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THE FARGO MOORHEAD WEST FARGO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

VOL. 22 NO. 2

OCTOBER 2018

A look at advocacy & the importance of

public policy Area election preview

What you need to know about the races


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2018 Election Guide and Chamber Advocacy

Contents

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October 2018

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

Annual Meeting:

Highlights and Photos

Member profile:

Prairie Winds Veterinary Center

Leadership FMWF: Ropes course recap

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

8 Eggs & Issues

19 Business Training

21 Women Connect

26 YEA!

27 Young Professionals Network

28 New Members

29 Member News

33 Ribbon Cuttings

AD INDEX

24 Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota 24 Bell Bank 29 Boulger Funeral Home 11 Bremer Bank 34 Choice Financial 29 Cole Papers, Inc. 24 Consolidated Communications 35 Cornerstone Bank 13 Dabbert Custom Homes 24 Delta by Marriott 34 Eide Bailly 11 Essentia Health 11 Eventide 18 First International Bank & Trust 24 Forum Printing 11 Gate City Bank 20 Indigo Signworks 35 J&M Printing 29 Knight Printing 19 Midco 24 Minnesota State Community and Technical College 32 Minnesota State University Moorhead 11 NDSCS 18 Network Center, Inc. 18 Pro Resources 20 Sanford Health 13 Starion Bank   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  3


Mission BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mark Nisbet Chair

Xcel Energy

Tom Dawson Chair Elect

Dawson Insurance

Sandi Piatz Treasurer Steve Swiontek Immediate Past Chair

Gate City Bank

Warner and Company Insurance

Jess Almlie

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Business Training

Stephanie Maier Leadership FMWF

Brian Shawn Military Affairs

Caitlin Stoecker

Young Professionals Network

Tri-College University Eventide Senior Living Communities Arvig

Public Policy Coordinator

Tracy Powell

Alyssa Ralston

Director of Events & Programs

Events Coordinator

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Katie Ralston

Membership Services Manager

Mickayla Thompson Member Relations Coordinator

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Bobbi Rehder

Membership & Advertising Sales Manager

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Professional Development Coordinator

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a note from the

PRESIDENT Craig with Jim Alexander of Nodak Insurance, the Voices of Vision presenting sponsor

Behind the wheel of our Voices of Vision Friends, I hope you learned our exciting news last month about this year’s Voices of Vision speaker. We are charged, at the starting line, and are poised for a supersized presentation by legendary female race car driver Danica Patrick. You may have heard me talk about this in the past, but I feel inclined to speak to the question again. Why Danica? Why a woman? And why an athlete? This is our ninth annual Voices of Vision. It’s not hard to recognize that all previous years’ speakers have been male. Among the available individuals in the speaker circuit, most of the male or female CEO types simply don’t have the name recognition of our previous speakers. Nor are they in our budget. However, this year, we were able to make it happen.

While we considered many, we settled on Danica because she is accomplished both in racing and in business. There are many lessons transferrable between business and sports. Dedication, practice, teamwork, perseverance, and what can happen when the rubber meets the road. Not only did Danica blaze the trail for women in racing and set records, but she’s seen success in entrepreneurial ventures as well. Of course we know her for her Go Daddy commercials, but she has partnered with numerous other brands, and even has her own name behind three ventures all of her own: a book, a winery and a clothing line. Now with her retirement from behind the wheel, we’re excited to see what else this powerhouse can accomplish. I hope to see you on November 14 to hear her message.

Now, seats may have sold out, and that makes so proud that so many of you responded to this event announcement. It speaks to the prestige Voices of Vision has grown to. I extend my sincere thankfulness to all that raced to get their tickets, and to our presenting sponsor once again, Nodak Insurance, for their support. Now, it’s off to the races!

Craig Whitney

President / CEO The Chamber

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EGGS & ISSUES

Area K–12 Education Update

HIGHLIGHTS FROM FARGO Superintendent Gandhi is new to the area, and he stated his passion for equity in schools. “The only way to plan for our future is to develop quality education,” he opened with. Fargo Public Schools is the second largest school district in North Dakota, serving more than 11,400 students and standing as the fourth largest employer in the region.

Fargo Moorhead West Fargo has always had a great education system. With three newly appointed superintendents, our k-12 educational landscape is a hot topic. This month’s Eggs & Issues allowed us to hear from each of the three new leaders as they start their roles. This included Brandon Lunak, Moorhead Area Public Schools; Rupak Gandhi, Fargo Public School District; and Beth Slette, West Fargo Public Schools. Not too surprisingly, the theme among all the districts was growth.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MOORHEAD The district has 6,980 students, 530 teachers and 1,018 employees, making MPS the largest employer in Moorhead.

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A shift in demographics is happening. “As our demographics change, so do the needs of our district,” Lunak said. Most notable was the socio-economic indicator, meaning thousands of students are on free and reduced lunch. A result of the 2015 bond referendum (which was completed on budget and on time), allowed for secure entrances at all schools, additional classroom space, dedicated learning spaces, and the Horizon Performing Arts Center, which opened in April this year. District graduation rates are always on their mind, and Moorhead High School saw a 7% increase in 2017 that exceeded the state average. Other priorities from the 2017-18 strategic plan included a 1-to-1 technology initiative expanded to grades 5-8 and innovation emphasized at Horizon Middle School Campus, and the launch of Designing Moorhead High School’s 21st Century Academic/Instructional Program Task Force. Challenges include increasing enrollment and facilities, a new state licensure system, and mental health needs for students.

