schmitz

Garret Senger

Kevin Strege

Wendy Van Duyne

Valerie Weigel

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We have seen tremendous attendance at Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC events in 2022 as we have refined and revised many of them to meet the expectations and priorities of our members. The mission of the CEDC includes a balance among events, advocacy, and economic development. Advocacy, through staff and committees, has been an active role at the local level, and is proac tively preparing for the 2023 legislative session which will take center stage over the next six months. Our Economic Development focus in 2022 is on defining the future and the focus of those efforts.

Early in the year we contracted for a full assessment of needs and design of a strategic plan for economic development for the Bismarck Mandan area. Much work has been done with the next phase, a plan which we will review and refine, anticipated in October. This plan will be fine tuned by the end of 2022 and guide our efforts as an organization, and hopefully as a community, as we drive towards a stronger and healthier local economy.

We’re already engaging with local elected officials to get input and generate collaboration around that plan. Changes in commissioners as a result of the June election and the upcoming November election will create new discussions and opportunities, which will be integrated into the plan. This plan will be the strategic blueprint that determines where our time, effort, and funds are expended as an organization and ideally, by the various commissions. It is clear one element of this plan will be new and innovative approaches to attracting workforce.

A second project underway in the realm of economic development is a comprehensive study of the impact of energy coal, oil, wind on the Bismarck Mandan area. This project has been rescheduled in order to synchronize the timing with existing industry studies to save cost and provide consistent information across the various groups. We expect comple tion of this study by the end of the year as well. Coal and oil have dramatic financial impacts on the community through direct and indirect jobs, as well as state tax revenue. Our goal is to quantify the impact so as there are changes, or potential changes, in job numbers and production numbers we can both anticipate the ripples through our economy and advocate as appropriate where state policy alters decisions in those industries.

The Chamber EDC Staff, Board and Committees divide and delegate to maintain a balanced allocation of time and effort to deliver on our mission and elevate our members through a stronger business community.

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DISTRICT

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I made the decision to run because I have always believed in the importance of service. Throughout my time as an Air Force officer, I have valued our motto of ‘Service Before Self’ and I see my role as a citizen legislator as an extension of that and a way to now serve the citizens of North Dakota. I view life’s experiences as the greatest qualifier. As a Bismarck native, Air Force Pilot, wife, and mother of two young daughters, I believe I will represent a unique perspective in the North Dakota Legislature.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My number one priority is policies that support the success of our North Dakota families. We need to ensure all North Dakota children receive a quality education and that parents have visibility and a voice when it comes to what their children are learning. I will advocate for opportunities and partnerships that grow and develop our skilled workforce to not only create high paying jobs, but to provide the services that our citizens depend on. While

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DISTRICT 7

House of Representatives

Republican

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running for the N.D. House of Representative because I was taught that it’s important to give back and to serve my community and state. I have the skillset and personal experiences that help me be an effective lawmaker. I attended Bismarck State College and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, graduating with degrees in economics and social science education. Presently, I’m the President and owner of Fronteer Professional Services. My background and understanding on how to effectively run a business is beneficial in my understanding of both taxes and good business practice policy. I am active as a volunteer in my community serving as chairman of KNDR radio station, YMCA board member, past-president and current member of the Capital City Lions Club, as well as a former Classroom Facilitator for the Junior Achievement program. I currently serve as secretary for the Bismarck-Mandan Football Association and as a dedicated referee for High School and College football for thirty years. I served in the North Dakota Army National Guard and helped introduced legislation that supports active duty and veterans that have served in the North Dakota Army National Guard.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

A top priority in the 2023 session will be the various labor issues we face in North Dakota. North Dakota has a thriving economy but cannot continue to grow unless there is a skilled workforce, childcare for workers, and tax friendly environment to attract businesses and workers. I will be working on tax reform bills to reduce taxes for families and to help businesses be competitive with other states. I will support career technical education to ensure that we have a skilled workforce. Lastly, I will support legislation that will assist the various childcare issues that residents in the state are currently facing.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

What made me run for public office was the biggest issues at hand. Unconstitutional vaccine mandates and other tyrannical medical mandates. We have also seen our country deteriorate and only accelerate. Examples are failing to decide men should not play in women’s sports or seeing questionable actions in our education system like teaching CRT and gender ideology. The bold and conservative have to stand up now.

What qualifies me is that at 19 I was elected as a precinct committeeman in my district in May of 2021. I also became an Eagle Scout in 2019. I know the importance of public service and have displayed many examples of it over my life. I come from a unique background growing up in the 21st century with different perspectives many in government do not have.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My top priorities are medical freedom, patriotic education, property tax reform, election integrity, and strengthening North Dakota families. People are tired of hearing only the same generic campaign lines from candidates. People want substance in a candidate’s platform and know they will have an authentic conservative fighting at the capital for them.

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DISTRICT 8

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I believe in doing my civic duty and being involved in our government. I didn’t serve in the military, so I want to serve our people here at home. My qualifications include 37 years of being a self-employed businessman. I have experienced the challenges of keeping people employed as well as keeping customers satisfied. I served in city government, county government as well as being on my sixth year serving District 28 as one of their Representatives in the N.D. State House of Representatives.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

I think that most folks want the pro-life issues solved with the overturning of the Roe vs. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and the North Dakota trigger laws that are in place. Reducing property taxes on primary residence is another top priority. Civil Liberties, which are under attack at the present time, are concerning. The unconstitutional executive orders by our national government must be nullified and states’ rights absolutely have to be upheld. A fiscally responsible budget is always top priority as well.

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DISTRICT 8

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running for the North Dakota House because it has become clear that all of us need to pay more attention to what’s happening at all levels of government. Affecting state government is the best way for me to take action and ensure that conservative values are represented. It’s interesting to note that accountants aren’t often found in the legislature. There will be significant demands on budgets this next session so, as a CPA, there may be no better time for an accountant to be in the legislature. Evaluating and prioritizing spending will be important.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My top priority is simply to serve the people of District 8 and the entire state in the best way possible. We need to be mindful that government should be as inobtrusive as possible in the daily lives of our citizens. That means our taxing system and government services should be efficient and easy to access while balancing fiscal responsibility and the needs of North Dakotans. We need to ensure that our major industries, agriculture and energy, along with small businesses, have opportunities to thrive without burdensome regulation and that our educational system is meeting the needs of students and future employers as well.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I have studied history, philosophy, political science, and religious studies at the University of Minnesota. Currently, I work as a legal assistant for Eckland & Blando LLP in Minneapolis and as a technical specialist for BisManOnline in Bismarck. Previously, I worked in inner-city public schools in Minneapolis for nearly three years as a history mentor/tutor. I also worked for the Kelly Armstrong campaign in 2018 and interned for Kevin Cramer’s Senate Office in 2021.

I decided to get involved to support conservative, responsible policies for North Dakota residents.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

If elected in November, I look forward to sponsoring and voting for fiscally responsible, common-sense legislation that is reasonable for District 8 and North Dakota. This means that I will vote for legislation that protects life, strengthens the free market, and prioritizes responsible spending habits. The top issues

I want to tackle include property tax reductions, clarifying pro-life laws, and elevating our state benefits plan.

SUANN OLSON House of Representatives Republican BRANDON PRICHARD House of Representatives Republican
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DISTRICT 31

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running for the North Dakota Senate to continue to be a voice for Southwest North Dakota and to make sure that we continue to provide the ability to grow our state in energy, agriculture, technology, research, and business without sacrificing our way of life. The years of experience with agriculture, education, local government, ambulance and fire, South West Water and many other community involvement provides me the experience and knowledge makes me the best qualified to serve District 31 in the Senate.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

Property tax relief and to continue moving North Dakota forward as a pro-business state with less government involvement and regulation. To continue the struggle to protect states’ rights from the infringement of the federal government.

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DISTRICT 31

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

The main reason I ran for State Legislature is because currently there are only 41 dairy farms left in the State of North Dakota, and I am a proud fifth generation of one of those farms. So that motivated me to help not only sustain the current farms but alter the current decline of dairy in the state and also strengthen the agriculture industry in North Dakota. Agriculture is one of North Dakota’s strongest and proudest industries, and I want not only the dairy industry to thrive for generations, but all agriculture in the state for generations to follow.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

• Individual Liberty: Family is the essential component of every community, and we need to fight to keep the integrity of the family and rights of parents and guardians to raise their family how they choose. That includes the right to choose health freedoms, school choice, religious freedom, cultural freedoms, SecondAmendment rights, equal rights, the right to vote, and the freedom of speech must be defended to the fullest extent.

• Preserving the Backbone of North Dakota Economy: Agriculture is one of the founding industries in our state. I will strongly advocate for farmers and the continued freedoms to provide healthy, sustainable, high-quality commodities for not only our great State of North Dakota, but also the world.

• Veterans Affairs: Our veterans signed up to possibly pay the ultimate price to serve this great country. They deserve our utmost respect and gratitude. I come from a long line of veterans and four uncles that have and are currently serving. All veterans and their families deserve our support and patriotism when serving and after they have served. Any veterans who need timely and supplemental support should always have access at all levels.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

To serve the people of District 31 and to ensure fiscally sound policy development beneficial for all North Dakotans. My qualifications for the position include the following. First elected in 2010, I have served on the Education, Education Funding, Human Services (Vice Chair), Government and Veterans Affairs, and Ethics Committees. I also serve on the following boards: Jamestown State Hospital, Comprehensive Health Association of ND and BSC Nursing Advisory Board. In addition, my background qualifications include a PhD in Nursing from UND, Board-certified Nurse Practitioner and Adjunct Professor in Higher Education. I volunteer in many civic organizations and serve as a Trustee at Spirit of Life Church. I enjoy serving the people in my district and working with my legislative colleagues to pass well-researched legislation.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

Top priorities for this session will include supporting policies that encourage market driven economic development, lower taxes, property tax reform, prolife and pro-family legislation, quality K-12 education, support agriculture and energy industries, accessible and affordable health care, fiscally conservative policy development, support public safety and law enforcement and policies that reduce regulation on business.

DAWSON HOLLE House of Representatives Republican KAREN M. ROHR House of Representatives Republican EDITOR’S NOTE: District 31 House of Representatives candidate Mike Faith did not submit a candidate questionnaire.
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DISTRICT 33

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running because I was asked by some ag people, small business people, and some parents to do so. I was hesitant at first but then realized that the only way I could affect change was to get involved. I then joined the race.

