The Bridge: August 2022

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COMMUNITY BUILDERS Community Builders are businesses committed to enhancing our community by investing in our programs and initiatives.

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Letter from the President EDUCATION IN THE COMMUNITY

Education Higher education Career academies Ignite FMWF Public schools United Way Fueling Our Future Save the date Midwest Agriculture Summit CHAMBER EVENTS

Event recaps Upcoming events Signature events MEMBER NEWS

New members Ribbon cuttings Anniversaries People news


CONTENTS Ignite FMWF Ignite FMWF is our region’s newest workforce infrastructure initiative that combines a relationship development strategy with a robust technology platform. This is a community-based approach to developing an exceptional talent and workforce system to drive continued success for our business community. Start connecting with your immediate and future talent pipelines today at no cost!

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Board of Directors

The Chamber is a catalyst for growth and prosperity. We promote and protect business, inspire innovation, cultivate communities and influence action.

Committee Chairs

Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Chair Airport

Roger Reierson Flint Group Agribusiness

Peter Stenehjem First International Chair Elect Bank & Trust

Rachel Warren Hibu Ambassador Public Relations

Sandi Piatz Advantage Payment Services

Kriss Burns PRO Resources

Immediate Past Chair

Ambassador Member Relations

Kevin Christianson Christianson Companies


Member at Large

Katherine Halvorson Concordia College

Tami Norgard Vogel Law Firm

• Business Vitality

Member at Large

• Public Policy & Advocacy

Tina Amerman Bobcat Company

• Workforce & Talent

Business Training

Louise Dardis Retired educator Education

Mike Arntson Cardinal IG

• Community Enhancement • Organizational Excellence

Mandy Zastre Rasmussen University

Leadership FMWF

Dr. Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead

Brian Shawn Midco Military Affairs

Tom Dawson Marsh & McLennan Agency

Trevor Mathew Thrivent

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight

Professionals of Color

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University Public Policy

Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company

Ashton Hansen Allegro Group

Dr. William Heegaard Essentia Health

Women Connect

Kara Jorvig Allegro Group

Erin Larsgaard Wold Johnson, P.C.

Young Professionals Network

Brittany Sachdeva Sanford Health Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Chamber Staff Darren Dunlop

Vice President of Corporate Partnerships @FMWFDarren

Shannon Full

Cale Dunwoody

Bernt Eidsmoe

Director of Public Policy @FMWFCale

Abby Furchner

President/CEO @FMWFShannon

Vice President of Engagement @FMWFAbby

Kayla Koehmstedt

Alyssa Lakoduk

Director of Strategic Marketing @FMWFKayla

Director of Leadership @FMWFAlyssa

Jim Parsons

Executive Vice President @FMWFJim

Tyler Fischbach

Graphics & Multimedia Specialist @FMWFBernt

Vice President of Communications @FMWFTyler

Katherine Grindberg

Anja Kalvoda

Vice President of Public Policy @FMWFKatherine

Administrative and Finance Specialist @FMWFAnja

Jenna Mueller

Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation @FMWFJenna

Stacia Sytsma

Engagement Support Specialist @FMWFStacia

Shane Olmscheid Engagement Strategist @FMWFShane

Matt Walstad

Vice President of Talent and Workforce @FMWFMatt

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A note from the President In this issue of The Bridge, we take a closer look at some of the big, new and innovative ideas and solutions happening in our metro when it comes to the education landscape. From creative and hands-on classroom settings, to major initiatives and funding that will have an impact for decades to come, we are all working toward a common goal of making FMFW the absolute best place to learn, contribute, work, do business and, ultimately, live. This is also a time to focus on the accomplishments, challenges and crucial next steps related to workforce and talent in our region. Many of you may already know, but I am glad to update you with the news that Fueling Our Future (FOF), alongside community partners, investors and champions, has been working on the 2.0 version of the initiative. FOF 1.0 brought an abundance of growth and progress to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community since the initial kickoff in 2019, and it’s now poised to continue its path of excellence as it enters its next stage of development: FOF 2.0. This community-wide initiative helps businesses and public sector leaders advance ideas that impact us all, and it has big plans for the rest of 2022 and the next several years. Our education landscape plays an absolutely critical role in the growth and vibrancy of our region. We are proud to highlight this in The Bridge this month, and to continue working alongside all of our education, business, public sector and community partners to continue innovating and evolving what it means to learn in FMWF. Don’t forget to be on the lookout for a few of our upcoming Signature events this fall. In September we will be welcoming Carey Lohrenz to the stage for our 2022 Women Connect Celebration; if you’re a fan of Top Gun you’ll certainly be a fan of this event. Our Annual Celebration & Legacy Leader Presentation is coming up in October – stay tuned as we will soon announce our Legacy Leader – and the Midwest Energy Summit in November. We look forward to seeing you there!

Shannon Full

President & CEO Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce



Education is the heart of our community and contributes to the innovative and vibrant economy and community that we all enjoy. When school is in session, we have countless options for kids and adults alike. With dozens of private and public K-12 options across over 10 districts, and several universities, education is certainly a priority in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo.


