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October 2015


Engaging Leaders and Strengthening the Community


Member Profiles Eagle Rigid Span


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CHAMBER CONNECTION EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Rick Matteson.................................................................................................................... Chair Perrie Schafer ........................................................................................................... Chair-Elect Molly Barnes................................................................................................................ Secretary Brenda Nagel...............................................................................................................Treasurer Annette Behm-Caldwell............................................................................................. Past Chair Kelvin Hullet................................................................................................................ President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Chad Moldenhauer ����������������������� K&L Homes Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Dave Hoekstra ������������������������������� BNC Bank Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Ken Rutter............ Basin Electric Power Coop. Rick Matteson �������������MDU Resources Group Lee Pierce...................... Al Fitterer Architects Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Norm Clark .............................Gate City Bank Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Jeff Essler ������������������������������������������ H.I.T. Inc. Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Mike Schmitz ...................... Widmer Roel, PC Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc. Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Craig Larson ���������������������������Starion Financial Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union

CHAMBER STAFF Kelvin Hullet................................................................................................................ President Annie Bergrud.........................................................................................Chief Financial Officer Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons..............................................................................Vice President of Membership Sally Paulson................................................................................................... Program Director Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Amanda Schwieters......................................................................... Member Services Director Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson......................... Communications Specialist/ LBM Director


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t isn’t exactly a secret that North Dakota is a landlocked state, so it was a surprise when Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus notified us in early September that he was visiting Bismarck-Mandan to formally announce the USNS-Bismarck. This new class of transport ship, known as the Joint High Speed Vessel, is about the length of a football field and can move equipment and troops at speeds up to 50 mile per hour. The Navy is also going to mount its first “rail gun” on a JHSV. This is the second Navy vessel named for North Dakota. In his remarks, Secretary Mabus joked about our landlocked status. However, he acknowledged the Navy leadership that has emanated from North Dakota: Admiral Bill Owens who ascended to the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Admiral Mike Miller; Admiral Jeff Fowler; and Rear Admiral Stuart Munsch, to name just a few. While small in population, North Dakotan’s volunteerism rate for military service is one of the highest in the nation. We can be proud of not just our leadership but the patriotism of our state. On October 24, the Chamber will host the Prairie Fire Conference. This premier event will bring high-profile speakers such as Damon John from ABC’s Shark Tank to Bismarck-Mandan for the day. This event is intended to provide our entrepreneurs and small businesses with an information filled day on how to better promote their business. Be sure to check out the website at As you know, part of the mission statement for the Chamber is to be advocates for business. As part of our role, we ensure you receive information in a timely fashion. Be sure to check out the story on the National Labor Relations Board ruling related to joint employers. This rule was handed down in September and could greatly impact our franchise owners in North Dakota. The ruling redefines a joint employer and could make franchise owners responsible for people they do not employ. Look for more activity on this important issue from the Chamber in the near future. On the policy front, there has been action on two local issues on which the Chamber has been engaged. First is the FiveSouth development in Bismarck. The City Commission voted to move forward with this project in late September. This game-changing project will redevelop the 5th Street corridor in Bismarck and better position the community to compete for young professionals. In Mandan, the City Commission voted to move forward with consolidation of 911 dispatch services with Bismarck and Burleigh County. The Chamber helped with research on this project in 2002. While it did not occur at that time, the research and concept continued to simmer and was finally realized in September. This consolidation should enhance the emergency services in our community in addition to creating efficiencies for the taxpayers.

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By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications

The mission of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program is to engage emerging leaders in business and community issues. Now in its 27th year, the program has helped strengthen the community by nurturing the leadership talents of more than 350 individuals. “Leadership Bismarck-Mandan came out of a coffee group meeting at the Chamber. They came up with the idea to foster leadership in the community,” said Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson, director of Leadership Bismarck-Mandan and a 2013 graduate of the program. “It is really a master’s class on the community.” While learning the inner workings of the community, participants strengthen their leadership skills, broaden their understanding of local issues, connect with community resources and contacts, and gain skills and opportunities to serve both the community and their business. Participants also develop a better understanding of the challenges facing BismarckMandan and become part of a network of community leaders.

“A community where you want to live and work, all the pieces that make it desirable, it doesn’t happen by accident, it takes leadership,” said Rick Matteson, chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors. “A leadership program provides an arena for people to hone their talents and align them with the community’s needs.”

Building Community Leadership

Leadership Bismarck-Mandan is a nine-month course beginning each year in September. “It is open to anyone who wants to apply, and we are looking for people who have a history of getting involved and taking the lead,” said Sprynczynatyk. “We always have good participation from businesses in the area, with many paying tuition for their employees. Scholarships are also available for nonprofits and small businesses.” Matteson, who also serves as director of communications and public affairs at MDU Resources Inc., said many of the company’s employees have gone through the program. “It is a great employee development tool, and it helps people to establish and tie important relationships together within the community.” The course is divided into two parts, with the education portion running September through March. “In this part of the course, participants take part in Issue Days for a half-day every other week,” said Sprynczynatyk. “They cover topics such as media; arts and leisure; military and emergency preparedness; energy; human services; and law, faith, ethics and values.”

Gabe Schell is president of the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association and a 2013 graduate of the program.

4 | Chamber Connection In the second half of the program, which runs through May, participants break into small groups to plan a community project. Sprynczynatyk said many projects impacting the community have come out of this phase, including Mandan’s Universal Playground, the Bismarck Public School’s Friendship Benches, the Central Dakota Children’s Choir, and Bismarck’s Boulevard Tree Planting Program. “The whole program is really a way to get involved in the community and to have an impact,” she noted.

The 2014-2015 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan class with Lt. Governor Drew Wrigley.

“The program does an excellent job of educating the future leaders of Bismarck-Mandan on current issues within the community,” said Gabe Schell, a 2013 graduate of Leadership Bismarck-Mandan. “It exposes the participants to many things you may not be exposed to in your typical work day, and this helps create wellrounded employees that, in turn, benefit the business community.”

Since graduating from the program, Nagel has also served on the Chamber Board of Directors and its executive committee. “The absolute advantage of being a participant, and ultimately alumni, is the opportunity afforded to the graduates to truly make a positive impact on our community by getting involved in various projects, committees and boards, as well as running for elected positions.”

He said the program also provides the opportunity to develop a business network. “But most valuable is the program helps engage its members in becoming more active leaders in shaping the direction of the community.” “The program helped me grow as a leader and understand my leadership strengths and weaknesses,” he added. “It is a significant time commitment, but the personal growth and community knowledge you achieve at its completion is unparalleled. I have yet to find someone who completed the program and regretted it, which speaks to the quality of the program and the value it provides.” Brenda Nagel, chair of the Leadership BismarckMandan committee and a 2007 graduate, said she learned valuable information about the community from the program. “I learned so much more about how a community functions and how we, as leaders, need to step up to the plate to help keep our community a place we want to call home.”


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Leadership Project Spotlight

By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson

Children in Bismarck-Mandan now have the opportunity to play together — regardless of ability — with the opening of the Mandan Universal Playground, a project that originated in the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program.

Continued Community Involvement

“When you graduate from the Leadership BismarckMandan program, you are still hungry for that involvement to continue,” said Sprynczynatyk. “The Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association was formed as a way to keep people involved in community projects and issues and provide opportunities for graduates to continue to learn.” Sprynczynatyk said the Alumni Association, which was formed in 1990, has between 80 and 90 members taking part in networking opportunities, including the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni Association Lunch and Learn Series.