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Their challenges include services for student mental health and challenging behaviors, long-term planning, and longterm sustainable funding. In their 2018-19 operation plan are three task forces to address these challenges. He also invites you to their State of the Schools Address & Public Focus Group on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at South High School.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM WEST FARGO Our westernmost district is growing by 400 to 600 students per year. For this new school year, they have hired 130 new teachers, and are now over 1,700 employees. Currently, 11,081 students are enrolled, and they continue to break projections. The district has 24 facilities. The two middle schools and high schools are the largest in the state. Slette overviewed the bond referendum, which if passed on Sept. 25, would allow for a new middle school and high school, additional security, elementary classroom spaces, and additions and renovations in Harwood and Horace. The panel talked about their collaboration on various task forces and personalized learning, too. “It’s more than West Fargo; it’s more than Fargo; it’s more than Moorhead,” Slette said. “We’re a metro, and our students are passing back and forth between our districts. Unless we work together to solve some of these problems, and with our community, we won’t be able to do it.” The event concluded with audience members asking questions of the superintendents. We want to thank all our program sponsors, event attendees, and host site, the Courtyard by Marriott in Moorhead for great service and a great breakfast!


EGGS & ISSUES Tuesday, October 2 

The 2018 Midterms & Beyond: A Presidential Speech Writer’s Perspective

Update on ND’s Air and Army National Guard

Colonel Darrin Anderson Commander, 119th Wing ND Air National Guard

John. P McConnell Speechwriter  JohnPMcConnell John McConnell, longtime speechwriter to President George W. Bush, will join us to offer his perspective on the midterm elections and the upcoming presidential campaign, as well as share some of his experiences in politics and government, at this Eggs & Issues. 7:30 to 9 a.m.   Holiday Inn Fargo 

Tuesday, November 6 

Lt. Col. JoDee Aubol 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade OIC

Join us for another Eggs & Issues session, this month focusing on our area armed forces. Colonel Anderson and Lieutenant Colonel Aubol will update us on the extent of the infrastructure that the Army and Air Guard has at Hector International Airport and the economic impact on our community. There will also be a representative from the North Dakota National Guard Adjunct General’s office who will provide an update. Join us over breakfast, coffee and conversation, for this joint briefing from the North Dakota Air National Guard, North Dakota Army National Guard and North Dakota National Guard Adjunct General’s office.

7:30 to 9 a.m.   Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead 

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Advocacy explained: How we work for you One of the foundational pillars of our Chamber is advocacy. With election season upon us, we wanted to take the opportunity to explain exactly what advocacy is, why it matters and what we do. Public policy doesn’t mean politics— though it does often involve government. Rather, it refers to issues that affect businesses and individuals. This can be legislation, regulation, or even cultural and social movements. They are governing principles that affect all of us every day. Our work in advocacy and public policy is one of the intangible benefits of Chamber membership. Because many of our members do not have their own lobbying voice, but so many rules and legislation and affect their business both negatively or positively, it’s important to stay abreast of what our elected officials are doing. This is why a collective voice matters. Because we can do more together. We strive to be the voice of business. That is the role of a chamber. And to do the right work, we need to hear from you! Tell us what you care about. What keeps you up at night? What we can do better? What changes do you want to see around you? 8  THE BRIDGE  •  OCTOBER 2018

community to thrive. Membership is open to any employee of a Chamber member organization. Key issues that this committee explores are taxes, infrastructure, work force, education, Call us, email us, Tweet us, or find us at an health care, metro cooperation, and event. You’ll find our contact energy and natural resources. information on page 2 of this The committee meets monthly Bridge and on our website, throughout the year, bringing in Public policy professionals and experts of the fmwfchamber.com. key issues areas.

By definition

doesn’t just mean politics.

Advocacy refers to the activities a group engages in with the aim to influence decisions within political, economic and social systems and institutions. Advocacy at The Chamber is displayed in a variety of ways: engagement within and from our Public Policy committee, actively taking stances on critical issues, election education, encouragement of voter participation, and serving as a resource for information and connections to best serve our members’ interests.

The role of the Public Policy Committee Our Public Policy committee—the advocacy arm of The Chamber—is made up of Chamber members who are committed to preserving the integrity of the business climate by advancing sound policies and a stable regulatory environment for the business

This year, the committee has been active and brought in a wide variety of individuals such as the Lieutenant Governor, legislative leadership, ND Tax Commissioner, ND Superintendent of Public Instruction and local city officials. Aside from inviting in perspectives of community and industry leaders, this committee is responsible for setting the Public Policy agenda each year, which creates the framework for major lobbying efforts within MN and ND. As The Chamber’s fiscal year kicks off and session is around the corner, this committee is currently busy drafting the 2019 policy agenda. If all of this involvement doesn’t persuade you enough of their important purpose, it should be told that this committee also recommends stances on critical issues. This committee is often the first step in official policy stances that come out of


The Chamber. First the group discusses, then through a majority vote, makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors to take specific action on an issue. Then, the Board of Directors votes and confirms the final stance on behalf of The Chamber. The Chamber has continually spoken out on issues that are critical to our members, and this past year is no exception. Hot-button issues included the Fargo Diversion, talks of a convention or performing arts center, proposals to dramatically reform special assessments, legislation for Air Traffic Control Privatization at the federal level and the Moorhead Grade Separation, Safety and Mobility Project.

Coming soon: Our 2019 Public Policy Guide As the November election wraps up, we’ll be preparing for North Dakota’s 66th legislative session and Minnesota’s 91st legislative session. The Chamber, beginning with the Public Policy committee, is constructing a Public Policy Guide, which includes area elected officials, legislator contact information, helpful information for the legislative sessions and The Chamber’s policy agenda.