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management, communication studies and a RN to BSN nursing program.



niversity of Jamestown joined the Fargo community in 2013 when the Doctor of Physical Therapy program was established, where students engage and collaborate in a dedicated, state-of-the-art facility. Our Physical Therapy faculty are actively engaged in clinical research and have developed multiple partnerships in the Fargo community. Two years later, a Master of Arts in Leadership was offered on the Fargo campus. Since then, the University has expanded its online programs by adding a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Design, and online undergraduate programs in behavioral health, banking, business studies, industrial


he University of Mary has been serving the Fargo area with inperson offerings since 1996. Our Fargo location is housed in the Fargo Butler Center building in the Westgate neighborhood, conveniently located off 13th Avenue. This building

Recognizing the needs of all learners, the University has now added a new division – University of Jamestown Accelerated. “We need to recognize that there are learners who want a ‘step-up approach’ to education that allows them to get credentials while they’re working towards something bigger,” explains President Polly Peterson. “For a lot of non-traditional learners, it’s hard to commit to a fouryear educational journey in order to get a new opportunity at work.” UJ Accelerated allows learners to earn a professional certificate built with the same academic structure as their in-person courses and is approved by the Higher Learning Commission. When a student completes a course, they are awarded college credit that can be seamlessly stacked into an undergraduate

used to serve as the corporate office building for Butler Machinery, and we honor the legacy and generosity of Francis and Doris Butler, founders of Butler Machinery, in naming our Fargo location after them. Fargo is our institution’s largest location, aside from our main campus in Bismarck. Through the Butler Center, we offer a robust selection of undergraduate and graduate degrees aimed at helping working adults achieve their educational goals through online, evening, and blended course options. The flexibility of our programs allows students to continue working while they earn purpose-driven degrees. While course schedules vary depending on degree path, most students meet for class one evening per week, from 6-10pm, for the duration of their degree program. Our Workforce Development department also offers customized training in the Fargo location. Whether


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or master’s level degree, allowing the student to obtain a degree at the bachelor’s or graduate level. By adding the stackable certificates and degree opportunities, University of Jamestown is addressing today’s workforce needs with a studentcentric approach that will help more learners reach graduation and gain meaningful and rewarding careers. If you are interested in UJ Accelerated programs or would like to partner to address your employer workforce needs, visit or contact us at 701-557-5071.

a small, focused training or a larger series meets the needs of a particular employee group, our trainers create courses to serve the educational needs of a growing business — without the commitment of a full degree program. Fargo is also home to the University of Mary’s Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program, the first doctorate program for occupational therapy in North Dakota. Full-time faculty conduct classes on-site and through live video conferencing. Lab classes and activities are also conducted on-site in our fully functional lab, ensuring that you’ll have a robust and engaging experience. Explore a full listing of programs at or reach out with questions at or by phone 701-355-8030.




orth Dakota State University makes an exceptional education accessible. We welcome diversity of thought. We challenge what is known to discover the unknown. Students have the freedom and support to mature into who they are meant to be.



eaching is the heart of Minnesota State University Moorhead’s purpose. Meeting workforce needs is a byproduct of preparing graduates for careers they want.

NEW GRADUATE PROGRAMS ADVANCE CAREERS Market demand and a solid foundation in undergraduate programs guided MSUM’s newest online graduate programs, accepting students for spring/summer 2023 enrollment. • Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. • Master of Science in Social Work. • An on-campus Master of Science in Athletic Training.

NDSU is the converging point for smart and curious minds from all over the world. Together, scientists, athletes, entrepreneurs, inventors and artists take on a world poised for breakthroughs. Our students are finding answers to question that have yet to be asked. Here the journey matters as much as achievement and even the smallest ideas can lead to opportunities.



Our first class of Bachelor of Science in Nursing students graduated in July. They are ready to fill abundant openings in the region. The eightsemester, year-round program builds on MSUM’s 45+ year history of preparing nurses. The RN to BSN advances registered nurses in their practice with a baccalaureate degree. Our Master of Science in Nursing prepares RNs for advanced roles in healthcare.

The MSUM Foundation broke ground this summer on an Alumni Center expected to open in late 2023. It will feature event space for programs, presentations and campus reunions. These inviting spaces also will be used for hosting mid-size events by the university and community.

A new Cybersecurity program launched last year to address increased demand for professionals to secure the nation’s computer information systems. This program complements MSUM’s robust offerings in Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Technology, and Computer Science.

Learn more about all of MSUM’s academic offerings at academics.




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oncordia will soon be offering varsity esports! The college is joining the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE), North America’s largest association of varsity esports programs. Competition is expected to begin in January 2023 with gaming space open to all students this Fall.

COBBERASSURANCE We understand college is an investment. With a recent 35% reduction in tuition and the CobberAssurance loan repayment program, Concordia College is one of the most affordable private colleges in Minnesota. With CobberAssurance, students who



f you need something sautéed or flambéed, NDSCS Culinary Arts student Grace Lamberson is the person, and soon she will add butchery to her already long list of culinary skills. She attended NDSCS for the past two years, graduating in May with an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. After graduation, Lamberson decided to return to NDSCS for a third year this fall for the new Meat Processing program. The NDSCS Meat Processing program, in partnership with NDSU, provides students with the skills and techniques needed by a variety of

SMALL GROUPS, BIG RESULTS Concordia offers specialized, small group attention for activities students are most passionate about. Cobbers experience unique opportunities through the new academic interest groups we call cohorts: • Learn, Work, Lead Internship Program • Women in Business • STEM • Environmental Leadership

current oppression. Concordia is working with Indigenous leaders to enhance the lives and opportunities for Native Americans in our region.

TWO NEW MASTER TO LICENSURE PATHWAYS FOR K-12 EDUCATORS Current and prospective educators will deepen their understanding of teaching methods and earn a teaching license directly through two new options in Concordia’s Master of Education programs - Teaching & Learning and Master of Education in World Language Instruction.

