The Bridge: September - October 2023

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September - October 2023 • Volume 26 Legacy Leader 20 23 | A PUBLICATION FOR THE FARGO MOORHEAD WEST FARGO COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
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Becoming a Community Builder distinguishes your business among the ranks of the most prominent, successful, involved and communityminded companies in the region, as they dedicate time and resources to

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THE BRIDGE (USPS 124-430) is published bimonthly by the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber. Periodicals Postage Paid at Fargo, ND 58102 and at additional mailing offices. Publication No. 124430. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to The Bridge, 3312 42nd St S, Ste. 101, Fargo, ND 58104; 701.365.3440. Printed by Forum Communications Printing MISSION The Chamber is a catalyst for growth and prosperity. We promote and protect business, inspire individuals, cultivate communities and influence action. CORNERSTONES • Business Vitality • Public Policy & Advocacy • Workforce & Talent • Community Enhancement • Organizational Excellence Vogel Law Firm Eide Bailly LLP First International Bank & Trust Sanford Health Christianson Companies Bobcat Company Cardinal IG Moore Engineering, Inc. North Dakota State University Bushel Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Allegro Group Microsoft Eventide Senior Living Communities Essentia Health Tami Norgard Chair Chad Flanagan Chair Elect Peter Stenehjem Immediate Past Chair Tiffany Lawrence Treasurer Kevin Christianson Member at Large Tina Amerman Mike Arntson Kevin Bucholz Dr. David Cook Camille Grade Kristi Huber Kara Jorvig Jenny Olson Jon Riewer Dr. Richard Vetter
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September - October 2023 | THANK YOU FOR INVESTING | 2 Community Builders 3 ... Visionary Community Builders 58 ... Program & Event Sponsors | THE CHAMBER | 6 A Note from the President 7 Meet the Chamber Staff - Grace Rebel 10 ... Meet the 2023-24 Leadership Class 36 ... Building a Brighter Future 38 ... Organizational Excellence 40 Public Policy and Advocacy | LASTING BUSINESS LEGACIES | 20 D-S Beverages, Inc. 22 ... WDAY-TV 24 ... KFGO 26 Houston Engineering, Inc. 27 Wold Johnson, P.C. 28 Widmer Roel PC 29 Fraser, Ltd. 30 ... Steffes Group, Inc. 31 ... DakotaMB 32 ... Gate City Bank | IN CASE YOU MISSED IT | 12 Midwest Cybersecurity & Technology Summit 42 Young Professionals Week 43 ... Chamber Challenge Golf Outing 44 ... Women Connect: A Delightful Pairing 44 Women Connect: Doing it Scared 45 Eggs & Issues: Housing Insights | EXPERIENCE, ENGAGE, ENJOY | 8 ... Legacy Leader: Tom Dawson 16 ... Women Connect Celebration: Bush Twins 38 Halloween Business After Hours 41 Washington D.C. Fly-In 45 Rebuilding Lives & Strengthening Community 56 Upcoming Events 57 Signature Events | MEMBER NEWS | 46 Anniversaries 48 Ribbon Cuttings 52 New Hires & Promotions 54 New Members 2023-2024 LFMWF Class 2023 Legacy Leader Lasting Legacies Women Connect Celebration Our Recent Midwest Summit  FMWFCHAMBER.COM    | 5 |   ADVERTISER INDEX 15 Forum Communications 18 Dakota Carrier Network 18 Starion Bank 34 Prairie Business 34 PRO Resources 34 First International Bank & Trust 35 BCBSND 39 5foot20 Design Lounge 47 Midco 51 Cornerstone Bank 51 iDigital 55 Sanford Health Plan 58 Boulger Funeral Home 58 Cole Papers, Inc Back Page Alerus | THE CHAMBER | CONTENTS For past issues of The Bridge: Find The Chamber online @fmwfchamber Thank you to the above businesses for investing in The Bridge magazine and enabling its growth and impact as a community resource. 19 16 12 10 8


Legacy. What does it take to forge a legacy, and what do that word and concept mean to you? To me, creating and leaving a legacy means putting your essence - heart, soul and passioninto something that will profoundly shape and impact the lives of others.

As we look at this edition of The Bridge, we will explore and celebrate the power and influence of legacy leadership. Our focal point is the distinguished 2023 Legacy Leader Award, the ultimate recognition of exceptional leadership and service. We are honored to name Tom Dawson, former Dakota Chairman at Marsh McLennan Agency, as this year’s Legacy Leader. Tom is the embodiment of this honor, having devoted himself to championing the prosperity of our community and region. His contributions, spanning time, skill, resources and devotion, have enriched lives, careers, nonprofits, churches, businesses, The Chamber and the very fabric of our community. His leadership attributes also shine through his mentorship of individuals of all generations, both within his organization and the greater community.

You’ll also see first-hand the legacies that our businesses are leaving within our region. We are proud of the countless businesses in our region that are leaving their mark, enhancing our community, elevating their people and leaving a legacy for the next generation and future of FMWF.

We are very excited to announce the 2023-24 Leadership FMWF class. These participants, and their employers, have demonstrated a desire to enhance their leadership attributes and individual legacies. Congratulations to this new class, we look forward to engaging with you and witnessing your impact in our community.

When thinking about legacy leaders, oftentimes our minds gravitate toward influential public figures, U.S. Presidents or famous individuals. Today, we proudly introduce our Women Connect Celebration speakers, individuals who’ve personally experienced one such presidential legacy. The Chamber is privileged to present Jenna and Barbara Bush as our September keynote speakers, who will move you with their heartfelt stories, unprecedented challenges, unique perspective and actionable life guidance.

The Chamber works every day behind the scenes to leave a legacy for this region. A legacy that allows us to compete in a global marketplace and be a home for passionate, unique and successful individuals and businesses. We are thrilled to kick off another year with strength and momentum, focusing on our cornerstones and driving our community forward, to enhance the prosperity of our region.

As we look ahead to our Annual Celebration, the essence of a legacy becomes apparent – celebrating and honoring the past, as well as looking to the future with energy and foresight. Please join us on November 3, as we share our vision for tomorrow and recognize Tom Dawson and the many other individuals whose contributions have played a role in shaping our community.

Shannon Full President & CEO Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce
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As the Career Navigator for The Chamber Foundation, one of my main roles is guiding and supporting participants through the Good Jobs Challenge Grant Project and the FMWF Ignite Initiative. Along with this, I help foster relationships with community agencies, education partners and businesses to help provide need-based services and employment or advancement opportunities for participants in these workforce programs.


One of the things that I love about my role and the environment at The Chamber, is the openness to creativity. I have always felt like someone who is coming up with big out-of-the-box ideas, which is very welcomed here. I feel surrounded by likeminded and open people who want to support these ideas and use them to create lasting impacts in our community.


I just graduated from North Dakota State University in May (Go Bison!), where I majored in anthropology and minored in sociology. When I am not working, I like to spend time with my family and friends. You can usually find me at an event in the community, exploring the outdoors or reading a book.

Grace Rebel


Legacy Leader 20 23

Each year, The Chamber’s Annual Celebration is an opportunity to highlight successes of the past year, recognize and thank our countless volunteers, and outline our priorities for the coming year. It’s a time to reflect, celebrate, laugh and network with community champions and Chamber volunteers as we also make time to honor our Legacy Leader.

The annual Legacy Leader Award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the community. The award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long-time local leaders in both shaping and serving the metropolitan community and greater region. This year, The Chamber is proud to announce your 2023 Legacy Leader as Tom Dawson, previous Dakota Chairman at Marsh McLennan Agency.

Tom was born and raised

in Fargo and started his insurance career the day after graduating from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1973. He was proud to be the third generation in a business founded by his grandfather in 1917.

Over the past 50 years, Tom has worked directly with all types and sizes of commercial clients including complex contractors and real estate firms. He takes great satisfaction in helping build a culture at Dawson Insurance, now Marsh McLennan Agency (MMA), that attracts and retains the absolute best people who, in turn, develop their clients into friends. The partnership with MMA has been particularly fulfilling for him.

Tom is a past president of the Independent Insurance Agents of North Dakota and served on the national board of the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America for many years. He is also a former member of the

Board of Governors for the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors.

Tom’s family and Dawson Insurance have always been passionate about the greater Fargo-Moorhead community, a standard set by Tom’s grandfather, Charles, who served as Mayor of Fargo from 1946 to 1950; and therefore, he has continued a tradition of serving civic and not-for-profit organizations. These include MeritCare Health System (predecessor to Sanford Health), YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, Plains Art Museum, Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Dollars for Scholars, Judicial Nominating Committee for North Dakota, and he was a Big Brother for the BBBS program through The Village for many years. He’s also active with the United Way of CassClay, First Presbyterian Church and Fargo Kiwanis Club.

