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VOL. 22 NO. 9

MAY 2019

Young Professionals Network p. 22

Why we exist and what we do

Agenda and details for YP Week inside

Get involved and find FAQs

Community Builders

The Forum O F

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F A R G O - M O O R H E A D

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



About the program and the all-new YP Week



May 2019

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE 6 Public Policy

7 Chamber News 8 Eggs & Issues

Leadership FMWF: This year’s Community Change Initiatives


10 Chamber Events 13 Professionals of Color 15 Business Training 17 Women Connect 30 New Members 31 Member News 34 Ribbon Cuttings

Member Profile:

D-S Beverages, Inc.



The business ideas from this year’s past


12 Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND

31 Boulger Funeral Home

35 Cole Papers, Inc.

27 Cornerstone Bank

19 First International Bank & Trust

29 Four Points by Sheraton

21 Homewood Suites by Hilton

29 Indigo Signworks

27 J&M Printing

31 Knight Printing

11 Mobile Pro

34 Network Center, Inc.

21 Pro Resources

21 Starion Bank

35 TrueIT

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

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Nisbet Xcel Energy Chair Tom Dawson Dawson Insurance Chair Elect Sandi Piatz Microsoft Treasurer Steve Swiontek Gate City Bank Immediate Past Chair Steve Halverson Heartland Trust Company Member at Large Anne Blackhurst Minnesota State University Moorhead Kevin Christianson Paces Lodging Corporation, Property Resources Group Shawn Dobberstein Hector International Airport Kyle Dorow Essentia Health

Mike Dragosavich Spotlight Media Inc.

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

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

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES ••Establish the region as a recognized destination marketplace ••Be a thought leader for the business community and other interests ••Promote business advancement through a bold public policy program ••Achieve organizational excellence to best serve members

Jodi Duncan Flint Group

Chad Flanagan Eide Bailly


Judd Graham Bremer Bank

Brittany Montecuollo Sanford Health Joanna Slominski Mortenson

Jeff Volk Moore Engineering, Inc.

Craig Whitney The Chamber

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Nancy Johnson ND Soybean Growers Association




Craig Whitney

Jim Parsons

Julie Doggett


VP of Finance/Operations

@FMWFDarren Darren Dunlop

Information Systems Administrator

Business Development Manager



Bryan Kingsley Midco

Ambassador Public Relations

Jan Monda Bell Insurance

Ambassador Member Relations

Jess Almlie Discovery Benefits

Business Training

Stephanie Maier ClayWilkin Corn & Soybean Leadership FMWF Grower’s Association Brian Shawn Midco Military Affairs

Tim Flakoll Tri-College University




Darin Feir

Tyler Fischbach

Amanda Huggett

Katie Mastel

Graphics & Publications Coordinator

Multimedia Coordinator

Manager of Communications & Marketing

Public Policy Coordinator





Tracy Meckler

Tracy Powell

Alyssa Ralston

Public Policy

Thomas Jefferson State Farm Insurance Professionals of Color

Carrie Carney Eventide Senior Living Women Connect Communities Caitlin Stoecker Arvig

Young Professionals Network

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

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager

Professional Development Coordinator

Katie Ralston

Education Initiatives and YEA! Manager





Bobbi Rehder

Casey Sanders

Mickayla Thompson

Julie Yourczek

Events Coordinator

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Director of Events & Programs

Manager of Membership

Member Relations Coordinator

Office Administrator

a note from the


A connection for education in the region Increasingly, education at all levels is becoming more vital than ever as we face advances in technology, the ever-changing makeup of our workforce, and most importantly, the workforce gap experienced by employers in our region. The Chamber’s involvement in educational issues ramped up about five years ago as we became more involved in supporting our higher education institutions. Particularly on behalf of NDSU, we launched lobbying efforts to the state legislature for funding and capital projects. This session, we also spoke out in support of a governance model that would authorize more local control for North Dakota higher education institutions, allowing for more timely decisions in response to the needs of our region and state’s workforce. Efforts behind two-year colleges also increased as we moved forward in helping K-12 students become aware of opportunities with these institutions, as well as increasing awareness of the wide array of careers available to them. It’s imperative that all students have avenues available to explore career options, receive hands-on skills training and fully realize what opportunities exist to them in the region. This is a key audience to target as we address workforce challenges that we know employers are facing.

Today, students are more empowered than ever to choose the post-secondary path that is best for them, whether it be continuing their education at either a two or four-year institution, entering the workforce, or joining the military. As a business community, we are in a position to help students make educated decisions about their futures by providing experiences, access and training that will prepare them to seize career opportunities in the FMWF area. Some of these points will be emphasized and detailed in a special initiative that will soon be announced by The Chamber and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation. To help with these efforts, we’re happy to launch The Chamber’s Education committee focused on these issues. I am proud to welcome Louise Dardis and Anne Blackhurst as inaugural chairs and thank them for their work in forming the framework for this group. It’s hard to think of two other people more qualified to serve in these roles. We’re lucky and excited to have them, and to get to work!

Craig Whitney President / CEO The Chamber



Legislative updates We’ve got an update on various pieces of legislation moving through the North Dakota legislature that we’ve been monitoring. As this publication was going to print, the legislature was in its last days of session and still had numerous bills to act on. Next month, we’ll include a recap of how the session turned out. We hope you can join us for upcoming events to learn even more!

HB 1053: Income tax deduction for military This House Bill exempts state income tax on military retirement income. This bill was introduced in order to help with retention and recruitment of military retirees. North Dakota was the only state in the Midwest without an exemption for military retirees before this bill went through. There are only seven total states that offer no special tax treatment of military pensions. The legislation strives to make North Dakota competitive for recruitment of military retirees who are often qualified for higher skilled jobs. House Bill 1053 works to make North Dakota a more military friendly state. The bill passed the House and Senate in the beginning of April and was signed by the governor on April 8.

HB 1040: Manufacturing workforce incentive The revitalized automation tax credit bill, also known as the 21st Century Manufacturing Workforce initiative, is currently in conference committee to reconcile the differences in the versions of legislation. The House version included a $500,000 limit with a 2020 sunset clause, while the Senate included a $2 million limit and no sunset. We have been supportive of this bill as it is extremely important to our manufacturing workforce.

SCR 4016: Higher education Senate concurrent resolution 4016 relates to the governance structure of North Dakota’s higher education system. The resolution expands the state board of higher education to 15 members and lengthens the term from four to six years. The selection team of the members would be amended to replace the chief justice of the supreme court to the secretary of state. This resolution included various other changes to the board and meeting requirements. The resolution was passed by both the House and the Senate and filed with the Secretary of State. This constitutional amendment will now be on the ballot for the citizens of North Dakota to vote on.

