July 2020 Bridge

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VOL. 23 NO. 11

JULY 2020


Steve Scheel

& Annual Celebration event details inside p.7

Community Builders

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Community Builders are a level of Premier Partner businesses committed to improving the area by investing in our programs and events.



July 2020


Steve Scheel:

2020 Legacy Leader

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 8 Chamber Events & News

11 Member Spotlight: Midwest Nest Magazine

10 Membership Matters 14 Eggs & Issues

16 Business Training 18 Women Connect

20 Professionals of Color

21 Young Professionals Network 22 Young Entrepreneurs Academy 24 New Members 25 Member News

27 Ribbon Cuttings


Asking the Experts

FM Diversion Update


13 Blue Cross Blue Shield ND 17 Boulger Funeral Home

17 Cole Papers, Inc. 27 Cornerstone Bank


Leadership FMWF:

Congrats to the 2020 grads!

25 Eide Bailly 23 First International Bank & Trust 23 Indigo Signworks 25 Knight Printing 23 Mengedoth Dental 17 Pro Resources 17 ReadiTech 17 Vaaler Insurance back Scheels

Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber

For past issues of The Bridge: issuu.com/fmwfchamber.com   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  3

The Chamber MISSION The Chamber promotes economic growth and prosperity for business and its members through leadership in advocacy, education and engagement

Board of Directors

Committee Chairs

Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance Chair

Roger Reierson Flint Group Agribusiness

Sandi Piatz Microsoft Chair Elect

Jessica Broers Bremer Bank

Ambassador Public Relations

Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Treasurer Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Immediate Past Chair

Scott Berg U.S. Bank

Ambassador Member Relations

Cory Holen Preference Employment Solutions

Business Training

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Member at Large

VISION The Chamber is the leader in ensuring the growth and prosperity of our regional business and members

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Education co-chair Moorhead

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead

Louise Dardis Retired educator

Education co-chair

Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Kyle Dorow Essentia Health

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES • Establish the region as a fullservice metropolitan marketplace. • Be a bold voice for business through strong thought leadership and a rich policy agenda.

Erica Johnsrud Ronald McDonald Leadership FMWF House Charities Brian Shawn Midco

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Military Affairs

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP

Trevor Mathew Choice Bank

Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company

Professionals of Color

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University

Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health

• Build a place of belonging to best serve members’ interests.

Public Policy

Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Katie Hutton Eide Bailly LLP

Peter Stenehjem First International Bank & Trust

Women Connect

Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank

Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.

Danne Doering Choice Bank

Young Professionals Network

Chamber Staff

Jim Parsons

Interim CEO, VP of Finance & Operations @FMWFJim

Tracy Meckler

Julie Doggett Information Systems Administrator @FMWFJulieD

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager @FMWFTracyM

Darren Dunlop

Business Development Manager @FMWFDarren

Tracy Powell

Director of Events and Programs @FMWFTracyP

Darin Feir

Marketing Design Coordinator @FMWFDarin

Mason Rademacher Public Policy & Workforce Development Coordinator @FMWFMason

Tyler Fischbach Multimedia Marketing Coordinator @FMWFTyler

Bobbi Rehder

Events Coordinator @FMWFBobbiJo

Amanda Huggett

Manager of Communications & Marketing @FMWFAmanda

Casey Sanders Manager of Membership @FMWFCasey

Alyssa Lakoduk

Professional Development Coordinator @FMWFAlyssa

Mickayla Thompson

Member Relations Coordinator @FMWFMickayla

Katie Mastel

Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager @FMWFKatie

Julie Yourczek Office Administrator @FMWFJulieY

THE BRIDGE (USPS 124-430) is published monthly by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber. For each issue received, $3.50 of membership dues are applied toward subscription of the newsletter. Periodicals Postage Paid at Fargo, ND 58102 and at additional mailing offices. Publication No. 124430. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Bridge, PO Box 2443, Fargo, ND 58108-2443; 218.233.1100. Printed by Forum Communications Printing 4  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2020

A note from

The Chamber Leadership shines in our community

Resilience has been a key theme in our region, especially as we have navigated recent challenges. I am continually humbled and proud of how many people step up to lead our community forward, even in the face of barriers, controversy and uncertain times. We are lucky to live in a place with such bright, talented individuals also calling the FMWF metro their home. And, coupled with our outstanding business climate, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. It’s fitting that this month we unveil our Chamber’s 2020 Legacy Leader recipient. Steve Scheel, of Scheels fame, is without a doubt worthy of our highest annual recognition. Scheels is known across the country for its incredible customer service, high standards and community leadership. Steve himself is a community servant, not just leading the Scheels team to excellence, but always showing up for others. When we were preparing for this announcement, we heard story after story from others who have been positively affected by his generosity. We are so excited to share his story at our 2020 Annual Celebration. We hope to see you there, this September, as we also unveil the successes of our past year and look ahead to what is next. Next month we also plan to announce the 2020 Voices of Vision presenter. It is yet another individual who has demonstrated inspiring leadership and resiliency that many of us can learn from. And the message is one that is simple, and potentially life changing. Stay tuned for the reveal next month! Despite the challenges the past several months have brought, we remain hopeful and dedicated to a bright road ahead. As an organization, we also strive to be a leader for our member businesses and their employees. There is much to look forward to, from evolved event and program opportunities to new mediums we’re using to share information and celebrate our community and initiatives to advance our region forward.

Jim Parsons, The Chamber

Interim CEO


Announcing the 2020 Legacy Leader:

Steve D. Scheel We’re thrilled to announce that Scheels board chair and accomplished businessman Steve D. Scheel, is the recipient of this year’s Legacy Leader Award!

