December Chamber Connection

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December 2016


2017 Legislative Preview A look ahead to the 2017 North Dakota Legislative Session


Member Profile Northwest Tire - Mandan


Chamber Holiday Mixer Get in the holiday spirit at this year’s Chamber Holiday Mixer

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


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CHAMBER EVENTS Chamber Holiday Mixer Chamber Annual Dinner

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Annette Behm-Caldwell.....Open Road Honda Jeff Herman ������������������������������������Petro Hunt Brenda Nagel ������������������������������������������Aetna Craig Larson ���������������������������������Starion Bank Sandi Tabor �������������������������������������������������KLJ Kevin Magstadt ������������������ Wenck Associates Molly Barnes............... Northern Improvement Paul Brucker ������������������� Railway Credit Union Jeff Albers ��������� Schwan Buick GMC Cadillac Stacey Breuer ��������������������������Bobcat/Doosan Chris Jones ����������������� CHI St. Alexius Health Mike Nathe................ Bismarck Funeral Home Chris Brown �������������������������������������������� Motix Tracy Kindem...........H.A. Thompson and Sons Marc Taylor...........Northern Plains Equipment Joe Duperre ������������������������������Kirkwood Mall Dan Pearson �����������������������������Northwest Tire Jasper Schneider ������������������������������������ NISC Wayne Munson �������������������� Indigo Signworks Dr. Blake Feil ����������������������� Feil Orthodontics Greg Vetter �������������������������University of Mary Nick Hacker................. ND Guaranty and Title Ron Day......................Tesoro Mandan Refinery Heather Fried ..... Fried Financial Services Inc. Perrie Schafer ���������������� Schafer Financial Inc. CHAMBER STAFF Scott Meske................................................................................................................ President Annie Bergrud.........................................................................................Chief Financial Officer David Leingang............................................................................ Community Growth Director Mary Masters................................................................................. Office Support Professional Ryan Parsons..............................................................................Vice President of Membership Rebecca Rattei................................................................................ Communications Specialist Amanda Schwieters......................................................................... Member Services Director Chelse Simon..................................................................................Membership Sales Director Cathryn Sprynczynatyk Anderson ........................ Communications Specialist/ LBM Director Karly Palczewski...............................................................................Marketing & Events Intern

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Chair's Corner


eason’s Greetings Chamber Members:

After assuming the Chairman’s position of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce in January 2016, there were only two things of which we could be fairly certain. We would have a new President of the United States; and a new President of our Chamber. Both of those processes took longer than some would like, but in my opinion, in both cases, we came out just very well. Sometimes when organizations go through leadership transitions, it can be a rocky road to travel, we missed some opportunities, but because of the strong organizational foundation laid by previous President, Kelvin Hullet, the Chamber staff and the Board of Directors, we came out of this transition with flying colors. The Chamber continues to be a resource for our Members for networking, marketing, making connections, and for advocacy as we move into 2017, and a new legislative session. The staff and the Board are finishing up the Strategic Plan for 2017-19. We believe this sets the course for the next three years, and will help push our Chamber to bigger and better things. We continue to refine our internal processes and procedures to streamline operations, and to be accountable for our programs and activities. The staff is fully dedicated to making sure your investments of time and resources are managed wisely, and that our activities align with our strategic direction. If you haven’t yet taken part in a Chamber committee or attended an event, make time to do so this year (2016 and 2017). Remember, when you support the Chamber, it’s not just another club. It shows your competitors, your customers and your employees you are part of the larger business community; or in our case – both communities of Mandan and Bismarck. I’m excited for what Brenda Nagel (Aetna) and her leadership on the Board will bring. I’m grateful to the outgoing Board members for their years of service and dedication to the Chamber values and their community. Your new Board members will have a fresh Strategic Plan, a legislative session and quite a bit of momentum to use going into 2017. Although my time as Board Chair is coming to a close, I will remain on the Executive Committee as Past Chair, and continue to espouse the virtues of being part of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. I thank the staff and Board members for their efforts in 2016, and am proud to have served as the Board Chair during this time. With your support and input we’ll continue to make our Chamber the best chamber in North Dakota.

- Perrie Schafer Chairman, Board of Directors

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By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

Just as the Bakken went boom, so did airline boardings. In 2012-2014, every airport in North Dakota was overwhelmed. Then, 2014-2015 airports slowed down — except Bismarck Airport.


“Bismarck’s going to have its best year on record,” said Kyle Wanner, executive director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. “Bismarck Airport avoided the trend of losing passengers, and what they attribute that success to is that Bismarck has a very diverse economy. Strong population growth has continued over the last couple years.” Bismarck Airport currently offers direct flights to Minneapolis, Denver, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix/Mesa and Orlando, Fl. Airlines servicing Bismarck are Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Allegiant Air and Frontier Airlines. For seven years in a row, Bismarck Airport has broken records. So far, 2016 has seen 4 percent growth over last year. Among the eight commercial airports in North Dakota, Bismarck is leading the pack. Wanner attributes the continued improvement to the sustained population growth of Bismarck-Mandan and surrounding areas. Following the oil boom, BismarckMandan hasn’t lost the workers and families they gained.

Wanner said this can be attributed to a diverse economy. That, plus “good, reliable air service.” Sara Otte-Coleman, Director of Tourism Division for North Dakota Department of Commerce, is thankful for Bismarck Airport’s good, reliable service as the holiday travel season approaches. “We know visiting friends and relatives is the No. 1 reason for travel worldwide,” Otte-Coleman said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re in Africa or North Dakota, coming home for the holidays is a big motivator.

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Greg Haug, Director of the Bismarck Airport.

“It’s a first impression in a lot of cases for the folks that are traveling to North Dakota for the first time to have a beautiful terminal and good services and amenities gives a good impression.” A brand new terminal for Bismarck Airport was completed in 2005. Bismarck Airport’s next round of remodeling won’t be as visible to passengers, but the impact will be just as big. The largest project in the remodel is reconstructing Bismarck Airport’s runway. The runway contains portions constructed or refinished in 1952, 1957, 1967, 1978 and 1999. Core samples determined some areas have 22 inches of asphalt on dirt. Other areas have 8 inches of asphalt with a gravel base. “A lot of varying engineering designs that have occurred over 60 years of developing and expanding that runway over time,” said Greg Haug, Director of the Bismarck Airport. “It started to deteriorate underneath. We need to address it now before it becomes a safety concern.” Reconstruction of the runway will start in May of 2017. The construction will be completed in three phases in 2017-2019. Each phase will affect departure and arrival patterns for aircraft. Haug described runway reconstruction as the largest project ever tackled by the Bismarck Airport. Approval by the Federal Aviation Association was required, and the FAA will fund a portion of the cost. Other renovations include a consolidated car wash, TSA security checkpoint, ticket counter and parking lot kiosk. This summer, a consolidated car wash facility was built to serve Avis, Hertz and Enterprise car rentals. Prior to the consolidated car wash, the companies had to drive vehicles into Bismarck to wash and refuel. Haug said the consolidated car wash helps the rental companies turn cars around more quickly. In addition, Bismarck Airport added more car rental parking and additional lighting along the walking path. Chamber Connection | 5

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Most recently, a third security lane has been added to the TSA security checkpoint. Floor space for security was expanded and more queuing space for passengers was included. “The thing that we can do to try to make people’s travel experiences better is shorten up the lines,” Haug said, “because traveling is about standing in line.” Haug said Bismarck Airport is always looking to increase the number of airlines and destinations. Annually, the staff attends what Haug describes as “speed dating with the airline route planners,” where they pitch Bismarck Airport.

