The Bridge: May 2021

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May 2021 vol. 24 no. 9



Honoring our veterans p.8 A look inside local efforts p.9 Who is ESGR? p.12 Fargo National Cemetery p.13 Amy Monson’s many missions p.14 Meet the new Happy Hooligans commander p.16

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

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All about the military Member Spotlight: Mission: Keto

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Leadership FMWF: Community Change Initiatives City Spotlight: Glyndon, MN ADVERTISER INDEX  4 AAA-The Auto Club 27 Alerus 29 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND 5 Boulger Funeral Home 30 CHI Friendship 23 Cole Papers, Inc. 30 Cornerstone Bank 34 Dakota Carrier Network BACK First International Bank & Trust 34 First Western Bank

30 Heritage Homes 5 Indigo Signs 5 NDSCS 23 Pinnacle Pediatric Clinic 7 PRO Resources 7 Property Resources Group 5 ReadiTech 18 Sparklight 17 Starion Bank 18 Ulteig 7 Wells Fargo 4 Your CBD Store

Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber

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Letter from the president CHAMBER NEWS

Ignite FMWF Fueling Our Future Chamber faces Membership matters Honor Star CHAMBER EVENTS

Military Appreciation Night ChamberChoice Upcoming events Women Connect MEMBER NEWS

New members Ribbon cuttings Anniversaries Company news People news


CONTENTS podcast

Episode 11: Veterans in business May is Military Appreciation Month, and in this podcast, we dive in to learn more about the landscape of veteran-owned businesses. Wendy Klug, VBOC, discusses what makes veterans so successful at starting and owning a business and the positive impact the military has on us all. Listen at


McCulley Optix Gallery In this Member Spotlight, we spoke with Dr. Melissa McCulley to learn about the advancements eye care has made in recent years and how a routine eye exam detected a large brain tumor in a local teen. Watch at

For past issues of The Bridge:


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

Sandi Piatz Microsoft

Roger Reierson Flint Group



Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Chair Elect Airport

Patti Cosgriff Northwestern Bank Ambassador Public Relations

Peter Stenehjem First International Treasurer Bank & Trust

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

Dean Krogen 702 Communications

Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance

Ambassador Member Relations

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Wyatt Johnson John Deere Business Training Electronic Solutions

Immediate Past Chair

Member at Large

Louise Dardis Retired educator

Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead


Dan Cash Midwest Radio of Fargo Moorhead

Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES • Establish the region as a full-service metropolitan marketplace.

Leadership FMWF

Brian Shawn Midco

Kyle Dorow Essentia Health

Military Affairs

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight

Trevor Mathew Professionals of Color

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly LLP

• Be a bold voice for business through strong thought leadership and a rich policy agenda.

Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University Public Policy

Kara Jorvig Allegro Group

Kirsten Jensen Minnesota State Women Connect University Moorhead

Tami Norgard Vogel Law Firm

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

Brittany Sachdeva Sanford Health

Celine Francisco Choice Bank

Young Professionals Network

Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Chamber Staff Shannon Full

Jim Parsons

President/CEO @FMWFShannon

Executive Vice President @FMWFJim

Mara Fossum Marketing Assistant @FMWFMara

Tracy Powell

Vice President of Corporate Partnerships @FMWFDarren

Alyssa Lakoduk

Leadership Development Specialist @FMWFAlyssa

Mason Rademacher

Vice President of Events @FMWFTracyP

Darren Dunlop

Vice President of Talent and Workforce @FMWFMason

Darin Feir

Design & Technology Specialist @FMWFDarin

Katie Mastel

Vice President of Public Policy @FMWFKatie

Bobbi Rehder

Events Specialist @FMWFBobbiJo

Tyler Fischbach Vice President of Communications @FMWFTyler

Tracy Meckler Engagement & Advertising Strategist @FMWFTracyM

Casey Sanders

Vice President of Engagement @FMWFCasey

Julie Yourczek Office Administrator / Support Specialist @FMWFJulieY

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What the military means to me Dear members, I am so grateful that our focus of this month’s Bridge is dedicated to our military. I was raised to have a great appreciation for those men and women who served in the past and continue to serve to protect our freedom and our liberties. My grandfather served in WWII on a transport ship shuttling supplies back and forth from the U.S. to Europe, and his brother served in the Normandy invasion. I remember so many stories that they would tell us about extreme conditions, moments of terror and devastating loss, and yet they would say that they would do it all over again. Following them were four of my uncles who served, and now three of my cousins. The stories are different now, but just as significant. The wars of today are in many ways much more difficult because the enemies, the methods of attack, and the warfare is very advanced, hidden, technical and devastating. Nevertheless, we have thousands of men and women who courageously volunteer to fight for our honor. They put their lives on the line and risk not coming back to their family all for us. We are so blessed to not only live in a country with dedicated people like these, but we have the good fortune of having so many of these brave souls here in our community. My husband and I have taught our children (ages 5 and 8) that whenever they see someone in uniform to thank them for their service, because we know that we are able to be together as a family because they are making the sacrifice that often takes them away from theirs. I want to thank you, too—if you are a service member that is serving or has served for us, thank you. If you are a company that supports our military like our Honor Star program, thank you. If you are a non-profit whose mission is to aid the service members and families of service members, thank you. Finally, if you are citizen that isn’t afraid to stand alongside our military and support them, thank you. Please enjoy this edition of The Bridge, and I encourage you to come out and join us as we celebrate our military and continue to support them throughout the year. Sincerely,

Shannon Full

President & CEO Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce




Announcing Ignite FMWF!

Ignite FMWF is designed to be a comprehensive, streamlined and systematic approach to addressing our regional workforce and talent needs. Through an integrated workforce system of awareness, exploration, training and connection, the initiative will serve as a key connector between employers and the current and future workforce in our region.

Key features of Ignite include: •

Linked recruitment, skill-building and career navigation efforts into one collaborative system to close the workforce gap.

Career cards to aid in career exploration for students and job seekers through hundreds of awareness videos.

A seamlessly integrated live job board developed to serve as a community solution to filling regional open positions.

Business-community-education connections by offering opportunities for businesses and employees to engage with students through guest speaking, career fairs, etc.

A robust library of industry developed, comprehensive training and education opportunities that badge a learner’s resume upon completion.

Resume-building tools offering students and jobseekers an opportunity to build their personal portfolio to be recognized and accepted by employers.

A mobile application providing users simplicity in searching local jobs and exploring careers.

Stay tuned for more on this program to come. To learn more, please contact Mason Rademacher at

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Meet a board member

Meet a committee chair

Peter Stenehjem

Brian Shawn

President, First International Bank & Trust

On-Air Announcer, Midco Sports Network Military Affairs committee chair

Year joined the board: 2019 Other Chamber Involvement: Fueling Our Future

Other Chamber Involvement: Chamber CEO Search Committee and former Ambassador - Public Relations

Please briefly share your professional experience.

As a fourth-generation community banker, I’ve been working at First International Bank & Trust for two decades. I started as a teller in my hometown and our bank’s flagship location, Watford City. Throughout the years, I’ve worked in various roles and departments ranging from credit review to commercial banking. I currently serve as a director of Watford City Bancshares, Inc., and a member of First International Bank & Trust’s Board of Directors and the Strategic Planning Committee. I’m also involved in several entrepreneurial ventures.

What do you like best about serving on The Chamber board?

Being a Chamber board member is a great honor and responsibility. I most enjoy playing a role in setting initiatives and lobbying for legislation that will impact our broader community. Our Chamber board and members generate great ideas and vision for the future, and I like helping evolve those concepts and bringing about meaningful change that will set community businesses and residents up for success.

How else are you involved around the community?

I am on the Fargo Region Sanford Health Medical Board of Directors and the Dakota Medical Foundation Governance Committee. I’ve co-chaired the UND Game Day Experience Committee and served on the Sanford Health Foundation committee. I hold a professional membership with Independent Community Bankers of America as a Certified Commercial Lender. I’m also involved with Habitat for Humanity, Great Plains Food Bank, United Way, and the Salvation Army.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working?