HB 1019: Career Academy funding House Bill 1019, the funding bill for the state board for career and technical education, was recommended by the governor to include $30 million of state matching funds for career academies. The House and Senate versions, though different, both failed to include any matching funds for career academies. At the time of print, the bill was in conference committee in order to reconcile differences in the two versions of the bill. We remain supportive of this initiative as it addresses our region’s workforce issues.

SB 2020: Diversion Project funding

Diversion update As of Monday, April 8, all requested construction on the FM Area Diversion Project proceeded due to a modification to the injunction by the U.S. District Court Judge John A. Tunheim. This was an important milestone for the project as this decision allowed our community to be “shovel ready” waiting on funding commitments. Due to the judge’s decision, the project will resume construction this spring. The ND legislature, pending signatures of the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House and Governor, passed a funding bill with legislative intent for $750 million for the project. This leaves the project $120 million short. Conversations have started regarding the plan moving forward due to this funding shortfall. Some intend to head back to the legislature next session looking for the dollars while others have suggested searching for other funding sources to make up the difference. One Fargo City Commissioner, Tony Grindberg, who is also the chair of the Diversion Authority’s Finance Committee, is committed to assuring homeowners that local property taxes won’t be used to make up the shortfall in funding for the project. At the time of print, Commissioner Grindberg planned to introduce a proposed resolution pledging not to activate a property tax assessment district, which was created to make up a shortfall in local sales tax revenue in the event that there is a gap. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney also said he would support Grindberg’s resolution as they have had no intent of using the tax district and would work to get around it.

In February, the Senate passed SB 2020, the state water commission funding bill, with $703 million in legislative intent for the FM Area Diversion Project. In April, the House passed their version with $703 million in legislative intent. The Senate refused to concur with the amended bill, creating a conference committee to reconcile differences. The PUBLIC POLICY PROGRAM SPONSORS conference committee voted 3–3 on $870 million in legislative intent. The committee then took another vote for $750 million, which passed 5–1. The House and Senate both passed the bill as amended—$120 million short of the ask. At the time of print, neither the Senate President nor Speaker of the House signed the bill, so it had not yet made its way to the governor.

SUPPORTING SPONSOR Eventide Senior Living Communities 6  THE BRIDGE  •  MAY 2019


New website feature announcement! By now we hope you’ve had a chance to check out our new website and log into your MIC (Member Information Center) to check out all the new features and benefits available at your fingertips.

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How to add a Hot Deal When logged in to your MIC, look for the “Create a Deal” tab at the top of your page. A form will prompt you for this information. Once submitted, Chamber staff will review the deal and approve it for posting! •• Title of deal •• Description and details •• Dates the offer is valid •• An image •• Contact information Free for all current Chamber members. Please note, only primary contacts at member organizations can create a deal. Contact us if you need help changing permissions or accessing this feature.

How to browse Hot Deals All deals are available to anyone to use! Browse current offers from Chamber members in your MIC or on the Hot Deals page under the Members tab on our website.

Current Hot Deals Anytime Fitness: Seasonal special with no enrollment fee, free training consultation and $50 travel/merchandise voucher

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Need work done and want to get a Chamber member to help? Hire a local and trusted pro to help with your professional project. Available: July 1 Do all this and more in your MIC! Just log in using the “Member Login” button at the top of our website. Don’t have an account yet? You can create one to get access to these features. If your email address isn’t yet in our system, or you need help creating and accessing your account, please call us at 218.233.1100 or email info@fmwfchamber.com.

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Border trade & traffic reviewed at Eggs & Issues The journey to where we are today as a nation started on September 11, 2001, Jared Olafson, Port Director for Field Operations out of Warroad, MN, told a crowd of attendees at April’s Eggs & Issues. Delivering an overview of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) efforts, plans and programs, attendees learned the important operations happening at our country’s border and how it affects us here. The CBP has a three-pronged mission:


•• Securing America’s borders •• Securing and expediting the movement of people •• Securing and expediting the movement of goods In a typical day, they process 1,088,300 passengers and pedestrians (air, boat and land) and $6.5 billion worth of imported products; conduct 851 apprehensions, 21 arrests of wanted criminals and 592 refusals of

inadmissible persons at U.S. ports of entry; and seize 5,863 pounds of narcotics, $265,205 in undeclared or illicit currency, and $3.3 million in products with IP rights violations. There are 328 ports of entry. Locally, the Fargo Jet Center is one of them! Olafson also covered some of CBP’s programs such as Global Entry and Nexus that help businesses and citizens move through checkpoints faster, and where interviews are conducted.

Attendees were able to engage in a Q&A with Olafson, who also added that the impact of the goings-on at the southern border has inundated their operations and put them in dire straits and the breaking point. To put it in perspective, in just the city of El Paso, the capacity for holding people is 4,000, but on one particular day, they held 15,000, bringing even more strain to offer medical care to such a large group of individuals. To learn more, visit www.cbp.gov.



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 and a pregame show featuring the return of the Navy SEAL team of Patriot Parachuters, before a special first pitch and an evening of baseball! Tickets to attend the game in The Chamber’s reserved section are $10 and includes $3 in Hawks Bucks. GRAND SLAM SPONSORS

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Sponsor a family!

Last year we treated 1,000 military members through generous sponsorships, making them guests of honor at the event. Five levels are available. For more information, contact Darren Dunlop at ddunlop@fmwfchamber. com or call 218.233.1100.

EGGS & ISSUES   Tuesday, May 7 

  Tuesday, June 4 

North Dakota Legislative Wrap-Up

The Tip Line: Safety Update with Area Law Enforcement

Sen. Judy Lee (District 13); Sen. Ronald Sorvaag (District 45); Rep. Josh Boschee (District 44); Rep. Thomas Beadle (District 27); Rep. Shannon Roers Jones (District 46)

With North Dakota’s 66th Legislative Assembly wrapping up, join us at this Eggs & Issues to hear first-hand from legislators the progress that was made. They will share about key legislation that was approved, as well as issues they plan to address in the future. Learn the latest on blue laws, the prairie dog bill, and legislation pertaining to the FM Diversion Project, higher education and more. We’ll find out how these bills and decisions will impact us locally and what we need to know looking forward. This lively discussion will include time for questions from the audience. A Minnesota legislative wrap up event is being planned for June. Stay tuned for details on date and location.   7:30 to 9 a.m.    Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead 

Heith Janke Chief of Police City of West Fargo

Shannon Monroe Chief of Police City of Moorhead

David Todd Chief of Police City of Fargo

With our metro on the grow, it is important to keep a focus on our community’s safety. Join us for this Eggs & Issues to hear from all three of our cities’ police chiefs as they discuss crime in our communities and overall safety of our region. They will touch on issues going on in their respective cities and collectively talk about areas where they collaborate. We’ll learn about the most pressing issues we face within our metro, and how we can approach them as a business community. This is always one of the most popular panels of the year; you won’t want to miss it! Audience members can participate in Q&A at the end. And as always, the coffee and conversation will be flowing and hot breakfast will be served.   7:30 to 9 a.m.    Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead 

REGISTRATION (includes breakfast) • Chamber members: $30 in advance | $35 at the door • Non-members: $40 in advance | $45 at the door Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.



