THE FARGO MOORHEAD WEST FARGO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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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.
ON THE COVER
A look inside Business After Hours
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
YEA! Investor Panel:
Details for this year’s “Shark Tank”
9 ChamberChoice Awards 10 Public Policy: Asking the Expert
11 Golf Outing
8 Membership Matters
6 Recap: Economic Outlook Forum
12 Eggs & Issues
13 Business Training 14 Women Connect
18 Leadership FMWF
19 Professionals of Color
20 Young Entrepreneurs Academy
24 Young Professionals Network
26 New Members 28 Member News
31 Ribbon Cuttings
Moore Engineering, Inc. AD INDEX
30 Member Spotlight: United Way of Cass Clay
Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber
25 Boulger Funeral Home 25 Cole Papers, Inc.
21 Cornerstone Bank 25 Eide Bailly LLP
27 First International Bank & Trust
31 Forum Communications Printing 21 Heritage Homes
25 Indigo Signworks 25 Knight Printing
15 Mengedoth Dental
31 North Dakota State College of Science 25 Pro Resources 21 ReadiTech
31 The Village Business Institute 29 True|IT
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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
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
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
Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Kyle Dorow Essentia Health
Erica Johnsrud Ronald McDonald Leadership FMWF House Charities Brian Shawn Midco
Jodi Duncan Flint Group
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES • Establish the region as a fullservice metropolitan marketplace.
Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP
Trevor Mathew Choice Bank
Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company
• Be a bold voice for business through strong thought leadership and a rich policy agenda. • Build a place of belonging to best serve members’ interests.
Professionals of Color
Tim Flakoll Tri-College University
Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health
Joanna Slominski Mortenson
Katie Hutton Eide Bailly LLP
Peter Stenehjem First International Bank & Trust
Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank
Danne Doering Choice Bank
Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.
Young Professionals Network
Interim CEO, VP of Finance & Operations @FMWFJim
Julie Doggett Information Systems Administrator @FMWFJulieD
Government Affairs & Membership & Advocacy Manager Advertising Sales Manager @FMWFKatie @FMWFTracyM
Business Development Manager @FMWFDarren
Director of Events and Programs @FMWFTracyP
Marketing Design Coordinator @FMWFDarin
Mason Rademacher Public Policy & Workforce Development Coordinator @FMWFMason
Tyler Fischbach Multimedia Marketing Coordinator @FMWFTyler
Manager of Communications & Marketing @FMWFAmanda
Professional Development Coordinator @FMWFAlyssa
Bobbi Rehder Casey Sanders Mickayla Thompson
Events Coordinator @FMWFBobbiJo
Manager of Membership @FMWFCasey
Member Relations Coordinator @FMWFMickayla
Julie Yourczek Office Administrator @FMWFJulieY
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from the Chair An update on Chamber search and plans As we head into March and look forward to a fresh spring season, The Chamber is continuing on in our search for the next president. Last month we worked with a consultant to identify the attributes desired of our new leader, considering the traits of our past CEO, Craig Whitney. Now that we have an idea of who we’re looking for, the search begins. We’ve formed a committee to lead the search for this next leader, made up of current and past board members and key individuals in our community. They are: Steve Swiontek, Gate City Bank; Sandi Piatz, Microsoft; Jon Riewer, Eventide Senior Living Communities; Kristi Huber, United Way of Cass Clay; Brian Shawn, Midco; and Anne Blackhurst, Minnesota State University Moorhead. This committee will partner with a local executive search organization and will consider RFPs from around the region. We plan to look both nationally and locally to find the best individual to lead our Chamber and our region forward. We’re looking for someone who can continue the energy and the reputation that Craig created. Someone politically astute, and a team builder who can promote what is good for the community. We’re not sure how long this process will take, but hope to have someone on board within six months. In the meantime, we’re pushing ahead in our work and remain focused on advocating for business and serving Chamber members. Current partner efforts with the EDC are proving fruitful. Fueling Our Future, our joint initiative with the EDC, is seeing progress and success. We are happy to share that last month the shovel-ready sites program kicked off with a series of meetings with regional partners to start initial work, recap efforts to-date and highlight the benefits, goals and objectives of the plan. Now, the next step is to collect data on the sites, as work continues on the goal to have two to three sites shovel-ready by late this year. Momentum has also started on a new initiative called Campus FM, aimed at engaging and launching college students’ careers in the region through collaborations with various community organizations and businesses. Of course, we’re still focused on continuing to see through area career academies and an ag tech business accelerator. Looking ahead, we hope to see you at any of The Chamber’s upcoming events as the coming months will bring many great opportunities. Dawson Insurance is proud to cosponsor the ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon in May, and while the staff always wants me to do something silly on stage, it is one of the best ways all year to recognize and celebrate business in this community. We also have applications opening in April for the Leadership program—LFMWF aims to serve both current and emerging leaders in your workplace to further their development and skills. Thank you for your support and membership.