“The fact that we have five airlines going to seven destinations, it’s a lot more attractive for people in the surrounding region to use our airport when they’re planning their travel,” Haug said. Currently, Frontier Airlines suspends service in January and restarts it in April. Frontier is back up to three days a week right now. Haug would like to see the airline increase service to five-seven days a week with no suspension of service. “They (Frontier Airlines) are satisfied with our market,” Haug said. “It’s producing the revenue goals when they’re servicing our market.” Haug said the most frequent airline question he gets is “Why can’t you get Southwest Airlines to come?” Haug described their business model as sixeight flights per day on 737-size aircraft. That’s too big a jump for BismarckMandan to make. Wanner said the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission continues to see Bismarck Airport grow, but he does expect 2017 to be a leveling off year statewide. “My forecast for 2017 is that it’s going to be a leveling off year,” Wanner said. “2016 we’re expecting statewide to be down anywhere from 10-12 percent over last year. Obviously that’s a decline, but previous to 2015 we saw seven consecutive years of growth. That growth in some cases was double digit growth.” That doesn’t mean North Dakota is falling to pre-oil boom levels. Before the oil boom, not all of North Dakota’s eight commercial airports had jet service. Now, all eight — Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Dickinson, Jamestown, Devils Lake and Williston – have jet service. “It’s incredible that I can say that all eight commercial airports throughout the state have jet service,” Wanner said. In 2008, the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission completed a statewide forecast, and they weren’t expecting North Dakota to achieve 1 million passengers until 2035. North Dakota airports accomplished that in 2012. Lower ticket prices are another bright spot. Wanner said the majority of cost to the airline is fuel. Lately, that savings has been passed on to the customers. Lower oil prices have brought lower ticket prices. It’s a great time to travel. In the meantime, boardings continue to increase in Bismarck-Mandan, and the Bismarck Airport is offering blue sky every day.

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By Cathryn Sprynczynatyk

The 2017 Legislative Assembly might be four months of balancing the state’s budget. Money and the budget are the top issues on the minds of legislators heading into the 65th Legislative Assembly. Chamber Connection spoke with Bismarck-Mandan legislators on topics that will be important to Chamber members in the upcoming session.



The budget passed for 2015-2016 was later reduced by 10 percent. How will budget reductions impact the legislative session?

The non-oil hub city classification will sunset on July 1, 2017. Is the legislature considering extending non-oil hub city status?

Sen. Dwight Cook, District 34: “We’re going to start about $1.4 billion short, and we’re going to end up with a balanced budget. In four months we’re going to spend a lot of time right-sizing government.” Sen. Jessica Unruh, District 33: “Our whole session is going to revolve around the 90 percent budget. I think there is room for give and take on both sides of that 10 percent cut. Some agencies will see us add some dollars to that 10 percent, and some will see us cut.”

Rep. Mike Nathe, District 30: “The number 1, number 2, number 3 issues will be all budget. Whatever we have for budget will drive our priorities. Frankly, we won’t be able to fund all of our pet projects that have been funded in the past.”

>> ECONOMIC INCENTIVES What kind of impact will the legislative session have on economic development programs such as Renaissance Zone or Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts?

Nathe: “(Regarding Renaissance Zones) one political subdivision had supported those incentives, and another political subdivision voted it down. North Dakota Department of Commerce asked, ‘Who breaks the tie?’ They more or less put a pause on it and deferred it to the legislature in the upcoming session.” Cook: “I’m aware of legislation that is going to be introduced that will repeal Renaissance Zone and TIF. (It’s) definitely a topic on our agenda. No predictions on what’s going to happened. I would expect it will get modified a bit, but I hope it’s still around, and we keep it in our toolbox.

“Economic incentives in general is a tax item that’s going to continue to receive considerable scrutiny in the years ahead to make sure they are benefitting the state.”

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Cook: “I’m hoping that, confident that Mandan will stay a hub city. They might not be getting as much money as they did in the past, but that’s a reflection of the budget status. “(In Mandan) you can look at the impacts; you can look at our school numbers; you can look at the police force that has increased. Most importantly, if you look at the employment in Mandan that is derived from the oil industry, the formula that derives (non-oil hub city status) in the past determines that we are a hub city.” Nathe: “That’s all going to depend on the revenue numbers that we have to deal with.”

Unruh: “I think there will be come changes to the distribution formula. We will have to work out that during the session. You’ll see both the majority leaders in both houses play a large role.”

>> EDUCATION Will the state be able to maintain education funding? Unruh: “The state will absolutely be able to maintain education funding first and foremost. That’s a priority for us. While budgets will certainly be tight, how those budgets will look specifically will be determined as part of the sausage making process during the session.”

Nathe: “Yes, right now I’ve been telling superintendents they should be planning on hold even budgets, and it’s my desire to maintain the current funding levels that we are at right now.” Cook: “Yes, (reduced funding) is not an option.”

TOP ISSUES TO WATCH >> SEN. JESSICA UNRUH, DISTRICT 33 What will be the top three issues in the upcoming legislative session? 1. Budget, budget, budget – I think first and foremost will be the budget. We’ll need to take a look at government efficiency. 2. Incarceration, mental health and addiction - Another thing we’re all looking at is incarceration, mental health issues and addiction issues. Our solutions right now aren’t fixing the problems, so we need different solutions for mental health and addiction issues as well as incarceration. 3. Investments in energy - Investment in research and development for different ways to utilize the resources we have in North Dakota, be it our fossil fuels industry or other industries that can work in conjunction with our fossil fuel industry.

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>> REP. MIKE NATHE, DISTRICT 30 What will be the top three issues in the upcoming legislative session? 1. Budget – Management of the budget, how we’re going to deal with the budget forecast and how we’re going to appropriate those dollars 2. Social services – Takeover of social services from the counties by the State of North Dakota. Counties will keep employees, but the state will take that over. It definitely affects all political subdivisions. 3. Education funding – Higher education and K-12 funding

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>> SEN. DWIGHT COOK, DISTRICT 34 What will be the top three issues in the upcoming legislative session? 1. Money, money and money – It’s definitely going to be a session that’s going to be remembered for balancing the budget. 2. State takeover of county social services – We studied it during the interim. There’s a plan in place to move those services from the county to the state. The counties are generally supportive of it. 3. Tax incentives – State tax credits for economic development, Angel Funds — We have many income tax credits. We’ll be looking at all of them. Will there be a reduction? To some degree. “Buckle down and enjoy the ride,” Cook said.

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Kyle Richter and staff of Northwest Tire of Mandan.

MEMBER PROFILE Featuring Kyle Richter


Q: Tell us about yourself and your role within the organization. A: I was born and raised here in Bismarck, ND. While attending Century High School, I proceeded to start my career with Northwest Tire in 2003 as a tire technician. After working full time for two years, I decided to cut back to part time and continue my education through Dickinson State University, graduating in 2009 with Business Administration/Minor in Management. I’m happy to be working for a company that’s proud to invest in their employees, as we like to see individual growth in the company. – Manager Kyle Richter, Mandan. Q: What differentiates Northwest Tire from its competitors? A: Northwest Tire is a locally-owned and operated tire retailer and auto service facility. We sell passenger and light truck tires, as well as farm and commercial tires – we will have a tire to fit your garden tractor, car, or combine. We have tremendous buying power due to the large number of tires we purchase, and then we pass that power on to our customers through wholesale service across a seven-state region. With the purchase of so many tires, we can offer better prices than large chain retailers.

