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March 2011

Highlights Page 3

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Coffee with the Legislators Page 12 & 13

As we make our way through these next few weeks of winter, the community of Dickinson keeps pushing on even with wintery sub-temperatures. The southwestern area has been on the radar of many folks as they are hearing of our successful economy. The Chamber has had many frequent calls and walk in visitors inquiring on the area and the community of Dickinson. The Chamber daily assists those that have questions, need directions, Chamber Directories, maps, phone books, and Little Black Books to become acquainted with our area. Just this year we have sent out sixty packets to a number of states ( PA, WI, CA, CO, AZ, WA, ID to just name a few). The two most frequent questions that we have are on the employment opportunities and housing market. The growth in our area has definitely increased the traffic that we see moving into our community. The Chamber has seen a number of New Members joining the chamber over the past few months. New business trends in the community vary from daycares, health and wellness, retail, and service related in energy and the community. The Chamber actively promotes our members on a daily basis helping those who are inquiring on where to find products and services in our area. The Dickinson Builders Exchange is part of the Chamber’s daily routine as well. There has been a growing number of new members from the construction industry. The many contractors are traveling from outside of ND. The word is definitely out that there is work here in ND. These businesses are very eager to be part of our community and offer their services to our area where needed. Our Chamber committees keep busy year round. The Governmental affairs committee been active during our legislative years. This year we are hosting four sessions with Coffee with the Legislators. These sessions are an opportunity to give our member and the community an update on what is happening at the capital with our local legislative representatives. We have two more sessions planned with our representatives on March 19th and April 9th. The major topics of discussion have been the budget, western infrastructure needs, the Fighting Sioux, and texting while driving. Those of you who have missed the last secession may view it on Channel 19. The Chamber building itself is seeing some improvements. Last year we were able to stain, lay new concrete and replace a few gutters. Currently we are remodeling one inside wall to provide a better information center to our members and visitors. Our wall of Chamber Presidents are now displayed in two photo albums to preserve our leadership history with the Chamber. In place of them will be a freshly painted wall with new brochure holders. This will make our entry way a bit more roomy and invite our guests into the Chamber. This summer we looking forward to doing some landscaping improvements around the Chamber. We invite everyone to stop by and have a visit with us and check out our new informational wall.


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Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Chris Johnson ....................................... President Nathan Bouray ..................................... Pres-Elect Rachelle Schroeder ............................ Treasurer Klint Sickler ……………. ...................... Past President Elaine Myran......................................... Director Mike Renner.......................................... Director Dennis Cannon..................................... Director Harmony Kolling................................. Director Blaine Stockert..................................... Director Christian Kostelecky ......................... Director Terry Kovacevich ............................... Director Craig Kubas ........................................... Director

Committee Chairperson Agriculture ............................................. Kwirt Johnson Airport Promotions . ......................... Matt Remynse Ambassador .......................................... Deedra Weidner Education ............................................... Rebecca Pitkin Governmental Affairs ....................... Nate Bouray Promotions and Retail ..................... Betty Jo Noe Officials.................................................... Rachelle Schroeder

STAFF Lexi Sebastian ...................................... Executive Director Kristi Tessier ........................................ Events & Marketing Coordinator Cindy Brock ........................................... Administrative Assistant

Publication First Day of the Month Published By C. Brock

Deadline Fourth Monday 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

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Board of Directors monthly meeting minutes

The Mission of the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce

and annual financial statements are available to Chamber Members.

“The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce provides leadership towards a progressive business community.”

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3 Check out our blog on www.thedickinsonpress.com And go to Area Voices.

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Prendiville Receives Midwest Business Services CBC Award

Midwest Business Systems recently announced its 2010 Service Department Awards. Kelly Prendiville, who is employed at the Dickinson office, received the highest average copies between calls award.