What are some of the ways we conduct advocacy efforts? Here are some examples of how we got involved: ++ Met with airline authorities and Fargo airport staff to keep our local air service operation and offerings strong despite a pilot shortage ++ Sent letters to the congressional delegation in opposition of H.R. 2997, which would privatize the nation’s air traffic control system ++ Attended meetings to launch NDSCS’ Career Academy to align with our workforce efforts ++ Worked to help the ND Air National Guard with recruiting in order to get them to full strength. ++ Met with and invested in the United Way’s workforce program for New Americans ++ Distributed a joint editorial with the U.S. Chamber to educate on new bank regulation and how to keep financing America’s economic growth ++ Attended North Dakota Military Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C., and met with NGAUS president for a briefing ++ Took a stance to support Fargo special assessment reform by facilitating the appointment of Chamber board member Jeff Volk to a new taskforce ++ Attended regular meetings and calls to stay abreast of updates on convention center discussions and options, as well as the F-M Diversion ++ Released statement supporting the Promoting Rural Exports Act ++ Lobbied for base retention funds to remain in ND and received grant through the Department of Commerce

Within this policy agenda, The Chamber will take a stance on the following major issues of the region: Energy and Natural Resources, Education, Training and Workforce Development, Health Care, Regulatory, Economic Development and Tax Policy, Flood Protection, Planning, Transportation and Infrastructure, Residential/Commercial Development and Emerging Opportunities for Commerce.

++ Sent letters to ND senators, urging them to oppose an airport ground transportation working group amendment to FAA bill

Campaign Engagement

++ Attended the ND Policy Summit to learn about the issues affecting policy statewide

Though The Chamber doesn’t endorse candidates or grade elected officials, it does get involved in campaigns to educate the public on candidates’ stances. This summer, The Chamber hosted candidate forums for the Fargo and West Fargo city commission/mayoral races. This fall, The Chamber will host a Cracker Barrel on October 18 order to initiative conversation between community members and candidates. A “cracker-barrel” is a traditional expression used to describe a habitual discussion among a common group or community. At this event, candidates will rotate through tables

++ Hosted a Navy Week social with Rear Admiral Gene Price ++ Hosted various legislators to committee meetings to educate members

++ Provided form letters and contact information for legislators to members upon request

of community members so that attendees have 5-7 minutes to meet with multiple candidates. In order to highlight our local legislative races on both sides of the river, bios of the candidates can be found on our website. Here, each candidate has the opportunity to share their issue of priority.   FMWFCHAMBER.COM  •  9


Voting Information After reading up on all of the races, be sure to vote in the November 6 general election. You can early vote or absentee vote in both MN and ND or go to the polls on election day. If you are a Minnesota resident, be sure to register to vote. Visit your respective Secretary of State’s website for specific information regarding voting locations and what personal identification is required.

MINNESOTA RACES This November, there are several contested races across federal and local campaigns on both sides of the river. Starting at the top of the ballot for Minnesota there will be familiar names as Democrat incumbent Amy Klobuchar will work to defend her Senate seat against Republican Jim Newberger. There will also be a special election for MN’s second Senate seat with Democrat incumbent, appointed by Governor Dayton in December upon the vacated seat of Senator Al Franken, Tina Smith, campaigning to keep her seat, challenged by Republican Karin Housley.

NORTH DAKOTA RACES On the other side of the river, Fargo and West Fargo have highly contested races. Starting with the top race across the state, North Dakota’s Senate seat held by Democrat incumbent Heidi Heitkamp is being challenged by Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer. This race has been turning heads since the candidates announced their campaigns for the important seat. As Congressman Cramer leaves North Dakota’s only House seat open, Republican Kelly Armstrong and Democrat Mac Schneider vie for the seat. Moving down the ballot, familiar names continue through the Secretary of State, Attorney General, Agriculture Commissioner, Public Service Commissioner and Tax Commissioner seats. Moving to the local legislative 10  THE BRIDGE  •  OCTOBER 2018

In the races mentioned below, only candidates representing the two major political parties are highlighted. To view a complete list of candidates, visit the MN and ND Secretary of State’s webpages. There are clearly various important races throughout the valley and beyond, we are happy to encourage engagement by sharing more information about the candidates’ top issues on our website and through the Cracker Barrel.

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Moorhead, a part of Minnesota’s 7th Congressional district, will see Democrat incumbent Collin Peterson on the ballot to defend his seat against Republican challenger Dave Hughes. As Governor Dayton’s term comes to an end, Democrat ticket Tim Walz and Peggy Flanagan will face off against Republican ticket Jeff Johnson and Donna Bergstrom. Minnesota will also have contested races for Secretary of State, State Auditor and Attorney General. Moving further down the line, familiar faces will follow for legislative seats as District 4A Democrat incumbent Ben Lien is running for another term, challenged by Republican Jordan Idso. Close by, in District 4B, Democrat incumbent Paul Marquart will also run for another term, and he will be challenged by Republican Jason Peterson.