Tom and his wife Georgia have been married for 39 years and have three married sons, Zack (Kelly), Alex (Raime)

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and Mike (Brittany) and six precious grandchildren who all enjoy spending time at their lake home year-round. He also enjoys an occasional hunting trip and traveling with his wife Georgia, their family and friends.

Since retiring this past August as Dakota Chairman for Marsh McLennan Agency, Tom’s retirement plans include taking up golf (again), spending lots of time with grandchildren’s activities, traveling, spending more time at the lakes and staying involved in the community.


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For more than 30 years, Leadership FMWF (LFMWF) has connected and developed leaders who greatly impact the community through dedication and service. You will find those participants and alumni holding prominent leadership roles within our community and a host of others who actively serve the community every day as board members, diligent volunteers and dedicated employees. Each year, LFMWF selects 40 emerging and existing leaders from all sectors of the community to participate in the ten-month program.



ANGELA ARNESON Goldmark Property Management ERIN BONN The Village Family Service Center JENNA CRONEN CAPLP JORDAN DAHL Municipal Airport Authority of the City of Fargo RITIKA GERDES Onsharp Inc JOSH HAHN Cornerstone Bank SHERRI HASHBARGER Minnesota State University Moorhead MINDY HEITKAMP Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra KAYLA AIPPERSPACH Sagency Talent BOBBY ANDERSON First International Bank & Trust AMANDA CARLSON Choice Bank PETE CHRISTOPHER Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity NICK EVANS Vogel Law Firm EMILY GARD Sanford Health
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BRE HAMDAN Bell Bank SARA HAND Steffes Group, Inc. HEIDI JOARNT Houston Engineering, Inc. DANIELLE KNOSALLA JK Property Partners ALEXANDER MADLOM Gate City Bank SARAH MATTHEWS Red River Children’s Advocacy Center BRANDON REBER Moore Engineering, Inc. ASHLEY RENARD Red River Commodities, Inc ALEXIS SYVERSON Light Consulting STEPHANIE THOMPSON Marvin JODI HENDRICKSON Pediatric Partners BARBARA HUEWE Rape and Abuse Crisis Center SAM LOWER Marsh McLennan Agency ELLERY LYSTAD Ellery Milan Beauty CHRISTOPHER MILLER Beyond Shelter, Inc. ISAAC OLSON True North Steel JACOB STRINDEN Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. EMILY SUMNER NDSU Athletics CHELSEY KNUTSON Noridian Healthcare Solutions HEATHER LORENZEN GiGi’s Playhouse Fargo BLAIN MIKKONEN Grain Designs/ The Pines Wedding and Events ALEC MILLER Fargo Park District KAILER RIEDMAN Beyond Realty JANA SMITH Eide Bailly LLP TERI WINKELMAN Dakota Supply Group
LAUREN YOUNG Doosan Bobcat


The cyber and tech landscape is rapidly evolving and it’s vital that our community and business leaders take the time to learn and understand the threats and opportunities that can come along with such advancements. The Midwest Cybersecurity and Technology Summit is hosted annually by The FMWF Chamber with 26 co-hosting chambers across the region who stream the event to their communities and membership bases.

The Midwest Cybersecurity and Technology Summit serves as a crucial platform to convene the brightest minds and leaders, where

experts, businesses and community members can educate each other, work together and keep the region connected, competitive and leading on innovation and technology.

August 17, community members gathered at the Delta by Marriott Fargo to hear from experts from across the region and nation as they hosted a cutting-edge discussion about topics such as artificial intelligence (AI), business attacks and safety, the CHIPS Act, emerging tech and more. Not only was this event available to the FMWF Metro, but it was also available via livestream, bringing in virtual attendees from across the country to listen to and watch this important event. The Chamber is proud to share that we had nearly 500 people in attendance and over 6,000 viewers online throughout the region for this important event.

Michael Mattmiller, Senior Director of State Government Affairs at Microsoft, opened as keynote speaker for the 2023 Midwest Cybersecurity and Technology Summit. Mattmiller began his presentation, AI Revolution: Unleashing the power, shaping the future and embracing responsibility, by diving into the rapid evolution and implementation of artificial intelligence in many companies, schools and governments.

Mattmiller also showed the audience just how intelligent these services can be. With each request getting more and more specific, Mattmiller was able to show how Microsoft Bing Chat would work to write remarks for a specific person in a specific role completing a specific task. AI was able to find everything

online it needed to know about the person’s job and the topic they were focusing on – and create remarks curated to the audience and the speaker himself.

“AI does provide a tremendous amount of potential. It can help us do more with the resources we have today. It can help us solve challenges that we wouldn’t have been able to solve otherwise, and we’re just at the beginning of this AI revolution. The opportunity is yours to lead the AI transformation.”

Dr. Behrooz Shirazi, Deputy Division Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF), followed Mattmiller with his presentation, Driving Innovation and Sustainability: The Role of Technology and the CHIPS Act. Dr. Shirazi shared key information about his employer, the NSF, and how they work to support their mission to promote the progress of science; to advance national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense, among other things, by providing funding to researchers to enable them to carry out research and technology development.

Dr. Shirazi also went in depth on the CHIPS and Science Act and the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

MICHAEL MATTMILLER Senior Director of State Government Affairs Microsoft
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DR. BEHROOZ SHIRAZI Deputy Division Director National Science Foundation

(EPSCoR) Program. He shared the CHIPS and Science Act’s purpose is to bolster U.S. leadership in semiconductors by providing funding towards semiconductor research, development, manufacturing and workforce development; and to strengthen commercialization of research and technology to ensure what is invented in America, is made in America. Attendees also learned about EPSCoR and how it enhances research competitiveness by strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) capacity and capability through a diverse portfolio of investments.

Following Dr. Shirazi, the expert panel took the stage to discuss how we are Building a Tech Ecosystem in the Midwest. Panelists included Kristi Berg, Department Chair of Business Information Technology at Minot State University; Executive Producer of the Cyber Security Summit; Shawn Riley, Co-founder of Bisblox; and moderator, Kyle Hendrickson, Director of Cybersecurity at Eide Bailly LLP.

The panel explored the tech ecosystem of the Midwest and how it can be developed and enhanced into a sustainable industry in the region. Eileen Manning explained, “To build a true ecosystem, you have to talk across all infrastructures. The diversity of all the different sectors is really critical in building a successful ecosystem.”

Not only that, but panelists also dove into the workforce and the roles industry partnerships with educational institutions play in fostering the development of a skilled workforce that meets the specific needs of the technology sector. “The student wants to be able to come in and do a good job. The college wants to produce a student who is going to do a good job for you. And you want to hire someone that’s doing a good job,” said Shawn Riley. “We have to make sure we have a closely integrated


Cybersecurity & Technology Summit

communication to make sure those skillsets are being delivered. We have to have partnerships between the university systems, the k-12 systems and the industries.”

To close out the event, Dr. JoseMarie Griffiths took center stage to discuss Power Cyber: The Symbiotic Relationship Among Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing. Dr. Griffiths discussed the different types of cybersecurity threats, both the flaws and potential of artificial intelligence, and the power of quantum computing and how all three can come together to increase the power and compute capabilities of future computers.

“I see all of these three are intimately related together. You put the three together, you get a really powerful combination.”

KYLE HENDRICKSON Director of Cybersecurity Eide Bailly LLP SHAWN RILEY Co-founder Bisblox EILEEN MANNING Founding Partner & Executive Producer Cyber Security Summit KRISTI BERG Dept Chair, Business Info Technology, Minot State University JOSE-MARIE GRIFFITHS Dakota State University President


Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible!


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American Crystal Sugar Company | Concordia College | Flint Group Marsh McLennan Agency | Moore Engineering

North Dakota State University | Western State Bank

We are proud to share that this summit attracted nearly 6,500 viewers and attendees from across the Upper Midwest. If you think your business can help our region elevate the visibility, reach and impact of this series, please get in touch with Tyler Fischbach at The Chamber at

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Jenna and Barbara Bush

The Chamber is proud to announce Jenna and Barbara Bush as keynote speakers for the 10th Annual Women Connect Celebration event on September 26 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex in Fargo. The Chamber would like to thank Premier Sponsor, Essentia Health, for making this special experience possible.

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush are the twin daughters of former U.S. President George W. Bush and have grown into successful women driven by the powerful legacy of love, patience and commitment that has passed through their family for generations. At this year’s Women Connect Celebration, Jenna and Barbara will share with attendees how they pay tribute to their family name and find meaning in carving their own paths.