Brady Martz announces recently hired Employees Brady Martz & Associates, P.C. recently hired three employees. Kayla Klemetson and Lee Ann Galster are fulltime staff working in the out-sourcing department. They perform bookkeeping and payroll services. Sherry Maus is a part-time employee helping with general office duties. Brady Martz & Associates, P.C. has offices in Dickinson, Minot, Williston, Bismarck, Grand Forks, and Thief River Falls, MN.

Copies between calls is an indication of technician efficiency and merit, according to a press release. Achieving high CBC is one of the best indicators of high performance.

Brady Martz firm announces Promotions Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson hires two New Employees Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, an engineering, surveying and planning firm, recently hired Todd Mead and John Taus. Todd Mead is a surveyor. Todd has an AAS in civil engineering/surveying from North Dakota State College of Science and is a licensed Surveyor in Training. John Taus is a pipeline engineering technician. John has an AAS in Architectural Design from Northland Community College and has 15 years experience.

Brady Martz and Associates P.C. recently announced promotions at the Dickinson office. Brian Fisher is now a senior manager. Brian is a Dickinson native and graduated from the University of North Dakota in 2004. In Dickinson, he has worked primarily performing audits and reviews of commercial clients along with their corporate tax returns and employee benefit plan audits. Calvin Rehbein was promoted to manager. Calvin is originally from Sidney, MT, but calls Dickinson his home.

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Medcenter One College of Nursing announces provost’s list and honor roll Medcenter One College of Nursing recently announced its provost’s list and honor roll for the fall 2010 semester. To qualify for inclusion on the provost’s list, students must maintain a 4.0 grade point av-

DFC Consultants Adds Applications Consultant Jamie Nelson recently joined DFC Consultants as a technical applications consultant. Jamie has over 10 years of experience in the software industry. He is a Microsoft certified system engineer and Microsoft certified database administrator. Jamie is a graduate of Concordia College with a bachelor’s degree in business and environmental studies. DFC Consultants has offices in Dickinson, Fargo, and Bismarck.

erage on a 4.0 scale and complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework for a semester. Students named to the honor roll must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework and maintain satisfactory academic progress. Kayla Messer of Dickinson was named to both the provost’s list and honor roll. Medcenter One’s College of Nursing is a fullyaccredited, upper-division institution awarding its graduates a four-year bachelor of science degree in nursing.

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THE 2% OPPORTUNITY The 2011 payroll tax holiday may give you a chance to boost your 401(k). Provided by Dream O’Brien & Tasha Gartner

What would you do with an extra $1,000 or $2,000? The Tax Relief Act of 2010 will give many of us the equivalent of a 2% raise in 2011. Employee payroll taxes have been cut from 6.2% to 4.2% this year.1 So if you pay into Social Security, you are looking at a rise in your take-home pay. What are your plans for that extra money? How about directing it into your 401(k) or IRA? That 2% “raise” will show up in your paychecks throughout the course of the year – it will come to you incrementally rather than as a lump sum. Still, 2% is nothing to scoff at – if you make $50,000 in 2011, you’re looking at $1,000 of found money. What could $1,000 do for you over 20 or 30 years? Well, let’s see. If you invest $1,000 today and simply let it sit there for two decades with a 6% annual return, you end up with $3,207.14 in principal and interest. If the initial grand just sits there for 30 years at 6% interest, it turns into $5,743.49. (That’s using annual compounding – if you plug in 30 years of daily compounding, it becomes $6,048.75.)2 Let’s say you take this one step further and direct an extra $1,000 into your 401(k) for 30 straight years beginning in 2011. Let’s be reasonably optimistic and assume an 8% annual rate of return across that time. Under those conditions, your $30,000 aggregate contribution would turn into about $125,000 with compounding – and that’s not even considering the possibility of an employer match to your 401(k) during some or all of those years.3 The money is significant for a couple. If you and your spouse each make $70,000, that’s an extra $2,800 coming to the two of you in 2011 (assuming you and your spouse don’t work for the government, the railroads or in some capacity where you don’t pay into Social Security). Everyone wants a little more retirement income, and directing 2% into your retirement plan for one year or multiple years could help. While we’re on the subject of retirement income, the White House says that the payroll tax cut will have no effect on a worker’s future Social Security benefits.4 Other options for the 2% tax break. Most Americans will simply spend the money resulting from this tax break. That’s not exactly a negative: the Obama administration visualized this as a way to pump up consumer spending. Yet if you don’t devote the money to your 401(k), you have a number of alternatives besides spending it. You could open a Roth IRA with the money. You could create a rainy-day fund. Set up an auto-transfer of the money from your checking account to your savings account. Let that $800 or $1,000 or $1,600 or whatever accumulate during the course of the year. If you have a rainy-day fund, you could put the money auto-transferred to your savings account across 2011 into a CD at the start of 2012 (when interest rates just might be higher). You could use the found money to pay off credit card debt or other consumer debts. You could even make an extra home loan payment at the end of 2011 (should it make financial sense to do so). This tax holiday could even be prolonged. In recent decades, we have seen some “temporary” tax cuts stick around. If the jobless rate stays above 8% through 2011 (and it might), voices in Congress might push to extend the payroll tax cut for another year. It could happen, provided the federal government finds a way to direct more money into Social Security.