This prestigious award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long-time local leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region. Scheel was selected by a nomination committee based on his leadership in business and in the community. Tom Dawson, Chamber Board Chair, said “Steve is the epitome of a leader. He has been not only instrumental in helping build a world-class sporting goods store, but has shared his leadership skills and energy with many causes important to our Chamber and our region. In addition, he and his company are unequalled in their philanthropic contribution to communities in which they do business. It is a privilege to present him with this welldeserved award.” 6  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2020

Steve and his wife, Eileen, biking through France last September

Scheel was born and raised in Fargo, and graduated from Fargo Central High School and St. Olaf College with degrees in U.S. history, economics, and political science. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. Steve joined Scheels in 1972 and managed Scheels stores in Fargo, Casselton, Moorhead and Sioux Falls before taking over as president, CEO and chairman in 1989. Steve currently serves as board chair for Scheels, with over 8,000 associates and 28 stores in 14 states. Scheels currently operates the 15 largest sporting goods/sportswear stores in the USA. Scheels corporate headquarters is located in Fargo and the company is an ESOP, owned by the employees. As a volunteer, Steve has served on many boards and committees for organizations including the United Way,


You’re invited! The Chamber’s Annual Celebration and Legacy Leader presentation Thursday, September 17 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! This year, we’re shaking up our ‘annual meeting’ with an exciting new format we can’t wait to share with you. Mingle with business and community leaders, give a high-five (or elbow bump) to the volunteers who contributed to the success of the past year, be prepared to be in awe hearing how a local leader shaped the success of our community and region and receives the 2020 Legacy Leader Award, plus more surprises in store to be announced soon!

Chamber of Commerce, Campfire Council, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, the Moorhead Healthy Community Initiative and Junior Achievement, Trinity and First Lutheran Church, MeritCare Health Systems, the Moorhead Economic Development Authority, and Bell State Bank. He's served as a Regent for Concordia College, and on the Global Leadership Council for the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College. Steve currently serves on the Downtown Moorhead, Inc. Board and works with the Legacy Children’s Foundation in Fargo. LCF is a new foundation working to help more young people in Fargo stay in school, understand what it means to be a contributing member of a community, and graduate from high school. Steve and his wife Eileen are currently working to build Friends of the Children, Youth Entrepreneur, and The Phoenix programs in North Dakota and other states. Steve coached youth soccer and hockey in Moorhead for 16 years and worked with the Hunter Education program in Fargo.

We're thrilled to mark 10 full years of serving you. Whether you’re new to The Chamber or an active regular, the Annual Celebration will be certain to inspire you as we head in to our 11th year with energy, focus and collaboration. You don’t want to miss this!

Share your favorite moments leading up to and at the event with hashtag


Register online at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.


Learn more about Steve and help us honor him at our Annual Celebration event this September!   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  7


ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon Wednesday, August 26 Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott Join us at the ChamberChoice awards luncheon, where we’ll honor this year’s outstanding candidates in six categories and name the 2020 award winners. Due to following ND Smart Restart guidelines, the luncheon is now sold out, but virtual tickets are available. Please join us for a live, interactive streaming experience to be among the first to hear the winners!

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.



Thursday, October 22 4 to 6 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn

Let’s celebrate being able to gather together again at this fun fall Business After Hours! Attendees, connect with your peers and visit with local vendors, where you can enter to win door prizes and learn more about some of the great businesses in our metro. Snack on spooky snacks and devilishly good drinks to boot! We’ll finally be able to share elbow bumps and exciting experiences (don’t worry though, we’ll have hand sanitizer on hand to play it safe). Test your Halloween costume here…if you dare!

Get ready for the Game of Skillz! All Chamber members registered for Business After Hours will be eligible to win real money just by participating in the Game of Skillz at the event! This month serves as the exciting conclusion of the past year’s Game of Skillz, where the ultimate cash pot awaits one lucky attendee.


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Announcing The Chamber’s podcast!

The Chamber Connection is the podcast of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, where we shine a light on local business and celebrate our community. Listen with us each month as we take a look at the organizations, professionals, leaders and topics to keep you in the know. You’ll hear success stories and tips from amazing local businesses, learn the latest in legislation and policy, dive into important news, meet community leaders, and find out how you can get involved in our region.

How to listen

You can find current and past episodes on KFGO.com, iTunes and at fmwfchamber.com/podcast.

Save the date

Episodes 1 and 2 now available! Episode 1: Bank of North Dakota on loan programs and restarting business As the only state-owned bank in the country, the Bank of North Dakota serves a vital role in business in the state. Through their work with local lenders and range of programs, they were instrumental in North Dakota receiving the most number of PPP loans granted per capita in all the states. Eric Hardmeyer, president and CEO of Bank of North Dakota, explains what it means as we are restarting business in North Dakota, as well as other programs BND offers, including student, ag and disaster loans.

Episode 2: DCN and wireless connectivity throughout the state When businesses closed due to COVID-19, and webinars, virtual conference calls and e-learning became our reality, there was a large effort behind the scenes to keep us all connected. Dakota Carrier Network was on the front lines bringing reliable Internet access to homes and businesses across the state. Seth Arndorfer, Dakota Carrier Network CEO, takes us through how they kept us wired together, and what other industries stand to benefit from the technology behind wireless connectivity.

Thursday, November 19 Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott

This year marks the 11th anniversary of The Chamber’s Voices of Vision event, and we’re pulling out all the stops for an incredible event. Each year, Voices of Vision is an annual event that brings nationally recognized, world-thought visionaries to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo area. Voices of Vision is about bringing people together from all walks of life, political persuasions, opinion leaders, political leaders and business leaders. Stay tuned to find out who will present in 2020! The announcement is planned for August 1!





JULY CHAMBER ANNIVERSARIES Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries this month!

It's time to update your company information! We want to ensure we have all the correct information to connect with you and your employees! Early next month, we will be reaching out via email to connect with your organization’s primary contact to update your membership and account. Take this time to review your current listing in our directory and make any necessary updates in the Member Information Center. Updates that help us make sure information and referrals are getting to you include:

25 YEARS Gate City Bank

20 YEARS EAPC Architects Engineers North Dakota State College of Science Prairie Business

• ADDRESS So others can find you at the right place. • PHONE NUMBERS So we can call you with questions, updates or referrals. • EMAILS So we can reach you and so you can stay up to date with what we’re up to. (While you’re at it, this is a great time to update your email preferences.)

Space Aliens Grill and Bar

15 YEARS International Marketing Systems, LTD Luther Collision & Glass Park Mortgage Provident Partners, LLC

• NEW EMPLOYEES Help us connect with more people in your organization! Job title Email address Phone number •  This is a great time to update your organization’s “ABOUT US” Keywords Business description Links to your website, articles or videos Photos and logo

Please make any changes by Friday, October 2. Not sure how to use the MIC? Join us for a free virtual event to learn how, details below! If no changes are made, we will assume your information is correct for printing in the 2021 Membership Directory. Verification request forms will be mailed to those who do not make updates in the MIC. You may return these by fax to 218.233.1200, by email to info@fmwfchamber.com or by mail to: The Chamber, P.O. Box 2443, Fargo, North Dakota, 58108-2443.