Playgrounds created with a universal design meet the needs of everyone. Limited pieces of accessible playground equipment exist in scattered locations around BismarckMandan, but they can be difficult “The participants are enthusiastic and to access, and the location of want to be involved,” said Matteson. the equipment often segregates “The Alumni Association continues to users. Mandan’s new Universal add another link to a strong chain of Playground includes a variety leaders created by the program.” of tactile, visual and auditory experiences, including the The Alumni Association expands on the following elements: Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program by also offering continued training Aubrey Eckroth, age 7, plays on the newly opened • Zip line with disc seats and Mandan Universal Playground in September 2015. and volunteer opportunities to its molded bucket seats The Universal Playground officially opened on Sept. 3. members. “As current president of the • Unique seesaw with four Leadership Bismarck-Mandan Alumni high-backed seats with a Association, it is my responsibility, platform and a handle in the middle to allow a large along with my fellow board members, to program number of kids to experience the motion together events that provide value to our alumni,” said • Quiet, cozy dome for kids who need a break from the Schell. “By offering developmental and educational action programs, the graduates of Leadership Bismarck• Roller table that encourages kids to engage their arm Mandan can stay engaged in current issues that are muscles affecting our community.” • Sensory wall that provides a multi-sensory experience • Several fitness components for people of all ages The mission of the Alumni Association is to renew • Sling swings, full bucket swings and molded support participants’ commitment to the community by swings with pull-over harnesses keeping members involved with each other, and • Updated version of a traditional merry-go-round that through that involvement, keeping the leadership allows easy transfer from a wheelchair spirit alive. The roots of the Mandan Universal Playground can be traced back to a Leadership Bismarck-Mandan field “Once individuals graduate, the Alumni Association project started by members of the class of 2014. Andrea serves as a continuation of learning about the Fonkert, Amber Haman, Michelle Walker, Josh Wiens, emerging needs and issues in our community,” Sandi Himmelspach, Jordan Hatzenbuhler and Karl said Nagel. “The Alumni Association allows the Liepitz collaborated with Mandan Parks and Recreation opportunity to stay connected to graduates of the to launch the Universal Playground. Thanks to more than program from the past 26 years, where ideas can 50 sponsors, what started as a Leadership Bismarckcontinue to be cultivated to keep alumni current on Mandan field project in 2014 is now a reality for children what is going on in the community and keep them across the community. engaged.” 6 | Chamber Connection Looking to the Future

“Our community is evolving and changing on a yearly basis, and the program must do the same in order to continue to attract quality leadership candidates,” said Nagel, adding the Leadership BismarckMandan committee oversees the program and ensures it is maintaining its relevance to the community. “At the close of each year, the participants are actively engaged in providing feedback about their experience.” Brenda Nagel chairs the Leadership Bismarck-Mandan program and is a 2007 graduate.

Schell said the flexibility of the program to change its focus and content is one of the keys to its longevity. “One of the greatest benefits is how easily it adapts to changes. This flexibility allows for a brand new experience for each class that is tailor fit to what is going on in that moment in time.”

Nagel noted the challenge to continuing to develop the program lies in reviewing applications each year. “The most difficult job is to review applicants and only select 15 to 18 candidates from a pool of close to 40 that are ready, willing and able to make a lasting impact on their community through the experience of Leadership Bismarck-Mandan,” said Nagel.

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SUCCESS AND SUSTAINABILITY HALLMARKS OF NORTH DAKOTA’S AGRICULTURE INDUSTRY By Kylie Blanchard, Clearwater Communications Agriculture plays an important role in North Dakota’s history and economy, and its impact is felt in communities across the state. With a focus on diversity, research and sustainability in crop and livestock production, the industry has found both success and longevity in North Dakota. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the industry’s endurance is attributed to its research focus, progressiveness, adaptability and diversity. “Farmers and ranchers are adept at diversifying their operations and are willing to try new things,” said Doug Goehring, North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner. “They are always assessing and evaluating their production practices and systems and will utilize the latest research to enhance the quality, production and health of the plants and animals they manage.”

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North Dakota’s Agriculture Statistics

North Dakota has an ideal climate for the production of small grains and livestock and is home to some of the richest agricultural land in the world, said Goehring. “Farms and ranches occupy more than 39 million acres, almost 90 percent of North Dakota’s land area.” Nearly 24 percent of North Dakota’s workers are farmers and ranchers or employed in farm-related jobs, he notes. In addition, production agriculture is the largest sector of North Dakota’s economy, making up to 25 percent of the economic base. According to the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the state has 30,300 farms and ranches, with an average size of 1,297 acres. The 2014 North Dakota Farm Management Education Statewide Averages Report states the average North Dakota farm had a gross income of $734,233, with an average profit of $76, 404. “This gives us an idea of the size of the farms in North Dakota,” said Mark Holkup, associate professor of Farm Management Education at Bismarck State College. “Agriculture is still a very important driving force in North Dakota and its economy, and it will continue to be.” North Dakota is number one in the production of several crops, including spring wheat, durum wheat, canola, flax, oil sunflowers, dry edible beans and honey. The state is also a major producer of lentils, dry edible peas, non-oil sunflowers, barley, sugar beets, barley, oats and potatoes. “In all, North Dakota produces over 50 different commodities,” said Goehring. “North Dakota’s ag products create food, feed, fuel and fiber – much of what we use day-to-day.” Industry Impacts

“The crop and livestock grown in the Bismarck-Mandan trade area, an 80-mile radius, generates several billion dollars worth of economic activity,” said Al Gustin, a member of the Chamber’s Ag Committee, noting the goal of the committee is to create an awareness of the impact of agriculture on the community and to support current and future agriculture entities in the community. “Agriculture and energy are the primary economic drivers in our state,” said Goehring. “Economic activity in the energy industry has allowed for a great deal of investment in our infrastructure. Our state will benefit from that investment, which supports all economic activity, whether it is agriculture, energy, manufacturing, value-added ventures or tourism.” Holkup said agriculture in North Dakota coincidentally went through a boom during much the same time as the oil boom. “High oil prices have had an effect on bringing strong demand for ethanol, which directly affected commodity prices in a positive manner. High corn usage for ethanol, combined with emerging economies in China and India, brought higher consumer demand for soybean products.

These together with a couple low grain production years in major production regions helped bring about our ‘boom’ in agriculture from 2007 through 2013.” “Agriculture is a renewable resource, oil is not,” he added. “This is an industry that keeps renewing itself and will continue to be very important to North Dakota.”

The Future

“Agriculture in North Dakota has a bright future,” said Gustin. “Recent strength in both the crop and livestock sectors has brought young people back to the farm and ranch. The large number and diversity of crops grown here makes the crops economy more resilient than it once was. Also, the continued growth of in-state, value-added ag processing strengthens the overall ag economy,” said Gustin. Goehring said it will also be important to the industry to continue to develop export markets and expand agribusiness. “Ag will always be an important part of the North Dakota way of life and the economy.” To learn more about agriculture in our community, consider attending the Harvest Mixer on October 6. For more information, see page 9.

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From Left to Right: Curtis Patzell, Bruce Meidinger and Sherry Meidinger from Eagle Rigid Span.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Bruce Meidinger Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I am a graduate of Minot State University, in 1976 and have worked in the lumber business since that same year. My wife and I, bought the lumber yard, that I was managing in Bowman, N.D.; where we also were a Behlen Steel Building dealer. In approximately 1986, we came up with the Rigid Span concept that allows us clear span up to 120’ wide. That made us unique in the building industry and it is made out of the wood, “the one building material that grows back”. Q: Briefly tell us the history of Eagle Rigid Span. A: We officially incorporated in Sept. 1989, so we are 26 years old, this October. Since then we have added General Contracting to erect the buildings as well, and hold a Class A license and are bonded. We have sold buildings in 25 states and four Canadian Provinces. 10 | Chamber Connection


Q: What differentiates your company from its competitors? A: How we differ from our competitors is that we are a “wood building” and can Clear Span up to 120’ wide. We are framed 24” on center and able to use regular, fiberglass insulation, which is extremely efficient and cost effective. With Steel buildings, you literally have to build a wood building inside so it can be properly insulated; sheet rocked and finished off.

Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted your company? A: The growth in the Bismarck-Mandan area has impacted us by driving up labor costs, more competition to get qualified help, slows projects down, as everyone is so very busy and drives all the trades up in price. On a positive growth, it has increased our business. What industry trends are taking place? A: One Industry trend is on the contracts. You just have to be better on the contract forms and completeness as many times it is just not as personable as it used to be. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with? A: There have been some larger trends in our industry and a lot of that is more professional people involved. Codes are evolving and getting more complicated each year. While both good and bad, it a growing monster. That is very evident in what it takes to get a building permit compared to just a few short years ago. What does the future of your business look like and the industry as a whole look like to you? A: The construction industry looks good and evolving. I believe customers will need more energy efficient products and we are about as good as you can find, on that account. Swings from Residential to commercial to Government will always swing back and forth, but when one sector is soft, one of the others usually expands. People will always need Home, Facilities and places of business. Q: Eagle Rigid Span Inc has been a member since 2010, why do you continue to renew each year? A: We were a member when first starting out, but did not feel a good return for the investment of money and time. We signed up again because we got a larger discount on our business insurance premium, than our member ship costs, so it was a no brainer, even for me!

What we found, was the Chamber had changed into a more active and worthwhile organization. We enjoy the lunch seminars, the lunch on the patio, monthly open houses and the networking. We have found it to be revitalizing and I would think most people like to relate with others that are going through the same things, whether that be growth, slow downs, expense decisions such as Health care or what have you. What should Chamber members know about your company that may assist them within theirs? A: Chamber members should know that we help them get into a facility for their business and make a huge difference in working your whole life, paying bills and scraping by, to having a facility that will appreciate over time and be worth more than it costs. Rent and leasing always increases. Buying your own always reduces the principle. The energy savings can also make a difference in the bottom line where a business with low or no profit, can be profitable and a marginal business can be more profitable.

