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appy May, everyone! This month, we're thrilled to turn the spotlight on the newest members of the BismarckMandan business community by showcasing what's new in town. As we turn the spotlight to the wide variety of exciting business launches and expansions in our area over the last year, it feels like a true celebration of our local entrepreneurs taking some big steps in business.

In our cover story, we'll introduce you to the fresh faces and ventures shaping our local economy's future. Additionally, we dive into some exciting developments with longstanding local favorites. You'll find the latest updates from the VBOC of the Dakotas and Pavewise, whose latest projects continue to pave the way for growth, and from the University of Mary, which is expanding its educational programs through a new collaboration for the next generation of young entrepreneurs.

We also spotlight Kari Dunn in this month's "Women You Should Know" column. Lastly, this month's issue also highlights the nonprofit development of Haven Hills Foster Care Community and its mission to establish a neighborhood of foster homes and on-site services just north of Bismarck.

Join me in welcoming our new neighbors in business, and in celebrating their bold steps. Each story is an example of the spirit that defines Bismarck-Mandan. It's a privilege to share these beginnings with you!



ounded by Deidre Hillman in 2021, 13th Hat was born to serve the returning demand for community events in BismarckMandan post-pandemic, and now serves clients statewide. During COVID, many businesses were haulting their events, due to restrictions on gatherings. Once the world began to settle back into its familiar state, the events scene had changed; staff shortages and budget cuts meant many local businesses were no longer doing events—Deidre saw this as an

opportune moment to begin 13th Hat—a culmination of her entire portfolio and career experience in project managing.

"I wanted to leverage on [the current staff shortages] and become an extension of organizations much like a project manager," she said. With this approach, Hillman can partner with any size business and assist in a variety of event styles from ribbon cuttings, open houses, and staff retreats, to large community-type events, including fundraisers, conferences, trade shows, and more.

With over 20 years of event planning experience, Hillman understands a successful event relies on several moving pieces all coming together. "I always say, you've got to wear a dozen hats at all times. I'm thinking about the guest experience, the vendors, making sure the keynote speaker is on time, and more," she said. "I'm constantly juggling all these hats, so my pitch to my clients

is that you can hire us to wear all dozen hats, and we'll also wear the '13th hat' the day of the event."

Clients can utilize 13th Hat for as much or as little as they wish. If your event requires a lot of heavy lifting and involvement, Hillman is there to successfully manage every moving piece; alternatively, if you're looking for

Bowman, ND, native Deidre Hillman holds an impressive resume of experience. Prior to founding 13th Hat, she was a state director for a local nonprofit and has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career from human resources to safety compliance. Outside 13th Hat, Hillman serves on the Dakota Zoo board, is a coordinator for the MakeA-Wish Foundation, and co-founded the Bismarck Mandan Power of 100. Hillman is a John Maxwell Leadership Trainer and certified coach. Beyond her professional life, Hillman loves spending time with her husband, Matt, and their daughter, Harper.

By Josiah Kopp | Josiah Kopp | Event photos by Jacy Jo Photography, Rachael Neva, & Leah Black
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someone to wear just one hat for a single aspect of your event, Hillman is there to help assist—no aspect of your event is too great or small for 13th Hat. Rather than being a one-size-fits-all hat, Hillman listens carefully to your needs, curating a plan that is tailored specifically for your event.

coach, Hillman can train your team to excel and be a greater asset to your organization and the community by following an effective and impactful program that she formulated.

One of the primary advantages of working with 13th Hat is that it's modeled to serve two different sectors: corporate event planning and leadership training, a new service Hillman offers clients, which includes leadership development, training, and coaching services. Because of her rich background in leadership programs and being a certified leadership

This is a frequent question that Hillman has received many times— and it led her to design one of her most outstanding and valuable resources yet—The Ultimate Experience Checklist. This program is a resource any organization can follow to execute a successful event on their own, following a tried-andtrue system that Hillman carefully formulated.

event package that our customers can download, access the tools and incorporate them into their own workplace." Think of it as a wedding planner checklist but for your corporate event.


"We were working on resurrecting a largescale fundraising event that had been very popular pre-pandemic. However, I was new to the organization and had never attended the event myself. Additionally, none of the staff that had worked on the event still worked for the organization so all of those files and knowledge were lost. It was kind of like starting from scratch with just the event name.

Having 13th Hat assist us from start to finish was a Godsend. Deidre’s strength is her communication. From the first meeting, it was evident how incredibly organized she was and she had mapped out the entire game plan from start to finish.

Deidre is a joy to work with and is an advocate for her clients—she knows her industry well and has so many contacts throughout the community that really respect her. It adds another layer of credibility to what she does.

13th Hat takes so much of the stress out of event planning! It allows you to enjoy your event and your guests without worrying about the details because they have everything taken care of."

PARTNER CONTENT Moments from the "Night for the Stars" event 701-400-2598 @13thatevents search "13th Hat" 16 MAY 2024

re you prepared to face a natural disaster, cybersecurity breach, or system failure? Disruptive events like these can strike at any moment, causing chaos and confusion.

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Identify and prioritize critical data and assets

Knowing precisely what resources you have helps you allocate them efficiently during an incident, saving time and minimizing overall damage.

Establish a dedicated team

A cohesive and well-trained team with clearly defined roles can work together to ensure an efficient and effective response.


Conduct regular training

Regular training helps keep your team informed of the latest techniques and procedures, ensuring they can handle any situation with confidence.

Implement continuous monitoring

Continuous monitoring systems can detect incidents early and take action before they escalate, potentially saving your organization from significant damage.

Establish clear communication channels

Clear communication channels within your team and with external stakeholders ensure that everyone is on the same page during the response, minimizing confusion and errors.

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ver the past year, plenty of new, exciting businesses and business expansions have 24 new ventures that are bringing fresh life and opportunities into our local economy.

In the following pages, we’ll introduce you to the driven entrepreneurs who are enriching our community with their bold visions and passion. Whether you’re a regular local shopper, a devoted community member, a potential investor, or just passing through the area, you’ll find plenty of fresh developments to catch your interest right here in Bismarck-Mandan.

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Bismarck YMCA location in 2017. In the fall of 2023, they opened a new kiosk inside the Kirkwood Mall, which expanded their team and reach.

While the venture may have begun with only Brian, they now have over 20 employees. "I'm passionate about what I'm doing and don't want to do it anywhere but here. I love everything about it here. The idea of moving our company further into the community is too hard to pass up," Brian said.

| We began a podcast, "Another Day, Another Adventure," featuring the successes of people living a good adventure in the area.

| We added a new location at the Kirkwood Mall.

| We added our first-ever full-time salesman, Austin Link. He and his family were formerly in missions, so building relationships—the important stuff—comes naturally to him.

| We were featured by Google Small Business and invited to Washington, D.C. to participate in Google's Small Business Week, which was a career highlight.

| We marked over 10 years in business.

| Growing our team is as much an accomplishment as it is a challenge—especially for a business that's first and foremost about people. I look to good leaders (there are many!) in town who have navigated that well.

| We have a lot of moving parts since we began as a one-man coffee roaster. That means delegating things ("letting go"). By putting the right people in the right places, we're on track.

| Managing a growing company takes a lot of bandwidth. We began working with a consultant to go from growing a business intuitively to growing a business based on industry standards to help manage some of that growth effectively.

| We had to learn how to lead with culture first, something that doesn't come naturally to any organization. As a result, we redid our employee handbooks to reflect our company values and guide our staff.

| We changed many of our company's mechanics— payment systems, and a brand new way for subscribers to get their fresh roasted coffee on a schedule and directly to their doors. Change is always an opportunity!