SUPPORTING SPONSORS Bank of the West | Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. Bremer Bank | Cornerstone Bank | Essentia Health Home Builders Association of Fargo-Moorhead Houston Engineering | Livewire Entertainment Media Services Midwest Radio of Fargo-Moorhead Minnesota State Community and Technical College Moore Engineering, Inc. | ROERS Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Wells Fargo Bank


CHAMBER EVENTS    Tuesday, June 18  |  4 to 4:45 p.m.   The Chamber office Thursday, June 20  |  9 to 9:45 a.m.   202 First Avenue North, Moorhead

New event announcement!

Chamber 101: Connect. Engage. Maximize. If you’re not familiar with The Chamber, are a new member, new contact, new hire, or just want to re-engage with us, this course 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. Come as you are! Casey Sanders, The Chamber’s manager of membership, will walk you through events, programs, discounts, tools and more, so you can begin maximizing

your membership right away. It’s a great way to introduce new faces to what we have available, or to simply say hello and meet fellow business professionals. Other chamber staff will be around so you can ask questions, get answers and feel supported. Refreshments provided. Optional networking is at the end; we hope you can stick around. Don’t forget your business cards!

FREE registration, all are welcome, and RSVP is appreciated.

Can’t make it or have a larger group interested? We can come to you! Contact Casey at 218.233.1100 or csanders@fmwfchamber.com to set up a time where she can bring the presentation to your workplace!



Fun times at April Business After Hours

We had such a fun time at last month’s Business After Hours at the Delta by Marriott! Special thanks to sponsor CableOne Business and all our amazing vendors. We had everything from a ventriloquist, to a puppy, to bundt cakes, Mario Kart games on a big screen, a wonderful food spread, and plenty of great conversations with new and old friends.

Join us next time!

Thursday, June 20  |  4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead

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Wednesday, November 13






Big plans are in the works for our 10th annual Voices of Vision! Stay tuned to see who comes to town for our most exciting Voices of Vision yet! Buckle up, it’ll be a bash you don’t want to miss.







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Education Committee Update We are excited to announce that our new Education committee will open in June. This committee is focused on bringing education and business together in collaboration as we seek to address the workforce needs of our community and region. For the last six months, a small task force has been working to develop a shared understanding of the needs and opportunities that exist in education and various industries in the FMWF area. Now, we are ready to set and accomplish goals that will benefit both the business and education sectors. This committee will meet the second Wednesday of every month from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at The Chamber. If you are interested in joining us, contact Katie Ralston at kralston@fmwfchamber.com or 218.359.0511. We hope to see you at our first meeting on Wednesday, June 12!

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PROFESSIONALS OF COLOR POC has officially started providing programming for our members.   NEXT EVENT:

StrengthsFinder Workshop


202 First Avenue North, Moorhead

Thanks to our friends at Fargo INC magazine for the amazing April cover story on our Professionals of Color program and some of its members.

Thursday, May 16  |  10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hjemkomst Center Registration required POC members $35  |  Non-members $45 Lunch only POC members $15 Lunch only non-members $25

This workshop will introduce the concept of strengths and talents from the StrengthsFinder assessment and explore signature strengths from other sources. Participants will learn how to develop and apply their strengths to their professional roles. We will also discuss how using strengths can benefit individual and team performance, and help us work more effectively with difference. Colette Campbell, Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion, for Bremer Bank will conduct this training. Colette is passionate about finding the strengths within the differences between people, and leveraging them to achieve remarkable outcomes.

Why join Professionals of Color? •• You are looking to grow your professional network •• You are new to the area and are looking to build a connection to your community •• You want to celebrate the diverse men and women in the FMWF business community

Benefits of membership •• Free attendance to networking socials and select POC events

The reviews are in! Thanks to Jered Pigeon for writing this wonderful review on Facebook! “Professionals of Color is the culmination of what some dedicated members of the community can do when we come together. The Chamber is instrumental to the economic viability of this region and with their support and resources, the diverse workforce will have a seat at the table. I am honored to be a part of the committee assisting professionals of color thrive in our community and develop a greater sense of belonging. Thank you!”

•• Discounted fees for all other POC events •• Special invitations to volunteer opportunities and other special Chamber events





Thanks to Front Street Taproom for hosting us in March for a fun networking event!

Now accepting speaker applications! We want you… to take the stage! We’re looking for thought leaders with big ideas and proven strategies to share their knowledge, success stories, tips, tricks and inspiration. Got a great idea that you want to present? Submit an application to present at a Chamber event. Find presentation guidelines online now. Planning for our next fiscal year’s events begins soon.

Apply by May 31 at fmwfchamber.com.

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BUSINESS TRAINING   Wednesday, May 8 

  Wednesday, June 12 

Mental Health in the Workplace

Combat Workplace Negativity

Supporting Team Members While Reaching Organizational Goals

and Boost Engagement When Times are Tough Bethany Berkeley

VP | Business Development Dale Carnegie of ND & MN


DaNae Cordie

Volunteer Coordinator Hospice of the Red River Valley

Jon C. Ulven

Chair of Adult Psychology Sanford Behavioral Health

Julie Vandrovec

Clinical Associate The Village Business Institute

Sometimes it is hard to be human in the workplace. We have all had instances where we observe a colleague struggling or behaving different than usual. In these moments, it is common to question ourselves and wonder if you should approach them, what to say and how to help. Whether you are a supervisor, colleague or individual with a mental illness, join us to learn more on how to navigate mental health in the workplace, including the damage it can play, both professionally and personally, when left unaddressed, including unfavorable turnover and productivity, and potentially life-altering consequences.

  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.    Holiday Inn Fargo 

REGISTRATION includes lunch

The need for leaders to be equipped with skills to navigate organizational changes and downturns is vital. Maintaining high levels of engagement and productivity when times are tough is imperative for organizational culture and health. During times of transition, attitudes and behaviors are contagious, and it takes only one person to either negatively or positively influence the masses. Throughout this interactive session, you will discover how your workforce is impacted when times are tough, understand practical ways to boost engagement, reduce stress and worry, and handle difficult conversations.