I try to embrace each season we have in the Midwest. Summers are saved for time at the lake and getting on the golf course as much as possible. Whereas for winters, I enjoy downhill skiing and playing hockey. I’m “Dad” to two young children who keep my wife Stacey and I entertained every day.

What’s your best piece of advice for future leaders?

Be thoughtful in delegation and honest about motivations. As a leader, I try to understand the roles and responsibilities of my employees. I never want to ask them to do something I wouldn’t be willing to do myself. Honesty is the foundation of effective work culture. If you’re honest as a leader, others will be honest with you. 6  THE BRIDGE

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What would you like others to know about your committee?

The Military Affairs committee plays a vital role of bringing the business community together with the men and women serving in the armed forces, whether it be full-time or in part-time roles with National Guard. Many that serve are employed by our local businesses, and it is important for our committee to advocate and support them by sharing information and bringing all organizations and partners together. Many men and women give of their time and talents to keep our community and many others around the world safe from harm. These branches also make a significant economic impact to Fargo Moorhead West Fargo and bring great pride to our region with their exemplary service.

What do you like most about being involved with The Chamber?

The Chamber provides tremendous opportunities for growth, collaboration and planning for our future. I am very fortunate to work with and serve with so many great leaders that want to see our business community grow and move forward. I consider myself very lucky to have worked with many different men and women in various capacities that have made me a better person thanks to my involvement with The Chamber.

What is the best professional advice you have ever received?

People may not always remember what you say, but they will remember how you make them feel. Just be a good person! And a goal without an action plan is nothing but a daydream.

What do you do for fun when you’re not working? I’m actually having a lot of fun while I’m working. I mean, I get paid to talk about sports! I love to travel to new places, spend time with my family, go for hikes and bike rides, and eat out at different restaurants.


Meet the Chamber staff

Darren Dunlop Vice President of Corporate Partnerships

Years with The Chamber: 9

Please briefly describe what you do in your position.

Work on sponsorships for our events and programs, as well as corporate relationships and engagement.

What do you love about your role?

Every company and every person has a unique story, and I love those stories. It’s so fun meeting new people and businesses. Everyone I meet and talk to is a potential new friend.

How else are you involved around the community? I’m on the board of directors for Fargo Youth Baseball and a member of the Fargo Rotary.

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What are a few fun facts you can share about yourself? I love to golf, hike and ski. I am the last AllAmerican Baseball player from MSUM (they eliminated the program in 1983)!

Why would you recommend businesses or professionals get involved in The Chamber?

People are friendly and willing to help; all you need to do is ask. The resources we have locally are limitless, and the FMWF Chamber is a hub of that information.

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Thanking the members who have served our community Balanced Restored Chiropractic

Anna Petry, Owner/ Chiropractor, Army National Guard

Bell Bank

Andrew Gaydos, Physical Security Specialist, Army

Downtown Community Partnership

Chris Schlepp, Operations Manager, BID, Marines

Downtown Yoga Fargo

Danielle Leverington, Owner, ND Army National Guard

Beyond Realty

Scott Breidenbach, Owner & Realtor, Air National Guard

Eide Bailly

Deb Matter, Realtor, Air National Guard

Steve Olson, Realtor, Army National Guard

Christianson’s Business Furniture

Rick Bucholz, Owner/Vice President, Marine Corp

Far From Normal Supply, Inc.

Dan Huggins, Owner, Marine Corp

Fargo Vet Center

Jim Cronin, Army

Mike Jordheim, Outreach Program Specialist, Army (Retired) Paul Polanski, Counselor, Marine Corps

Concrete & Construction

Camille Redmann, Counselor, Air Force

Lee Gnoinsky, Retired, Air Force (Retired)

Tim Teig, Vet Center Director, Army (Retired)

Mike Kemp, President, Marines


Carrie Arne Rossow, Senior Tax Associate, Army National Guard (Retired)

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Thank you to our community members who not only work within our member businesses, but also serve or have served in our military. We appreciate your service!

First International Bank & Trust

Joe Sumers, Appraisal Department Manager, Army National Guard

Friends of the Children

Jen Kalvoda, Administrative Specialist, Army Reserves

McGough Construction

Shiloh Becher, Superintendent, Army Reserve

David Langlie, Assistant Superintendent, Army Reserve

Mengedoth Dental

Alicha White, Registered Dental Hygienist, Army National Guard

Onstad Twitchell

Brent Boeddeker, Marine Corp Keven Kerchner, Attorney, Army & Judge Advocate, General Corps

Park Co. Realtors

Marissa Jahner, Realtor, Air Force

Red River Valley Fair Cal Willits, Director of Operations, Marine Corps

SaveCoin/Monitor Marketing

Bryan Shinn, Account Executive, U.S. Navy

TRS Industries

Eric Felton, Install Shop Technician, Army

Richard Migler, Custom Covers Specialist, Army National Guard Andrea Olsen, Custom Repair Specialist, Air Force

Jenna Simpson, HR Manager, Army National Guard

Leroy Taylor, Install Shop Technician, Army

*Not an exhaustive list; the names listed here were provided to us by each respective employer following a call for submissions. We know there are many more in our community who have served, and we thank you all.


A look inside local military operations The Chamber

Casey Sanders, Vice President of Engagement, Army National Guard

Because supporting our military is a priority for us at The Chamber, coupled with the substantial impact local military operations have on our community, we want everyone to have the opportunity to learn more about military affairs.

Local military leaders United Savings Credit Union Jim Schaefbauer, President/CEO, Army National Guard & Navy Reserves

University of Mary

Dave Anderson, Coordinator of Military Student Services, Army

Colonel Mitch Johnson, 119th Wing Happy Hooligans, ND Air National Guard Lieutenant Colonel Derek Kuntz, 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, ND Army National Guard

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Sanganoo, 2-136 IN (CAB), MN Army National Guard

Annie Gerhardt Assistant Professor, Graduate Nursing, Army Jordan Grant, Administrative Assistant, Army Rod Hair, Chair of Graduate Business, Air Force

LCDR Stevie Greenway, Navy Operations Support Center

Chad Litton, Criminal Justice Program Chair, Army Brian Lydeen, Music Professor, ND Army National Guard Lucas Oerter, Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance, Air Force Philip Porter, Theology Program Chair, Marine Corps Rob Reinbold, Facilities Coordinator – Event Supervisor, Army Rhoda Sautner, Associate Professor of Accounting, Army Karel Sovak, Dean, Gary Tharaldson, School of Business, Air Force

Major Thomas Ruyle, Military Entrance Processing Station

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Evans, Air Force ROTC

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Chitty, Army ROTC

Military Affairs Committee The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee is on a mission to foster a community of support for the men and women of our military and the missions they carry out on our behalf. To recognize these courageous individuals, the committee plans activities to raise awareness in the community for the work that they do and provides opportunities for the community to thank them for their outstanding accomplishments. The committee also helps to promote public policies that advance our region’s military units. The committee is open to all employees of Chamber members.


If you are interested in joining the Military Affairs committee or learning more information about the Honor Star program, reach out to Katie Mastel at



Meet the new Happy Hooligans Commander Colonel Mitch Johnson 119th Wing Commander ND Air National Guard

Col Johnson accepts the 119th Wing unit flag, symbolizing his assumption of command, from Maj Gen Al Dohrmann, ND adjutant general, during a change of command ceremony on March 6.

What experiences led you to your new role at the 119th Wing?

What value does the NDANG base bring to our community?

My military career began when I commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1997. I served in an array of roles in various flying assignments while on active duty, to include multiple deployments piloting AC-130 aircraft supporting overseas combat operations. I became a Happy Hooligan in 2009, and as a member the 119th Operations Group, I’ve piloted the C-21, MQ-1 and MQ-9 aircraft. Additionally, I’ve commanded at the squadron and group level. Prior to my current assignment, I served as the 119th Wing vice commander.

The 119th’s annual economic impact to the region is nearly $100 million. The North Dakota Air National Guard supports over 400 full-time-equivalent jobs, which contributes to over $600,000 in property and local sales tax collections. Additionally, the nearly 1,200 unit members directly spend over $50 million annually in the FMWF area. Steady growth at the wing—a $7.3 million intelligence building constructed in 2017 and the previously mentioned consolidated operations building to be constructed later this year—will serve to provide sustained, longterm positive economic impacts to our local area.