Tom Dawson, Dawson Insurance Chair, Chamber Board of Directors
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Karlgaard on Trump, Tech and Trade:
Economic Outlook Luncheon Highlights Last month, national economist and Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard predicted that Trump would win reelection and our economy would see slow but steady growth in 2020. Karlgaard returned for his second time to the Economic Outlook stage to deliver a keynote address focused on the future. Regarding the upcoming elections, Karlgaard said, “I think president Trump is a slam-dunk to be re-elected if the economy is growing at 2% or greater,” but it also depends who he is running against, adding that Sanders and Bloomberg are the only valid candidates due to their resources. Karlgaard talked about a two-speed economy being a challenge, mentioning that tech trends are only speeding up, and businesses must adapt to keep up and not get left behind. He touched on culture and teamwork in the workplace, providing a few best practices that included seeking cognitive diversity and identifying our Tom Bradys of workforce that might be lower in a draft but can develop into champions. North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum also took the stage at the event, speaking about the strength of the state. Burgum mentioned the various national lists that places Fargo in top spots for best place to live and work, as well as our broadband, noting that ND is one of the most connected states in the nation. He also touched on various factors impacting the economy, from technology to energy and the importance of attracting and growing a qualified workforce. He estimates the state has a record 30,000 available jobs currently. We also want to thank Marshal Albright, Cass County Electric, for making opening remarks as presenting sponsor of the event. PRESENTED BY
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The 2019–20 Young Entrepreneurs Academy students invite you to the Investor Panel event this month. Be the first to hear what exciting businesses these aspiring entrepreneurs are working on! Local business leaders will serve as judges and award funding in a "Shark Tank" style format. Then, you can vote on your favorite business to win People's Choice! We promise you'll be impressed by these students and their big ideas. Each student will have just five minutes to pitch their ideas before fielding questions from the investors, who will then determine how much funding to award to each venture. One student will be selected to advance to the YEA! National Saunders Scholars competition later this spring. This event is free and open to the public. Registration encouraged. Save your seat today at fmwfchamber.com.
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MARCH CHAMBER ANNIVERSARIES Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries this month!
5 YEARS Lowry Engineering Novo Nordisk Big Valley Properties LLC Elevate Human Potential MSPIRE APM Property Management
10 YEARS SCRIPTA, LTD West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center Brandfolk
Chamber Member Benefit Spotlight:
Auto Owners Insurance Discount The Chamber partners with many organizations that offer Auto Owners Insurance to Chamber members. If you currently hold an Auto Owners policy, be sure to let your agent know you are a member. If you don’t currently work with Auto Owners, learn more about the discounts offered through Chamber membership!
Five reasons our members enjoy this benefit: 1. C ost savings can be up to 22%
2. I t connects your business with another Chamber member 3. T his is a member-only benefit that is offered by more than 10 chamber member businesses 4. P roducts include automobile, commercial auto, business owners, homeowners and umbrella 5. T his discount often is a huge return on your membership investment
15 YEARS Homewtard Animal Shelter www.careerfm.com
AAA Chamber Member - Special Offer
ReadiTech IT Solutions
AAA special offer for Chamber members to receive 20% off of a NEW primary classic membership for their first year! Inquire for details.
20 YEARS Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation
25 YEARS Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. Paul R. Oppegard, P.A. dba Oppegard Law Firm
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Check out these member cost savings, as well as all other discounts, at fmwfchamber.com/discount-programs.
Join us for this next Chamber 101 event! Chamber 101: Connect. Engage. Maximize.
Tuesday, April 21 | 4 to 4:45 p.m. The Chamber office | 202 First Avenue North, Moorhead If you’re not familiar with The Chamber, are a new member, new contact, new hire, or just want to reengage with us, this session is for you! Chamber 101 is a laid-back discussion designed to share some of the great benefits of Chamber membership and what opportunities exist that you need to know.
You're invited to join us for the Friday, May 22 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott
Don’t miss the event of the year! Join us in celebrating the accomplishments of local businesses and entrepreneurs at this exciting event where we honor the year’s most visionary and community-driven organizations and individuals that are leading the way. The ChamberChoice awards luncheon gives attendees the chance to learn more about other businesses in town, network and make new connections, and kick back over lunch.
Watch the Bridge next month to find out which businesses become candidates in each of the categories!
What do attendees say about the ChamberChoice event? • “What a fun and professional awards show.” • “I had a great experience. This was my first time attending the event and I was extremely impressed. The emcee was hilarious and made the event a lot of fun.” • “Always fun to see the nominees and get a chance to network.”
Emcee James Cunningham returns! Always a crowd favorite, comedian and author James Cunningham returns once again to deliver his quick-witted jokes and announce the winners. Cunningham has performed at the Just for Laughs comedy festival, has had two stand-up specials on CTV and the Comedy Network, appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and serves as writer and actor on Comedy Inc. in Canada. He currently hosts the Food Network and Cooking Channel series, Eat St.
Plus, special guests! YEA! students will be in the lobby to share more about their businesses. Make sure to visit with these young entrepreneurs and learn about their exciting ventures.
To register, visit fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100.
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Asking the Experts:
The Prairie Dog Bill
How much additional money will become available and how much will our community receive?
This month, we sat down with North Dakota State Senator Ron Sorvaag (R-45) to dive deeper into the passage of HB 1066, better known as Operation Prairie Dog.
Could you provide an overview of the Prairie Dog Bill and why you supported it? Ron Sorvaag ND District 45
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“The Prairie Dog Bill establishes new ‘buckets’ of money for the oil extraction tax to flow through and will provide additional dollars to non-oil producing cities, counties and townships across the state. The additional funding will benefit both large and small communities and can be utilized for new infrastructure projects.” Specifically, Sen. Sorvaag expressed support, stating “It benefits every citizen that is a property owner, specifically within Cass County and the communities that I represent. The projects that will be partially funded through the Prairie Dog Bill are projects that would have gotten done eventually—but this will hopefully accelerate the timeline, which will save on inflation costs, special assessments and property taxes.”