Jenna Bush

is co-author of three #1 New York Times best sellers, one being Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Today, Jenna is still involved with UNICEF and serves as chair of the UNICEF Next Generation Initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths worldwide.

Barbara Bush

leads the NBA’s efforts around health equity, civic engagement and social justice as Vice President of Social Impact. She is also co-founder and board member of Global Health Corps (GHC), an organization that mobilizes young leaders to solve the world’s most pressing health issues. In 2011, Barbara was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year; in 2013, she was recognized as one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact; and in 2015, she was named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list. She has also been named as one of the 100 most intriguing entrepreneurs by Goldman Sach’s Builders and Innovators.


Jenna and Barbara have written the #1 New York Times Best Seller, Sisters First, a memoir of which they also released in a children’s version, which is also a New York Times Best Seller. PREMIER SPONSOR

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Women Connect Celebration

September 26 3:30 to 5 p.m. Sanford Health Athletic Complex (SHAC) in Fargo

1300 17th Ave N, Fargo, ND 58102

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Founded in Moorhead, Minnesota, D-S Beverages is a family-owned and operated company that has been a staple of the Fargo-Moorhead community for 50 years. Since its establishment in 1968, its founder, Don Setter Sr. has been committed to delivering quality products and services to their retail customers. D-S Beverages is proud to support the communities they service and this commitment to customers and community has driven their success and helped fuel the growth of D-S Beverages over the years.

In 2000, Don’s son-in-law, Doug Restemayer joined the company as the President. In the years since, D-S Beverages has more than tripled their sales and product selection with a continued drive and commitment to bring new and innovative products to market. They have also grown through acquisition of territory with the purchase of the Crookston market in 2013, the Bemidji/Park Rapids markets in 2014 and, most recently, the Fergus Falls/Wahpeton/ Hankinson/Morris markets in 2021. D-S Beverages is poised to continue its growth and will remain active in

the communities they do business with for many years to come.

D-S Beverages proudly serves the markets of Fargo-Moorhead, Perham, Wahpeton, Hankinson, Morris, Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Wadena, Crookston, Park Rapids and Bemidji distributing a multitude of Domestic, Craft and Import beers, Wine, Liquor, and numerous nonalcoholic water, tea, juice, coffee and energy beverages.

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D-S Beverages celebrates 90 years of the Clydesdales with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with The FMWF Chamber


From the Prohibition era to Super Bowl commercials, there is perhaps nothing more iconic in Budweiser’s storied history than its team of Clydesdale horses. More than just a mascot, the Clydesdales have been an integral part of Anheuser-Busch for more than 80 years.

In April 1933, August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch III surprised their father, August A. Busch Sr., with the gift of a six-horse Clydesdale hitch to commemorate the repeal of Prohibition of beer.

Realizing the marketing potential of a horse-drawn beer wagon, the company also arranged to have a second six-horse Clydesdale hitch sent to New York to mark the event. The Clydesdales drew a crowd of thousands on their way to the Empire State Building. After a small ceremony, a case of Budweiser was presented to former Governor Alfred E. Smith in appreciation of his years of service in the fight against Prohibition.


Shortly after the hitch was first introduced, the six-horse Clydesdale team increased to eight. On March 30, 1950, in commemoration of the opening of the Anheuser-Busch Newark Brewery, a Dalmatian was introduced as the Budweiser Clydesdales’ mascot. Now, a Dalmatian travels with each of the Clydesdale hitches.

A look into the rich, colorful history of the special Clydesdale breed 19th century, along the River Clyde in Lanarkshire, Scotland. The region, “dale,” was known for its rich soil and abundant crops. The farmers needed hauling, plowing, and carting all the necessary farm equipment and workers.

This hitch continued on a tour of New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, thrilling thousands, before stopping in Washington, D.C., in April 1933 to reenact the delivery of one of the first cases of Budweiser to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Today, the Budweiser Clydesdales continue to be an enduring symbol of the brewer’s heritage, tradition and commitment to quality, making hundreds of appearances across the country each year.

One of the Dukes of Hamilton, a local, wealthy landowner imported Horses, a breed that already had been regularly shipped to Scotland to be used for farm work. The Duke made his six prize horses available for breeding Clydesdale breed was born. People from outside Lanarkshire began to refer horses as “the Clydesman’s horse,” a name that eventually became “Clydesdale.”

The early Clydesdales quickly garnered attention as a breed more powerful apable of pulling loads

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The Clydesdale team photographed in Downtown Fargo on NP Ave. circa the 1950s. Photo taken in front of present-day Sports Bar looking Northeast.


70 years of broadcast excellence


June 1, 1953: WDAY TV hits the air as the first tv station in Fargo and eastern North Dakota. WDAY TV grew from WDAY Radio, which started in 1922. WDAY used many of its seasoned radio stars to come over to television, bringing live shows and entertainers. Back in the early days of television, local TV stations only came on in the early afternoons and evenings. Early on, news was often read without any pictures, since film took just too long to process.

Live afternoon shows like “Party Line” were extremely popular, airing every afternoon at 3:00 p.m., starting in 1954. It featured local talent, homemaker segments and much more that kept thousands of viewers tuning in every day, equipped with even a live audience. Peggy Lee and Lawrence Welk were some of the top entertainers at the time.

Dewey Bergquist, WDAY’s first full-time meteorologist Camera operator with an old TV camera The original WDAY logo
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Party line with Bill Weaver & Verna Newel


1958 , Forum Communications became the majority owner.

1967, newscasts in color began.

1979, WDAY moved to its current location at the former Blue Cross Blue Shield building on 301 8th St S in Fargo.

1983, WDAY transitioned from being NBC-affiliated to ABCaffiliated.

1995, WDAY purchased a LIVE satellite truck, the first in the area.

Flash forward a couple of decades, WDAY has expanded in many ways. Gaining a new subchannel called WDAY Xtra in 2014, expanding to six hours of weather and news daily, to becoming the voice of North Dakota State University (NDSU) athletics and North Dakota high school sports.


WDAY TV is unique for being one of the westernmost stations whose call sign begins with “W” – most stations west of the Mississippi River Start with “K.”

This is a historical legacy, as WDAY radio was established in 1922, a year before the United States government moved the K-W call sign boundary to the Mississippi River.

At the time of WDAY TV’s launch, television was still a luxury, with the price of basic television sets starting around $200, equivalent to about $1,800 in today’s buying power.

WDAY Television was so popular that it had its own newspaper called “Mike Notes” that featured stories about our on-air talent.


Despite how much WDAY TV has grown, the dedication to the community remains unchanged, as it continues to be a locally produced news outlet and locally owned by Forum Communications.

WDAY TV’s 70th anniversary marks the continued commitment of this family-owned station to its viewers and the community. Thank you for making us the most watched news in the region.

WDAY crew in the field WDAY sign in front of WDAY building Photo collage of WDAY throughout the years Current evening news crew
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8 -11 a.m.: News & Views with Joel Heitkamp

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: It Takes 2 with Amy & JJ

2 - 5 p.m.: Afternoons Live with Tyler Axness

5 - 6 p.m.: Drivetime News with Jack Sunday

Evenings include Couch Potato Radio with Derek Hanson and many live sporting events.

KFGO, five-time National Marconi Award winner, two-time winner of the George Foster Peabody Award, eight National Edward R. Murrow awards and more than 70 Eric Sevareid Awards from the six-state Midwest Broadcast Journalist Association.

KFGO Radio is a thriving heritage talk radio station. At 75 years young this year, our station has never looked better: a six-person “morning crew,” a four-person news team, a two-person ag team, a full-time meteorologist and

two sports people. Plus, 5 on-air talk show hosts and related producers. Our weekend programming includes locally produced shows and “live” features such as Trivia Time and Tech Talk, as well as Investment Talk.

KFGO is also home to your favorite sports teams - the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild and UND Fighting Hawks. KFGO may very well be the ONLY station in the country that gives such a strong effort to support the community.

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Sanford Children’s Radiothon - every January heard on KFGO and our sister stations, Y94 & Froggy 99.9 Tyler Axness, host of “Afternoons Live”

KFGO is deeply invested in community events - providing hosts for chili cook-offs, hosting the Twins Winter Caravan and political debates, emceeing non-profit events, and we even bring our outreach on the air - each Friday, we feature events happening around the region. KFGO hosts our own community events as well, including an annual summer picnic, setting a world record for the largest cake walk and even delivering turkeys before the holidays. KFGO even spent the last 4 years in nearly 50 different towns having coffee with listeners once a month. KFGO also regularly attends and brings stories back from the Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota & Minnesota.