On the Clay County Commission, District 3 incumbent Jenny Mongeau is unopposed, and District 4 incumbent Kevin Campbell is being challenged by current Moorhead council member Mari Dailey. There is a contested race for the Moorhead mayor seat with three challengers; current Ward 3 commissioner Brenda Elmer, Johnathan Judd and Newzad Brifki. There are also contested elections for all four wards in Moorhead with only the fourth ward including an incumbent challenger. The candidates are as follows—Ward 1: Riley Maanum and Shelly Dahlquist, Ward 2: Ben Hammer, Drew Sandberg and Shelly Carlson, Ward 3: Deb White, Karl Deilke and Troy Krabbenhoft, Ward 4: incumbent Chuck Hendrickson and Marc Hedlund.

seats, there are six districts in the area, all of which have contested races. The candidates are as follows: District 11: Senate: incumbent Tim Mathern (D.) and challenger Todd McMichael (R.), House: incumbent Ron Guggisberg (D.), incumbent Gretchen Dobervich (D.), and challengers Bridget Ertelt (R.) and Kathy Jorgenson (R.), District 13: Senate: incumbent Judy Lee (R.) and challenger Carrie Leopold (D.), House: incumbent Kim Koppelman (R.), and challengers Austen Schauer (R.), Landis Larson (D.) and Dianne Hyndman (D.), District 21: Senate: Kathy Hogan (D.) and Sierra Heitkamp (R.), House: incumbent Mary Schneider (D.), and challengers LaurieBeth Hager (D.), Madison Rodgers (R.) and William Kloubec (R.), District 27: Senate: Kristin Roers (R.) and Quinn Garrick (D.), House: incumbent Thomas Beadle (R.), incumbent Randy Boehning (R.), and challengers Ruth

Buffalo (D.) and Jon Kitzman (D.), District 41: Senate: incumbent Kyle Davison (R.) and challenger Paula Thomas (D.), House: incumbent Al Carlson (R.), incumbent Pamela Anderson (D.), and challengers Michelle Strinden (R.) and Brandon Medenwald (D.), District 45: Senate: incumbent Ron Sorvaag (R.) and challenger Danielle Pinnick (D.), House: incumbent Mary Johnson (R.), incumbent Tom Kading (R.), and challengers Tim Hoye (D.) and Lukas Maughan (D.) In the Cass County Commission, District 2, Rick Steen, and District 4, Duane Breitling, are unopposed.


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Measures

There are four measures on the North Dakota statewide ballot, and one on the Fargo city ballot on approval voting. MEASURE 1: Pertaining to the Transparency of Funding Sources, Lobbyists, Conflicts of Interests, and the Establishment of an Ethics Commission—

MEASURE 3: Pertaining to the Legalization of Marijuana—A yes vote

A yes vote would bar foreign money from North Dakota elections, restrict lobbying, create a whistleblower hotline and establish an ethics commission, among other provisions relating to conflicts of interest and transparency.

would remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances, legalizing the recreational use of it in the state for individuals 21+ and provide expungement of convictions for controlled substances that have been legalized with provisions for appeals and trials.

MEASURE 2: Pertaining to the Elections in Which a Qualified Elector May Vote—A yes vote would explicitly prevent non-U.S. citizens from voting

MEASURE 4: Pertaining to the Establish Personalized Vehicle Plates for Volunteer Emergency Responders—A yes vote would provide specialized

in North Dakota, clarifying that only qualified electors may vote in general, special or primary elections for numerous listed offices.

vehicle license plates free of charge to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical responders.

Some of the aforementioned measures are complex and have serious unintended consequences that must be considered before forming an opinion one way or another. Be sure to check our website to read more about these measures and how the specific provisions would impact the business community as well as read about The Chamber’s official stances on them.

The upcoming sessions Minnesota’s legislature reconvenes on January 8, 2019. North Dakota legislature reconvenes on January 3, 2019. This spring, watch for important information about impactful legislation that we are tracking pertaining to the business community and how you can help advocate for sound business policy.

Special assessments One policy conversation that is sure to continue is special assessments. As the primary election approached, there were many ideas to reform special assessments. One particular solution proposed to eliminate specials altogether in Fargo. Our Public Policy committee recommended that the Board of Directors take a position. The Board crafted the official stance that The Chamber supports reform of special assessments and believes it is necessary, but opposes elimination of special assessments without further study or including a community conversation. We advocated for this position through a letter to the Fargo City Commission. The commission created a taskforce to look into the issue and asked us to provide suggestions for taskforce membership. Among the list of qualified individuals was Jeff Volk, a board member who works 12  THE BRIDGE  •  OCTOBER 2018

for Moore Engineering. Volk, who was ultimately appointed to the taskforce, believes “Special assessments are an important financing tool available for communities to construct and reconstruct public infrastructure. The goal of the city commission is for the task force to complete its work by December so any recommendations that require legislative action can be considered in the 2019 legislative session.” We excitedly anticipate the work of this taskforce and look forward to the recommendations. This is an issue that we will continue to follow and advocate for.

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Dates & events If you didn’t catch all of those important dates in the above, below is a calendar of our upcoming advocacy events. Always watch our website for the latest details on our events and to register.

•• October 18: Cracker Barrel with the Candidates (Free, but registration required) •• November 6: Election Day •• December 11: Eggs & IssuesNorth Dakota’s Legislative Outlook: Legislative Leadership’s Take on the Upcoming Session •• January 3: North Dakota’s legislative session begins •• January 8: Minnesota’s legislative session begins •• January 10: State of the Cities •• February: Chamber Day at the Capitol (Date TBD, registration required)

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AGRIBUSINESS

Heitkamp visits to talk agriculture On August 24, the Agribusiness committee invited in U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp for a roundtable on agriculture. The highlights of the conversation were surrounding the trade war and the farm bill. Senator Heitkamp spoke of the potential impact the trade war could have on North Dakota, saying it may be the “hardest hit” state so far. She also alluded to the fact that tariffs aren’t the most effective way to resolve ongoing trade conflicts. As for the farm bill, the senator, who is a member of the farm bill conference committee, said the aim is by the end of September to have a bill ready. She also noted a few concerns that have gained wide support: keeping crop insurance as is, looking to raise

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Small Business of the Year: Prairie Winds Veterinary Center It’s not just business as usual at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center. This companion animal hospital in south Fargo is a true community partner that offers innovative care for clients and a family-friendly atmosphere for staff. The clinic is a newer addition to our community, operating only since 2011, but they’ve already established a unique identity. You can find traditional preventive care, tests and counseling for your four-legged friends in a nurturing, supportive environment. Their doctors have invested in continuing education to provide referral level care in areas like dermatology, internal medicine, orthopedics, dentistry and cardiology. And filling a niche need that was previously scarce is reproductive services for dogs and horses, including artificial insemination. In the five years Prairie Winds has been in business, they have grown from a single doctor practice with support staff of five to a 5-doctor practice with 16 full time employees. Their client growth has allowed them to expand services, with new tools and technology. They have added two ultrasounds, urgent care services, and a new dental suite. This allows them to deliver quality care to more patients at less cost.

