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“The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce will provide leadership to promote a progressive business environment�

Inside this issue: New Members

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Chamber Member News

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Election Information

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Women & Money

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Member Renewal &

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Ribbon Cuttings Chamber News

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Business After Hours

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Board of Directors Dennis Cannon..................................... President Craig Kubas .......................................... Pres-Elect Rachelle Schroeder ............................ Treasurer Chris Johnson . ..................................... Past President Elaine Myran......................................... Director Mike Renner.......................................... Director Klint Sickler ........................................... Director Harmony Kolling................................. Director Lisa Roers ............................................... Director Christian Kostelecky ......................... Director Terry Kovacevich ............................... Director Nathan Bouray ..................................... Director

Special Points of Interest April 3rd—Business After Hours— Joy Haven May 2nd—6th—Teacher Appreciation Week May 3rd—Measure 2 Forum May 5th & 6th—3on3 Hoopfest May 19th—Fly-In Event— Dickinson Theodore Regional Airport

Committee Chairperson Agriculture ............................................. Kevin Holten Airport Promotions . ......................... Matt Remynse Ambassador .......................................... Tasha Gartner Education ............................................... Rebecca Pitkin Governmental Affairs ....................... Nate Bouray Promotions and Retail ..................... Betty Jo Noe Officials.................................................... Rachelle Schroeder

Water/Wastewater Engineering—Surveying/Mapping/GIS Electrical/Structural Engineering—Land Development Municipal Engineering—Instrumentation And Controls

STAFF Kristi Tessier ........................................ Events & Marketing Coordinator Cindy Brock ........................................... Administrative Assistant

Chamber Snapshot

Publication First Day of the Month Published By C. Brock

Deadline Third Thursday of the month - For both copy and advertising Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce 314 3rd Avenue West •P.O. Box C Dickinson, ND 58602 Phone: 701-225-5115  Fax: 701-225-5116 E-mail: team@dickinsonchamber.org Board of Directors monthly meeting minutes and annual financial statements are available to Chamber Members. .

March 2012 Phone Calls:

447

Walk-in:

162

Email Inquires:

33

Relocation Packets:

44

Phone Books

17

Misc. & Maps:

59

Web Hits

2209

Facebook Users

354


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New Members

KAT Communications

Bakken Dakota Group

Todd Muggerud 1025 3rd St. N, Suite 1 Bismarck, ND 58501 701-224-9208 www.katcommunications.com

Sam Gunderson 99 26th Street East Dickinson, ND 58601 701-264-9994 www.bakkendakotagroup.com

KAT is a solutions company focused on marketing, advertising, management consulting, and training. Their core is to help organizations succeed by strategically identifying barriers and prescribing and executing solutions to those barriers as well as organizational enhancements.

The Bakken Dakota Group is an affiliation of Engineers & Contractors that have come together to offer their collective or individual services to the ND market. The Group is headed by Sam Gunderson & consists of Hermanson Egge Engineering, West Plains Engineering, Quantum Integrated Services, Muth Electrical Construction, Action Mechanical Construction, Pacific Coast Drilling, Heavy Constructors, & its divisions Gustafson Builders & Excavation Specialists.

Lillians of Dickinson Cami Havelka 14 1st Street West Dickinson, ND 58601 701-483-7216 www.lilliansshoppe.com\dickinson Lillians’ is a fun, fabulous occasional shop open the second Thursday through Sunday, and the Third Thursday through Saturday of each Month. Lillians’ offers hip fashions, dresses, tops, sweaters, denim and more! They also offer handbags, fun totes and satchels, wallets, trendy jewelry, watches, sunglasses and scarves.

Hanson Trucking, Inc. Steve Hanson 225 Truck Route Columbia Falls, MT 59912 406-892-3900 www.hansontrucking.com

North Dakota CPA Society Jim Abbott, Executive Director 2701 South Columbia Road Grand Forks, ND 58201 701-775-7100 www.andcpas.org The North Dakota Society of CPAs is the statewide association of Certified Public Accountants. It has approximately 1,600 members, consisting of CPAs and students planning to become CPAs. About 75% of all CPAs in North Dakota are members. The Society maintains an office and staff, based in Grand Forks. Our mission is to help members excel in their profession. Our Vision is to be SUPERB in member service and member satisfaction, by answering member needs, by fostering public respect for CPAs, by effectively advocating for CPAs, and by actively involving members.

As with any successful business, a company's ability to provide service is a good measure for their standing in the specific industry. Hanson Trucking has 55 employees, including 40 drivers and nine mechanics. There can be no down time with the amount of service they provide and the number of trucks that they run. The fleet is made up from a constant rotation of well-maintained used trucks. Up until this year the company had never purchased a new truck; always opting for two to three year old tractors that previous owners had traded in.

