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July 2013 • Vol. 16, No.11

A National Award Winning Chamber

Chamber Challenge Golf Outing Wednesday, July 17 Edgewood Golf Course Leader Board Sponsor

The State of Technology Tuesday, August 20 Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center | 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo

Business After Hours Thursday, August 15 Hilton Garden Inn Fargo

From a fast growing economy to low unemployment to a burgeoning technology sector, North Dakota continues to stay on the forefront of national headlines. Join us on August 20 as we partner with Senator John Hoeven to discuss how technology is changing the face of North Dakota and its key business sectors. Hear a keynote address by Tami Reller, chief marketing and financial officer for Microsoft Windows division. Reller is responsible for the business operations, financial performance and global marketing of all international releases of Windows, Internet Explorer and Windows Services and Surface.

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No stranger to the area, Reller began her career at Fargo's Great Plains Software in 1984, while still in college. She held a number of leadership positions within the company, including chief financial officer, a position she held at the time of the acquisition of Great Plains by Microsoft in 2001. Over the course of her career, Reller has had experience in marketing, finance, sales and general management.

After Reller’s presentation, participants will hear from a number of speakers sharing innovative insights on remaining competitive in an increasingly technology dependent culture and how North Dakota is emerging as a leading technology epicenter. Watch for more information in our August newsletter.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS Wayne Bradley Board Chair Bernie Dardis Chair Elect Kristi Ulrich Immediate Past Chair Doug Restemayer Treasurer Thomas Astrup Renee Bourdeaux Chuck Driscoll Don Gronke Katie Hasbargen Kathy Lewin Norman Leslie Paul Richard Jon Riewer Edna Szymanski Doug Vang Paul Von Ebers

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We live in an area full of promise. A border city with North Dakota to the west and Minnesota to the east, Fargo Moorhead West Fargo is poised for success as our states top a number of national lists:

D-S Beverages, Inc. American Crystal Sugar Company North Dakota State University Red River Refrigeration, Inc. State Farm Insurance Microsoft Forum Communications Printing National Hospitality Services Sanford Health Eventide Senior Living Communities Minnesota State University Moorhead Essentia Health Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota

President/CEO Vice President of Finance/Operations Information Systems Administrator Business Development Manager Communications & Marketing Manager Government Affairs & Advocacy Manager Membership Relations Coordinator Administrative Services Coordinator Director of Events Events Coordinator Publications & Program Marketing Coordinator Professional Development Manager Administrative Support Coordinator

Camille Weber Julie Yourczek

Dear Chamber Members:

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CHAMBER STAFF Craig Whitney Jim Parsons Julie Doggett Darren Dunlop Katie Hutton Jessica Lee Gail Petersen Elly Peterson Tracy Powell Bobbi Jo Rehder Kaylyn Stroh

President's Corner

COMMITTEE CHAIRS Ambassador Public Relations

Melissa Stiel-Paul, Fargo Country Club

Ambassador Member Relations

Jeannie Camarillo, Anne Carlsen Center

Business Training

Dawn Kaiser, The Village Business Institute

Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo

Cora Turner, Homewood Suites by Hilton

Military Affairs

Steve Blazek, First International Bank & Trust

Public Affairs

Becky Walen, U.S. Bank

Young Professionals Network

Matthew De Vries, Edward Jones Investments

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ƒ North Dakota was named the nation’s top economic growth performer in a report released by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.


ƒ North Dakota was recognized for permanent economic growth by Area Development Magazine. ƒ North Dakota and Minnesota were among the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ Top Economic Growth States.