“Up to $250 million will become available through the passage of Operation Prairie Dog. Of the $250 million, $20 million will go to airports – to be distributed by the aeronautics commission, $115 million will go to cities, to be distributed by population, and $115 million will go to counties and townships. Of the $230 million available for cities, counties and townships, roughly $25 million will go to Fargo, roughly $12.5 million to West Fargo and roughly $7 to $7.5 million to Cass County.”
When will we receive the money and can it be ‘saved’? “The money for the current biennium will become available on July 1, 2021. Once the money is available, it can be saved for future projects and will not be affected by any changes to the state budget.” Sen. Sorvaag also noted that this is not a permanent ongoing appropriation, but instead, it will be a part of the formula discussion each biennium and will need re-approval each session.
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Chamber visits St. Paul As Minnesota’s legislative session kicked off last month, Chamber staff and community and business leaders attended the Minnesota State Chamber’s Session Priorities event in St. Paul. Our group connected with legislators and represented the business community’s interests. We also heard from Governor Tim Walz, along with legislative leadership, regarding issues that are expected to come up during this session.
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Wednesday, July 22
12:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Edgewood Golf Course
Get ready for the green!
#FMWFGOLF INDIVIDUAL RATES
This summer’s annual golf tournament for Chamber members is back. A sold-out event the last seven years, you won’t want to wait to sign up.
Don’t have a team of four? Register as an individual and we’ll pair you up with other players. It’s a great way to build relationships and your network.
Entry fee includes 18 holes of golf; cart; food and drinks provided by sponsors on the course; 19th Hole Happy Hour Social; on-course contests and giveaways from sponsors. Then stick around for the 19th Hole Happy Hour Social at the clubhouse after the tournament! Awards will be given for men’s and women’s team best score, and individual prizes for closest to the pin.
On or before June 1 $120 Per Golfer-Chamber Member $150 Non-Members
Registration is now open at fmwfchamber.com. LEADERBOARD SPONSOR
After June 1 $145 Per Golfer-Chamber Member $175 Non-Members
TEAM RATES Get your clients, co-workers and friends together and network the afternoon away on the golf course with a four-person team. On or before June 1 $460 Foursome-Chamber Members $600 Non-Members
Sponsorship opportunities are available
For information, contact Darren at 218.359.0514 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After June 1 $560 Foursome-Chamber Members $700 Non-Members
EGGS & ISSUES
Local Impacts Globally: How Midwest of Us!
The Farm Economy–Stable, Rebounding or Declining?
Tuesday, March 3 | 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Tuesday, April 7 | 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
Than Baardson CEO & Cofounder Unseen
Tom Enright Founder & President GoodBulb
Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead
Maren Gemar Executive Director HERO
Our community has great people and great organizations doing great things—that’s no secret. But did you realize how many of these organizations are reaching beyond our metro, our bistate region and our country’s boundaries, to do good? How Midwest of us as a community to give back in bigger ways than imagined! Join us in March to hear more about the great work that three local organizations are doing on a global scale. These are the kinds of stories that we as a community need to share; they are part of what makes our region so special. GoodBulb: With every light bulb purchased, they provide light to families who live without electricity. HERO (Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization): Provides access to affordable healthcare equipment to all, through the collection and distribution of donated materials. Unseen: A capacity-building non-profit that accelerates the work of anti-trafficking organizations.
Agriculture is known to be the backbone of our economy. This session will hone in on the current farm economy with debate if it is stable, rebounding or declining. Our speakers will discuss the fiscal, political, related industry and environmental variables associated with the farm economy. They will dive into how these areas are impacting the economic state of the agriculture industry, as well as how they are being affected by the agriculture economic situation. Join us for a lively discussion surrounding one of our area’s largest industries—agriculture—as well as hot breakfast and networking.
REGISTRATION includes breakfast Chamber members: $32 in advance | $42 at the door Non-members: $52 in advance | $62 at the door Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.
At Eggs & Issues, we strive to provide topical and timely events to keep you in the know. Every month, you can expect to hear from local experts sharing information relevant to our region and business community. And you can always count on a hot breakfast and networking.
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. 12 THE BRIDGE • MARCH 2020
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The Normalization of Deviance: How Workplaces Can Avoid Deceit Wednesday, March 11
Wednesday, April 8
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Holiday Inn Fargo
If it’s not broken, why fix it? Organizations continue to push the envelope when it comes to adhering to polices and procedures. These deviations have allowed for a new normal to be accepted in workplaces big and small.
Brett Johnson Forensic Accounting Senior Manager Eide Bailly
Have our actions over time actually increased the risk of fraud? This session takes a look at workplace fraud from a different perspective. Brett Johnson will lead a theory-based presentation with an overview of the small behaviors we accept, ignore and allow in the workplace that can lead to larger issues, including various forms of fraud. Attendees will be able to reflect on their own workplaces and explore any gray areas that are unintentionally creating an environment that increases the risk of deviant behavior.
REGISTRATION includes lunch
Developing a Comprehensive Communication Strategy
Today’s communication channels make it easier than ever to tell your business story; however, you need to Jodi Duncan be smarter than ever in how President you tell your story. At this Flint Group session, learn the best way @FlintGroup to craft a comprehensive communication plan that will serve as a roadmap to your business success. Attendees will learn the basic structure needed for a successful strategic approach.
Chamber members: $32 in advance | $42 at the door Non-members: $52 in advance | $62 at the door Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.
These events qualify for 1.5 CPE credits through SHRM
About this series
Looking for opportunities to advance your career 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, all over lunch.
Mission Statement Enhance the success of our community’s businesses through a variety of targeted, practical and cost-effective training events.
