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March 2012


Chamberline Special points of interest:

Welcome New Members

 March 8 —National Ag Day

Dakota Community Insurance — North

Target Logistics

Amber Beld PO Box 210 Dickinson, ND 58602 701-483-2345

Jennifer Ramella 46 Birmingham Parkway Boston, MA 02435 617-586-1100

Dakota Community Insurance– North is proud to offer customer service that is a step above most insurance agencies. As an independent agency, they have the ability to custom design an insurance package that is tailored to your individual needs. Dakota Community Insurance understands your commercial or personal insurance needs will be different from your neighbors, and are committed to helping you fill those needs. Dakota Community Insurance offers an excellent assortment of insurance companies to cover nearly every need. At Dakota Community Insurance Services we are small enough to provide the old-fashioned, hometown service you expect, while being large enough to support your every insurance need.

Target Logistics Management, LLC the largest turnkey workforce housing provider in the US, provides those working in remote, austere or hostile environments with innovative and economical solutions for all of their housing, catering, transportation, security and logistical needs.

Management, LLC

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Chamber Snapshot

Dowl HKM Tom Grimm 41 East Broadway Dickinson, ND 58601 701-300-7014

 March 11 —Daylight Savings Time Starts

Inside this issue: New Members

February 2012 Phone Calls:




Dowl HKM has been in service for 50 years.

Email Inquires:


Our staff of dedicated professionals consistently exceeds our client's expectations, and has enabled us to develop into one of the West's leading planning, surveying, civil/ transportation and environmental services firms. Today, we offer a wide range of engineering services to public and private clients, from the Arctic Ocean to the Rio Grande, ready to handle any challenge.

Relocation Packets:


Phone Books


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Web Hits


Facebook Users



Chamber Member News 4 Election Information


Women & Money


Member Renewal


Chamber News


Ribbon Cuttings


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Welcome New Members Continued... 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

High Country Fusion Company Inc. Sheila Dooley 852 38th Ave. East Dickinson, ND 58601 701-483-4232 High Country Fusion Company Inc. specializes in custom fabrication of HDPE pipefitting's and dual containment pipe. In addition we supply any size, length or type of HDPE pipe you can imagine. High Country Fusion offers a full service rental department with fusion machine sales and repairs.

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


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

Publication First Day of the Month Published By C. Brock

Sprung Instant Structures, Inc Mike Jeske 5711 West Dannon Way West Jordan, Utah 84088 801-280-1555 Sprung Instant Structures, Inc. located in Salt Lake City, Utah is a member of the Sprung Group of Companies in business since 1887, which has achieved international recognition by providing shelter solutions for thousands of different applications in over ninety countries throughout the world. Sprung is the inventor of the stressed membrane structure. This innovative building solution utilizes architectural membrane panels placed under high tension within a non-corroding aluminum substructure. Sprung provides an optional superior performing energy efficient Johns Manville formaldehyde free insulation package.

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: Board of Directors monthly meeting minutes and annual financial statements are available to Chamber Members. .

Cal Oraw PO Box 1786 Dickinson, ND 58602 406-480-1322

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Hermanson Egge Engineering, Inc Larry Hermanson/Kumar Veluswamy 99 26th Street East Dickinson, ND 58601 701-690-1905 Hermanson Egge Engineering, Inc. was founded in 2000. Since that time, we have built a successful practice by pioneering and providing our clients practical and cost-effective engineering solutions. Hermanson Egge serves a diverse clientele including, but not limited to, architects, contractors, industrial owners, manufacturers, developers, attorneys, insurance companies and government organizations.

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

RDO Equipment Co. Deadwood Mountain Grand Susan Kightlinger 1906 Deadwood Mountain Drive Deadwood, SD 57732 605-559-0386 Deadwood’s ONLY Boutique Hotel is nearing completion and we are sure it is an experience that will be remembered long after you leave the Black Hills. The new 98 room luxury hotel is the final phase for redevelopment of Deadwood’s most unique historic attraction, the Homestake Mine Slime Plant, now home to Deadwood’s only Event Center. Our three executive king rooms (featuring the Mount Moriah, the GunSlinger, and the Black Hills), along with our five king suites (featuring the Love Everybody, Big Time, Big & Rich, Deadwood Mountain, and Mountain Harmony) deliver the most breath taking views in town. Seven of these eight well-appointed rooms feature spectacular views from their private balconies, including that of Mount Moriah Cemetery (the final resting place of Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and other legends of the Wild West) and Historic Deadwood.