Our states are nationally recognized for a strong economy and a powerful technology sector. This is one of the many reasons we hold our annual State of Technology event with Senator John Hoeven. The event brings together remarkable businesses and cutting-edge visionaries for a day of discussion on how technology is shaping the landscape of North Dakota. To learn more about the event, see the front cover. Yet at the heart of our national headlines are local success stories. From Microsoft to Packet Digital to Dog IDs and more, we’re putting our region on the map thanks to great local companies and innovative nonprofits. In fact, our metro was just named the third fastest growing city in the U.S. by Our national spotlight is thanks to the hard work of local individuals, many of whom make up our over 2,100 members representing more than 94,000 employees. For just one example of the great things happening in our region, be sure to check out the profile of our ChamberChoice Small Business of the Year on page 20. Thank you for your tireless quest for excellence. We are national superstars thanks to you and your innovative, entrepreneurial spirit. Thanks for your membership,

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Craig Whitney President & CEO The Chamber „ „ „ „

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Chamber Challenge Golf Outing and Social Wednesday, July 17 | 12:30 p.m. Edgewood Golf Course 19 Golf Course Avenue North, Fargo Teams are sold out! Call 218.233.1100 to be put on the waiting list. You can still join in the fun by participating as a Tee Box or Hole Sponsor. Benefits include: ƒ Signage at your sponsored location representing your business as a sponsor. ƒ Opportunity to greet and network with each foursome. ƒ Two admissions to the 19th Hole Happy Hour Social. ƒ Tee Box Sponsors may host their own challenges and give away prizes, specialty items or gifts at their designated location. ƒ Hole Sponsors may give away prizes, specialty items or gifts at their designated location. ƒ Company name with link to company website on the Chamber registration website upon sponsorship confirmation.

Thank you to our sponsors for their support of the Chamber Challenge Golf Outing!

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Tee Box Sponsors 702 Communications Arvig Best Western Doublewood Inn & Conference Center Cass County Electric Cooperative Inc. DFC Consultants Eventide Senior Living Communities First International Bank & Trust Globe University Healing Arts Chiropractic Hilton Garden Inn Fargo Moore Engineering, Inc. NetWork Center Inc. Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center Sanford Profile Sysco North Dakota, Inc. Travelodge Winnipeg East VOLT Workforce Solutions Western State Bank

Hole Sponsors To secure your Hole or Tee Box sponsorship, call Darren at 218.359.0514 or go to

Anderson & Fercho, PLLC Avis Rent A Car Eide Bailly LLP Fargo Jet Center, Inc. Heartland Trust Company • 3

Elly Peterson Joins The Chamber Full-Time The Chamber is happy to welcome Elly Peterson as a full-time staff member. Peterson joins the team as our administrative services coordinator after a four month internship as The Chamber’s public affairs intern. She will be in charge of the front desk as well as assisting with finances and events. “The Chamber is a great environment to work in,” said Peterson. “There is so much positive energy and new things always coming up. It’s an exciting place be.” Peterson earned her bachelor’s in health communications with a public relations minor from North Dakota State University. She is an alumna of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority. PETERSON

“My favorite part of living and working in the Fargo Moorhead community is there is always something going on. With our city growing so rapidly, there always seems to be a new outdoor fair or hotspot to check out,” she says. In Peterson’s free time, she enjoys fishing, playing tennis, enjoying the nice weather (when we have it), spending time with friends, meeting new people and reading a good book.

Gail Petersen Takes Over the Membership Relations Coordinator Position After two and a half years, Gail Petersen is transitioning from the administrative services coordinator to the membership relations coordinator. In her new role, Petersen is responsible for managing and coordinating the activities of the Public Relations Ambassador and the Member Relations Ambassador committees as well as assisting with the design and execution of our strategic retention plan. “Before working at The Chamber, I was unaware of how much we do for the business community,” said Petersen. “I want to be a part of the growth and development of the individuals that make up our fantastic business community.” Petersen and her husband Loren have two daughters, Nicole and Kathryn. She enjoys traveling, camping and reading anything interesting. PETERSEN

Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks

On Thursday, August 8, our Military Affairs committee and Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks Baseball will honor our local heroes at a special RedHawks game. Service members and their families will receive VIP treatment, beginning with a pregame picnic and social. Patriotic tributes will be peppered throughout the game with surprises for fans and families in store. Military Appreciation activities have become cherished annual events for The Chamber. The first event, held in 2011 brought together 450 members of our military community for a Bison Football game. In 2012, over 500 families participated in Military Appreciation Night with the RedHawks. We look forward to this event being the largest and best one yet.