5 YEARS Ethos Home Care and Hospice Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham West Fargo Mission Mechanical Inc. Northridge Hospitality Petro Serve USA - Corporate Office Prairie Rose Meadery, LLC Town & Country Insurance Agency, LLC

New event!

MIC 101: How to Use Your Member Information Center July 21 and July 23 | 10 a.m.

Join The Chamber’s Casey Sanders for a 30-minute walk through of your Member Information Center (MIC). Learn more about how to update, manage and maximize your membership through this tool. Take this time to be hands-on, as Casey shares her screen and shows you how to use the MIC to control the information you share with members and the public. This is a space where you can also share job postings, event information, add deals, and connect with others. Register to receive the Zoom meeting ID and password.

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Midwest Nest Magazine Midwest Nest Magazine’s first edition came out in October 2017. Midwest Nest is a monthly print and online publication based in Fargo. The publication features content and photography focused on local culture, entertaining and home design. Find it in print at hundreds of retailers and all major grocery stores in the FargoMoorhead area, as well as in grocery stores in Grand Forks, Wahpeton/Breckenridge, Perham, Fergus Falls and popular retailers in Detroit Lakes. Midwest Nest’s team is actively involved in community and charitable events with special distribution at select events throughout the year.

What makes your publication unique? Advertising partners are able to gain credibility with a nationally and regionally recognized, award-winning magazine, presented with the area’s highest quality finishes. Midwest Nest takes pride in our original content and placement of ads so that advertisers don’t become lost in a sea of ads. The latest issues can be viewed online at mydigitalpublication.com and issuu.com and are promoted via social media on Facebook and Instagram. On both platforms, Midwest Nest has the strongest social media presence among regional home magazines with nearly 10K Facebook followers and over 7500k Instagram followers.

March 2018 ribbon cutting at Designer Homes in Edgewood Estates. Photo: M. Schleif Photography.

Are there any initiatives you’re focusing on right now?

What do you like best about doing business in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo?

What’s your best business tip?

We are gearing up for our 3rd annual Design Challenge! Last year we had 10 local designers, split them into three teams, gave each team an empty apartment at Pioneer Place, $500 in cash, and 24 hours to create a beautiful space. Local non-profit, Down Home took home all the furnishings to help local families in their transition from homeless shelters to homes. We are excited for what is in store for this year!

The FM community is what drives our mission: Our mission is to inspire readers to connect with the community by capturing cuisine, art, design, culture and worldly inspiration – in our own backyard. Through sharing stories and supporting area causes and events, Midwest Nest strives to empower and encourage readers to become more involved in our community, follow their passions and support regional businesses.

—Susan Hozak, Owner/Publisher

When you do what you love and are passionate about, it reflects in your attitude and achievements.

Fast Facts

Total employees: 2, 8+ independent contractors Year founded: 2017 Office locations: Fargo, ND Leadership: Tracy Nicholson, Editor Susan Hozak, Publisher

We love sharing the cool things Chamber members are doing! We’re looking for more businesses with an interesting history, cool story or just doing something spectacular. Tell us who deserves to be featured—you can submit your own company! Send us your suggestion at bit.ly/BridgeSpotlight or email ahuggett@fmwfchamber.com.

Company awards/certifications:

Midwest Nest Magazine has won several awards on the local and national levels, including the 2020 Nichee Award for Best Niche Rising Star, won by our publisher Susan Hozak, and the 2020 Best Niche Promotion or Contest, won for the annual Design Challenge. Each year, Midwest Nest has won an ADDY Award from the American Advertising Federation of North Dakota, including three silver awards during its first year of publication. We have also been honored with over 40 awards from the North Dakota Professional Communicators and National Federation of Press Women, including 15 first-place awards which advanced to national competitions.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  11


FM Diversion Update with Joel Paulsen, Executive Director, FM Diversion

The Chamber holds permanent flood protection as one of its highest priorities to help protect the economic vitality of our region and remain dedicated in both support and advocacy for the FM Area Diversion project. This month, we had the opportunity to virtually discuss the status of the project with Joel Paulsen of the FM Diversion for an update and what we can expect in the future.

Please provide us with a brief history of the project, current status and expected completion. A 2011 Federal Feasibility Study, commissioned by the cities of Fargo and Moorhead in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, signaled the beginning of the project. The study results provided momentum to develop the Diversion Authority, which has representatives from Cass and Clay counties, Moorhead, Fargo, West Fargo, and the Cass County Joint Water Resource District to determine how best to protect our metro. A successful intervention by ND Governor Doug Burgum and then-MN Governor Mark Dayton resulted in the creation of the project as it’s known today when the MN DNR awarded the key Project Dam Safety and Public Waters Work Permit. This set the stage for the project to proceed forward with the construction and implementation phases. Currently, roughly $100 million in construction is underway on two separate contracts awarded by the Army Corps of Engineers for the diversion channel inlet control structure and the Wild Rice River control structure. Many projects are also being completed within Fargo and Moorhead, which will serve as necessary complements to the larger diversion project as the flow of water will continue during a major flooding event. It is anticipated there will be an agreement with a P3 contractor in 2021, which will begin the construction phase on the 30-mile diversion channel. All construction is expected to be completed by 2026 with the project becoming operational in 2027.

How much funding has been secured, what are the sources of it, and how much remains? With a project of this magnitude, it is not feasible nor practical to acquire the entire amount of funding upfront and place it in a bank account for us to draw off as needed. Instead, we have focused on creating agreements with federal, state and local governments for the intent of funds. Through a project partnership agreement with the federal government, we have secured $750 million. These committed funds do escalate over time so we anticipate the total federal government contribution to be around $900 million when the project is completed. North Dakota has committed all but $120 million of the $870 million requested, Minnesota has committed $7 million of the $86 million requested, and through voter-approved existing sales taxes in Fargo and Cass County, $1.044 billion has been secured to fund the local share.

Got a question for a legislator, public official or other expert?