• Offutt School of Business Leadership Program

RACIAL REPARATIONS WORK The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation granted Concordia $5 million as part of its “Just Futures Initiative” to work with minoritized communities to counter the effects of past and

employers from processing plants to farm-to-table restaurants. In this unique 9-month program, meat processing students take 15 credits at NDSCS during the fall semester, then transition to learning at the NDSU Meats Laboratory for the first eight weeks of the spring semester and finish their certificate by completing an eight-week internship at the end of the spring semester.

With an ongoing placement rate of 97% or higher and 90+ academic options in Wahpeton, Fargo or online, NDSCS is a great place for students to start their future career and for employers to find high-skilled employees. Learn more at

Lamberson is also a sponsored student. This means her sponsor, The Toasted Frog (Grand Forks, ND), assisted her with some of her educational costs while attending NDSCS in exchange for her commitment to work there after graduation. The NDSCS Sponsorship Program creates employment connections/matches between students and employers – matching funds are also available for those in North Dakota through the ND CareerBuilders program.



Rasmussen also just launched a new grant for students enrolling in the Practical Nursing Diploma program this October.


asmussen University, a university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is excited for our Fall Quarter beginning October 3, 2022. With campus locations in both Fargo and Moorhead, students have access to more than 60 undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs both online and on campus in seven areas of study: Business, Technology, Design, Justice Studies, Education, Nursing and Health Sciences.

And, to help early childhood education centers rebuild their workforce in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Rasmussen recently announced its best value on an Associate’s degree from its Early Childhood Education (ECE) program, now available for $15K or less.

Finally, this summer, Rasmussen announced an accelerated Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, offered through a flexible hybrid educational model. Rasmussen also launched three new CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Practitioner specializations, including Pediatric Primary Care, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care and Family Primary Care. To learn how you can take that next step in your career, please visit

One new and exciting offering available at our Fargo campus is our accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program with a hybrid schedule option. This new scheduling model increases options for students interested in a nursing degree by incorporating greater flexibility and lessening geographic barriers.


success story for every student” is the vision of M State, and it’s what this inclusive and innovative community and technical college strives to create. Students from all walks of life attend M State to obtain their associate degrees, diplomas or certificates; enhance their job skills; transfer to a university with their general coursework already complete; or simply to enjoy the pleasure of lifelong learning. A public, nonprofit institution, M State – Minnesota State Community and Technical College – serves over 7,000 students at its campuses in Moorhead, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes and Wadena, as well as online. The college


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offers nearly 80 programs that meet a broad array of diverse student interests, from business to engineering, 3D technologies to nursing, accounting to automotive services and beyond. The college also partners with other educational institutions for the benefit of its students. Collaborations with schools within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, among others, make it possible for M State students to complete university coursework at M State, or to transfer to a university after attending M State, with ease and minimal credit loss. More than 95% of our graduates seeking employment are employed within their chosen field, according to the most recent job placement data. Also, more than half of all M State students

have a tuition-free experience through grants and scholarships that don’t have to be paid back. For more information about M State, visit

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ur community never stops striving for more, especially in our education system. To address the need for different types of innovative learning for those interested in hands-on career training and skilled trades, two separate career academies are now in the community. The Moorhead High School Career Academy opened in fall 2021, and the Cass County Career Innovation Center (CIC) will open in fall 2023.

These career academies are focused on providing a collaborative education and training solution to meet regional workforce needs. Students will experience a more personalized and modern education at an earlier age to help them learn more about their desired careers or new career ideas, and adults will also find opportunities in career awareness, exploration, pathways, development and training.

Thanks to the major impact of these institutions, thousands of students and adults in the metro will benefit from the training every year, providing a more skilled workforce for our community. These excellent innovative learning institutions, in alignment with the workforce needs of our area businesses, will be able to offer high quality education to our workforce and further progress economic growth in our region.

Want to see more? We recently toured the Moorhead High School Career Academy to get a behind-the-scenes look at the opportunities available. Check out the video by scanning the QR code!


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he Ignite FMWF Initiative and Cass County Career and Technical Education Center partnered together in June to host area educators at 10 local organizations. Educators toured each organization, learned about the critical skillsets and training needed for each organization’s industry, and interacted with employees and presenters. Educators earning professional credit developed lesson plans based on their experience and engaged in Ignite FMWF training. The Ignite FMWF Initiative is an educational and workforce relational ecosystem focused on cross-sector connection and workforce development and retention for regional prosperity. Its platform, offers over 1,200 career videos, skill training, regional job opportunities, and connects employers with current and future talent. Ignite is one of several initiatives powered by Fueling Our Future that prioritizes the people and prosperity of the FMWF community.




EDUCATION commitment to a rich academic experience for all students. FPS offers a wide range of classes, activities and athletics for students to meet their abilities and interests.


ur community values education. Fargo Public Schools considers it a privilege to educate students, from preschool through our adult learners. Fargo families are fortunate to have high achieving public schools available to the students in their household. Our teachers and staff are excited to welcome students back for another great year of learning this fall. The 2022-23 school year in Fargo kicks off on Thursday, August 25. Fargo Public Schools’ Explorer Academy Program, Trollwood Performing Arts School, Early Childhood Special Education Program, Adult Education Program, Dakota High School and comprehensive elementary, middle and high schools demonstrate the District’s


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Our teachers are dedicated to the development and growth of students, and push them to learn everyday in the classroom. Our goal is continual annual growth and the meeting of the academic standards set. Students graduate being choice ready – meaning they are able to enter college, the military or our workforce – and most importantly, exemplify the fulfillment of Fargo Public Schools’ mission to educate and empower all students to succeed. We look forward to all of the success and achievements our students will have during the 2022-23 school year.