Show Your Support

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Show the men, women and families of our Armed Forces how much their dedication means to the business community. Bring your colleagues, families and friends and join the festivities. Cost is $10 for Chamber members and includes a ticket to the game and $3 RedHawks Bucks. Register at or call 218.233.1100. You can also sponsor a military family and give them a night out at the ballpark. For more information, visit

Sponsor This Great Event Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the celebration of our service members. For more information, visit or email Darren at

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2013 Corporate Cup a Success! O May 23, 49 teams participated in the biggest Corporate Cup yet! Held at Minnesota State University Moorhead, On teams broke a sweat as they competed in volleyball, basketball, cycling, kickball, an obstacle course, rock climbing, te ttug of war and a CEO challenge. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Awards In addition to our division winners, we added more awards to the 2013 Corporate Cup. ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

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Competitive Division Winner: Appareo Systems, LLC Recreational Division Winner: Sanford Health Cycling Award (most miles cycled): Edward Jones Investments – Matthew De Vries Rock Climbing Award (most climbs): Anytime Fitness Rock Solid, Rock Bottom Award (least points scored): Globe University Team Spirit Award: Globe University Best T-shirt Award: Wanzek Construction

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Water Station Sponsor

Thank you to the Corporate Cup Planning Committee! Countless hours and planning meetings went into making the 2013 Corporate Cup a success. Simply said, the Corporate Cup would not happen without the dedication of our volunteer planning committee. From the first meeting in August to the day of the event, the committee was always ready and willing to step in and take charge. Thank you! Jamie Fay, Eide Bailly LLP – Chair Christi Hawley, Healing Arts Chiropractic – Vice Chair Chrissie Dimmer, Christianson’s Business Furniture Plus Jamie Gable, Shooting Star Casino, Hotel and Event Center Kayla Garrett, AAA North Dakota Heidi Schuer, Scheels Corporate Office

Niketa Kusler, Fiebiger, Swanson, West & Co., PLLP Karen Lester, Minnesota State University Moorhead Jacinta Riedinger, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota Ann Schoenberg, Cornerstone Bank Jon Wepking, Minnesota State University Moorhead Jenn Whitney, EAPC Architects Engineers • 5

Military Matters Chamber MAC Hosts Hero2Hired We were honored to host Hero2Hired (H2H) on June 21. H2H is a Yellow Ribbon-funded program that connects Guard members, reservists, veterans and spouses with meaningful employment. H2H spent the day providing job-finding resources to service members.

Honor Star Members and the MAC Go Inside Military Operations The Command Information Center is the standardized Command Post infrastructure which allows commanders and staffs to digitally plan, prepare and execute operations utilizing hardware and software systems. The Command Information Center was erected as part of the annual training of the 141 Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. Chamber Honor Star Members and Military Affairs committee members were provided the opportunity to receive a behind the scenes tour and briefing from members of the 141 on each staff member's area of focus. “This CIC is a much improved informational display arrangement from my deployment days - and yet still captures all the disciplines needed for the commander to make their decisions. Very professional group - train hard, aim high!” Dave Zupi (Col/USAF Ret), Triton Systems, Inc. “We enjoyed the tour and really appreciated the opportunity to see what our local heroes are doing when they drill. I know my co-workers especially liked to see how all the parts fit together in terms of responsibility. Every section had their own responsibility and all connected together like a jigsaw puzzle.” Tahralee Sauvageau, Union State Bank

Thank You to Our 2012-13 Military Affairs Sponsors



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Advocacy in Action Historic MN Legislative Wrap Up

On May 30, nearly 150 people attended our first ever Minnesota Legislative Wrap Up, which recapped the landmark Minnesota legislative session. Moderator and long-time public servant Morrie Lanning applauded The Chamber for hosting the event. “In the 38 years I’ve been involved in this arena, this is the first time we’ve had an event of the nature,” said Lanning. The event featured a panel of local legislators including: Senator Kent Eken, District 4; Representative Ben Lien, District 4a; and Representative Paul Marquart, District 4b. The panel discussed a variety of topics from education to tax reform. “I can’t think of a better way to invest in our state’s economy than education,” said Representative Lien. “We are going to make sure every child in the state is going to have the opportunity to succeed,” said Representative Marquart. Tim Flaherty and Mike Miller, lobbyists with Flaherty and Hood, also presented their thoughts on how the decisions made during the session will affect business in Minnesota.