We host the BISMAN Triathlon, which is taking place on Saturday, June 22 at McDowell Dam (

Brian Jackson, Owner and CEO of Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. Josiah Kopp
22 MAY 2024

| Starting a business is easy. Growing a business is an enormous effort. That said, year ten won't look anything like day one, so don't wait for everything to be perfect to begin. Learn as much as you can, and do as much research as you can, but start.

| Maintain a journal as you work on your startup. It's crazy how many details come together and people rally by your side. When the going gets tough, those are helpful to look back on.

| There are many, many incredible business owners in Bismarck, and while it might feel like you're alone, there are plenty of people who have done it well. So don't be afraid to ask for help.

| Don't take yourself too seriously. Businesses are risky and they often fail. But don't let the success or failure of your business become your identity. And then, when you remember that the success or failure of your business is not who you are, make decisions out of that headspace.


| Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. @ YMCA: 1608 N Washington St, Bismarck, ND 58501

| Mighty Missouri Coffee Co. @ Kirkwood: 706 Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck, ND 58504

The restaurant was created to share the unique dining experiences that the owner and his family cherished in Paso Robles, California. Inside Sazón's kitchen is Chef Rudy, whose culinary expertise was a significant draw for the family during their time in California. Motivated by the exceptional food, family-friendly atmosphere, and stellar service they had, they decided to recreate this experience in Bismarck.

Opening its doors on April 6, 2023, Sazón emphasizes high-quality ingredients, excellent customer service, and a commitment to cleanliness, setting a high standard for dining in the community. The restaurant prides itself on its team of 16 professionals who ensure that every aspect of Sazón lives up to their expectations. Sazón distinguishes itself through personalized service, one-of-a-kind dishes, and a unique restaurant.

shrimp. This has been a challenge, but after a year we believe that our clients and friends today know that they can come here and find something for every taste."

| The love of our customers, many of whom are now not only people who eat at our restaurant but true friends of the entire Sazón team.

| The great acceptance of the community for Chef Rudy's creations.

| Maintaining the base of the work team since we opened until today, where 10 of our 16 workers have been on this project since April 6, 2023.

| Receiving compliments from our customers for the service, the food, the atmosphere, the cleanliness, and even our bull sculpture at the entrance.

| Celebrating our first anniversary and having a Saturday full of customers who regularly attend our restaurant and who thanked us for opening this place was great.

We have had a great response from all our clients, some advice that is hard to recognize but that helps us grow, and praise and congratulations for our excellent service, the delicious food, and the cleanliness with which we always operate. Generally, we find out the details that need to be improved through conversations that managers have with clients, and reviews on Google, Facebook, and Instagram.

"Developing a new food niche in Bismarck. Getting people to try different dishes than what they are used to. Get over that first moment when they discover that we are not a Mexican food restaurant, but not a burger joint either. We have a small, but varied, menu where you can order a walleye filet, green beans tempura, or chipotle pasta with

| To continue offering exceptional service and the highest quality food with the best ingredients available.

| To expand our menu with more special dishes and delicious drinks, use new ways of cooking, and create incredible experiences in our restaurant. Continue with tequila and mezcal tastings, introduce special nights, live music, and perhaps special summer and winter events.

| | 4510 Skyline Crossings, Bismarck, ND 58503
24 MAY 2024

Nail Boss has quickly become a standout business in Bismarck for its top-quality nail services. Nail Boss' commitment to providing a luxurious and pampering experience where clients can relax and rejuvenate sets them apart from other places to relax in the area. The salon offers a variety of services, including manicures, pedicures, dipping nails, gel nails, acrylic nails, kids' menus, eyelash extensions, and waxing, catering to a diverse clientele looking for both quality and care on a pamper day.

The dedication of the skilled staff at Nail Boss ensures each client receives personalized and detailed attention, turning a simple nail care appointment into a transformative experience. They put client satisfaction first, alongside upholding industry standards to ensure safety and comfort. Come visit Nail Boss for a self-care day, a group trip out, prep for an event, or any other reason to treat yourself!

Central Station has much to offer cutomers including: NFL Football on 24 Ultra HD Screens, Golf Simulators with Iconic Courses, Live NBA, NHL, MLB Broadcasts, Gaming Room with Black Jack and Slot Machines

"Central Station offers an unmatched venue rental experience for those looking to host an event. Whether you’re planning a wedding reception, a large conference, or a lively celebration, Central Station provides a versatile, well-equipped space that can be customized to suit your needs. We pride ourselves on our comprehensive amenities, professional staff, and commitment to making your event a success."

"We are excited to be launching a Winter Simulator Golf League that will consist of 2-person teams, scrambling amongst other

2-person teams, over 12 weeks. Open to both Men, Women, and Seniors (55+). The first four weeks are qualifying, next six weeks are round-robin play within your respective flights."

Nail Boss offers services such as Nail Enhancement, Pedicure, Provided by Nail Boss
| | 4228 Boulder Ridge Rd Ste 2, Bismarck, ND 58503
Provided by Central Station Mandan
| 111 Collins
Mandan, ND 58554

reality to black light mini-golf and a laser frenzy, providing endless fun for people of all ages.

Tilt Studio's versatility for all ages makes it stand out in Bismarck. It's not just a place for kids and families to have a good time; businesses and groups find it an excellent spot for events and team-building exercises. They're decking out the place with Route 66 mini bowling lanes, an array of arcade games, and more that make every visit exciting. Their team goes the extra mile to ensure that each event is a blast, with well-planned activities and top-notch hospitality.

Tilt Studio is located inside the Kirkwood Mall, making it super convenient for a day out shopping with a side of fun. They also have specially designed rooms and flexible spaces that are perfect for hosting everything from a lively birthday bash to a more formal corporate meeting.

Tilt Studio Kirkwood has so many fun things to do including an Arcade, Black Light Mini Golf, Route 66 Mini Bowling Lanes, Thundervolt Electric GoKarts, Black Light Laser Tag, and Laser Frenzy!

Admission to Tilt Studio is FREE! To play games or go on rides, you will need to purchase a Tilt Studio Play Card that can be used at all attractions and video games. The price of each game or attraction will be automatically deducted from your Play Card every time it is swiped. You may put as much or as little money on your Play Card as you would like to spend. You may also reload your Play Card as often as you would like. Once you have accumulated 1200 points on your registered card, you can upgrade your card to a VIP card and enjoy 10% off all games and attractions!

| | 641 Kirkwood Mall, Bismarck, ND 58504 | /TiltStudioKirkwood
26 MAY 2024
Courtesy of Tilt Studio

The decor of the Bismarck branch mirrors the original Mandan location, which was revamped from an HVAC repair shop in 2019, retaining only the original walls which add a rustic charm to the setting. The restaurant's success is buoyed by its commitment to quality and a slogan that promises, "No matter the day, we'll make it a 10," ensuring every visit is memorable.

Old 10 Bar & Grill's ability to create a family-friendly environment alongside a 21-plus bar area allows it to cater to a wide age range, making it a perfect spot for everything from family dinners to night outs with friends. The new location in Bismarck continues to uphold these values, promising a consistent and enjoyable experience for all its guests.

Known for a menu that features classics like the Old 10 Burger, Fuddy Duddy, and an extensive selection of wings with multiple sauces and rubs, the bar also offers a variety of craft beers and cocktails.