My experience in the ag industry as a farmer/rancher (44 years); my experience in the energy industry with Minnkota Power at Center (42+ years); and my experience in small business with the Flying J Travel west of Mandan (25 years as Co-owner/operator and financial manager). My wife and our experience in raising eight children to successful adulthood all qualify me to serve in the North Dakota Senate. All four of these areas are integral to the constituents of District 33.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

I am a fiscal and social conservative. I believe we can get a portion of the tax dollars back to the productive citizens of North Dakota, whether it is through income tax reform or the reduction of property taxes. I also believe in bringing forth legislation that will return the control of education back to the parents of this great state. Whether through protective measures to protect children from cultural decay or supporting other forms of education like vouchers, homeschool, and even charter schools.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

A few years ago, I became involved in the grassroots organization Faces of North Dakota Coal. As a result, I became involved in local politics. I was approached about running last winter, and after careful consideration, prayer, and discerning the decision with my family, I felt convicted to run. All of “Coal Country” is now within District 33. It is important we send someone that will fight for the 11,000 people in the state working in the coal industry.

I graduated from the University of Mary with a degree in Communications and an emphasis in Public Relations. I currently work for two financial advisors and am a licensed stockbroker and maintain insurance licenses. All walks of life should be part of the decision-making process when writing state law. My perspective as a married, 40-year-old, mother of four needs to be heard at the legislature.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My top priority is combating the war on fossil fuels ignited by the current White House administration. Over 50 percent of our state taxes come from the oil, gas, and coal industries. Those funds are used for the education, roads, and other programs that make North Dakota one of the best states to live in the entire country.

Republican ANNA NOVAK
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DISTRICT 33

House of Representatives Republican

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

Several constituents approached me and encouraged me to run again, to continue to represent them and the district as I have the past four years.

My qualifications include the experience gained serving as Assistant Senate Sargent-at-arms during the 2017 legislative session; the past four years as State Representative for District 33; my past experience as Mercer County Commissioner; my lifelong career as an independent farm equipment business owner/operator; and finally my experience as a family man and community volunteer.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My top priority is to represent my constituents with honor, respect, and fairness, regardless of their political persuasions. To continue serving as I have, pushing back on government overreach, mandates, higher taxes, and burdensome controls.

Other priorities are preserving quality, wholesome family principals as God intended; protecting a quality business climate; preserve and protect our coal and oil energy industry; doing all I can to support agriculture, the family farm and land owner rights.

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DISTRICT 35

SEAN CLEARY

Senate

Republican

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am grateful to have grown up in Bismarck, and I am running for the Legislature to ensure that our state is always a place where people want to live and work. As a working professional with a young family, I believe I will bring an important perspective to the Capitol.

Having advised both Senator John Hoeven and Governor Doug Burgum as a member of their staffs, I have experience advocating for North Dakotans at both the state and federal levels. I currently work for the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation and am an alumnus of the University of Mary and UND.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My top priorities go hand in hand: the state needs to provide tax relief so that people can keep more of their own hard-earned money. At the same time, we need to support our education system — including K-12, higher education, and workforce training — to make sure we are truly preparing the next generation for success.

With the Legacy Fund having a balance of over $8 billion and the state posting a historic surplus, I think we will be able to provide both of these next session as we invest in the future of our state.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION? When Erin Oban announced her retirement from the state Senate, I was urged by friends to run for the seat. They said I was the best candidate to keep one seat, one voice in the Capitol representing independents and Democrats from our region. I’m running though because I’m dedicated to public service and the fact of representative democracy. My qualifications are a lifetime of service to our community and state as a tourism leader, a non-profit businessman, a state official, and a state Senator representing this district before. Being appointed to the job March 29, gave me an eight-month head start on being prepared for the next legislative Session as an experienced Senator.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

Property tax relief for homeowners to re-balance the tax burden away from property tax by refundable credits for property taxes paid as a line on income tax forms. The mechanism provides a measure of relief for homeowners without affecting the authority of locally elected boards and commissions.

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DISTRICT 35

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I’m running to continue the success we have seen in North Dakota. Our quality of life has improved, and our agricultural and energy resources are being utilized to the betterment of North Dakota. Our state has become a welcome beacon in our nation’s economy.

I’ve been privileged to serve while the legislature has regulated when necessary and kept government out of the way of private enterprise as well. Living in District 35 most of my life, raising a family and having run a small business, I understand the needs of families and the small business person. I take the honor and responsibility of serving District 35 very seriously.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

Workforce development must rank high in the list of priorities. Medical and long-term care facilities are seriously short of qualified personnel, and we must work to minimize that shortfall. I believe postsecondary and secondary education can be tuned to help alleviate that shortage. Training young people for jobs in North Dakota helps keep our population here.

The legislature must address mental health issues, as well as the needs of our veterans. Relieving the tax burden so our citizens can keep more of their own money is also a priority.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

There a few projects I am working on, and I would like the opportunity to complete them next session.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

We have a workforce problem throughout the State. We need to identify the proper incentives to attract workers to North Dakota, both skilled and unskilled. We have a critical shortage of health care professionals and educators. Urban cities are affected as much as rural areas. On the local level, water rates are outrageous. I will do all I can to help Bismarck secure State Water Resource Funding, but only if the city agrees to lower water rates. Water for future development along north State Street is vital.

KAREN KARLS House of Representatives Republican BOB MARTINSON House of Representatives Republican
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DISTRICT 35

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I decided to run for the legislature, because the anger and insults that too often rule our political life today prevent us from seeing our common ground and common sense that served us well in North Dakota for many years. Some important issues are not being addressed, while "all or nothing" thinking increases and the walls between different factions harden.

Much of my career was as executive director of nonprofit organizations, both of which bought together groups with differing perspectives to find common ground and work together. It is not easy. My years as executive director included balancing budgets and making difficult decisions. I also worked in the State Budget Office, State Tax Department, and the legislative process. I am grateful to have been born, raised, and living in North Dakota and will do my best to serve the people of District 35.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

The top priority is working to enhance a high-quality, diverse workforce in our state. Some key factors are quality education at all levels, communities where the needs of working families can be met, and because diversity is a strength welcoming and honoring our differences. Finding and building on common ground will help all sectors move forward.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I'm running because our legislature needs to better reflect the people it serves. This includes diversity, backgrounds, careers, experience, and perspectives of our community. I also want to renew our commitment to public service over partisan politics.

Some of the things that will help me in the position include being a former Election Judge. I received a Bachelor of Social Work from Minot State University during the pandemic, graduating summa cum laude in 2021. I am also employed with a statewide non-profit. Finally, I love the city of Bismarck and am proud to be from North Dakota and sincerely desire to listen and help others.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My top priority will be to be a fair and honest Representative for all North Dakotans. I will carry integrity into the office for working families, teachers, and public employees. I will work hard to make sure that behavioral health needs are being met. And finally, a willingness to work together and not make decisions based on a letter behind my name or the color of the party, but doing the right thing for the right reasons.

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DISTRICT

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running for re-election to the North Dakota Senate, for a second 4-year term. I am a lawyer and represented water clients during my career, which involved working closely with the North Dakota Legislature, local, state, and federal governments and agencies, and projects to provide water supply, flood control, and other water development and water management solutions across our great state.

I am proud to be both an American and a North Dakota citizen and want to support and advocate for the ideals set forth by our founding fathers when they created the constitution republic that has stood strong since the Revolutionary War. I believe in and am grateful for individual freedom, free enterprise and initiative, law enforcement, our military, freedom to worship and choose careers, judicial deference to our constitution, and the way of life we are able to pursue no matter where we live in our great country. My training, experience, and abilities qualify me to serve as a state Senator representing District 47.

There are several priorities I hope to address, including property tax policies and relief that make sense for property owners, limited and controlled spending with any additional revenues that our state receives, maintaining a positive environment for private business to be successful in North Dakota, and supporting traditional values which are the fabric of our safe and productive society.

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DISTRICT 47

House of Representatives

Republican

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I have represented District 47 in Bismarck in the Legislature for the past 24 years. I have held many leadership positions, including Speaker of the House, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Chairman of the Commission on Uniform State Laws. I have been a sponsor of over 400 bills. I am qualified by my legislative experience and by my professional experience as a lawyer and business owner.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

My top priority is to continue the work that I initiated in the past to reform and update the juvenile justice system. As a result of interim studies that I sponsored, the Legislature enacted a major revision of the Juvenile Court Act in the 2021 Session. I have continued to work on the reform of the juvenile justice system as a member of the Commission on Juvenile Justice to implement the 2021 law. In the 2023 Session, I will be introducing further updates to the juvenile justice laws, as well as a study resolution for a juvenile delinquency offense code. The N.D. Crime Summary from the Attorney General disclosed that 14 percent of all crimes in North Dakota in 2021 were committed by juveniles. We need to work with juveniles to keep them from committing criminal acts and to make them productive members of our society.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THE LEGISLATURE AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running for the legislature for several reasons. First and foremost, I believe we need a strong advocate for families. Whether it be lowering taxes, making housing more affordable, or cutting red tape for businesses, I think all these will help put more money into the pockets of the taxpayers. Also, we need to protect the coal, oil, and farming industries. These are the lifelines of our state and need to be protected so they can thrive and the state in turn can have budget surpluses rather than massive deficits like other states. My qualifications would include having worked with the legislature and local commissions for the past 20-plus years. I believe I bring a calming, common sense approach to politics and government and I think these qualities are much needed in our elected officials.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE LEGISLATURE TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT BIENNIUM?

Workforce recruitment without a doubt. I've been in the private sector my entire life, and I know personally the struggle over the past few years the difficulties businesses are having hiring employees. We need to increase the workforce participation rate to avoid businesses closing or drastically reducing their services they provide.

MIKE MOTSCHENBACHER House of Representatives Republican
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BURLEIGH COUNTY AUDITOR

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR BURLEIGH COUNTY AUDITOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

As Burleigh County Auditor, I will work with other county leaders (as well as those in our cities, schools, and park districts) to ensure access to the services my department administers, especially safe and secure elections, and improved transparency in how our property taxes are assessed and spent.