2013 Legislative Session Outcomes: Aid Coming for Greater Minnesota Cities Greater Minnesota received about 66 percent of Local Government Aid (LGA) and about 32 percent of the Homestead Credit Refund (HCR). LGA will increase $80 million (18.74 percent increase), while HCR will increase 119 million (37.09 percent increase) in fiscal year 2015, resulting in stable property tax rates. In 2013, we joined forces with the Greater Minnesota Economic Development Partnership to pass key legislation to increase the number of tools available to greater Minnesota business. The legislature appropriated $18 million to Greater Minnesota Economic Development, including two new programs to aid business. 1.

New Greater MN internship tax credit program (HF 331-Norton, SF 241-Eken) This program is designed to help keep brain power in rural areas. A Greater MN business that provides an internship to a Minnesota postsecondary student (both public and private institutions) will receive 40 percent of the intern’s salary, up to $2,000 per intern, in the form of a tax credit.


New Greater MN business expansion program (HF 1578-Savick, SF 1451-Jensen) This program offers Greater MN businesses an incentive to grow in the city where they are already located by providing tax credits. These expanding businesses would be exempt from sale taxes on purchases of tangible personal property, taxable services and construction materials.

Business Leaders Flood Protection Taskforce Stays on Course The Business Taskforce for Permanent Flood Protection, led by Tom Dawson, Dawson Insurance, and Ann McConn, Alerus Financial, continues to advocate for meaningful flood protection. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2013 has passed the United States Senate, which provides federal authorization for the Fargo-Moorhead Area Diversion Project. “We continue to be pleased with the momentum behind the diversion project and are thankful for the support it has received from our local congressional delegation,” said Dawson. • 7

Members Get It! Member Tidbits Since 1982, Kitchen Solvers has been remodeling kitchens all over eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota, developing a reputation for fine quality, skilled craftsmanship, efficient installation and beautifully detailed results. Kitchen Solvers is a family-owned and operated company that takes pride in offering the best value in the marketplace, whether it’s cabinet refacing or complete kitchen remodeling. All products are the finest of quality. Call 701.232.6185 for more information.

Member Pop Ins We popped in on Dr. Stephanie Roers at Summit Chiropractic who was nice enough to take time to visit with us. She provides quality chiropractic care to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community working to help people get out of pain and become healthier. Dr. Roers has advanced training in pediatric and prenatal chiropractic care. Learn more at or call 701.356.7660 to schedule an appointment.

We popped in at Office Depot where we found Jeff Bruns and his friendly staff. Office Depot is an industry leader in every distribution channel including, stores, direct mail, contract delivery, the Internet and businessto-business electronic commerce. The company conducts business in 23 countries with 969 retail stores in North America. Stop in or visit them online at

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Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Are You a Nonprofit? Do You Need Help With a Project? “The whole team has been wonderful to work with. They have given us a lot of helpful information to move forward.” Carol Johnson, Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation, 2013 Leadership Project Recipient Each year, the Leadership Fargo Moorhead West Fargo class offers its collective time and talents, with inspiring and valuable results, to area Chamber-member nonprofits. The class calls upon the nonprofit community to submit projects they would like assistance in completing, then divides into small groups, dedicating teams of five to six people to each organization for a six-month period. Past projects have included feasibility studies, market research, launching initiatives, marketing plans and project management. Project Guidelines ƒ ƒ ƒ

The project is appropriate for a group of five to six individuals. The project can be successfully researched, planned and executed in our six-month time frame. The project has an expected outcome and measurable results and expectations; although the final detailed outcome may be left up to the project group, an outcome must be expected. ƒ The project must be approved by the board/management of the organization and is fully supported by the organization and its staff, board and volunteers. ƒ A dedicated staff person/volunteer from the organization is available to the groups for consult/support. Proposals are due ƒ Nonprofit must be a member of The Chamber. Wednesday, July 31 at 5 p.m. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, contact Camille at or 218.359.0512 or visit to obtain a proposal form and read about last year’s projects.