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Let us know what’s keeping you up at night and we just might help get you answers. Email mrademacher@fmwfchamber.com to submit a suggestion.

ASKING THE EXPERTS What does it mean for the FM Diversion to be a P3 project? Public-private partnership (P3) contracts are long-term agreements with a private sector entity for the design, construction, financing, operations and maintenance of the project over an extended period. The term of the contract for the FM Diversion channel will be 30 years. This contract differs from a traditional infrastructure project where a public agency bids out the design and construction for the project to be turned over to the public for ownership and all maintenance. The contractor who constructed the diversion channel will then assume responsibility for all maintenance for the following 30 years, thus shifting the long-term risk away from the public. P3 contracts also provide certainty of cost as once the agreement is signed, the cost is locked in for the duration of the contract at an annual repayment amount agreed upon at the inception of the agreement. P3 contracts also ensure certainty in the schedule, promote innovative design, enhance efficiency, foster collaboration between contractor and engineer, and increase investment of private equity. Three development teams are currently bidding on the project, and we anticipate awarding the contract to the winning P3 contractor within the next six months.

What obstacles has the project overcome already, and what else is anticipated? The biggest obstacle we constantly face is the annual flood threat, so the project must remain on schedule and budget to ensure it is completed, hopefully, before the next major flood event. Much like other major infrastructure projects, both financial and regulatory hurdles exist, but we have remained diligent in both our work and communication and are confident we will be able to progress forward and stay on schedule. Unfortunately, flood projects do affect both people and property, but we have remained committed to regular communication with those impacted and have worked diligently to go above and beyond what is required, both at the state and federal levels, to address their concerns. In early June, the very detailed, 187 pages, property rights acquisition and mitigation plan was approved by the North Dakota Office of State Engineer. The plan outlines mitigation programs, such as a crop loss program that covers the risks for farmers in the event the project is required to operate during the crop growing season, which may cause impacts on growing crops. The project has also achieved numerous milestones that were said to be unreachable:

As we continue with the construction phase, there currently is a contested case hearing in which the Minnesota DNR is defending its award of a permit to the Diversion Project. The hearing began the week of June 8, 2020. Following litigation, an administrative law judge will render a recommendation, after 30 to 90 days, to the MN DNR commissioner who, after an additional 10 to 90 days, will provide a final ruling regarding the status of the previously awarded Project Dam Safety and Public Waters Work Permit. We are hopeful for a positive outcome which would also pave the way for resolutions to the remaining litigation.

NDSU recently published a study examining the agriculture impacts of the Diversion. What were the key findings? The study found that most flood events occur before the spring planting season and much of the agriculture acreage within the upstream mitigation area would not be adversely affected by the project during a flooding event. The study also noted that most of the land negatively impacted would have minor planting delays of one to five days, however a longer or late spring flood event could pose an increased risk of prolonged planting delays. The risk of wide-scale prevent plant conditions caused by the project is very low. To view the full report and additional key findings, visit fmdiversion.gov/news.

As it relates to property acquisitions, how much has been acquired thus far? How much remains? As of June 2, over 4,000 acres (370 parcels) of the 9,000 acres required had been acquired. To remain on schedule, all remaining land for the diversion channel must be acquired by this upcoming fall and we do anticipate needing to engage in quick-take actions over the next few months to meet this deadline. The acquisition schedule follows the federal construction schedule as money is appropriated on an annual basis. For further project details and information, visit the Diversion website at fmdiversion.gov. PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM SPONSOR

• 2012 Congressional approval of the U.S. Army Core of Engineers Report and federal authorization of the project • The Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. government for $750 million • Three locally voter-approved sales taxes • Permit approval from the MN DNR and ND Office of the State Engineer • Private-public partnership (P3) contract status • The U.S. Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) approval


Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Moore Engineering



The Oil Industry's Economic Impact

Workplace Wellness and Addiction

Tuesday, July 7 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Online

Kevin Cramer U.S. Senator North Dakota

Ron Ness

President ND Petroleum Council

Tuesday, August 4 | 7:30 to 9 a.m.

Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead and online

Kathy Neset President Neset Consulting

Rich Wardner

ND Senate Majority Leader

Did you know that 1 in 7 adults, and 1 in 25 adolescents, in the United States are battling addiction? Especially during these trying times, it is important to recognize how widespread addiction is, the effects it has on our community and businesses, and how we can work to address it. Every year, drug abuse and addiction cost the American society more than $740 billion in lost workplace productivity, health care expenses and crime-related costs. Join us for this timely and impactful conversation on our battle against addiction, how some of our local employers are fighting against it and what steps you can take to make an impact for your company and employees. Stay tuned as we announce speakers soon!

Impacts to the oil industry have always been a prominent international story and consistently have global economic effects, but with North Dakota being the second largest oil producing state in the U.S., and one of our largest basic-sector industries, the impacts are also profound on our economy. Join us for a conversation with political and industry experts to explore how COVID-19, price wars, and other factors have created instability within the industry and how it impacts our national security, workforce, state budget and much more. This important and timely discussion and panel conversation will also dig into what we may expect for the future of this industry, both on an international and regional scale.

REGISTRATION (online only)

Choose how you attend this session! Join us in person at the Courtyard, or tune in from home for the live-stream webinar (link will be sent to registered attendees before the event).


(at Courtyard by Marriott with breakfast)

Chamber members: $32 in advance | $42 at the door Non-members: $52 in advance | $62 at the door STREAM IT ONLINE

Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25 Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.