I have worked alongside stakeholders and community leaders throughout my career. I have worked to shape policy decisions that improve the lives of residents throughout the state. I have been actively involved in the legislative process for the last decade. I will bring my experience as a leader in developing smart public policy to the Auditor’s office. I will be there to listen to you — the hard-working citizens of Burleigh County.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY AUDITOR TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

We must ensure that elections are safe, secure, and accessible to all Burleigh County residents. As Auditor, I will work vigorously to enforce all election laws so that you can be sure that your vote counts. In addition, I will fight to make sure that county tax dollars are spent in a fiscally sound matter in my role as your treasurer.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR BURLEIGH COUNTY AUDITOR AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running for Burleigh County Auditor because I am passionate about local issues and want to bring my experience as a county worker and an elected official to the Auditor’s office. I have worked as a tax appraiser for Burleigh County for over 8 years and during that time I have worked alongside the Auditor’s office through tax seasons, and several election cycles. Through my 8 years at the county, I have become very familiar with the Auditor’s office and the work that it does.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY AUDITOR TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

My top priorities as County Auditor will be to improve how the office serves the people, to take a proactive approach to election integrity, and to ensure that taxpayer’s dollars are spent wisely. I also believe it’s important to engage with the public in an effort to educate them and get their direct feedback on how the Auditors office might serve them better.

MARK SPLONSKOWSKI Burleigh County Auditor
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BURLEIGH COUNTY COMMISSION

AMELIA DOLL

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I’m a young, working mom who is actively involved in the community; I bring a unique perspective to the table where decisions are made. I will work with constituents to ensure needs are met in all corners of the county. As a former county employee, I have seen firsthand how the county commission can have a positive or negative impact on the services that are provided to the county. I will use this experience to build relationships with members of the community and county employees to ensure the best services possible are available.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

Improved open communication with other municipalities. The county needs to work with local, city, and state governments to ensure the best services for the residents of Burleigh County. As the capital city Burleigh County is uniquely positioned to work closely with members of all levels of the government. Collaboration leads to better services for constituents.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BURLEIGH COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?

We need to work to keep Burleigh County a place people want to live. This means ensuring the county does its part to support residents, including, but not limited to: access to affordable childcare, housing, and transportation. Creating a county that is desirable for people to live will create a strong foundation for retaining employees across the county.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

Burleigh County and City of Bismarck need to work together, and those “in the know” understand that in many ways that is simply not happening. The disagreements and outright arguments we are seeing between the county and city on issues like public health, the extra-territorial zone, and the physical separation of operations to different buildings are not good for the community and will eventually cost taxpayers more. My experience in government relations and public policy, as well as my existing working relationships with all of the city commissioners and mayor will help get the county and the city on the same page.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

1. Improving Burleigh-Bismarck intergovernmental dynamics. Taxpayers should expect their various governments to work together to their benefit.

2. Ending Regulation Without Representation. Residents of Burleigh County deserve to have a say when it comes to Extra-Territorial Zone (ETA) conflicts. A joint commission between the city and county must be established to give ETA residents a voice in the process.

3. Modernizing information technology and increasing transparency. Citizens should expect their governments to operate in a way that is easy to navigate.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BURLEIGH COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?

The workforce shortage is the biggest challenge to business at the moment and probably will be for a while, followed by the macro factors of relatively high inflation levels compared to the last 20-30 years. Generally, the government needs to get out of the way, and reduce its drag on the economy. There should also be a conversation about whether economic development efforts need to shift towards helping existing businesses adapt to the new realities. Organic growth will be more sustainable than the growth that has to be incentivized or bribed to come here.

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BURLEIGH COUNTY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I truly enjoy giving back to the community that has given so much to me and my family. For the past 10 years I’ve served as a Bismarck Parks and Recreation Commissioner which has allowed me to partner with many agencies both public and private. In addition to that I served on the Board of Directors for the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC for 8 years focusing on the overall community growth and betterment. I have successfully managed and owned small businesses for the past 29 years of my career and would love to bring all of these assets to the Burleigh County Commission.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS? As I have worked within our community, I have identified a few key concerns that I want to address as your Burleigh County Commissioner. The county residents deserve a cohesive plan with Bismarck Planning and Zoning for the 4-mile ETA. The county residents are required to adhere to the city’s rules without enough representation. Communication with county residents will be open and transparent and communication with other political subdivisions simply must occur.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BURLEIGH COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?

Keeping the budget balanced without asking county residents for more! A tax increase not only affects each resident that lives in Bismarck and Burleigh County, but it also increases the cost of doing business in Burleigh County! This ends up costing the residents more for the product or service that is purchased

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BURLEIGH COUNTY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am running for county commissioner because I believe that all residents and business owners in the county should be treated fairly and equally. I am a small business owner, a former city commissioner, and a lifetime resident of the county.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

First and foremost is safety. We must maintain a strong Sheriff Department, safe roads and infrastructure, and essential services, and at the same time keep a lid on taxes. With inflation hitting 40-year highs, putting more tax burdens on citizens is not an option. There are always projects being proposed, but at this time commissioners must be very cautious and selective with tax dollars.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BURLEIGH COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?

Lack of workers is the biggest problem. The Federal government through its COVID policies of shutting down the country, stay at home and get paid for not working programs, and other vote buying schemes have created a hostile environment for business owners. Local governments and business owners need to work together and develop a plan to encourage people to work and promote the benefits and security of full-time employment.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

This is a unique county election in that none of the incumbents have chosen to run for re-election. There will be a great void in experienced commissioners. This is going to be a very difficult year with increasing inflation, shortage of adequate workers, managing growth, rising costs for highway projects all the while providing quality services with reasonable taxes. As a past commissioner I will be able to “Hit the ground running” to tackle all of these issues.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

Property tax relief and managed growth are both very difficult problems. I think that the only way for the taxpayer to receive real property tax reduction is through the state legislature. The city and the county must work closely to work with our local legislators to eliminate property taxes altogether or least see another buydown from the state. I will be proposing the hiring of a County Manager or Administrator, whatever the title, to manage all of the county departments which will reduce duplication, provide for better service, reduce overall department budgets, and generally create a better managed county government. This person could also, working alongside the city administrator, provide better lobbying and a coordinated voice with the state legislature.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BURLEIGH COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?

The biggest challenge for businesses is the labor shortage. We currently see “help wanted” signs all over the area. We must have a coordinated effort of Burleigh County, Bismarck, local schools and universities, and the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC to keep our local workforce here. Led by the Chamber EDC this coordinated effort working with all community partners we must make every effort to attract new workers and retain our local talent.

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MORTON COUNTY COMMISSION

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

a. I currently am on the commission. I am completing my first term. I have enjoyed serving on the commission. I have enjoyed learning more about county government. I was previously the NDSU Extension Agent for Morton County for 27 years.

b. I currently have the following commission portfolios: Morton County Road Commission, Three Rivers Human Service Board, Custer Health Board, Morton Mandan Library Board, Lewis and Clark Rural Development Board. I bring the issues that come up with these board the full commission. I really feel that these boards make me a better county commissioner.

c. I enjoy being involved in the community and providing input into the future growth of Morton County

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

a. One of the top priorities is to keep property taxes increases low. How to address this is as concern. It is hard to provide services to all and still keep property taxes low.

b. I also am concerned about the Morton County road and transportation system.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF MORTON COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?

a. The commission tries very hard to remember the needs of the small communities in Morton County. New Salem, Flasher, Hebron, and Glen Ullin play a big part of the Morton County economy especially in agriculture.

b. Mandan continues to grow as a community. There is some business growth, but the majority of it is in Bismarck. The new high school, additional elementary schools, and tennis facility will entice more families to move to our community.

c. The growth of Mandan north of Interstate 94 has given us more business development. This will help bring more development to the community.

WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?

I am seeking another term as County Commissioner because I thoroughly enjoy the work. I want to see Morton County continue to grow. The County right now is committed to a higher level of public service. The citizens have demanded a more accountable county government that will provide professional and timely service. I enjoy being involved in these new changes and demands. It is rewarding to see the county move forward.

WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS?

The top priority will be working on the Heart River dike system. This will be a $30-$35 million-dollar project. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is requiring the Heart River dikes to have more holding space. Morton County will have to work with the Lower Heart Water Board, City of Mandan, and State Legislature to fund this project. This dike system is critical to flood control in areas of downtown Mandan and the business districts on Memorial Highway.

WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF MORTON COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?

The most significant challenge to the Morton County Business Community is the lack of labor and dedicated laborers. I have heard several business owners state that it is very hard to find workers to help them. This labor shortage has occurred in construction, restaurants, and even emergency services.

Morton County works with the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC for business support and recruitment. The Chamber EDC is the County’s job development authority. The County also works with Lewis and Clark Development for affordable housing opportunities and some business opportunities.

ANDY ZACHMEIER Morton County Commission
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2022 NOVEMBER ELECTION

BURLEIGH COUNTY COMMISSION – VOTE FOR 3

Amelia Doll Dustin Gawrylow Wayne Munson

Steve Schwab

Jerry Woodcox

MORTON COUNTY COMMISSION – VOTE FOR 2

Jackie Buckley

Andy Zachmeier

BURLEIGH COUNTY AUDITOR – VOTE FOR 1

Kirsten Dvorak

Mark Splonskowski

MORTON COUNTY AUDITOR – VOTE FOR 1

Dawn R. Rhone

MORTON COUNTY STATE'S ATTORNEY – VOTE FOR 1

Gabrielle Goter Allen Michael Koppy

DISTRICT 7

Senate – Vote for 1 Michelle Axtman

House – Vote for 2 Jason Dockter Matt Heilman

DISTRICT 8

Senate – Vote for 1 Jeffery J. Magrum

House – Vote for 2 SuAnn Olson Brandon Prichard

DISTRICT 31

Senate – Vote for 1 Don Schaible

House – Vote for 2

Mike Faith Dawson Holle Karen M. Rohr

DISTRICT 33

Senate – Vote for 1

Keith Boehm

House – Vote for 2

Anna Novak Bill Tveit

DISTRICT 35

Senate – Vote for 1

Sean Cleary

Tracy Potter

House – Vote for 2

Karen Karls Bob Martinson

Don Morrison

Kris Mount

DISTRICT 47

Senate – Vote for 1

Michael Dwyer

House – Vote for 2 Larry Klemin Mike Motschenbacher

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Lee M. Pierce

ICON ARCHITECTURAL GROUP

Tell us about yourself and your role within your business.

A: My name is Lee M. Pierce. I am the Bismarck Mandan Market Leader for ICON Architectural Group. In addition, the other roles I have at ICON are Project Manager and Design Professional.

MEMBER SINCE 2018

Briefly tell us the history behind ICON Architectural Group and how you got started.