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Q: Briefly tell us the history of Northwest Tire. A: In 1977, Tony Vetter and Al Wald purchased an existing tire dealer in Dickinson, ND.

We have continued to add locations throughout the Dakotas and Minnesota over the past 40 years. Northwest Tire currently has 23 established locations, including Mighty Auto Parts and NW Tire & Retread, in 11 different cities. Q: How has the growth of Bismarck-Mandan impacted Northwest Tire? A: The Bismarck-Mandan community has been good to Northwest Tire, and thus we continue to grow. In 1988, we opened our first store in Bismarck, where today we have two automotive centers, one truck and farm center, and the corporate office, as well as one auto center in Mandan. We are planning the development of a new location in Bismarck soon. Q: What industry trends are taking place? A: The industry is now a global economy with global production. Not all tires are built in the US. We have to outsource for tires all over the world. In addition to knowing the latest product information, it is now more important than ever to also know your customers so they keep coming back to you. Q: Have there been any monumental changes in the industry that you’ve had to deal with?

A: The tire industry is constantly evolving and reshaping itself. We travel worldwide to learn about the latest technological advancements in tire-manufacturing and rubber production. It is our responsibility to bring our clients and customers the best products at the best possible prices. Q: What does the future of Northwest Tire look like and the industry as a whole look like to you?

A: People will always need tires as long as there are automobiles on the roads. Northwest Tire continually looks to the future to see where we can be more productive and provide for our customers. Our goal is to always keep our customers’ best interests in mind, with products we can stand behind and employees we can count on to keep our company and communities growing.

Q: Northwest Tire - Mandan became a member in 2001, why do you continue to renew each year?

A: Being a part of the Chamber helps to establish us as part of a greater picture of community involvement. Q: What should Chamber members know about Northwest Tire that may assist them?

A: Northwest Tire does not just sell tires, we also provide other vehicle services, including oil changes, brakes, shocks/struts, alignments and much more. We can help you find the best tires, keep your maintenance up to date, and provide you with performance, safety and value on whatever you drive to keep you rolling down the road.


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December is here again, and ready or not, that means it’s our opportunity to celebrate another festive year of fun and laidback networking with our members and community friends! Join us at our themed Holiday Mixer presented to you by Bismarck Motor Company and enjoy an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, door prizes and local musicians! The Holiday mixer is one of our largest events with over 1,500 members and non-members who attend to network with over 100 local businesses in the community. Not only is this a great networking opportunity, but it’s also a wonderful chance for you to showcase your business and service abilities to all of our attendees. You’ll gain exposure before, during and after the event. If you are looking for something fun to do on Tuesday, December 13th get a group of friends together and stop by for some wonderful networking. Just bring $5 and a business card to get in. If you have further questions on attending, or representing your business at our upcoming event, please contact Amanda at or call the Chamber at 701-223-5660. You can register to attend this evening event online at or find our event on our Facebook page at Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. Thank you to all our sponsors and attendees who make this wonderful event possible!

Tuesday, December 13th Bismarck Event Center - Exhibit Hall 5:00pm - 8:00pm RSVP online at

The Chamber Holiday Mixer is a great way to network with area business professionals, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and refreshments with opportunities to win fun door prizes.

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With nearly 400 in attendance at this year’s State of the Cities Address, it would seem as though the ongoing growth in Bismarck – Mandan has a lot of folks more interested in local issues. Both Mandan Mayor, Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor, Mike Seminary focused on the pertinent economic development issues and successes of both cities.

Chamber President Scott Meske holds a Q&A session with Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling and Bismarck Mayor Mike Seminary.

As we see new businesses, ongoing employment opportunities, housing and retail, it’s no secret that Mandan and Bismarck are continuing on a prosperous path. But how we tread down that path are the details those in attendance were eager to hear about. Thank you to all of our sponsors for allowing us to make this event more extraordinary year after year. Without your participation, we would not be able to provide valuable information for our members, or the community at large. Presenting Sponsor:

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American Bank Center, AE2S, Bismarck State College, Bismarck-Mandan Home Builders Assoc., BNC National Bank, Bremer Bank, Capital Credit Union, Dakota Community Bank & Trust, Gate City Bank, HDR Engineering, Houston Engineering, KLJ, KXMB CBS 12, Nolan Canright Northern Improvement, Northwest Tire, University of Mary and Wells Fargo Bank.

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LEADERSHIP BISMARCK-MANDAN: PUMPKIN GUTTERS AND DUCK FACTORIES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DAY Economic Development Day kicked-off at National Information Solutions Cooperative on Oct. 19 in Mandan.

Vern Dosch, CEO of NISC, spoke on NISC’s growth and expansion with construction projects in 1984, 1996, 2001 and 2016. Evan Anderson of Gizmonics talked about entrepreneurship from a lemonade stand to a roadside garden stand that helped pay for his college. One of his more recent inventions, the Pumpkin Gutter, has been a popular seller around Halloween on Amazon, at Walmart and pumpkin patches nationwide. Bismarck-Mandan Business Quiz Courtesy of Bismarck-Mandan Development Association (Answers below) 1. Which Bismarck-Mandan business produces ingredients you find in products sold by Schwans and Red Baron? 2. Which Bismarck-Mandan business is the community’s largest private employer? 3. Which Bismarck-Mandan business hosts servers on its site for companies like Netflix? 4. What is the oldest continuing business in Bismarck-Mandan?

AGRICULTURE & NATURAL RESOURCES DAY Ducks Unlimited hosted Leadership Bismarck-Mandan for Agriculture & Natural Resources Day on Nov. 2. Carmen Miller of Ducks Unlimited spoke of North Dakota’s Prairie Pothole region as the “duck factory of North America.” Miller characterized North Dakota as a great place to raise a family — even more so if you’re a family of ducks. Kaylan Carrlson of Ducks Unlimited instructed the class on the Citizen Scientist program being run by Ducks Unlimited. The class observed video of a Blue-Winged Teal nest for predators, eggs hatching, brood in video, parent off nest and parent on nest. The Citizen Scientist initiative seeks to train citizens to become scientific observers and aide Ducks Unlimited scientists in categorizing hundreds of hours of nest videos. On behalf of the agriculture community, Jim Hauge spoke on family farm and transition planning. Hauge presented case studies of family farm transitions — successful and unsuccessful — that he has consulted on or observed. Hauge used his own three-generation family farm history as an example of good and bad transition practices.

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Economic Development Chairs: Brian Ritter – Bismarck-Mandan Development Assoc. Nathan Schneider – Bismarck-Mandan Development Assoc. Agriculture & Natural Resources Chairs: Jerry Haas – Houston Engineering Kyle Sebesta – KLJ

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Answers: 1. Cloverdale Foods; 2. Sanford Health; 3. Dakota Carrier Network; 4. The Bismarck Tribune

Bismarck-based inventor and entrepreneur Evan Anderson speaks to Leadership Bismarck-Mandan on Economic Development Day. Anderson invented the Pumpkin Gutter, a Jack-O-Lantern gutting tool that attaches to a household drill.