  11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.    Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead 

Chamber members: $30 in advance  |  $35 at the door Non-members: $40 in advance  |  $45 at the door

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.




Coaching others is paramount to good leadership and management! Jill Berg, owner of Spherion Staffing, taught attendees tips and tricks to coach to others’ success, including how to give feedback and approach tricky situations. Thank you to the Delta by Marriott for hosting, and for lunch!


Consolidated Communications  |  Discovery Benefits  |  GOLDMARK Property Management Minnesota State Community and Technical College  |  Moore Engineering  |  TrueIT  |  Wanzek Construction, Inc.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  15

#ChamberChoice19 AWARDS LUNCHEON

Join us for this blue carpet event where we name the finalists and winners in six categories and honor all 2019 ChamberChoice Award candidates and sponsors. You’ll be inspired and motivated by the amazing things these organizations are doing. James Cunningham returns as emcee. This is one event you don’t want to miss! SEATS ALMOST SOLD OUT—Act fast at fmwfchamber.com.

Friday, May 17

Noon to 1:30 p.m. Delta by Marriott









CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS 702 Communications Alerus Bank of the West Bell Bank Bethany Retirement Living BNG Team CCRI, Inc. Cable ONE Business

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Cass County Electric Cooperative

FM Convention & Visitors Bureau

Heartland Trust Company

Choice Bank

First International Bank & Trust


North Dakota State University

Indigo Signworks

Office Sign Company

Jeremiah Program F-M

Paces Lodging Corporation

Consolidated Communications Cornerstone Bank D-S Beverages Discovery Benefits Epic Management Fargo Air Museum

FM Area Foundation Games Galore Party Rental Gate City Bank GOLDMARK Property Management

Labor Masters Luna Fargo Midwest Radio Fargo Moorhead Moore Engineering

Myriad Mobile

Sir Speedy Starion Bank U.S. Bank Western State Bank

WOMEN CONNECT   Tuesday, May 28 

  Tuesday, June 25 

Say Yes to Self Care

Dream Big… Live Big

Susan Mathison, MD CEO and Founder Catalyst Medical Center


Jill Nelson

Associate Dean and Professor North Dakota State University


Kelly Olson

Chief Clinical Officer The Village


Women’s lives are busier than ever, and many of us feel drained, overwhelmed and burnt out. Get back on track at this session, where three local experts will share three views of self care. Mathison will share proven strategies anyone can use to optimize the bedroom environment for sleep, make better choices and cope with the demands of life. Nelson will explore how to have more courage, compassion and connection and address fear and vulnerability. Olson will share how women can find resources to pursue their personal priorities and give themselves permission to say no.   3:30 to 5 p.m.    DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 


Pam McGee

Minnesota State University Moorhead

 Pam McGee

Tonya Stende

Dale Carnegie of ND and MN


Dreaming big and risk taking is both scary and exciting. What propels us forward and what holds us back? Is it selfdoubt, is it timing, or is it the voices of others? Regardless, it is important to stay true to your authentic self and surround yourselves with people who support you, tell you the candid truth, and hold you accountable. Join us and hear life lessons and strategies on how and when to dream big and take risks. Whether it is Pam McGee taking a risk and moving into a VP role at her employer or Tonya Stende selling her business… it takes authentic courage, and most importantly, support from your tribe.   3:30 to 5 p.m.    DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 

Chamber members: $25 in advance  |  $30 at the door Non-members: $35 in advance  |  $40 at the door

Register at fmwfchamber.com or by calling 218.233.1100.




We had a great group hear from two women sharing their incredible stories of overcoming loss and hardship at Women Connect in March. Thank you to the courage and vulnerability of Jade Rosenfeldt and Tami Norgard from Vogel Law Firm for discussing how to re-engage at work during trying times. And thanks to attendees, we donated 59 dish towels and 180 kitchen utensils for CAPLP – Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership! EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR

Bell Bank | Bremer Bank | Choice Bank | Delta by Marriott | Discovery Benefits, Inc. | Eventide Senior Living Communities First International Bank & Trust | Gate City Bank | Implementation Specialists | Minnesota State Community and Technical College Otter Tail Corporation | Vogel Law Firm | Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Western State Bank   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  17


Community Change Initiatives Unveiled       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. Each group presented their work and plans to the community at Eide Bailly before embarking on the annual Hidden Gems tour throughout town.

Career Exploration Day

Career Exploration Day set a goal of helping 10th graders learn more about careers they might be interested in pursuing after high school. By creating a resource guide that highlighted various jobs, companies, industries and educational paths, students can learn about opportunities that exist within our community and select a professional she/he would like to shadow. This initiative was very successful, as we have nearly 40 local professionals who will be hosting students for a four to eight hour job shadow this spring.

(top left) Drew Hushka, Travis Cleem, Deb Balzer-Plagemann, Samantha Hultin Katie Ralston, Rob Remark (not pictured)

Impact Network Fargo-Moorhead aims to provide periodic networking events for local nonprofit employees, board members or volunteers to meet professionals with skills in technology or digital marketing. In doing so, we hope nonprofit organizations find someone they can contact to address the needs of their organizations related to websites, social media, graphics, SEO, CRM, donor databases and more.

Impact Network FM (top left) Amy DuBois, Adam Massie, Calley Campbell, Matt Walstad, Chelsey Ewen, Joe Hoffman

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Work in Progress

The Work in Progress workshop is a half-day seminar focused on increasing mental health awareness and outlining strategies for supporting staff by building healthy and productive teams. This workshop will target supervisors/managers with limited exposure to mental health. The workshop will be held on May 2 from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration is free and available on Eventbrite.

(top left) Tracey Klobuchar, Nichole Wischnak, Rebecca Darling, Brian Standridge, Althea Bain Fick,

The Plant a Tree for You and Me project has a vision to help the fast-growing FMWF neighborhoods increase green spaces and build up community care and friendships. An event is planned for the Woodhaven neighborhood on May 11 from 10 a.m. to noon. We will plant an additional 30 trees with the Fargo Park District at Woodhaven North Park. The event will have music, snacks, giveaways, family games, and tree education and care.

Plant a Tree for You and Me (top left) Rob Hall, Kristen Lotvedt, Amber Blomberg, Tyler Brandriet, Whitney McDaniel, Pan Shao

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safeTY jacket (top left) Diana Chase, Roxanne Mullenberg, Stephonie Broughton, Jason Nelson, Darcy Kasprowicz, Jarred Nygaard

The safeTY jacket program, in partnership with the North Dakota Autism Center, Inc., Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Fargo Police Department and West Fargo Police Department, provides emergency information about individuals with autism to local first responders. This is a voluntary program for parents/guardians to provide information about their loved one in case of a possible emergency situation. The program promotes communication and gives first responders quick access to critical information about the individual and their needs. This program will provide first responders with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, communication preferences, favorite attractions or other important information on the individual. For more info or to sign-up, visit ndautismcenter.org/safetyjacket/.