Development, Construction, Property Management and Commercial & Residential Real Estate.


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Leadership Dickinson

Nikki Grinsteinner During the March Leadership Dickinson, we focused on Health Care and Human Services. We started out at the hospital with a tour. This tour was very interesting because we got to see a lot of behind the scenes activity that goes on at the hospital. We toured the lab, the MRI unit, the surgery department, and the baby floor. After the tour, important hospital figures came and talked to us. I think the tour, along with the speakers, really draws each student's attention, even if they are not entering into a health-related career. In conclusion of our morning, we had lunch with the Rotary Club. This experience was unique and something I know I've never done before. That is why Leadership Dickinson is so awesome; it provides its students with so many opportunities.

Karli Mann This week we explored Health and Human Services in the Dickinson area. In the afternoon we visited ABLE where we took a tour and learned how it was founded, what they do for our community, and how they work every day. We then visited VocRehab, where we were shown all the gadgets that people with disabilities need to use every day. We learned that just because someone has a disability, does not mean they cannot do the same things as someone without a disability. All in all, this education and fun-filled day taught us to appreciate the things we have, and to help those in need.


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American Welcomes New Employees

American Bank Center is pleased to announce Steve Glasser, Zach Mcoy, and Kirsten Heinrich. Steve Glasser is the new Credit Administration Specialist. Steve most currently worked as the Executive Director at the DSU Strom Center. Zach McCoy is a new part-time Credit Analyst at the downtown Dickinson location. Zach is currently attending Dickinson State University and pursuing a degree in Business Administration. Kirsten Heinrich is a part-time Teller at the north Dickinson location. Kirsten has previous teller experience and is currently attending Dickinson State University pursing a degree in Business Administration. American Bancor, Ltd is pleased to announce Chad Skretteberg has taken on the additional role of Security Officer. Chad will continue his duties in the Information Systems Department as well as serve his role as security officer. Chad joined American in June of 2011.

Member News Dickinson Airport receives Award The Dickinson Regional Airport has received the 2011 Commercial Airport of the Year award, according to a press release. Tim Thorsen, the Airport Association of North Dakota president, presented the award Tuesday at the Upper Midwest Aviation Symposium in Bismarck. Those receiving the award were Dickinson Airport Authority Chairman Jon Frantsvog, Secretary and Treasurer Craig Steve and Airport Manager Matthew Remynse. Excellence in maintaining safety, project management and community awareness played a part in deciding which North Dakota airport got the award, according to the release. The Dickinson Airport completed expansions to the passenger terminal. The airport also saw “an explosive 83.1 percent annual increase” last year. Airport staff reached out to the community by holding two open houses, Remynse said. In addition, it held its first annual Youth Aviation Adventure Day, an event where children got a handson experience in different areas of aviation. The airport is working on a master plan which will lay out what needs to be accomplished to meet demands that the airport will see in the upcoming years due to an oil boom in western North Dakota.

Administrative Professionals Luncheon Monday, April 23, 2012 Elks Lodge 11:30—1pm Speaker/Presenter, Scott Hanson of DSU. “Past, Present, and Future" of Administrative Professionals. Registration Deadline: April 13, 2012 Contact: Renee Kilzer, E-mail - rmkilzer@nd.gov, Phone: 701-824-3276 Sponsored by Southwest Area Support Staff


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Election Information

Primary Election June 12, 2012 Dickinson, ND City Commissioners (Four positions will be up for election, they are elected as four year terms) Stark County Commissioners (Three positions will be up for election, they are elected as four year terms) Earliest day to begin circulating Petitions ……………………………….Saturday, January 14, 2012 Earliest day to file Petitions…………..…………………… Monday, January 16, 2012 Last day to file Petitions…………………………4:00p.m., Friday, April 13, 2012

To Contact Our Local Legislators: District 36

District 37

Senator George L. Nodland (R) Email:glnodland@nd.gov Representative Shirley Meyer (D) Email:sjmeyer@nd.gov Representative Mike Schatz (R) Email:mischatz@nd.gov

Senator Rich Wardner (R): Majority Leader Email: rwardner@nd.gov Representative Nancy Johnson (R) Email: njohnson@nd.gov Representative Vicky Steiner (R) Email: vsteiner@nd.gov

To Contact North Dakota’s Pro-Business Legislation: North Dakota Chamber of Commerce www.ndchamber.com Phone: 701-222-0929 Toll Free: 1-800-382-1405 Fax: 701-222-1611