A: ICON Architectural Group was founded in 2002 and is based out of Grand Forks, ND. There are currently offices in Grand Forks, West Fargo, Bemidji, Watford City and Mandan. ICON originated with the team that worked on The Ralph Engelstad Arena on the campus of UND. Since then, our firm has continued to grow throughout the Midwest building its reputation on innovative building solutions while maintaining effective functional design. I started my career at ICON in the spring of 2018. I had worked in the architectural field for 18 years within the Bismarck Mandan Communities and had heard of ICON’s reputation and experienced some of their buildings. The core values of the company and team I would be working with aligned with my own, so after several meetings over the course of a couple years, I decided to take the leap and join ICON.

ICON Architectural Group has been a Chamber EDC member since 2018.
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How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted ICON Architectural Group?

A: Mandan and Bismarck are great communities and people are taking notice. Industry recruitment and growth are showing in the number of housing developments. People are looking to invest in these communities and raise their families here. ICON, specifically our Mandan Office, has a lot of experience with public projects. We have had the privilege of working with both Mandan Public School District and Bismarck Public Schools on recent new construction projects that are a direct result of population growth. Citizens on both sides of the river understand the importance of investing in the schools and those facilities are huge recruiting tools for young families. As much as people want to work, they also want activities to attend. The new rodeo grounds at Dacotah Centenial Park are a prime example of a great community event that needed permanent grounds to hold a multitude of activities from spring through early fall. ICON is excited to be part of these projects within the communities.

What trends are taking place in your industry?

A: One trend I see in our industry is the connection between interior and exterior spaces. School staff have been pushing designers for outdoor classroom spaces. Businesses are requesting outdoor spaces for employee collaboration. And you definitely see it in the bar/ restaurant industry with the large garage doors that open up to on exterior patio space. Our climate hasn’t always allowed us to free flow from interior to exterior spaces very easily. But with innovative design, planning and the new technology out there, this is quickly becoming a necessity within our industry that we are responding too.

Have there been any monumental changes within your industry that you’ve had to deal with?

A: There are 2 major changes within our industry that we are currently dealing with:

1. Supply chain issues. It has always been difficult to schedule the design and construction of projects within our region due to the short construction season. But now the uncertainty of getting materials in a timely fashion, has caused designers to expedite the drawing phase to allow for longer lead times for materials to make it on site for construction. The design phase always seemed to get ‘pinched’, but we have exceedingly started to feel it since the pandemic. Now, more than ever, it is important for early planning for any construction projects – large or small.

2. Material Costs. The volatile market for many of the materials has also caused a lot of stress on project budgets. Because our office does a lot of public sector work, there is a definite budget number these entities must hit. Trying to build a budget for a 14 16 month project, when material costs are changing weekly is really difficult.

What does the future ICON Architectural Group look like and the industry as a whole look like to you?

A: Currently, the future is looking good for ICON Architectural Group. When the pandemic hit, our hospitality division was impacted the most. Many projects were put on hold until we, as a global community, figured out how to travel again. It is starting to pick up, but not quite to the rate it once was. Our public projects and sports divisions are doing well. Many people are seeing the value of investing in their communities – schools, gyms, hockey arenas, fair grounds – these are all building types that people are investing time and money in. I think the pandemic did force us to step back and really look at our mental health – what physical activities and social interactions people need on a regular basis for positive mental health. Good design that engages the user cantpositively impact all of these for people of every age.

ICON Architectural Group became a member in 2018, why do you continue to renew?

A: I have been a member of the Chamber for a number of years. I believe it is important to be active within your community and understand the challenges it is facing. The Chamber EDC has a multitude of events and committees that provide you opportunity to learn, network and maybe challenge your way of thinking, all with the intention of growing a stronger community.

What should other Chamber EDC members know about ICON Architectural Group that may assist them?

A: ICON Architectural Group is focused on providing our clients the best functional solutions through innovative design. We believe it is imperative to listen to our client’s needs and provide them with a building that serves their needs and is maintainable long term. We pride ourselves in the number of repeat clients we continue to have because of the value we bring to their projects. ICON is an enthusiastic team of architects, structural engineers and interior designers that have experience with many different building types – schools, athletic complexes, municipal, senior living, casinos, commercial planning and development. We have a great team and amazing clients and are always looking for passionate designers who want to make real impacts in their communities. If this sounds like you or someone you know, please stop by and visit with us.

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COST OF LIVING INFORMATION RELEASED

The 2022 2nd quarter Cost of Living Index (COLI) was released in September. The COLI is put together by the Center for Regional Economic Competitiveness and is an analysis of average prices submitted by over 260 urban areas across the United States. The COLI compares all 261 submitted urban areas with a score of 100 being average. The information collected is also used to populate the Cost of Living Calculator on the Chamber EDC website. The calculator determines what salary someone would need to earn in Bismarck Mandan to compare to what that person is earning in any of the other 260 urban areas.

Both the index and the calculator assist the Chamber EDC is our talent attraction efforts. The comparison to other area communities is shown below.

City

BismarckMandan

Grand Forks Minot

99.1 94.8 96.2

102.8 97.1 106.1

104.6 91.5 80.7

SCHOOL ENROLLMENT FIGURES RELEASED

92.0 96.2 96.1

Composite Index Grocery Items Housing Utilities Transportation Health Care Other Services Mandan Public Schools Light of Christ Catholic Schools Shiloh Christian TOTAL

ECONOMY Bismarck Public Schools

13,637 3,898 1,375 583 19,493

13,533 4,188 1,355

13,804 4,232 1,390 655 20,081

AUGUST 2022 ECONOMIC INDICATORS

Sales Tax Collected $2,826,353

Airport Passengers 41,264

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Residential Building Permits 41

Residential 113.4 106.1 110.0

Valuation 94.5 92.8 102.4

14,009 4,335 1,435 656 20,435

September means the leaves are starting to change and kids are back in school. Fall enrollment figures for the 2022 2023 school year show all school systems in Bismarck Mandan reported an increase in enrollment from the previous year. Overall Bis marck Public Schools, Mandan Public Schools, Light of Christ Schools, and Shiloh Christian reported a total increase of 354 students. Since the fall of 2019 the four systems have seen nearly 950 additional students which equates to a nearly 5% increase.

Permit

$12,331,400

See the full list of economic indicators on the Chamber EDC’s Economy at a Glance at www.bismarckmandanedc.com.

Fall 2019 Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Fall 2022
603 19,679

BUSINESS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OF THE MONTH

This month’s business assistance program of the month is the Primary Sector Certification

Primary Sector Certification is a certification program administered by the North Dakota Department of Com merce. In order to qualify for the certification a business must be adding value to a product, process, or service and generating more than 75% of their revenue from out side the state of North Dakota. Once certified a business is then eligible for property, income, and sales tax exemp tion and a host of financing programs and workforce de velopment programs. If you have questions about Primary Sector Certification or want to apply contact Nathan at the Chamber EDC office.

EOP HOSTS DOWNTOWN TOUR

Mandan’s fifth “Downtown Places and Spaces” walking tour and networking social was held in September.

The tour featured Morton Mandan Public Library and Dykshoorn Park enhancements, new businesses, exam ples of Renaissance Zone and storefront improvement projects, streetscaping components for pedestrian safety and enjoyment, and things to come such as public art. Participants had a chance to offer ideas for the future of commercial buildings and spaces available for sale and lease. Organizers hope attendees will share opportunities with others.

The Mandan Tomorrow – Economic Opportunity and Prosperity Committee hosted the event in cooperation with the Mandan Business Development office and Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC.

SNAPCHAT AD SERIES RELEASED

Beginning Labor Day weekend, the Chamber EDC released a series of Snapchat ads. These ads are part of the Chamber EDC’s talent attraction efforts.

The ads targeted out of state Snapchat users during Labor Day weekend and attendees of the United Tribes Technical College Powwow during the following weekend. There were nearly 18,000 impressions during Labor Day weekend and over 16,000 impressions during the weekend of UTTC’s Powwow.

The ads appeared in the app on the stories tab and the Chamber EDC will continue to develop and publish Snapchat ads as part of our overall talent attraction efforts.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S CELEBRATE BISMARCK MANDAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

On September 22nd, the annual Celebrate Bismarck Mandan award ceremony took place at the Bismarck Event Center. This year we celebrated many outstanding businesses and their leaders throughout our great community.

The Chamber EDC would like to congratulate the following recipients once more:

AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Michael Fink

GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD

Baymont Inn & Suites

NEW ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Josh Gendron Lincoln Repair

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Alayna Huber Alayna’s Cotton Candy Lemonade

SMALL BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Bismarck Sign Co.

LARGE BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

Bravera Bank

WOMEN OWNED BUSINESS

Kimberly Bloms Kids in Motion Pediatric Therapy & Wellness

SERVICE AWARD OF THE YEAR

John Jones Sam’s Club

The Chamber EDC also took time to recognize our Outstanding Teachers of the Year and this year's 20 Under 40.

Ambassador of the Year - Michael Fink Golden Eagle Award - Baymont Inn & Suites New Entrepreneur of the Year - Josh Gendron Young Entrepreneur of the Year - Alayna Huber
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THIS YEAR’S CELEBRATE BISMARCK MANDAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

THANK YOU SPONSORS: Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsors: Award Sponsors:

Table Sponsors: Apex Engineering Group, Inc., Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck Cancer Center, Bismarck Sign Co., Bismarck State College, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Bobcat Company, Brady, Martz & Associates, P.C., Capital Credit Union, Choice Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Dakota Home Care, DTN Staffing, Eide Bailly LLP, First International Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, H.A. Thompson & Sons, Inc. , Heritage Exteriors, Kids in Motion Pediatric Therapy & Wellness, Larson's Tattooing, Laughing Sun Brewing Co. , Northwest Contracting, Polished Dental, Prairie Knights Casino & Resort, Sanford Health, Schmitz Holmstrom CPAs, Security First Bank, Starion Bank, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary

Event Sponsor: Advanced Business Methods, CornerStone Bank

Small Business of the Year - Bismarck Sign Co. Large Business of the Year - Bravera Bank Women Owned Business - Kimberly Bloms Service Award of the Year - John Jones
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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN CLASS OF 2023

CLASS OF 2023

Gabrielle Abouassaly – Sanford Health

Sherri Anderson – Starion Bank

Nick Guarcello – Security First Bank of North Dakota

Courtney Hamilton – Bismarck Title Company

Tiffany Hodge – Quills Corporate Consulting, Inc.