Eagle Rigid Span is located at 3115 E Broadway Ave in Bismarck.

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USS NORTH DAKOTA COMPLETES GROUNDBREAKING MISSION The USS North Dakota (SSN 784) returned to its homeport at U.S. Naval Submarine Base, New London, Conn., July 20 after conducting ground-breaking operations in the Mediterranean Sea. Under the command of Capt. Douglas Gordon, the ship finished its first-ever mission by deploying and retrieving unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) from the ship’s dry deck shelter in an operational environment. The six-week mission was conducted prior to completing the ship’s post shakedown availability (PSA). “The crew was very excited to be chosen to take the ship forward and conduct operations in support of fleet and combatant commanders’ operational objectives,” said Gordon. “It was a rare opportunity for the crew to be able to deploy prior to executing its post shakedown availability.” As the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and deep ocean environments and presents combatant commanders with a broad and unique range of operational capabilities. North Dakota is a flexible, multi-mission platform designed to carry out the seven core competencies of the submarine force: anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, delivery of special operations forces, strike warfare, irregular warfare, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and mine warfare.

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“Many crew members had never deployed before and were able to experience firsthand the hard work and effort required in preparing a ship USSND surfaces near Groton, Conn. for deployed operations,” stated Gordon. “They trained hard and expertly executed our mission. I could not be more proud of their performance and the professionalism that they exhibited during our operations.” Capt. Jim Waters, commander, Submarine Squadron 4 and the submarine’s immediate superior in the chain of command, expanded on the captain’s comment. “The timing within USS North Dakota’s schedule, along with its highly-trained and certified crew, made it the optimal choice to conduct this mission,” said Waters. “The mission completed by North Dakota also demonstrated the promising and emerging technology of UUVs within the Submarine Force.” The submarine is 377 feet long, has a 34-foot beam, and will be able to dive to depths greater than 800 feet and operate at speeds in excess of 25 knots submerged. It will operate for 33 years without ever refueling. JA volunteer Josh Renz leads this 2nd grade class in an activity.


At no time in recent history has the need for financial literacy and economic education been more evident than it is now. Over the past few months, we have been reminded constantly of the everyday risks of poor financial management. Unfortunately, these issues touch people of all walks of life, often leaving the financially uneducated as the most vulnerable.

With over 90 years of experience, Junior Achievement continues to be at the forefront, answering the need for financial literacy and helping schools reach their benchmarks and standards. Junior Achievement in Bismarck-Mandan’s goal for the 2015-2016 school year is to reach over 5,000 students with our relevant economic education programs. We believe as a community we can start inspiring tomorrow’s leaders to make successful choices today. This great program cannot continue without the financial support of our community. If you can help support JA with one of the different levels of sponsorship, you will be investing in the future of our community by having educated young people who become an educated part of our workforce. Can you help? For more information about becoming a Junior Achievement volunteer, contact Sally at 701-223-5660 or email For more information about Junior Achievement, visit: or our Facebook page at:

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TRC IS IN FULL FORCE Our Total Resource Campaign (TRC) is off to a great start! The Chamber kicked off its eight-week member involvement campaign in September and the renewals have been coming in steadyily. Now that October is here we will be opening up sponsorship opportunities to the rest of our members.

During this campaign we take the time to introduce business members to the value of their Chamber membership. It is a way for you as members to select the programs and advertising opportunities that are most valuable for your business. This opportunity helps ensure you are getting the most out of your membership and marketing your business to the fullest. It gives you, as members, the opportunity to budget sufficiently for next year’s sponsorship choices and allows the Chamber staff more time throughout the year to serve our members more effectively.

We have a wide variety of events and sponsorship levels to choose from, so there truly is something for everyone. In case you aren’t aware of the sponsorships that are available you may visit, click on TRC under member’s category and check our online menu of offerings. 2016 is going to be an exciting year and we are looking forward to you being a part of it! If you have any questions on TRC renewals, event sponsorships, or Chamber involvement in general contact Amanda Schwieters at 701-223-5660 or send her an email at


August’s Sporting Clay Shootout was on target for a perfect success; starting with the weather! The BismarckMandan Chamber would like to say a special thanks to our Sporting Clay event sponsors and all of our participants that made our 2015 event a huge success. This year’s attendance attracted over 90 shooters, a new event record!

Capital City Sporting Clays did a wonderful job setting up stations that would appeal to any shooter, beginner or expert, and also helping us arrange additional entertainment for our members. We truly appreciate your generous hospitality and look forward to next year!

Lastly, we wrapped up the afternoon with a delicious meal catered by Famous Dave’s, drinks provided by McQuade Distributing and a generous amount of door prize giveaways! Thank you to our members who provided these wonderful door prizes: Scheels, HIT Inc., Century 21 Landmark Realty, Cornerstone Bank, Starion Financial, North American Coal Corp, Bremer Bank, Bartlett & West & City Air Mechanical.

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WELCOME TO THE CHAMBER, CATHRYN! In July, Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson joined the Chamber as Director of Leadership Bismarck-Mandan and a Communications Specialist. Sprynczynatyk’s role is to direct the Leadership BismarckMandan program and provide communications support, writing for the Chamber Connection as well as other projects. As a 2013 Leadership Bismarck-Mandan graduate, married to a 2014 graduate, Jason Anderson, and the daughter of one of the program’s original founders, Connie Sprynczynatyk, it’s safe to say Leadership Bismarck-Mandan runs in the blood. Most recently Sprynczynatyk was Special Sections Editor for the Bismarck Tribune and brings nearly a decade of experience in writing, editing, journalism and communications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing, Theology and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.

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Sprynczynatyk says she is passionate about Leadership BismarckMandan as a program that brings together future leaders to educate and involve them in our community. She characterizes Leadership Bismarck-Mandan as a Master’s class on our community.

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USS NORTH DAKOTA CHANGES COMMAND Cmdr. Michael Hollenbach relieved Capt. Douglas Gordon as commanding officer of the Virginia-class attack submarine USS North Dakota (SSN 784) during a change of command ceremony at Naval Submarine Base, New London, July 23 in Groton, Conn. Hollenbach, a native of Spokane, Wash., is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

“I am happy to be taking over from a crew who has just completed a ground-breaking mission with operational and tactical success,” said Hollenbach. “It is an honor the submarine force has the confidence in my abilities as a leader to take charge of a front-line fast attack submarine. Capt. Gordon, thanks for developing a crew from the ground up, certifying them for safe operations at sea and taking them to the next level by certifying them for mission tasking. I am blessed to be inheriting such a wonderful crew.” Cmdr. Michael Hollenbach

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North Dakota is the 11th Virginia-class attack submarine to join the fleet, and the first of eight Block III Virginiaclass submarines to be built. The Block III submarines are built with new Virginia Payload Tubes designed to lower costs and increase missile-firing payload possibilities. “I have had the distinct pleasure of seeing the ship built piece by piece, section by section, test after test, and finally coming together into the mighty warship that we call the USS North Dakota. I have also seen the finest crew a captain could hope for take shape before my eyes. It has been a unique experience and one that I will never forget. Capt. Doug Gordon is a 1991 graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. His next duty assignment will be Commander, Submarine Forces, NATO Staff at Northwood, United Kingdom. Construction on North Dakota began March 2009; the submarine’s keel was authenticated during a ceremony on May 11, 2012; and the submarine was christened during a ceremony Nov. 2, 2013. North Dakota is the second Navy ship, and first submarine, to be named in honor of the people of “The Peace Garden State.” The other ship was the Delawareclass battleship BB-29, which was commissioned April 11, 1910 and decommissioned Nov. 22, 1923.