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June Business After Hours Thank you to the City of Moorhead and Globe University for sponsoring the June Business After Hours. Nearly 400 members and 50 exhibitors filled the Courtyard by Marriott and Moorhead Area Conference Center as we kicked off some summer networking.


Thank you to Lois Greisen of Eagle Associates for leading our How To session prior to Business After Hours. Participants learned techniques to increase their visibility, promote themselves and market their business most effectively.

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Business Training Why Don’t “They” Communicate? Wednesday, July 10 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South Featuring: Jodee Bock, Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting Communication is one of the key building blocks for your business. “As you become better at your own communication, you will enhance relationships you have with your customers and clients,” says Jodee Bock of Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting. “What that leads to is enhanced profitability.” In this interactive session, attendees will learn their own communication styles, what difficulties and opportunities each specific style offers and tips for enhancing relationships with clients and customers. Cost to attend (includes lunch) is $25 for members, $30 for member walk-ins and $45 for general admission. Register at or call 218.233.1100. BOCK

Get Out of the Way! Eliminating Company Created Conflict Wednesday, August 7 | 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South It takes less energy to create a great place to work and far more energy to create an unhappy one. To create an unhappy workplace, you have to watch the workers every minute. You have to focus on what they aren’t doing or are doing wrong. You have to step in at every turn to correct and redirect. Uff, I am tired just typing the unending tasks of making others miserable and my blood pressure is rising. So much stress! By starting with the customer experience, focusing on the efforts of the team and appreciating and recognizing good work, people can create a better work environment. This is not rocket science; it’s basic common sense. But why do so many managers create unhappy places to work for their colleagues? WOLFF

Poor training. And before the poor training, lack of clarity of mission or, if the mission is clear, lack of real commitment to the mission. If a mission is posted on a wall but isn’t used by individuals throughout the organization to make business decisions, then it isn’t really a mission and the company could have saved itself time and money by not bothering to write it. If the mission isn’t clear or isn’t a part of the day-to-day business decisions, then there aren’t operational values driving the decisions and activities of every manager and worker in the company. “Good” companies write missions. “Good” companies write values. “Good” companies provide training. “Good” companies have measures of success. “Good” companies wonder why their results aren’t better. Great companies with great cultures use their mission to drive behavior and focus energy. Great companies with great cultures expect their workers to hold each other accountable to a set of core values. Great companies focus on their customers and recognize that happy customers are the result of happy workers. There are many differences between great companies and “good” ones. It’s sad how much energy “good” companies expend to stay in the game when becoming great requires either the same or quite probably less energy. Leann Wolff is a principle at Great Outcomes Consulting, a member since 2009.

Join Leann Wolff on August 7 and learn more about how to get rid of a conflict culture at your workplace. Cost to attend (includes lunch) is $25 for members, $30 for member walk-ins and $45 for general admission. Register at or call 218.233.1100.

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Business Training 2013 Business Summit Recap: The Connections We Made June 5 was an exciting day as we hosted the first Business Summit as part of the Business Training series. The summit brought together over 100 business professionals to share experiences, discuss real-world ideas and discover ways to handle challenges in the workforce today.

Thank you to the following presenters who made the day possible! Arvid Burns, NDSCS-Fargo/trainND SE Grant Christian, Absolute Marketing Group Jon Hauser, Growing Forward Ryan Johnson, R.D. Offutt Company/RDO Equipment Co. Kara Jorvig, MAC’S, Inc. Dawn Kaiser, The Village Business Institute Eric Newell, Stoneridge Software Michelle Parkinson, Prairie St. John’s

Doug Peters, Growing Forward Saul Phillips, North Dakota State University David Riley, Eide Bailly LLP Anthony Rome, Engage Media Strategies Ken Satkunam, NorthStar Technology Group Tonya Stende, Dale Carnegie Business Group of ND Nicol Winkelman, Bobcat Company Leann Wolff, Great Outcomes Consulting

The day wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsors! Presenting Sponsors

Program Sponsors Bell State Bank & Trust Choice Financial Eventide Senior Living Communities Hilton Garden Inn Fargo InterceptEFT Starion Financial • 13

Calendar of Chamber Events

YPN Goes to the RedHawks Tuesday, July 9; 6:30 p.m. Pre-game Social, 7:05 p.m. Game Start Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Avenue North, Fargo The Young Professionals Network wants to take you out to the ball game! Join the YPN as we partake in America’s favorite pastime. Meet the group in the beer garden at 6:30 p.m. for pre-game socializing and networking. Cost to attend is $5 for YPN members and $10 for general admission. All seating is general admission. To register, visit or call 218.233.1100.