It is imperative that the physical locations of our schools continue to meet and exceed the needs of our students. We have a Long Range Facility Plan that intentionally sets a course for the future of our buildings and facilities. The 2022-23 school year will include the completion of the addition of the North High School track facility and beginning of the expansion of our Early Childhood Special Education program with an addition on to Hawthorne Elementary School. The District will also be finalizing our updated Strategic Plan this fall, which will renew the focus of our schools for the foreseeable future. Partially funded by a state grant, FPS will also be offering a limited prekindergarten program for 4 year-olds this fall at the Agassiz building. For more information about Fargo Public Schools and the 2022-23 school year, visit



oorhead Area Public Schools continues its multi-year project to transform our grades 9 – 12 student experience. This includes the addition of the Moorhead High School Career Academy and the renovation of Moorhead High School. The Career Academy opened in the fall of 2021, offering students innovative handson learning to prepare them to graduate career and/or college ready. Through collaborative work with local businesses, students are engaging in modern career exploration. Work continues to solidify and grow pathways, align to career clusters and develop coursework in areas that will impact community workforce needs.

The Moorhead High School transformation includes new and modern learning spaces. The new high school will utilize small learning communities to increase student success and personal connections by making a large school feel smaller. Student connection and belonging is a design driver. Construction has progressed on the academic wings, commons, pool and gymnasium. Once this portion is done, phase two will begin. A state-of-the-art theater, as well as music, art and performance art learning spaces will be added. The new spaces will create and implement a shared vision and academic program that results in all students having the skills, attributes and abilities to be successful when they graduate from high school.

The Moorhead Area Public School district is changing the way we educate students, focusing on student voice and student choice. The district is committed to developing the maximum potential of every learner to thrive in a changing world. Every Spud learner is different from the next. Our goal is to embrace students where they are, celebrate who they are, help them discover a sense of belonging to the Spud family and work together to become the best they can be. Discovering and celebrating students’ common identity, as well as their individual uniqueness, makes the Moorhead Area Public Schools learning community successful and strong.


EDUCATION Academic Goal: All learners are empowered to think critically, reflect, communicate, and achieve academic proficiency across all content areas and develop their Profile of a Graduate dispositions.


est Fargo Public Schools wrote its 2022-2027 strategic plan with the aim of strengthening the teaching, learning, and culture of the district and its community over the next five years. Our strategic plan was created with input from a wide variety of stakeholders and on a foundation of equity. Our district’s three goals incorporate our beliefs and values, as well as define the teaching and learning experiences WFPS strives to provide for learners and educators alike. Each goal is supported by beliefs, which provide guidance in our decisions and continuity in our processes. Each specific belief is articulated to help us achieve equity for all learners through personalized learning. Wellness Goal: All learners and educators are engaged in safe and compassionate learning environments that foster collaborative relationships and their physical, social, and emotional wellbeing. To achieve this goal, we believe in building self-efficacy (the belief they can) and agency (the desire to act) to empower all learners to advocate for their own learning and the supports they need to be successful. We also believe that learning has a social component, and that learners need to be engaged in safe and nurturing relationships that allow them to develop their intellectual, physical, social, and emotional wellbeing.


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To achieve this goal, we believe that teaching is both an art and a science. We believe in a district guaranteed and viable curriculum, defined as clearly articulated, evidence-based, transparent, and measurable proficiency in knowledge, skills, and dispositions for each course for each grading period. In addition, we believe in timely, actionable, and relevant feedback in all aspects of education, which empowers learners to determine and act on their next steps with guidance and support to move them to independence. Choice Ready Goal: All learners are empowered to identify their passions, skills, and purpose, set goals, and determine a personalized pathway to thrive and contribute responsibly to the local and global community. To achieve this goal, we believe goal setting and reflection are critical components of the learning process as they encourage learners to examine their decisions, resources, resilience, and responsibility. We also believe in providing learners with resources, supports, and spaces that empower them to determine appropriate learning pathways and drive their progress within a given timeframe. If our goals and beliefs resonate with you as an educator, parent, learner, or community member, please check out our website to learn more:




or families in poverty, life isn’t easy. With budgets tighter than ever, these families are having hard decisions to make between food, medicine, rent… where do school supplies for their children fit in? At United Way, we believe all kids deserve to feel confident and prepared when they walk through the doors on their first day of school. The United Way School Supply Drive engages our community to help our local kids most in need get the backpack and supplies they need to be prepared to learn. In 2021, 6,000 students across Cass and Clay Counties were helped. Due to inflation, we anticipate the demand for supplies to be even greater and need the community’s support to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed in school. Every year, our generous community rallies to support this event and our kids. Everyone is invited to help and make a difference in the lives of local students.



1. Financial donations are the most efficient way to help the greatest number of local students! United Way can leverage your investment of $20 to provide 1 student with a backpack and set of school supplies.

If you or someone you know needs supplies this year, please attend one of these distribution events at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave S, Fargo.

• $20 to help 1 student • $60 to help a family of 3 students • $100 to help 5 students • $400 to help a classroom of 20 students You can give online at schoolsupplydrive, mail, or deliver your donation to the United Way of Cass-Clay office.

• Tuesday, August 9 | 4:30-6 p.m. • Wednesday, August 10 | 4:30-6 p.m. • Thursday, August 11 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The United Way School Supply Drive is a great example of how this amazing community comes together – neighbor helping neighbor. For more information, visit our website unitedwaycassclay. org/schoolsupplydrive.