KFGO has built the trust of newsmakers through decades of fair and honest reporting, and our dedication to news and weather is top priority.

Success is getting hundreds of calls with road reports during a winter storm, reuniting an owner with a lost dog in an afternoon and even hearing phrases like, “My grandfather listened, my dad listened and now I listen.”

The 75-year tradition of KFGO is the listener. Our programs and people have changed over 75 years, but our purpose has remained the same - keeping you informed, connected and entertained.


• Lou Bennett & Terry Spies were popular weather forecasters on KFGO

• KFGO’s First Farm & Ranch Director was Bev Walters

• Local country singer Lem Hawkins was the 1st on KFGO’s Wall of Fame

• Due to the curvature of the Earth, you can hear KFGO in Helsinki, Finland

• News Director Paul Jurgens celebrated 40 years at KFGO in 2023 (The longest-serving employee in KFGO History)

• KFGO’s former call letters were KXGO

• KFGO set a world record in 2022 for the largest cake walk

• Mike Lynch and Tom Szymanski were the first meteorologists on KFGO (and Tom Szymanski is our Chief Meteorologist today!)

• KFGO’s Solid Gold Show (Saturdays from 4-11 a.m.) is the highest rated radio show in the Fargo market (and perhaps the country!)

• KFGO added the crystal clear 104.7 FM in 2021 (KFGO can he heard on 3 signals - 790 AM, 104.7 FM & 94.1 FM)

• It Takes 2 with Amy & JJ invented and hosted popular “Parking Lot Bingo” events during the pandemic and the North Dakota Jigsaw Puzzle Competitions, which just celebrated 6 years

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Amy & JJ at RDO Caters Taters for Charity - KFGO has been a proud sponsor of this event every year since its inception! 2023 KFGO Picnic - an annual tradition in our parking lot, where we invite listeners to a free lunch


50 Years of Engineering Excellence

In 1968, a young man was about to take a major gamble. He was at the start of his career, having worked for an established civil engineering firm for just a few years. At the age of 26, George Houston chose to begin his own civil engineering and surveying firm in Fargo, N.D. – Houston Engineering, Inc. (HEI).

Early on, he brought on Bob Muscha and Hank Trangsrud, who would later become partners and key leaders in establishing HEI and its values. The ambition, drive for quality and honesty of our early founders became the bedrock that HEI was built on. We still live by these core values today: being client-focused, committed to excellence and quality, and striving to be the ideal team player who is humble, hungry and smart.

From HEI’s first days, the firm has sought to drive technological advancements and efficiencies. That philosophy holds true today. “Our commitment to being on the cutting edge of technology has allowed us

to provide the highest level of quality that our clients deserve,” says Gregg Thielman, HEI’s President and CEO. “By integrating this technology into each of our services, we are able to deliver cost efficient and sustainable solutions to the communities we serve.” This commitment to seeking and creating new technologies is what allowed us to expand our team and services for clients throughout the Upper Midwest and beyond. We now offer a wide range of services, including water resources, transportation, infrastructure, environmental, technology and more to our clients and communities.

HEI has enjoyed being in business for more than 50 years—a feat that we are proud of. We managed to thrive partially by expanding our services across 11 offices in five states across the Upper Midwest. We also know we couldn’t have gotten this far without the communities we serve. Clients, staff, the public— however one looks at it—people are the heart of everything we do

in this industry. That is something our founders believed, and we hold to it today. “Providing exceptional, high-quality solutions that serve our communities well into the future has always been our goal. We value our long-term, trusted relationships with our clients and don’t take their loyalty for granted. Our work serves, not only the organizations that hire us, but the communities we live in,” says Thielman.

Still proudly headquartered— and growing—in Fargo, we have been privileged to have tackled some of the region’s most complex engineering and environmental challenges. We are grateful to have been entrusted with so many important projects that can improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for generations. “Our continued expansion has allowed us to serve more communities. We are looking forward to continuing George, Bob and Hank’s legacies of providing innovative services for future generations,” says Thielman.

George Houston - age 26 Gregg Thielman, HEI’s President and CEO
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Houston Engineering office building



a Century of Excellence and Commitment to FMWF

Not only has Wold Johnson, P.C. been around for fifty years, it has been a part of the Fargo-Moorhead community for over a century!

It all started in 1916 when A.R. Bergesen graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to establish a law practice. “Berge,” as he was known, set up a law office on Broadway and went on to become Cass County State’s Attorney, State Representative and Speaker of the North Dakota House of Representatives.

Later on, Bergesen and his partner, Otto Haakenstad, founded Western States Life Insurance Company, which became one of the state’s largest insurance companies. Bergesen eventually left the practice of law to become President of Gate City Federal Savings and Loan Association and presided over its state-wide expansion.

Since that time, the law firm has had a variety of names over the years — “Burnett, Bergesen and Haakenstad,” “Whittlesey and Pancratz,” “Pancratz,

Wold and Johnson,” “Wold Johnson, Feder, Brothers, Beauchene and Schimmelpfennig,” and most recently, “Wold Johnson, P.C.”

Though its attorneys have changed over the years, what has remained constant is the firm’s dedication to excellence and commitment to serving the community. As with its founding attorney, members of the firm have taken pride in playing active roles in the development of the local community and states through the last century.

From serving as a Justice on the North Dakota Supreme Court to President of the State Bar Association or Foundation, to being a member of state Legislature or The Chamber’s Board of Directors, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what Wold Johnson members can and have done for the community. These contributions have had a lasting impact on the legal profession, as well as the Fargo-Moorhead community.

Wold Johnson has six lawyers presently who reflect a combined 150 years of practice experience in

various areas of law, including estate planning, probate, employment, criminal, real estate and corporate law. Some are natives to the area, and some fell in love with the community from the moment they arrived. These attorneys are honored to carry on the tradition of hard work and integrity that began more than a century ago.

As the firm expands to include even a father-son duo, Wold Johnson, P.C. intends to grow right alongside this thriving community it is privileged enough to call its home. Its attorneys and staff look forward to another venture of serving its clients and the FMWF area.

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Widmer Roel PC is a professional corporation of certified public accountants located at 4220 31st Ave S. Fargo, North Dakota 58104.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Widmer Roel PC, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate all that we have accomplished in partnership with our clients, employees, shareholders/partners and community.

In 1973, Harris W. Widmer and Robert “Bob” J. Roel merged to form Widmer Roel PC, and since then, we have had the pleasure of serving the Fargo, Moorhead, West Fargo and surrounding communities through a multitude of tax, audit, accounting and advisory services. Our 50th Anniversary Celebration is dedicated to the memory of our founding partners – Harris and Bob.

We offer a range of services that can help businesses of all sizes, including audit and assurance, attestation engagements, tax services, estate and wealth planning, entrepreneurial

to 50 Years!


and business consulting, litigation support, peer review and most recently, development and expansion of business valuations and client accounting services. Our firm has developed particular expertise in serving small and family-owned businesses, agri-businesses, nonprofit organizations, employee benefit plans and local governments. Our team is proud to have developed a reputation for delivering highquality services to meet our clients’ unique needs.

At Widmer Roel PC, our culture is built on five core values: Respect and Teamwork, Give Back, Learn and Grow, Positivity and Enthusiasm, and Exceptional Client Service . We have a team of experienced professionals dedicated to providing our clients with the expertise and service they deserve in achieving their business and financial goals, while maintaining an environment that allows each of our team members to succeed along with our clients.

Widmer Roel PC has a rich history of community involvement. We are fortunate to see firsthand the impact giving back can have on our community, and we’re proud to offer our team members volunteer time off and provide them with the resources they need to become involved in the community through volunteer opportunities and professional organizations.

Widmer Roel PC is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA), CPAmerica, the North Dakota CPA Society and has been a proud member of the FMWF Chamber of Commerce for 41 years.

As Widmer Roel PC continues to grow and expand our client services, we will always remember the people who helped us get to where we are today. Widmer Roel PC is truly grateful for our team members, both past and present, clients, partners and community who have helped us grow throughout the past 50 years, and we look forward to what the next 50 years will bring.

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LTD. Celebrating 130 Years of Service

Fraser, Ltd. is the longest-serving nonprofit organization in North Dakota. It was established in 1893 as the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers. Since its inception, Fraser, Ltd. continues to meet the needs of children, youth and adults.

Independent Living Services provide person-centered, individualized living and day program options for people supported with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Fraser Child Care Center provides a nurturing, inclusive environment that integrates typically developing children and children with special needs.

Valley Hope Counseling meets a significant need for timely, quality mental health services, including those to Transitional Youth Services (TYS).