Katie Johnke – Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health

Denae Johnson – KLJ Engineering

Kimberly Kuipers – Dakota Eye Institute

Devin Melvie – Legacy Financial Partners

Tom Oakland – North Dakota Department of Commerce

Greg Owen – Capital Electric Cooperative

Joseph Rinaldi – Nexstar Media Group - KX News

Elliot Rust – Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC

Destiny Sisk – Touchmark Retirement Community

Teri Sovak – Montana-Dakota Utilities

Andrew Stromme – City of Mandan

Marcus Wagner – University of Mary Deserae Wanner – Metro Area Ambulance

Leadership Bismarck Mandan enters its 33rd year with a class of 18 professionals and emerging leaders from our community. BISMARCK - MANDAN Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class of 2023.
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STATE OF THE CITIES RETURNS THIS NOVEMBER

Join us for the 2022 State of the Cities event on Tuesday, November 8th at the Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center in Bismarck from 7:00am to 9:30am.

On this morning, participants will gain insight from panels representing both Bismarck/Burleigh County and Mandan/Morton County on the successes and challenges each city faced throughout 2022. Attendees will also hear about what can be expected in Bismarck-Mandan in the upcoming year. This informative, networking event is a must for anyone wanting to be “in the know” about where we live, work, and play!

Cost to attend is $40 for Chamber EDC Members and $75 for General Admission (Non members). For more information, contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@bmcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-2235660

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS:

Presenting

Table Sponsors: AE2S, Apex Engineering Group, Inc., BNC National Bank, Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck State College, Bravera Bank, Capital Credit Union, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, First Western Bank & Trust, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Gate City Bank, HDR Engineering, Northern Improvement Company, Pearce Durick PLLC, Sanford Health, Starion Bank, United Tribes Technical College, University of Mary

State of the Cities is Tuesday, November 8th.
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Sponsors: Gold Sponsors: Event Sponsor:
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WELCOME PARKER!

I was born in Bismarck, North Dakota. I have lived here all my life. I went to high school at Legacy High School and graduated in 2020. I currently am getting my bachelor's degree at United Tribes Technical College. After college I plan on getting my CPA license and hopefully one day start my own business of some type.

I was really into playing sports as a kid. I played football, basketball, and baseball in high school. I played one year of college basketball at UTTC and I am the first collegiate basketball player from Legacy High.

I’m really excited to work and intern at the Chamber EDC. I feel like I can gain a lot of knowledge and real world experience in business.

I have a lot of free time on my hands. When I’m not working or going to school, I either golf with my little brother or I am bowling in league.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: TASTES OF CHRISTMAS!

Make sure you mark your calendars for this year’s Tastes of Christmas by the Chamber EDC! This is a great winter event with a festive atmosphere to get people in the spirit of the holidays. Guests can network while taste testing a variety of different holiday inspired cocktails and then vote on their favorite!

Great food, drinks, holiday music, and company make this event well worth the $25 member discounted admission. For more information, contact Maggie Byrd, mbyrd@ mbcedc.com, or call the Chamber EDC office at 701-2235660.

Join the Chamber EDC to begin celebrating the holidays on Thursday, December 1st at Bismarck State College National Energy Center of Excellence, 4th floor (1200 Schafer St, Bismarck).

Registration will be from 4:30pm to 5:00pm, with the event to follow from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS! Presenting Sponsor: Gold Sponsor:

Holiday Music Sponsor:

Social Sponsor: Capital Credit Union

Appetizer Sponsors: Bismarck Cancer Center, Gate City Bank, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

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CHAMBER EDC CONTINUES DEVELOPMENT OF LEGISLATIVE AGENDA

Since mid 2021, members of the Chamber EDC’s Government Affairs Committee and the BismarckMandan Legislative Delegation have met quarterly to discuss issues impacting the business community, developments within State government and more in an effort to develop the organization’s 2023 Legislative Agenda.

Past meetings have focused on topics including education, energy, healthcare, infrastructure and the needs of our local political subdivisions. In September, the two groups met again to begin identifying the key issues raised at each of their previous meetings and narrow them down for inclusion in the 2023 Legislative Agenda. The Government Affairs Committee will now take that input, identify the key priorities and present them along with our proposed 2023 Legislative Agenda to the Legislative Delegation in November.

This process for developing the organization’s Legislative Agenda has proven effective at engaging the Bismarck Mandan Legislative Delegation on a regular basis, strengthening our relationship with our local legislators and ensuring regular communication between the public and private sectors. The Chamber EDC extends its sincere appreciation to each and every Bismarck Mandan Legislator for their willingness to engage. Thank you!

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TOTAL RESOURCE CAMPAIGN OPEN ENROLLMENT IS HERE!

One of the best ways to reach the Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC’s 1,200 members is by participating in our events and programs. The best way to get started—and save $$$ — is through our annual Total Resource Campaign (TRC)!

Whether it is Annual Dinner, Indoor Golf Tournament, Tastes of Christmas, or any of our other exciting events, extend your business’s reach by sponsoring a CEDC event!

The TRC 2023 open enrollment period is in full swing, so don’t wait to reserve that incredible sponsorship you’ve had your eye on! Learn how to maximize the benefits of your membership and reserve the sponsorships that fit you and your business the best.

SAVE THE DATE!

November 18th — TRC Conclusion

If your organization is interested in sponsoring an event, take this opportunity to get involved! Questions? Contact Nate Brown at nbrown@bmcedc.com or 701-223-5660.

WE'RE HIRING - JOIN OUR TEAM!

Do you know someone who is the classic “people person” and enjoys meeting new people?

Our Small Business Outreach Coordinator’s primary job role is to visit with our members! This job is one of a kind where you get paid solely to make connections with members, and there is NO selling involved at all!!

As the Small Business Outreach Coordinator, your role would be to focus on our small business members who have less than 10 employees and therefore are more likely unable to interact with other Chamber EDC members in the traditional way by going to events.

This role is meant to learn about the challenges of our small business members and help connect them and bring membership value to their business. We have roughly 60% of our members who have less than five employees so there are lots of people to meet!

Other duties include:

• celebrating milestone anniversaries with members

• welcoming new members with gifts

• ensuring members have correct and accurate information in our system

• and other retention activities.

A person who likes making connections and building relationships with business leaders would love this unique opportunity!!

You can apply by sending a resume and cover letter to Elliot Rust at erust@bmcedc.com or by visiting our website to learn more about this position through videos found under the News & Media and Job Postings section.

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OCT 6

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BISMARCK SIGN CO.

Date: Thursday, October 6 Time: 4:30pm 6:30pm

Location: Bismarck Sign Co. — 1926 Frontier Drive, Bismarck

Admission: Free

Enjoy a fun evening business after hours at Bismarck Sign Co.!

STATE OF THE CITIES

NOV 8

Date: Tuesday, November 8

Registration: 7:00am 7:30am Event Time: 7:30am 9:00am

Location: Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center — 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck

Admission: $40 for Chamber EDC members; $75 for General Admission

Join us while we hear from Burleigh/Bismarck and Morton/Mandan panel discussions as they answer hard hitting questions.

NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ZORELLS JEWELRY

NOV

Date: Thursday, November 17 Time: 4:30pm 6:30pm

Location: Zorells Jewelry – 221 S 9th Street, Bismarck

Admission: Free

Enjoy a fun evening mixing & mingling with other Chamber EDC members.

TASTES OF CHRISTMAS

DEC 1

Date: Thursday, December 1

Registration: 4:30pm 5:00pm Event Time: 5:00pm 7:00pm

Location: NECE 4th Floor of Bavendick Stateroom – BSC Campus — 1200 Schafer Street, Bismarck

Admission: $25 for Chamber EDC members; $50 for General Admission

Enjoy a festive evening with other Chamber EDC members as we taste test the latest holiday beverages.

JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: TOUCHMARK ON WEST CENTURY

JAN 12

Date: Thursday, January 12 Time: 4:30pm 6:30pm

Location: Touchmark on West Century — 1000 W Century Ave, Bismarck

Admission: Free

This mixer is a great way to meet other Chamber EDC members and kick off the new year with networking.

INDOOR GOLF TOURNAMENT

Date: Friday, January 13

Time: Flight 1 — 12:00pm; Flight 2 — 2:00pm; Flight 3 — 4:00pm

Location: Golf Etc — 511 Airport Road, Bismarck

Admission: $75 per person, $150 for 2 person team

Please arrive 30 minutes before flight time for registration

FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BANK OF NORTH DAKOTA

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Date: Thursday, February 2 Time: 4:30pm 6:30pm

Location: Bank of North Dakota — 1200 Memorial Hwy, Bismarck Admission: Free

Come by Bank of ND for an after hour event with the opportunity to chat with other Chamber EDC members.

FOCUS ON BISMARCK MANDAN

FEB 23

Date: Thursday, February 23

Social: 5:00pm 6:30pm

Registration: 2:30pm 3:00pm Event Time: 3:00pm 6:30pm

Location: Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center

Admission: $40 for Chamber EDC members; $75 for General Admission

Join us as we hear from speaker, Elliot Eisenberg, as he forecasts the 2023 economy.

REGISTER FOR THESE EVENTS AND MANY MORE ONLINE AT WWW.BISMARCKMANDAN.COM

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HAROLD HAMM, MONSIGNOR SHEA, FACULTY, AND DIGNITARIES CHRISTEN THE HAMM SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AT MARY

Harold Hamm, the entrepre neurial oil man whose name is engraved on University of Mary’s school of engineering, cut the ribbon on the new state of the art facility at a late morning cere mony on campus today, Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

The new Hamm School of Engi neering facility opened in the fall of 2020, offering electrical, civil, and mechanical engineering ed ucation within a space of 15,650 square feet. The school’s instant popularity, success, and demand prompted an additional 3,900 square feet of space be added to the south end of the building that opened this month at the start of the new 2022 academic year. Flanked by President Monsignor James Shea, North Dakota Governor Doug Bur gum, Senator Kevin Cramer, faculty, staff, students, bene factors, and dignitaries, Hamm officially christened the new space that welcomes students and guests with a chiseled ‘Hamm School of Engineering’ sign inside its courtyard area.

In February of this year, the Harold Hamm Foundation donated $10 million towards naming the Hamm School of Engineering. Continental Resources specifically earmarked an additional $2 million to endow a Chair of Engineering, naming it the “Continental Resources | Monsignor James Shea Chair of Engineering.” This gift also launched Phase 2 of University of Mary’s $272 million Vision 2030 Capital Campaign. The goal for Phase Two is $87 million.