Having a storefront in Williston prior to Bismarck, the experienced boutique offers a diverse range of products from stylish apparel to custom-made accessories, and unique home decor. Their ability to personalize items to tailor them to customers appeals particularly to those who value individuality and local pride; something the R&R team pride themselves in.

| | 4100 N Washington St, Bismarck, ND 58503
28 MAY 2024
Provided by Old 10 Bar & Grill

in Bismarck. The facility offers cutting-edge golf simulators that provide a realistic golfing experience. X-Golf also offers professional lessons by PGA-certified experts, which are supported by their advanced training technology.

Additionally, the facility is equipped to host a range of events—from casual get-togethers to corporate meetings—with its full-service bar and restaurant that serves a variety of drinks and shareable plates, creating a perfect blend of sports and leisure. In essence, X-Golf Bismarck offers a comprehensive golfing experience that caters to both the social and sportive aspects of golf, making it a unique addition to the local business and recreational sides of Bismarck.

State-of-the-art indoor golf simulators, a variety of courses are available, professional practice facilities, lessons with PGA-certified experts, club rental available, events and parties!

X-Golf offers much more than just golf. Other things to check out while visiting include a full bar and restaurant with various dining options, facilities for corporate events, birthdays, and more. All ages are welcome.


| 1441 E LaSalle Dr, Bismarck, ND 58503

Conveniently located in downtown Mandan, Rye and Rust not only caters to the style-conscious individual but also actively engages with the community through various local events, making it a hotspot for both shopping and socializing. Their approach to integrating fashion with custom personalization services has made them a standout addition to the local business landscape.

| An eclectic mix from casual tees to formal wear

| : Belts, hats, and unique jewelry pieces

| Rustic and modern decor items for every room

| Local events showcasing custom designs and community involvement

| Create personalized designs that cater to local tastes | A DIY space for customizing hats with patches and pins

| | 1710 E Main St, Mandan, ND 58504 | /RyeAndRust
Provided by X-Golf Bismarck

their travels across the country. Opening its doors in June of 2023, this establishment distinguishes itself by offering self-serve wine stations and a full dinner menu, catering to the Bismarck-Mandan area's unmet need for a dedicated wine venue. Growing from 7 employees to 15, what sets The Jousting Lemur apart is its weekly rotation of wines, allowing patrons to continuously explore a variety of tastes. Additionally, the co-owner's expertise as a level 3 core sommelier enhances the bar's offerings with expertly curated wine and food pairing events, making it a standout community locale.

| Expect the unexpected.

| Leave room for expansion in your business.

| People come in and enjoy different wines.

| The atmosphere we created for the customers.

| Wine & food pairing events.

| Introducing a dinner menu & live music.

"We like to support local fundraising events. We recently partnered with Dakota Stage to offer Wine & Beer for their shows and recently hosted a meet & greet for the cast of a play at our business."

| Getting the name out there.

| Hours of operation.

| Proper staff numbers.

| Hosting events more effectively.

| Continue to grow a customer base.

| One day, to build a new place with outdoor patio seating.

"New ideas for hosting events. My wife and I talked about some feedback and see how and if we can try and make it happen. Coming up is a new summer menu and live acoustic music festival featuring all local artists and bringing up a winemaker from a vinery to host a wine & food pairing event. We're very grateful for all the support we have received since opening in the downtown area from the Bis-Man area community."

| It's a tough market so make sure you plan everything out as somehow things are missed.

| Find a good location.

| | 514 E Main Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501
30 MAY 2024
Provided by The Jousting Lemur

1, 2024, in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Motivated by significant waitlists and an opportunity to acquire Lunn's Kennel Club that they couldn't pass by, the expansion aimed to bring their operations into town. The business now employs 21 individuals across both locations, providing dog and cat boarding, daycare, gohome baths, and an exclusive underwater treadmill for pets with mobility needs or post-surgery recovery.

We were in the Google Economic Impact Report for 2023 and we are expecting a piece to come out on us with the Small Business Administration at the end of April. We used the Veteran's Business Outreach Center's Boots to Business to help us develop and start our north location, Bed N Biscuit Ranch, and we used the knowledge gained from that business to set up Bed N Biscuit 2.

Our underwater treadmill for dogs! We've seen amazing results; we're so excited when we hear about dogs that couldn't jump up on the furniture that are now playing and jumping into their owner's lap at night.

| Ensuring appropriate staffing and that everyone was trained. We hired the majority of our staff the month before opening and trained them at the north location so that the transition would be as painless as possible and they did an amazing job.

| Installing the underwater treadmill for dogs. It required some significant remodeling right away but has been well worth the effort. Seeing the mobility improvements in the dogs that have used the treadmill along with the weight loss has been incredible. We knew it would be a useful training tool for dogs but even we are astounded by the improvements of the pups that have used it.

We've only had the new location open since January but we continue to grow each month. We have a great staff that loves the animals and is diligent in their care. We couldn't be prouder to be offering the cleanest, safest, and most engaging boarding experience for the pups in our local community.

We use Facebook, Instagram, and Google Analytics to see what is being said about us, how many people are searching for us and then connecting to our services, and how often we are recommended in different forums. It is always a great feeling to see your company being highly recommended when new people to the community ask where to board their furry family members.

| Make sure there is a need.

| Be the best at what you do and let everyone know that you are the best.

| Be prepared to fund the whole thing from the get-go. Money is hard to secure until you have proof of concept and it is even harder to get more once you are up and running.

| Have a plan for finding downtime.

| If at all possible, find a business partner who doesn't think like you but is open to discussing/arguing about business decisions and is comfortable coming to a compromise.

We were selected by the Small Business Administration and Google to be featured as successful local businesses.

| | 1522 Continental Ave, Bismarck, ND 58504
32 MAY 2024
Provided by Bed n Biscuit Ranch

Rose James & Company has quickly made a name for itself in Mandan. Founded by a creative entrepreneur, the business stands out with its personalized service, including in-house designed graphic tees and a variety of customizable products such as glass cups and candles. What sets Rose James & Company apart is its commitment to community and local artisans, offering products made by women and Indigenous creators, which resonates with the customers' values. The shop's focus on high-quality, unique items and community involvement has led to its growing popularity among locals.

Rose James & Company offers products such as Custom Apparel, Home Goods, Graphic Tees, Customizable Glass Cups, Candles & Wax Melts, and Unique Gift Items

to a physical storefront in Mandan, becoming a hub for local and Indigenous artisans. The store prides itself on a selection that supports women and locally owned businesses, offering a variety of unique, hand-crafted products. Besides retail, the shop hosts events that engage the community and foster connections among residents.

Initially an online venture, Rose James & Co. expanded

In March 2023, Sips proudly opened its doors for the first time in the busy Dakota Square Mall parking lot in Minot, launching a 160 sq. ft. shed that doubled as the start of her journey with Sips.

Just six months after opening their first location, the team opened their second Sips location in Bismarck. When deciding which business to grow, it was tough to choose. Although the location in Minot was dear to their hearts, its overhead costs limited expansion opportunities. With a firm decision, they closed and focused on taking Sips to greater heights in Bismarck.

The doors to the Bismarck Sips swung open on November 1, 2023. They secured a prime spot for the new Sips in the Family Fare parking lot on Turnpike Ave, right in the heart of Bismarck's west side. This location is strategically close to landmarks like Bismarck State College, Texas Roadhouse, and the YMCA.