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Why NOT Me? Overcoming Self-Doubt
Coaching is a Game Changer
Wednesday, March 25
Tuesday, April 28
There is an old saying that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Self-doubt is often a primary driver for not taking that shot. This session will explore key motivators of self-doubt, and challenge women to get out of their own way and feel confident that they deserve success, happiness and fulfillment.
Do you find yourself desiring more? Have you ever felt stuck and had no idea how to get Melissa Marshal Sarah West from where you are to General Manager, Owner Residential Property Light Consulting & where you want to be? Management Coaching LLC It is a feeling within you Roers Companies that you have a hard time identifying, but you desire more. More joy, more significant relationships, more meaning in your everyday, and more fulfillment.
3:30 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott
3:30 to 5 p.m. Delta by Marriott
SVP General Counsel AgCountry Farm Credit Services
This session will explore the key motivators of self-doubt; challenge individuals to have the courage to risk disappointment; discuss how to overcome and move on from disappointment; and explore the importance of sponsorship (people who are actively advocating for your next promotion or raise). Charity of the month: Unseen—Unseen accelerates the fight against human trafficking. Please consider visiting with them at the event.
Coaching is a common term but is often left undefined. Coaches are present throughout your life. They are experts guiding you to reach deep within yourself to unleash those untapped resources. 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. At this session, you’ll learn tools to move you out of overwhelm into action.
Chamber members: $25 in advance | $35 at the door Non-members: $45 in advance | $55 at the door
Join a PUSH group!
P.U.S.H stands for Pursue Dreams, Unite Women, Shatter Barriers and Have Heart, and has a mission to create a supportive network of women who empower each other to ask tough questions, challenge the norm and grow individually and professionally. In a PUSH group, women can meet in small groups on their own time, outside the sessions. Organizers provide discussion prompts and inspiration via the Facebook group, but each group can set their own rules and structure. It’s a great way to form close connections to other professional women in the community!
Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.
What is Women Connect?
Monthly events with local speakers to bring women together through targeted topics. A PUSH program also aims to offer outside-the-session small group meetings and support.
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Get ready to
take the stage! Apply to be a Chamber speaker. Go ahead; be brave!
We’re looking for presenters at Business Training and Women Connect events for The Chamber’s upcoming fiscal year. Tell us your big ideas, proven successes, tips and tricks or inspirational message, and you could be chosen to speak to a crowd of local professionals. Learn more at fmwfchamber.com/call-for-presenters. Applications received by May 31 will be considered for the 2020–21 calendar of events.
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Agribusiness Update The Chamber’s Agribusiness committee attended the Northern Corn and Soybean Expo in early February. Here, our committee members talked with various ag exhibitors as well as heard from experts regarding managing risk in 2020, biofuels, the pressure of farming today, weed management, corn and soybean disease outlooks and global market trends. Our committee always looks forward to participating in this great annual event!
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Moore Engineering, Inc. For the past 60 years, Moore Engineering, Inc. has been living out its mission of improving lives by building strong communities. Originally founded by brothers Kip and Marshall Moore as a civil engineering and surveying business with strong Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo roots, everything the company does today still supports those core services, even with great growth in subspecialties, offices, employees and impact. Moore Engineering served as the city engineer for the City of West Fargo for decades, and is proud to have played a key role in residential, commercial and water resource development throughout the entire region. Their story of growth includes completing more than 21,000 civil and environmental engineering projects throughout North Dakota and Minnesota, working with 130 different communities. Moore recently opened a new office in West Fargo’s Sheyenne Plaza, a critical project in the revitalization of the city’s downtown. “The fact that we have good competition helps drive us every day,” Kurt Lysne, West Fargo Office Manager, said, acknowledging that their competitors in this market are a testament to the overall strength of the FMWF economy. “It’s a good, healthy market.” The difference, he says, lies in how Moore thinks about consulting.
Moore Engineering staff at the North Dakota League of Cities annual conference, and volunteering around the community.
Moore focuses on helping clients make decisions on the front end, looking at solutions differently and considering options they might not think of on their own. They also have a long history of helping clients find and understand funding opportunities. "Staying abreast of technology is important for any business," Lysne said, and Moore Engineering has found a way to incorporate two major advancements in their work. The use of drones and aerial photography in their day-to-day business has made site inspections safer, designs more efficient, and saved both time and money. Online GIS mapping platforms
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are also a hit for their clients, integrating property boundaries and information, infrastructure location and past project information into the application, among many other things. “We work in big municipalities, but we also work in a lot of smaller ones, and to take a big-city service like an online GIS map and scale it to a small community, we take a lot of pride in that, and a lot of communities have embraced that technology for their residents,”
100% employee-owned Moore Engineering is proud of its history as an ESOP (employee stock ownership plan) company. In 1998, the company became 50% employee-owned, and 100% in 2004; in 2010, Moore formed an ESOP communications committee to remind employees about the benefits they enjoy as an owner and how their job relates to company success. “This went from being a strong engineering business to a growth-focused engineering business for the benefit of the owners, who are the employees,” Lysne said. “The focus is now on everybody’s benefit, and that was the catalyst for growing the company. It’s a point of pride knowing that your role can directly impact the value of your ownership stake.” This change has resulted in even better culture, too. Moore Engineering has low turnover and high consistency in its staffing. Lysne acknowledges there are many ways a company can set up an ESOP, but they choose to offer it to everybody who meets the criteria. “I think the goal of every business is to have employees that think like owners, that know how their daily interactions with clients impact the bottom line. We’re not just employees showing up to do a job; we’re in charge of our financial security.” In fact, being an ESOP company means so much that Moore celebrates every year during ESOP month in October with fun challenges, like chili cookoffs. During the rest of the year, they work to integrate ESOP knowledge into other events, such as trivia at their employee golf tournament.