What initiatives or projects do you have in the works that you can share? The 119th Wing is poised to sustain its 24/7/365 support to combat operations while continuing to advance intelligence missions and execute global expeditionary support capabilities. Additionally, construction on a $17.5 million consolidated operations building is scheduled to begin later this year.

What do you most want others to know about the work and mission of the NDANG? The 119th Wing is a trailblazing unit in the Air National Guard, and continues to push innovative boundaries, achieving excellence through what we call “The Hooligan Way,” and is extremely relevant in all its mission sets.

The Air Guard has much to offer:

Upcoming military events

• Over 70 Available Jobs

• Memorial Day

• Up to $20,000 bonus • 100% tuition assistance • $734/mo GI bill + kicker • Paid and accredited training • Training credits transferrable to colleges/universities • Affordable healthcare Interested in learning more about the Air Guard opportunities available? Visit

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• The Chamber’s Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks

Tuesday, July 13 (details on page 15)

• Fargo Navy Week July 19–23

• 2021 Fargo AirSho

July 24–25 (details at


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702 Communications A-1 Sewer & Drain AAA North Dakota Advanced Auto Body & Glass AgCountry Farm Credit Services Alerus American Crystal Sugar Company American Federal Bank Aspire Bank Auto Finance Super Center Bayer BDT Mechanical LLC Bell Bank Bell Insurance BEK Communications Bergseth Bros. Co., Inc Bethany Retirement Living Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Beyond Realty, Inc. Beyond Shelter, Inc. Blackbird Woodfire Pizza Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Border Bank Border States Electric Border States Paving, Inc. Boulger Funeral Home Braun Intertec Corporation Bremer Bank, N.A. Bruce Furness Capital Credit Union CAPLP-Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership Inc. Cardinal IG Cargill, Inc - North American Multiseed Division Carpet World Cash Wise Foods Cash-Wa Distributing Cass County Electric Cooperative Inc. Casselton Veterinary Service Caterpillar Reman Center For Pain Medicine, P.A.


The Honor Star program is a way for business organizations and individuals to say thank you to the men, women and families who have answered the call to serve our country. Members’ annual investment helps to foster a community of support for the local military community.

—  Thank you to our 2021 Honor Star members!  — Century 21 FM Realty

First Class Mortgage

CEO Solutions H. Goerger & Associates dba CEO Solutions

First International Bank & Trust Flint Group

Christiansons Business Furniture

Floor to Ceiling Carpet One

Choice Bank

Fraser, Ltd.

CNH Industrial America, LLC

Fremstad Law Gateway Chevrolet, Cadillac

Core Corporation Cornerstone Bank Corwin Wilson Management LLP Crane Johnson Lumber Co.

General Equipment & Supplies, Inc. Giddings & Associates, Ltd. Grotberg Electric, Inc.

Crary Industries Inc.

Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home

Cummins Sales & Service D-S Beverages Inc Dabbert Custom Homes LLC Dakota Construction of Fargo, Inc. Dakota Medical Foundation Dakota Plains Realty Dakota Specialty Milling, Inc. Dakota Supply Group

Harley-Davidson of Fargo Heartland Trust Company Heat Transfer Warehouse Hektner-Lybeck-Erickson Insurance, Inc. HESI High Point Networks, LLC Holiday Inn Fargo Homeward Animal Shelter Ihry Insurance, Inc.

Dakotas Chapter NECA

Imaging Solutions, Inc.

Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company Delta by Marriott Easter Seals Goodwill ND, Inc. Eid-Co Homes

Indigo Signs Industrial Builders, Inc. Information Management Systems IRONCLAD Marketing Inc. Jeff’s Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Inc.

Eide Bailly LLP Eventide Senior Living Communities Eye Consultants of North Dakota F-M Area Association of Realtors Fair Hills Resort & Wildflower Golf Course

John Deere Electronic Solutions Johnsen Trailer Sales Inc Judy’s Leisure Tours, Inc KLJ Konrad Olson Commercial Real Estate, Inc. L. Gnoinsky Concrete Construction

Family Healthcare Far From Normal Supply Inc

Labor Masters Lowry Engineering

Fargo AirSho, Inc. Fargo Glass and Paint Co. Fargo Hose Co.

Luther Collision & Glass Luther Family Buick GMC

Fargo-Moorhead Covention & Visitors Bureau Fargo Jet Center Fargo Moorhead RedHawks Baseball FBS - Creators Of Flexmls

Magnum Companies Meinecke-Johnson Company Mengedoth Dental MGI Landscape & Outdoor Living

Michael J. Olsen Communications

S & S Promotional Group, Inc.

Mid America Steel Inc.

Sandy’s Donuts and Coffee Shop

Midco Miller & Sons Drywall Contracting

Sanford Health SCHEELS All Sports, Inc. - Fargo

Minko Construction, Inc. Moore Engineering, Inc.

Schumacher S.E. Ltd.

Moorhead Dairy Queen

Senator Cramer Office - Lisa Gibbens

Motor Vehicle Division - Fargo Branch


Municipal Airport Authority - Hector International Airport

Sign Pro Sky Logistics and Distribution, Inc.

NAI North Central Network Center, Inc. Nodak Insurance Company North Dakota State College of Science

Sleep Inn & Suites Medical Center Spectrum Aeromed Steen & Berg

Northern Improvement Co. Northern Plumbing Supply Northland Vapor Company Northwest Scale Inc.

Strata Corporation T. L. Stroh Architects Ltd T.R.S. Industries, Inc. Taxman TCI Insurance

Northwestern Bank, N.A.

The Apartment Movers, Inc.

OK Tire Store, Inc. Olaf Anderson Construction Inc.

The Forum of FargoMoorhead

Olson Pools & Spas

The Shack on Broadway

Park Co. Realtors

Town & Country Insurance Agency, LLC

Payroll Professionals

Tri-College University

Pedigree Technologies

U.S. Bank

Prairie St. John’s

United Savings Credit Union

Preference Employment Solutions


Protection Systems, Inc.

Valley Bus Co.

Radisson Hotel Fargo Ramsey National Bank

Valley Oral & Facial Surgery

Rape & Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead

Valley Rental Service, Inc.

Rasmussen University

Villa Maria

ReadiTech IT Solutions


Red River Refrigeration, Inc.

Visto’s Trailer Sales Vocational Training Center

Red River Title Services, Inc. dba Cass County Abstract Company

Vogel Law Firm

Red River Valley Sugarbeet Growers Association Red River Zoo Reddometta Republic National Distributing Company Retina Consultants, Ltd. Rose Management LLC

Valley Premier Bank

Wallwork Financial Wanzek Construction, Inc. West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center Western State Bank Widmer Roel PC YWCA Cass Clay Zerr Berg Architect, Inc.



Who is ESGR?

Congrats David Johnston, ESGR James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award David (Dave) Johnston, a member of our Military Affairs committee, was awarded the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award for his many years of dedicated service to the ESGR. This award is presented to a volunteer who has demonstrated sustained quality service as an ESGR volunteer over a substantial number of years. The award recognizes a volunteer’s patriotism, good citizenship and public service, at times achieved through great personal sacrifice. This award is the highest award given by ESGR to a state committee volunteer. Dave currently serves as State Vice-Chair of the North Dakota ESGR Committee and is in his fourth year serving in that capacity. He’s been an ESGR volunteer for over 17 years, and also serves as Co-Chair of the Fargo Region ESGR Committee and on the Governor’s Military Task Force. “David Johnston is the most dedicated volunteer that I can remember working with after having been involved in numerous volunteer organizations over my 40 years of being a business professional,” said Delton Steele, State Chair of the North Dakota ESGR Committee. “If you want something done, done correctly, professionally, and on time, David Johnston is your volunteer. He goes about his volunteer work in the most humble way and is always the first to recognize those who work with him and deflects any credit for success from himself to others.”