YPN Networking to Business Lunch: Improve Your Public Speaking Skills Tuesday, July 16; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Radisson Hotel Fargo, 201 Fifth Street North


Want to improve your public speaking skills? Or do you need a quick refresher course? Join the YPN as we hear from Tasha Rohlfs, public speaking consultant. Rohlfs will cover the basics of presenting, including introductions, conclusions, speech structure, eye contact, gestures and mental game preparation. Cost to attend (includes lunch) is $15 for YPN members and $20 for general admission. Register at or call 218.233.1100.

YPN New Member Social Wednesday, July 24; 4 to 5 p.m. Lindenwood Park, 1905 Roger Maris Drive South, Fargo If you’ve been on the fence about how to make the most of your YPN membership, you won’t want to skip this event! Whether you are new to the Young Professionals Network or you’ve been a member for a while, this event is a great opportunity to build relationships with other young professionals while learning how to make the most of your YPN membership. At this event attendees will: ƒ Hear from current YPN members and find ways to get involved with the YPN. ƒ Network with other young professionals in a relaxed environment. ƒ Market your business, products and/or services. Start building your professional and social network today! This event is free but registration is required. Register at or by calling 218.233.1100.

Third Annual Great American Picnic Wednesday, July 24; 5:30 to 8 p.m. Lindenwood Park, 1905 Roger Maris Drive South, Fargo The Young Professionals Network’s Third Annual Great American Picnic is back! At this family friendly event you can leave the grilling to us. We encourage you to bring your spouse, children, friends, parents… whoever you would like! Build your own picnic dinner with family and friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Lindenwood Park, Fargo’s largest and most popular park. Dine on hotdogs, beans, chips, watermelon, lemonade and more. For those of you who would like to indulge in adult beverages outdoors, we have secured an alcohol permit meaning you can bring your own favorite can or plastic bottled beverage (no glass). Activities may include ladder golf, bocce ball, bean bags and more! We have reserved the main shelter for this event. This event is free but registration is required. Register at or call 218.233.1100.

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Calendar of Chamber Events

SPONSORS Presenting Sponsors

Why Don’t “They” Communicate?


Wednesday, July 10; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South Join Jodee Bock, Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting, as she discusses how enhancing your communication can lead to better relationships and increased profitability in your organization. Cost to attend (includes lunch) is $25 for members, $30 for member walk-ins and $45 for general admission. Register at or call 218.233.1100.

Get Out of the Way! Eliminating Company Created Conflict Wednesday, August 7; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Fargo, 4351 17th Avenue South Join Leann Wolff, Great Outcomes Consulting, and learn more about how to get rid of a conflict culture at your workplace. Cost to attend (includes lunch) is $25 for members, $30 for member walk-ins and $45 for general admission. To register, visit or call 218.233.1100.


Chamber Challenge Golf Outing Wednesday, July 17; 12:30 p.m. Edgewood Golf Course, 19 Golf Course Avenue North, Fargo 11 a.m. 11 a.m. 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Registration Opens Driving Range Opens Lunch Served in Divots (on your own) Shotgun Start. 19th Hole Happy Hour Social

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Teams are SOLD OUT. There are a limited number of Tee Box and Hole Sponsorships still available. For more information, visit or contact Darren at 218.233.1100 or ddunlop@fmwfchamber. com.


Chamber Military Appreciation Night at the RedHawks Thursday, August 8; 7:02 p.m. Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Avenue North, Fargo

Presenting Sponsor

Reward your employees, family and friends with an inexpensive and fun evening at the ballpark and take part in honoring our service men and women and their families. Cost is $8 and includes a ticket to the game and $3 in RedHawks Bucks. Register at Tickets can be picked up at the Will Call window on game day.