Bank of the West  |  Beverage Wholesalers  |  Bremer Bank  |  Cornerstone Bank Dabbert Custom Homes  |  Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead  |  Houston Engineering KLJ  |  Livewire  |  Midwest Radio of Fargo Moorhead  |  Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering | ROERS | Sparklight | Wanzek Construction | Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. 14  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2020

Panel shares how workplaces can support diversity & inclusion

Last month at Eggs & Issues, we explored how our workplaces can best support a diversity and inclusion through our missions, strategies and practices. Moderated by Moorhead Mayor and M State Director of Equity and Inclusion Johnathan Judd, panelists shared their personal experiences as well as professional advice, and included Colette Campbell, SVP/Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, Bremer Bank; Dieumerci Christel, Founder & CEO, Enlight; and Kelsey Gordon, Operations Program Manager, Microsoft. Judd challenged attendees to look at their workplaces through an equity lens, meaning viewing inclusion through the lens of a person from a disadvantaged group, noting how important valuing all employees’ experiences are to HR and recruiting. Campbell reminded us to be aware of the role we play in our workplace, asking ‘Are you going to be difference makers or maintain the status quo?’ She shared Bremer’s diversity strategy,

and challenged us to not be bystanders and to make a commitment to being more culturally competent. Christel discussed his experience growing up in a refugee camp, moving to the U.S. and experiencing disparaging comments in the workplace, offering ideas on how to be vigilant as leaders. Gordon offered her take on diversity, noting that the word itself actually refers to the differences between individuals and is not restricted to just race,

and inclusion is making sure all individuals are valued and heard. For employers looking to further develop their own diversity and inclusion efforts, all panelists echoed the importance of education, conversation, and creating a culture in which diversity is welcomed. Campbell recommended the book “White Fragility,” and Gordon encouraged offering unconscious bias training and employee resource groups.

When you have a diverse culture in your workplace, you are not only opening yourself to new people and bringing in new ideas, but you’re elevating your company. —Dieumerci Christel When we do not intentionally include, you unintentionally exclude. —Kelsey Gordon I’m asking you to be innovative, be creative about how as individuals and organizations can create a safe space for everyone to benefit. …More diverse communities make us stronger and more resilient. —Mayor Judd

Congressional Leaders Recognized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Congratulations to Minnesota Congressman Collin Peterson (D-7) for being named a recipient of the JeffersonHamilton Award for Bipartisanship! This award is presented to 10 senators and 20 members of Congress and is awarded by the U.S. Chamber to those who have demonstrated a willingness to work across the aisle in support of common objectives.

Congratulations to North Dakota Senator Kevin Cramer (R) for being named a recipient of the Abraham Lincoln Leadership for America Award! This U.S. Chamber award is presented to 10 senators and 20 members of Congress and is awarded to those who have demonstrated the leadership critical to advancing policies that support America’s free enterprise system.



When ND/MN Nice Meets the Difficult Conversation

Talent Optimization: Four Forces of Engagement in a Virtual World

NEW TIME! 1 to 2 p.m. Online only

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Radisson Hotel Fargo or online

Wednesday, July 15

Almost every single day, we find ourselves facing tough conversations, whether it be personally or professionally. Tiffaney Holm Unfortunately, most people Organizational Development don’t always do the best job of Specialist handling these conversations. First International Bank & Trust In fact, the majority of people TiffTiffHolm would prefer to avoid them all together. There’s a reason they are called “crucial” and “difficult;” if they were easy everyone would have them. But is it possible to be assertive and still be nice? Of course! It just takes some self-awareness and listening skills. In this session, we will talk about: • Determining where you are stuck • The typical responses when we have difficult conversations • Getting your head straight and your emotions sorted out • Focus on positive outcomes of these conversations

REGISTRATION (online only) Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25 Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

Wednesday, August 12

Today’s reality: Leaders are navigating uncharted waters. They ask: How do we preserve culture and engagement amid change and uncertainty? How will this impact employee retention? In this session, we will explore strategies to prevent burnout and continue fostering a winning team in our current circumstances.

Kelsey Joy Buell Motivational Speaker & Talent Consultant Kelsey Joy LLC

Employees waste countless hours “going through the motions” while struggling to remain engaged. Using real-life case studies, we will highlight the four forces of disengagement and their impact on our work in changing times. For this workshop, you will have the opportunity to take the Predictive Index, a behavioral assessment tool, to learn more about what motivates you. This will allow you to develop strategies for yourself and your teammates in real time throughout the presentation. The more you understand yourself, the more you will thrive in your career and working relationships. You will learn how to foster increased self-awareness, which will help you communicate more effectively, strengthen team dynamics, and improve manager-direct report relationships within both in-person and remote workplaces.


(At Radisson Hotel Fargo with lunch)

Chamber members: $32 in advance | $42 at the door Non-members: $52 in advance | $62 at the door STREAM IT ONLINE

Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25 Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.

About Business Training: Looking for opportunities to advance your career

These events qualify for 1.5 CPE credits through SHRM

and skill set? That’s exactly what Business Training sessions are all about. Each month, you can expect a new topic tailored to the issues you need to know from local experts. This educational programming seeks to develop the professional, personal and leadership skills of Chamber member employees, and networking events foster connections with thousands of others in the business community, over lunch. PROGRAM SPONSORS


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Two sessions in one! 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Online

Coaching is a Game Changer

Resilience – Unlocking the

3:30 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott or online

Tuesday, July 28

Tuesday, August 25

Power to Bounce Back and Thrive

Jill Steinhaus In recent months, the topic of resilience Executive Coach and has been trending. As the COVID-19 Leadership Consultant pandemic gained momentum, so did Sagency the need to embrace, practice and hone / jillsteinhaus our skills in true resilience. Maybe for the first time ever, everyone is experiencing some level of disruption or adjustment in their lives. Resilience is the superpower that will help us through uncertainty and ultimately THRIVE. Seemingly the silver bullet in the face of adversity, what is so special about this one little word? Join us for a conversation on what resilience really is, why it’s essential, and how you can cultivate resilience to positively impact yourself, your team and the world around you.

Gratitude Attitude:

Thriving in the Midst of Chaos When the world changes around us, suddenly it can become difficult to see the beauty of what lies in the present. We tend to be focused on what is missing from the past and eyeing what we look forward to in the future; by practicing critical present moment awareness one can cultivate hope, let go of numbing behaviors, and ultimately create an environment within which will allow one to thrive.

Do you find yourself desiring more? Have you ever felt stuck and had no idea how to get from where you are to where you want to be? Coaching is a common term, but is often undefined. Coaches are present throughout your life to help you achieve your goals. They guide you to reach deep within yourself to unleash those untapped resources. Specifically, a coach helps you identify what you want and why, and creates a plan on how to achieve it. They can help you gain clarity and acceptance of who you are, where you are today and what it will take to get you to where you want to be. Coaching is an effective tool providing you the skills to help you achieve your desired results.