Fraser, Ltd.’s Transitional Youth Services (TYS) serves youth and young adults aged 16-26 who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness. TYS ensures wraparound case management support from entry to exit of all programs. This includes Stepping Stones Resource Center (SSRC), Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH).


For 130 years, Fraser has been providing support to all individuals throughout our community, annually supporting over 2,200 individuals. Our success is due to the dedication of the people who unselfishly work and donate time and expertise to enable independence for the people we support.

(SSRC). The $6M campaign started in 2020 and we are just $1M away from our goal. This expansion of services and space will provide at-risk and homeless youth and young adults not only a place to receive basic needs, but also, shower facilities, laundry and computer access.


SINCE 1893

1893 - Florence Crittenton Home opens for unwed mothers

1970 - Independent Living Services: Residential & Day Program Services for Adults with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities

1994 - Children’s Services Serving ALL Children in our Community - Typically and NonTypically Developing Children

2009 - Transitional Youth Services Providing Resources, Residential & Emergency Support for At-Risk & Homeless Youth

2012 - Valley Hope Counseling Community Behavioral Health Services

A Capital Campaign for Fraser, Ltd. is currently underway for the expansion of Stepping Stones Resource Center

Case Managers at SSRC assist individuals in obtaining vital documents (i.e. state identification, birth certificates, social security card) and housing and employment applications. Providing this support allows youth to focus on other areas of independence and selfsufficiency. More than 50% of youth are employed at some level . We continue to work with more than 25 other agencies in our community for balancing available services to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. For the past decade, during the winter months, SSRC has provided a program referred to as Extended Hours to this specific youth population. During this time, we see an increase of 75-100 new individuals accessing services. It is our goal to be open for the winter of 2024.

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Steffes Group, Inc. has been a trusted name in the auction industry for over 63 years, selling farm, construction, transportation equipment and real estate at public auction. What began as a small

1960 Robert “Bob” Steffes starts his business, Bob Steffes, Auctioneer, in Arthur, N.D., He begins selling farm equipment and livestock at auctions, building a reputation of honesty and integrity for himself. Bob has his very first farm auction on April 26, 1960. The Felix Rode Farm Retirement Auction has just over 40 pieces and grosses $5,600.

business founded by Robert “Bob” Steffes has grown into a nationally recognized leader in the industry. Today, Steffes Group operates out of multiple locations across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota,

1980 Bob’s son, Scott Steffes, joins the family business, and the company officially rebrands to become Steffes Auctioneers.

1984 Steffes Auctioneers incorporates and moves all operations to Fargo, N.D.

Iowa and Colorado. As Steffes Group continues to expand its services and geographic reach, it remains committed to providing its clients with the highest level of service and expertise.

1995 Scott goes on to win the International Auctioneer Championship.

2012 Steffes Auctioneers, Inc. acquires Richard Realty & Auction, a family-owned company in Mount Pleasant, IA.

2013 The company rebrands once again to Steffes Group, Inc.

2016 The company adds another location near Sioux Falls, S.D., in the town of Larchwood, IA.

1972 Bob has the privilege of being named the World Champion Livestock Auctioneer and continues to build a loyal customer base by consistently providing high-quality services and maintaining strong relationships with buyers and sellers.

1994 Bob Steffes sells his company, Steffes Auctioneers, Inc., to his son, Scott Steffes.

Steffes Group is well-positioned to continue its growth and expansion in the years ahead. As the company looks to the future, it aims to be one of the largest agriculture, construction and real estate auction companies in the nation, offering new and innovative services to its clients. With a focus on technology and innovation, Steffes Group aims to improve the auction experience for both buyers and sellers, utilizing the latest tools and techniques to provide exceptional service.

1999 Great transformation for the company, including the introduction of online bidding at live auction events.

2006 The company adds a second office in Litchfield, Minnesota.

2009 Steffes Auctioneers begin conducting online only auctions, and this is only the beginning of the growth of technology in the auction industry.

2010 Steffes Auctioneers office relocates from Fargo and opens a new office in West Fargo, N.D.


2020 Steffes Group celebrates 60 years in business and expands operations to Williston, N.D.

2022 Steffes Group expands operations to the Colorado market.

2023 Steffes Group opens new office and yard in Williston, N.D.

A: Bob Steffes in the early days of his career.

B: Scott Steffes, Bob Steffes, and Brad Olstad in the early 90s

C: Scott Steffes, President, behind the microphone at a live auction.

D:: Auctions are a team effort! Employees from multiple locations come together to make each auction a success.

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300+ continuous years of baking and milling experience

DakotaMB is a dedicated ingredient supplier of value-added grains, multigrain blends, functional mixes, granola and many specialty ingredients to the wholesale bakery, cereal and snack food industry, with a core focus of milling, blending and toasting.

It would be safe to assume that one of our many specialty ingredients currently resides in your kitchen pantry. Our specialized ingredients include items such as flaked grains, granola, cake blends and baking powders, to name a few. With a long-standing heritage of reliability, passion and trust, customers around the globe call on DakotaMB to deliver the highest quality products from the Heartland of the U.S.

Widely known in the industry as simply “Dakota”, our namesake and history, tied to our Midwest qualities help set the stage for a vibrant future, building on our storied past.

The first Matthaei Bakery opened in Marburg, Germany in 1686. Over the next 300 years, the Matthaei family immigrated to the U.S.; opened

bakeries in Kansas City and Tacoma, Wash.; built Roman Meal bread and cereals into a national brand; and pivoted to milling and blending.

Today, fifth U.S. generation CEO W. Peter Matthaei steers the family of companies, which includes Dakota Specialty Milling, Dakota Blenders and Roman Meal International. In 2022, the company rebranded to unite its multi-faceted identity as DakotaMB, with the “MB” being a nod to the company’s core focus of ingredient milling and blending.

A strategic decision was made in 1968 to move from Tacoma to Fargo, N.D. “We bet our company’s future on Fargo, and it was the best decision we ever made” said Bill Matthaei, DakotaMB’s Chairman of the Board.

In 1969, the first mill opened in Fargo to supply whole grain blends for Roman Meal breads and hot cereals. In 1990, we built a second mill under the name Roman Meal Milling Company, allowing the company to supply the broader grain foods industry. Roman Meal Milling changed

its name to Dakota Specialty Milling to identify its business and location for a growing and diverse customer base in the grain foods industry.

Our Fargo campus is home to 120+ employees in addition to 60+ employees in our St. Louis division. Opportunistically positioned in the central U.S., our business distributes roughly 150 million pounds of ingredients every year. Throughout North America and Asia, we are known through the food ingredient industry as a creative and reliable business, offering solutions to the most complex challenges through advanced research and development.

In 2019, we celebrated 50 years as a Fargo-based business. Throughout that time, we have become deeply rooted in the community and are especially grateful for those who have been a part of our success – most importantly, our wonderful employees! We are compelled to grow; not simply for the sake of growing, but to uphold our mission of being the world’s most trusted supplier of nutritious specialty ingredients.

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Gate City Bank: Now & Then

A Century of Better Banking Began in 1923.

At Gate City Bank, we’re honored to celebrate an incredible milestone: 100 years of creating a better way of life. A century of better banking!

The heart of our story has always been our innovative team members – especially when it comes to their unwavering dedication, hard work and philanthropic spirit, which they bring to work every day. Their sincere passion for our customers, communities and one another has always moved Gate City Bank forward, inspiring exciting new chapters, including those yet to come.

Our story started a century ago – in July 1923. That’s when our founder and first president, William D.Gillespie, assembled a small group of tenacious visionaries and led them on an incredible journey, one that would ultimately spark the reimagining of community banking, and the founding of a financial institution like no other.

Innovation and passion have always been paramount to our success and key to remaining the financial leader across our footprint in North Dakota and Minnesota. Indeed, it’s hard not to feel a sense of wonder when thinking about the breadth of these past 100 years. Throughout all that time, we’ve remained committed to creating a better way of life –and we’re just getting started.

How Our Story Began.

With the coming of the railroad in 1872, Fargo, ND, was located in the center of what was then considered the “Gateway to the West,” which is how it landed the nickname, “The Gate City.”

In 1923, Fargo citizens looking for a better way of life thought the name was most appropriate for the newly chartered Gate City Building and Loan Association.



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As sure as it will rise each day, we’ll be there for our customers and communities.

Did you know Gate City Bank’s logo inspired sun?
Then: Did you know that one of our original buildings is still standing today? It’s less than a block away from our presentday headquarters in downtown Fargo. 1 2 5 6
Our 3 4 Now Logos Throughout the Years:

This organization started with three team members and quickly grew to eight pioneers. The group originally offered passbook savings and conventional mortgage loans, and by the end of their first year, assets totaled a mere $16,000.