Cakes and Coffee (top left) Shannon Stetz, Erik Kiesz, Abby Tow, Kayla Cash, Bob Miller

Cakes and Coffee is a project that addresses the issues of loneliness and isolation within the senior community by hosting an event that connects seniors with members of the community. The event took place on March 24 at the Community Center in Arthur, ND, and featured food and activities to encourage connections. With over 70 people attending this free event, there was plenty of fun and conversations that took place as people reconnected with one another.



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Second Hand (top left) Shannon Lang, Courtney Getzloff, Coiya Tompkins, Staci Holzheimer, Jodi Stende (not pictured)

Second Hand is a program designed to raise postsecondary education funds for at-risk students in our community. The Second Hand event on August 15 (from 5 to 8 p.m. at Studio 6 in Fargo) is designed to leverage existing match dollars (currently at $2,600, thanks to several individual and small business donors) to raise money for education funds as well as increase awareness of the poverty issues facing more than 10,000 at-risk students in the area. To identify the best candidates for these funds and set students and families up for success, we are partnering with Fargo Public Schools’ social work team and Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation’s Seeds for Hope program to establish College SAVE 529 college saving seed accounts.

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A conversation about community, quality, and of course, beer, with the Bud Man Tucked into a Moorhead neighborhood is a gem many of you know, even if you don’t know you know. If you’ve ever sipped the frothy delight of a Bud Light around here, you know D-S Beverages and the work of the man at the helm. Doug Restemayer and the D-S Beverages team have been infusing quality beverage craftsmanship into our community since 1968. And they’re much more than just a beverage business from Moorhead.

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MEMBER PROFILE Their story starts with Doug’s father in law, Don Setter Sr., who established the family owned and operated company and began decades of commitent to delivering quality products and services to their retail customers. Restemayer joined the company as the president in 2000 after a career with Target, and has more than tripled their sales with a continued drive and commitment to bring new and innovative products to market. In his first year with the company, they sold 1 million cases. Now, they average about 2.4 million a year.

Above all though, D-S Beverages is an Anheuser-Busch company, leading to why many know Doug simply as “the Bud man.” “It’s hard work to be in the business we’re in,” he said, “but it’s also lots of fun. Part of our mission is to deliver fun. I mean, people like drinking beer. You build relationships with people over a beer. We work hard to minimize the problems of overconsumption, but there’s also a lot of positives to what we do.”

Within the management team, he hosts quarterly off-site meetings that consist of strategic and tactical planning that helps solidify the direction of the company. “I’m a firm believer that your leadership team must have clarity of purpose, and is unified and works as a team, because it floats down to the rest of the team,” Restemayer said. “I’m very much driven by transparency and communication of information.”

The employees at D-S Beverages work hard, with leadership that trusts the team and sets a positive example. Most of the management team started while in college and worked their way up. Only a handful of teammates have retired, and turnover is extremely low. Restemayer says the secret to having a tight team is having a truly great culture. He credits the familyoriented culture to part of their success. The company hosts many activities throughout the year that bring the family together, including Minnesota Wild games, hockey games, Twins games, golf outings, Christmas parties for employees’ kids, and a team holiday party.

The rewards go further than promoting fun and having a well-run team, though. The company was recently awarded the title of Anheuser Busch’s National Champion Wholesaler, out of 450 wholesalers in the country in 2017, and was runner-up in 2018. D-S Beverages also received the coveted title of Ambassador of Excellence in 2018 while only eight wholesalers in the country have this designation.

“Every person at a company affects culture. Attitude is everything.”

D-S Beverages proudly serves the local market, plus Perham, Detroit Lakes, Wadena, Crookston, Park Rapids and Bemidji, distributing a multitude of domestic, craft and import beer products as well as non-alcoholic beverages such as teas, energy drinks and Sparkling Ice.

Restemayer said future goals include continued growth, expanded product lines and keeping up with ever-changing trends in the beer and beverage industry. Community support is important, and D-S Beverages believes in the power of giving back with time and talents. We also thank them for being a Community Builder and sponsor of The Chamber’s Young Professionals Network, and military appreciation events and programs.

“Networking as a young professional is critical, because you learn about the area, and it helps define what you want to do and what people you associate with. The whole concept of a YPN is that networking and learning helps you make good choices and find your right fit. You don’t have to be in a classroom to learn and get new perspectives!” —Doug Restemayer   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  23


A look inside the YPN

One of The Chamber’s many programs, the Young Professionals Network, targets young professionals, offering training, development and networking opportunities for the future leaders of our community. What benefits does a YPN membership provide?

What to Expect

••Access to a wide variety of training programs specifically designed to heighten knowledge and contribute to the success of young professionals.

Types of events

••Numerous opportunities to meet, socialize, network, seek advice and share experiences with other ambitious and like-minded professionals.

••Increased awareness about arts and cultural opportunities available in the community. ••Guidance from area business champions.

Why We Exist

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

What is a Young Professional?

We don’t define young professionals by an age. We define it as a mindset. We are a group of people who are interested in enhancing ourselves and the future of our community. We work hard, we like to socialize, we’re technologically savvy, and we make the change that we want to see in our lives, our businesses and our community.

Through the Young Professionals Network you will have the opportunity to meet people you would never otherwise have met, and learn about businesses you never would have known about and participate in events that never would have existed. You will have access to numerous business training programs and learn about the happenings in the community that will have an impact on your life.

Off the Clock: A monthly evening

event over the happy hour for fun networking in a relaxed setting. Connect with your peers while checking out one of the great establishments in our region. Apps are usually provided!

New Member Social: Geared to new and interested potential YPN members, this event helps you connect with the committee and other members, learn more about the program and all the ways that you can be involved. Always scheduled before an Off the Clock so you can continue making connections. Held once a quarter. Lattes with Leaders: Once a

quarter, we bring in a local business and community leader to share their leadership story. Learn about where their career began and the things they did that propelled them to the successful positions they hold today. There is always time for Q&A, so come prepared with questions!

Morning Buzz: Network with other young professionals before you start your work day and get your morning caffeine boost with us at a local coffee shop. Networking to Business: Often a lunch event, you can find targeted training in a professional development setting here, where experts present on skills and topics that YPs need to know. Tour and Talk: Go behind-the-scenes at various businesses around town for an exclusive and up-close look at the incredible organizations making up our community.