Breakfast/Lunch Sponsors: Bismarck-Mandan Development Assoc. (Economic Dev.) Ducks Unlimited (Agriculture & Natural Resources)


LEADERSHIP AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT DAY This year’s Student Chamber had their first official meeting, October 27th, at one of our Program Sponsors location, Basin Electric Power Cooperative.


Students had an active morning of participating in activities, provided by Dale Carnegie Trainer/Coach, Michelle Wall Dave Leingang speaks on being a person of influence. and John Maxwell Founding Partner, Dave Leingang. Through the day’s meeting, students learned about etiquette when it comes to conversation and first impressions in a business setting. One key topic was becoming a person of influence. During that discussion, students were given some pointers how influence is the largest key to leadership in an organization.


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

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017 Location: Bismarck Event Center - Hall B 315 S 5th St, Bismarck Time: 5:00PM - 9:00PM Admission: $55.00 for Chamber Members $75.00 for Non-Members Presenting Sponsors:

Start your holiday season off right with the 2016 Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer! We will celebrate another festive year of fun by providing a laid back networking environment which will showcase local businesses and provide an assortment of hors d’oeuvres, drinks, 50/50 raffle, door prize giveaways and local music!

Don’t miss the 2017 Bismarck - Mandan Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 12th at the Bismarck Event Center in Hall B. This year’s fun filled entertainment will be the Big Quiz Thing, a trivia show out of New York. You will enjoy an interactive and customized digital trivia game while being engaged by one of the best quizmaster hosts in the business. This personalized game show will have everyone engaged!

With over 1,500 attendees, The Holiday Mixer is one of our largest events showcasing over 100 local business members in our community. This event is open to the public, so mark your calendar and bring a few friends!

This event is always a night for outstanding entertainment, fine dining, awards, recognition and a wonderful opportunity to network and showcase your business with nearly 1,000 business members, guests, co-workers, and VIP clients.

If you have further questions on attending or representing your business, contact Amanda at or call 701-223-5660.

Formal invitations will be mailed soon, please RSVP by visiting our website at or by calling 701-223-5660.

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Funding provided by businesses, private donations, grants and fundraising events support an amazing array of complementary services to help patients through their cancer journeys. Your donation provides:

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CAPITAL CREDIT UNION’S DONATION HELPS LOCAL CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITAL RECEIVE $25,000 Capital Credit Union donated $1,945.20 to Shop for Miracles, a Credit Unions for Kids (CU4Kids) fundraiser that supports Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals.

The fundraiser asks credit unions to participate by making a donation to local CMN hospitals based on their number of debit cardholders. Donations are matched up to $500,000 by CO-OP Financial Services, a provider of ATM, card payment and mobile services for credit unions. By participating in this event, Capital Credit Union helped the Credit Union Association of Dakotas (CUAD) obtain an additional $25,000 donation for Sanford Children’s, the state’s local CMN hospital. This opportunity was presented by CO-OP Financial Services, which awarded the additional $25,000 to the state with the highest percentage of credit unions participating. “Shop for Miracles gives us the opportunity to join forces with credit unions nationwide to help make an even bigger difference in the lives of people in our local community, as well as our neighbors in other states,” shares Jim Schaefbauer, vice president of member services east region. “It’s another example of the credit union difference.”

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Schaefbauer (right) presents check to Emily McDaniel (center) and Deidra Webster from the Sanford Foundation.

Capital Credit Union has supported CU4Kids and CMN hospitals in the past, most recently by participating in Miracle Jeans Day on September 14. The credit union had 86 employees participate in the fundraiser, raising $430 for local CMN hospitals. “Sanford Children’s Hospital in Fargo values the partnership of credit unions from all across the state, and their year round fundraising efforts through Credit Unions for Kids,” shares Emily McDaniel, Sanford Health Foundation Development Associate. “Thousands of dollars are raised each year for Children’s Miracle Network at Sanford Children’s that benefits sick and injured children from all across North Dakota.”


With Bismarck’s senior population on the rise, the affordable new homes at Sierra Court Apartments are a welcome addition to the local housing inventory.

“In areas with high housing demand, it can be very challenging for fixed-income households, especially elderly and disabled households, to find a home they can afford,” said North Dakota Housing Finance Agency Executive Director Jolene Kline at an Open House for the recently completed apartment complex. All of the apartments at Sierra Court are reserved for income-qualified, elderly households making the development an ideal fit for a community where the population of residents age 65 and older is projected by a recent Statewide Housing Needs Assessment to increase 61.2 percent by 2029. The assessment shows the majority of those households will be lower income. “Our purpose here was to provide a good housing option for seniors, a quality place to live at a price they can afford. We are proud to team with Hometown Living, and offer our sincere thanks to our partners that helped make this project possible, particularly NDHFA, Boston Capital, Security First Bank of North Dakota, CommunityWorks North Dakota, and Bank of North Dakota,” said Don Sterhan, president of Mountain Plains Equity Group, the project lead.

NDHFA allocated $600,000 to the development from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund and $595,153 in federal Low Income Housing Tax Credits. Boston Capital syndicated the tax credits, bringing more than $5 million in equity to the project. The development also received predevelopment funding from CommunityWorks. Security First, in participation with BND, provided the project’s construction and permanent financing. The total project cost was $7.46 million. Located at 2821 Ithica Drive, Sierra Court has 18 onebedroom and 21 two-bedroom units for households aged 55 and older. Seven of the units are fully accessible. The apartments rent for $340 to $850 per month plus utilities, depending on the household income and size. An individual who earns $17,730 or less would qualify to rent a unit for $340. The building has a reception area with a fireplace, a large community room with kitchen facilities and a seating area, a game room, fitness room, library, media lounge, an elevator with access to all three floors, interior corridors with secured building access, and an on-site office. Twenty single-car garages and ample surface parking are provided for the residents and guests. Unit amenities include Energy Star appliances, carpeting and tile flooring, window coverings, in-unit washer/dryer, and central air. Supportive services for the senior tenants are also offered at the property.

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At the luncheon, three of the attendees, Betty Mills, Sandy McMerty and Kari Warberg-Block were awarded with top honors from CTB.

“Thirty years ago I had a dream to start a research and development firm, and I guess I never woke up,” Applied Engineering founder and former CEO Dwight Hinkel said. “Our goal was always to surround the customer with products and services they needed to succeed.”

Center for Technology & Business (CTB) held their fifth annual Women’s Business Summit October 1617 in Bismarck. The event brought together women from across the state for a unique networking and professional development opportunity designed to strengthen the state of women owned businesses in North Dakota.

“North Dakota is home to numerous women from all walks of life that are doing amazing things to strengthen their communities and to make a positive impact on those around them. We often don’t take the time to celebrate the accomplishments of dedicated leaders, mentors and entrepreneurs all around us, and these awards aim to change that. By highlighting the impact of these three honorees, we hope to encourage other women to dream big and pay it forward and for everyone who knows them to cheer them on.” Explains CTB Executive Director, Deb Eslinger.

Applied Engineering, an employee-owned engineering and technology company, is celebrating 30 years in business. Founded in Fargo, North Dakota in 1986, Applied Engineering has grown to include facilities in Bismarck, North Dakota, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Addison, Texas.