In 2015, the University of Mary announced its intent for a new school of engineering and began to dramatically increase technical course offerings in the fall of 2016. Since then, Dr. Terry Pilling has spent the last half decade solicit ing input from local and regional firms, touring other col leges and universities, and listening to his own students, as to what they believe would make up the most ideal, most comprehensive, and most student friendly engineering program. Pilling took all that advice to heart, along with his own 25 years of experience as a professor, nuclear physics researcher, engineering firm executive, and scientist, to help design and build what he and the University of Mary believe is the most modern, teaching centered, student friendly, state of the art engineering facility in the United States.

In just seven years since its beginning, the new Hamm School of Engineering has already earned a reputation for rigorous course work, innovation, and multidisciplinary experiential learning during all four years of study in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, in addition to pro grams in construction management and computer science.

The Hamm School of Engineering has witnessed a steady rise in enrollment: from just a handful of students when it began in the fall of 2015, to nearly 200 in 2022. It’s well on its way to its goal of 400 students by 2030 as outlined in the Vision 2030 Strategic Plan and current capital cam paign. As important to Dr. Pilling, the Hamm School of En gineering graduates are being placed in high paying jobs.

“All of our graduates are employed and doing well,” added Pilling. “We have a 100 percent placement rate. Also, our students have a 100 percent pass rate on the national fundamentals of engineering (FE) exam. Passing this exam is required before a student can pursue a professional en gineers (PE) license in the future. I know of no other school in the country with that 100 percent pass rate.”

By 2030, the University of Mary plans to graduate 50 or more engineers annually who are culturally ready for the workplace and formed for leadership and possibly create additional programs in chemical and industrial engineer ing.

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ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY NAMED BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The U.S. Department of Education has named Roosevelt Elementary School in Bismarck a National Blue Ribbon School for 2022. Roosevelt is one of three schools in North Dakota, and 297 nationwide, to receive this honor. Selec tion is determined by a school’s overall academic per formance and success at ensuring positive achievement outcomes for students of disparate backgrounds.

As part of being considered, Principal Beiswenger pro vided a detailed, data-supported narrative about how Roosevelt has created an environment that fosters student success. After reviewing Roosevelt’s information, the U.S. Department of Education categorized Roosevelt as an “ex emplary achievement gap closing school” for their status as one of the state’s highest performing schools in closing gaps between their student population and students com munity wide.

Regarding the award, Principal Brenda Beiswenger stated, “It is an honor to be selected as a National Blue Ribbon School. To be recognized for the collaboration, hard work, and dedication of all staff at Roosevelt to ensure learning and growth for all of our students is commendable. It is a joy to go to work each day knowing that the team is there to support one another through moments of celebration and moments of struggle. We have put a focus on team ing specifically in the area of literacy, which has paid off in our academic success. We have also been innovative in promoting a sense of belonging for all which allows for students to feel safe and take risks. Thank you to the Roos evelt parents and community for your continued trust and support!” Assistant Superintendent Brad Barnhardt add ed, “The Roosevelt family, including Principal Beiswenger and her dedicated staff, along with all of the hardworking students, are beyond deserving of this honor. Their work brings our district mission, vision, and values to life. The Roosevelt team has provided a foundation for students to be successful life long learners, which is truly a blue ribbon feat!”

Representatives from Bismarck Public Schools will attend an in person award ceremony in November, to be held in Washington DC. Students and administration from Bis marck Public Schools will hold a school assembly at Roo sevelt to celebrate the achievement, with students being given blue ribbon stickers to wear on their shirts. Roosevelt now joins the ranks of several Blue Ribbon schools in the BPS district, with Highland Acres being the most recent past honoree.

OPEN ROAD HONDA ON THE ROAD, IN THE DIRT AND NOW ON THE WATER

Open Road Honda in Mandan has expanded to include a Marine Service & Repair division. The Marine Service division offers marine fiberglass and gel coat repair, marine welding, prop repair, marine engine/maintenance, winter wrap and storage. Open Road Honda is the only Bismarck Mandan service business to offer this complete marine repair/service.

“Creating a separate Marine Service Department was a natural fit because we have worked on marine engines for years. Our customers have been asking for fiberglass and prop repair so we put together an experienced team of welders, marine and fiberglass technicians” said Shawn Volk, Marine Service Department Manager.

Annette Behm Caldwell, Dealer Principal added, “We created a state of the art marine fiberglass facility to allow for larger marine projects which require custom lifts and equipment. The facility and equipment will allow our tech nicians to get the job done safely and efficiently.” The fiber glass repair shop is located just west of the dealership on Memorial Highway.

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Bravera is gifting $120,000 through out the next three years to support the operation and maintenance of the Dream Center Bismarck’s Adopt a Block Food Distribution truck. The Adopt a Block program is part of their community food distribution service that provides up to 130,000 pounds of groceries each month to low income families.

One of the Dream Center Bismarck’s goals is to alleviate food insecurity in the Bismarck Mandan area. Six days a week, the Adopt a Block Food Distribution truck picks up grocery product from area grocery stores and distributes at various schools, churches, the Dream Center and other strategic locations in Bismarck and Mandan. The Dream Center Adopt a Block and the Dream Center Food Pantry are now serving more than 700 low income households each week.

“’We get to serve.’ That’s our mantra at the Dream Center. Now with Bravera teaming up with us, the Dream Cen ter can better serve our community,” said Jim Barnhardt, Dream Center Bismarck founder. “Bravera’s commitment in sponsoring the Adopt a Block Food Distribution truck as well as volunteering with our Adopt a Block program is greatly appreciated and needed by our community.”

By providing these groceries, the Dream Center Bismarck and Bravera work together to save local individuals and families money that in turn helps them focus their limited resources on bills and other needs they have. The program engages 60 volunteers each week.

“As a community bank, we are incredibly grateful for or ganizations, like the Dream Center, that have a mission of helping local families who live below the poverty line,” said Kevin Dykema, Bravera Bank regional president. “We know this partnership involving our financial gift along with our exceptional employees who volunteer with the program will make a difference for so many people in our communi ty.”

Supporting the Dream Center Bismarck is one of many ways Bravera gives back to the communities it serves across North Dakota, Montana and Minnesota.

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BRAVERA GIVES $120,000 FOR DREAM CENTER BISMARCK’S ADOPT-A-BLOCK NATE BROWN SALES COORDINATOR MAXIMIZE YOUR MEMBERSHIP! Email Nate today at nbrown@bmcedc.com 701-223-5660 • SPONSORSHIPS • ADVERTISING

SILICON PLAINS EXPANDS TO DENVER

Silicon Plains is thrilled to announce our merger with Complete Technology Solutions in Denver, Colorado. The merger positions Silicon Plains to continue our growth as a national I.T. powerhouse and better serve the local commu nities of Colorado and North Dakota where we reside.

Along with this merger, we have the pleasure of naming Herb Miner as our new Chief Operating Officer. Herb posts an impressive resume in I.T. services and systems manage ment, having worked for NASA and Lockheed Martin in addition to building one of Colorado’s largest I.T. service providers. Herb has a reputation for being a true profes sional in systems management. His immense experience combined with our arsenal of assets make Silicon Plains better equipped than any other I.T. firm to produce better technology outcomes for its clients.

When asked about the merger, our CEO Dan Polk re sponded:

“We’ve completed our merge with Complete Technology Solutions in Denver, Colorado and we’re expertly posi tioned as an absolute powerhouse of purchasing power and I.T. service excellence. Herb Miner, our Chief Operat ing Officer will lead our service group to ensure we never take our eyes off the ball. We will pursue further acquisi tions and have hired an industry consultant along with a Mergers and Acquisitions company to make sure our deals make sense.

Every minute and every dollar made has been about investment since I started Silicon Plains in 2009. Since then we’ve grown to a multi-million dollar, multi-state powerhouse of cyber security, I.T. help desk, and consult ing solutions. We grew because early on we understood exactly what it meant to be the best: do what no one else has been willing to do. We hyper invested in our people, our processes, and our corporate maturity much earlier than our competitors. Every dollar made went back into the company’s future.”

The future at Silicon Plains has never been brighter. We are excited to continue growing as your community leader in I.T. Services and look forward to helping many more busi nesses produce better technology outcomes.

EASTER SEALS GOODWILL ND, INC. CELEBRATES 75TH ANNIVERSARY

Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc. is celebrating 75 years of providing specialized services to individuals and families with barriers (disabilities).

As one of the state’s larger employers, ESGWND employs 571 team members across our regions. In the Bismarck / Mandan area, we employ 63 individuals. Those who work in our residential services provide customized services to 44 individuals. Guided by servant leadership, the ESGWND team is dedicated to our mission of supporting children, adults, and families to have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in our communities.

Communities have supported ESGWND and their local Goodwill stores, too, by shopping and donating. Fresh inventory is added throughout the stores daily, so people never know what treasures they will find. Each store sells a variety of new to gently used clothing, shoes, household items, furniture, décor, seasonal items, books, movies, games, and toys at affordable prices. All merchandise is organized by departments, and clothing is sorted by cate gory for easy browsing and shopping.

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Q: WHAT IS CYBERSECURITY?

A: Cybersecurity has been THE buzzword for a couple of years now, but what does it mean? Cybersecurity can be defined as protection of computer systems and networks from information disclosure, theft of, or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

Since the first computer was built in the 1940’s to the invention of the internet in 1970’s, and the subsequent innovations like cellular data and Wi-Fi, the world has grown dependent on technology being connected to everything all the time. Bad actors are constantly devising new ways to exploit weaknesses in the technological defenses around data and systems. What happens to this data can range anywhere from blackmail to ransomware to property or identification theft. It can lead to a sys tem-wide takeover and shut down mission critical systems such as city traffic control, hospital environmental systems, electrical grids, etc.

We each play a part in cybersecurity by learning to recognize the threats facing us today. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, see what you can do to raise your own awareness: https://www.cisa.gov/cy bersecurity awareness month

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Q: HOW CAN A PHYSICAL THERAPIST HELP ME BECOME MORE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE?

A: Physical activity on a regular basis can improve your physical and mental health. If there are barriers that hold you back from physical activity and keep you from partici pating in activities that you enjoy a phys ical therapist can assess your movement and address any pain issues that prevent you from living your best life.

Your therapist will review your medical history with you and ask questions, but more importantly listen to your concerns. The next step is to assess your mobility, strength and balance to determine any issues or challenges. Once those issues or challenges are discovered your physical therapist will formulate a plan specific to your needs and goals, providing hands on interventions while educating you about your body mechanics. The therapist will then develop a home exercise program that is easy to fit into a busy lifestyle and get you back to participating in an active, healthy life!