Volunteer opportunities:

Because giving back is a pillar of our group, we offer many ways to have a real impact on our community. Past opportunities have included bell ringing for the Salvation Army and stocking at the food banks

Summer picnic: An annual relaxed evening at the park with fellow members to kick back in the sun and enjoy some games and socialization. Holiday party: Every year

YPNers celebrate the holidays with a fun party, and the famous Naughty or Nice paddle game.

And more: Special events are added often and can include opportunities like group outings to sporting events, yoga, wine-blending seminars or craftmaking classes.

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Make the most of your Young Professionals Network by joining a committee! We draw from the talents and expertise of our members to make the Young Professionals Network a place you need to belong. Committee involvement will sharpen your leadership skills, increase your network of personal and professional relationships and help us to shape the overall direction of the Young Professionals Network! All members of the Young Professionals Network are invited to serve on any of the following subcommittees which provide the overall direction of the program.

••PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Works to provide young professionals with learning opportunities and resources that will help them achieve success in their chosen profession. ••MEMBER ENGAGEMENT Assists with recruitment and retention of YPN members, assists with special events designed to promote member involvement and helps to retain members through personal contact, information, encouragement and support. ••SOCIAL Provides social activities and networking opportunities that are of interest to young professionals. ••CORPORATE CUP A series of competitive events promoting physical fitness and friendly competition among the business community.

Announcing YP Week! June 24 to July 1 We’re so excited to debut the YPN’s first-ever YP Week! With about one event a day, each is specifically selected to target one of YPN’s areas of focus. We hope to see you at one—or all—of them! Monday, June 24 3:30 to 5 p.m. Meet at Kilbourne Group

Kilbourne Group Walking Tour

Let’s take a walk together! Join us for an exclusive walking tour of downtown Fargo from one of its core developers, Kilbourne Group! Learn hot spots and their histories in this interactive tour with plenty of stops to take a look around and ask questions.

Thursday, June 27 7:30 to 9 a.m. Location TBD

Lattes with Leaders: Josh Teigen

Lindenwood Park — Main Shelter

New Member Social

New to YPN or thinking about joining? Then this event is for you! Connect with new and current members, learn more about the program and all the ways that you can be involved. Don’t forget to stick around for YPN’s Annual Picnic immediately following.

Thursday, June 27 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Lindenwood Park — Main Shelter

Did you know? The YPN is responsible for planning and running the Corporate Cup event every summer! It’s one of The Chamber’s biggest events of the year, attracting hundreds of local professionals who go head-to-head in friendly physical competition. Activities include everything from kickball to cycling to tug-of-war. Where else can you find this combination of team-building and networking?!

The Chamber office

YPN Share a Meal at Ronald McDonald House Charities

Chamber 101

Ninth Annual If you’re looking YPN Great American Picnic to expand Join the YPN, family and friends for our ninth annual Great American Picnic! Food and beverages are provided along with lawn games for those who are looking for friendly competition.

Monday, July 1 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Friday, June 28 11 a.m. to noon

your Chamber involvement beyond the YPN and learn more about what our organization can offer you, please join The Chamber’s Membership Manager for a special talk about how else you can get involved. We’ll review other Chamber programs, benefits, opportunities and tools to take your leadership to the next level.

Space is limited, registration required

Join fellow YPN members as we prepare a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Red River Valley.


Josh Teigen already had C-level titles under his belt as a young college student, and today is one of the most accomplished yet humble leaders in our community. Learn his journey, from working for Doug Burgum, to founding companies, and his current role at Mind Shift. Don’t miss hearing how this rising star got his start, and what you can learn from his story.

Thursday, June 27 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

The strength behind Corporate Cup

Stay tuned to our Facebook page, website and the YPN e-newsletter as we finalize events for the week! We are working hard to bring you the best opportunities in networking, professional development and community exploration!   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  25


Kelly Halvorson

Cecelia Jorud

Each quarter, a YPN member is selected through a nomination process to highlight an up-and-coming professional in the business community. This award is granted quarterly to a member who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their workplace, their community and with the YPN. We’re currently seeking applications and nominations for Ones to Watch! Nominate the next One to Watch at fmwfchamber.com/YPN.

A few FAQs Thad Swanson

Celine Francisco

Congrats to our most recent Ones to Watch

We’d love to come to you and talk about YPN! Let Alyssa share with your team the opportunities available to employees. Let us know if we can come to your workplace. Questions or want to get involved? Contact Alyssa Ralston, YPN Program Coordinator, at aralston@fmwfchamber.com or 218.233.1100.

HIGHLIGHTS from last month Thanks to all that came to Lattes with Leaders with Stephanie Schroeder at Family Fare and Off the Clock at Red River Lanes Slammers Bar last month!


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What is the age range of members?

There is no age limit to join YPN, but you must be at least 21 years old.

Do I need to join the YPN or can I attend events without being a member?

Many of our events are open to the public. Non-members will pay a higher cost to attend events and will not be eligible for many of the benefits members enjoy.

How many members are in the program?

There are approximately 450 young professionals from throughout the region involved in the YPN.

How much does it cost to join?

The annual cost for membership is $45 for members of The Chamber and $75 for non-members.

What others say about YPN “During my time as a YPN member I have gained useful professional skills, grown my network of professionals who I can work with and call upon as experts, learned about the Fargo-Moorhead community and the opportunities available here, and have also met incredible people who have become long-term personal friends. I am so grateful my first boss encouraged me to challenge myself and join YPN because my career has been positively impacted and my personal life is richer because of my membership!” —Caitlin Stoecker, Arvig “YPN has provided a platform to meet people in all industries and grow lasting relationships. With the wide variety of networking events, there is always opportunities to learn and have fun.” —Cecelia Jorud, Bell Bank “The best part about YPN events is that they help me to develop lasting relationships. Each event is different from the last, and you are guaranteed to learn something each time you attend. Whether that is learning about someone in conversation or learning something about the space in which the event was held. I look forward to each YPN event to meet other young professionals in our region to collaborate with.” —Justin Gustofson, PRG


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YEA! Updates

Now that the YEA! students have made it through their pitches to the investors, they get to decide if they will utilize the funding they received to launch their businesses. All of the students in our YEA! class are motivated to achieve business success and we know they will accomplish great things as they move forward. For the first time, you will be able to watch our YEA! student compete at the YEA! Saunders Scholars National Competition! The event will be held on May 3 in Rochester, New York, and we will keep you updated with the time and livestream link on the YEA! Facebook page and Twitter.

Meet the students and their businesses!

Ivy Mastrud

Ben Franklin Middle School

Saunders Schol ar! BowWow Bo-ties offers coordinated accessories for pets and their people. Currently, this includes a matching bowtie for the pup and socks for the people. Now being sold at Olive Street!