Patrick Frohlich 952 35th Avenue East Dickinson, ND 58601 701-483--0115 Ronald Douglas Offutt (RDO), a potato farmer from Moorhead MN bought his first John Deer dealership in Casselton, ND in 1968. At the time, Ron was 25 years old, and raised the $100,000 capital to purchase the store by selling land, a potato warehouse, and by taking a loan from his grandmother. This single store in Casselton would launch the beginning of RDO Equipment Co over the next 40-plus years, the company grew in geographic and product diversity. Additional agriculture stores were added in multiple states, as well as the addition of John Deere construction, Vermeer, and Topcon locations. Today, RDO Equipment has over 60 locations in 9 states, and employs over 1,500 people. The organizations vision remains clear: We aim to be a leader in creating solutions for our customer, and to be a great place to work, dedicated to energizing the creativity, talents and entrepreneurial spirit of our people.

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Medcenter One Occupational Health Clinic

Medcenter One Occupational Health Clinic will be holding reasonable suspicion training for supervisors. This training will help supervisors identify substance use in the workplace, take action and get the employee any assistance that may be needed. There will be one training session at each location for those supervisors working for Department of Transportationregulated companies and one session for non-regulated companies that want to promote safety in the workplace. Training will take place at the Medcenter One Occupational Health Clinics as follows: Monday, March 5, 1833 E. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck DOT, 10 a.m.–noon, $75 per person Non-DOT, 1:30–2:30 p.m., $50 per person Tuesday, March 6, 1531 W. Villard St., Dickinson DOT, 9–11 a.m., $75 per person Non-DOT, 1–2 p.m., $50 per person Tuesday, March 13, 801 21st Ave. S.E., Minot DOT, 10 a.m.–noon, $75 per person Non-DOT, 1:30–2:30 p.m., $50 per person Registration is required and seating is limited. Please call Jennifer McGregor, Medcenter One Occupational Health Clinic drug testing program manager, at 701-323-5891 or complete the registration online at American businesses lose more than $100 billion a year due to substance use in the workplace. In fact, 75 percent of substance abusers hold some type of job. Medcenter One Occupational Health Clinic provides one central location for all occupational health medicine services. With locations in Bismarck, Dickinson and Minot, the goal of occupational health is to develop programs specific to each employer that keeps their workers safe, well and productive.

Water/Wastewater Engineering—Surveying/Mapping/GIS Electrical/Structural Engineering—Land Development Municipal Engineering—Instrumentation And Controls RUDE JOINS AE2S AE2S (Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc.) has hired Steve Rude, PLS, as a Surveyor in the firm’s Dickinson, North Dakota office. He will be part of AE2S’s Geomatics team, and responsible for legal surveys, construction surveys, petroleum industry surveys, land development, and municipal infrastructure projects.

Rude has more than 12 years of experience in private development of single residential parcels, large resort and residential subdivisions, and commercial site development. “Steve had worked for engineering/surveying firms in Bozeman and Dickinson as a surveyor on municipal infrastructure and site developments, plus he has well and access layout experience for the petroleum industry in North Dakota and Montana, so we’re very happy to have Steve on board,” said Deon M. Stockert, PE, AE2S Senior Project Manager. Rude is a licensed surveyor in both North Dakota and Montana. For several years, he managed all surveying for Yellowstone Mountain Club, a large private ski and golf resort in Montana. He also served as a panelist at the Montana Association of Planners Annual Convention. Originally from Plains, Montana, Rude holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering Technology from Montana State University. Rude recently moved from Bozeman, Montana, to Dickinson with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys building custom furniture. AE2S specializes in energy, water, wastewater, stormwater, municipal, geomatics, structural engineering, electrical engineering, instrumentation and controls, and financial services. AE2S has offices located in Bismarck, Dickinson, Fargo, Grand Forks, Minot, Watford City, and Williston, ND; Eagan, Maple Grove, and Moorhead, MN; and Great Falls and Kalispell, MT. For more information, visit or AE2S Facebook.

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Member News

American Announces Employee Update

Brady Martz and Associates, PC announces promotions

American Bank Center is pleased to announce Julie Fritz as Business Banking Officer. Julie joined American as a Teller in August of 2002. In August 2005, she transferred to the Loan Department as a Loan Documentation Assistant. Julie most currently worked as a Loan Assistant. Julie is a graduate of Dickinson State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a concentration in Banking and Finance.

Brady Martz and Associates, PC is pleased to announce that Harmony Kolling and Jason Wenko have been promoted to Senior Associates. Jason is originally from Dickinson, ND and a native to the community.