2. Donate new school supplies! Every year, companies, neighborhoods, and churches rally together to collect supplies. Check out our website for details on what supplies we need, shop, and then drop off your supplies at any of the following locations: • All First International Bank & Trust locations • All Gate City Bank locations • All Marvin locations • Doosan Bobcat • West Acres Mall • Scheels Arena





ueling Our Future 1.0 brought an abundance of growth and progress to the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo community since the initial kickoff in 2019, and it’s now poised to continue its path of excellence as it enters its next stage of development: FOF 2.0. This community-wide initiative helps businesses and public sector leaders advance ideas that impact us all, and it has big plans for the rest of 2022 and the next several years.

THE BACKGROUND FOF powers several initiatives that prioritize the people and prosperity of our community that have had long-term positive effects. • Ignite FMWF: a comprehensive, streamlined, and systematic approach to addressing regional workforce and talent needs


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•E merging Digital Academy: North Dakota’s first immersive coding bootcamp for students to develop skills in teamwork, communication, and professionalism •C ampus FM: partnership between higher education institutions, businesses, and community leaders who are committed to making our community the best place for young people to live, work, and serve •W orkforce Exposure Initiative: expands opportunities for both K-12 and post-secondary students to area businesses through internships, job shadows, mentorships, classroom presentations, and more •B uilding Inclusive and Equitable Workplaces: training series to help business leaders and employers move down the path of becoming more diverse, equitable, and inclusive “With the initiative in place, we can gain a collective momentum and address regional needs with added enthusiasm and effectiveness. The impact we’re able to have together far outweighs the individual impact we would have if we all remained in our separate silos.” - Peter Stenehjem, President, First International Bank & Trust

THE FUTURE FOF is now working on its 2.0 version and using in-depth research to gain a better understanding of our community challenges and solutions. The biggest tasks at hand are how to attract workers and develop their skills. There’s also concern about the cost of living and affordable daycare. “FOF has seen tremendous momentum and with great organizations working together in our community to maintain and accelerate that momentum, FOF 2.0 will continue to be a significant resource for these efforts.” - Judd Graham, Market President, Dacotah Bank As an investor-led group, successful planning and fundraising have brought more than 30 top regional business and community leaders together. They have and will continue to focus on large-scale solutions that will help shape the community and economic landscape of the greater Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo region.



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Workforce Solutions & Strategies

Career Academies

Economic & Community Impact

CAREER ACADEMIES • Career Innovation Center • Moorhead High School

ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY IMPACT • Document-Ready Sites • Communications Strategy • Regional Leadership Retreat • Master Workforce & Talent Plan • COVID-19 Business Taskforce

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Career Academies


Economic & Community Impact


Workforce Solutions & Strategies


WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS & STRATEGIES • Ignite FMWF • Emerging Digital Academy • Campus FM • Workforce Exposure Initaitives • Building Inclusive & Equitable Workplaces


Marketing solutions for businesses serious about growth. We believe in the strength of our community. We are proud to help local businesses reach their goals. Our business and marketing consultants have years of experience helping local businesses grow utilizing a multimedia approach. Working together, we create strategies that will attract your target audience and get them to convert. We customize each and every campaign based on your goals and unique business needs. ▶ Targeted Digital Ads ▶ Social Media Marketing ▶ Print Ads ▶ Commercial Printing


▶ Direct Mail ▶ Video Production ▶ Broadcast ▶ Content Creation



ANNUAL CELEBRATION & LEGACY LEADER PRESENTATION Tuesday, October 18 • Noon to 1:30 p.m. Delta by Marriott Fargo PRESENTING SPONSOR

Join us for an uplifting afternoon dedicated to celebrating all that we have accomplished together over the past year, recognizing and thanking our countless volunteers, and looking ahead to what the next year has in store. It’s a time to reflect, celebrate, laugh and network with community champions and Chamber volunteers as we also make time to honor our Legacy Leader. Each year, the Legacy Leader Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the community. We will be announcing the 2022 Legacy Leader very soon! Many of you will certainly know who this year’s recipient is, and for those of you who don’t, you will be blown away by their contributions to our great community. Stay tuned to our channels as we announce who it is!



Secrets of Business Success Symposium October 20, 2022

The Chamber’s HYPE sessions build up to an intentional and intense symposium 7:45 a.m to 12:30 that will focus on the areas that are most important to the success of our members. These focus areas include marketing, finance, management, hiring and onboarding, Microsoft Fargo succession planning and much more. This is a collaborative effort with other regional business associations to convene small business owners, cultivate connections and provide meaningful and tangible takeaways. The morning will kick off with a special keynote address, then attendees and experts will dive in together with a hands-on approach for a full day of driving business success.


* Virtual roundtables available for online attendees

Breakout Sessions • Budgeting in an Age of Inflation • Building a Better Business • Cybersecurity • Digital Marketing

Roundtables (Attendees will select 3 tables to be a part of) • Challenges with Workforce • Critical Conversations • Embracing a Remote Work Culture

• Funding • Let’s talk HR • Marketing • Succession Planning • Uniqueness of Family-Owned Businesses

Business After Hours Get ready to enjoy a relaxed, social atmosphere where you will meet top business leaders, mingle among fun and engaging booths, and connect with your peers to forge powerful partnerships for yourself and your organization. This is the relationship-building event that you do not want to miss.


What to expect • Giveaways and door prizes • Snacks, appetizers, drink tickets and cash bars • Games and competitions #FMWFNetwork #FMWFBAH 24  THE BRIDGE

September 22, 2022 4 to 6 p.m. Delta by Marriott Fargo

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• Meeting the people behind your favorite brands and businesses • Forming connections, partnerships and friendships


Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks Tuesday, August 16 5 to 10 p.m. Newman Outdoor Field

Honor our region’s military through a fun, family-friendly night of baseball and patriotism. Last year, our members and sponsors were able to provide over 1,000 tickets for military family members; we invite you to join us for another exciting night full of gratitude. John DeCausmeaker, the official national anthem singer for the Minnesota Wild hockey team and proud MSUM graduate, will be singing at this year’s event!