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ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between National Guard and Reserve Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR stands for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

ESGR is supported by a network of more than 3,600 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, coming from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service, bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. They work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve. ESGR has served our country for more than 45 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad

without your continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Guard and Reserve members, their families, and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state and local government and professional trade organizations. Together, We All Serve! There will continue to be a high demand for Guard and Reserve service members. Throughout the year, the Guard and Reserve have from 38,000 to 40,000 members on orders at any one time. Our local Guard and reserve units provide unique opportunities for our men and women to benefit from financial assistance in their education, to develop their professional skills, to provide for their families and to support their communities as a whole, often while remaining stationed locally. So cheer them on, appreciate the support of the service members and their families, and encourage local employers to hire and support these brave men and women. Because, in the end, we all serve. For more information on ESGR, visit


Fargo National Cemetery: Dedicated to honoring veterans Did you know that Fargo is home to a national cemetery? And, it’s a pretty big deal to have a site in a community such as ours. The Fargo National Cemetery (which technically is located in Harwood, ND) was part of the National Cemetery Administration’s rural burial initiative program, which created cemetery access for smaller communities of veterans than had typically been served in the past. Fargo was one of eight new rural cemeteries planned to serve veterans in states where there were no open national cemeteries. Another reason our region was attractive because there are many veteran support groups here, including the Fargo VA, Department of Veteran Affairs medical center and regional offices, disabled veteran organizations, American Legions and VFWs.The cemetery’s dedication ceremony took place in September 2019, and the site opened with its first burial in October 2019. It takes up 4.8 acres, with 3,111 gravesites currently. Eventually, the cemetery will house between 6,000 and 8,000 graves as it expands to future phases.

“Our whole purpose is to honor veterans and their families for the service and dedication they provided to our country,” Robert Roeser, administrative officer for Fort Snelling Cemetery Complex, explained. Going back to Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural address, the NCA promises to care for those

who have “borne the battle.” This includes providing dignified burial spots, a marker and perpetual care of the grounds at no cost to the veterans or families. A Fargo National Cemetery volunteer committee offers a chance for individuals to get involved in the cemetery’s work and honor veterans. One of their key roles is to put on events such as the Memorial Day program. While last year’s event was virtual, Roeser said that Fargo put on one of the best programs throughout the entire NCA. Brandy Pyle, a state representative, heads the committee.

the community to support veterans, and this committee exemplifies exactly what we’re trying to do.” A lot of communities have private veterans cemeteries, but this one is different, Roeser maintains. “We consider our headstones and markers monuments, not unlike the national monuments in Washington, D.C., and held to standards that are very high,” he said. “We are always going to have a clean, crisp, honorable cemetery, and it will be like that forever.” Jennifer Lieder, cemetery manager, added that she is excited to join the staff locally and is honored to see the level of respect everyone has for the hallowed grounds at the cemetery. Future plans include the construction of a permanent restroom and a windbreak to protect visitors, which is expected to begin next year.

While everyone is hoping for an in-person Memorial Day service this year, the Fargo National Cemetery team is planning a virtual program as well just in case. Roeser said that, “We always want a live event; we want people to come out here and see the cemetery and participate in a live event with speakers talking about what the day means, which is really all about the ultimate sacrifice.”

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Roeser shared the overwhelming response and support that was received when forming the committee initially. “We have a great cross-sect of veterans and nonveterans, and it really is supposed to be community driven. We want


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT she was one of four who talked to the women there, taught basic hygiene, and started a chicken project (yes, literal chickens!). Monson spent time showing the Afghani women how to raise and care for the birds in order to sell the eggs.

From Kosovo to Keto:

The story of Amy Monson’s many missions From the moment Amy Monson attended her cousin’s wedding in sixth grade, she knew she found her calling to serve. The allure of the uniform led her to a 20-year career in the military, fueled by an interest in agriculture and followed by the launch of a business where she now serves a new crowd, coaching people who need help reaching their health goals. From humble beginnings to a desire to serve

Three tours, tea, and some chickens

Monson grew up in a small farming community in rural Minnesota, and it was the Army that caught her eye from a young age. Before she was even eligible to enlist, she took the ASVAB (a military aptitude test given at schools) and qualified as a medic. Monson remembers when the Army recruiter came to talk to her parents. “My parents didn’t say a word; I asked all the questions,” she recalled. “He asked for a glass of water because no one had asked him that many questions before!”

Monson’s first deployment was to Kosovo for one year, followed by a 22-month tour in Iraq where she was a medic and surgical tech in the busiest combat hospital in the theater. Feeling fatigued from combat, Monson switched to civil affairs and taught first aid to locals. She ended up spending time with the women in Iraq, trading tea for intel—an experience she calls life-saving for her mental health.

When she turned 18, it was finally time to begin her service. For the rest of high school, she did drill on the weekends and was in the 682nd combat engineers in Willmar. The next summer was basic training in Fort Jackson, N.C., then AIT in Fort Sam Houston. Then, it was time to make it real. 14  THE BRIDGE

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Then, she took some time off—but didn’t stay away long. She took a job with the MN National Guard’s family program, a component of Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, working with families of deployed or reintegrating service members. In 2011, Monson was deployed to Afghanistan with the agriculture development team. She was one of 12 from Minnesota who went to help the locals with sustainable ag, including how and when to plant crops. She was also on the female engagement team, where

Back to school and finding her family A lifelong learner, Monson wanted to continue her education, so she used the money earned from her service to enroll at NDSU. So, still in Afghanistan, she attended the first semester’s classes online while actively deployed. It paid off, too, as she graduated in person with a bachelor’s in general agriculture. That’s not all. In the final semester of her studies, she and her husband adopted three children. And it didn’t stop there! Monson used the remainder of her military-earned money for school to pursue a master’s in education, graduating in 2017. Monson retired from the military as an E-7 (the ranking of Sergeant First Class) in 2018 after two full decades of service.

The launch of Mission: Keto The same year her service ended, Monson began her next chapter. It started with the desire to tackle her struggle with weight and low energy levels. When she tried the ketogenic diet for herself, she found that not only did it work, but it didn’t even feel like a diet. She used a coach to get started on her own health journey, then became a certified coach to inspire and serve others to do the same.

Monson calls her approach a strict one. “I teach people how to eat real food and get the processed stuff out,” she said. “It connects with my education and ag background because it’s farm to fork. I took a love of food, eating and keto, and wrapped it into one business.”

“My military experience inspired my interest in ag, and my ag experience inspired my business”. When it comes to her coaching, Monson has a black-and-white attitude. “People come to me because they need accountability. They need someone to give it to them straight. That’s probably why I have the retention I do.” The one thing the military didn’t prepare her for? Asking why. Monson has learned to cultivate her own mindset training to see both the bigger picture and the reason behind the details. So what on earth could be next for this ambitious gogetter? Monson is looking to expand and add new programs to address food addiction and understanding our brain’s chemicals. No matter what field Monson finds herself in, it’s clear that she can always be found in service of others.

Find her online: Instagram: @missionketo


Chamber Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks 10th annual celebration See you at

Tuesday, July 13 | 7 p.m. | Newman Outdoor Field

This annual event brings together hundreds of military members and supporters, allowing our community to honor and recognize them and their families with a night full of patriotism and fun for the whole family. The evening will kick off with a picnic for our military families with inflatable games, face painting and food, and a pregame show before a special first pitch and an evening of baseball with many surprises in store! Tickets to the game in The Chamber’s reserved section are $12 and includes $3 in Hawks Bucks.


In 2019, we treated 1,000 military members through generous sponsorships, making them guests of honor at the event. For more information, contact Darren Dunlop at or call 218.233.1100.




Celebrate with us at the 2021

ChamberChoice Awards Luncheon!

Friday, May 21 | Noon to 1:30 p.m. | Delta by Marriott and livestream

It’s time to honor and celebrate the incredible organizations that are leading the way and contributing to the vitality of our community. Join us at the ChamberChoice Awards luncheon, where we’ll honor this year’s outstanding candidates in each of the eight categories and name the 2021 award winners. Attendees will be the first to hear the year’s honorees at this upbeat luncheon, have the opportunity to connect with other area professionals, and kick back at this fun awards show. Patrick Kirby returns as emcee!





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BUSINESS TRAINING The Pursuit of Success & Happiness… Through an Understanding of the Process

Gain a Competitive Edge with Five Continuous Learning Practices Wednesday, June 9 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Radisson Hotel Fargo and livestream

Wednesday, May 12 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delta by Marriott and livestream

Dave Richman NDSU

Laying the foundation for your team and/ or business, with a steadfast culture, is of the utmost importance. Holding true and being accountable to the standards within your culture, in good times and in bad, will help create the success and happiness we are all in pursuit of.