Ebeltoft . Sickler . Kolling . Grosz . Bouray hires Ebeltoft . Sickler . Kolling . Grosz . Bouray . PLLC has hired two associate lawyers Bekki Weldon and Nicholas Grant. Bekki Weldon will primarily focus her practice in the areas of litigation business solutions , and municipal prosecution. Prior to joining the firm, Bekki spent two years in private practice in Montana focusing on criminal defense, workers compensation matters, and plaintiff’s litigation. Nicholas Grant is concentrating his legal practice in real estate, environmental, oil and gas areas, as well as business solutions. Nicholas’ previous legal experience includes work in Montana in the areas of federal contracting, environmental compliance, and insurance coverage.

Jason graduated from Dickinson State University in 2007 with a double major in accounting and business administration. He also attended graduate school at Montana State University prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in Sacramento, California as an auditor. Jason mainly works in the Audit & Accounting department and primarily works on manufacturing clients and pension audits. Jason’s family consists of his wife Melinda and a chocolate lab named Bobcat. Harmony is originally from Ludlow, SD. She graduated from the University of Mary in 1998, and then relocated to Dickinson, ND. Harmony started working for Reichert Fisher in July of 2009. She received her CPA certification in October 2011. Her and her husband, Brad, have two children; Caitlyn – 11 and Lane – 11. They enjoy spending time together camping and fishing.

KL & J hires four

KL& J expands

Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson an engineering, surveying and planning firm, recently hired Zach Fulmer, Keegan Lantz, Aaron Thomas, and Jordan Woroniecki.

Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, an engineering, surveying and planning firm headquartered in Dickinson, is expanding. KL&J has leased a new building in Dickinson at 1234 Highway 10. IT will be located in the Pladson Inc. building.

Zach Fulmer is a GIS analyst in Dickinson. He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from Bemidji State University. Prior to the hire, Zach completed an internship at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bemidji, MN.

“The new location is conveniently located near Highway 10 and approximately one mile from the current location,” Office Manager Craig Kubas stated in an email.

Keegan Lantz is a surveyor in Dickinson. Prior to employment with KL&J he worked as a consumer counselor with Wingspan Life Resources.

Once complete, the facility will consist of two levels, 25,000 square-feet of office space and a large shop consisting of 7,200 square-feet on the east side of the building.

Aaron Thomas is also a surveyor in Dickinson. Aaron has earned multiple certifications and completed course work at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR. Aaron has 13 years experience. Prior to employment at KL&J Aaron worked at Finely Engineering, Inc. as an instrument man in Beaverton, OR.

KL&J has been serving the Dickinson community for more than 70 years and is working from three separate locations. The company anticipates the move to be complete by end of 2012. KL&J continues to expand in multiple locations including Grafton and Minot, Rapid City, SD, and Billings, MT.

Jordan Woroniecki is an engineer in Dickinson. Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from NDSU. Jordan completed a summer internship with KL&J in the Devils Lake office.

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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) Representative Shirley Meyer (D) Representative Mike Schatz (R)

Senator Rich Wardner (R): Majority Leader Email: Representative Nancy Johnson (R) Email: Representative Vicky Steiner (R) Email:

To Contact North Dakota’s Pro-Business Legislation: North Dakota Chamber of Commerce 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

Page 8 From the office of: Tasha Gartner & Dream O’Brien 46 1st St W Dickinson, ND 58601 701-456-3390

WOMEN & MONEY – MOVING FROM THE MOMENT TO THE FUTURE Shifting the focus from the short term to the long term. How many short-term financial decisions do you make each week? You probably make more than a few. They may feel routine. They may demand your attention, day in and day out. Yet in managing these day-to-day issues, you may be drawn away from making the long-term money decisions that could prove vital to your financial well -being. How many long-term financial decisions have you made for yourself? How steadily have you saved and planned for retirement? Have you looked into ideas that may help to lower your taxes or preserve more of the money you have accumulated? In a 2010 Prudential survey of 1,250 American women, 86% of those polled felt that they lacked knowledge when it came to choosing investment or insurance products, yet 95% of the respondents identified themselves as the financial decision-makers in their households.1

This seems to suggest that many women feel adept at making money decisions for today, but less confident about making financial decisions for tomorrow. If this describes your point of view, it might be a good starting point from which to gain more confidence and control over your financial picture. Where do you stand financially? Start by taking an inventory of your investments and savings accounts: their balances, their purposes. Then, take an inventory of income sources: yours, and those of your spouse or family if applicable. Consider also your probable or possible income sources after you retire: Social Security and others. This is a way to start seeing where you are financially in terms of your progress toward a financially stable retirement and your retirement income. It may also illuminate potential new directions for you: The need to save or invest more (especially since parenting or caregiving may interrupt your career and affect your earnings) The need for greater income (negotiate for a raise!) or additional income sources down the road Risks to income and savings (and the need to strategize greater degrees of insulation from them) Devoting even just an hour of attention to these matters may give you a clear look at your financial potential for tomorrow. Proceed from this step to the next: follow with another hour devoted to a chat with an experienced financial professional.