Sarah West

Owner Light Consulting & Coaching LLC

Melissa Marshal

General Manager, Residential Property Management Roers Companies

What you will get out of this session? Trina Michels

Senior Manager Eide Bailly / chicerp

At this session, Trina will use her fourstage gratitude model to help participants identify where they are on their gratitude journey and how they can move along the path to gratitude nirvana. This will allow them to lead happier and ultimately more productive lives in both their work and home environments.

REGISTRATION (online only) Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.


1. A deep analysis to identify whether coaching would be of value to you. 2. A coaching tool to move you out of overwhelm into action. 3. Self-assessment in what areas coaching may change your life.

REGISTRATION (At Delta by Marriott)

Chamber members: $25 in advance | $35 at the door Non-members: $45 in advance | $55 at the door STREAM IT ONLINE

Chamber members: $15 | Non-members: $25 Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.


Bell Bank | Bremer Bank | Choice Bank | Delta by Marriott | Discovery Benefits | Essentia Health | Eventide Senior Living Communities First International Bank & Trust | Gate City Bank | Microsoft | Minnesota State Community and Technical College | Office Sign Co. Otter Tail Corporation | Rasmussen College | Vogel Law Firm | WDAY | Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. | Western State Bank 18  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2020


Congratulations to the Leadership Class of 2019-20! This year’s Leadership FMWF program concluded on June 18 at our graduation ceremony held at Sanctuary Events Center. The class heard from sponsors and speakers Dan Cash, Midwest Radio; Phil Hayes, Discovery Benefits, a Wex Company; and Greg Mastrud, First International Bank & Trust. The class selected Rammie Olson, Bell Bank, and Jess Azure, Beyond Realty, to represent the 201920 class as speakers at the ceremony.

Help us congratulate these individuals for their completion of the program!

Jill Andera Sterling Management

Jess Azure Beyond Realty

Evan Balko Dakota Medical Foundation Abbey Benson EagleRidge Development Jenna Bixler Wanzek Construction

Lindsey Cernik Border States Electric

Ty Day Wells Fargo Bank

Michelle Larson Discovery Benefits

Ashley Manly Limelight Builders

Dan Macintosh Brady Martz Kriss Martz Cardinal IG

Ashley Mitchell YWCA

Mandy Ohman-Zastre Rasmussen College McKenzy Olson EPIC Companies

Naomi Disrud Houston Engineering

Rammie Olson Bremer Bank

Darin Feir The Chamber

Bruce Powlish Gate City Bank

Amber Ertelt Midwest Radio

Sarah Fuchs Anne Carlsen Center

Kristin Gille Blue Cross Blue Shield

Megan Grote Dabbert Custom Homes James Hand Construction Engineers

Chris Helmick Fargo Police Department

Robert Hoffman Doosan Bobcat Jessica Jackson Alerus

Brian Kingsley Microsoft

Scottie Knollin CoreLink

Brandon Oye Moore Engineering Amanda Reil NDSU Career Center

Anna Sather YMCA

Anne Schmaltz Paces Lodging Corporation A.J. Sitzer Union Bank Fargo

Steve Sjoberg Western Products Erin Stegman Ulteig

Machelle Velaski Park Company Realtors

Jake Whiting First International Bank & Trust




Matt Bushard Bell Bank

Chuck Lang Sanford Health


Stay tuned for July events on The Chamber's website or the POC Facebook page.

Virtual Networking Before 9 Friday, August 14 | 8 to 9 a.m. | Online Free; registration required

Join Professionals of Color for another virtual Networking Before 9! This month, we are excited to host Smita Garg, NDSU’s Assistant Director, Employer Engagement for the Career and Advising Center. Smita will share her personal story on her transition to the FMWF region – what went well, what didn’t go well – and changes she has witnessed as it relates to diversity and inclusion initiatives. Come prepared to ask questions and learn! Attendees will receive the Zoom link and instructions following registration.

Mayor Judd shares insight and stories

We want to give a big thank you to Moorhead Mayor and Director of Diversity and Inclusion at M-State Johnathan Judd for joining POC’s Networking Before 9 event last month. Held on Juneteenth, Mayor Judd shared his personal and professional journey, his experience as a candidate for mayor, and how we can continue to grow into a diverse community. Judd reminded attendees the importance of networking and relationships to someone’s success and professional growth. Mayor Judd also answered questions from attendees, ranging from how we can support and empower others, changing a culture, civic engagement, and strategies for building diversity and inclusion at work.

Recognizing Juneteenth

Last month we celebrated Juneteenth, the day recognized as the end of slavery in the United States. A video is available online, with members of our community discussing the historical importance of Juneteenth and what it means to them, as well as the story of one man named Felix Battles, a former Moorhead resident who was born enslaved, escaped to the North and fought in the Civil War, and upon his return, became the pioneer barber in the Red River Valley. Find the video on The Chamber’s Facebook or YouTube page. We also want to thank Governor Burgum for proclaiming Juneteenth Celebration Day in North Dakota. PRESENTING SPONSORS



Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota GOLDMARK Property Management | Midco Minnesota State Community and Technical College 20  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2020

Save using The Chamber’s Coupon Book! Did you know The Chamber has its own coupon book? This publication allows you to save money while visiting member businesses. From restaurants to museums, retail to personal and business services, experience more in our community and support fellow members. Plus, this book impacts local youth as they get experience selling them as a fundraiser! Funds raised go directly back into schools. Want to pick up your own copy of this year’s Coupon Book? We have books for sale for just $20, available for purchase at The Chamber offices inside the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. The newest book will be available this fall. If you are interested in creating a fundraiser of your own, contact Scott at Integrity Fundraisers at scott@integrityfundrasers.com. Want to be included in a future book? Contact Tracy at tmeckler@ fmwfchamber.com to save your spot.

Looking for another way to advertise your business? Ad spaces are now open for The Chamber’s 2021 Metro Profile & Member Directory! Seen by thousands of community members and distributed to new residents and in relocation packets, it’s a perfect space to reach further. Ad space closes October 30.


Virtual Lattes with Leaders   NEW DATE   Tuesday, July 14  |  8 to 9 a.m.  |  Online

Free for YPN members, $10 for non-members Start your day with networking and learning from a prestigious local business leader. This month’s—and our first virtual— Lattes with Leaders welcomes Dr. Rupak Gandhi, superintendent of Fargo Public Schools. Rupak will share his story and life lessons, and take questions from attendees. Bring your own coffee! Registration required.