Leadership Bismarck-Mandan enters its 27th year with a class of 18 professionals and emerging leaders in our community:

Theresa Addison, Montana-Dakota Utilities Virginia Faulkner, Pathways Chiropractic Scott Fry, The North Dakota Consensus Council Zach Glueckert, Bartlett & West Inc. Teresa Grothe, Aetna Krista Harju, City of Mandan Erik Holmstrom, IDEA Center Ben Houdek, Solid Rock Financial Group Karie Mischel, Starion Financial Leslie Pearcy, KLJ Roxi Pfliiger, Dakota Certified Development Corp. Peter Pomonis, North Dakota Safety Council Brandon Roehrich, MDU Resources Group, Inc. Mallory Sand, Ameriprise Financial Dain Sullivan, Basin Electric Power Cooperative Jason Sutheimer, North Dakota Department of Trans. Shawn Volk, Open Road Honda Melissa Yackley, Capital Credit Union

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ARE YOU FIRED UP? THE TIME IS NOW! Exciting times are happening in Bismarck – Mandan! Our business and entrepreneurial community is coming together to host the first annual Mid-West Entrepreneur Conference of it’s kind! Prairie Fire, Sparking Growth Conference is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Bismarck Event Center – Hall A. Speakers will be highlighting the importance of fostering startup communities, provide entrepreneurs with inspiration, speak of the importance of innovation in the community and lastly, discuss the different roles government and business leaders hold in supporting our local communities. Entrepreneurs have and will always continue playing a vital role in our communities’ success and with this event we can help create an awareness, inspiration and nucleus to help support current and future budding entrepreneurs! Whether you’re a small business or large employer the Prairie Fire Conference will have a message that resonates with anyone who attends. Our speaker line-up is a great showcase of individuals from all over who started off small, grew, and are now inspiring others to reach for their dreams. Over the last 20 years, Daymond John (The Shark) has evolved from one of the most successful fashion icons of his generation to a highly sought-after branding expert, author, consultant, and speaker in business and motivational genres. Kristen Hadeed at only 25 started a part-time cleaning gig with a couple of her friends and has blossomed into a company with more than 400 college student employees during its peak season. Through an eye-opening story, she inspires her audiences to transform into leaders.

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Brad Feld who will be skyping into our conference has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Brad is anationally recognized speaker on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship and writes the widely read blogs Feld Thoughts, Startup Revolution and Ask the VC. He is also the well known author of “Startup Communities”. We have an amazing lineup and we hope you will have the opportunity to join us! Don’t miss interacting with multiple innovative individuals from across the Mid-West. This interactive, social conference guarantees wonderful opportunities to network and generate discussion that generate future avenues. When you surround yourself with inspiring, driven individuals you are guaranteed to spark growth! For more information on our first annual Prairie Fire Conference, Sparking Growth check out our website: Keynote Sponsors:

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Saturday, October 24, 2015 Bismarck Event Center, Hall A 8:30am - 4:00pm

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Brad Feld (Entrepreneur)

Kristen Hadeed (Entrepreneur)

Gov. Jack Dalrymple (Invited)

Tickets: $50.00 for Students $80.00 for General Public (Until Oct. 13) $100.00 for Late Tickets (Until Oct. 21)

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HARVEST MIXER Date: Location: Time: Fees:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 Northern Plains Equipment 2933 Twin City Dr, Mandan 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

The Ag Committee of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber will be hosting a mixer/barbecue for Chamber members, employees and spouses to attend on Tuesday, October 6th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm in the Northern Plains Equipment building in Mandan. The purpose of this fall event is to celebrate the harvest, by inviting local produce vendors to display and sell their products. Along with this, several Ag groups will be set up to display their services. There is no charge to attend this event. Enjoy a tasty barbecue, cash bar, great networking opportunities, door prizes and take advantage of the garden harvest. For more information, contact Sally at spaulson@ Business Sponsors: Northern Pulse Growers Association, American Family Insurance/Dee Hintz, Farm Credit Services of Mandan and Wells Fargo Bank.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015 Edgewood Vista Mandan 2801 39th Avenue SE, Mandan 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Chamber members are invited to join us on Thursday, October 22nd for Edgewood Vista-Mandan’s membership mixer in their updated senior assisted living center at 2801 39th Ave SE in Mandan. Edgewood Vista has been recognized “Best of the Best Retirement Community” by The Bismarck Tribune readers for three years! So come out and enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres and beverages, while engaging in a casual networking environment. I encourage businesses to inform their employees that they are all members of the Chamber and are all welcome to join any of our Chamber events. Bring them along and have a wonderful time visiting with different businesses and meeting other members within our community. Please RSVP to or call 701-223-5660.


Saturday, October 24, 2015 Bismarck Event Center, Hall A 315 S 5th St, Bismarck 8:30AM - 5:00PM $50.00 for Students $80.00 for Standard Fee (until Oct. 13) $100.00 for Standard Fee (until Oct. 21)

The Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank will be the keynote speaker at the Prairie Fire Conference for entrepreneurs in the Midwest on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 8:30am to 4:00pm at the Bismarck Event Center. The 2015 Prairie Fire Conference: Sparking Growth, will be the first regional conference of its kind and is expected to draw hundreds of people from throughout the Midwest. To reserve a table, call Amanda at 701-223-5660. Purchase tickets at Keynote Sponsors:

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STATE OF THE CITIES Date: Location: Time: Fees: Presenting Sponsor:

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 Radisson Hotel 605 East Broadway Ave, Bismarck 7:30AM - 9:30AM $25.00 for Members; $35.00 for Non-Members

Join Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary and Mandan Mayor Arlyn Van Beek for the 2015 State of the Cities Address on Tuesday, November 3rd at the Radisson in Bismarck. Participants will be informed on the previous year and learn the latest outlook for the BismarckMandan community. Also, hear all about the mayors’ individual successes and challenges they encountered during 2015. The cost to attend is $25.00 for Chamber members and $35.00 for non-members. Register online at or call Amanda at 701-223-5660 for tickets. Thank you to our Sponsors: Gold Sponsors: Breakfast Sponsor: Ulteig Engineers, Inc. Silver Sponsors: Sanford Health & Bank of North Dakota Table Sponsors: Bismarck State College, BNC National Bank, Bremer Bank, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, EAPC Architects Engineers, KLJ, Northern Improvement Company, University of Mary, Wells Fargo Bank, HDR Engineering, Capital Credit Union, Northwest Tire and KXMB CBS 12.

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ETHICS DAY Date: Location: Time: Presenting Sponsor:

Thursday, November 5, 2015 BPS Career Academy at BSC 1221 College Drive, Bismarck 8:00AM - 2:30PM

Ethics Day is a program designed to increase understanding of values and ethics in relation to the workplace and society. Local business representatives will facilitate small-group table discussions. High school juniors and seniors will spend the day exploring situational ethics. Students will be assigned to small groups with six or seven other students from the area, along with a business/ professional person. During the workshop, they will learn how ethics are applied in the workplace and will be given opportunities to consider how to form ethical values and resolve ethical conflicts.


Thursday, November 19, 2015 HTS Integration 1830 E. Century Ave, Bismarck 5:00PM - 7:00PM Free to Attend

Save-the-Date for our November membership mixer hosted by HTS Integrations. They are very excited to open their doors to our membership in their newly built showroom at 1830 E Century in Bismarck. So mark your calendar and join us for a great time, good food and cool refreshments! Please RSVP to or call 701-223-5660.

Table leaders are still needed for this event. If interested in volunteering, contact Sally at 701-223-5660. Table Sponsors- American Family Insurance/Terry Kraft, Bain Agency, Capital Electric Cooperative, MDU Resources Group, NISC, Northern Improvement Company, Starion Financial, Wells Fargo Bank and Aetna.

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CHANCELLOR ROLLS OUT NEW INITIATIVE AIMED AT MEETING EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF ENERGY WORKFORCE A new initiative called Bakken U: Energizing through education has been developed to meet the needs of energy workers and employers on the western side of the state. It is designed to encourage workers from the Bakken oil fields and other energy sectors to take advantage of slow times to enhance their skills and education by attending a college or university in their area to make them even more marketable.

“I’ve heard about many topics during my listening sessions this summer with legislators, business and community leaders. Especially in the western part of the state, the focus was on the importance of providing energy workers the programs they want, when and where they need them,” said Chancellor Mark Hagerott, North Dakota University System, who took the lead job July 1. “We know that we have excellent workers in the oil field, and we want to provide increased opportunities for their growth. Our goal is to provide a bridge to employment, career enhancement, and create an ‘energy reserve’ of workers ready to meet the demands of the workforce whenever and wherever educated energy workers are needed,” he said. Bakken U is focusing on raising awareness of existing educational opportunities within the western part of the state. The immediate goal is to provide a one-stop shop for potential students. The staffs of Bismarck State College, Dakota College at Bottineau, Dickinson State University, Minot State University and Williston State College will work together to ensure that students are directed to the programs and courses that are right for them. By working as a team for one specific purpose, the institutions will best be able to serve the needs of a diverse population that arrived in North Dakota over the past several years. “I listened to business and community leaders in the western part of the state and believe a coordinated effort among the five western colleges and universities is needed to meet the educational needs of a work force that is experiencing the effects of a downturn in oil prices. Members of this work force, those who have been on the frontline of the energy boom, can begin to explore their educational future on our new website, or can be within an hour’s drive to at least one of our western campuses. The university system is here to help them begin or restart their education,” said Hagerott. 24 | Chamber Connection

There are 11 institutions in NDUS, and the other six also provide a variety of programs ranging from certificates to graduate degrees for students who may start their education in the west, but transfer for other opportunities in the east. “The benefit of a unified system is that we all work as a team to do what’s best for the student and to meet the demands of our state.” “As an employer and as a member of the State Board of Higher Education, I’ve seen the men and women who came to North Dakota to work toward a brighter future in the oil patch. They are dedicated and driven,” said SBHE Chair Kathleen Neset. “Our population has increased by more than 70,000 in the past five years, and towns like Williston have seen their populations nearly double in size in that time. A potential downturn in oil exploration and production shouldn’t have those same people looking elsewhere for their next opportunity to advance. Now is the time to increase their education and training, and NDUS wants to give them the opportunity to do that right here, right now,” she said. Next steps for Bakken U will be to focus on programs tailored specifically to the needs of energy sector workers and working with businesses that might be interested in offering scholarships and grants to this workforce. Hagerott said, “I see this program as part of our strategy to enhance the mission of our university system and adapt to meet the needs of our workforce, develop excellent programs for our students and equip them for success, while ensuring that our programs are affordable and accessible.”