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Page 9 Thank you for renewing 2011-2012 memberships Alpha 6, Inc. American Bank Center American Cancer Society American Family Insurance—Sharpe Agency American Trust Center American Welding & Gas Anytime Fitness Arby’s Army’s West Badlands Human Service Center Bauer Property Mgmt, LLC Boespfug Trailers, Inc Brady, Martz & Associates, PC BrickHouse Grille Community Options, Inc. Dakota Drag Racing Association Darby’s Welding & Machine, Inc. Denny’s Electric & Motor Repair Dickinson Adult Learning Center Dickinson Area Chapter of API Dickinson Clinic Dickinson Guaranty & Title Company Domino’s Pizza Emmerich Eye Clinic Everett Eye Clinic G & G Garbage Great Plains National Bank Hands Free Property Management, LLC Housing, Indutry, Training Inc. (HIT) Irene L. Schafer Koepplin Construction Kubik, Bogner, Ridl & Selinger KXMA

Jay R’s Auto Body & Sandblasting Leingang Home Center LoAnn’s Marketing, Inc. Martin Construction Meyer Industries, LLC Natural Health Neuberger Dental Clinic North Park, Inc. Oasis Inn Paragon Bowl Smart Computers and Consulting Stark County Terry’s Auto Repair LLC Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation Ukrainian Cultural Institute Wendy’s of Dickinson White Drug Woody’s Feed & Grain Company

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Chamber News

March Coffee Sponsor

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

CHAMBER COMMITTEES Airport Committee 2011 Flight Statistics The flight statistics sheet was reviewed. The Dickinson Airport has seen about 94% increase this last month. 2012 Fly In May 19th(Armed Forces Day) will be the Fly In Day. Suggestions were made on what to take place. We will need sponsors. Other Business Tom Reichert’s retirement from the Airport Board will be held 2/16 from 57pm.

Agriculture Committee Stark County Farm Bureau Essay Contest The judging is 3/9 at 7pm. The judges pick 3 winners and their essays are recorded and played on the radio along with a cash prize. Tim L volunteered to be a judge. We will need two more judges. Ag Week Awareness Kristi put a flyer together and it was passed around for review.

Bull Day Showcase We had 34 pens show. We had more booths inside the shop then we planned. We fed about 300 people. Joe presented Tammy with the vest we had done for Dale. The show barn wasn’t packed but there was a fair amount of people. Field Day The NDSU Field Day will be July 11th.

Ambassadors /Membership Committee Rob Eilts of the Dickinson Press was introduced to the Committee; he is a new committee member. Sampling of Sicily The event was reviewed. The Ramada had a nice atmosphere and it was a different menu than in the past. 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.

Ribbon Cuttings The new Strip Mall on the west side of town will be added. Ribbon cuttings are 2/22. Target Logistics would like one on 2/27 or 3/8 and then serve lunch from 11-1pm. Golf Scramble Harvey & Craig will work on this, the committee is very interested.

Education Committee Discussion regarding bringing education committee and businesses together. Leadership Dickinson 2 sessions left. 17 kids in the program. Next yr limit to 10 students. Educator & Business of the Year Bring choices next meeting CLI Canceled till next fall.

Promotions Committee Business After Hours Kristi & Lexi visited the BAC for the craft show next fall. The committee agreed that the BAC was a reasonable place to hold it. Business After Hours February 7th—DSU Alumni House 4th of July Coupons The committee decided to double the number of coupons we had printed from last year. We also need to be 1/4 more candy. The committee felt it best to send a letter out to Chamber members & then the committee will follow up with phone calls for the coupons.

Recreational Events: 3on3 Hoopfest Committee The Hoopfest is scheduled for May 5 and 6th. Government Affairs Committee The Committee met are planning to have a forum for the upcoming elections. More information to come. Next meeting is March 22nd.

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Ribbon Cuttings—January 25th & February 22nd

Advance Engineering & Environmental Services

Odyssey Theatres

Glow N the Darque Tanning Boutique It Works

St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic Mac’s Hardware

High Plains Dental, PC Hometown Pride

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