There is no referral needed to access qual ity physical therapy. See your Movement Specialist today! To learn more about Op timum Therapies visit www.optimumthera pies.com or call (701)751 3064

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Q: IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO WITH MY DIET AND NUTRITION TO PROTECT MYSELF AGAINST CANCER?

A: One in every two Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. While diet cannot eliminate the risk of cancer, there are ways you can reduce the likelihood through nutrition and lifestyle choices. According to the American Institute for Cancer Re search, some things you can do to protect yourself are:

Be a healthy weight. Keep your weight within the healthy range and avoid weight gain in adulthood.

Be physically active. As part of everyday life walk more and sit less.

Eat a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans. Make these foods a sig nificant part of your usual daily diet.

Limit consumption of "fast foods" and processed foods high in fat, starches, or sugars. Limiting these foods can help maintain a healthy weight.

Limit consumption of red and processed meat. Eat less than 18oz of red meat, such as beef, pork, and lamb per week.

Limit consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks. Drink mostly water and unsweet ened beverages.

Limit alcohol consumption. For cancer prevention, it's best not to drink alcohol.

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Q: HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR OUR OFFICE CULTURE?

A: Skills are important and experience is a plus, but finding the right candidate who fits your culture, your mission and your values is equally important. Knowing what to ask and what to look for, can make the interview process easier. We use the following benchmarks to vet candidates:

The Four E’s. We look for: eye contact, ear to ear smile, enthusiasm and engagement. We want a potential employee who is ex cited about the position and our business.

SEATCAPO. We identify things we want to know right away about a candidate using the acronym SEATCAPO. This stands for… Service. Do they exhibit the ability to exceed customer expectations?

Education. Are they willing to learn?

Attendance. Do they understand the commitment and are they dedicated to being there?

Team. Are they excited to be part of a team?

Communication. Are they a strong communicator?

Attitude/Appearance. Do they showcase a positive attitude and appearance?

Passion. Did they show excitement for the job?

Opportunity. Do they want to keep growing professionally?

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Q: DO YOU ALLOW PEOPLE TO TAKE PHOTOS OF ARTWORK IN YOUR GALLERY?”

A: The short answer: Yes!

People will often ask if it’s OK to photo graph artwork when they visit The Capital Gallery, out of courtesy or perhaps pre suming we might otherwise frown upon it, but we encourage it! Why? Because we know the intent is generally good.

We’ve found that gallery visitors want to photograph the artwork for a variety of reasons.

1. They want to send the image to a friend, spouse, or colleague to get feedback or ask them to come to the gallery to see it.

2. The artwork is the perfect thing they’ve been looking for but want to go home or to the office and take measurements before committing to the purchase.

3. They are inspired. Having photos of artwork in our gallery can spark ideas for a budding artist as she explores her own artistic interests and techniques.

We know it’s not possible for everyone to visit us at The Capital Gallery, so please –and thank you – for capturing and sharing your wonderful images of the fine art we offer!

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Q: IS SLEEP DEPRIVATION A SAFETY RISK AT THE WORKPLACE? IS IT A RISK FOR AN INDIVIDUAL’S HEALTH?

A: Sleep deprivation is very common, affecting roughly a third of the population. Workers who do not get enough sleep are 70% more likely to have an injury at work, and workers who report disturbed sleep are almost twice as likely to have a fatal work related incident. Lack of sleep increases errors at work, especially during longer shifts. Compared to an 8 hour shift, the rate of errors increases 13% for 10 hour shifts and 28% for 12 hour shifts.

In general, lack of sleep leads to poor memory, reduced productivity, mood changes and a reduced ability to cope with stress and control strong emotions. Sleep deprivation also increases a person’s risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

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ATTORNEY DENNIS PATHROFF JOINS GA GROUP, PC

GA Group, PC announced today the addition of Dennis Pathroff to the firm. Dennis joins the firm as a full time lawyer lobbyist, having been a company landman for a large oil company and most recently a partner with the Zuger, Kirmis & Smith law firm in Bismarck. He has broad experience in government relations and law.

Dennis graduated from Southern Methodist University, cum laude, with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of North Dakota. During law school, Dennis externed with the North Dakota Legislative Council and with the U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota.

Dennis is active in the North Dakota legal community, currently serving on the State Bar Association’s Legislative Committee. He is also a Past President of the Big Muddy Bar Association.

Dennis resides south of Bismarck with his wife Jess, an elementary school principal, and their two young children. In their free time, the Pathroffs enjoy riding horses and playing golf.

BREUER RESIGNS FROM CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER ROLE

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Joe Morrissette thanked Chief People Officer (CPO) Stacey Breuer for her service to the state after she notified him of her intention to resign her position.

Morrissette added Breuer defined a vision for HR positioning the function as a strategic partner to agencies adding new HR capabilities including workforce planning, executive onboarding, enterpriselevel digital HR processes, strategic talent acquisition and employer branding. Breuer also worked to deepen the change management practice, embed team member engagement into the Team ND culture and launch a comprehensive review of the total rewards package to position Team ND as an employer of choice in North Dakota.

Breuer was appointed CPO in January 2021. She previously served in communications and HR leadership roles at Doosan Bobcat North America. She will be returning to Doosan Bobcat North America to lead workforce strategy and its organizational effectiveness practice.

KLJ PROMOTES THOMAS TO CREATIVE DESIGN MANAGER

KLJ Engineering LLC (KLJ), is proud to announce that Jesse Thomas has been promoted to KLJ’s creative design manager.

In this role, he led the graphic design team and oversee the development and execution of all internal and external creative concepts for the company, ensuring all design aligns with KLJ’s established brand identity.

Thomas joined KLJ in 2012 and has more than 20 years’ experience in graphic design. He earned an associate degree in commercial art from Bismarck State College and has earned recognition for his designs through various awards including multiple gold, silver and bronze American Advertising (Addy) Awards.

BISMARCK EDWARD JONES FINANCIAL ADVISOR QUALIFIES FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION CONFERENCE

Edward Jones Financial Advisor Alexis Larson recently attended Edward Jones' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, which recognizes and celebrates engagement and leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

More than 300 attendees came together in St. Louis this year to recognize inclusive leaders and create a strong sense of belonging for all, fostering an atmosphere in which everyone can feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work. The conference included interactive panel discussions, presentations, workshops and networking sessions with participants gaining insights, tools and resources to strengthen their DEI acumen.

Attendees which included financial advisors, branch support members and home office associates were invited based on efforts they've undertaken that have demonstrated engagement and leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion.

HORIZON MIDDLE SCHOOL WELCOMES NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL KNODEL

Bismarck Public Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of Jacob Knodel as assistant principal of Horizon Middle School.

Mr. Knodel has extensive experience in the field of education, having worked as a dean, teacher, team leader, and administrative intern. The majority of his career was spent working at Discovery Middle School in Fargo, North Dakota.

Mr. Knodel has already begun the onboarding process and will be accompanied in his move to Bismarck by his wife and two young children.

BIANCO REALTY SALES AWARDS

Bianco Realty has announced their top 10 REALTORS® for August: Justin Sackman, Tori Meyer, Judy Maslowski, Shirley Thomas, Amber Sandness, Amy Asche, Pam Schafer, Jim Jeromchek, James Jeromchek & Phyllis Rittenbach. These 10 REALTORS® had the highest sales totals at Bianco Realty in August 2022.

LOCAL MASTER TECHNICIAN RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD

Local service technician Kevin Malmedal of Kramer Chevrolet recently received top honors with the Mark of Excellence Award as being listed in the top 20 for technicians in the General Motor Company, Chevrolet, and Buick Zone that he represents.

Malmedal was ranked a certain percentage in each category:

• Fixing it right the first time

• Emerging issues

• Training Center of Learning Service Training Standards

• Product Knowledge Tests

• Tenure

Malmedal started out 24 years ago working in engines and transmissions. Today after 22 years with Kramer Automotive he currently serves as Master Diesel Technician. Malmedal is an Underwood, ND Native. He and his wife reside in Bismarck with their four children.

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DCN HIRES NEISS

Carson Neiss has been hired as a software developer at Dakota Carrier Network (DCN).

In this role, Neiss designs, codes, and maintains DCN’s support applications and programs. In addition, he works with users to ensure proper program operation and function, tests code, and provides user training. He is based at DCN’s Bismarck facility.

A Bismarck native, Neiss earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a minor in statistics from North Dakota State University. He completed a year long programming internship at National Information Solutions Cooperative where he worked on multiple development projects.

CEDRIC THEEL TOYOTA WELCOMES GLATT

Kendra Glatt recently joined Cedric Theel Toyota as an Office Assistant. Kendra provides essential administrative support to office management. She receives and routes calls, assists in motor vehicle paperwork and registrations, greets customers, and more.

Kendra grew up in Bismarck and graduated from Century High School. She enjoys shopping, working out, and hanging with friends.

Cedric Theel Toyota is excited to add Kendra to our office staff team.

APEX HIRES LEAD WATER RESOURCES ENGINEER

Brad Pfeifer worked for 30 years at NDDOT in the Construction, Design and Bridge Divisions, serving his last decade there as Bridge Division’s Team Leader for Preliminary Engineering and Hydraulics.

Brad joins the Apex Water Resources Group in Bismarck as a Lead Water Resources Engineer. He is a licensed professional engineer in North Dakota with 33 years of experience.

Carson Neiss Kendra Glatt Brad Pfeifer
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6th Annual! Deer Widows Vendor Show Saturday, November 5, 2022 9:00am - 3:00pm Bismarck Event Center Suggested: $3 entry, kids under 12 FREE! Vendors, Food, Drink, Prizes, Silent Auction, Bouncy Houses, Face Painting and MORE! A FUNDRAISER FOR: Closet 127 Giving New Purpose. “Building” New Homes. www.closet127.com

KLJ HIRES FOUR IN BISMARCK

KLJ Engineering is proud to welcome four new employees to its Bismarck office. These new employee owners will be working in multiple markets across KLJ.

Joining KLJ’s survey team is Boden Olson. He is a graduate of Mandan High School. Olson will work as a survey technician on Bismarckbased projects.

Jayden Pifer is a recent graduate of North Dakota State University where he earned his bachelor’s in civil engineering. He is working with KLJ’s municipal team as a civil designer. Pifer has experience in multiple facets of engineering including hydrologic and hydraulic analysis, survey, and work with the North Dakota Department of Transportation.

Alex Otto comes to KLJ with two years of experience in soil conservation and environmental work. He earned his bachelor’s in biology and fisheries and wildlife from Valley City State University. Otto is working with KLJ’s right of way group to build relationships and work through the land management process. Also working with the survey group is Patrick Jones. Jones comes to KLJ with over 10 years of survey experience. He is working as senior survey crew chief. Jones earned his associate degree from Bismarck State College.