The team is fully committed to the success of Sips in Bismarck, ready to go the extra mile to make a lasting impact in Bismarck!

| | 1190 W Turnpike Ave, Bismarck, ND 58501
Provided by Rose James & Company Provided by Sips
34 MAY 2024 | 108 1st Ave NW, Mandan, ND 58554

Gentle Paws Critter Care is a pet-sitting and dog-walking service that was initially launched on April 8, 2024. The founder, Mariah Konchan's, journey into the pet care industry began through a mobile app for side gigs such as dog-walking, initially as a means to earn some extra income. Over time, Konchan realized a deep passion for pet care, stating that she equally loved the work and the pets, as it felt fulfilling to her.

"I started out taking care of pets and walking dogs through a gig app," Konchan said. "I loved the work, I loved the pets, it felt fulfilling, and my clients and I felt that I did a good job. I realized that the gig app was holding me back in terms of who I could provide service to, because it only advertised services for cats and dogs, although I have plenty of experience caring for rodents, and some experience caring for reptiles and birds, even."

The business stands out by offering specialized care for all of these unique animals, including rodents, reptiles, and birds. Services include pet-sitting, dog walking, and limited house sitting, with a commitment to flexibility to meet client needs, a positive shift made after community feedback.

I intend to implement a "reviews" function on my website, which will allow people who have used my pet sitting or dog walking services to leave a review about how I did and allow other potential customers to consider these reviews and decide if they would also like to use my services.

| What is a bigger success than becoming friends with dozens of pets?

| Deciding to become independent and start the business was a very happy moment. I knew that this was something I'd want to do long-term.

| Even before I started my business, I decided to start doing pet sitting as my sole source of income. Before that, I thought I should be doing pet care around another job, or around being a student. The day that I realized I could do pet care only was very relieving.

| In building my website, which is still a work in progress, I was having trouble with how I would integrate a Client Relations Management method. I knew that whatever I did would have limited functionality compared to what the gig app had. Then, I stumbled across CRM software for independent pet sitters—who knew that was a thing? It was perfect!

| One of the biggest lows was the 20% cut that the gig app took out of the rates I set. I could have set my rates higher to counteract that, but that would have been a disservice to my clients. Becoming independent and ceasing the use of the gig app was the best way to increase my earnings without increasing the price to my clients.

| I've struggled with knowing what I wanted to do with my life ever since expecting that I needed to go to college to do anything worthwhile. Even at the beginning of my petsitting career, I didn't think it would be anything permanent. However, just sticking to it and realizing how much I loved it was enough to push me in the direction of making this a long-term career.

| | 719-649-2470 36 MAY 2024

Apricot Lane Boutique in Bismarck has quickly become a local favorite within the past year, standing out as a unique destination for trendy and affordable women’s fashion. As a franchise of a well-known boutique brand, Apricot Lane brings exclusive styles that are frequently updated to keep up with the latest of today's trends.

Apricot Lane supports the community by providing unique fashion choices and employees ready to help you with your shopping experience. From chic dresses and accessories to essential casual wear, Apricot Lane Bismarck offers a diverse range of products that cater to various styles and occasions, making it a one-stop shopping spot for many in Bismarck!

Lane prides itself on their trendy and affordable apparel while being locally owned.


| 4228 Boulder Ridge Rd Ste 4, Bismarck, ND 58503

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Amplified Athletics burst onto the scene in January 2024, founded by three mutual friends (and now co-owners) who shared a deep passion for health and fitness. "We came together with an idea and wanted to make it a reality away from the generic cooperate fitness world," they said. "We recognized the need to help the community in all aspects of fitness and proper nutrition and wanted to help our community have the health and fitness connections to reach their athletic and/or personal goals."

Amplified Athletics offers a variety of services including personal training, small/large group and team training, nutrition counseling, meal planning and prepping, and 1st Phorm nutrition supplements. "We offer the most wellrounded fitness and nutrition services for athletes and the general population," they said.

Q: Have you made any operation adjustments after opening that were influenced by "trial and error"?

A: Payment processing and marketing. We recommend trying out a few different options to find what works best for your operations.

Q: How do you gather and utilize feedback from the Bis-Man community?

A: Polls on social media—polls help us determine future services and events in the community.

Q: Do you plan any upcoming expansions or introductions of new products/services?

A: We're in the process of developing new programs, such as the 'Cancer Survivorship Program' and Health Coaching, along with adding additional sports-specific camps.

Q: Are there local organizations or events you partner with or participate in?

A: Yes, a few include 701 Run Club, Dakota Children's, Advocacy Center and Fit4Victory

| Great clients.

| Great business partners.

| Great community support and networks.

| Finding a space that works for what we wanted to do.

| Equipment setbacks/backorders.

| Limited parking.

| The slow start of business.

| Having to work a secondary job along with starting a new business.

Four pieces of advice you would give to someone looking to start a business in our community.

| Stay consistent with your goals.

| Have a passion for what you want to do.

| Don't get discouraged.

| Be ready to get out of your comfort zone and continue learning new things within the industry.

| Opening a physical location.

| Grand opening.

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Aviators Bar in Mandan has quickly become a destination spot since its recent opening in the middle of April, drawing attention with its unique aviationthemed decor and ambiance. The sports bar offers an impressive selection of 20 tap beers, including a variety of microbrews and food.

The choice of an aviation theme hits home with both locals and visitors, providing a distinct, immersive experience. This theme is carried throughout the bar with decor that emphasizes aviation, making it a venue to experience. The bar’s commitment to creating a thematic experience extends to the details, making it a talking point in town.

These elements combine to make Aviators Bar a successful new addition to Mandan’s social scene, proving that a well-executed theme and thoughtful beverage selections can quickly make a new establishment a must-visit location in Mandan.

Aviators Bar offers “monthly flight plans” similar to daily specials! In the month of May, they’re “Flying” to Minnesota, so their special beers are Minnesotabrewed.

| 701- 751-0536

| 202 W Main St, Mandan, ND 58554

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Q: What motivated you to start in Bismarck?

A: We were motivated to offer something different to the Bismarck-Mandan area for a change. We've always been interested in unique and one-of-a-kind items, as well as the hunt for those. We went to a few of these in other states and thought it would be good in this community. This is a small family-owned business that is run currently by myself, my wife, and my daughters.

Q: Have you made any adjustments that were influenced by "trial and error"?

A: We started offering a bigger selection of vintage clothing but it hasn't been received that well as of yet, so we have started to narrow our vintage clothing inventory down.

Q: How do you gather and utilize feedback from the Bis-Man community?

A: Facebook, and communicating with every customer that comes to our store what they like about it, and if they would like to see anything specific in our store, please let us know.

participate in brinnging merchandise in

| Keeping up with inventory.

| Finding that wow factor/ found more wholesale companies.

| Slow month(s).

| Finding time to create inventory.

| Figuring out hours of business.

Please spread the word around that we're in need of more local inventory, and that we're here!

| Do your research, learn the market, and ask around.

| Some months will not always go as planned.

| Expect the best but prepare for the worst.

| How the community has welcomed our store

| Finding those extreme one-of-a-kind items

| Having the news at our grand opening

Twisted Minds Oddities, Curiosities, and More is the only stand-alone oddities and curiosities store in North Dakota at the time of writing.

Twisted Minds Oddities, Curiosities, and More provides Tarot readings every weekend.

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| 1519 E Broadway Ave, Ste A, Bismarck, ND, 58501

Twisted Minds Oddities, Curiosities, and More currently partners with various local artists in the Bismarck-Mandan community who assist in the creation and providing some of their merchandise.

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Sapphire Gallery & Custom Framing, owned by Jill Edinger, opened in March upon relocation from Bismarck. The gallery began as a venue to spotlight local artists, and over time, has expanded to include custom framing services, driven by Jill's commitment to growth.