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Governmental Affairs Committee Invites You To:

Coffee with the Legislators City Hall, Dickinson, ND 10am Opportunity to hear what is planned for the Legislative Session & ask any questions. Sponsored By The American Bank Center

Next date for Coffee with the Legislators City Hall, Dickinson, ND 10am Opportunity to hear what is planned for the Legislative Session & ask any questions.

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FREE Safety Workshop The SW Area Safety Association (SASA) is offering a FREE safety workshop titled ―The Art of Leadership‖ presented by safety expert Bob Upgren. The event will be held March 11th at the Dickinson Elks from 9-11:30 am. The training is designed to help attendees create a culture of safety excellence that engages all employees in the workplace. RSVP by calling 227-3130 or on-line at ndsasa@hotmail.com .

First Day of Spring The first day of spring in the United States is around March 20 or 21, depending on what day the vernal equinox occurs. This is when the sun sits directly above the equator on its apparent trip northward. Has anyone ever told you that you can balance a raw egg on end on the first day of spring? The truth is that if you can get a raw egg to balance upright on the spring equinox, you can get it to balance any other day of the year. The pull of gravity or the position of the sun in the sky has nothing to do with it. So don’t spread this unscientific rumor, or you’ll end up with egg on your face! ©Copyright 2004 Nick Walker/Small Gate Media

Wenko Joins Brady, Martz & Associates

Dickinson native Jason Wenko recently joined Brady, Martz & Associates P.C. as an experienced associate in the Dickinson office. He graduated from Dickinson State University in 2007 with a double major in accounting and business administration. He also attended Montana State University for a master’s degree in professional accountancy. Prior to joining the firm, Jason was employed with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP in Sacramento, CA as an auditor. Jason and his wife Melinda moved back to Dickinson in November.

Upcoming Events Business After Hours—Charbonneau’s—3/8 Coffee with the Legislators—City Hall—3/19 Business After Hours—Dickinson Airport— April 3 on 3 Tournament—May 7 & 8th

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American Red Cross Available for Speaking Engagements The American Red Cross is available to speak for service clubs, businesses, and other organizations. A new presentation entitled ―Returning Home‖ increases public awareness of the challenges faced by military families before, during, and after deployment, and shares resources for businesses and individuals to call for advice. If you are interested in having Red Cross staff present to your group, please email or call Janel Schmitz, Executive Director at 701.223.6700 or jschmitz@ndredcross.org.