YPN Leadership Committee Applications

Interesting in becoming more involved in YPN? The YPN Leadership committee is a great place to get involved and influence the direction that YPN programming will look like! AVAILABLE POSITIONS: • Member at Large—Serve on the committee at large;

assist with coordination YPN’s service events

• Vice Chair—The Vice Chair will serve as the Chair of YPN during

the 2021-22 Year. The chair leads YPN and serves as the liaison for the program coordinator and The Chamber and is requested to be present at various events throughout the year and serves as a representative for YPN. The Vice-Chair will perform the duties of the 2020-21 Chair in at meetings and events in the absence of the Chair.

Interested or want to learn more?

Contact Alyssa at alakoduk@fmwfchamber.com.

NEW!  YPN Book Club

Enjoy reading and would love to discuss books on leadership and professional development with like-minded individuals? Join the YPN Book Club! Each month, YPN will select a book and meet over lunch once a month to discuss the book. The best part about the YPN Book Club? There is no commitment! Join the months you have the time, and skip the months that are busy for you. YPN is excited to add this to our programming and look forward to getting started.


Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life... And Maybe the World by William H. McRaven


Wednesday, July 15 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Zoom No cost | Registration required. Zoom link will be sent after registration. If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed. “Based on a Navy SEAL's inspiring graduation speech, this #1 New York Times bestseller of powerful life lessons ‘should be read by every leader in America.’” (Wall Street Journal).

Not interested in purchasing the book? Remember to check your local public libraries for each month’s book!

ABOUT YPN It is our belief that a community influenced by young professionals is a community that attracts and retains them. Core to the Young Professionals Network’s strategic agenda is the belief that the more informed, involved and connected young professionals are, the more influence they will have on the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community.



Delta by Marriott



YEA! students present at 1 Million Cups

Last month, two Young Entrepreneurs Academy students got the opportunity to present at our local 1 Million Cups event: this year’s Investor Panel Shark Tank winner, Ameera Gaal, a freshman at Sheyenne High School, and 2017 YEA! grad, Bridget McManaman, founder of Rewrite Herstory. Ameera loves expressing herself through what she wears, so her business, Enhance makes magnetic accessories for hijabs so that women who wear them can feel beautiful with her custom-made product. Bridget launched Herstory in response to her own health problems and has since made it her mission to increase women’s access to menstrual hygiene products, and empower them to have a better understanding of their physical well-being. Both Ameera and Bridget presented updates on their business to viewers on a Facebook live stream. We want to thank the team at Emerging Prairie for offering YEA! this opportunity!


Herstory was started 4 years ago, with help from YEA!, to increase women and girls’ access to menstrual hygiene products and empower them to have a better understanding of their physical well-being. Recently, Herstory has started distributing menstrual cups and promoting them as a more sustainable period management option. In response to COVID-19, the program Masks for Mensturation was started, a fundraiser in which masks were made and sold with proceeds benefitting women and girls in need. So far, 400 masks were made and $3,000 was raised! This work wont let up anytime soon because periods don’t stop for pandemics!

—Bridget McManamon, Herstory

What Is 1 Million Cups?

1 Million Cups is a free, national program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. Developed by the Kauffman Foundation in 2012, the program is based on the notion that meaningful connections are made over one million cups of coffee. 1 Million Cups is led by more than 500 volunteer organizers in 35+ states, one U.S. territory, and six-time zones – and growing every day. The Fargo chapter has been running strong since 2014 and is the most active 1MC in the country.



Aldevron | Bremer Bank | Concordia College | Dawson Insurance | Eide Bailly LaQuinta Inn & Suites | Minnesota State University Moorhead  |  National Hospitality Services North Dakota State University  |  Office Sign Company  |  Radio FM Media  |  TrueNorth Steel 22  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2020

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NEW MEMBERS We welcome the following businesses who have invested by joining The Chamber. We encourage all members to conduct business with each other. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber!

Bright Futures Learning Center-Rocking Horse Farm rightfuturesfargo.com b

Quality Cleaning Services ualitycleaningservicesfargo.com q

hild Care C Bright Futures Learning Center strives to provide a clean, safe and educational environment for young children and their families. Within their care, children develop skills that promote physical, emotional, social and intellectual growth. They believe in being supportive of their parents, and they welcome their positive involvement and presence at Bright Futures Learning Center at all times. They further believe that within our environment, children can thrive and have the opportunity to blossom into responsible and contributing members of their society.

J anitorial Services - Home & Office Quality Cleaning Services is a local and family-owned company that offers a broad range of commercial cleaning services and can tailor them to meet your schedule and budget. For your peace of mind, they are bonded and insured. They also provide equipment and supplies. Whether you are looking for sanitation services, disinfection services, janitorial services and regular cleaning, they would love to discuss their services with you.

Central McGowan c entralmcgowan.com I ndustrial Distributors Central McGowan is a growing, diversified business with customers across more than 20 industries and throughout the U.S. They’re family owned with local roots and proud of it. They offer gases for welding, industrial, manufacturing, medical and food & beverage. They provide dry ice for commercial/ residential cleaning, cooling and industrial blasting welding and industrial equipment, tools, supplies, abrasives, safety gear, and consumables by order and at their retail stores. They have custom automation and robotic technologies and solutions to boost quality, productivity and safety for their customers.

Dino Drop-In West Fargo inodropin.com/west-fargo d hild Care C Dino Drop-In is a modern, screen free preschool that allows families with children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old to drop-in for high quality childcare at a moment notice. Registration takes less than 5 minutes. Daily programming includes circle time, art projects, cooperative games and free play. They also offer a variety of specialty classes weekly including; Zumba, music and Spanish.

Kappy Shack Promotions k appyshack.com dvertising - Promotional Products A Kappy Shack Promotions is experience in the marketing/sales/ branding world. Today, success involves building a brand that connects emotionally with the public in a way that aligns with its business plan. They’re passionate about helping you find your creative voice and building your brand!

Want to find all our members? Search our online directory at fmwfchamber.com.