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The business strategy is simple but consistent. Hire passionate people that believe in quality care with compassion. Hold weekly meetings and a clinic training program and continually work to identify needs within the community. Of course they support the community too! Proceeds from their refreshment bar go to local rescues, and they support various silent auctions. They partnered with another agency to provide spays, neuters, and preventive care at reduced costs. The clinic owner, Alicia, coaches youth basketball, volunteers at her church and is starting a radio show to help educate the community on pet care.


“I’m excited to get this recognition from The Chamber because it showcases the hard work our entire team puts into our clinic every day,” Dr. Wisnewski said. “We’re dedicated to continuing to grow our practice to continually meet the needs of our patients!”

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BUSINESS TRAINING Wednesday, October 10 

Tuesday, November 13 

Stress Management: Sleep, Eat, Move, Repeat

How to Create Superconnected Digital Experiences Dean Froslie Digital Strategist  deanfroslie

Christopher Dockter Doctor of Chiropractic/Owner Venture Chiropractic

We all have stress from many sources. The physical stress of work or exercise. The emotional stress of an ever-growing demand on your time. The chemical stress on your body from an environment that is becoming more polluted and poor eating habits. There seem to be thousands of fix-alls and snake oils being sold to make our lives better, but what if we already had access to what we need to increase our body’s ability to handle stress when needed and decrease the harmful side effects stress puts on us? We do. At this session, you’ll learn a step-by-step approach to managing life’s biggest stressors and take back control of your well-being.

The demands of digital marketing never end. Our time and resources are consumed with feeding and maintaining our digital channels, juggling new projects, keeping ahead of the competition, analyzing our efforts, and developing skills we didn’t learn in college.

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

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Hilton Garden Inn 

REGISTRATION (includes lunch)

Despite our hard work and best intentions, our efforts sometimes fall short. This session will outline actionable solutions to address these gaps, and help you create digital experiences that are more connected, intuitive and audience-focused.

• 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.

HIGHLIGHTS from last month

#FMWFTraining

At September’s training, Mike Meagher and Brian Rinke from the staffing firm Sagency dropped in to take a deep-dive into goal-setting. Specifically, they shared proven execution principles that help transform an organization into a goalcrushing machine.

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EVENT PRODUCTION SPONSOR

Consolidated Communications | Discovery Benefits | GOLDMARK Property Management | Moore Engineering | Wanzek Construction, Inc.

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SOLD OUT! & Rachel Hollis

#FMWFWC

Danica Patrick

We are so grateful for the overwhelming interest in both our upcoming Voices of Vision event with Danica Patrick, and Women Connect with Rachel Hollis. Both events are now sold out. Contact us today to join either waiting list.

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WOMEN CONNECT Tuesday, October 23 

Navigating the Leadership Journey

Tuesday, November 27 

Gratitude Attitude: How to

Make an Ordinary Life Extraordinary

Susan Jarvis Vice President, Operations Sanford Health  susanjarvis70

Trina A. Michels Senior Manager Eide Bailly, LLP  _chicERP

Sometimes taking a huge risk leads to the opportunity of a lifetime. A native southerner, Susan Jarvis moved to Fargo in 2010 and took on anything bigger than she’d ever done in her career. At this session, she will share that journey. Learn how she took risks and met challenges to ultimately execute on the project of her career – being a part of building, staffing and operationalizing the new $500 million Sanford Medical Center. Throughout this project, she learned first-hand how to motivate a large workforce, have fun even while worried that you will fail miserably, adjust along the way, listen to understand, and maximize the talent and skills of everyone involved.

Many of us lead what we believe are ordinary lives. We get up, get ready, go to work, pick up and cart kids around, head home, sleep and repeat. In the daily grind, we can lose sight of the extraordinary that surrounds us at home and the office. At this session, Michels will share her personal gratitude journey that consists of four different stages: cautious, comparative, gripping and nirvana. She’ll help attendees identify where they are on their own journey and how they can move along. This will allow them to lead happier and ultimately more productive lives in both their work and home environments.

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m.   DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 

3:30 to 5 p.m. | Social 5 to 6 p.m.   DoubleTree by Hilton & West Fargo Conference Center 

REGISTRATION

• 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.

HIGHLIGHTS from last month

#FMWFWC

Dana Bisignani, the Women’s Center Coordinator at MSUM, presented on female friendships in popular culture and society at August’s session. Sharing tips for effective communication and conflict resolution, we learned how women can raise one another up in both personal and professional relationships.