Over the years Applied Engineering has evolved into a diversified engineering firm that provides on-site engineering, software development, reprographics and IT services for a variety of industries. Current CEO and president Dave Raatz says the company’s founding principles have enabled its success and will serve as a guide for future growth. “Whether it be engineers or IT specialists, we’ve always worked to ensure we have the top talent and the right technology to fit our customers’ needs,” Raatz said. “We’re very adaptable and confident we can enter any situation to help solve problems. We’re 100 percent employee-owned, and our team is dedicated to helping our customers succeed for years to come.”

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AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of tax loving volunteers in North Dakota. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low-to-moderate income through the AARP Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay mentally sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop taught by local instructors prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grassroots leadership, on-site greeters, and those who are skilled in technology. Last year, 110 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers in North Dakota helped 9,795 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at 10 sites in North Dakota, including senior centers, libraries and other convenient locations. Francis “Fritz” Schwindt, the volunteer statewide coordinator for Tax-Aide in North Dakota, says, “AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers are not only helping people within their community, but they are giving their mind a workout as well. Volunteers do not need tax preparation experience. All volunteers receive comprehensive IRS training on tax forms and software at no cost.”


CHI St. Alexius Health has earned quality recognition for being ranked number one in the state for medical excellence in the clinical category of overall hospital care based on Comparion’s CarChex® Hospital Quality Ratings. CHI St. Alexius received a composite quality rating in the ninetieth percentile for overall mortality, complications, inpatient quality and patient safety.

“Our rankings demonstrate CHI St. Alexius Health’s commitment to the highest quality patient care,” said CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck President Kurt Schley. “What matters most to us are positive outcomes for our patients. We want our patients to get the best possible care so they can go home sooner and get back to their lives and families.” “CareChex allows the public to make informed decisions regarding the quality of medical care provided by hospitals,” said Dr. Timothy Bopp, chief of medical staff at CHI St. Alexius Health. “We are pleased to be acknowledged for the exceptionally high level of quality care we provide on a daily basis.”




Schwindt says potential volunteers should have computer skills, enjoy meeting people and working with other volunteers, and be able to commit at least four hours a week from February 1-April 15. Schedules are flexible to accommodate winter vacations and other needs. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has grown remarkably since its inaugural team of just four volunteers in 1968. The program now involves nearly 35,000 volunteers and serves 2.7 million taxpayers annually at more than 5,000 sites nationwide with free tax help. Taxpayers who used AARP Foundation Tax-Aide received $1.41 billion in income tax refunds and more than $240 million in Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs). Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this program.

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Bismarck Public Schools is expected to grow by 1,900 students (13%) in the next five years. That’s the prediction of the planner Rob Schwarz of RSP Associates, who presented updated enrollment numbers to the School Board last night using a sophisticated forecast model. Schwarz, whose K-12 enrollment projections have been 99% accurate the past two years, says Bismarck is still growing and the economic outlook is good as the city increases in population, housing, and young families with children. Despite the downturn in oil and agriculture, the in-and-out-migration of residents is stable. For example, BPS could have 425 more kindergarten through 5th graders by 2021, an increase in student population about the size of Northridge Elementary School. The district’s most pressing need, according to Schwarz, is middle school space. Elementary classes of 1,000 or more students are now entering the middle level. Horizon and Simle are already over-capacity and Wachter will be over capacity next year. All three middle schools are on track to increase a total of 740 more students in five years. There was no middle school space provided in the last bond election. BPS high schools are expected to increase by 977 students. Century High will need an addition because its capacity is too small to handle its share of the high school growth. Bismarck High was slated to add an auditorium a few years ago, but the project was put on hold due to the recent need for elementary space. The Board thanked Schwarz for providing the updated data so they can make informed decisions on future space needs at the middle, high school, and elementary level. At the Board’s November 28th meeting, board members will review architectural plans and cost estimates for middle and senior high additions. The Board also asked administration to put together a plan for a community committee to review elementary space needs in the next five years.

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On November 9 over 200 Bismarck-Mandan Young Professional members, along with local Bismarck and Mandan fire and police departments, YPN business partners and sponsors gathered to hear the story of retired FDNY Lieutenant, Joe Torrillo.

The morning of September 11, 2001, Torrillo was on his way to a press conference with Fischer Price to unveil the new fireman “Rescue Hero,� when American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of the WTC. He rushed to his old firehouse, borrowed a uniform, then ran out to the street as United Airlines Flight 175 flew over his head, striking the south tower. As Joe was running to escape the crumbling south tower, the pressure from the air and collapsing building ripped his helmet off his head and he was lifted to his feet and landed at the Marriott Hotel, between the towers, when the hotel collapsed, burying him underneath. He was soon found and brought to a boat that had come from Jersey, as the north tower collapsed on the back of the boat, where he was buried again. Miraculously rescued for the second time, Torrillo was admitted to the hospital, but because of the borrowed uniform with the name of another firefighter, he was not recognized until three days after the attacks. For all of his incredible efforts towards our country, Joe was given a congressional medal of honor in 2015. The YPN was honored to have an American hero like Joe Torrillo speak at Epic Impact.

The Epic Impact event committee presented 9/11 survivor, Joe Torrillo, with a one-of-a-kind metal picture of himself and New York City.





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Starion Bank earned a five-star “superior” rating for second quarter 2016 from BauerFinancial, the nation’s leading independent bank and credit union rating firm. BauerFinancial has been reporting on and analyzing the performance of U.S. banks and credit unions since 1983. Star ratings are assigned quarterly on a scale of zero-to-five stars, with five being the strongest, and are based on the overall financial picture of the financial institution. The ratings are independent, meaning no institution is able to pay to be rated or excluded. “Starion Bank earned this rating thanks to the hard work of our entire team and our commitment to doing what is right for the customer,” said Craig Larson, CEO/ president of Starion Bank. “The Bauer ratings are a tool that can give consumers piece of mind that their financial institution is responsible and strong.”


Kirkwood Mall recently completed all phases of its 125,000 square yard parking lot remediation and renovation project. The multi-million dollar project, which started in spring 2016, addressed the lot’s many potholes and driving hazards as well as added a ring road for improved safety and access and included landscaping upgrades. Kirkwood Mall, owned by CBL & Associates Properties, contracted with Byrne & Jones after their successful completion of the Dakota Square Mall (another CBL property) parking lot renovation in 2014-15. The final walkthrough was completed on October 5 after over 10,000 personnel hours, over 20,000 tons of asphalt and over 25 acres of asphalt improvements. The project’s landscaping architecture was done by Prairie View Landscaping. “Improving the accessibility to Kirkwood Mall has been a priority since CBL bought the property a few years ago,” says Joe Duperre, Kirkwood Mall’s general manager. “With the help of our contractors we’ve been able to improve the safety, efficiency and visual appeal of the mall for our community. Additionally, accessibility is a huge factor in attracting new retailers and this project has certainly helped us do that and will continue to do so.” Mall stores and outparcel retailers remained open and accessible during the project despite minor re-routing. The mall received continually favorable feedback throughout the project. “We are grateful for the community’s patience during the construction and are thrilled to have the project completed before what we anticipate to be one of the busiest holiday seasons in years,” shares Duperre.

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Renovation of the Kirkwood Mall parking lot started this past spring and was recently completed.