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Election Information

Measure 2 This initiated m easure would am end sections 1, 4, 14, 15, and 16 of article X of t he North Dakota Constitution and repeal sections 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 of that sam e article, eliminating property taxes, poll taxes and acreage taxes, eff ective January 1, 2012. The m easure would replace the lost revenue with allocations of various state level taxes and other revenues, without restrictions on how these revenues m ay be spent. Su p po rt In November 2009, Robert Hale, a Minot, North Dakota resident announced that he was in the process of forming a committee, known as the Empower the Taxpayer committee, to propose the measure. According to Hale, the ballot language was similar to that of Rep. Dan Ruby's proposal during the 2009 legislative session. The proposed legislation called for amending the North Dakota Constitution to remove property taxes as a sources of state revenue. The measure is also sponsored by Charlene Nelson of Casselton, North Dakota. Supporters Robert Hale, Charlene Nelson, Empower the Taxpayer committee Arguments In response to arguments that removal of the property tax may lead to questions about other types of taxes that are intended as property tax substitutes, sponsors of the proposed amendment said that issue could be resolved by "specifying that some types of taxes are not based on their property value." Supporters of the measure also argue that eliminating property taxes may make the state more attractive to businesses, which may lead to increased revenue for the state. "This would remove the property tax disincentive across the state. I believe that we would see many industries taking a very, very serious look at this state as a place to settle," said Hale. O p po s itio n Opponents argue that it is dangerous to "eliminate an entire source of revenue" and that the proposal is misleading. The proposal, they argue, may appear like a tax cut but may instead force other state taxes upward in order to compensate. Opponents Wahpeton Finance Director Darcie Huwe, Williams County Auditor Beth Innis, North Dakota Public Instruction Superintendent Wayne Sanstead, Rep. Charles Damschen, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce Arguments In response to the proposed measure Wahpeton Finance Director Darcie Huwe said, "This will be monumental. Property tax is one way for local governments to kind of control their destiny, with their ability to raise bulk revenue to provide local services. And if we lose that ability or diminish that ability to raise local revenue that provides local services, I think you end up with a disconnect between funding and priorities." If property taxes were eliminated as a source of revenue, local governments would have to depend on the state to replace the source, said Huwe. "In what form and how would it come and would it be the same amount and what would control how much that amount would be... a lot of big unknowns that aren't necessarily defined in the proposed legislation," she said. According to Williams County Auditor Beth Innis eliminating the property tax would have had a serious impact on citizens and could have caused an increase in sales taxes or income taxes in order to compensate for the lost revenue. In particular, Innis said she believed the elimination of property taxes would have impacted people with low or fixed incomes. North Dakota Public Instruction Superintendent Wayne Sanstead said, "It has ramifications that could be severe for certainly, I'd say, school districts, but all political subdivisions." Sanstead argues that the legislature has taken strides to reduce property taxes. "We're down around 30 percent now. It's a lot less than it was when I came into this office, and I'm happy about that, but the first is, to eliminate totally, that`s a whole different kettle of fish," said Sanstead. Rep. Charles Damschen said that he is concerned that voters may assume that the proposed amendment means a tax cut. Damschen argues that it may in fact force state taxes upward. "This really is not going to be a net tax cut, and if people believe that, or are told that, it’s really misleading. That revenue isn’t going to just appear (elsewhere) when we abolish property tax," he said. Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Craig Whitney said, "To eliminate an entire source of revenue for nearly 3,000 political subdivisions without an approved methodology to replace that funding is dangerous. Instead, we need to explore alternative, sustainable revenue sources in order to lower the tax burden on property owners."

For more information on the proposed measures and the primary election go to www.nd.gov


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MAC’S Donates to Local Charities and Organizations MAC’S Inc. will be presenting donation checks to local Dickinson organizations on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:00am at their Dickinson store location of 241 26th St W. A total of $6250 in donations will be handed out, representing the amount raised during their grand opening last month. It is common to see grand openings feature free item giveaways, but MAC’S wanted to turn this event into an opportunity to give back to the Dickinson community. After gathering item donations from various vendors, MAC’S assessed the value of the items and decided to host a silent auction, with all proceeds to benefit four local charities and organizations: Domestic Violence & Rape Crisis Center, American Red Cross, Dickinson Rural Fire & Rescue, and Elder Care. Held during their grand opening sale the week of February 19-25, 2012, the silent auction was a huge success, raising a total of $6250 in donations while allowing auction winners to get an array of items at a discount of their retail value. The proceeds will be divided equally among the selected organizations for a donation amount of $1562.50 to each, which MAC’S is excited to present on Friday. The media is invited to attend this event. About MAC’S Inc.: MAC’S Inc. is a 4th generation, family-owned North Dakota company that was originally incorporated in 1932. Known to be “NOT Just Another Hardware Store,” MAC’S offers not only the standard hardware you expect, but also bolts in bulk, industrial and surplus items, a large selection of chain, rope, and cable, and great customer service. MAC’S has eleven other locations in the tri-state area: Minot, Bismarck, Fargo, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Huron, Watertown, Aberdeen, Sioux Falls, Moorhead, and Detroit Lakes.