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Bell Bank | Bremer Bank | Choice Financial | Delta by Marriott | Discovery Benefits, Inc. Eventide Senior Living Communities | First International Bank & Trust | Gate City Bank Otter Tail Corporation | Vogel Law Firm | Wanzek Construction, Inc. | Western State Bank

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HIGHLIGHTS

from the 2018 Annual Meeting It’s been another spectacular (fiscal) year here at The Chamber, and we had such a great time celebrating it all with you at our Annual Meeting last month at the Holiday Inn. Aside from sharing some key accomplishments from the past year, we also looked ahead and talked about ongoing and future priorities. We presented awards to, and recognized, our outgoing committee chairs, talked about the committees’ and program successes, and welcomed new board members. Lastly, we presented ND Senator Judy Lee as the 2018 Legacy Leader. After receiving a standing ovation, she shared closing comments and thoughts on leadership to our attendees. Thank you to everyone that has been involved in and supporting The Chamber. We couldn’t do what we do without you! Check out our year in review and Legacy Leader videos on our YouTube page.

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Friday, November 30

2018 State of

#StateofTech18

TECHNOLOGY

U.S. Senator John Hoeven is proudly partnering with The Chamber to put on this technology conference and sharing his work in Washington, D.C. to support the third wave of North Dakota’s economy.

Emcee: Sandi Piatz Site Leader & Director, Microsoft Fargo Campus

Andrei Iancu Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

John Hoeven

Presenting on the importance of protecting the intellectual property of an entrepreneur’s most valuable assets, and a review of the potential that exists within our universities and private sector to further bolster the impact of the North Dakota tech industry.

Senator, North Dakota

Doug Burgum

Governor, North Dakota

Also hear from… Chris Clark

Zoe Bundy

Anthony Molzahn

Seth Arndorfer

President, Xcel Energy Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota

CEO and Co-founder at Project Phoenix

Founder, Brainy Ladies and YEA! Investor Panel winner

CEO, Dakota Carrier Network

Also featuring the ND Tech Awards Ceremony

To register, visit fmwfchamber.com or call 218.233.1100.

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LEADERSHIP

Leadership class

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“I appreciate the opportunity to get to do something I would never thought I can do. Now I can say I did it.“

After last month’s orientation, the new 2018-19 LFMWF class had their first day’s session out west! Participants hopped on a bus and headed out to Wesley Acres Camp and Retreat Center ropes course in September. Matt Weis from EDGECRAFT facilitated a day full of teambuilding, leadership development and fun.

“My overall takeaway is not to assume that everyone communicates the same way you do. …vague communication can lead to confusion and frustration. Clear, concise and open communication is key to happy and successful teams in the workplace.”

“I really enjoyed this day much more than I anticipated. I had complete confidence in the team on the ground and felt very safe while climbing. There was a lot learned in the entire day. Overall, I could almost say it was life changing!”

­—Chelsey Ewen, The Arts Partnership

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YEA!: YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY

YEA! Gets Underway!

We’re ready to kick off our fourth Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) class this month, and we can’t wait to see the ideas that emerge from the program this year. We continue to be grateful for the partnership we have with area schools and wouldn’t have students to fill the class without the support we’ve received from administrators, teachers and counselors. Nearly 3,000 students learned about YEA! this year through school lyceums and classroom presentations. With so many YEA! graduates still in middle and high school, we were even able to utilize them in our marketing efforts to share their firsthand experiences of the program. Once again, we’ll kick off our classes at the Concordia College Offutt School of Business before moving to North Dakota State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead. Stay tuned as you’ll get to meet the YEA! class of 2019 next month!

We’re excited to announce that 2017 YEA! graduate Taranvir Johal will be speaking at 1 Million Cups on October 3! Taranvir was a student at Oak Grove when he was in YEA!, and he now attends the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business. While in YEA!, he created Protein+, which he is continuing to build, and has also started a second business called Tavalo. We look forward to sharing more about Taranvir’s success in the months to come.

#FMWFYEA

Thank you to Scoop N Dough Candy Co for providing gift certificates for our YEA! recruiting presentations and school visits! They were a big hit with our high school audiences!

YEA! Graduate Spotlight

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Friends of YEA! American Crystal Sugar | Dabbert Custom Homes

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


YOUNG PROFESSIONALS NETWORK New Member Social

YPN Morning Buzz

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 Off the Clock immediately following.

Come and network with other young professionals before you start your work day and get your morning caffeine boost. Coffee on your own, networking is free!

*You must be 21 to attend this New Member Social *

Off the Clock

Wednesday, October 24 | 5:30 to 6:30 U32 Apartments, 1151 32 Avenue North, Fargo Free | Registration required, spots are limited.

Need something to do after work instead of heading home? After you clock out, pop in to see us! The YPN will be gathering this month at West Fargo’s VFW for fun networking in a relaxed setting. Connect with your peers while checking out one of the great organizations in our region. Don’t forget your business cards!

We get it! The work day can be long, and meetings can be tough. It can be difficult to refocus your day when something doesn’t go as planned or throws you off. Join the YPN as we learn how to reset our minds during the workday and how to reset our bodies after. Sami Eidenschink from the Home Builders Association will guide us through refocusing our day and taking us through a gentle yoga practice. Please come prepared to do yoga! Let us know if you will need a yoga mat.

Thursday, October 18 | 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. West Fargo VFW, 444 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo

Thursday, October 18 | 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. West Fargo VFW, 444 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo

*You must be 21 to attend the Off the Clock Networking Social*

Friday, October 19 | 7:30 to 9 a.m. Beans Coffee Bar (stay tuned to see which location we’ll be at!)

Networking to Business: Set your focus & flow

HIGHLIGHTS from last month

#FMWFYPN

Thank you to Boston’s for hosting our September Off the Clock social! We had a great time having pizza together at this West Fargo establishment.

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

Aimbridge Hospitality

aimbridgehospitality.com Hotel Management Aimbridge Hospitality is the nation’s largest independent hotel investment and management firm with a proven track record for delivering superior return for some of the most prestigious hotel owners and developers across the United States.