Since day one, Gate City Bank has been committed to helping customers become homeowners. But we didn’t stop there! We innovated constantly throughout the decades, working tirelessly to deliver countless leading-edge products and services that have created a better way of life for so many.

Our free ATMs have allowed customers to enjoy fee refunds anytime, anywhere – worldwide, saving them $53 million. Our one-of-a-kind BetterLife™ Student Loan has helped customers consolidate debt and pay off student loans faster, with no fees and a low interest rate. Our reimagined online and mobile banking experience has made managing finances from anywhere a breeze. The list goes on and on.

Additionally, as industry regulations changed and our innovative offerings grew over the years, we sported different names as a natural part of our evolution as the region’s leading financial institution: Gate City Building and Loan Association, Gate City Savings and Loan Association, Gate City Federal Savings and Loan and Gate City Federal Savings Bank.

What has remained constant, however, is our commitment – to bringing the best for our customers in everything we do, to making communities better and to encouraging team member leadership.

giving and more than 285,000 hours of team volunteerism since 2003. We’ve also been named one of the “50 Best Places to Work” nine years in a row by Prairie Business magazine.

We’ve been busy for the past century, but we’ve stayed true to our roots every step of the way. Throughout all these years, we’ve continued to walk in the footsteps of those talented, passionate and hardworking trailblazers who set our vision in motion, all while fulfilling a beautiful purpose, a perfect destiny – to create a better way of life for customers, communities and one another.

We’ll never grow tired of marveling at the inspiring history that rests upon our shoulders. It’s truly amazing to consider the profound impact we’ve had throughout these many years leading up to today. Our better way of life is everywhere you look!

The warm thank you hug of a food pantry organizer receiving a much-needed surprise donation. The impossible-to-contain smile of a new homeowner grasping the keys to that dream house. The happy tears of a team member and military veteran standing amongst cheering colleagues during a career milestone celebration. The warm aroma of freshly baked cookies awaiting visitors in the lobby.

Indeed, we’ve crafted something extraordinary together throughout the past century – a true masterpiece. Here’s to the next 100 years!

A Purpose Built to Last.

Gate City Bank is a $3.4 billion mutual bank and the #1 mortgage lender in North Dakota. We employ more than 770 team members at 44 locations in 23 communities across North Dakota and Minnesota, and we’ve contributed $36.6 million in philanthropic

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Say Yes to Your Local Lending Experts

We process small loans for local businesses and multi-million dollar loans for large corporations with the same quality of service and expertise. Our status as a large community bank helps us offer the best of both worlds – the knowledge and expertise of a big financial institution and the customer service and attention to detail of a small community bank. With First International Bank & Trust, you’ll be able to Say Yes to Living First with banking solutions tailored to your needs, from business loans to direct deposits. No matter what stage your business is currently in, we can help you grow into your future.

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The Good Jobs ChallengeShaping Tomorrow’s Workforce

Join the Movement Towards Inclusive Economic Growth

In a world filled with uncertainty, there are moments that stir our souls and awaken a sense of unity and purpose. Today, we extend to you an invitation to be part of one such moment, an opportunity to immerse yourself in something truly transformative - the Good Jobs Challenge. This is not just a venture;

and Economic Development

Administration and will place a minimum of 900 individuals into good jobs in our region, setting the stage for a brighter future.


As we near the end of Phase 1, we’re on the cusp of something extraordinary. This initial step, funded by 7% of the multi-year grant, lays the foundation for what’s to come. Behind the scenes, we’ve worked hard, collaborating with educational institutions, non-profits, businesses, and workforce partners. Our goal? To create a regional systems-based approach to workforce recruitment, training, hiring, and retention.

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down barriers to upskilling and training. The excitement is palpable as we begin to enter Phase 2.


In today’s rapidly evolving world, skilled positions in ag, cybersecurity/ IT, and ag are among the most sought-after. This is where our lead partners, Emerging Prairie, Emerging Digital Academy, Grand Farm, NDSCS, and IgniteFMWF come into play. Together, we are establishing sector partnerships that will not only bolster our regional competitiveness but also ensure inclusive economic growth.

it’s a multi-year odyssey poised to reshape the very future of our region’s workforce. And right now, we’re extending our hand, inviting you to embark on this extraordinary journey with us.


Imagine a future where everyone has access to good jobs, where opportunities abound for all, and where our communities thrive. That’s precisely what the Good Jobs Challenge is all about. It’s a vision that started with researching and designing a model for regional workforce training and building sector partnerships across the ag, cybersecurity/IT, and manufacturing industries. The Good Jobs Challenge program is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce

We’ve left no stone unturned, collecting data, engaging with businesses to understand their workforce needs, and scouting training programs that align with industry demands. We’ve also sought out non-profits that provide crucial wrap-around services such as childcare, transportation, and language support, aiming to break

These partnerships are designed to expand equitable job opportunities across underserved populations and communities. We’re building workforce training systems centered around the needs of workers and led by employers. Diverse, local stakeholders will play a pivotal role in these partnerships, ensuring that everyone has a seat at the table.

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Now, the spotlight turns to you. We invite you to become an active part of the Good Jobs Challenge program. First, scan the QR code on this page. It will take you to a survey where you can share your workforce needs. Regardless of your industry, your voice guides our next steps.


For business leaders, here’s your chance to shape the future workforce. Collaborate with us on industry-specific initiatives, become a hiring partner, or enroll your apprenticeships. Discover how the Good Jobs Challenge can drive your organization’s growth.


If you’re involved in our region’s workforce, your insights are invaluable. We’re seeking your input, expertise, and experience to enhance workforce acclimation, development, and retention. Together, we can leverage community resources to meet our region’s workforce needs. Let’s move forward with determination and unity.


The Good Jobs Challenge program is a beacon of opportunity, poised to transform lives and propel our regional economy toward unprecedented growth. We’re crafting a skilled workforce that will drive success in agriculture, manufacturing, and cybersecurity/ IT industries. The journey has begun, and your participation will shape the future. Let’s continue to grow a brighter, prosperous future for all.


Non-profits serving diverse communities, we want to learn about your mission. Share how you support the community and explore ways to align with our community funding for maximum impact.


Educational institutions, you’re crucial partners in this journey. Join us as we seek innovative collaborations to enhance wrap-around services. Your institution can be a part of industry collaboratives that drive change and training that enhance workforce development.






• Strategic Partners

• Industry & Business Partners

This communication was prepared by The FMWF Chamber Foundation using Federal funds under award ED22HDQ3070087 from the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Good Jobs logo is a trademark of the Economic Development Administration, used with permission.


July 31 through August 3, a few members of our Chamber staff had the amazing opportunity to attend the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) conference in Salt Lake City! We were inspired by bright minds from various chambers across the country who are also engaging in public policy, workforce, events and more. It was incredibly valuable to come together to share ideas, build relationships and inspire one another.

Cale Dunwoody, Director of Public Policy

Brin Braathen, Director of Talent Development

Jenna Mueller, Executive Director of Foundation

Sadie Rudolph, Director of Communications and Marketing

Shannon Full, President/CEO

Nicolette Bresnahan, Vice President of Events and Programs

Katherine Grindberg, Executive Vice President

Curtis Sullivan, Vice President of Workforce and Culture

This group is bringing back several innovative concepts to implement across our region. These new ideas will continue making FMWF a great place to live and work!

Have some fun with The Chamber!

Dress in costume and decorate your boothsit’s time for a Halloween Business After Hours!

We are excited for this SPOOKTACULAR event - we hope to see you there!

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Staff members who represented The FMWF Chamber (left to right) included:


The Chamber is proud to work alongside our business and community leaders to advocate on behalf of our communities in both Minnesota and North Dakota. Our team works diligently to shape and support policies that drive our region’s economic growth, but also promote and protect the needs of our business community.

This legislative session, The Chamber spent a considerable amount of time at both the North Dakota and Minnesota Capitols advocating for regional priorities, building relationships, meeting with elected officials, testifying on bills and lobbying on behalf of Cass and Clay Counties and our business community.

Find Legislative session recap articles, videos and event recordings; as well as events and additional ways to get involved with The Chamber’s Public Policy initiatives. Use the QR code below.

Our 2023 Legislative Review Guide is now live! Visit the QR code to see information and voting records on critical legislative bills The Chamber weighed in on during the legislative sessions in Minnesota and North Dakota.