"I opened Sapphire Gallery in Jamestown as a small fine art gallery to showcase North Dakota artists," Jill said. "The opportunity arose to add custom framing services and I took advantage and have grown a faithful customer base that has followed me as my business has moved."

Today, Sapphire Gallery offers a range of services including custom framing, glass and mat cutting, passport photos, and the sale of artwork. Additionally, Jill assists her customers in creating personalized canvases, acrylic, and metal prints, among other items.

As the sole operator, Jill continues to embrace the art of custom framing. "Although the former owner of the frame shop trained me in the art of custom framing during my first year in business, I am still learning and growing," Edinger said.

Jill Edinger first launched Sapphire Gallery & Custom Framing in Jamestown in the spring of 2020. A move to Bismarck brought Edinger to the Capitol City in March 2024. In her spare time, Edinger enjoys photography, selling her photos at Pride of Dakota shows, the Bismarck Street Fair, and more. Furthermore, she's a supporting member of the Bismarck Downtown Artist Cooperative.

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Q: Have you made any adjustments after opening that were influenced by community feedback?

A: Adding customer framing was a good decision that helped diversify my business.

Q: What are your plans for Sapphire Gallery & Custom Framing in the future?

A: I would like to move into a storefront location and expand to again promote North Dakota artists, as well as have space for classes.

Q: In what ways does your business engage with the local Bis-man community?

A: I have had the opportunity to meet with business reps to help create decor for their office spaces. Having lived in Bismarck for a few short months, I look forward to getting connected with members of the community and other small business owners!

| Create a business plan with as much detail and information as you can, and use it as you build your business!

| Consult with as many people as you can who are in the business you want to be in. Learn from them.

| Don't reinvent the wheel that has already been invented.

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Atomic Sealing, a business launched in April 2024 by experienced tradesperson Adam Hewson, specializes in fluid-applied foundation waterproofing and elastomeric or siliconized roof coatings. The founder's journey into entrepreneurship began while working for an insulation company between 2013 and 2019, where he first encountered waterproofing applications.

This experience sparked a recurring thought about independent operations, especially for mobile home roof sealing—a market with significant demand in the BismarckMandan area, known for its high concentration of such homes. "Through asking around, I realized that I could potentially help a lot of people," Hewson said. "I'm an independent owner and operator, and for now, I'm just excited to see how things go if there is potential for growth and expansion in the future I'd be more than happy."

| Completing all the steps required and receiving my new spray equipment.

Q: What local resources have been most helpful to you?

A: Facebook has been somewhat helpful in advertising. Several gas stations have also been kind enough to let me leave small stacks of business cards on their counters. I believe some word-of-mouth advertising has already been taking as well and I've received a decent amount of positive feedback from people in general.

Q: What are your future plans?

A: My short-term plan is to get the word out that my services are available and do my best to provide them at the highest quality I can. My long-term plan is to continue to do so for as long as I can and hopefully be able to expand into a larger company and take on bigger projects.

| Going through all the application processes and acquiring proper insurance.

| Advertising with no budget.

| Learning as I go, how to do estimates and other businessrelated aspects of my new position as a company owner. I am just staying positive and handling obstacles one at a time as they arise.

| Decide what type of service you want to provide and get established, find your clients, and do your best to serve them well.

| I've learned that I have more support than I expected, taking scary steps is very rewarding, and it's not as hard as I assumed to begin this journey.

| Making the decision to form a company.

| Deciding and acquiring a trade name.

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Cafe Noko, located within St. Alexius Hospital but welcoming to the public, was launched on May 15, 2023, by owner Brian Steckler. Starting with a team of 6, Cafe Noko has already grown to employ 13 dedicated staff members.

The café offers a hearty range of meals throughout the day, starting with breakfast favorites like the "Gochu Bagel," homemade quiches, and caramel rolls, acclaimed as some of their best. Lunch and dinner features an assortment of sandwiches, fresh salads with in-house dressings, and flatbread pizzas, along with daily specials and homemade soups.

Unique to Cafe Noko are its gourmet coffees and signature drinks, crafted from a local roaster’s blend that was chosen through a blind taste test. "The blend we use won by a landslide and you can taste the difference in every cup," Brian said.

system that we use allows our customers to write a review based on their experience. We make it a point to read every review and respond to our customers when appropriate. The reviews have been excellent. We also check our Google reviews frequently to ensure that we are providing the best quality and experience possible.

Q: What have you learned since opening that you wish you knew before you began?

Q: What has been Cafe Noko's greatest challenge since opening?

A: The biggest challenge that we faced this year was staffing. This seems to be a shared challenge for most of the restaurant industry. We had the challenges of opening a new business; learning all of the nuances of the ebb and flow of customer traffic, getting used to an entirely new menu, and getting trained as a barista took some time. Now that we've been at this for nearly a year, we are fully staffed and we are hitting our stride. The team is consistent, competent, and reliable day in and day out.

Q: In what ways does your business engage with the local Bis-Man community?

A: We have been a part of some fundraisers and donation events. We contributed to the 'Night with the Stars' event last year and plan to do the same this year. We also contributed to the upcoming "Brave the Shave" event and will be even more involved in local events this year.

Q: What has been the response from your customers since opening/expanding? How do you gather and utilize feedback from the Bis-Man community?

A: The response from the customers has been tremendous and we feel the support every day. The Point-of-Sale

A: I wish I had known more about time commitment. I've heard stories about being "married to the business" and spending all of your time there. I certainly underestimated those stories, or at least at first, I did. Managing the café at the airport was certainly time-consuming, but owning a business is completely different. I was no stranger to 20+ hour days when we first opened, so I was extremely tired and worn out. Balancing work and family life was incredibly difficult. Now that we are settled in and have seemingly hit our stride, the work days have shrunk to about 13 hours. A vast improvement from the first few months. Who knows, maybe there will be some "days off" soon!

| Lean on your community resources. Contact the Secretary of State's Office if you have any questions during the formation of your business. They are quite helpful. If it seems like you are stretching yourself thin and need help with your bookkeeping, hire a professional accountant to keep the business organized and compliant.

| Empower your employees. Allow your employees to take a hands-on approach and think creatively on their own. Once you have them trained, trust them to take the reins. One person can't do it all; you'll wear yourself out if you try.

| 310 N 10th St, Bismarck, ND 58503 44 MAY 2024
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or world through either in-person or video conference consultations.

After starting her career as a paralegal in 2005, Carranza launched her firm in 2023 to provide topnotch immigration services in central North Dakota. Megan's background, which includes extensive studies abroad and a deep educational focus on Spanish and Latino/Latin American Studies, develops her practice and allows her to connect with a diverse client base.

The firm handles a wide array of immigration-related legal matters, including naturalization, family petitions, student visas, and adjustments of status, among others. In need of any of these services? Reach out to Megan Carranza to learn more.

Attorney Megan Carranza speaks both English and Spanish.

• Adjustment of Status (Green Card)

• Appeals

• Change of Status

• Citizenship

• Consular Processing

• Cuban Adjustment Act

• Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

• Employment Authorization

• Document (Work Card)

• Family Petitions for Spouses, Children, Parents, & Siblings

• Fiancé Visas

• Humanitarian Parole and Reparole

• I-9 ICE Audits and E-Verify



| 1500 E Capitol Ave, Ste 303, Bismarck, ND 58501


| 701-291-3442

• Naturalization

• Notices of Intent to Deny or Revoke

• Refugee and Asylee Adjustment of Status

• Refugee Petitions

• Removal of Conditions on Permanent Residency

• Requests for Evidence

• Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

• Student Visas

• Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

• TN Visas

• U Visas and T Visas for Victims of Trafficking & Serious Crimes

• Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

• Waivers

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Carranza Immigration Law, PLLC exclusively practices United States immigration and nationality law. "We provide highquality legal services while helping clients understand each step toward achieving their goals." - Megan Carranza

Celebrating its recent opening, Kids In Motion Pediatric Therapy & Wellness has quickly distinguished itself in our community through its all-in approach to pediatric wellness, incorporating both traditional and innovative therapies to meet our youth's needs.