MOORE ENGINEERING ARVIG BECOMES A DONATES TO GREAT GOOGLE PARTNER PLAINS FOOD BANK Arvig is pleased to announce that they are now Moore Engineering, Inc. and its employee owners donated $9,000 to the Great Plains Food Bank as part of its month-long celebration of employee ownership. The donation will supply 36,000 meals to those in need as the holiday season approaches.

October is “ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) Month” for employee-owned organizations and Moore, being 100 percent employee owned, holds special events throughout the month. One week is dedicated to a food drive, with employees donating funds and the company matching. This year’s total was more than 40 percent higher than the previous year. “We like to support the Great Plains Food Bank because they strengthen the entire region through their amazing distribution network,” said Jeffry Volk, Moore’s president and CEO. “The food bank serves the entire state of North Dakota and Clay County in Minnesota, and Moore is fortunate to serve dozens of cities across that same area.”

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officially a Google Partner, having earned the distinction by passing Google AdWords product certification exams and maintaining up-to-date product knowledge. Charly Baune, Digital Media Manager said, “We made it our goal to become a Google Partner this year and my team embraced the challenge. I’m happy to say that we are a Google Partner specializing in Search Ads.” The Google Partner badge shows that Arvig’s Digital Media Team has demonstrated advanced knowledge in Google AdWords advertising products that help deliver results and build long-lasting relationships to their clients. Arvig’s digital team has grown steadily and becoming a Google Partner falls in line with their efforts to demonstrate how committed they are to assisting clients with their goals in advertising their services online.

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Bremer Bank recently contributed $450,000 to the North Dakota Housing Incentive Fund, making it possible for the program to fully capitalize months before the year-end deadline. As a result, the HIF program will be able to continue supporting the development of affordable multi-family housing units in the state. “We are deeply appreciative of Bremer’s commitment to the Housing Incentive Fund,” said Jolene Kline, Executive Director of North Dakota Housing Finance Agency, the HIF program administrator. “Only through the steadfast support of our program contributors are we able to provide housing that’s affordable for all North Dakotans.” The HIF program relies on taxpayer contributions and uses those funds to provide low-cost financing to developers of affordable rental housing. NDHFA had until Dec. 31, 2016, to fully capitalize the program. Because of Bremer’s latest contribution, the program met its goal three months early. This was the company’s third major contribution to the North Dakota HIF in a little more than a year, bringing their total support to $1.95 million in the biennium. “There’s a continued need for affordable housing in North Dakota and the Housing Incentive Fund plays an essential role in meeting that demand,” said Judd Graham, Bremer Bank’s Fargo Region CEO. “Our contributions to this fund not only support the HIF program mission, but also align with Bremer’s own commitment to giving back to our communities. It is especially meaningful in this case because everyone deserves a place to call home.”

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The $40 million in HIF assistance NDHFA allocated this biennium is leveraging $196.4 million in construction costs to create 1,105 new units. More than one-third of the 30 projects supported provide housing for special needs households including disabled, homeless and elderly individuals and families. Individuals and businesses that make HIF contributions receive a dollar-fordollar state income tax credit. More information on the program is available online at or by contacting NDHFA at (800) 292-8621 or


Kupper Automotive (Bismarck Motor Company and Kupper Chevrolet-Subaru) presented a check to the North Dakota National Guard on Thursday, November 9. Maj. Gen. Alan S. Dohrmann accepted the check on behalf of the organization’s Emergency Relief Fund. This was the 11th year Kupper Automotive held its annual Customer & Military Appreciation Event & Car Show.

With the help of past, present and former customers, sponsors, employees, area businesses and community members, the event held September 10, 2016 raised $21,000, the largest total to-date and more than $3,600 up from that of the 2015 event.

“We are honored and overwhelmed by the generous support of our community and business members. The passion and generosity this community shows in supporting families of our military never ceases to amaze me. We are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2017 and want to again thank all of the businesses, musician Brianna Helbling, car show participants, community members and our staff and volunteers for another hugely successful event,” said Bob Kupper, Owner of Kupper Automotive.

Bob Kupper and Kupper Automotive staff present Maj. Gen. Alan S. Dohrmann with a check for $21,000.

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wellness programs together rather than as separate interventions. Protection of a worker’s health as it relates to occupational injury and exposure remains the primary goal of safety programs. Health and safety together are key drivers of productivity and safety. The company culture can play a central role in advancing prevention, promoting the company’s bottom line and improving the overall health of the community. To get started: • Assess both work related and non-work related data for trends. • Establish a baseline health report of the workforce. • Identify top risks or opportunities across all data sets and develop priorities. • Ensure alignment of safety and benefits programs across the company. • Develop a strong partner with your company’s occupational medicine provider.

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Spilovoy Named OER Research Fellow

One of the North Dakota University System’s biggest advocates for open educational resources has been granted a fellowship. Tanya Spilovoy, Ed. D., NDUS’ director of distance education and state authorization and the Tanya Spilovoy leading proponent for OER in the Peterson Named Executive Director of state, was recently named an Open Education Group OER Research Fellow. Joint Venture Spilovoy joins 20 other fellows from across the The joint venture between the country for 2016-2018 who will research the impact Good Samaritan Society and open educational resources have on the cost of Sanford Health in Bismarckeducation, impact on student success, trends in OER Mandan has named Wade usage, and the perceptions of OER. Wade Peterson Peterson as its executive director. Three colleges and universities have adopted OER The joint venture will include for coursework already, which has saved students more Sanford Health Continuing Care Centers in Bismarckthan $2 million in textbook costs during the spring and Mandan, the Good Samaritan Society – Bismarck fall semesters of 2016. campus and a new 120-bed rehabilitation/skilled care center that is currently being built in Mandan. Bismarck Aero Center As the executive director, Peterson will be Welcomes New responsible for the overall leadership and management Flightline Technician of all locations within the joint venture. Some of Kaelin Schneider joins the his duties will include ensuring regulatory and Bismarck Aero Center team as a organization compliance; directing and coordinating Full-time Flightline Technician. daily operations; and managing the financial and Native of Rugby, ND, Schneider operational stability of the joint venture. Kaelin Schneider has spent the last six years Peterson previously served as the administrator for working for his family’s aerial Sanford Health Sunset Drive Continuing Care Center. He has 25 years of long-term care experience and is the spraying company. There, he gained the most of his aviation experience by being around the Rugby Airport. chair of the North Dakota State Health Council. Along with his work experience, he has received an associates degree in Business Management from United Recognizes Special Bismarck State College and obtained his private pilot’s Achievements Of AAction Movers license. AAction Movers, Bismarck, North Dakota, an agent Once fully trained, Schneider will be working to of United Van Lines, has been honored by America’s provide a high level of customer service to the Bismarck Number One Mover for exceptional professional Aero Center general aviation customers. achievement.. AAction Movers received the President’s Club Award at the $2 million level – honoring agents who have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year.

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Hornbacher Named CHI St. Alexius Health’s Director of Revenue Cycle Optimization

CHI St. Alexius Health recently announced the naming of Amy Amy Hornbacher Hornbacher as its new director of revenue cycle optimization. She will serve as the key liaison between CHI St. Alexius Health’s revenue management partners to drive improvement in respect to revenue cycle operations. Hornbacher started her career with CHI St. Alexius Health in 1990 and has served in a variety of leadership roles, including patient access and business office director, director of compliance, and vice president compliance and risk. In 2014 when St. Alexius affiliated with Catholic Health Initiatives, Amy filled the role of assistant regional corporate responsibility officer. Hornbacher graduated from University of North Dakota with a Bachelor of Arts Political Science degree and earned a Master of Business Administration from University of Mary. In addition, she is certified in healthcare compliance (CHC), healthcare professional risk management (CHPRM) and is a certified compliance and ethics professional (CCEP).