Organizations of all types and sizes Laura Lobo Voice Pizazz LLC are in a state of flux. Knowledge and technology have been steadily increasing at a dizzying pace, and now even non-tech organizations are feeling the frenzy. What is the antidote? Growth mindset. For organizations to prevail, we must cultivate an environment that values Continuous Learning. Join us for this energetic, interactive dialogue and leave with empowering new strategies to use today!

THE URGENCY of CYBERSECURITY Save the Date The Urgency of Cybersecurity Thursday, August 19 | 8 a.m. to noon | Holiday Inn Fargo and livestream


The need to address increasingly sophisticated threats against American and global businesses has gone from an IT

Thursday, August 19 | 8toa.m. noonas security incidents are increasing every year. This event will equip you and your organization on issue a topto priority howlivestream to protect against the threat of cyberattacks and identify current and emerging issues. Holiday Inn Fargo and The need to addressPresented increasingly sophisticated threats by against American and global businesses has gone from an IT issue to a top priority as security incidents are increasing every year. This event will equip you and your organization on how to protect against the threat of cyberattacks and identify current and emerging issues.


VOICES of VISION Wednesday, August 25 | 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. This year’s speaker is Admiral William McRaven, U.S. Navy veteran and author of Make Your Bed and The Hero Code. If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities, contact Darren Dunlop at or 218.359.0514. PRESENTING SPONSOR

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EGGS & ISSUES Legislative Wrap Up: North Dakota & Minnesota Tuesday, May 4 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. | Courtyard by Marriott and livestream

As both North Dakota and Minnesota legislative sessions wrap up, we will sit down with some legislators and other key stakeholders to debrief some of the key priorities for our region, including COVID-19 business liability protection, diversion funding, workforce solutions, federal tax conformity on PPP loan forgiveness and more. Join us to get the scoop on the sessions!

Midwest Energy Summit Tuesday, June 8 | 8 to 11 a.m. | Hilton Garden Inn and livestream

Join us in June for a special Eggs & Issues as we host a Midwest Energy Summit! Speakers from across the energy industry and with varying beliefs on long-term energy approaches will be present to have a robust discussion about energy in the Midwest. The morning will be energized by dynamic speakers and several panel discussions made up of diverse perspectives on various trending topics in the world of energy. Thank you to our Eggs & Issues sponsors, cohosting Chambers, presenting partners and corporate sponsors for powering this event. Stay tuned for more details and mark your calendars, because you will not want to miss this three-hour special Eggs & Issues Midwest Energy Summit! MIDWEST ENERGY SUMMIT CO-HOSTS

SPEAKERS • Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President, Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

• Tony Clark, Senior Advisor at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP


Future of Energy, Power Supply & Grid Reliability • Lt. Governor Brent Sanford (Moderator – Invited) • Julie Fedorchak, ND PSC Commissioner • Chris Clark, President MN ND & SD Xcel Energy • Mac McLennan, President/CEO, Minnkota Power Cooperative • Brian Tulloh, Executive Director External Affairs, MISO North Energy Legislative Policy • Stacey Dahl, Minnkota Power Cooperative (Moderator) • Sen. Jessica Bell, ND Senator, District 33 • Rep. Pat Garofalo, MN Representative, District 58B • Congressman Kelly Armstrong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Energy Goals • James Leiman, ND Commerce Commissioner (Moderator) • John Di Donato, VP, Development and Origination, NextEra Energy Resources • ALLETE (Invited) • Enbridge


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WOMEN CONNECT Too Assertive or Not Assertive Enough? Overcoming the Gendered Double-Bind Tuesday, May 25 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Avalon Events Center and livestream

Have you ever been told you need to speak more assertively? Have you ever had feedback in your performance appraisal indicating that you are aggressive or abrasive? Learn how to become more assertive, how to deal with the potential negative backlash of said assertiveness, and how to engage in confident, competent workplace communication that gets results.

Dr. Faith W. Ngunjiri Concordia College

Women Connect Celebration

with Holly Hoffman, Author and TV personality Tuesday, June 29 | 3:30 to 5 p.m. | Delta by Marriott and livestream

“The Survivor Way: Explore your true survivor skills” Join us in celebrating the seventh anniversary of Women Connect at this special event with Holly Hoffman! As we survive life’s challenges, we come face-to-face with fear and uncertainty. Challenges may allow us to step out of our comfort zone and push ourselves above and beyond our own self-limitations. It is how we choose to overcome challenges that make us who we are in life. It is our strength in times of difficulty that prove our character and self-worth. Holly will share her experience of being on a reality show, and encourage you to think about how you decide to survive on a daily basis. Adversity is not so much contending with problems as it is learning more about who you really are and what is inside of you.


Holly Hoffman is an author, motivational speaker, and television personality. She is best known for competing on the reality competition show Survivor Nicaragua, and for her books “Write Yourself a Note” and “Your Winner Within.” Holly Hoffman was the last remaining member of the Espada Tribe and the last woman standing on Season 21 of “Survivor Nicaragua” on CBS. Through that experience, and others throughout her life, Holly was inspired to share her message of positivity, determination and confidence. Follow Holly on Twitter @HollyHoffmanS21 or visit her website,

REGISTRATION    Register for these events at or by calling 218.233.1100.

Thank you to the sponsors that make these events and programs possible. Find them on page 37.



CHAMBER 101 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.

Connect. Engage. Maximize. • In person: Tuesday, June 15 4 to 5 p.m. | The Chamber office • Virtually: Thursday, June 17 9 to 10 a.m. | Zoom

PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR Discuss, Connect & Reflect

Networking Before 9

Wednesday, May 19 | Noon to 1 p.m. | Virtual

Wednesday, May 26 | 8 to 9 a.m. | Virtual

Join us for another great Discuss, Connect & Reflect as we focus in on another episode of The Diversity Gap podcast. In this episode, the featured conversation is around learning how to find and use one’s voice and the importance of speaking words of conviction that may be painful, but lead to healing and organizational change. Find “Speaking Words of Conviction that Heal with Kathy Khang” wherever you listen to podcasts and come ready to discuss.

Join us for another entirely virtual Networking Before 9! Through breakout rooms, you’ll be able to have multiple great conversations in smaller groups to get to know everyone on the call. We look forward to you joining us!

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK YPN Business Tour: Nature of the North Part 2: Intro to Rock Climbing Class

Lattes with Leaders: Erv Inniger Friday, May 14 7:30 to 9 a.m. Holiday Inn Fargo

May 5 | 5:30 p.m. | Nature of the North | Cost: $15

YPN is holding our first tour of 2021! Join us for a two-part series as we learn about Nature of the North and see their space in part 1. In this part 2 event, registrants will have the opportunity to try bouldering, the simplest form of rock climbing at Nature of the North’s indoor climbing facility! This will be a great time to explore a new activity while networking with other young professionals who also have an interest in exploring the outdoors!

IN PERSON: YPN members free Non-members $10

Volunteer at Corporate Cup! Thursday, May 27 | MSUM

VIRTUAL: YPN members free Non-members $5

Join YPN for our first in person Lattes with Leaders since September 2019! YPN is excited to welcome Erv Inniger, a former NDSU men’s basketball coach and long-time leader in the FMWF community! Join us early for an opportunity to network and learn about Erv’s leadership journey and the biggest lessons he learned in his career. Networking begins at 7:30a.m.; Erv’s presentation will begin at 8 a.m.

Hey YPs, need an afternoon out of the office and want to join in the fun at Corporate Cup? We’re looking for volunteers! If you’re available on May 27 from 1:15 to 6:15 at MSUM, contact Alyssa at alakoduk@ for more info and to sign up to help.

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Friendly faces at the return of Business After Hours

Join us next time! October 7 | 4 to 6 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn

Last month, energy was high and the rooms were buzzing as we hosted the first Business After Hours in over a year. We want to give a huge thank you to the Delta by Marriott, each of the vendors and attendees that showed up to support each other and connect with other professionals once again. Advanced Business Methods sponsored the April event and showcased their company and products as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. It felt great to see you all in person again, and we can’t wait to see you again soon.