INTERSTATE ENGINEERING PROMOTES CLARYS

Interstate Engineering expanded survey services with the addition of Miranda Clarys to the Mandan office. After testing the waters as an intern, Miranda recently joined the team full time as a Survey Technician. As a recent graduate from Bismarck State College, she holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Technology. Her knowledge and education will complement the growing team.

LIGNITE ENERGY COUNCIL HIRES MATTERN AS DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION AND MEMBERSHIP

Jason Bohrer, president of the Lignite Energy Council, recently announced the addition of Retha Mattern to the Lignite Energy Council as the Director of Education and Membership.

Mattern brings to her new role experience in outreach and leadership combined with more than a decade of communications experience.

Mattern transitioned from Bismarck State College (BSC), where she had previously served in several roles including the Director of Admissions & Outreach, the Business & Outreach Coordinator for the BSC National Energy Center of Excellence, and Director of the Great Plains Energy Corridor. She brings with her nearly a decade of experience in communications, having worked as a reporter and assistant news director for KFYR TV, the NBC affiliate in Bismarck. Mattern also served for three years as a non voting member of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education. Mattern holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Management from Minot State University.

Retha, a native of Maryland, makes her home in Bismarck with her husband, Mark, and their two children.

SCHUMACHER JOINS INTEROFFICE

Hannah Schumacher recently joined the Bismarck team as an Interior Designer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from North Dakota State University, May 2022.

Hannah interned with the Bismarck team in the Summer of 2021 and the Fargo team in the Fall of 2021.

The combination of her knowledge and enthusiasm will serve the growing InterOffice team well.

A native of Linton, ND, we welcome Hannah to the Bismarck/Mandan community.

CAPITAL CREDIT UNION ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL SERVICES REPRESENTATIVE REINKE

Capital Credit Union today announced the hiring of Bailey Reinke as a financial services representative at their Northwest Branch, located at 1550 Burnt Boat Drive in Bismarck.

As a financial services representative, Reinke will be responsible for consumer lending including auto, recreational vehicle and home equity loans; delivery of deposit products such as money market accounts and certificates of deposit; and actively soliciting, promoting, and servicing credit union products and services.

Reinke rejoins Capital Credit Union from North American Coal where she worked for two years. Prior to that, she was a processing and imaging specialist at Capital Credit Union’s Main Office in Bismarck. Reinke earned an associate degree from Bismarck State College in 2018 and lives in Bismarck.

BISMARCK EDWARD JONES BRANCH OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR QUALIFIES FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION CONFERENCE

Edward Jones Branch Office Administrator EmaLee Dressler recently attended Edward Jones' Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Conference, which recognizes and celebrates engagement and leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

More than 300 attendees came together in St. Louis this year to recognize inclusive leaders and create a strong sense of belonging for all, fostering an atmosphere in which everyone can feel comfortable bringing their full selves to work. The conference included interactive panel discussions, presentations, workshops and networking sessions with participants gaining insights, tools and resources to strengthen their DEI acumen.

Attendees which included financial advisors, branch support members and home office associates were invited based on efforts they've undertaken that have demonstrated engagement and leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Boden Olson Jayden Pifer Alex Otto Patrick Jones Retha Mattern Hannah Schumacher EmaLee Dressler Bailey Reinke
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DAKCU WELCOMES LANGHOFF

Dakota Credit Union Association (DakCU) is excited to announce that Paige Langhoff has joined the association team as our new office & membership coordinator.

As a recent transplant to Bismarck from Dickinson, Paige is excited to assume this very important role that is the first point of contact for our credit unions when they are seeking assistance. Most recently, she worked with the Best Friends Mentoring Program/Americorps State as their communications and program specialist. Prior to that, she worked in customer service for a hotel chain and as a librarian.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Composite Social Science with an emphasis in criminal justice from Dickinson State University. Her vast work skills that will enhance and support our association include research and information technology, outreach and organizing volunteers, managing a database, fundraising, as well as marketing, graphic design, and social media management.

APEX HIRES SURVEY CREW CHIEF

Chris Caldwell joins Apex Engineering Group in Bismarck as a Survey Crew Chief. He brings 29 years of surveying experience in construction, control, topographic, boundary, cadastral, routing, hydrographic, ALTA/ASCM Land Title surveys, lot surveys, and flood elevation certificates.

BIRD AND SCHLAFMAN HONORED AS TOP 1,200 FINANCIAL ADVISOR BY BARRON’S MAGAZINE

Joel Bird and Dave Schlafman, Private Wealth Advisors, with Ameriprise Financial in Bismarck, have been named to the list of “Barron’s Top 1,200 Financial Advisors” published by Barron’s Magazine, a publication covering business and finance. The annual Barron’s list recognizes the most outstanding financial advisors who represent the highest levels of ethical standards, professionalism, and success in the business.

The rankings are based on data provided by thousands of the nation’s most productive advisors. Bird and Schlafman were chosen based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record and quality of practice.

OCTOBER LIVE GOVERNMENT MEETINGS

Provided on Government Access cable channels 2 & 602HD FreeTV.org, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV Radio Access 102.5FM and RadioAccess.org

Mon, 3rd 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board *

Tues, 4th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Wed, 5th 5:30 pm Burleigh County Auditor Debate * 6:30 pm District 35 Senate Debate * 7:30 pm Morton County State’s Attorney Debate *

Thurs, 6th 5:30 pm Burleigh County Commission Debate * 7:00 pm District 35 House Debate *

Mon, 10th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board

5:30 pm Mandan Park Board *

Tues, 11th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 12th 8:00 am Burleigh Water Resource District * 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning & Zoning

Thurs, 13th 9:00 am Bismarck Parking Authority * 4:00 pm Bismarck Renaissance Zone Authority *

Mon, 17th 10:00 am Met. Planning Org. – Tech Advisory Cmte. *

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

Tues, 18th 1:30 pm Met. Planning Org. – Policy Board * 4:00 pm Burleigh County Human Service Zone Board *

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Wed, 19th 3:00 pm Bismarck Historic Preservation *

Thurs, 20th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

Mon, 24th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board

5:30 pm Mandan Planning & Zoning *

Tues, 25th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 26th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning & Zoning

Meetings are replayed on Government Access channels and are archived online at FreeTV.org

* Not available on Radio Access

Paige Langhoff Chris Caldwell Joel Bird Dave Schlafman
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40 YEARS

Cash Wise Foods Diversified Wealth Management Face and Jaw Surgery Center

35 YEARS

Electric Systems Inc. Lignite Energy Council

25 YEARS

Computer 1, Inc. Institute of Facial Surgery Kathleen Rakes Marco Technologies, LLC Space Aliens Grill & Bar Support Systems, Inc.

20 YEARS

Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch Thrift Store Houston Engineering, Inc. Kramer Subaru Sleepy Hollow Theatre & Arts Park

15 YEARS

AGT Foods USA Dakota Eye Institute

J2 Studio Architecture + Design, PC Paramount Builders Inc. Pearce Durick PLLC Super Kids Junior Academy

10 YEARS

Nardini Fire Equipment, Inc. Quality Title, Inc. Sleep Inn & Suites

5 YEARS

Dacotah Speedway Bismarck Mandan Stock Car Association Haga Kommer, LTD Northland Health Centers Probitas Promotions LLC Quality Pack and Load LLC

CHAMBER EDC MEMBER ANNIVERSARIES FROM JUNE TO OCTOBER.

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

Summit Carbon Solutions

2321 M. Loop Dr. Suite 221 Ames, IA 50010 (515) 531 2635

Jake Ketzner

Summit Carbon Solutions will drive job growth across the Midwest, reduce emissions, and provide a substantial boost to the ethanol and agricultural industries that are so critical to the U.S. economy.

Best Buy

1207 West Century Avenue Bismarck, ND 58503

(701) 250 0577

Kenny Smithers Retail (electronics and appliances)

Threefold

212 West Main Ave. Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58501

(701) 214 9588

Caleb Hauff

We are a creative agency and a commercial video production company.

Just You Studios LLC

410 W Main St. Mandan, ND 58554 (701) 516 8680

Katie Bowers

Membership based photography studio and workspaces for creative entrepreneurs.

Dream Center Bismarck

1805 Park Ave. Bismarck, ND 58504

Doreen Quist

Non-profit committed to serving the low-income community in the Bismarck - Mandan area.

BisMan Green Dot

218 Broadway Ave Bismarck, ND 58501

(701) 425 8181

Erin Tangen

Community education to end power based violence; Stalking, Child Abuse, Domestic violence, and Sexual assault.

The Greenhouse

3953 4th St. E West Fargo, ND 58078 (701) 412 – 1710

Patrick Metzger

Established in early 2022 by Certified EOS Implementer® and Business Coach, Patrick Metzger, The Greenhouse is an idea-generating and collaborative community space. We focus on professional and personal growth through meaningful and impactful coaching, workshops and trainings across the country.

Brown & Brown

4207 Boulder Ridge Dr. Suite 125 Bismarck, ND 58501 (701) 425 8239

Katie Veidel

Brown & Brown, Inc. is the fifth largest independent insurance brokerage in the nation. We provide risk management solutions to help protect what our customers value most.

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UPCOMING CHAMBER EDC EVENTS

OCTOBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: BISMARCK SIGN CO.

Date: October 6, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Bismarck Sign Co. 1926 Frontier Drive, Bismarck

STATE OF THE CITIES

Date: November 8, 2022 • Registration: 7:00am - 7:30am

Event Time: 7:30am - 9:00am

Location: Bismarck Hotel & Conference Center – 800 S 3rd Street, Bismarck

NOVEMBER MEMBERSHIP MIXER: ZORELLS JEWELRY

Date: November 17, 2022 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Zorells Jewelry – 221 S 9th Street, Bismarck

TASTES OF CHRISTMAS BY THE CHAMBER EDC

Date: December 1, 2022 • Registration: 4:30pm • Event Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: BSC - NECE (4th Floor Bavendick Stateroom) – 1200 Schafer St, Bismarck

JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: TOUCHMARK ON WEST CENTURY

Date: January 12, 2023 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Location: Touchmark on West Century – 1000 W Century Ave, Bismarck

CHAMBER EDC INDOOR GOLF TOURNEY

Date: January 13, 2023

Flight Times: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; 2:00pm - 4:00pm; 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Golf Etc – 511 Airport Road, Bismarck

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