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A family-like culture & focus on kindness Lysne maintains that working at Moore Engineering is like working with family, and the company’s values are more than words on a wall. Respect, integrity, accountability and loyalty have been core values for years, but one relative newcomer value is kindness – “because it’s all about how you treat people.” Kindness is key because nothing is ever perfect, and they want employees to be able to respectfully disagree. The team at Moore is continually working to bring these values to life in the workplace and build expectations for how to integrate them in their work and culture. Lysne says creating and protecting positive culture is a priority, along with identifying blind spots. Mentioning an employee survey going out soon, he says, “I appreciate that we have a president and leadership team that are willing to take the temperature on our culture, reaching out and inviting feedback, and then is ready to make adjustments based on what they learn.” Cultural fit is important in hiring, too, and the expectation for new Moore employees is to be able to think on your feet and learn by doing. “We put people to work right away, and provide mentors to those just starting out,” he said. “Our experience is that when you trust people and set some pretty high expectations, then support them with good mentors, they deliver.”
Community involvement With “community” right in their mission statement, it was important to define what community means at Moore. Lysne says that a community can span from a team of engineers working together in an office to a city they’re working in. And with the work they do in rural settings, it’s always important to improve lives. When they work outside urban areas, “agronomic” benefits happen when they mitigate flood damages or improve land productivity. Outside the workplace, Moore Engineering also values giving back. Even their company Christmas party turns into a fundraiser, as they offer opportunities
for charitable donations with a 100% company match. For many years, they enjoyed building a float for the Holiday Lights Parade (and have earned several first-place awards!). Not only do they provide financial support for many events and programs in the communities they serve, but they also give time. Many employees sit on boards of directors and in community leadership roles. They walk in parades in the small towns where they work, and get involved in school programs. Delivering Meals on Wheels and bell ringing for the Salvation Army are just two examples of Moore’s volunteerism in the FMWF metro area. Moore Engineering offers engineering scholarships to NDSU students, and sees helping students as benefitting not just them, but their entire industry. STEM outreach to many stakeholder groups is a big priority at Moore; for example, a group of women engineers is very active in reaching out to girls in STEM to grow the next generation of engineers and leaders. We would be remiss to not mention Moore’s involvement in The Chamber! A Community Builder, Corporate Cup participant, program sponsor and regular event attendee are just a few ways Moore Engineering shows up for our community and membership. Lysne and several other employees have participated in the Leadership program, and he and Moore’s CEO Jeffry Volk – who is also on The Chamber’s board – have participated in legislative efforts and traveled with us to Bismarck. We thank them for all their support for the community!
Moore Engineering is beaming with pride for their work, their employees, and their history in the community. Celebrations for their 60-year anniversary are planned for this summer.
MISSION Improving lives by building strong communities.
VISION Outperform expectations through empowered employees who build trusting relationships and create solutions
VALUES Respect · Integrity Accountability Loyalty · Kindness ONLINE mooreengineeringinc.com
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Leadership looks at workforce
February is always an exciting month for the Leadership FMWF program. During North Dakota legislative years, our participants head to Bismarck for Chamber Day at the Capital. On nonlegislative years, our planning committee has the opportunity to get creative and find some areas of our business community that the class has not focused on in the previous years. This year, our February session focused on one of the biggest topics in our region right now: workforce.
North Dakota Department of Commerce Director of Workforce, to talk about workforce initiatives on the state level.
After the wonderful presentations, the class had the opportunity to tour three locations that are connected to workforce: NDSU’s Research & Tech Park, Cardinal IG and CNH Industrial. Thank you to these businesses for opening their doors to our Leadership participants and for taking the time to provide tours! The day ended at Front Street Taproom for our monthly social hour.
We started the day at Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND with a welcome from the new CEO, Dan Conrad. After this welcome and a short period of time to focus on CCI projects, the class had the opportunity to hear Joe Raso, EDC, talk about the work the EDC does for our community as well as the joint EDC and Chamber initiative, Fueling Our Future. Following Joe’s presentation, the class welcomed Katie Ralston,
Applications for the 2020–21 Leadership class open April 1!
Be one of 40 professionals focused on leadership development, community exploration, community change and networking! Monthly sessions and community-based group projects will empower current and emerging leaders, expose you to issues facing our region and explore professional development and civic engagement.
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PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR
5 O’Clock Connections at Brewtus’ Brickhouse
POC’s first year
One year ago, the Professionals of Color program launched! We cannot say thank you enough to everyone that has helped make POC successful. From those of you at the launch event, to those at any event since, to those serving on the planning committee, and our guest speakers, event hosts and sponsors. We can’t wait to keep pushing this vital program forward into our second year!
It has been wonderful to see the community "connect with the Professionals of Color
Tuesday, March 10 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. Brewtus’ Brickhouse 937 37th Avenue South, Moorhead
Join POC for our second-ever afterhours networking event! Can’t make our Networking Before 9 events? Come join us after your workday ends for a great atmosphere, great conversations, and even better people at Brewtus’ Brickhouse in Moorhead! Come when you can; leave when you have to!
program and I am so happy that we have begun to fulfill needs of a growing diverse segment of our population. We really hope to provide a sense of belonging for everyone in the region. It will be exciting to expand our programming to include more opportunities for members to grow both personally and professionally over the next year. —Trevor Mathew
Choice Bank, and POC committee chair
HIGHLIGHTS from last month
We had a great inaugural 5 O’Clock Connections at Acapulco on January 28! It is always fun getting so many professional & energetic community members into one room. Then, on Valentine’s Day, we hosted a special Networking Before 9 at M State with Dr. John Maduko, their new Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Maduko reflected on his leadership journey and his transition from medicine to higher education administration.