Grant Rademacher, Park Co. Realtors, was our winner of the small business package that included $100 to Happy Harry’s, Hornbachers and Scheels, $55 to Luna/ Sol Ave and $50 to Blackbird Pizza and Grateful Crateful.



Leadership class announces Community Change Initiatives Last month, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class unveiled their Community Change Initiatives (CCI) projects. These CCIs apply and reinforce the skills and insights gained throughout the program while allowing participants a chance to envision, develop and bring to fruition real and lasting community change in collaboration with others. Here are this year’s projects!

FAR-MOOR TO GIVE Chris Deery, Kat DelZoppo, Jessi Kappes, Kari Stenger, Kyle Voltin, Matt Welle

Far-Moor to Give is dedicated to supporting nonprofits and promoting sustainability. Our mission is to connect businesses and nonprofits to recycle new and gently used office supplies in the FM area. Businesses that are upgrading or getting rid of office supplies or furniture can donate them to non-profits that might not have the funds to buy all their own supplies. This lets non-profits focus more on their mission and keeps these items out of landfills. Businesses and non-profits can join this initiative by joining the Far-Moor to Give Facebook group.

HAPPY & HEALTHIER ME! Kelly Edwards, Matthew Hallaway, Amanda Keller, Katie Mastel, Ricky Pallay, Jenae Ste. Marie

Happy & Healthier Me! is an informational resource designed to develop a healthy mindset in our youth, supporting the success of their future and our community. The content in this resource, encompassing positive messages, suggested activities and helpful apps, is separated for those under and over age 12, who need a moderate level of mental health support. Copies have been distributed to various local non-profits and organizations. We hope the resource helps others become a happy and healthier individual! To access the resource for yourself or anyone who may need it, visit


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GRANDCONNECT FM Brady Blomberg, Kelly Collins, Katie Larson, Andrew Smith, Darin Underhill

This past year, our elderly population has faced unprecedented instances of isolation due to COVID-19 hardships. The goal of GrandConnect FM is to give elderly citizens a way to reconnect with society in our new socially distanced world. The GrandConnect FM group decided to partner with the GrandPad® corporation. This company has created a tablet that is designed with seniors in mind. The innovative device comes with features for connecting with loved ones, without the complicated features of other tablets. The large buttons and intuitive interface make the GrandPad® a simple tablet for seniors who are ready to start video chatting and sharing memories with family and friends around the world. Various senior service organizations in the area have connected the group to individuals who would benefit from these devices most. Our cause would not be possible without the generous donations we have received from community businesses, non-profits, and individuals. To learn more, check out the Facebook page at


Gabe Bladow, Kailey Boraas, Jon Eisert, Alex Lacey, Chelsey Steinlicht, Scott Steinmetz FM Pedal It Forward’s mission is to provide safe and accessible bikes to children throughout the Fargo Moorhead community while education and encouraging safe biking practices. FM Pedal It Forward is creating a bike exchange program to allow families to provide safe and height-appropriate bikes for children.



Kayla Christensen, Michael Detloff, John Holten, Troy Knutson, Kristin Nelson, Kaylyn Woxland Project R.A.I (Rainbows Are Inclusive)’s mission is to provide a safe environment for LGBTQ+ children and their supportive adults with inclusive, safe, supportive and developmentally appropriate programming. The event and network-based organization is focused on creating community for both children and the adults who advocate for them. We were amazed by the individuals who participated in our first event! One thing that surprised us was how much encouragement we received from the participants. We all left that night with smiles across our faces. That energy will keep us going with future sessions. For more information, visit our website at or for upcoming events follow us on Facebook at


Kellie Daley, Trevor Deyo, Alex Kizima, Ashley Parsons, Morgan Sabbe

After listening to the struggles within the New American community, the New American Community Connection CCI group found a gap between services provided to New Americans and FM area businesses. The group set out to connect the two communities, bring awareness to these new members and establish better relations by hosting an event on April 1. The event consisted of businesses, non-profits and community resources to learn from a panel of six individuals involved in these communities. Two panelists shared their passion for helping New Americans within their job and the remaining four panelists shared their journey to the U.S. and how they have found “home” within the area. With 64 people in attendance, connections to jobs, schooling and friendships were formed. From this Community Change Initiative, the group was reminded how far a friendly smile can go to all members of our community.

Kenny Bartholomew, Audrey Charchenko, Sam Grantham, Donn Groth, Megan Strese, Dustin Ulmer

The Police and Law Enforcement Interaction Education project was created with the goal to decease the occurrence of aggressive or negative interactions between police/law enforcement and the citizens in the Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo communities. The project entailed engagement of many parties to create an educational video with content developed by local police departments to be distributed to local driving schools, local school districts and stored on local police department websites as an ongoing educational resource. The video will be published in the upcoming months so keep an eye out for a great educational opportunity on how to properly engage with police/law enforcement.

Applications are open for the Leadership FMWF class of 2021–22! Don’t miss your chance to apply for the next class! Each year, Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate and build a diverse network of like-minded people with a shared commitment to the community and personal growth. Leadership FMWF exposes them to the issues that face our region while challenging and engaging them through service and leadership.

Apply today for the 2021–22 class!

Hurry; applications close May 14! Apply at


NEW MEMBERS Welcome to the following businesses who joined The Chamber in February! We thank each of them for their support in our mission and investment in their business and community. Please consider doing business with Chamber members first.

10k Yard Care LLC

Fashion Nails

10K Yard Care is proud to offer lawn services to Fargo, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes and the surrounding areas. We take pride in our efficient service, high quality professional standards and friendly employees which help to give our customers the best, stress-free experience; whether you need services for your local business lot or residential lawn and driveway. From grading a lot, to mowing and planning for the next big storm, 10K Yard Care is here with services to make your life easier.

Fashion Nails is your destination for amazing nails, amazing service and total comfort in the most relaxing atmosphere in the area. Enjoy wine, beer and white claw during your service as we also have a liquor license. Fullservice nail salon with waxing included in our list of services. Lawn & Garden Care

Caravel Autism Health Medical - Clinics

At Caravel Autism Health, our mission is to change lives. Our team of dedicated professionals works with children with autism and related developmental disabilities and their families to develop skills, create connections and instill confidence.

Embark Group Consultants - Management

Embark Group is an innovation consultancy, and we have a great process for helping businesses get better results in less time.

Find all #FMWFMembers at our online directory at 26  THE BRIDGE

May 2021 Spa Services - Beauty & Day

Intrepitek Computer Networking Services & Equipment

We make technology less daunting for your business. This is done by building strong relationships, being your technical experts and promoting a positive environment for our employees. We keep IT simple so you can do what you do best.

Jasper Hotel Hotels/Motels

Jasper Hotel celebrates the heritage and pioneering spirit that makes Fargo like nowhere else. You can see it in the proud agrarian sweep of our tower. In the graceful Nordic lines of our interiors. In the farm-totable food on our plates and the heartfelt service of our staff. Named after Jasper B. Chapin-a founding father of Fargo and a master hotelier renowned for his signature red bowtie, we are dedicated to providing our guests classic comfort, service, and conviviality. Welcome to Jasper Hotel, where you can experience the true character of Fargo.

JDRF Minnesota and Dakotas

Telstar Business Consulting

JDRF is the leading global non-profit funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. Our strength lies in our exclusive focus on the worldwide effort to end T1D and the power of our volunteers. Our mission is to improve lives today and tomorrow by accelerating life changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

Telstar is built to make your business a success story. Over the past 46 years, Telstar has worked with one person start-ups, multibillion dollar corporations and everything in between. Telstar works alongside your business to help you navigate turbulent waters without sinking. Telstar is unique because we get to know and understand your business from the inside. Our ongoing support is available for as long as you need it, and we provide “hands on” assistance with specific projects and goals. We want your business to thrive. Social Services

McAlister’s Deli Restaurants

Our food is our foundation— we wouldn’t be here without the 13 layers of our McAlister’s Club or our giant Spuds covered with your favorite toppings. Our goal is to serve handcrafted food and delicious sweet tea that is simple and satisfying—for every palette, even mom’s pickiest eater. We take familiar flavors and add the special McAlister’s touch that you won’t find anywhere else.