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Red River Management r edriverpropertymanagement.com eal Estate - Property Management R They offer tenant placement services to help you find the perfect rental home. Whether you are looking for a single-family home, townhouse or condo, they will have one of our dedicated team members work with you to find the best home for your needs. Start your search today by viewing their current homes for rent and by inquiring for more information. They also specialize in full-service property management services to fit your needs as a landlord or home owner. They tailor their services to ensure that you have the highest level of service for your home. They treat your home as their own.

Senior Helpers Home Care of Eastern North Dakota s eniorhelpers.com/nd/fargo ome Care Services H Senior Helpers of Fargo offers a comprehensive suite of programs and services that support aging in-place. These programs range from companion to personal care services with specialized programs for clients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s/dementia. They pride themselves on being trusted advisors for seniors and family members assessing options to assure they receive both the care they want and need during this phase of life.

State Farm Insurance - Renee Forde r eneeforde.com I nsurance Renee Forde and team provides a personalized approach to your insurance and financial service needs. Their goal is to always go above and beyond! They are ranked as the #1 auto, home and life insurance company!

Thompson Howard Home t hompsonhowardhome.org ursing Homes N Thompson Howard Home is the future facility for skilled dementia care. They will be providing a specialized environment for those who have dementia, on a skilled level.

MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES Congrats to the following Chamber member companies for their exciting announcements! Make sure to congratulate their achievements and recognition next time you see them around town. KLJ was awarded the 2019 Outstanding Project Design Award by North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers for work on the Sheyenne Street/I-94 Interchange Reconstruction project in West Fargo. The award recognizes an engineering firm in the state of North Dakota and is based on engineering design content of a project completed or under construction in the current year. Consideration is given to how the project employs innovative or state-of-the-art engineering practices making the project unique. KLJ served as the prime consultant on the project, working closely with the City of West Fargo and the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The five-mile corridor of Sheyenne Street required some distinct design solutions which included capacity and safety enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle improvements, traffic calming measures and an innovative interchange solution. The team developed a Modified Single Point Urban Interchange design to address the unique travel patterns of Sheyenne Street. Construction of the project was completed in November 2019 and resulted in 60 percent less traffic delay and reduced total crash potential by 60 percent. Overall, this one-of-a-kind design, improves traffic flow on this highly traveled corridor. Engineering New-Record (ENR) announced that KLJ has been named among the 2020 Top 500 Design Firms. The firm ranked 160, moving two numbers from the 2019 ranking. KLJ was evaluated based on revenue for design services performed in 2019. Design services assessed included general building, power, water supply, sewer/waste, industrial/petroleum, transportation, and telecommunications. ENR, reports on the top design firms, both architects and engineers, and the top construction companies as well as project in the United States and around the world. The Top 500 Design Firms list, published annually in April, ranks the 500 largest U.S. based designs firms, both publicly and privately held, based on design-specific revenue. Companies engaged in general contracting specialty contracting, engineering, architecture, planning and studies are ranked through an annual survey. The rankings are then divided into specific market categories.

North Dakota State University Press is excited to announce three of its titles being finalists in the 30th Annual Midwest Book Awards. The titles/authors and the award they are finalists in are: Still by Rebecca E. Bender and Kenneth M. Bender, Religion/ Philosophy; Stringing Rosaries: The History, the Unforgivable, and the Healing of Northern Plains American Indian Boarding School Survivors by Denise Lajimodiere, Social Science/Political Science/Culture, History-Regional, and Design-Cover Design; and Hunter's Log: Volumes II & III by Timothy Murphy, PoetryRegional. The 30th annual Midwest Book Awards was open to books published and copyrighted in 2019 in MiPA’s 12-state Midwestern region. This year’s competition garnered 221 entries in 31 categories, which were judged by a panel of 99 librarians and booksellers from every state in MiPA’s region.


Want to see your own company news here? Send your press releases to us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com. We want to share your good news (for free!) just because you are a valued member.


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MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE Apex Engineering Group

Levi Clagett, Graduate Engineer

Beyond Realty

Kevin Kasprick, REALTOR®

Border States Electric CLAGETT




Jason Seger (President), New Board Member Lisa Anderson-Helbling, New Board Member

DCN (Dakota Carrier Network)

Troy Walker, Director of Sales and Marketing

Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company





Jenaah Nyhof, Client Advocate Becca Oie, HR Coordinator Angie Olson, Client Coordinator Tanya Pahl, Client Advocate Meridee Ryberg, Client Advocate Ben Woodside, Business Insurance Advisor

Houston Engineering, Inc. Colson Barton, Engineer I

KW Inspire Realty PAHL




Ben Ferguson, Realtor Sarah Martinson, Realtor Gabrielle Stocks, Realtor Hans Tanner, Realtor


James Bainbridge, Chief Financial Officer

Terracon Consultants Inc.

Kristen Uecker, Administrative Manager





Town & Country Credit Union Brian Nelson, Elected Board Member

Want to see yourself here? Email your company or people news to us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com or visit fmwfchamber.com/member-news. BAINBRIDGE



OTHER NEWS Marco’s Vice President of Copier Services Dale Evens has received the ENX Difference Makers Award, a distinction that honors individuals who have made a notable impact on the document technology industry. 26  THE BRIDGE  •  JULY 2020

The North Dakota Society of Professional Engineers named Christopher Gross of Moore Engineering, Inc., the 2019 Young Engineer of the Year.

Renee Forde, owner of Renee Forde State Farm, recently qualified for the 2019 SVP Club at State Farm for her efforts in meeting customer needs in addition to her outstanding leadership.


CALL FOR AMBASSADORS! Getting involved just got easier! The Public Relations Ambassador committee is accepting applications for ambassadors. These volunteers stay busy by helping fellow Chamber members celebrate their milestones by attending ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremonies.

Become an Ambassador today! • • • • • • •

Expand your business connections Keep up on what’s happening in your community Increase business visibility through Chamber activities Promotion on the Chamber’s social media sites Enhance knowledge of all Chamber activities Have fun and do business at the same time Volunteer and show your support

To get started, complete the application at fmwfchamber.com/form/view/17941. Questions? Contact Mickayla at mthompson@fmwfchamber.com.

Virtual Ribbon Cuttings now available! As many things have shifted in order to remain cautious while still celebrating our members, The Chamber is now hosting ribbon cuttings virtually. We will work with you to plan how you can share about your new business, relocation or milestone! Email mthompson@fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100 to find out more.


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