Join us for YEA! Day at 1 Million Cups, Wednesday,

June 5, at 9:15 a.m. at the Stage at Island Park, as YEA! alumni present their business ideas to the community.

Caleb Knudsen

West Fargo High School



Vacuum It All is a full-service sales and repair center for all floor care appliances, including appliances for both commercial and residential use.

Haison Nguyen


West Fargo High School

Capsized produces and sells caps that are customizable and interchangeable for the customers.

SUPPORTING SPONSORS Aldevron | The Boiler Room | Bremer Bank | Concordia College Dawson Insurance | Eide Bailly | LaQuinta Inn & Suites | Maxwells Minnesota State University Moorhead | National Hospitality Services North Dakota State University | Radio FM Media | TrueNorth Steel

Friends of YEA! American Crystal Sugar | Dabbert Custom Homes Office Sign Company

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Isabelle McLean Davies High School

Hold the Phone promotes face to face interaction by “holding” restaurant customer’s phones at their own tables in weight-activated timed boxes that reward individuals with discounts the longer their phones are put away.

Alex Niemi Homeschool

Waterproof Aquatics designs and manufactures a product that automatically performs water changes on saltwater aquariums.

Hanna Johnson

Richland High School

Project Star-Crossed is a local teen-run consulting firm that offers its services to local mental health organizations so that they can equip advertising that appeals to a teenage audience.

Ethan Scott

West Fargo High School

The mission of Scotty’s Hats is to help people express individuality through stylish comfort and provide sun blockage.

Puja Chhetri

Fargo North High School

Green lint is alternative, environmentally friendly plastic solution for lint and hair removal.

Abby Lind

Davies High School

Sweet DoughNations bakes and sells homemade sweet treats, ranging from cookies to dream bars, and has a passion for charity work too! With every event catered or personal order filled, Sweet DoughNations donates a portion of proceeds to charities and organizations around the FMWF area.

MEETINGS MADE SIMPLE At Four Points by Sheraton Fargo, we offer meeting space for up to 100 attendees*, on-site catering, and wall mounted TV with HDMI connection. Everything you need to make your meeting simple. BOOK MEETING SPACE TODAY! CALL 701 364 0000 Four Points by Sheraton Fargo 5064 23rd Avenue South | Fargo, ND 58104 701 364 0000 | www.fourpoints.com/fargo *Number of attendees depends on desired seating style.


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!

Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. s chwans.com

Elite Transport e  litespecialcare.com

Food Distributors & Brokers F  or over 65 years, Schwan’s has been delivering high-quality,

Transportation Services At Elite Transport-Medical Transportation, their drivers are trained and experienced to help anyone and everyone with their medical transport needs. They provide transportation for wheelchairs, stretchers and ambulatory clients. They treat their customers as if they were their own family.

delicious foods to loyal customers in your neighborhood.

Parkinson’s Foundation parkinson.org/minnesota Health Care Services The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything they do, they build on the energy, experience and passion of their global Parkinson’s community.

Meridian Seeds LLC m  eridianseeds.com  griculture Products A Providing high yielding, quality chickpeas, field peas, spring wheat, winter wheat, flax, and other seed varieties is what they’re focused on at Meridian Seeds. As a grower owned company, they aim to be a leader in the seed industry by producing, marketing and selling high-quality seed in the U.S.

Regency Title regencytitlend.com  eal Estate - Titles/Abstracts/Closings R Regency Title has quickly gained a reputation for providing an unmatched combination of personal attention, industry expertise and exemplary responsiveness. Their team of seasoned title professionals is extremely knowledgeable and can handle the most complex residential real estate transactions.

Forward Mortgage forwardmtge.com  ortgages M At Forward Mortgage, they are committed to helping you find the right mortgage product for your needs, as they understand that every borrower is different. They make the process of securing a mortgage simple and straightforward through their years of knowledge in the lending industry.

Vetter Dental v etterdentalfargo.com Dentists & Orthodontists Vetter Dental provides comprehensive dentistry for families in the Fargo-Moorhead area. They enjoy using digital technology to provide the most advanced dental care in the area. Come join the family!

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

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A.J. Kognos Consulting LLC a  jkognosconsulting.info  onsultants C They consult with middle and high school students and their families to provide planning, support and information about college applications. They help families identify and apply to the best matching schools based on students’ interests and credentials.

Dairy Queen (four Fargo locations) (701) 293-5918, (701) 298-6350, (701) 356-3991, (701) 356-3019  estaurants R Ice cream treats.

New Vision n  vgo.com Information Systems Technology They build business solutions on an IoT platform to help their customer better manager their data, integrate their various business solutions, and stay on top of the their day-to-day operations.

SF Falun Buddha Study Association a  sianartfoundation.org Arts & Entertainment A non-profit organization dedicated to the revival of traditional Asian arts and culture. It educates the public and relates these ancient ways of life to contemporary society by hosting performing arts shows, art exhibits and other presentation forms.

Turf Tamers LLC turftamersfargo.com L andscape - Contractors & Designers Turf Tamers is a full-service landscaping, lawn care, irrigation, and snow removal company based in Fargo ND.

Gordmans stores.gordmans.com/nd-fargo-6005  etail - Stores/Ecommerce R Gordmans is an everyday off-price department store concept featuring a large selection of the latest brands, fashions and styles at up to 60% off department and specialty store prices every day.

MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES The AmericInn by Wyndham Fargo Medical Center announced it has been awarded the annual “Best of AmericInn,” which recognizes the brand’s top-performing hotels and their staffs. Nick Klaers, one of the hotel’s owners, accepted the award from AmericInn and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts leadership. To be eligible for the award, hotels must demonstrate strong quality scores, outstanding guest reviews and an unwavering commitment to the Wyndham Rewards loyalty program and its members. Bethany Retirement Living has been awarded seven Customer Experience Awards from Pinnacle Quality Insight. Qualifying for the awards displays a continued dedication to providing Best in Class senior healthcare services. The Skilled Nursing facility at Bethany on 42nd was recognized in two categories: Cleanliness, and Safety and Security. The Towers Assisted Living at Bethany on University was recognized in five categories: Personal Care, Dining Services, Dignity and Respect, Communication, and Move-In Process. By qualifying for the Pinnacle Customer Experience Award, Bethany Retirement Living has satisfied the rigorous demand of scoring in the top 15% of the nation across a 12-month average. Choice Bank, a division of Choice Financial Group, announced that it is adding another people first partnership with the sponsorship of LPGA Tour Member, Kim Kaufman. She joins Minnesota wide receiver, Adam Thielen, as a Choice Bank partner in community engagement. As part of the multi-year agreement, Kaufman will wear the Choice Bank logo on her golf hat during tournament play. In addition, she will participate in corporate events, as well as select advertising and social media.