You can make it possible for a family to attend Military Appreciation Night by becoming a family sponsor. Give back to our military by treating them and their family to a night out at the baseball game.

Visit to get your tickets or sponsor a family!


PROTECT YOURS At Starion Insurance, we make acquiring the coverage you need easy and affordable, freeing your mind to focus on what matters most, your business. Our local agent is here for you. Scott Peters Insurance Agent 701.281.5605 2754 Brandt Drive S | Fargo, ND

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“We have such amazing agriculture and such amazing farmers and ranchers, but we can’t take it for granted. We have got to continue to support what they’re out doing everyday.” – Senator John Hoeven



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American Federal Bank | Bremer Bank | Cass-Clay Creamery, Inc. Corteva Pioneer | Eide Bailly LLP | Ellingson Companies Heartland Trust Company | Horsch LLC | Intelligent Ag Solutions North Dakota State University | Primacy Strategy Group Razor Tracking | Red River Commodities, Inc.

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The Midwest Ag Summit on Tuesday, June 28 featured policy makers, national USDA officials, and local agriculture experts who convened to discuss the current state of agriculture in our region, as well as the future of agriculture and its importance. The Farm Bill and the war in Ukraine were major topics of conversation at the event, which both have many impacts on the current state of agriculture, such as skyrocketing fertilizer prices.



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On Tuesday, July 12, community members, businesses, local childcare providers, policymakers and parents joined together to discuss the childcare crisis our community is facing. The panel discussed overwhelming costs, long wait lists, low wages for childcare staff, and how FMWF can address and solve these matters. “Child care is important because it allows parents to go to work. It is the backbone of our economy,” said Nancy Jost. “It’s the business that allows other businesses to stay in business.”

With some childcare centers seeing waitlists of more than 700 families, as well as staffing shortages, the childcare crisis is prevalent in our community. Along with these issues, families are struggling to find the funds to pay for childcare, which has become increasingly more and more expensive. So how do we work to address these issues? Panelists discussed the importance of employers supporting their employees through flex scheduling and more remote opportunities to provide the option to stay home with children throughout the day when childcare is not accessible. Another important concept discussed at the event is the importance of legislation, which can include raising subsidies, division of early childhood care, more streamlined services, mental health services for childcare workers and the development of partnerships. This discussion was an important part of the ongoing work to alleviate these problems.





BUSINESS TRAINING Inside Out: Reflecting on Ourselves so We Can Better See Others Attendees of the July session of Business Training were inspired by Colette Campbell, who challenged the audience to consider the leadership opportunity of being culturally competent leaders and to lead others in the work of inclusion of and equity. Attendees developed a deeper meaning of why diversity, equity and inclusion matter in the workplace and community.

On July 19, we hosted Minnesota District 4 Legislators Senator Kent Eken and Representative Paul Marquart and who discussed the highlights of the 2022 Minnesota Legislative Session. Topics of discussion included the budget surplus, regional bonding projects, workforce concerns and more.

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EGGS & ISSUES Food, Fuel or Feed: Which takes priority in agriculture?

Wednesday, August 10 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn and livestream

Tuesday, September 6 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead and livestream

If you are curious about what an ‘80s cover band drummer could possibly talk about that would Jeremy Ostrowski Aldevron be applicable to your career, company or team, then this session is definitely for you! Get ready to be inspired to rock out in your own gig as you hear stories of courage, collaboration, and change!

Agriculture is a fundamental sector of the Midwest economy, but what would happen if the industry ran out of resources? Where would we get our food to feed our families? How will we produce ethanol and other fuel products for our vehicles and homes? How do we decide which takes priority: food, fuel or food? Join us at this timely session where we will discuss how agriculture currently looks in our region, what we prioritize when it comes to supply and demand, and how we can come together to support growers, producers, and the industry as a whole during these challenging times.

WOMEN CONNECT Becoming Rejection Proof Tuesday, August 23 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. Avalon Events Center and livestream

Everyone has big goals and dreams! We want to achieve so many great things, but along the way Zoe Bundy there are a few roadblocks we’ll experience, one being rejection. For many, rejection is scary! Nobody wants to hear “no,” especially in a business setting. In this session, I’ll talk about my experiences with hearing the word “no” and give a few practical tips for becoming confident in your skills and abilities, simply by going for no. I’ve had so many incredible opportunities just by asking crazy questions. I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences, experiences from women on my team, and tips to help others achieve their goals!

PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR Networking After 5 Tuesday, August 9 | 5 to 6 p.m. Drekker Brewing Company

Join POC in person at our Networking After 5! We’ll be hosting happy hour at Drekker’s Brewhalla where we will strengthen our connections, have great conversations, and make new friends! Invite a friend or coworker to join. Non-alcoholic beverages are also available.