The new standard is significant because corporations could be held liable for labor-law violations by subcontractors and could be forced to the bargaining table by unions seeking to organize the employees of a subcontractor or franchisee.

“This decision has broad implications as it appears to upend decades of settled law defining who the employer is under the National Labor Relations Act,” said Randy Johnson, senior vice president for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits at the Chamber.

The franchise business model that has flourished for over two generations was dramatically altered by a NLRB ruling in late August stemming from a ruling in the Browning-Ferris industries case involving the company and employees at one of its subcontractors. The NLRB used the case to redefine what it means to be a “Joint Employer.” The ruling was adopted on a 3-2 vote saying that a company that hires a contractor to staff its facilities may be considered a joint employer of the workers at that facility, even if it does not actively supervise them.

For the last 30 years, under the National Labor Relations Act, two separate business entities have been considered “joint employers” if both entities exercise direct and immediate control over the terms and conditions of employment of the same workers. This means that both entities share the ability to hire, fire, discipline, supervise and direct the workers in question. The test announced today in Browning Ferris discards this well-established standard in favor of one in which almost any economic or contractual relationship could trigger a finding of joint employer status.

Under the new standard, the NLRB wants to hold millions of businesses liable for the management and treatment of workers not under their direct employment or control. The new standard could extend liability from individual franchises to brand companies, from subcontractors to larger employers, and even from a vendor or supplier to the company purchasing their products or services. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressed strong opposition to the National Labor Relations Board’s issuance of its decision in Browning Ferris Industries.

The North Dakota Chamber is also expressing concern with the ruling. According to Jon Godfread, Vice President of Government Affairs, “The crusade against franchise businesses is, in fact, part of a timely drive to unionize more workers. Under the guise of seeking better wages and working conditions at quick service restaurants such as McDonalds, unions have calculated that making the franchiser and the franchisee one and the same will make it be easier to organize workers.” According to the US Chamber, franchising has created nearly 800,000 small business owners who account for nearly 18 million direct and indirect jobs contributing $2.1 trillion to our economy each year.

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THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY ADDS ENGINEERING PROGRAM The need for qualified engineers has reached a crisis situation at firms across North Dakota. The state’s recent energy boom and subsequent economic prosperity have firms in dire need of educated and skilled engineers to meet the extremely high demand for work. Starting fall semester 2016, students will be able receive a concurrent accredited engineering science degree on-site from Mary and a second ABET accredited degree online from the University of North Dakota in a specialized discipline of either chemical, civil, mechanical, electrical or petroleum engineering. The only travel commitment will be for shortened summer labs in Grand Forks. “Students who attend our Mary campus in Bismarck for an engineering degree can do so without having to relocate,” commented Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary. “This benefit cannot go understated because this provides our students an enormous opportunity to work closely with local and regional engineering firms from start to finish. They receive continuous hands-on learning experience, internships and also network with companies along the way that could potentially hire them into the job market.”

Despite current oil prices, the demand for engineers in western and central North Dakota is staggering. National companies have set up offices in Bismarck making the capital city an engineering hub for work in the oil fields. According to an online job search, there are currently just over 400 engineering jobs available in North Dakota and nearly half are in the five fields of study that will be offered jointly from Mary and UND. The 2012 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment growth in all five fields and lists the median annual wage for civil engineers at over $79,000 with an estimated employment growth of 20 percent from now until 2022. Median salaries for petroleum engineers are over $130,000 with projected employment growth at 26 percent during that same time frame — a factor dependent on oil prices.


North Dakota Guaranty & Title Co. announced it has completed the acquisition of Emmons County Abstract Co., the leading title company in Emmons County. With the close of this acquisition, NDGT will provide a full range of title insurance, closing and escrow services, 1031 exchange services, tax and lien searches and title reports throughout North Dakota. “This is an exciting time of growth for our company,” said Nick Hacker, President of NDGT. “Mercedes Goetz has built a wonderful company that is committed to the needs of its customers. We are proud to welcome Emmons County Abstract Co. as part of The Title Team® and we are excited to continue providing outstanding service across Emmons County and North Dakota.”

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Bismarck State College is now a registered North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Entry Level Exam Provider.

NABCEP is the most respected, wellestablished, and widely recognized certification organization for North American solar professionals. The organization offers entry level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America. Passing the NABCEP Entry Level Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone photovoltaic systems in North America. Students who successfully complete RENG 218 (Solar and Distributed Grid Systems) at BSC are eligible to sit for the exam. BSC is the only provider in North Dakota for the entry level exam.


Marco, Inc. has been named #79 on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN Fast Growth 150 list. Based on gross revenue over the two-year period from 2012 to 2014, The Fast Growth 150 list ranks solution providers based in North America with significant economic growth. These companies have excelled in growing their operations and constantly providing essential services to their customers. “Cloud computing, mobile and big data technologies are making the industry both more exciting and more challenging than it’s ever been,” says Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Solution providers recognized in CRN’s Fast Growth 150 list are rising to meet the challenge and are thriving as a result. We are pleased to recognize these firms as leaders in today’s IT channel.” Since 2010, Marco has grown from 350 employees to over 900 employees today.

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MEDORA MUSICAL CLOSES WITH RECORD ATTENDANCE, BULLY PULPIT ON PACE TO DO THE SAME The Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation (TRMF) announced today the final, record-setting numbers for this year’s 50th Anniversary Season of the Medora Musical – and that Bully Pulpit Golf Course is on pace to set a record of its own, as well.

At the close of this year’s finale, the 2015 Medora Musical had set a new, all-time record for attendance, with 124,074 audience members taking in this summer’s 100-show season. This year’s record-setting attendance number surpassed 2014 – a year that took Musical attendance over 100,000 for the first time in eight years – by over 20,000 attendees.

 Previously, the most attended season of the “Greatest Show in the West” was 2001, when more than 113,600 people attended the show.

 TRMF communications director, Justin Fisk, commented, “We had an aggressive goal in mind, but attendance this year truly surpassed our wildest expectations. We’re so thankful to the cast and crew, to everyone involved with the Foundation, and most of all to our audience, who are the ones that made this record year a reality.”
 Fisk continued, “And what’s most exciting, is that we’re already working on bringing the favorites from this year’s show into 2016, as we begin the Medora Musical’s next 50 years.”

Bully Pulpit Golf Course, just south of Medora and ranked “One of America’s Top 100 Public Courses” by Golf Digest is also having a record-breaking year. Through Monday, September 14, more than 16,800 rounds had been played at the course – a number that

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puts the golf course 8.5 percent ahead of the same period in 2014, which previously set the bar for most rounds played in a season.

Bully Pulpit PGA Professional, Casey Moen, commented, “The golf season so far has been incredible. We’ve had people from across the nation, and even international golfers out here playing a course that’s in the best shape I’ve ever seen. We’ve heard from a lot of players from North Dakota, too, that have heard about the course before, but who are just coming out to play it for the first time this year – and most come off the course just ecstatic.”

 Moen continued, “Actually, including pre-booked rounds for the rest of the season, we’ve already surpassed 2014, and I think we’re going to finish the season in October with over 19,000 rounds played.”

 Bully Pulpit Golf Course is open through the end of October, weather permitting. The course has also moved to fall rates that offer players a savings on 18 holes.

 Next year’s Medora Musical opens June 3, 2016, and shows every night all summer long at 7:30pm MDT, in the Burning Hills Amphitheatre. Bully Pulpit Golf Course opens each spring, weather permitting, in early April.