American Diabetes Association‑ND Area

diabetes.org Associations The American Diabetes Association ‑ ND chapter offers their annual Camp Sioux summer program for kids and teens living with diabetes, run by their Minnesota‑based staff with fundraising support from North Dakota Community Leadership Board, as well as an annual bike event to raise funds and awareness.

Anne Carlsen Center

annecenter.org Counseling Services The Anne Carlsen Center exists to make the world a more inclusive place where independence is a gift to all. With offices in Jamestown, Bismarck, Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks and Devils Lake, they offer services that include early intervention, day and in‑home support, autism and residential services.

Anytime Mobile Truck Service LLC

truckrepairmoorhead.com Trucks ‑ Parts ‑ Service ‑ Body Shop Anytime Mobile Truck Service, LLC is your full-service truck and trailer repair. They also provide mobile service and 24-hour roadside repair.

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Courtyard Fargo

marriott.com/hotels/travel/ farcf‑courtyard‑fargo Hotels/Motels The new 110-room Courtyard is located on the Sanford campus. Amenities include The Bistro, Starbucks, flexible spaces for work & relaxation, large fitness center, Wi‑Fi, pool, whirlpool, outdoor patio & fire pit. Meeting space available. More comfortable, productive and enjoyable than ever before!

Crafted Ventures

craftedventures.com Event & Meeting Planning Crafted Ventures is an event planning/ management service specialized in both personal and corporate gatherings. Craft offers a memorable, affordable and a stress‑ free event by leaving the details to them!

FMCT‑Studio 6 Broadway

fmct.org Arts & Entertainment FMCT Studio 6 Broadway is an extension of the Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre. This location is specifically utilized for theatre education classes and rehearsal space. Their location can also be used for special events, studio space and small artistic gatherings.

Sharper Image Wedding and Event Design

sharperimageweddingrentalsfargo.com Event & Meeting Planning Sharper Image is a Fargo-based design and rental company. They have an array of items that are available to rent. They allow you to dream big in an imaginative space to help create the event of your dreams! Their goal is to inspire you and help craft a unique experience for you and your guests.

Syverson Tile & Stone

syversontile.com Wholesalers ‑ Distributors Syverson Tile & Stone is a wholesale provider of tile and stone for builders, remodelers and designers. They have the highest quality products, such as LVP, floor and wall tile, with outstanding people making sure the finished product exceeds your expectations.

TAK Music Venue

takmusicvenue.com Arts & Entertainment TAK Music Venue ‑ Where Music Comes First ‑ is a live music performance venue for bands, music ensembles, individuals, etc. to perform on a stage with high quality sound, lighting and video.

TaxLady LLC

fargotaxlady.com Accounting ‑ Accounting Services They are your trusted partner in success. Their firm is large enough to offer a full range of professional services at a fair price, but small enough to give you the individual attention you deserve.

The Grotto at Hair Success

hairsuccesssalons.com Restaurants The Grotto is located inside of Hair Success Salon and Day Spa at BLU Water Creek. It is an amazing venue, great food and a full bar. They are an extension of the Tavern restaurant.

The Tavern Grill

thetaverngrill.com Restaurants Their menu includes an impressive selection of appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, seafood, steaks and build‑your‑own burgers, salads and pizzas, with millions of combinations.


MEMBER NEWS: COMPANIES AAA Insurance has earned “Brand of the Year” status for its multi-line insurance offerings, according to the independent and prestigious 2018 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Using an academically vetted brand equity model that examines familiarity, quality and purchase consideration, the annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® survey captures and analyzes brand perceptions and measures and ranks them against key competitors in each category. In 2018, AAA Insurance ranked highest among leading competitors for its multi-line insurance products. Alerus has been named one of the Best Banks to Work For in 2018 by American Banker. The Best Banks to Work For program, which was initiated in 2013, identifies, recognizes and honors U.S. banks for outstanding employee satisfaction. Eighty-five companies were selected for this year’s list based on a two-step process, which included an evaluation of workplace policies, practices and demographics, and employee surveys. Bell Bank was recognized by Forbes as the Best Bank in both North Dakota and Minnesota. Further, Bell is one of only two banks nationwide to be named tops in more than one state. Soybeans and sunflowers aren’t the only thing on the rise in North Dakota. There’s fast growth—and then there’s Inc. 5000 fast growth. CoSchedule announced that it has made Inc. magazine’s 37th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of America’s fastest-growing private companies. In its first year of eligibility to make the list, CoSchedule’s rising success garnered a ranking of #153 and the top spot in its home state of North Dakota.

A recent recognition continues to affirm that patients suffering from a stroke are receiving the best care possible at Essentia Health-Fargo, according to an award by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). The stroke program at Essentia Health-Fargo has received the AHA/ASA Get with the Guidelines “Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award with Target: Stroke Honor Roll.” This award recognizes hospitals that commit to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized guidelines and the latest scientific evidence. The North Dakota State Library has awarded the Fargo Public Library the 2018 North Dakota Star Library Award for going above and beyond with the service the Fargo Public Library provides to its community. The Fargo Public Library was compared to other libraries in North Dakota with similar operating expenditures. It ranked in the top three libraries of its category. The awards were based on circulation, central branch service hours, program attendance, combined computer and WiFi usage and the percentage of North Dakota Library Coordinating Council Standards for Public Libraries met. Plains Art Museum announced that the Museum has earned reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (aamus.org). Museum accreditation was first granted to Plains Art Museum in 2003 and is a distinction granted to only the best museum organizations in the country. This stamp of approval of Plains Art Museum is awarded to less than 7% of museums in the nation.