Simple Website Creations, Inc. Marketing Services

Simple Website Creations, Inc. is a website design, development and hosting company that has been in business since 2006. We also offer additional marketing services such as social marketing & engagement, pay per click campaign support, real estate photography and graphic design. Our clients are our focus and we value our relationships. Consultants

Uptown Curl Beauty Salons & Barbers

We are a curly hair-focused salon that specializes in cutting, coloring and styling all types and textures of naturally curly hair. Uptown Curl is a naturally curly hair focused salon that originated in Minneapolis, in 2014. Fargo is its fifth location.

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TIPS FOR MANAGING CASH FLOW DURING TIMES OF FLUX For many American businesses, recent economic upheaval has forced them to reevaluate their business models, their assets, and what success looks like. Some industries needed to find ways to stay afloat, while others were slammed with unplanned-for demand. A challenging time can be an opportunity to take a fresh look at your business and develop some cash flow best practices. Understanding where your business stands and what resources are available can help you make better, more informed decisions.

Get in the habit of making cash flow projections Many businesses go with the flow from day to day. Making projections might seem like unnecessary effort, but when done consistently they can reveal efficiencies that improve profits or let you invest in growth – or highlight where you can shave expenses in hard times. Budgeting is critical to understanding your operating liquidity, which is the lifeblood of your business’ ability to sustain itself. Planning for and managing the timing of cash outlays and inflows is as important as managing profit margins. Talk to an advisor to get started, and know that it takes practice and experience to make good projections.

sure your growth strategy is aligned with your financial position. Keep good records and talk to a banker or advisor before deciding how to address a financial need.

Pay special attention to credit practices During times of economic risk, vendors or suppliers might want greater assurances of a customer’s ability to pay before extending credit. Business owners may begin requiring up-front payments. Strive to build solid credit references, organized and timely financial reporting, and a strong relationship with your business partners. The upside of these credit practices is that your business becomes a better credit risk and faces less uncertainty.

Rethink fundamentals like staffing and space Today, businesses are in a unique position where they can step back and rethink even their most basic expenses. Some businesses have learned they can do more work from home, lessening real estate requirements; others need reconfigured spaces for a new business model. Investments in robotics and automation also might make sense for both economic and public health reasons.

Build a team you can count on Understand your assets and don’t underestimate yourself Businesses that start small and experience large growth may not be aware of all the tools at their disposal. Inventory, equipment, accounts receivable, and other working assets may qualify a business for credit or loans they couldn’t access before. While assets may provide the opportunity to leverage their value, asset value is only part of the solution. Be prepared to demonstrate the ability to use capital wisely and repay capital providers through enhanced operating cash flow and profitability. Make

Cash flow is a function of finance, business strategy, accounting, legal considerations, and operations. It’s hard to be an expert in all of those areas. Good leaders focus on how they can pivot to weather, and even succeed, in trying times, then surround themselves with specialists they can trust in other areas.

The business advisors at Alerus are ready to be a part of your team. We understand what it takes to pivot, evolve, and grow in the face of challenges. Talk to an Alerus advisor today.

701.280.5000 :: ALERUS .COM The information contained herein is general in nature, is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. Alerus does not provide legal or tax advice. Always consult an attorney or tax professional regarding your specific legal or tax situation.

RIBBON CUTTINGS & CELEBRATIONS Chamber ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are available free to any member business. For more information or to schedule, contact Casey at 218.359.0528 or, or fill out the form at *One ribbon cutting per year per member

Ackerman-Estvold GRAND OPENING

4165 30th Avenue South, Suite 100, Fargo

Fashion Nails

Alyssa Mae Properties GRAND OPENING

8001 Jacks Way, Horace

Ferguson Books and More!


1410 Ninth Street East, Suite 501 West Fargo

FM Title


300 Sheyenne Street, Suite 160 West Fargo

Kennelly Business Law


1213 NP Avenue, Fargo


1213 NP Avenue, Fargo

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


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For Cornerstone, being a community bank isn’t just a place holder. It’s the hard work

we do day in and day out, year in and year out.

- Jeff Thomas, CEO | 701-364-9630

Nurturing Abilities, Achieving Dreams.

Ranch the

at the Wilds

Be the first to experience The Ranch Lifestyle!

CHI Friendship is a nonprofit organization that supports people with disabilities. We provide the full spectrum of developmental disability services which include individualized comprehensive residential and vocational supports, allowing for full community participation. Thank you to the community for embracing our mission by supporting all people to have meaningful employment, integrated environments, and community inclusion.

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

Start your new way of living today, connect with us to learn more!

701-281-7184 | 30  THE BRIDGE

May 2021

801 Page Drive in Fargo

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Supporting People with Disabilities

(701) 235-8217

CHAMBER CELEBRATIONS HEADER TEXT Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries this month!

25 YEARS C’mon Inn

Absolute Studios



Fargo Public Schools Federal Credit Union

Edgewood Fargo

RehabAuthority Physical Therapy LLC


Jobbers Moving & Storage Co. Quality Auto Body Shop, Inc.

Hornbacher’s Foods - Osgood Northern Plains Surgery Center, LLC Red River Valley Fair Association Serenity Assisted Living SOLUTIONS Behavioral Healthcare Professionals Twist



Bill’s Gun Shop & Range New Perspective Senior Living Sanctuary Events Center Taylor Made Living

Ambassador recognition

We want to give a huge shout out to Donn Groth, Midwest Radio, who celebrated 30 years as a Public Relations Ambassador this year. We think he’s attended over 1,500 ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremonies over the past three decades! Thank you, Donn, for your dedication to supporting member businesses and all of your hard work!

The #1 thing I know for certain is that I have enjoyed the honor of helping hundreds of (maybe even a couple hundred) businesses celebrate being new to the community or milestones and new locations with them over the many years. I wholeheartedly believe in the FMWF Chamber of Commerce and the way that it works to promote economic growth and prosperity for business and members. I hope I have many more years of celebrating and working with the committee in front of me.


HEADER TEXT COMPANY NEWS Essentia Health wins national quality excellence award

Essentia Health has won a national quality excellence award for its work reaching patients who need help with things that can affect their overall health, such as a lack of housing or food. The National Association of Accountable Care Organizations gave Essentia the Leaders in Quality Excellence Award for “outstanding efforts among ACOs working to improve the quality and safety of patient care and advance population health goals.”

Plains Art Museum Announces Collaboration with Indigenous Association

Plains Art Museum and the Indigenous Association announced their collaboration on the second floor of the Museum’s Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity. Creativity Among Native American Artists (CANAA) at Plains Art Museum and the Indigenous Association’s missions both seek to engage the region’s Indigenous Community by co-hosting activities, events and meetings in the space throughout the year.

Gunderson’s Jewelers Acquires JB Hudson Jewelers

Gunderson’s Jewelers announced that it has acquired Minneapolis-based JB Hudson Jewelers from The Pohlad Companies. In 1945, watchmaker George Gunderson founded Gunderson’s Jewelers in Sioux City, Iowa. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Gunderson’s operates stores in Sioux City, Omaha, Sioux Falls, and Fargo.

Magnum Announces Acquisition of BC Freightways

Magnum, a leading transportation and logistics company, announced that it has acquired the assets of BC Freightways based in Kearney, Nebraska. Magnum will add BC Freightways assets to its growing fleet and terminal locations under its LTL division. Magnum will continue to operate out of the Fargo corporate office.

NDSU online nursing program ranked among nation’s best

North Dakota State University’s online RN to BSN degree program is ranked #1 in North Dakota and is listed in the “Best RN to BSN program in Every State for 2021” by According to, it established rankings after evaluating accredited online RN to BSN programs in the U.S. “Our site simplifies access to information about nursing and healthcare education and careers,” according to the group’s website, which says reaches more than 100,000 students every month, from all over the country.

True|IT named to CRN’s MSP 500 List - Elite 150

CRN recognizes the leading North American solution providers that have demonstrated innovative and forward-thinking approaches to managed services. True|IT was chosen for its cloud-first and mobility-focused approach to IT. Since its founding, True|IT has prioritized next-generation technologies and digital transformation. Their approach to technology empowers their employees and helps their clients grow their businesses.