American Red Cross Indian Taco Dinner And Raffle

The American Red Cross Southwest Leadership Council is asking for local business support in their annual raffle. Each business was mailed $50 in tickets. You may stop in at the office located at T-Rex Plaza between 12 noon and 4 p.m. or mail your donation to the American Red Cross, 1173- 3rd Avenue West. Join the Red Cross at their annual Indian Taco Dinner at the Eagles on Monday, March 28 from 5-7:30 p.m. Over 70 silent auction items will be up for bid, including a $500 necklace from Riddle’s Jewelry. The raffle winners will be drawn at 7:15 p.m. All funds raised from these events will be used toward supporting Red Cross programs and assistance in Dickinson and Stark County. The Dickinson office has been busy with seven health and safety instructors teaching classes, Disaster Action Team volunteers providing financial assistance and emotional support to three local families who experienced fire in their homes, and providing beverages and food to emergency workers during and after the church fires, and distributing holiday cards created by local school children to veterans .

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If you would like more information about these committees, please contact the Dickinson Area Chamber at 225-5115

Ag Week Awareness begins in March, the week of the 14th. The 4-H Picnic will be June 30th. Ag BBQ is set for July 13.

The date has been changed for the 3on3 Hoopfest to May 7th and 8th. A slam dunk contest was talked about instead of the 3 point contest. Registration is now available online or by calling the Chamber.

The Airport Promotions did not meet this month. Coffee with the Legislature was held on February 19th , 2011 at city hall with great attendance. This session is being played at 6am and 6pm on Channel 19 for anyone that was not able to attend. The next Coffee with the Legislature is March 19th. Elections were held and Deedra Weidner is the new chair and Tasha Gartner will be co-chair for the committee. Ribbon Cuttings this month were on February 17th.

Business After Hours was held on February 1st was at The Mix 105.7 Planning for 2011 Community Leadership Institute has began. Committee will be lining out speakers and arrangements for each session.

Upcoming Business After Hours: March 8th Charbonneau Car Center New Service Department. For the 4th of July the committee will be handing out shop local coupons during the parade this year.

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St. Cecelia Music Club

The St. Cecelia Music Club’s Serenade on Sunday, January 30, 2011, has once again become a part of history. As the St. Cecelia Music Club began its 91st year, we would like to invite you to become a part our history by supporting our two scholarship funds with a onetime tax deduction donation of $90.00. Why $90.00? This is in celebration of the 9 decades the St. Cecelia Music Club has and is providing music enrichment to the Dickinson area community. With over 300 music scholarships awarded to students attending the International Music Camp since the 1960’s who are enrolled in either the Dickinson Public Schools or in the Dickinson Catholic Schools; the members of the St. Cecelia Music Club are planning not only for today, but also the next decade, and for the next century. Please join us in celebrating 90 musically strong years in donating a one-time tax deduction of $90.00. You can also send a contribution of $9.00, or any dollar amount ending with a 9 such as $29.00 or $59.00. The St. Cecelia Music Club is a (401)3c organization. Any and all donations given to the organization are considered tax deductible. Please send by May 1, 2011, in order to help future students with a music scholarship to the International Music Camp. As the fee for the International Music Camp goes up, so does the music scholarship awarded by the St. Cecelia Music Club. Currently our music scholarships cover 40% of the International Music Camp fees. We would like to increase it to 50% in covering the International Music Camp fees. For those sending a donation, please make the checks out to the St. Cecelia Music Club, and send to the St. Cecelia Music Club treasurer, Kris Brugamyer, 816 11th Ave East, Dickinson, ND, 58601. Donators’ names will be acknowledged in the St. Cecelia Music Club Serenade 2012 program. All donations will be acknowledged with a receipt from the St. Cecelia Music Club. Donations may be sent directly to the Dickinson State Foundation, Attn: St. Cecelia Music Club Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Dickinson State University, 291 Campus Drive, Dickinson, ND 58601. Thank you for your financial help and in turn, your musical support in enriching the Dickinson community. The St. Cecelia Music Club is a member of the North Dakota Federation of Music Clubs, http://www.ndfmc.org, and the National Federation of Music Clubs, http://nfmcmusic.org .