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YEA! YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY
Thank you, YEA! mentors
Our young entrepreneurs have been hard at work finalizing their business plans and presentations for the Investor Panel Shark Tank! A special thank you to our mentors for helping the students with their business plans and making sure their documents are ready for the investors: Jill Andera, Sterling Management Laura Ascheman, First International Bank & Trust Kevin Bauer, WDAY Kailey Boraas, BlackRidgeBANK (First Western Bank) Lindsey Cernik, Border States Electric Middi Dizihic, Starion Bank Hillary Ehlen, Spotlight Val Fechner, United Way of Cass Clay Scottie Knollin, CoreLink Administrative Solutions Travis Mack, Microsoft Meagan McDougall, High Point Networks Jared Meyer, NAU Country Insurance Addie Long, Office Sign Company
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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS
The only event reserved exclusively for Chamber members, Business After Hours is the region’s largest networking event. Now offered four times a year, this event is the place to meet after work and relax in a casual environment where you can mingle with your peers, make new connections, visit with vendors, enter to win door prizes, and enjoy hors d’ourves and drinks. Learn more about other organizations in the region and end your day on a great note. To keep this event as valuable as possible, we’re committed to evolving to meet your needs. Based on feedback from a recent focus group, we adjusted the frequency of Business After Hours events from six to four times per fiscal year, changed the time to 4 to 6 p.m. (and an extra half hour in December), offered a how-to network pre-event session at two of those events free to all registered BAH attendees, and introduced a new skills competition for friendly rivalry at the chance to win some cash.
What do others say about Business After Hours? “NAI North Central has made a conscious effort to attend as many BAHs as possible. ... Consequently, as a result of attending BAH, our office has enjoyed direct listing & sales opportunities. But, more importantly, the personal relationships that have grown from those same BAH and Chamber contacts.” – Paul S. Balega, NAI North Central “I love attending the FMWF Chamber Business After Hour events! They are always so upbeat and have fun activities to do. I find the events a great place to network with local businesses and to learn more about events that are happening in our community. We … have had an opportunity to meet many of our prospective students through the tabling experience.” – Debra Balzer-Plagemann “We’ve been a member of The Chamber as long as I can remember, and it’s a great thing to be a part of. I always find Business After Hours to be a huge success. If you’re not a member, I definitely recommend getting involved because there are some great benefits.” – Bob Stromberg, Advanced Business Methods
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Upcoming events March 19 | 4 to 6 p.m. | Delta by Marriott, Fargo SPONSORED BY
Join us for a springtime evening of networking! A great time over apps, networking and fun awaits. Bring your best shot for a March madness-inspired Game of Skillz, with an estimated cash prize of $250.
About the Game of Skillz This fiscal year, we offered a new opportunity for attendees at Business After Hours to win real money just by participating in a game of skill at the event. Each person who plays in the month’s game qualifies to participate in a play-off at the end of the event. The last man/woman standing wins the money! For every registration, we will donate $1 to the monthly prize. The prize money for each month will depend on the number of registrations, and the winner of that month’s Game of Skillz will receive half of the total amount. The other half will go to the final cash pool in June, when we award the total dollar amount accumulated.
June 18 | 4 to 6 p.m. Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead SPONSORED BY
The Game of Skillz commences here, where the ultimate award awaits one lucky attendee. Depending on the number of attendees, the cash pot is around an estimated $1,000! Bring a friend, because the more people there, the higher the value!
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YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK —UPCOMING EVENTS—
Networking to Business Financial Wellness Roundtable
Lattes with Leaders
Have you recently graduated from college and are looking to achieve financial peace? Are you starting to think about buying a home but have questions? YPN is here to help! Join us as we host a variety of experts in the financial field for a roundtable. From loan refinancing to homebuying to insurance, we will cover all areas of finance. This is a roundtable set up, while each segment will be timed, you will not be forced to go to every table host: only the areas that are of interest/benefit to you.
Start your day with networking and learning from a prestigious local business leader, all while getting your morning caffeine boost. This month’s Lattes with Leaders welcomes Dr. Rupak Gandhi, superintendent of Fargo Public Schools! Rupak will share his story, life lessons, and take questions from attendees. Networking begins at 7:30; speaker starts at 8 a.m. Regular brewed coffee will be provided.
Date TBD; stay tuned! YPN members $15 | Non-YPN members $25
Wednesday, March 18 | 5:30 to 7 p.m. Radisson Hotel Fargo, 201 Fifth Street North YPN wants to encourage you to attend FM Symphony Orchestra’s Urban Overture! Urban Overture is a free monthly event for young adults who are interested in an informal concert experience and networking opportunity. Urban Overture takes place the Wednesday before every Masterworks symphony concert and features the concert’s guest soloist. This Urban Overture event will feature French pianist Philippe Bianconi. Join fellow YPN members to participate in this event and learn about the FM Symphony and get a taste for what the upcoming concert will feature! Free hors devours and wine, as well as a discounted ticket to the concert are available to all attendees! Register for FREE by emailing email@example.com.