More information and booking information is always available at MEDORA.COM.


Scenario: Your child is not attending school today due to illness, appointment, a family trip, etc. Because you are busy, you forget to call the school to report the absence. This is not a problem – except sometimes, a hundred other students may be out of school that same day, too, and their parents, like you, are busy and forget to call. The school secretary now begins to call parents of absent students. With up to eight contacts listed for each student, how long would it take the secretary to call every home? Well past the noon hour, if the secretary was able to work at this non-stop with no interruptions. Now imagine if that child is not sick but went missing on the way to school. Valuable search time is lost when the secretary is drowning in telephone calls to homes. We must partner, school and parents, to keep our children safe. Please commit to helping us keep all children accounted for. First, parent/guardians are responsible for reporting absences as early as possible. In addition, here are some strategies we ask you to use: 1. Always call the school ASAP if your child will be absent (illness, medical appointments, weddings, funerals, family trips, etc). This courtesy is a team effort and a really big deal. It frees up resources so we can quickly identify children who are unaccounted;

2. Give each of your children’s schools your primary number for a telephone, such as a cell phone, that you are likely to have near you, generally;

3. If you use a cell phone, please set the unique ringer for school messages. While this is not foolproof (BPS has many telephone lines) it is still a wise step. If you hear the unique ringer for your child’s school and answer, you will again save secretarial time, allowing resources to focus on children who are unaccounted for. 4. BPS is looking into an auto-dialer attendance system that could call up to eight (8) numbers if a child does not show up at his/her first class or after lunch. While we do not want to annoy parents or their work places with such calls, especially if it’s a normal type of absence, a technology solution will be faster than one secretary calling 100 families.

We have looked into auto-dialers for attendance in the past and have not been impressed with their actual performance and functionality, but I’m hoping there have been significant improvements over the past few years and we can find one that works well for us and parents. As we problem-solve this issue, we may pull in a group of parents for feedback. If you are interested, email or call her at 701-323-4091.

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Join us for one of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce’s largest premiere events of the year. This amazing event is always a greaty time celebrating another year of commomplishments and mingling with other members in the community.

Thursday, January 14, 2016 5:00pm - 9:00pm

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Bismarck Event Center, Hall a & B

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CHI St Alexius Health was recently recognized as a top-ranked Community Value Provider by Cleverley + Associates (Columbus, OH). Cleverley + Associates, a leading healthcare financial consulting firm specializing in operational benchmarking and performance enhancement strategies, released the findings as part of its new publication: State of the Hospital Industry - 2015 Edition.

The CVI was created to provide a measure of the value that a hospital provides to its community, and is composed of ten measures that assess a hospital’s performance in four areas: 1. Financial viability and plant reinvestment 2. Hospital cost structure 3. Hospital charge structure 4. Hospital quality performance

“Exceptional person-centered care has always been the hallmark of CHI St. Alexius Health,” said Kurt Schley, market chief executive officer of CHI St. Alexius Health. “We are proud to deliver this consistently to our patients while managing costs, efficiently providing services, and reinvesting into infrastructure and technology.”

“The topic of hospital value is increasingly being discussed. Issues of pricing and community benefit have been well-publicized but little has been offered to measure the broad scope of value,” adds James Cleverley, co-author. “In response, the Community Value Index® was created to provide an assessment of a hospital’s performance in four areas: financial strength and reinvestment, cost of care, pricing, and quality. Fundamentally, the CVI suggests that a hospital provides value to the community when it is financially viable, is appropriately reinvesting back into the facility, maintains a low cost structure, has reasonable charges, and provides high quality care to patients.”

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ENROLLMENT GROWTH SURPASSES LAST FALL IN BISMARCK PUBLIC SCHOOLS First day enrollment in Bismarck Public Schools has reached 12,410 students--361 more than last year— which is about the size of Dorothy Moses Elementary School. The year before, BPS had 12,049 students, which was an increase of 273 over the previous year. The year before that, fall of 2012, the district saw 359 additional students.

School Superintendent Tamara Uselman says, “Declining oil prices don’t seem to be impacting enrollment in our district. Many people are coming here for jobs in sales and health care. In the past three years, we’ve had enough additional students (993) to overflow one of our middle schools!” This is the 12th year in a row that BPS has seen enrollment increases. Most of the increase is still at the kindergarten through 5th grade level, with 142 more students spread among the district’s 17 elementary schools. The most growth over last fall was at the district’s newer K-5 schools: Liberty (+44),

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Sunrise (+40), Lincoln (+32). Those three schools are almost at capacity even with classroom additions at Liberty and Sunrise.

The three middle schools grew by a total of 121 students, with Simle experiencing more than half of the middle school growth with 77 more students. Horizon is up 29 and Wachter is up 15 on opening day. Horizon and Simle are overcapacity; Horizon by about 50 students; Simle by about 100. The high school level in Bismarck Public Schools increased by 98 students. Enrollment at Bismarck High is 1,331 students, Century has 1,349, and Legacy opened with 815 students in grades 9-11. LHS will graduate its first senior class next school year. Tamara Uselman says the school district will start planning meetings again this fall to deal with continued student enrollment growth. Each school will be represented on the committee.

NDSC AND BISMARCKMANDAN FIRE DEPARTMENTS PARTNER Sudden cardiac arrest kills more than 1,000 people per day across the U.S. and heart disease is the leading cause of death in N.D. To increase survivability rates in our communities, the North Dakota Safety Council (NDSC) is partnering with the Bismarck and Mandan fire departments to implement HEARTSafe Bismarck-Mandan. Through this program, the group aims to increase the availability of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and the number of people trained in cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). “Using CPR and an AED within the first 3-4 minutes after cardiac arrest can increase survival rates from less than 10 percent to nearly 60 percent. Having more AEDS available and more people trained in our communities can really be the difference between life and death for some cardiac arrest victims,” says Rachael Bucholz, NDSC first aid coordinator. There are approximately 100 registered AEDs in Bismarck and Mandan. The group aims to increase this number so the AEDs can be located in emergencies. “The key aspect of the HEARTSafe program is to make AED locations known to our 9-1-1 dispatchers. If dispatchers know where all AEDs are located in the community, they can easily tell a caller where the closest AED is located so it can be used on the victim right away,” says Bucholz. In order to develop a map of all AEDs in Bismarck and Mandan, the NDSC is asking businesses who currently have an AED to report it. This can be done by visiting Once you report your AED, there is only one more step to complete to receive a HEARTSafe designation: get your staff trained in CPR and AED use. To learn more about becoming a HEARTSafe business please visit or call the NDSC at (701) 223-6372. Partnering with the NDSC and Bismarck-Mandan fire departments to implement HEARTSafe Bismarck-Mandan are Sanford Health, Basin Electric Power Cooperative and Bismarck Parks & Recreation.


The Bismarck region of Sanford Health has received the Mission: Lifeline® Receiving Center – GOLD level award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Sanford Health in Bismarck has maintained the gold achievement performance level for two consecutive years, meaning the hospital has met nationally respected clinical guidelines for cardiac care. Each year in the United States, approximately 250,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks, beginning with the 9-1-1 call and continuing through hospital treatment.



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Choice Financial recently contributed $300,000 to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund (HIF), with $100,000 supporting Sierra Court, a 39 unit complex designed for adults age 55 and over in Bismarck. “Choice Financial is proud to support the Housing Incentive Fund to fulfill a need for affordable and sustainable housing throughout North Dakota,” said Brian L. Johnson, Choice Financial CEO. “This contribution provides our North Dakota communities a chance to grow by providing affordable housing that is suitable to their individual needs.” Capitalized by contributions from state taxpayers, HIF offers low-cost financing to developers of affordable rental housing when they set aside units for essential service workers and low-to moderate-income households. The North Dakota Housing Finance Agency (NDHFA) administers the program.


Monday, 5th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 5th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 6th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Thursday, 8th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Monday, 12th 4:30 pm Mandan Park Board (recorded) Monday, 12th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Tuesday, 13th 8:00 am Burleigh County Water Resource District Tuesday, 13th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Wednesday, 14th 5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission Thursday, 15th 5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board Commission Monday, 19th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission Monday, 19th 5:30 pm Mandan School Board (recorded) Tuesday, 20th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Brd. Tuesday, 20th 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission Monday, 26th 5:15 pm Bismarck School Board Monday, 26th 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission (recorded) Tuesday, 27th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission Tuesday, 27th 5:30 pm Morton County Commission (recorded) Wednesday, 28th 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thursday, 29th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings can be viewed LIVE (unless otherwise indicated) and are replayed several times on Government Access, cable channel 2 and HD602. Government meetings are also available for online viewing (LIVE and Video on Demand) at

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Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru and Bismarck Motor Company hosted their 10th Annual Customer & Military Appreciation Event and Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 12 at Kupper Chevrolet in Mandan. The local automotive group served over 1,000 free hot dogs and 1,000 free hamburgers, showed off a slew of local classic and muscle cars, hosted a silent auction and collected free-will donations to help the families of deployed soldiers.