Local Advisors Attend Prestigious Top of the Table Annual Meeting

Joel Bird and Jason Kirchmeier, Private Wealth Advisors with Ameriprise Financial in Bismarck, North Dakota, attended the 2016 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Top of the Table Annual Meeting in September. Top of the Table is MDRT’s highest level of membership. Bird and Kirchmeier, Top of the Table qualifiers, were among approximately 500 Top of the Table members, spouses, exhibitors and speakers who attended the meeting. Achieving membership in MDRT’s Top of the Table is a distinguishing career milestone. This year, 2,470 MDRT members qualified for Top of the Table, representing approximately five percent of the total MDRT membership. Bergluncd Completes ICBA Course Keli Berglund, Internal

KLJ Hires Gulbrandson

KLJ, an engineering, surveying and planning firm, hired Auditor, Kirkwood Bank & Trust Amanda Gulbrandson in its recently completed the Certified Bismarck office. Community Bank Internal Gulbrandson is a project Auditing Program, sponsored assistant. She earned an by the Community Banker associate degree in architectural University. drafting, estimating and Amanda Gulbrandson Berglund successfully Keli Berglund construction management from completed the requirements North Dakota State University. of a comprehensive bank auditing program and Gulbrandson has 10 years of experience in drafting and passed all certification examinations. The seminars project coordination. included: Auditing I-The Basics, Auditing Working Papers; Auditing II-Auditing Liabilities; Auditing IIIAuditing Assets; Auditing IV-Regulatory Accounting and Apex Engineering Hires New Team Members Operational Auditing and Bank Information Systems Auditing. Apex Engineering Group is proud to announce the addition of seven team members! Moldenhauer Receives Marcy Blotsky joins Apex Engineering Group as a member of our support staff. Blotsky holds a Bachelor’s 2016 Builder of the of Science degree in Business Administration from Year the University of Mary. Throughout her career, Blotsky In November, Chad has held positions with the North Dakota Department Moldenhauer, owner of K&L of Human Services, the North Dakota Department of Homes, received BismarckTransportation and Tesoro. Mandan’s 2016 Builder of the Sam Anderson is an engineering technician in our Chad Moldenhauer Year and the 2016 BEAM Award Transportation Group. Anderson has an Associates from the Bismarck-Mandan of Applied Sciences degree in Civil Engineering Technology from South Central College. Prior to joining Home Builder’s Association. Apex, Anderson was an intern for the Cities of Mendota Dr. Steven Hamar Receives Pillars of Heights and South St. Paul, MN. Brad Fettig joins Apex Engineering Group as a right the Foundation Award of way specialist. Fettig has a Bachelor’s Degree in CHI St. Alexius Health awarded Natural Resource Management from North Dakota State Steven Hamar, MD, the Pillars University and brings eight years of land acquisition of the Foundation Award during and right of way experience with Ulteig and Montana the 2016 Gratitude Gala. The Dakota Utilities to the position. Pillars of the Foundation Award Nolan Johnson joins the Apex team as a graduate is presented annually to pay engineer. Johnson graduated from South Dakota tribute to those significantly School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor’s impacted the medical center. Degree in Civil Engineering and interned for the Steven Hamar, MD Rapid City, SD Engineering Department and Ferber Those who are nominated for Engineering before joining the Apex team. the recognition fall into one, or all, of these criteria: recipient is a long-time volunteer and/or donor to CHI Jason Coley has been hired as a civil engineering technician in Apex’s Municipal Group. Coley has St. Alexius Health, recipient has made a significant impact on CHI St. Alexius Health’s history and is more an Associate’s Degree in Computer Aided Drafting than likely a community member; however, associates from College of the North Atlantic. His diverse work experience includes time as a Design Drafter at can receive the recognition. For more than 38 years, Dr. Hamar has contributed CIMARRON Engineering, Ltd., Ibberson Engineering, to the growth and well-being of CHI St. Alexius Health. Inc. and most recently, as a Design Drafter and Project Manager for Don Tietz Construction, Inc. in Detroit He is recognized for the extraordinary care he gives Lakes, MN. and for the legacy he has created for health care within western North Dakota. He has served on several Madison Hausauer started at Apex Engineering Group as a communication specialist. Hausauer committees at Mid Dakota Clinic and CHI St. Alexius Health, and played a vital role in starting the Advanced graduated from North Dakota State University with a Trauma Life Support (ATLS) program at CHI St. Alexius Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising. Prior to joining Apex, Hausauer served as a Marketing Health and the Vein Center at Mid Dakota Clinic. Dr. Coordinator for Discovery Benefits. Hamar is greatly respected by his peers, current and past coworkers, his patients and many others who have Robert Bain joins the Apex team as a survey crew chief. Bain studied Land Surveying at Peninsula entered his life. Community College and Land Surveying and Geomatics at Oregon Institute of Technology. He is a long-time Credit Collections Bureau member of Land Surveyors Association of Washington Announcement State (LSAW), holding positions on the board of trustees Credit Collections Bureau is proud to announce that for the North Olympic Chapter, including Associate Laurie Jeschke has been named the Employee of the of the Year and President. Bain brings 17 years of Month. experience to the position, and most recently, was a Credit Collections Bureau is proud to announce that Land Surveyor for Wood Group PSN, Inc. in Minot, ND. Kim Black has been promoted to Collection Specialist.

Sanford Health Welcomes Physician

Lindsey Henderson, M.D., family medicine physician, recently joined Sanford South Clinic in Bismarck. She received her medical degree from Lindsey Henderson University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Grand Forks and completed her residency training in family medicine from Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo.

Wald Named Advisor of the Month

David Wald

Securian Financial Advisors of ND, Inc. is pleased to announce that David Wald has been named Advisor of the Month for October based upon his production and service to his clients. Wald has been a representative with Securian since August 2008 and is located at 1550 Burnt Boat

Drive, Bismarck. Wald is a Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative of Securian Financial Services, Inc. member FINRA/SIPC.

McLean Appointed to NDAR

The Board of Directors of the Bismarck Mandan Realtor Association has appointed Jamie McLean, Broker Associate with Integra Realty Group, Inc. to Jamie McLean represent the Bismarck Mandan Board on the North Dakota Association of Realtors Board. Jamie has been a Realtor since 2011 and has been active on the local Board for several years. He is also a member of the “cloud crowd” which is a committee dealing with the fast changing technology issues in the real estate industry.

Bianco Realty Sales Awards

Shirley Thomas

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

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NEWS Schmidt Receives Sr. Boniface Timmins Award

Rosanne Schmidt, vice president/chief nursing officer at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck Medical Center was presented the 2016 Sr. Boniface Timmins Leadership Award at CHI St. Alexius Health’s Associate Awards Banquet on Tuesday, October 18, Rosanne Schmidt 2016. Rosanne began her nursing career at CHI St. Alexius Health as a registered nurse on the children’s unit. After 10 years as a nurse on the children’s and orthopedics units, she has held leadership positions at various levels and multiple units, including interim administrator at the Garrison hospital and nursing home. She has been CHI St. Alexius Health’s Chief Nursing Officer since 2010. The Sr. Boniface Timmins Leadership Award is presented to a person in leadership who typifies or emulates the qualities of servant leadership demonstrated by Sister Boniface Timmins, administrator of CHI St. Alexius Health for nearly 40 years. Recipients of this recognition are ones who personify the qualities of Benedictine servant leadership which are characterized as being Mission driven, innovative and visionary.