Discuss, Connect & Reflect Wednesday, August 24 | Noon to 1 p.m. Virtual via ZOOM

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK YP Week 2022 August 8 – 12 *18 events throughout the week

We are looking forward to another week full of fun opportunities to network, explore, learn and volunteer throughout the entire community. Whether you are a regular attendee of YPN events or this will be your first experience, there will be plenty of great chances to grab a friend or coworker and get connected to our community and other professionals in a fun way. Events include: Aug 8: YPN Committee “Speed Dating” Aug 8: Business Tour: 3D Fuel Aug 9: Lattes with Leaders: Julie Peterson Klein Aug 9: Book Club: Atomic Habits Aug 9: Volunteer: Crosses for Cameron Aug 9: Milk Made Cute-erie Cone Class Aug 10: Yoga at Mojo Fit Studios Aug 10: Morning Buzz Aug 10: Ice Cream Social Aug 10: Effective Networking Aug 10: Off the Clock Social Aug 11: Morning Workout at F45 Aug 11: Morning Buzz Aug 11: Mystery Connect Lunch Aug 11: Business Tour: Vanna Adventure Vans Aug 11: Social at Vanna Adventure Vans Aug 12: Morning Buzz Aug 12: Mystery Connect Lunch

Join us for our monthly Discuss, Reflect, Connect event as we discuss Pride & POC’s connection to the celebration. Join us for an insightful reflection on the history of Pride. Bring your curiosity and as always, we invite you to bring along a friend!




Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks Tuesday, August 16 | 5 to 10 p.m. Newman Outdoor Field

Honor our region’s military through a fun, family-friendly night of baseball and patriotism. Military Appreciation Night extends an opportunity to active military personnel, veterans and their families to enjoy a night at the ballpark, complete with a picnic, inflatables, photo opportunities, entertainment and so much more. Last year, our community, Chamber members and sponsors provided over 1,000 tickets for military family members; we invite you to join us for another exciting year full of fun and gratitude. Visit to get your tickets or sponsor a family. GRANDSLAM SPONSOR

Women Connect Celebration Tuesday, September 27 | 3 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott Fargo

Taking the stage this fall to deliver a captivating keynote address is Carey Lohrenz, author, speaker and aviator. Carey Lohrenz is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast-moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. Carey is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors, and overcoming obstacles.

Annual Celebration & Legacy Leader Presentation Tuesday, October 18 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. Delta by Marriott Fargo

Join us for an uplifting afternoon dedicated to celebrating all that we have accomplished together over the past year, and looking ahead to what the next year has in store. Plus, meet and congratulate the volunteers who contributed to the success of our last year, and be prepared to be moved by the story of a local leader who has shaped the success of our community, region and future. PRESENTING SPONSOR


Midwest Energy Summit Business After Hours Thursday, September 22 | 4 to 6 p.m. Delta by Marriott



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Get ready to enjoy a relaxed, social atmosphere where you will meet top business leaders, mingle among fun and engaging booths, and connect with your peers to forge powerful partnerships for yourself and your organization. This is the relationship-building event that you do not want to miss.

Tuesday, November 1 | 8 to 11 a.m. Delta by Marriott Fargo and livestream

The impact of the energy sector spans far beyond the light switch - it truly powers our entire world. With varying beliefs and many approaches to long-term energy production and sustainability, robust discussions are pivotal to reliability and accessibility. This event will be energized by dynamic speakers and panelists, including key lawmakers, economic experts and industry professionals, all with diverse perspectives on trending topics and the future of energy.

NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the following businesses who joined The Chamber in June! We thank each of them for their support in our mission and investment in their business and community. Please consider doing business with Chamber members first. Services LLC (FAR1) Retail – Stores/Ecommerce

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, Earth’s best employer, and Earth’s safest place to work.

Aquatic Engineering Consultants Engineering

Whether you are designing for a city, school, housing association, apartment, or residence, we have the expertise to design a swimming pool or spa that fits your specific needs.

Discover Lodging Management Hotel Management

For over 20 years, Discover Lodging Management has developed, owned and operated hotels and related hospitality businesses in North Dakota and several neighboring states. We’re committed to providing excellent hotel management services with our signature hands-on approach for all our properties.

Fly Fargo – Osgood

Summit Carbon Solutions

Cycle, strengthen and sculpt your way to your strongest self. Find a community of people who aspire to be awesome! We offer rhythm-based cycling, barre, hiit and yoga classes all in one studio.

Summit Carbon Solutions is partnering with more than 30 ethanol plants across a five-state region. Located in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska, this meaningful investment in the future of agriculture will capture carbon dioxide from the fermentation process of biorefineries such as ethanol plants, compress the captured CO2, and channel it to North Dakota where it will be permanently and safely stored underground in deep geologic storage locations. Fitness Centers

New Life Center Thrift Store

New Life Center helps people who are homeless and hurting go from merely surviving to truly thriving. Our thrift stores fund life-changing programs for those in need. Goods are also provided at no cost to people experiencing financial hardship.

Rainy Days Indoor Dog Park

Rainy Days is not just a place for dogs to burn off energy; it’s a welcoming community for humans to unwind, relax, or socialize. We are a safe place for everyone to enjoy!

Red Wake Promotions LLC Advertising – Promotional Products

We are a promotional consulting company with access to hundreds of thousands of different products across dozens of brands. We will help you with the promotion and find the gifts to make it great! Agriculture Products

T-Mobile Telecommunications

We’re customer obsessed. It’s what inspires us and drives us to look for new ways to keep you seamlessly connected to what you love. America’s largest and fastest 5G network connects you from coast-to-coast, covering more than 92% of the Interstate Highway miles.

Total Zen LLC Spa Services – Beauty & Day

Total Zen Massage and Skin is bringing highly educated massage therapy and eventually esthetic providers to the heart of Fargo! With an infrared sauna to sweeten the deal, we are your local must-go-to spa for your self-care needs.