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MARCH 2011

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1 18th Annual Farm Credit Services Farm Women's Forum 10am - 4pm Prairie Hills Gelbvieh Private Treaty Sale JSND Employer Workshop 10:00 - 11:30am "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Natalie Goldberg – Reading 7:00 - 9:30pm DSU Comm. Ed "Many/Mini Art Media"6:00 - 8:00pm DSU Community Ed "Simply Watercolor" 6:00pm - 8:00pm Chamber Promotions Committee 12:00

2 Luncheon w/Natalie Goldberg "Memories of my Mother" 1:30pm "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely DSU Community Ed Adobe Illustrator Basics+ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

3 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely

Thursday

4 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely DSU Hilltop Holiday 7:00pm ND State B Girls 19 & Under Hockey Tournament

Friday

5 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely DSU Hilltop Holiday 7:00pm ND State B Girls 19 & Under Hockey Tournament

Saturday

6 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely ND State B Girls 19 & Under Hockey Tournament West Dakota Consolation Championship Swim Meet 9:30am 3:00pm

7 Medical Benefit for Pamela (Goetz) Pullen 5:30pm - 7:00pm "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Region 7 Girls Basketball Tournament 3:00pm - 9:00pm

8 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely "Who Does She Think She Is?" Film & Discussion 7:00pm - 9:30pm Region 7 Girls Basketball Tournament 3:00pm - 9:00pm Business After Hours Charbonneau's New Shop 5pm - 7pm

9 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely DSU Community Ed Adobe Illustrator Basics+ 6:00pm - 8:00pm

10 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Region 7 Girls Basketball Tournament 3:00pm - 9:00pm ND State B Girls 12 & Under Hockey Tournament Chamber 3 on 3 Committee Meeting 4pm

11 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely ND State B Girls 12 & Under Hockey Tournament

12 Fast-Dohrmann Annual Production Sale 1:00pm CST "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Roughrider Archers Indoor Shoot 7:00am Wild Game Feed Fundraiser 4:30pm - 6:30pm "Dakota Air: The Radio Show" 7pm ND State B Girls 12 & Under Hockey Tournament Annual Make-A-Wish Benefit 4:30pm

13 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Roughrider Archers Indoor Shoot 7:00am

14 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely

15 Ag Day "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Western Crop & Pest Management School

16 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Western Crop & Pest Management School "Grab a Byte" 11:30am - 1pm DSU Community Ed Adobe Illustrator Basics+ 6:00 - 8:00pm Marketplace for Kids Education Day- Region 8

17 Evenson Angus Production Sale 1:00pm MT "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Chamber Airport Promotions Committee Meeting 8:00 AM Chamber Governmental Affairs Committee 4pm

18 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Western Edge Bull Riders Year End Finals & Lil' Rouwdy Bulls Series Final 7:00pm Dkn Area Concert Assn. presents "River City 6" 7:30pm Chamber Ambassadors Committee 8am

19 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Blue Hawk Booster "Spring Fling Casino Night" 4:00 - 11:55pm Western Edge Bull Riders Year End Finals & Lil' Rowdy Bulls Series Final 7:00pm Coffee with the Legislators 10am

20 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely

21 WCCU Membership Meeting 5:30pm "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Opening of the Pysanka Egg Show 1:00pm

22 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Women - Finding Our Place in the 21st Century 7:00pm - 9:30pm Chamber Education Committee Meeting 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

23 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Ribbon Cuttings 2:30pm

24 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Chamber Board of Directors Meeting 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

25 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely

26 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Embracing the Roles of Mother & Daughter 11:30am DSU Cowboy Challenge

27 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely

28 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely

29 Boutique To U Purse & Accessory Sale 9:00am - 9:00pm "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence: How Can you Help? 7:00pm - 9:30pm

30 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely Boutique To U Purse & Accessory Sale 7:00am - 5:00pm

31 "On the Horizon" by Marie Snavely & Sara Regan Snavely

For more information go to www.dickinsonchamber.org

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