This year’s event featured music by up-and-comer Brianna Helbling, a freshman at Mandan High School. Helbling has opened for North Dakota group Tigirlily and performed at the Burning Hills Amphitheater in Medora. Silent auction items from generous local businesses and individuals included: an autographed 2015 NDSU national championship football, Lowrance 7X Fishfinder, Ogio golf bag, vintage Chevrolet memorabilia, numerous gift certificates, and much more.

All proceeds raised benefit local families through the Military Emergency Relief Fund.

There are many opportunities for a sponsor to gain exposure before, during and after the event. Contact Amanda to learn more information about sponsorship opportunities by emailing or by calling 701-223-5660.

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a lot from Hillary Clinton and her email scandal. So what can we learn from this? If you are in any profession where open records laws apply, you should never, ever use a private email address for public business. Here is why. First, it just makes sense for organizational purposes to keep all business emails in one account. You have one location to search for business emails that have come in.

Second, being a public employee, you are susceptible to open records requests. Unlike what Hillary believes, you would be required to hand over ALL of your private emails to the requester. You can’t pick and choose which emails you believe pertain to your public employment. Unless you want to deal with turning over your private emails to the public, just don’t do it. Get a work email address to use for work email.

times to start new projects is in the spring and the fall. Our construction seasons for the most part are set by the weather with snow and frost beginning to set in typically around the middle of October and subsiding around the middle of April. While it is possible to start building a home during the winter months, concrete work is more expensive and difficult when the temperature drops below freezing. Before starting the design process, it is important to meet with a bank to set a budget and discuss available financing options. The next step is to tour homes within the budget to get a sense of different building styles, methods, layouts and features available. Once you have done your research and are prepared to move forward with the design of your home, the process of designing and bidding the home usually typically takes one to two months to complete prior to the ideal start date.

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CHAMBER Perks Sanford Health Welcomes Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Peter Kurniali, MD, hematologist/medical oncologist, recently joined Peter Kurniali, MD Sanford Health in Bismarck. He graduated from Universitas Trisakti Faculty of Medicine in Jakarta, Indonesia, and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, R.I. He is board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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Sargeant Obtains FlySafe Certification Eide Bailly Technology Consultant Receives NetSuite ERP Certification Ed Sargeant, managing partner and aerial imaging pilot with Shutter Pilots, recently obtained his FlySafe certification. Shutter Pilots is a team of aerial imaging professionals who provide Ed Sargeant low-altitude photography, cinematography and 2D/3D visualization services using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The company’s UAVs are equipped with high definition cameras, GPS positioning systems and radio-controlled aircraft. FlySafe is a 3-day rigorous training course that includes classroom instruction, simulator practice, flight demonstrations, and concludes with a written exam and flight test. The coursework includes training on aerial imaging equipment, mechanics, cameras, and safety. Shutter Pilots, an affiliate of Agency MABU, is among a small number of companies in the nation to have received an FAA exemption that allows the company to operate aerial imaging equipment for commercial use. In addition, the exemption was the first in the nation to outline a mission of using the captured footage to provide 2D and 3D visualization services to support various industries like real estate development and engineering.

Bismarck State College has elevated former math instructor and coach Paul Swanson to Professor Emeritus. The designation is the highest honor awarded Ternes Joins Cornerstone Bank to retired faculty. It recognizes exemplary academic Cornerstone Bank is pleased leadership and service to BSC and surrounding to announce that Kelsey Ternes communities. has joined Cornerstone Bank as Swanson was math instructor and Mathematics a Business Banking Associate. and Engineering Department chair at the college from Ternes will be working in 1956-1987. He started as the Mystics’ head football Bismarck supporting the New in 1956. Swanson also coached the men’s basketball Town and Watford City Business team from 1958-60 and was assistant coach under Kelsey Ternes Bankers. She comes to us with Bruce Meland for 12 seasons. BSC named him to its over four years of experience in Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. the banking industry. In July, Swanson was honored with a public recognition event hosted by the BSC Foundation and the BSC National Alumni Association.

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Japel Named To New York Life’s President’s Council

Loren H. Japel has been named a member of the 2015 President’s Council of New York Life. Members of the Loren H. Japel President’s Council are among the top five percent of New York Life’s elite sales force of licensed agents. Japel has been a New York Life agent since 1977 and is associated with New York Life’s North Dakota General Office in Fargo. He is a life member of Councils with New York Life, a life member of Million Dollar Round Table, and a member of NAIFA.

Sanford Health Welcomes Roswick, MD

Robert Roswick, MD, family medicine physician, recently joined Sanford North Clinic. Originally from Bismarck, Dr. Roswick has been practicing medicine in North Dakota for 30 years. He graduated from Robert Roswick, MD University of North Dakota and completed his residency in Family Medicine from the UND Family Practice Residency Program in Bismarck. His areas of expertise include common illnesses and injuries, preventative health, chronic disease management and sports medicine. CHI St. Alexius Health Names Kramer-Richard Director of Clinic HIM

Rickert Named Executive Director Of Bis-Man Transit, Joins Organization

Illinois native Roy Rickert has been named the Executive Director for Bis-Man Transit, CHI St. Alexius Health has and began working for the Tiffany Kramer-Richard named Tiffany Kramer-Richard organization in early August. as director of clinic health Rickert takes over leadership information management (HIM). Kramer-Richard of Bis-Man Transit following joined CHI St. Alexius Health in August of 2005. the retirement of Robin Werre Roy Rickert Most recently she served as the electronic medical earlier this year. Werre had record process improvement coordinator for Heart & Lung Clinic. As the director, Kramer-Richard will plan, served as the organization’s director for 25 years. Rickert was selected from a pool of 32 individuals organize, and direct the provision of all of CHI St. whose resumes were received from local, national and Alexius Health clinic’s HIM services. Kramer-Richard is a native of Bismarck and holds international applicants. Rickert began his public transit career in 2002 with an Associate of Arts degree from Bismarck State College and is working toward a Bachelor Degree in central Illinois’s Bloomington-Normal Public Transit System that was later rebranded as Connect Transit, Business Management. as a Motor Coach Operator and shortly thereafter Marco Hires New Technology Advisor was elected the Union President. He was then promoted to Operations Supervisor before accepting Marco is pleased to announce Jay Fettig as the new the Transit Operations Director position with that technology advisor. system. Working within a smaller system, Rickert has immersed himself in many aspects of public Century 21 Morrison Realty Raises transit, with experience including customer service, Money for Manchester House and budgeting, labor relations, contract negotiations, ALS Association lobbying, procurement, ADA regulation, human resources, community outreach, route creation, Many Lenders, Appraisers, Inspectors, Title Companies and Realtors donated auction items for the scheduling, and grant writing. Over the last three years, Connect Transit has enjoyed a growth in annual Century 21 Morrison Realty Charity Auction. ridership of 40 percent. This year’s event helped raise more than $8000. All proceeds were donated to Manchester House of Bismarck, a child centric psychiatric residential Moon Joins Intregra treatment facility, and to the ALS Association. Realty Group Inc.

Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that Keith Eliason has been named Advisor of the Month for August. Keith has been a Financial Advisor with Securian since January 2008 and is located at 4431 Keith Eliason Memorial Highway in Mandan. TR#1095036, DOFU: 2-2015.”

Labor Finders Has Expanded and Relocated to a New Location

Labor Finders has expanded and relocated to a new location at 804 South 18th Street in Bismarck. The staffing agency is under the Direction/Management of the Branch Manager, Deborah Mosset. Labor Finders specializes in daily labor, temp to hire, and also have a new direct hire division for the more prominent and higher end positions.