At Kids In Motion, each child's therapy plan is tailored to them, integrating elements such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, alongside newer methodologies like sensory integration and neurodevelopmental treatments wherever needed. This multi-disciplinary approach addresses the children's immediate developmental challenges and develops a holistic growth environment to nurture their long-term well-being.

What sets Kids In Motion apart is its commitment to family-centered care. The facility ensures that family members are actively involved in the therapy process, providing them with the resources and support needed to reinforce therapeutic activities at home. Kids In Motion promotes a brighter future for all its young residents

La Michoacana Mexican Snack brings a refreshing take on authentic Mexican treats to Bismarck, like paletas (frozen fruit pops), bolis (ice sticks), and a variety of specialty ice creams. La Michoacana prides itself on using natural ingredients, with a menu that includes a range of flavors from traditional Arroz con Leche to inventive creations like Mangonada cups, which blend both sweet and spicy. This focus on genuine Mexican flavors aims to deliver a slice of Mexico right in North Bismarck, appealing to both those familiar with the cuisine and curious newcomers.

Each item is crafted to offer a taste experience that resonates with family traditions and the warmth of

Kids In Motion offers therapy services in the form of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Therapy

Kids In Motion also offers programs & specialty services such as a Free Screening Program, Total Motion Release (TMR), Cage Therapy (Universal Exercise Unit), Augmentative & Alternative Communication, Bowel & Bladder Program, Certified Lactation Consulting, Sensory Feed Approach (SOS), Therapeutic Listening, Reflex Integration, Aquatic Therapy, Respiratory Function Program, and Vibration Plate Therapy

community-wide enjoyment, under the slogan "Pasar La Paleta" — sharing the experience of enjoying a paleta.

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| 820 43rd Ave NE, Ste 100, Bismarck, ND 58503 46 MAY 2024
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from The Salon Professional Academy in Onalaska, WI. Since 2009, Dana has pursued mastering the art of hair extensions, with her expertise now being brought to Bismarck. From 2016 to 2023, Miller operated a brickand-mortar location in Tulsa, OK, where Fringe Hair & Co. quickly made a name for itself among beauty enthusiasts.

Despite having sold her brick-and-mortar location in Tulsa, Miller continues to travel to Wisconsin and Oklahoma for ongoing work. Now officially settled in Bismarck, Miller is currently booth renting in the community as she stabilizes herself in the new community and searches for a storefront in the coming months.

With a focus on the latest hair extension techniques, Miller uniquely specializes in heatless and glue-less installation methods, which ensure less damage and more glamour for your hair. Additionally, she provides other modern hair services like vegan color treatments and blowout styling, all tailored to the guest. Through Miller's Fringe Hair & Co., you can explore a variety of semi-permanent extensions such as I-tips and Beaded Wefts, along with ready-to-wear options like Halos, Clip-ins, and Toppers. This range ensures that everyone can find the perfect fit for their hair and lifestyle needs.

Dana's personal touch and commitment to quality have built a loyal client base and given her a solid footing in Bismarck’s beauty industry. She doesn’t just focus on making you look good; she ensures you feel great too, making Fringe Hair & Co. a standout ad dition to Bismarck.

Are you interested in becoming a hair extension specialist? Fringe Hair & Co. not only has a passion to continuously educate themselves but also to teach others. They are now offering one-on-one hands-on shadow days, including I-tip and Beaded Weft Shadow Days! Head to their website to learn more.

These 24 businesses, ranging from family-owned cafes to expansive entertainment centers, are not just new storefronts—they're seeds that help Bismarck-Mandan blossom year after year. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the entrepreneurs and teams behind each venture for their commitment and vision.

To our readers, I encourage you to explore these new establishments, support local ventures, and continue to partake in the vibrant community life that makes Bismarck-Mandan such a great place to live, work, and play together!

Fringe Hair & Co offer several services ranging from hair extensions, conscious coloring, and blowouts.
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Haven Hills Foster Care Community

Nonprofit organizations are oftentimes overlooked in the community due to a lack of promotional funds and advertising, amongst other reasons. To help spread awareness of these efforts being made, we feature a local nonprofit in each issue that we believe deserves a spotlight shined on the great work that they’ve done and continue to do within the community.

Haven Hills Foster Care Community (HHFCC) is an entirely volunteerrun nonprofit working to establish a neighborhood of foster homes and on-site services built on 80 acres of land, 10 miles north of Bismarck. It will provide the support, encouragement, and resources necessary to attract new and retain existing, experienced foster families, as well as bring stability to dramatically improve the quality of healing for children in foster care and their entire family unit.

I had the pleasure of connecting with Amber Bohl, Founder & Executive Director of Haven Hills Foster Care Community, to discuss the HH's ambitious plans to make an impact on our region's foster community, the funds they're in search of, how you can help, and more.

Over six years ago, Amber became a foster parent and saw firsthand many of the struggles in foster care. She experienced and heard from fellow foster parents about their struggles, lack of support and communication from social workers, isolation, and burnout. She heard from social workers about their day-to-day chaos, the case overload, not being able to do their jobs of helping the families and children because their time was consumed with transportation, and the constant staff turnover. Lastly, Amber spoke with the children in foster care. She heard from them about their lack of consistency, stability, loss, family trauma, and identity issues.

"Foster youth often have unique challenges and need additional services that are difficult to navigate," Bohl said. "Foster parents are often balancing children from multiple families in addition to their own family, marriage, jobs, and activities. It can be difficult to get the support they need since there is only a small group of people who understand the unique challenges of being a foster parent. In the last 15 years, the gap in fostering services between need and resources has grown and will continue to widen unless innovative resources are added."


According to the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, research has proven that retaining foster parents is one of the most powerful ways to dramatically improve the quality of healing for kids in care. "This is due to the knowledge that can come from numerous years of experience and education as foster parents."

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The Project

An 80-acre development of approximately 12 homes (for foster families, biological families, and “grandparent” dwellings), a community building, a central office, and additional services to conduct supportive, safe, and nurturing environments for foster parents and their families. This will be the only initiative of this kind in the state of North Dakota; the second such facility in the United States.

HHFCC's Goal On-Site Services

Occupational, Physical, & Speech Therapy

Mental Health Therapy

Educational Support & Tutoring

Multi-cultural Education

Meditation and Prayer Space

Art and Music Space

Bowling Alley

Movie Theater

Multi-Purpose Gymnasiums

Gardening Space

Mechanic Shop

Swimming Pool

Go Kart Track

Equestrian Therapy Stables

Rehabilitation Center

On-site Daycare

Outdoor Playground

HHFCC's Structure & Operations

"Haven Hills will be a community of united foster families making it their mission to care for foster children until they can be reunited with their biological families or obtain permanency through adoption. There will be an extensive vetting process to become a foster family at Haven Hills. We require families to be licensed foster homes in good standing, willing to bring at least four foster youth placements into their homes and be in good financial standing. If approved, housing would be provided at a minimal cost so that families can better support the youth in their care. The minimum residency term is one year, with the goal of multiple years."