Downtown Fargo

Fa r g o ’ s n e w e s t g a t h e r i n g p l a c e i s o n e o f i t s o l d e s t . Ce l l a r 6 24 i s n o w o p e n f o r s p e c i a l events and curated wine-tasting experiences.



Apex Physical Therapy & Wellness E-GYM

Bell Bank



Border Bank

Botanical Brothers



Convenient Care Clinic

F5 Project



F45 Training West Fargo

Marsh McLennan Agency



4803 38th St. S., Suite 102, Fargo

3100 13th Ave. S., Fargo

3202 32nd Ave. S., Fargo

64 4th St. N., Fargo

3306 Sheyenne St., Suite 216, West Fargo

1122 1st Ave. N., Fargo

1970 Sheyenne St., West Fargo

505 Broadway N., Suite 100, Fargo pantone 274c

Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for donating a sweet treat to each of our ribbon cuttings! 34  THE BRIDGE

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Midwest Staffing Group

Neo Interior Design Studio



NetCenter Technologies

New Life Center Thrift Store



Oertli State Farm

Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center



The Pines – Black Building

Tidy Archival



2920 Sheyenne St., Suite 113, West Fargo

2536 Main Ave. W., West Fargo

2912 15th St. S., Moorhead

4487 165th Ave. SE., Davenport

1402 25th St. S., Suite A, Fargo

5556 51st Ave S., Fargo

801 Broadway N., Fargo

Want to see your company here? Chamber ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are available free to any member business. For more information or to schedule, contact Shane at 218.359.0517 or, or fill out the form at *One ribbon cutting per year per member



Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries! 50 YEARS • Stein’s, Inc.

• Border Bank

25 YEARS • American Federal Bank

• Stoneridge Software

• Presentation Sisters

20 YEARS • Family HealthCare - Dental Office

15 YEARS • Aflac Regional Office


• F-M Curling Club

• Sycorr

• Emergency Food Pantry, Inc.

5 YEARS • Sterling Management, LLC

• Eyes on Broadway

• Tom Seymour, PhD

Find all #FMWFMembers at our online directory at


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John Parisien

Survey Technician

Ryan Roth

Transportation Graduate Engineer

Kyle McCamy

Director of Land Development Team



Taylor Lugert

Business Services Representative


Nikki Holton

Walk-In Care Specialist

Line Technician

Robert Myers Line Technician

Alex Talom

Line Technician

Aimee Mitchell Lead Producer


Kaleigh Von Bank Housing Manager


Karsten Broadley Intern

Georgina CorralSandoval Intern

Katelyn Galde

Business Insurance Sales Associate

Sam Huffman Intern


Brita Fagerlund

Jonathan Lano



Layout Artist

Quality Control Specialist


Kayla Rodriguez Assistant Branch Manager



Rachel Williams

Director of Operations



Brock Anderson

Cris Dupre

Line Technician



Tristin Johnson


Jeremy LeBlanc

Vinyl & Install Specialist

Jon Asprey

Customer Success Representative


Matthew Schilling Network Assistant

Ben Tapp

Social Media Coordinator



Assistant Principal

Katelynn Smith

Ali Belfiore

Print Production Specialist


Logan Midthun District Activities Director


Michael Stecher Principal

Paige Fabre

Audit Associate

Jaramey Johnson Audit Associate


Nurturing Abilities, Achieving Dreams.



Choice Bank

CHI Friendship is a nonprofit organization that supports people with disabilities. We provide the full spectrum of developmental disability services which include individualized comprehensive residential and vocational supports, allowing for full community participation.


Thank you to the community for embracing our mission by supporting all people to have meaningful employment, integrated environments, and community inclusion.

You can get involved with CHI Friendship by volunteering, donating and/or applying for employment.

801 Page Drive in Fargo

Apply on-line at

Supporting People with Disabilities

(701) 235-8217




Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Bremer Bank Cass County Electric Cooperative Essentia Health First International Bank & Trust MWC Advertising of Fargo Moorhead Sanford Health Ulteig Xcel Energy


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PROGRAM & EVENT SPONSORS Thank you to all of our sponsors that make The Chamber’s regular events and programs possible.










Dale Carnegie of ND & MN Enclave Forum Communications Printing Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Bremer Bank | Choice Bank Concordia College | Cornerstone Bank First Western Bank & Trust Home Builders Association of FM Houston Engineering, Inc. Moore Engineering, Inc. MWC Advertising of Fargo Moorhead ROERS | Ulteig | Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.



Advanced Business Methods | Bell Bank Bremer Bank | Choice Bank | Concordia College Dale Carnegie of ND & MN | Delta by Marriott Eventide Senior Living Communities First Western Bank & Trust Gate City Bank | Microsoft Minnesota State Community and Technical College Otter Tail Corporation | Rasmussen University Sanford Health | Vogel Law Firm Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. | WDAY | Western State Bank EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR









Bobcat Company Gate City Bank


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Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Post Office Box 2443 Fargo, North Dakota 58108-2443

WOMEN CONNECT CELEBRATION WITH CAREY LOHRENZ Tuesday, September 27 // 3 to 5 p.m. // Delta by Marriott Fargo PRESENTING SPONSOR

Taking the stage this fall to deliver a captivating keynote address is Carey Lohrenz; author, speaker and aviator. Carey Lohrenz is a dynamic communicator with an incredible story. As the first female F-14 Tomcat pilot, she was a pioneer in military aviation. Having flown missions worldwide as a combat, mission-ready United States Navy pilot, Carey Lohrenz is used to working in fast-moving, dynamic environments where inconsistent execution can generate catastrophic results. Carey is uniquely qualified in the fundamentals of winning under pressure, reducing errors, and overcoming obstacles.


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