FMWF Chamber Executive Vice President, Katherine Grindberg testifying before a North Dakota House Appropriation sub-committee. FMWF Chamber Foundation Executive Director Jenna Mueller and Chamber President & CEO Shannon Full discuss workforce with Governor Doug Burgum Chamber President & CEO Shannon Full speaking to media at the Capitol in St. Paul regarding our region’s top priorities. Coalition of FMWF Chamber members meeting with Senate Minority Leader Mark Johnson during the Moorhead Area Day at the Capitol. The Chamber and FMWF business leaders meet with Senator Judy Lee and Health and Human Services Commissioner Chris Jones at The Capitol during the ND legislative session to discuss and advance our region’s priorities.
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How The Chamber has been leaning into our cornerstone of Public Policy and Advocacy this year.

Upcoming opportunity!

Join us for the annual D.C. Fly-In, where you can attend key meetings with U.S. Congressional delegates, federal agencies and other major stakeholders. You have the opportunity to represent business interests in our nation’s capital. You will be able to discuss key topics that are pressing in our region such as energy, agriculture, immigration, military and more. It is vital that we as a business community represent our region on the national stage and raise national awareness of the FMWF area, so please consider joining us Nov. 13-15 for this special experience.

November 13-15, 2023

Washington D.C.
SUPPORTING SPONSORS Beverage Wholesalers, Inc. | Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota | Bobcat Company | Cass County Electric Cooperative Cornerstone Bank | Dacotah Bank | Eide Bailly LLP | Essentia Health | Eventide Senior Living Communities | Gate City Bank Heritage Homes | Houston Engineering, Inc. | MWC Advertising of Fargo Moorhead | Otter Tail Corporation | Stantec | Ulteig | Xcel Energy PUBLIC POLICY SPONSORS


August 7-11 was Young Professionals Week with the Chamber’s FMWF Young Professionals Network (YPN). YPN hosts various events throughout the year filled with networking, leadership and learning opportunities.

Each year, this dynamic week is jam-packed with events, experiences, socials and exclusive opportunities for all of the emerging professionals in the Fargo-Moorhead area.


Aug 7: Mystery Connect Lunch

Aug 7: Business Tour at Suite Shots

Aug 7: Off the Clock at Suite Shots

Aug 8: Morning Buzz

Aug 8: Ice Cream Social at Moorhead DQ

Aug 9: Lattes with Leaders - Pat Traynor

Aug 9: Mystery Connect Lunch

Aug 9: Leveling Up: Resumes, LinkedIn and Interview Skills

Aug 10: F45 Morning Workout

Aug 10: Ice Cream Social with Eventide

Aug 10: RedHawks Game

Aug 11: Morning Buzz in Broadway Square

Did you miss out on YP week? No worries! YPN hosts plenty of events throughout the year for you or your colleagues to attend!

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This year’s Chamber Challenge Golf Outing was one to remember. An exciting Golf Ball Drop, amazing sponsors, fun games and a shining sun - what more could we ask for! Thank you to our sponsors, members and Edgewood Golf Course for making this yet another fun and successful event. A special thank you goes to our Premier Sponsor, ASN Constructors for all of their work with the Golf Ball Drop.



Paige Fabre - $5,000


Natasha Marohl - One week

vacation to Riviera Maya, Mexico + $1,000 in travel expenses


John Kulm, Steve Ratti, Matt Albright, Marshall Albright

Score of 57


20TH PLACE TEAM - $200

Brad Ness, Matt Esterby, Sean Ness, Mike Jones


Women – Karla Nelson

Men – Jace Holm


Women – Savannah Nesemeier

Men – Matt Albright


($500 VALUE)


Nick Woodard, Brian Buhr, Derek Bristilin, Blake Bristilin

Score of 58

10TH PLACE TEAM - $200

Taylor Endhart, Mack Arvidson, Brad Sterup, Mike Muhonen

Aspire Optical



June 27, women of the community gathered at RiverHaven Events Center for an afternoon of inspiration and enlightenment with Megan Lewis, Owner and Cheesemonger at Milk Made, and Megan Bartholomay, Fine Wine Portfolio Specialist for Republic National Distributing Company.

Lewis and Bartholomay taught attendees how to find the perfect cheese and wine pairing and craft an elegant cheese platter. Not only did attendees learn the art of cheese and


July 25, Melanie Iverson took the Women Connect stage to present Doing it Scared: Overcoming Fear and Building Confidence. Iverson shared her inspiring story of how she went from living her life in fear as a victim of circumstance to living in confidence and strength – taking risks, becoming an advocate for herself and others and becoming the leader she was meant to be.

While Iverson had experienced pain and fear throughout her entire life, she decided she no longer wanted

wine, but they also learned the art of finding oneself through life’s many trials and tribulations.

Lewis shared her story and the challenges she faced starting a new business as a mother. She shared how she found the perfect pairing with her work and professional life but also explained how it did not come easily.

Bartholomay shared her experience with chasing a dream that led her down a different path and the ups and downs of her professional journey that made her the successful woman she is today.

“If it doesn’t scare you, it probably isn’t something you should do, and it probably isn’t going to help you grow.”

it to control her. Iverson explained how, sometimes, you need to do things scared, because you won’t always feel brave. Women Connect attendees had the opportunity to look within and evaluate what they might be allowing their own fears to hold them back from.

Taking from her last decade of successes, failures and experiences, Iverson developed a curriculum that would transform and empower women to become the women and leaders they were always meant to be.

“What would you do if fear wasn’t reducing you to live a less impactful life?”



Navigating our Community’s Future

July 11, The Chamber’s Eggs and Issues series welcomed the business community to learn about the findings and implications of the regional housing study recently conducted by the FM Metropolitan Council of Governments (Metro COG). Erin Lonoff from HR&A Advisors kicked off the conversation with a presentation that summarized the housing study and highlighted the key takeaways.

Rocky Schneider, Chair of the Fargo Planning Commission, served

as moderator as Jon Youness (EagleRidge Development), Bryce Johnson (Home Builders Association) and Erin Lonoff dived into and discussed the regional housing study conducted by the Metro COG. The panel touched on home availability, affordability and ownership in the region, as well as how all of these factors intertwine and impact our economy and quality of life.

Scan the QR code to read the full recap, review Erin’s presentation, read the housing study and watch the event recording.

Behavioral health and incarceration challenges affect individuals of all ages and walks of life throughout our community. These challenges often lead to other barriers and struggles, such as employment, housing, relationships, community engagement and much more. Join us for this crucial conversation as we unpack the many facets that affect our community’s ability to successfully support and rebuild the lives of individuals in the FMWF area.


| EXPERIENCE, ENGAGE, ENJOY | REBUILDING LIVES & STRENGTHENING COMMUNITY Behaviorial Health and Incarceration • Tuesday, Sept. 12 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. • Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead and livestream 1080 28th Ave S, Moorhead



• Beverage Wholesalers, Inc.

• Motor Vehicle Division - Fargo Branch

• Sign Pro

• Weather Modification LLC


• Comfort King Mattress Factory

• Municipal Airport Authority

- Hector International Airport

• Pella Windows & Doors


• Bellerud Transport

• BioLife Plasma Services

• Comfort Suites Fargo

• Gate City Bank

• Lacher Trucking

• Legacy Financial Partners of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC

• Mojo Fit Studios

• Naseth Construction, Inc.

• Sanford Neuroscience Clinic

• Score Brothers Construction Spire Custom Homes

• Wurst Bier Hall


• Hatch Realty

• Independent Radiology Services, Ltd.

• Naseth Construction, Inc.

• Score Brothers Construction


• Brandt Place Apartments

• Bud’s Service Center

• Choice Bank

• Design Resources Group

• Northwest Tire Inc.

• Pinecrest Apartments, LLC

• The Title Team

Congrats to these members for celebrating the following milestone Chamber anniversaries! SEE OUR ONLINE

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765 32nd Ave W, West Fargo


First International Bank and Trust

GRAND OPENING 865 37th Ave S, Moorhead


Friends of the Children Fargo-Moorhead

REMODEL 200 45th St S Ste 200 Fargo



75TH ANNIVERSARY 1020 25th St S, Fargo


Crunch Fitness

GRAND OPENING 4603 13th Ave S, Fargo



REMODEL/EXPANSION 4342 15th Ave S, #201A, Fargo


Interim HealthCare

HEALTH CARE 4610 Amber Valley Parkway, Ste B, Fargo



GRAND OPENING 3485 Jacks Wy S, Fargo

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MSUM Oceanarium

REMODEL Langseth Hall, 600 11th St, Moorhead


Pampered Texture

GRAND OPENING 1102 43rd St S


Red River Zoo

GRAND OPENING (NEW EXHIBIT) 4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo


Access of the Red River Valley

GROUND BREAKING 925 37th Ave S Moorhead


Chrystal Lura – Farmers Insurance

GRAND OPENING 3403 8th St S Ste 1 Moorhead



GRAND OPENING 3523 45th St S Ste 178 Fargo


Beyond Boundaries

GROUND BREAKING 3244 51st St S Fargo


Consolidated Communications (West Fargo Sports Arena)

GRAND OPENING 520 32nd Ave W West Fargo




DS Beverages


Healing with Hyperbarics of North Dakota

5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY 4487 Calico Drive S, Fargo

Lazaderm & Physicians Vein Clinic


1650 45th St S, Fargo

Zips Carwash

GRAND OPENING 1345 15th Ave S Fargo

Statement of Ownership, Management & Circulation

This form signifies The Bridge ’s periodical status. Please contact us with any questions at 701-365-3340 or email us at thebridge@ .