- Haven Hills Foster Care Community


The Costs


Purchase & Prep of Land

$9,000,000 New Building Construction (Phase 1)

$6,000,000 New Building Construction & Expansion (Phase 2)

$1,000,000 Support Services & Projects (Phase 3)


Pre-Opening & Project Management Costs

$500,000 First Year Operational Costs


Project Contingency (& Price Inflation)

Total Project Cost: $23,000,000

Overworked social workers lead to frustrated foster parents, which causes a shortage of foster homes and adds to the social workers’ stress and inability to support foster parents. Amber knew that something needed to be done, and in February 2022, she started developing a vision for Haven Hills.

She and the HHFCC organization have been in constant communication with the North Dakota Department of Human Services (NDDHS) and their Human Service Zones in the area. According to Bohl, these organizations have been very supportive of Haven Hills' mission. "We're here to partner and fill a gap in services, so staying in communication with these state entities is vital to us."

Another piece of HHFCC's unique mission is to provide support to the children aging out of foster care (those 18 and older). Bohl wants them to be able to stay at Haven Hills, in a concept similar to a tiny home, allowing them to find independence while still having their community support system around them and cheering them on.

"Ultimately, children in foster care, foster parents, and social workers need a community to help them thrive and not just survive," Bohl said. "A nurturing community will inspire and equip each child to break the cycle of trauma and brokenness and will show them what a healthy environment is supposed to be like. It takes an entire community of people to intentionally care for children in foster care."

Did You Know?

According to HHFCC, for every 10 foster homes licensed, 9 are either lost or discontinued. Amber Bohl and HHFCC are on a mission to make a difference by improving that statistic.

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We're connected with ND Region VII Foster Parent Association, which pulls from 10 surrounding counties and provides training to licensed foster parents. They act as a support group of sorts for foster parents in the community. They host a monthly virtual and in-person training with a free meal and childcare for foster parents. Consider partnering with us to provide and serve a meal at one of these training sessions."

Seattle Seahawks Offensive Guard, Phil Haynes (#60), participated in My Cause My Cleats 2023, where players have the opportunity to pick a cause that is important to them and represent their chosen organization on custom-designed cleats. Haynes chose Haven Hills as his cause to support!

Courtesy of Haven Hills Foster Care Community, Seahawks


Q&A with


Bohl Founder & Executive Director of HHFCC

Q: How has HHFCC's journey been since the beginning?

A: As expected, it has been a lot of work. It has been “slow," but productive. Do we wish Haven Hills was an up-and-running community by now? Absolutely! But we have made a lot of great connections and are intentionally building community relationships so that a foster care community can be sustainable and have the support of the community. The support that we have received to date has been incredible!

Q: How has HHFCC's mission changed?

A: We have strategically pivoted to not just have our main goal of building a foster care community to provide onsite services and amenities, but as we raise the funds and support to build the community, we are working on implementing a platform to be able to

better rally the community to support the current needs (like clothing, furniture, diapers, school supplies, groceries, etc.) of foster families and struggling biological families that encounter obstacles that can easily be met by the community's willingness to fill the need. This platform makes it easy for the community to see a need and fill it, and we will be helping fellow communities across North Dakota implement this platform as well.

By The Numbers

In North Dakota, there are approximately 1,500 children in foster care on any given day.

In Burleigh County, there are an average of 200 children in foster care and only 80 licensed foster families.

Amber Bohl's Five Things Readers May Not Know About

We are entirely volunteer-run!

This project is an innovative concept and the only one of its kind in the state of North Dakota; one of only a few similar ideas across the country.

We have been receiving so much community support and commitment from companies wanting to donate services towards projects once we start building, but our biggest obstacle currently is raising the money to buy the land so we can start building.

The majority of foster parents are licensed through the State of North Dakota or Nexus PATH. Both of these licensing agencies are statewide, so both foster parents and children in foster care from across the state of North Dakota can be served at HHFCC, even though it is based in Bismarck.

HHFCC is a faith-based organization. If you look closely at their logo, the window is a cross.

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Q: What sets you apart from other organizations in BismarckMandan, or other organizations with similar missions?

A: We don’t just want to provide a service in our community, we want to be the community. We want to go above and beyond to show hurting children how a community can rally around them and their biological families. We want these children and families to thrive, not just survive. This is not a Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. organization. Foster care is 24/7, and foster parents are often balancing children from multiple families in addition to their own family, marriage, jobs, and activities. Being connected in a close-knit community with neighbors who understand the peaks and valleys of foster care and are there to assist when situations arise will help end the isolation, diminish the struggles, and benefit the social workers, foster parents, and the children in foster care, as well as their entire family unit.

As we continue to raise the funds necessary to establish this community,

we work to raise awareness about foster care in our state, and we find opportunities to recruit and retain foster parents and social workers. Our platform to fill needs will launch soon!

Q: What services will a donor's money go to when contributing to HHFCC's mission?

A: Donations will go towards:

• Establishing the Haven Hills Foster Care Community of homes.

• Covering our platform costs to connect the community with the tangible needs of foster parents, children in foster care, and their biological families.

• Fulfilling some of these needs and supporting the retention of foster parents and social workers.

Q: How can people donate to Haven Hills in other ways than money?

A: If you want to donate 80 or more acres of land, a house, a passenger

van, or something else on our wish list—we won’t say no! We are always looking for people with specialized skill sets to advise and be part of the mission. Whether you are experienced in property management, project management, interior design, marketing, grant writing, baking, event coordinating, photography, networkers, and more—we need all hands on deck!

We also have various events throughout the year where volunteers are needed, and once our platform is launched, filling the posted needs would be such a blessing to the families we want to support.

If you have a business that sells goods or services that you think would benefit Haven Hills, foster parents, children in foster care or their biological families, or social workers, then let's connect!

The house pictured is part of a preliminary plan for the homes at HHFCC.

Mark Your Calendars!

Haven Hills will be hosting its first gala on November 2, 2024. They currently have sponsorships available, are looking for silent auction items, and will need enthusiastic volunteers for the event. Stay tuned to their social media for more updates!

Q: What other nonprofit organizations, local to the Bismarck-Mandan area, have shown support to Haven Hills?

A: The 31:8 Project has estimated that 60% of all child sex trafficking victims have histories in the child welfare system, and we can attest to their being children in foster care in North Dakota who have come out of trafficking situations.

The Dream Center provides free meals and groceries to anyone. A lot of the struggling biological families of our children in foster care can find community and help through the Dream Center. We are so thankful for how they assist families in our community with not just food, but health screenings, taxes, support groups, and more.

Haven Hills Foster Care Community stands as more than just a project for many foster families and children in need. The initiative showcases the strength of a passionate group coming together to uplift our community's foster care system. Your support, whether through volunteering, donating, or spreading the word, makes a direct impact on the children right here in Bismarck-Mandan.

It ensures that every child and foster family receives the love, care, and stability that everyone deserves. Let's step up, make a difference, and light up the lives of these children and families together.

Donate today at

"We're building our first HHFCC in Bismarck with the hope of building other communities across the state. Please pray for us, donate, share about Haven Hills with everyone, host a fundraiser for Haven Hills, invite us to come speak, and consider partnering with us to appreciate foster parents and social workers. We have big dreams!"



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Christian Weber, University of Mary Writing and Communications Specialist Courtesy of Mike McCleary, University of Mary Photographer

Bismarck State College (BSC) and the University of Mary share a common aim. “Bismarck State College will be a leader in polytechnic education, improving lives and building sustainable communities,” reads BSC’s mission statement, recently updated to reflect the school’s focus on statewide workforce preparation. University of Mary’s mission statement opens with a parallel affirmation: “The University of Mary exists to serve the religious, academic, and cultural needs of the people in this region and beyond.”