Mantz joins Capital Credit Union

Keith Mantz recently joined Capital Credit Union in Bismarck as the chief retail officer. In his role, Mantz will oversee member service Keith Mantz operations, financial services and operations support. Mantz, originally from Bismarck, N.D., has more than 17 years of extensive financial experience, including vice president of finance in his previous position with Dan’s Supermarket. Mantz also held the position of vice president of the league service corporation with the North Dakota Credit Union League. He received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from National College in Rapid City, S.D. and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

Integra Realty Group Inc. is pleased and excited to announce that Gary Moon has joined our team. Moon brings with him a Discover Lodging Gary Moon wealth of experience and Management, Inc. is pleased knowledge and specializes in to announce Maria Walen residential sales in the Bismarck / Mandan and Coal as General Manager of the Country area. He is looking forward to working with Comfort Inn & Suites of Mandan, ND. Walen was born all of his past, current and future clients to make their Bianco Realty Sales Awards real estate transactions an enjoyable experience. and raised in North Dakota. Bianco Realty has named Maria Walen She studied at Brigham Young Shirley Thomas and Darcy Fettig Sanford Bismarck Expands Pediatric University and started in the “REALTORS® of the Month”. hospitality business soon thereafter. She worked her Services Thomas and Fettig had the way up from a front desk agent to assistant general most closed sales at Bianco John Sanders, M.D., a manager with another Choice hotel in Iowa and has Realty for the month of August fellowship-trained pediatric managed other hotels in Minnesota and Idaho. 2015. Thomas has been a nephrologist, will begin seeing Walen enjoys opportunities to serve the Shirley Thomas licensed REALTOR® since 2001 patients at Sanford Children’s community through church and local organizations. and Fettig has been a licensed North Clinic in Bismarck on Aug. She has been a part of several service and REALTOR® since 1993. 13. humanitarian projects in association with the Relief Sanders received his medical Society, a philanthropic and educational women’s degree from the Brody School John Sanders, M.D. auxiliary. of Medicine at East Carolina Comfort Inn & Suites Mandan-Bismarck is a brand University in Greenville, North Carolina, and did new 86 room hotel in Mandan, serving Mandan, residency work at Tripler Army Medical Center in Bismarck and the surrounding area. The new hotel Hawaii. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric offers deluxe rooms and suites, meeting facilities, Darcy Fettig nephrology at the University of Tennessee Health pool and fitness room, breakfast and an evening guest Science Center and holds certification from the reception Mon – Thu featuring beer, wine and hors American Board of Pediatrics. d’oeuvres. Chamber Connection | 39

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Eliason Named Advisor of the Month


NEWS Bauman Named To New York Life’s Executive Council

Trish Glass Bauman has been named a member of the 2015 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance Company. Members of the Executive Council are among the most successful of New York Life’s Trish Glass Bauman elite sales force. Ms. Bauman has been a New York Life agent since 2011, and is associated with New York Life’s Fargo, ND’s General Office. Trish has a degree from North Dakota State University where she achieved a B.A in Business Management. She currently resides on a ranch west of Linton, ND with her husband, Wayde Bauman


PERKS Cornerstone Bank Welcomes Gefroh

Cornerstone Bank is pleased to announce that Tyler Gefroh has joined Cornerstone Bank as a full-time Customer Service Representative in Bismarck. He Victoria Ferderer is a graduate of UND with over three years of customer service

Three Promoted at Widmer Roel, Bismarck

Widmer Roel, a public accounting and business advisory firm with offices in Bismarck, Fargo and Hazen has Tyler Gefroh promoted Victoria Ferderer to senior staff accountant in the experience. tax department and, Dawn Power and Rhonda Elkin to staff accountants in the accounting Integra Realty Group department. Hires Cross Ferderer is originally from Integra Realty Group Inc., Mandan, ND and earned welcomes Nicole Cross to our a bachelor’s degree from team of professional real estate Dawn Power Dickinson State University. She agents. Nicole will specialize joined Widmer Roel in 2013 in residential sales in the Smith Named New and has more than eight years Nicole Cross Bismarck/Mandan area. of experience. Foundation Vice Power is a native of Minot, ND, President and earned a bachelor’s degree Credit Collections Bureau Jodi Smith is the new Sanford from Minot State University. She Announcements Health Foundation West vice joined Widmer Roel in 2012 president. She has more Credit Collections Bureau is proud to announce and has more than three years than a decade of fundraising that Matt Ray has been named the Collector of the Jodi Smith Rhonda Elkin of experience. experience. Month and Linnie Tausend has been named Employee Elkin is originally from Smith has a Bachelor of Arts of the Month for August 2015. Blaine, MN, and earned a bachelor’s degree from degree in Biology from Pepperdine University the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She joined in Malibu, Calif.; a Master of Arts in Nonprofit Deborah Ryckman Joins Local Office Widmer Roel in 2011 and has more than four years of Management from Regis University in Denver; and of Ameriprise Financial experience an M.A. in Nutritional Therapy from the Nutritional Deborah Ryckman, has Therapy Institute in Denver. joined the Bismarck office of Swartz Earns Cybersecurity Ameriprise Financial Services, Certification Starion Financial Awards Scholarships Inc., as a paraplanner. She holds Tim Swartz recently earned his to Helgeson, McKay the Series 7, Series 66 and GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN) Starion Financial has Insurance licenses. Her office certification. The certification, awarded scholarships to Taylor is located at 505 E Main Ave, geared toward cybersecurity Helgeson and Shayde McKay. Deborah Ryckman Ste 100, Bismarck. Ryckman personnel, is one of the most The scholarship competition will be part of Legacy Financial recognized penetration testing was open to children of fullPartners, a financial advisory practice of Ameriprise certifications in the information time Starion employees who Financial Services, Inc. Tim Swartz security industry. Penetration graduated from high school As a paraplanner, Ryckman will primarily assist testing evaluates the security Taylor Helgeson in 2015 and are attending a financial advisor(s) and associate financial advisor(s) of digital infrastructure by uncovering potential college, university, community in the financial planning workflow. vulnerabilities. college or tech school for the The certification requires individuals to pass an 2015-2016 school year. Sanford Health exam within a specified timeframe. Swartz scored Helgeson graduated from Welcomes a high score on certification exam, earning him Bismarck High School with Gastroenterologist acceptance to the GIAC Advisory Board which consists a 3.96 GPA. She is attending of certified IT security professionals. Kyle Eliason, MD, University of Jamestown and Swartz works as an information security engineer gastroenterologist, recently majoring in accounting with in KLJ’s CyberNet Security Group in Bismarck. He has joined Sanford Clinic in minors in Spanish and character Shayde McKay more than six years of experience in the industry. Bismarck. He graduated from in leadership. She is the Kyle Eliason, MD The group offers clients professional security services Virginia Commonwealth daughter of Christian and Trish including, security framework policy, plans and University in Richmond and Helgeson. Trish is marketing and communications testing, vulnerability assessments, security training, completed his residency in internal medicine from the manager/VP and works at the Mandan branch. and project coordination and managed security University of Iowa in Iowa City. Eliason is fellowship McKay graduated from Century High School with services. trained in gastroenterology and hepatology from the a 4.0 GPA. She is attending St. Cloud State University University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics in Salt Lake and majoring in psychology. She is the daughter of Ryan and Amy McKay. Ryan is Starion’s risk manager/ City. He is board certified in family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.
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Ribbon Cuttings

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

SANFORD POWER Dr. Craig Lambrecht, President; Dr. David O’Regan, Orthopedic Surgeon and Mike Salwei, Manager at their new training facility at 2020 Lovett Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-323-1125. Member.

UNITED TRIBES WALKING TRAIL Leander “Russ” McDonald, President, at their recently completed walking path along the Dragonfly Garden on Burleigh Ave in Bismarck. Member.

LEGACY HIGH SCHOOL Tom Schmidt, Principal at Bismarck’s new school on 3400 Calgary Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-323-4850.

MY SUNSHINE SHOPPE Lisa & Chris Hustad, owners in their new location at 1300 Tacoma Ave in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-1608. Member.

CHOICE FINANCIAL Tim Karskey, President, and Tom Campbell in at their new business on 324 North 3rd St. Ste. 3 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-7282. Member.

UNIVERSAL PLAYGROUND Mike Zerr & Andrea Fonkert representing the recently completed playground at 100 14th St. NE in Mandan. Member. Chamber Connection | 41

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Upcoming Chamber Events HARVEST MIXER

Date: 10/6/2015 • Time: 5:00pm. - 7:00pm Location: Northern Plains Equipment - 2933 Twin City Drive, Mandan

MEMBERSHIP MIXER: EDGEWOOD VISTA MANDAN Date: 10/22/2015 • Time: 5:00pm. - 7:00pm Location: Edgewood Vista Mandan - 2801 39th Ave SE, Mandan

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Date: 10/24/2015 • Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm Location: Bismarck Events Center - 315 South 5th Street, Bismarck


Date: 11/3/2015 • Time: 1:30am - 9:00am Location: Radisson Hotel - 605 E Broadway, Bismarck


Date: 11/5/2015 • Time: 9:00pm - 4:00pm Location: BPS Career Academy - Bismarck State College Campus


Date: 11/10/2015 • Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm Location: Gary Tharaldson School of Business, Rm 212 – U-Mary

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