PERKS Family Wellness Announces New Facility Director

Family Wellness BismarckMandan, opening in January, 2017, is pleased to announce their new Director, Taija Bohn. Taija Bohn Bohn is currently employed as the Fitness Director at the Missouri Valley Family YMCA. She has a degree in Exercise Science from the University of Mary, and has been on the Y staff since 2007, starting in Member Service, then becoming a certified Fitness Instructor. Soon Taija was working as the Program Coordinator for Primetime and Livestrong at the YMCA and was then promoted to her most recent position. She has already begun the transition to Family Wellness Director and is prepared to implement programming and staffing at the new facility as early as next week. Family Wellness is a partnership between Sanford Health and the Missouri Valley Family YMCA. To meet the needs of a growing and changing community, Family Wellness is designed to offer healthy activities for families throughout the area, with an inviting, welcoming facility, state of the art equipment and fitness spaces, child care, physical therapy and outstanding programming for all ages. Members of Family Wellness and the YMCA have full access to both facilities and all their amenities.

Moore Engineering Hires Jackson and Grannis

Moore Engineering, Inc. recently hired Jim Jackson and Darrell Grannis in its Bismarck office. Jackson was hired as the transportation group leader and practice leader. He will manage projects and work with staff to Jim Jackson grow the transportation practice for the company. Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University. He previously worked at KLJ in Bismarck as a project manager. Jackson resides in Bismarck with his wife and four children. Darrell Grannis Grannis was hired as an engineering technician III. He was previously employed by Bartlett and West as a lead field representative. A native of Valley Springs, Calif., Grannis moved to Bismarck in 2011 with his wife and three children.

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

Broadcast on KDAK 102.5 FM radio. Streamed online at

Mon, 5th

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

Tues, 6th

5:30 pm Mandan City Commission

Thur. 8th Mon, 12th

5:30 pm Morton County Commission *

Tues, 13th

5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission

Wed, 14th

5:15 pm Burleigh Planning Commission

Thur, 15th

5:15 pm Bismarck Park Board

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

Mon, 19th 5:00 pm Burleigh County Commission 5:30 pm Mandan School Board * Tues, 20th 1:00 pm Metropolitan Planning Organization Policy Board 5:30 pm Mandan City Commission 32 | Chamber Connection

Wed, 21st 5:00 pm Bismarck Planning Commission Thur. 22nd 5:30 am Burleigh County Water Resource District Tues, 27th 5:15 pm Bismarck City Commission 5:15 pm Mandan Planning Commission * 5:30 pm Morton County Commission * Thurs, 29th 3:30 pm Burleigh County Social Services Meetings are replayed several times on the Government Access channel and are available for viewing online (Watch on Demand) at * Delayed Playback

Welcome new members

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

Bismarck Dentistry 4401 Coleman Street Suite 104 Bismarck, ND Daniel Van Buskirk (701) 751-8081 Dental office. Prominent Technology 1120 College Dr. Suite 105 Bismarck, ND Brian Hanson (701) 390-9355 Partner with Prominent Technology for IT staffing solutions and enterprise-level software development. Whether you’re on the Fortune 500 or a local non-profit, our team is ready to meet your need. Werner Electric Supply 1322 South 22nd Street Bismarck, ND Bruce Thompson (701) 224-3720 Wholesale Electrical Distribution Dakota Business Solutions, Inc. Mandan, ND Kelly Heinert (701) 220-6706 With decades of mail equipment experience and leader in mail technology in Western & Central North Dakota. DBS brings local service, sales & expertise to your business. The Dealer is the Difference! City Scapes Landscape Services 1112 Portland Dr. #301 Bismarck, ND Michael Schwieters (701) 751-1115 Full service lawn care maintenance and landscaping company.

Bismarck Magazine Bismarck, ND Hannah Haynes (701) 989-7959 Bismarck Magazine focuses on highlighting the culture and lifestyle of the Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln areas, specifically the downtown, entrepreneurial spirit of the community. Aesthetic Dental Center 1207 West Divide Ave. #1 Bismarck, ND Dr. Krysta Sellers (701) 214-5552 The Aesthetic Dental Center specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, implant dentures, crowns, bridges, TMJ disorders and sleep apnea appliances. General dental care also offered. Luxe Beautique 1121 N. 13th St. Suite 1 Bismarck, ND Megan Bender (701) 222-6366 Full service spa & salon located in central Bismarck. We offer services including hair cuts, colors, manicures, pedicures, facials, body wraps & massages! Beauty services & pampering is our specialty! Bender Auto Body 3355 Saratoga Dr. Bismarck, ND Ethan Bender (701) 693-6446 Your car’s favorite shop in town! We have been servicing fender-benders since 2012. We service all auto collision needs! We fix damage from a cracked windshield to a small dent to collision repair!

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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

LACEY’S CUSTOM JEWELRY Lacey Madsen, Owner and staff at their new location on 913 W. Interstate Ave. Ste. B, in Bismarck. Phone: 701-214-9649. Member.

THREEFOLD Caleb Hauff and Keenan Hauff, Co-Owners, along with staff at their new location on 212 W. Main Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 701-426-0893. Member.

CITY OF BISMARCK Mayor Seminary, and other City officials celebrated the road completion of North Washington Street for the road completion. Member. 34 | Chamber Connection

SEH INC. Ken Nysether, Office Manager at their new location on 4719 Shelburne Street. Ste. 6 in Bismarck. Phone: 701-354-7121. Member.

BROCK WHITE CONSTRUCTION Jon Zabolotny and staff at their new location on 3420 E. Century Ave. in Bismarck. Phone: 701-222-3010. Member.

INDEPENDENT DOCTORS FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC Dr. Denise McDonough & Dr. Joy Froelich, along with staff at their new business on 4535 Northern Sky Dr. in Bismarck. Phone: 712-3000. Member.

Schedule Your Ribbon Cutting Today!



Fred Koenig, President and staff at their new location on 1022 E. Divide Ave. Ste. D. in Bismarck. Phone: 701-751-5829. Member.

Renee Murrish, Owner and event team at the new venue space on 308 W. Main Street in Mandan. Phone: 701-226-1640. Member.



Travis Feist, Owner and Tracy Carson at their new business on 2804 Memorial Hwy. in Mandan. Phone: 701-251-4119.

Riley Yadon at their location on 1401 S. 12th St. in Bismarck. Phone: 701-258-3195

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Upcoming Chamber Events CHAMBER H O L I DAY



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


JANUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: FAMILY WELLNESS Date: Tuesday, Janaury 10, 2017 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: Family Wellness Bismarck-Mandan – 2700 46th Ave SE, Mandan 2017 ANNUAL DINNER Date: Thursday, Janaury 12, 2017 • Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm Location: Bismarck Event Center, Hall B – 315 S 5th Street, Bismarck FEBUARY MEMBERSHIP MIXER: KLJ Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017 • Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm Location: KLJ – 4585 Coleman Street, Bismarck

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