Both BSC and the University of Mary have the common goal or mission of striving to enrich lives, meet needs, and foster a healthy sense of community by expanding access to educational services, primarily in the southwest North Dakota region, but especially in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The "Mystic-Marauder Community Commitment," a trailblazing initiative spearheaded by institutional leaders Dr. Doug Jensen and Monsignor James Shea, represents the two schools’ latest and boldest effort toward this united goal and endeavor.

“In recognition of the historic bond between our institutions, our

student-first approach to higher education, and our shared goal of serving the Bismarck-Mandan community,” said Jensen, at a January press conference. “This initiative provides a seamless and affordable pathway for BSC alumni to further their education, advance in their careers, and ultimately make a lasting difference in the lives of their neighbors.”

Besides streamlining enrollment for BSC graduates, the University of Mary’s tuition-match agreement promises to boost the metropolitan area’s supply of skilled professionals year by year. According to BismarckMandan Chamber EDC president Brenda Nagel, such an influx of leaders and innovators would promote prosperity and stimulate development in in the BismarckMandan region.

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“[BSC and the University of Mary] give our business community a priceless gift each spring when they graduate hundreds of wellprepared students. The more that they work together for the betterment of our community in that way, the more every one of us benefits,” Nagel said. “As business leaders, we’re responsible for doing something with that annual gift by not only giving BSC and Mary students excellent jobs but also creating a community where they would want to live and thrive and raise a family.”

To Nagel, the undeniable financial advantages of transferring from BSC to the University of Mary under the Commitment incentivize local students to put down roots in the Bismarck-Mandan community. “This agreement gives our students a really fantastic menu of opportunities. Based on conversations I’ve had with students, I know that there’s a temptation to move somewhere else, either for school or for work after graduation,” Nagel said. “But I think financial responsibility is top of mind for today’s students and

their families. And thanks to this new initiative, a lot of these young people—whether they’re from Bismarck-Mandan or elsewhere— can start to see a series of stepping stones: they can get their associate at BSC, make that natural move and finish their education at Mary, and then stay in the community to take advantage of our job opportunities.”

“It’s really a no-brainer,” Nagel added.

Left to Right: Max the Marauder; University of Mary President Monsignor James Shea; President and CEO of Bismarck Mandan Chamber EDC Brenda Nagel; Bismarck State College President Doug Jensen; Merlin the Mystic


Monsignor James Shea, president of the University of Mary, shared his own optimism, noting the Commitment’s timeliness and underlining its fundamental purpose.

“The Mystic-Marauder Community Commitment comes at a critical moment for us as a community— BismarckMandan and North Dakota as a whole,” Shea said. “We’re in the business of community-building, and our greatest resource is our people. This innovative

pathway commitment honors the important relationship between BSC and the University of Mary, enabling us to serve the Bismarck-Mandan community united together by providing flexible, affordable access to higher education for our local students.”

Shea’s take on the Commitment’s significance offered a clue as to why BSC and the University of Mary remain two of BismarckMandan’s cornerstone institutions. “Sure, we need to

attract new people,” Shea said. Pointing to a key prerequisite for stable community growth, Shea added, “More than half of Mary’s students come from beyond North Dakota, and many of them stay. But retaining our young people who already call this area their home is crucial to building a truly vibrant place to live here in Bismarck-Mandan.”

To learn more about the Mystic-Marauder Community Commitment, please visit

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University of Mary Mascot Max the Marauder high-fiving Bismarck State Colleges mascot Merlin the Mystic.

Women You Should Know

Owner, All in Development Company

Kari Dunn Photos Courtesy of Kari Dunn
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Empowered by Ladyboss Lifestyle

Dickinson Woman

Follows Passion for Business Ownership

If you’re all in on your life and goals, making a permanent change is easier. When you realize that you have the potential to change your life and you feel compelled to do so, it is important to trust your gut and work hard at your goals to show up for what matters.

“So many people are only halfway in,” said Kari Dunn. “Whether that’s with a company, employees, or even hobbies.”

Sometimes we must follow our own advice. Kari Dunn felt like she wasn't all in on her life goals and that there was more she could be doing for her community and herself, so she took the leap and moved on from a decadeslong financial career and, like the name of her company states, went all in to open All In Development Company. Dunn realized that giving her all meant moving beyond financial advice to businesses and leadership coaching that empowers individuals and teams with strategic and collaborative solutions to reach their full potential.

Go All In on Your Life!

Crunching the numbers

Dunn always had a respect for numbers and helping businesses pursue profits. This led her to seek a bachelor's degree in business management and employment in the financial services sector as a young woman. She found a home in the banking world, working her way up through the system from a management intern at Bank of the West all the way to overseeing business development for the Western Region in private banking at Bravera. Along the way, she had an opportunity to develop a passion for leadership training and development.

“I got placed into a supervisor role at a really young age,” Dunn said. “I think we've all seen where someone gets put into a supervisor or

management position just because they're good at what they do, not because they’re good at managing people. It can be overwhelming. For me, it sparked a passion for helping those up-and-coming supervisors, managers, and leaders with accessible training and the tools to make sure they have open lines of communication.”

While she may not have been, by her own definition, all in, Dunn found satisfaction with her career and personal life by following her passion. She was helping her team, and her clients think strategically. Outside of her day job, she found opportunities here and there to apply her coaching and leadership skills to benefit the Dickinson community. However, when her mother's health deteriorated, Dunn found that even being most of the way in still left a lot of room for improvement.


"She suffered from COPD and congestive heart failure,” Dunn said. “Taking care of her, I realized how important every day is. She kept telling me how she wished she’d done more and how life goes so fast. I got a heavy feeling about how I'm in my early 40s and if I don't go all in now, when am I ever going to be able to do it?”

Going all in

When Dunn decided to go all in on her new enterprise it meant that she would start to use her networking and leadership skills to communicate with others and not give up. With her years of experience as a consultant and strategic planner, she was excited to help clients of any size live their full potential with empowering, motivating, and collaborative coaching that is meant to improve the culture of a workplace.

“Professionals should start bouncing ideas off each other, mentoring, and helping each other do well instead of establishing a hierarchy of fear and competition," Dunn said.

(Left to Right): Kari Dunn (Founder & CEO), Anna Johnson (Chief Development

With this new outlook, Dunn works to help employers bridge communication gaps. She teaches managers to look for ways to utilize the fast pace of the younger generations to help businesses continue moving forward.

“If I help empower people at all levels within the business, those employees are more all in with the company,” she said. “In turn, they go home and they're more motivated. They're better parents, right? Like the circle of life,” explained Dunn.

Reaching 100% potential

Dunn will be the first to tell you she doesn’t have it all worked out, but she's excited to be making her dream a reality and supporting a wider part of her community.

“Life is constant learning and it’s okay to have no idea what you are doing," she said. “It is normal for everyone at least once if not more, to question what you want to do.”

An important message for everyone. Whether you’re 25, 38, or 50, you need to start by choosing what you love to do and be all in on your goal. Even if that means forging a new path.

“There is never a right time because the time is NOW,” Dunn said.

Take the next steps

If you’re ready to take the next steps and be all in, connect with Dunn and her team at

She also encourages those starting on their entrepreneurial or leadership journey to connect with the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce through the Develop Dickinson program, which has an event coming up in October.

All In Development Company 701-367-4255 /All.In.Development.Company @All_In_Development_Company_
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