Tuesday, March 31 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. Construction Engineers, 35, Fourth Street North, Suite 202, Fargo Registration: YPN Members free; Non-YPN members $10
YPN Business Tour
March 30 | 4 to 5:30 p.m. Four Star Ninja Academy | 4410 18th Avenue South, Fargo YPN members: $20 Are you ready to be the next American Ninja Warrior? Neither are we. But we are excited to see what it is like to train to become one! Join YPN as we learn about one of Fargo’s newest fitness attractions, Four Star Ninja Academy! We will be learning about the business and operations, as well as getting to test out some of the obstacles at the gym. Bring your workout gear and a great attitude for this special YPN Business Tour. *This tour is only open to YPN members*
Friday, March 20 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Thunder Coffee
Come and network with other young professionals before you start your work day and get your morning caffeine boost. Coffee on your own; networking is free!
A look at last month
Thank you to Rookies for hosting our January New Member Social and Off the Clock. We were in the Radisson downtown for our January Morning Buzz at Beans Coffee and February Off the Clock at Level 2! We were at Red River Coffee in February for Morning Buzz. YPN also had a great event with NDSU Graduate School focused Networking Etiquette at Herd and Horns, where we learned and practiced networking in social settings. We also got to give back with volunteer slots at the 62nd Annual Kiwanis Pancake Karnival.
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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!
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Cronin Maggard Consulting, LLC c roninmaggardconsulting.com
Greater Fergus Falls Corp. reaterfergusfalls.com g
oving - Storage M They are a professional piano mover, and offer household and office moving too.
onsultants C Cronin Maggard Consulting, LLC provides several types of business consulting services across numerous industries. Their unique business model allows them to quickly integrate with your teams to create the positive change that matters.
usiness Services B FF is a non-profit economic G
AT&T att.com ellular & Wireless Communications C AT&T is a retail store.
Bar Nine ar9wf.com b ars/Lounges/Night Clubs B BAR NINE offers a wide variety of options to its patrons. They offer a new full menu with signature burgers and pizzas, 24 taps, full gaming, live music, comedy, 24 big screens, darts, events hosting and more.
Bliss Travel 01.210.1400 7 ravel Agencies T Cassy’s experience traveling spans over most of her adult life, as she loves to explore. Her specific expertise lies in her ability to cultivate the specific needs of her clients she works with. This enables her to find the perfect fit for each and every client. She is rewarded by her own travel experiences and in helping her clients plan and execute their dreams within budget. She bases her personal travel around local food and exploring cities by foot, and is excited to help her clients experience new destinations and cultures.
CBD of Fargo t hehempdropzstore.com ealth - Nutrition H CBD of Fargo is a health and wellness supplement store.
Christensen Enterprises LLLP ( 701) 234-2700 usiness Services B Building Owner
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Downtown Yoga Fargo owntownyogafargo.com d itness Centers F Located in the heart of Downtown Fargo, they offer daily yoga classes, specialty classes, private yoga parties and individual lessons.
The Edition at South Shore Landing leaselivestay.com partments A hey are very excited to unveil The T Edition at South Shore Landing to all of you. They designed the building with the resident in mind. They are confident that whether you are looking for a 1, 2 or 3 bedroom, you will thoroughly be proud to call The Edition your home.
EZ Open Garage Door zopengarage.com e arage Doors G Founded in 1975, EZ Open Garage Door is a family-owned business specializing in commercial and residential garage door installation, service and repair. They have one of the largest selections of residential garage doors in the region. Their showroom is located at 311 15th Street Northwest in West Fargo.
Fly Fitness Studio f eelsfly.com itness Centers F Fly fitness studio is a state-of-the-art facility that offers a variety of classes designed to make you sweat! They have cycle, barre, hiit and yoga classes along with fusion classes that combine a number of these workouts. They offer a laundry service, free cycle shoe rental with monthly memberships and a boutique with the latest style trends in fitness wear.
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hommati.com ommati.com h eal Estate R Hommati.com offers homebuyers the ability to see homes like never before. They are committed to visually capturing home using the most cutting-edge technology and presenting them ethically and accurately while, at the same time, promoting their most appealing attributes. They will help real estate agents: win more listings, sell more homes faster and for a higher sales price.
InHealth Specialty Pharmacy i nhealthcompounding.com harmacies P They customized pharmaceutical care with passion.
Lonna.co lonna.co arketing Services M Lonna.co is a writing, editing and communications consultation company in Fargo. For the past two decades, Lonna worked as a journalist, copywriter, editor, essayist and teacher with a background rich in content creation, optimization and analytics. She enjoys helping people generate language that creates unique and lasting marker moments, and tell stories in the right place, at the right time. From full-scale communications plans to ghostwriting manuscripts to social media and blogs, she’ll make sure the type of content you need aligns with your marketing vision.
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MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES
Upton Hill ptonhill.com u onsultants C Since 2012, Upton Hill has been helping the healthcare field innovate past their strategic, technological, and operational challenges. From governmental policy to responsive experience architecture, they inspire organizations to design solutions that reconfigure the healthcare marketplace.
Your CBD Store c bdrx4u.com ellness W Your CBD store is dedicated to only high-quality CBD products.
Want to find all our members? Search our online directory at fmwfchamber.com.
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. Want to see your own company news here? Send your press releases to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to share your good news (for free!) just because you are a valued member. Gavin Kaysen, a James Beard Awardwinning chef, has inked a partnership agreement with Bell Bank. Gavin grew up in the Twin Cities and owns three top restaurants in the Minneapolis metro area. Gavin pays it forward in his work by mentoring up-andcoming young chefs through the non-profit mentor BKB Foundation. As a Bell Bank Champion, Gavin will be featured in advertising and social media, host select customer meet-and-greet events, and connect with Bell to pay it forward in the community. Moore Engineering, Inc. announced the acquisition of Sambatek’s North Dakota transportation engineering group based in Mandan. The complementary capabilities, cultures and relationships will increase Moore’s ability to serve its existing clients and expand its group of employee owners.