PEOPLE magazine and Great Place to Work have honored Edward Jones as one of PEOPLE’s “50 Companies That Care,” a ranking based on the firm’s associate feedback about how their workplace makes a difference in their lives and their communities. Rankings represent feedback from more than 4.5 million employees across the U.S. PEOPLE partnered with Great Place to Work to analyze employees’ survey feedback and to consider the generosity of each organization’s benefits, philanthropic and community support. Edward Jones took the No. 5 spot on the list.

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MEMBERS NEWS: PEOPLE Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. Dean Hepper, Financial Advisor

Appareo

Tracy Barganier, Manufacturing Assembler Jacinta David, IP Copywriter Taylor Farber, Manufacturing Assembler Kryss Geray, Manufacturing Assembler Matt Serani, Manufacturing Assembler Kyle Syverson, Manufacturing Assembler Bryant Wells, Manufacturing Assembler

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Bell Bank

Patty Bohnenstingl, VP/Retail Sales and Service Manager Shannon Gephart, VP/wealth advisor Breanna Hamdan, VP/Branch Manager Bennett Lystad, Personal Banking Officer Rachel Meske, VP/Trust Officer Dawn Omdahl, Personal Banking Officer Craig Samuelson, SVP/Wealth Management COO Wendy Yoder, Mortgage Servicing Operations Lead

Beyond Realty

Mike Gillund, REALTOR Lorraine Thompson, Gillund Group Gretchen Hagemeister, REALTOR Kelly Illic, REALTOR

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Dawson Insurance, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company Jenae Ste. Marie, Commercial Operations Manager

Eide Bailly (Pictured on next page)

David Casper, Manager Thad Collier, Manager Kayla Koehmstedt, Office Marketing Coordinator Reid Mattson, Senior Manager Alexis Odden, Senior Manager Courtney Richman, Manager Jessica Roerick, Senior Manager Brade Schweitzer, Manager Elise Siverson, Senior Manager Jana Smith, Manager

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Fargo Jet Center Charter Operations

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Bob Rasmussen, Chief Pilot

Gehrtz Construction Services

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McCulley Optix Gallery Mary Janisch, Optician

North Dakota Air National Guard

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MEMBERS NEWS: PEOPLE Northwestern Bank

Sid Lien, Executive Vice President - Sales and Service

Sanford Health

Timothy Blaufuss, D.O., Pediatric Gastroenterology Amit Kaushal, M.D., Internal Medicine Hospitalist Mohammed Khan Suheb, M.D., Internal   Medicine Hospitalist Darshan Khangura, M.D., Endocrinology Dileep Kumar, M.D., Internal Medicine Hospitalist

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Town & Country Credit Union

Mike Hennebry, Executive Mortgage Officer

The Village Family Service Center Trenton Gerads, Director of Development

Western State Bank

Brooke Ames, Vice President/Mortgage Loan   Operations Manager Shawna Johnson, Loan Administration Specialist

Zerr Berg Architects

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OTHER NEWS The American Diabetes Association-ND Area announced the appointment of three new Community Leadership Board members: John Hagen, Lynn Holum and Kayla Schwartz of Thrifty White Pharmacy. Michael Thomas, an attorney with Conmy Feste Law Firm, has been selected for inclusion in the 2019 edition of the Best Lawyers in America for his work in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law.

2018, and Sean Foss, a firm partner, Morgan Reinke and Steve Welle have been named Rising Stars for 2018. Dean Rindy, O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, also was recognized as a 2018 Lawyer of the Year in the 25th edition of the Best Lawyers in America, for his practice area of Real Estate Law.

Lacey Romie of Edward Jones has accepted the position of Board President of the GiGi’s Down Syndrome Achievement Center in Fargo. Essentia Health Orthopedic Surgeon and Department Chair, Dr. Prasad Sawardeker, has been elected into the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He is the only shoulder and elbow surgeon in the state of North Dakota to be elected to esteemed group. Five attorneys at Fargo law firm O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss have been recognized by Super Lawyers: Tatum O’Brien, a firm partner, and Dean Rindy have been named Super Lawyers for

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CELEBRATIONS: August ribbon cuttings & Groundbreakings

Beans Coffee Bar Grand Opening 201 Fifth Street North, Fargo beansfargo.com

Children of Hope Childcare LLC Relocation 1321 19th Avenue North, Fargo cohchildcare.com

Fetchers Grand Opening 3521 39th Street South, Fargo fetchersfm.com

Healing Arts Chiropractic Remodel 3240 15th Street South Suite C, Fargo HealingArtsChiropractic.com

CCRI Groundbreaking 4420 10th Street South, Moorhead CreativeCare.org

Elevate Human Potential Relocation 1400 25th Street South, Moorhead elevatehumanpotential.com

Grateful Cratefulls Grand Opening 25 Sheyenne Street, West Fargo gratefulcratefulls.com

Heritage Homes Design Studio Remodel 1815 38th Street South, Fargo heritagefargo.com

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CELEBRATIONS: August ribbon cuttings & Groundbreakings

Mi-5 Chiropractic

Monica Hart Interior Design

Grand Opening 3222 28th Street South, Fargo mi-5chiropractic.com

10-Year Anniversary / Relocation 3350 35th Avenue South Suite 10, Fargo monicahartid.com

Moorhead Youth Hockey

Window World of Fargo

Groundbreaking 707 Southeast Main Avenue, Moorhead moorheadyouthhockey.com

1-Year Anniversary / Remodel 4331 12th Avenue North, Fargo WindowWorldFargo.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

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Profile for The FMWF Chamber of Commerce

October 2018 Bridge  

October 2018 Bridge