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Just as your money matters to you, you matter to us. So when you’re making decisions about your finances, you know you’ll have access to the experts. Here you’ll talk to the people who make decisions.

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Digital billboards located in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota – Stay tuned for our brandnew Grand Forks network coming soon!



| 52 |   THE BRIDGE September - October 2023 ALLEGRO GROUP
Ellisun Wolterstorff Chief Experience Officer
HARMON ENTERTAINMENT Dylan Gottwald Survey Technician King Croft Line Technician Sarah Lienemann Communications Coordinator Jimmy Kragt Talent Acquisition Specialist Sheena Koebernick Customer Service Representative Jessica Kent Corporate Custodian Andrew Doyea Detailer Amelia Pickett Marketing and Graphic Design Intern Brian Bjerk Staff Accountant Stephonie Broughton Director of Sports Katie Thielges Family Medicine Specialist Carissa Wilcox Property Manager Tanya Senechal Director of Accounting Jaslyne Murphy Senior Talent Acquisition Partner Paige Krodel Property Manager Mark Gomez Maintenance Manager Carli Dravitz Office Coordinator Hunter Christianson Design Intern Ty Ochdendorf Regional Manager Justin Wanzek Insurance Agent Kyle McCamy Developer Mark Kalvoda Chief Financial Officer Jeremy Cossitt Director of Construction Aiden Munro Line Technician Tom Betti Practice Studio Director Vanessa Veflin Operations Manager Brenna LeMier Entertainment Director Hannah Smith Project Planning & Customer Service Manager Blake Rogen Customer Service Representative Carla Capp REALTOR® Dillon Strommen Survey Technician Ethan Haley Graduate Engineer
Blaine Anderson Lead Business Advisor Andy Campbel Regional Facilities & Commercial Manager
Alex Arenkill Developer








Matt Tedrick VP, Assistant Chief Credit Officer Dr. Joseph Leggio Assistant Director of Special Education Matthew Borgmann Assistant Principal Justin Mozinski Nurse Practitioner in Neurosurgery Steve Bayer AVP, IT Security Engineer Dr. James Leiman Director of Strategic Growth Brynnan Covington Marketing & Operations Intern Mackenzie Brimm Content & Marketing Strategist Tyroniesha Reed Nurse Practitioner in Neurology Harish Chhatlani Director of Account Management Matt Skoy Director for Leadership & Talent Development Dan Zitzow Designer – Architecture Krystle Herz Transaction Coordinator Sara Monson Partner Monique Kleespie Director of Contact Center Operations A colored box distinguishes individuals employed by a Chamber Community Builder. CELEBRATE YOUR EMPLOYEES!
WIDMER ROEL Leilei Bao Tax Associate Amanda Reil Executive Search Consultant

Welcome to the following businesses who joined The Chamber in June and July!

We thank each of you for your support in our mission and investment in your business and community. Please consider doing business with your fellow Chamber members first!

Baillow Staffing LL

Employment Services

Service that assesses your candidate’s abilities, skills, personal and professional strengths, company culture fit and previous experience to help you find the right fit.

Battle Blitz Paintball LLC

Paintball Arena

Twenty-five thousand square feet of indoor fun and adventure for all ages.

BlueCross BlueShield Advisor, Brendan Flynn

Financial Services

A trusted advisor who can guide you through everything from understanding BCBS Minnesota plan options to enrolling in the plan that is right for you.

Card Care Systems

Financial Services

Nation-wide ATM company based out of West Fargo, North Dakota that services over 500 machines across 14 states.

Chrystal Lura Agency

LLC – Farmers Insurance Insurance Insurance office offering insurance products for home, auto, life, commercial Business Owners Policies, Business Auto, General Liability and Workers Compensation.


Financial Services

Global leader in business payments that helps companies of all sizes better track, manage and pay their expenses.

Deckplate Diesel LLC

Automobile Repair – Service/Body Shop

Veteran-owned diesel repair shop that works on semis, trailers and other heavy machinery.

Edge Consulting and Recruiting LLC

Executive Recruiting

Boutique style recruiting firm dedicated to creating a practical and personal approach to sourcing and interviewing qualified candidates.

Fargo Billiards and Gastro Pub


Pool hall and entertainment center with a full menu and bar with private side rooms for events and sand volleyball courts.

Soul Space Work


Coaching and consulting firm dedicated to helping humans and businesses align their soul in their work and life.

Styled with Strength


Space that provides business consulting, leadership development and retail services – all rooted in the support and advancement of women in need locally through advocacy.


Car Washing – Cleaning, Service Stations

Car wash that provides quality customer service and free amenities including towels, bottles and vacuum services with your wash.

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Each month, The Chamber hosts a wide variety of events and experiences that focus on a range of key topics centered around the needs and interests of our members and business community. These dynamic offerings are built to educate and engage you and your team while providing unparalleled networking and relationshipbuilding opportunities. Now is the time to get involved!



Tuesday, October 24 | 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Armory Events Center & livestream

904 Center Ave, Moorhead


Morning Buzz

Wednesday, September 13 | 7:30 to 9 a.m.


1551 45th St S, Fargo

YPN: Committee

Speed Dating

Tuesday, September 19th | 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

Fargo Billiards and Gastropub

3234 43rd St S, Fargo

YPN: Off the Clock

Tuesday, September 19th | 5:15 to 7 p.m.

Fargo Billiards and Gastropub

3234 43rd St S, Fargo

Rebuilding Lives and Strengthening Community: Behavioral Health and Incarceration

Tuesday, September 12 | 8 to 9:30 a.m. Courtyard by Marriott Moorhead & livestream

1080 28th Ave S, Moorhead


YPN: Non-Profit Tour

& Volunteer

Thursday, September 21st | 3 to 5 p.m.

Farm in the Dell of the Red River Valley

7426 40th St N, Moorhead


Stay up to date with these programs and our full events calendar at

• Pam Sagness, ND Dept. of Health and Human Services.


• Adam Martin, F5 Project

• Captain Andy Frobig, Cass County Sheriff’s Office

• Dave Krabbenhoft, ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

• Janelle Cheney, MN Department of Corrections

• Moderated by Jenna Mueller, The Chamber Foundation

Discuss, Connect & Reflect

Tuesday, September 12 | 12 to 1 p.m.


3137 32nd Ave S, Fargo

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Local Deliveries Monday - Friday


Thank you to all of our sponsors that make The Chamber’s regular events and programs possible.




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Beverage Wholesalers, Inc.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota | Bobcat Company

Cass County Electric Cooperative | Cornerstone Bank

Dacotah Bank | Eide Bailly LLP | Essentia Health

Eventide Senior Living Communities | Gate City Bank

Heritage Homes | Houston Engineering, Inc.

MWC Advertising of Fargo Moorhead | Otter Tail Corporation

Stantec | Ulteig | Xcel Energy




Bobcat Company | Gate City Bank

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Bremer Bank | Concordia College | Dabbert Custom Homes

First Western Bank & Trust | Home Builders Association of FM Moore Engineering, Inc. | MWC Advertising of Fargo Moorhead

ROERS | Ulteig | Western State Bank








Area Woman | Bell Bank | Blue Cross Blue Shield of ND

Choice Bank | Dacotah Bank | Dale Carnegie Training of ND & MN

Delta by Marriott | Enclave | Eventide Senior Living Communities

First Western Bank & Trust | Otter Tail Corporation

PRO Resources | Sanford Health Plan | Sparklight Vogel Law Firm | Western State Bank



Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota | Essentia Health

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Member FDIC ALERUS.COM/BUSINESS BANK WITH PURPOSE. WHERE WIN-WINS ARE WON. Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber 3312 42 St S Ste 101 Fargo, ND 58104
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