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MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE Advanced Business Methods
Sheldon Emil, Director of New Business Development
Ashton Hansen, Managing Director, Talent Acquisition
Angel’s Keen Angles
Georgia Husting, Content Marketer
Jon Knapp, Senior Engineer, Systems Julie Portillo, Marketing Manager Morganne Stinsman, Marketing Coordinator
Dale Carnegie of ND and MN
Bethany Berkeley, President & Equity Partner Lacey Tuttle, Performance Consultant and Business Development Strategist
Mike Derheim, New Board Member Kodee Furst, New Board Member Andrew Jason, Director of Ecosystem Lauris Molbert, New Board Member Blair Peterson, Executive Assistant Lee Schwartz, Director of Marketing Maranda Tasa, Business Operations Manager
Derek Hoeschen, Vice President of Construction
Krista Driscoll, Project Manager Mia Duncan, Junior Copywriter Connor Engel, Project Manager Ariel Hermanson, Project Manager Anna Larson, Social Media & Content Strategist Tyler Lebens, Copywriter Alex Steen, Finance Controller Jessica Weber, Senior Marketing Analyst
Homeward Animal Shelter Tasha Haug, Executive Director
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MEMBER NEWS: PEOPLE Houston Engineering, Inc. Kaleb Haley, Technician I
KW Inspire Realty
Betsy Denis, Realtor Ashley Lundberg, Realtor David Lundberg, Realtor McKenzie Pavek, Realtor HALEY
Moore Engineering, Inc.
Kurt Lysne, West Fargo Office Manager
North Dakota Department of Human Services O PR
Arnie Strebe, Chief Administrative Officer
Kayleigh Omang, Editorial Photographer
Blaze Harmon, Production Artist Elizabeth Vought, Production Artist
Vogel Law Firm
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Whitney Irish, Shareholder Seth Thompson, Shareholder Diane Wehrman, Shareholder
Hayley Andresen, Staff Accountant Seth Serhienko, Audit Manager Troy Steele, Staff Accountant
How to submit Email your company or people news to us at email@example.com or visit fmwfchamber.com/member-news.
Josh Brelje and Traci Sletmoe, both engineers at KLJ, have earned their professional engineering license (PE) in North Dakota. North Dakota State University Professor of Psychology and Challey Institute Faculty Fellow Clay Routledge has been invited to be a visiting faculty fellow at Harvard University and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute starting in August.
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT UNITED WAY United Way of Cass-Clay is focused on bringing people together to solve our community’s most complex issues. By working closely with local service organizations, we can focus on what will be most meaningful to our local community, create new and innovative solutions where needed, and help lift, or keep, people out of poverty. —Thomas Hill, Vice President Community Impact and Ahmed Shiil, Community Impact Manager
What do you like best about doing business in Fargo Moorhead West Fargo? Our community is caring and compassionate. Investments made by the community to United Way of Cass-Clay have made this program a possibility—making our community a better place for everyone.
Tell us about the TapRide initiative. In 2018, we saw the need for reliable, consistent public transportation to help low-income people be able to get from their homes to job-rich areas of town, specifically the Fargo Industrial Park.
What is one thing you most want others to know about TapRide? • T his collaboration between United Way of Cass-Clay, MATBUS, the City of Fargo and private businesses and investors, led to the start of TapRide. • T his on-demand bus service, whose pilot launched in August 2019, has been a key service to help make a well-paying job a reality for people across the metro. • T his program is already significantly impacting our local economy and workforce. • U sers can download the TapRide App from the Apple App Store or Google Play. They then select where to pick up and where to drop off. The app provides pick-up time and arrival time. • S ince inception of services, ridership to date is over 1,900 and continuously increasing. • T he goal is for TapRide to be adapted as a full-time program and extended to the West Fargo Industrial Park by 2021. For more information, visit MATBUS.com.
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Leaders from United Way of Cass-Clay, The City of Fargo, MATBUS, and local employers are pictured at Cardinal IG and on the TapRide bus—a new solution to removing barriers to employment and increasing access to employees and employers in the Industrial Park. Photo credit: J. Alan Paul Photography
UNITED WAY’S PROGRAMS & VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES • Emerging Leaders
• D ay of Caring
• School Supply Drive
• Leaders in Giving
• A Day in the Life: Perspective on Poverty
• Women UNITED Luncheon and Golf Scramble
• Tocqueville • 35 Under 35 Women's Leadership Program
• Hornbacher's Gobble It Up for United Way $5 Lunch
UNITED WAY’S BOLD COMMUNITY GOALS 1. Reduce hunger & homelessness 2. Prepare children to succeed
3. Help people be independent 4. Lift people out of poverty
• LIVE UNITED T-Shirt Day
In January, news broke that United Way would be getting a new location. They've been in their current offices since 1998. On March 24, they will unveil their new space at the LIVE UNITED Awards & Annual Meeting event.
CELEBRATIONS: JANUARY RIBBON CUTTINGS & GROUNDBREAKINGS
Puzzled Escape Rooms, with Midwest Nest Magazine
Rocket Dogs K9 Aquatics Center
606 First Avenue North Suite 300, Fargo
3320 39th Street South, Fargo
Thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes for donating a sweet treat to each of our ribbon cuttings!
Valley Oral & Facial Surgery Relocation 3280 Sixth Street East, Suite A West Fargo
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Tuesday, March 24 5:30 p.m. | Concordia College Barry Auditorium, Grant Center