Page 9 Thank you for renewing 2011-2012 memberships 4 Bears Casino Allan’s Decorating Center American Family Insurance—Todd Schweitzer Baranko Brothers, Inc Century Link, Inc. City of Dickinson Dacotah Insurance Endeavor Engineering, Inc. Farmers Union Insurance Four Seasons Trophies Helena Chemical Company Hope Christian Academy I Keating Furniture World KDIX Radio KQCD Legend Homes Microtel Inn & Suites Missouri Basin Nitro Green Professional Lawn/Tree Care Northern Lights Council Boys Scouts—Roughrider District Roene Hulsing—CPA The real estate company

Ribbon Cuttings March 21st

RDO Equipment Company

My Place


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Chamber News

Airport Statistics

March Coffee Sponsor

February Passenger Traffic 2012

2012

% Diff.

Enplaned

2121

1076

97%

Deplaned

2071

967

114%

4192

2043

105%

Total

Continental Real Estate 135 Sims PO Box 1121 Dickinson, ND 58601 701-483-9107 www.crealestate.com Residential, Commercial, Investment, & Farm/Ranch

CHAMBER COMMITTEES Airport Committee: Committee Members We are looking for new committee members interested in joining. February Flight Statistics The flight statistics sheet was reviewed. The Dickinson Airport has seen about 97% increase this last month. 2012 Fly In May 19th(Armed Forces Day) will be the Fly In Day. Some of the events were reviewed and sponsors are still needed. Air Service Update Dickinson Airport Authority will hire a consultant to assist them in choosing the right air service for our area. The bid will be this fall.

Ambassadors /Membership Committee:

Cami Havelka of Lillians was introduced to the Committee; she is a new committee member. Hometown Pride Award The business must be a Chamber Member, have completed a major renovation/beautification project or new construction within the past 12 months, be part of the Dickinson Business Community. Hometown Pride will be award in March to My Place. We will vote on April’s Hometown Pride award by email. Ribbon Cuttings On March 21st will be RDO Equipment Company and My Place. Agriculture Committee: On April 12th will be Lillians and Ag Week Awareness Weston Solutions. An ad was run in the Dickinson Press The following businesses were added: along with a signature page about National Ag Day. Fliers were distributed at Old Time Tobacco Shop, ABLE Thrift Dan’s along with posters around town. Shop, and Lufkin. Golf Scramble Ag BBQ Subcommittee Dennis from the BOD will contact The subcommittee and presented their Harvey to update him. new ideas to the Ag committee.

Education Committee: Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6th—11th. Leadership Dickinson 1 sessions left. Energy will be the topic.

Educator & Business of the Year Nominees were presented. Community Engagement Ideas were brought up to make the business area more aware of what is going on in the Education area.

Recreational Events: 3on3 Hoopfest Committee: The Hoopfest is scheduled for May 5 and 6th.

Holiday Craft Show The craft show is 12/1 at the BAC. It was suggested to use the large reader boards for advertising by the BAC. Business After Hours BAH will be held at Joy Haven on April 3, Public Transit on May 1st and LaQuinta on June 5th. The only months without one scheduled is October & November. 4th of July Coupons The letter was reviewed and will be sent out 4/15. We will print 5,000.

Government Affairs Committee: Measure 2 Forum Measure 2 Forum will take place 5/3. The Dickinson Press will be the sponsor. Press releases will be sent out.

SW Night at the Legislature This will be held 1/21/13 in Bismarck. We will start looking for Two new members were introduced, entertainment and sponsors. Cami Havelka of Lillians and Ben Shroyer of BAC.

Promotions Committee:


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Business After Hours


Ideas for Parents to show Appreciation for Your Child’s Teacher *Parents can take time to write personal thank-you notes to their children’s teachers. Make sure to say thanks the next time they talk to their children’s teachers, or to send a quick e-mail expressing their gratitude. *Offer your child’s teachers small tokens for appreciation, such as apples, bookmarks, homemade goodies or crafts, “World’s Greatest Teacher” mugs, or coffee shop gift cards, at the beginning of Teacher Appreciation Week or each day of the week. *Contribute classroom materials, such as paper, stickers, chalk, stamps, ink pads, or books, instead of giving knickknacks to your children’s teachers. Teachers also appreciate gift certificates that help them purchase the little extras needed in their classrooms. *Drop by for a simple coffee reception for teachers. *Use Teacher Appreciation Week as a launching point for develop stronger partnerships with your child's teachers. Expressions of appreciation can build mutual respect and open the door to better communication about expectations, student performance, and more.

Visit http://www.teacher-appreciation.info/ for more information on what you can do to show your appreciation.

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