West 13th Salon Named to The Salon Today 200 by Salon Today Magazine

West 13th Salon in West Fargo recently was named to the SALON TODAY 200 by SALON TODAY, the leading business media for salon and spa owners. The 2021 honorees were announced during the SALON TODAY 200 Virtual Watch Party. The 200 salons were honored for their best business-building ideas in 2019 and their survival strategies for 2020, which were gathered from applications submitted by the SALON TODAY audience.

Want to see yourself here? Email your company or people news to us at or visit Please note: All submissions are published two months after they are received.


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New Hires & Promotions Allegro Group

Jessi Woinarowicz, Executive Administrator


Chris Flanagan, Chief Financial Officer Anthony Savageau, Material Handler

Bell Bank

Lon Keller, Director/Studios and Senior Editor Jon Lundwall, Senior Producer/Editor Kerry Shelton, VP/Studios and   Director of Photography Jillian Voss, Editor

CORE Property Group

Nathan Everson, Commercial Real Estate Agent Amy Kobrinsky, Marketing & Public Relations

Dacotah Paper Co.

Brant Niemi, Credit Manager Tim Schneider, Human Resources Manager

Dakota Carrier Network

Aparna Subramanian, Information Systems  Manager

Dakota Plains Realty Nick Nelson, Realtor

Dale Carnegie of ND and NW MN Erica Johnsrud, Client Experience &   Brand Champion

Emerging Prairie

Dana Peterson, Chief Strategy Officer

EPIC Management

Zach Frappier, Commercials Sales Nick Manske, Construction Manager Nashten McFarren, Construction Manager Andy Quittschreiber, VP of Construction

Essentia Health

Kimberly Naplin, NP, walk-in care Dr. Thomas Ortmeier, Pathology Dr. Aaron Phillipps, infectious disease

Do Good Better Consulting Leah Reed, Executive Assistant
























Fargo Jet Center

KW Inspire Realty

Flint Group


Houston Engineering, Inc


Kevin Strate, Flightline Technician


Adam Runde, Realtor

Sadie Rudolph, Marketing Director, RR46 Tyson Jeannotte, Engineer I Palmer Obembe, Engineer I Melissa Van Der Stad, Communications Assistant

ICON Architectural Group Sarah Hoekstra, Interior Designer

Casey Friedrich, Vice President of Operations Jessica Luger, REALTOR®


Doug Albregts, CEO

Cora Sather, Client Relations Strategist

Brian Jackson, Software Developer Ikania Kaale, Senior Software Developer Wade Moerke, Software Developer Mitch Olson, Website Support Coordinator Jaden Wirrenga, Software Developer

Starion Bank

Don Morgan, CEO-elect


May 2021


4040 42nd St S, Suite O 701.364.9050


Go ahead; take the stage!

Apply to be a Chamber speaker. DAVIS



Can you command a crowd? Have a success story, great idea or proven strategy you’d like to share? Tell us by submitting an application to speak at a Chamber event for our upcoming fiscal year! We’re looking for presenters at our Business Training and Women Connect programs. We welcome experienced speakers and brand-new voices alike!





• Passionate professionals interested in sharing their expertise with others

• Interactive and energetic presentations with practical takeaways

• Innovative ideas and strategies around leadership, skill development, workplace topics or women’s empowerment





Vaaler Insurance

Jana Davis, Multimedia Communications Specialist Greg Litz, Employee Benefits Advisor

• Exposure: A room full of engaged business professionals will hear your message

• Promotion: We’ll share your session and bio online, on social media and in print to thousands

• Credibility: Position yourself as a thought-leader in your area of expertise • Training: Dale Carnegie is offering 1.5 hours of coaching for any Women Connect or Business Training speaker.

W.W. Wallwork, Inc

Curry Quenette, Vice President

YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties

Briana Scearcy, Vice President of Human Resources

YWCA Cass Clay

Learn more and apply at Applications are due by May 31 to be considered for the 2021–22 calendar of events

Krista Andrews (Anderson, Bottrell, Sanden & Thompson), New Board Member Kelsey Gordon (Microsoft), New Board Member Sherri Schmidt (Scheels), New Board Member Megan Schreiner (Goldmark), New Board Member Cassie Wiste (Spotlight), New Board Member


Annette Ambuehl, Commercial Lines Manager,   Prairie Business Top 25 Women in Business

KLJ Engineering

Mike Hinshaw, Professional Engineering (PE) licensed Sean Kelly, Professional Engineering (PE) licensed Bryan Tykwinski, Professional Engineering (PE) licensed Amanda Vetter, Professional Engineering (PE) licensed

West Fargo Public Schools

Jessica Camacho, reading teacher,   2021–2022 Professional/Licensed Staff of the Year Award Lisa Vasichek, Lead School Nurse,   2021–2022 Classified Staff of the Year Award



Glyndon, MN


Tracy Tollefson


Tell me about the history of your city.

What success and challenges have you faced in recent years?

Glyndon, a city in Glyndon Township, section 2, was platted as a railway village in the spring of 1872, being named by officers of the Northern Pacific Railroad company, and thence the township was named. It is also the name of small villages in Pennsylvania and Maryland. The village was organized in 1875, incorporated as a village on February 14, 1881, and reincorporated on April 6, 1908. The oldest village in the county began as a tent village, with houses later built over the tent structures. It was named for a popular writer of Atlantic Hearth and Home, Laura Catherine Redden Searing, who used the name Howard Glyndon as a nom de plume. The post office began in 1872, first located in S. Campbell’s store with Stiles R. Nettleton, postmaster; four hotels were built in the first year of settlement.

The City of Glyndon is monitoring the revenue we receive each year and trying to best allocate funds for infrastructure and priorities the city has identified.

What kind of growth have you seen throughout recent years in your community? Glyndon continues to see growth in both residential and commercial. Stockwood business district has seen many lots sold and the residential subdivisions are growing. We have residential homes ranging from $150K to $400K and a new subdivision, Southview Addition, with many new homes. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton School District recently passed a bond referendum that will provide enhancements or additions to programming for preK-12 students.

What issues are city leadership paying close attention to? The city council is monitoring the COVID-19 federal and state guidelines and revenue allocations and using those funds in areas for the betterment of the city. We continue to monitor and prioritize LGA funds, and anticipate areas of future growth to plan accordingly.


May 2021

What is your vision for the future of your city? • Promote commercial and residential growth. • Continue to create partnerships with organizations and businesses that promote Glyndon. • Increase revenue sources for the city.

How do you partner or work with other communities? The City of Glyndon works closely with the county, townships, school district, businesses and residents in regard to long-range planning for the city, and will collaborate and utilize other community resources as needed. Glyndon prides itself in having our Police and Fire/Rescue departments assist other departments and organizations.

What is one thing you want others to know about your community? Glyndon is a family-friendly, close-knit community that is growing. It is a perfect location for raising a family, starting a business or enjoying retirement living. Prospective home buyers will find Glyndon has great home values per square foot and several wonderful lots available. We have a fabulous school district and dedicated businesses who support what we do as a city.

Anything else we should know? Glyndon is “A Great Place to Call Home!”

Program & Event Sponsors Thank you to all of our sponsors that make The Chamber regular events and programs possible.









Forum Communications Printing Minnesota State Community and Technical College WEX Health, Inc.

Bremer Bank  |  Choice Bank First Western Bank & Trust Houston Engineering  |  KLJ Engineering Midwest Radio of Fargo Moorhead Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering  |  ROERS Super Studio  |  Ulteig Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


Bell Bank  |  Choice Bank Eventide Senior Living Communities First Western Bank & Trust   |  Gate City Bank Microsoft  |  M State  |  Office Sign Company Otter Tail Corporation  |  Rasmussen College Sanford Health  |  Vogel Law Firm  |  WDAY Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.  |  Western State Bank WEX Health, Inc. EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR









Gate City Bank


Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency Essentia Health  |  Midco Minnesota State Community and Technical College










Choice Bank

AE2S Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Bremer Bank First International Bank Moore Engineering, Inc. Sanford Health

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