Did you know that we run news announcements from all our members in every newsletter, at no charge? It’s just one perk of your Chamber membership! Whether for a new hire or exciting news about your company, we want to share our members’ milestones with our readers and the community. Just send your news to us, and we’ll publish it in the next available edition of The Bridge. Note: Due to our publishing cycle, all news is run two months out from when it was received.

How to submit Email your company or people news to us at thebridge@fmwfchamber.com or visit fmwfchamber.com/member-news.

Edward Jones ranks highest in investor satisfaction with full service brokerage firms, according to the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Full Service Investor Satisfaction StudySM, the firm announced. The study measures overall investor satisfaction with 18 fullservice investment firms based on eight factors, including financial advisor, account information, investment performance, firm interaction, product offerings, commissions and fees, information resources, and problem resolution. The firm scored 853 in overall satisfaction, 18 points over the industry average. For their commitment and extraordinary effort to end hunger within their communities, the Great Plains Food Bank has named Gate City Bank, Border States Electric, Aaron Becher and former U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp as their 2018 Hunger Relief Champions. Each recipient has displayed an exceptional commitment to the Great Plains Food Bank’s mission of ending hunger through community partnerships and shares in their values of doing all things through passion, service and innovation. KLJ of Bismarck earned a National Recognition Award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 52nd annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Sheyenne Street Corridor Study in West Fargo. The project is among 196 engineering achievements from throughout the nation and the world being recognized by ACEC as the year’s finest examples of engineering excellence, and eligible for additional top national honors.

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Want to see your news here? Email your announcement to thebridge@fmwfchamber.com.

702 Communications

Dean Krogen, Communications Consultant Cordell Schott, Communications Consultant


Jessica Heilman, Senior Financial Guide Debbie Lange, Chief Credit Officer

Bell Bank





Alex Deraas, Personal Banker Jon Eisert, VP/Commercial Deposit Development Angie Heiden, Assistant Branch Manager Colton Lloyd, Personal Banker

Bremer Bank

Tom Boyer, Mortgage Regional Sales Manager Josh Frost, Mortgage Loan Originator










Capital Credit Union




















Jon Griffin, Chief Operations and Risk Officer Kevin Kragnes, Fargo Market President Ryan Welder, Business Services Officer

Cornerstone Bank

Lenora Arntson, VP/Customer Service Supervisor Michelle Byrum, SVP/Retail Manager Craig Ehrmantraut, VP/Business Banker Ryan Grussing, SVP/Business Banker Ryan Johnson, SVP/Personal Banking











Dale Carnegie of ND & MN

Bethany Berkeley, VP of Business Development Naomi Schempp, Director of Operations

Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC (not pictured)

Brian Kleespies, Safety & Loss Control Consultant











Design Resources Group



















Jamie Anderson, BIM Coordinator/Drafter Emilee Olstad, Graduate Architect

EAPC Architects Engineers Anthony Corcoran, Partner Sean Sugden, Partner Cory Vaughn, Partner Sam Wilke, Partner




































Find the criteria and guidelines at fmwfchamber.com/member-news.

Hospice of the Red River Valley

Kathy Iverson, Community Relations Specialist

KW Inspire Realty

Lynae Messer, Realtor Shawn Neidecker, Realtor Cassidy Ulmer, Realtor MESSER



Nexus Innovations


Taylor Pope, Solutions Consultant

Park Co. Realtors

Brynn Scherger Sologuk, REALTOR D









Colleen Hardy, Regional Development Director

Stenerson Lumber


Sarah Borders, Moorhead Store Manager


Mike Farrell, Senior VP, Civil and Field Services

The Village Family Service Center





Justin Chase, First Step Recovery Amanda Ellingson, RN, First Step Recovery Nicolette Halvorson, LAC, First Step Recovery Mary Jo Hansen, Clinical Supervisor, First Step Recovery Amy Neuheisel, EAP Counselor Kyle Schmidt, In-Home Family Therapist

Western State Bank
























OTHER NEWS Jeannie Krull of Assistive has been named a 2019 Bush Fellow, one of just 24 leaders chosen from an applicant pool of nearly 700, who are thinking big about how to invest in their leadership to creatively solve problems in their communities.



















Missy Bohara, Creative Marketing Specialist Jeff Booth, Vice President/Senior Credit Officer Chad Cota, Assistant VP/Business Banking Officer Kelly Engstrom, Vice President/Mortgage Loan Officer Olivia Johnson, Retail Credit Officer Carrie Scarr, Help Desk Support Specialist Kelsey Smith, VP/Director of Human Resources Miriam Troitte, Vice President/Operations Manager Jason Vadnie, Credit Officer

Steve Asche, a wealth advisor for Thrivent Financial, was one of 11 financial professionals recently inducted into the prestigious Thrivent Financial Hall of Fame.



City of Fargo

City of Moorhead

Sandbag Central 225 Fourth Street North, Fargo fargond.gov

Sandbag Central 500 Center Avenue, Moorhead cityofmoorhead.com

Moorhead Dairy Queen

Wanzek Construction

70-year anniversary 24 Eighth Street South, Moorhead flagfamily.com

Want your own ribbon cutting?

We want to help your business celebrate its important milestones! Chamber ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings are available FREE to any member business. If you have opened your doors within the past year, changed ownership, relocated, remodeled, expanded or are celebrating a milestone anniversary, we would love to help commemorate the occasion.

For more information or to schedule, contact Mickayla at 218.359.0517 or mthompson@fmwfchamber.com, or fill out the form at bit.ly/FMWFRCRequest. *One ribbon cutting per year per member

Relocation 4850 32nd Avenue South, Fargo wanzek.com

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Thank You Volunteers As a reflection on last month’s National Volunteer Month, THANK YOU. Our community is strong because of the people in it. We’re especially grateful to those who step up to serve by volunteering their time, talent and energy. We couldn’t do what we do without you!

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Get your clients, co-workers and friends together and network the afternoon away on the golf course with a four-person team.

$120 Per Golfer-Chamber Member

$460 Foursome-Chamber Members

$150 Non-Members

$600 Non-Members

After June 2

After June 2

$145 Per Golfer-Chamber Member

$560 Foursome-Chamber Members

$175 Non-Members

$700 Non-Members

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. Awards will be given for men’s and women’s team best score, and individual prizes for closest to the pin. Then stick around for the 19th Hole Happy Hour Social at the clubhouse after the tournament!

Sponsorship opportunities are available.

For information, contact Darren at 218.359.0514 or ddunlop@fmwfchamber.com.






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