Registrations and Cancellations REGISTRATION

Register online at or call The Chamber at 218.233.1100. Due to costs incurred and commitments made to vendors the deadline to cancel a registration and/or to receive a refund will be no later than 12 noon one week prior to the event for booth registrations and 12 noon the day prior to the event for individual registrations. Any cancellations received after those deadline times will be billed to the participant whether or not they attended. Registrations may be transferred to another person in your firm only if notification is given to The Chamber office either prior to the event or at the registration table. If the event or meeting is cancelled by The Chamber due to insufficient registration, act of nature or other reason beyond its control a refund or credit on account will be provided for any paid registrations.w • 15

What’s New with You? We want to know! And we’re pleased to offer our congratulations to… Ken Kraft, American Family Insurance – Kraft Agency, Inc., named District 386 Agent of the Month by American Family Insurance. Kraft received the honor for outstanding sales of American Family insurance products during the month of May. KRAFT


Tim Sullivan, promoted to security consultant: business and residential for Arvig. Sullivan joined Arvig in 2008.






D.J. Colter, American Family Insurance – DJ Colter Agency, Inc.; Chris Heise, American Family Insurance – Chris Heise Agency, Inc.; Lynn Johnson, American Family Insurance – Lynn Johnson Agency; and Ken Kraft, American Family Insurance – Kraft Agency, Inc., on receiving the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification. The certification recognizes their commitment to outstanding customer service. OLSON







Patty Bohnenstingl, Jonathan Donnelly and Brenda Messerschmidt named vice presidents/branch managers for Bell State Bank & Trust. Bohnenstingl has been in the banking industry for 30 years. Donnelly earned business and finance degrees from North Dakota State University. Messerschmidt has been in the banking industry for 28 years. Congratulations, also, to Mavis Larson and Danica Olson promoted to personal banking officers for Bell State Bank & Trust. Larson has 45 years of banking experience. Olson earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from North Dakota State University.


Chamber members Jason Stein, Border States Electric; Steve Dirksen, Fargo Fire Department; Randy Johnson, Titan Machinery; Mary Blixt, U.S. Bank; and Beth Renner, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., on being named to the American Red Cross – Red River Valley board of directors. Each was appointed to serve a three-year term.



Chamber members Allan Erickson, executive vice president/CFO of Gate City Bank, and Stacie Heiden, chief financial officer for DMS Health Technologies, on being elected to the board of trustees for Bethany Retirement Living. Erickson and Heiden were both elected to serve three-year terms.

Joel Jastram, director of operations with Bobcat Company, on receiving the highest award for achievement for his participation in the Dale Carnegie course. The award is voted on by class members upon completion of the course.


Tom Nelson, hired as corporate communications director and Kelly Rudolf, named senior IT manager for Border States Electric. Nelson has extensive experience in public and media relations. Rudolf joined BSE in 2003. NELSON SCHMIDT




Michael Schmidt, Benjamin Storhaug and Tyler White, hired as design engineers for Applied Engineering, Inc. Schmidt received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Dakota State University. Storhaug received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of North Dakota. White received his bachelor’s degree in materials engineering from Iowa State University.

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Jamie Odegaard, hired as furniture sales consultant for Brown & Saenger. Odegaard brings several years of sales and customer service experience. Congratulations, also, to Brown & Saenger, on earning the HON Company Values Award from the HON Company for outstanding sales and service to its office furniture customers in 2012. The award is voted on by HON employees and given to top HON office furniture dealer.

Kayla Koropatnicki, promoted to mortgage loan originator for Choice Financial. Koropatnicki has been with Choice for over 10 years.



City of Dilworth, City of Fargo, City of Moorhead and City of West Fargo on designating June as Homeownership Month for each city. This year’s theme “Now is the Time,” highlighted the benefits of homeownership and the opportunity for consumers to take advantage of low interest rates and the stable local economy.

Melissa Sobolik, City of Fargo commissioner, on being selected as one of 40 urban advocates to attend the 2013 Vanguard Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Attendees are high-level, creative and ambitious people under 40 who seek to improve their cities and work for local nonprofit organizations, in city government, as social entrepreneurs, artists and in other related fields.

CJ’s Kitchen, on earning the designation of the best pancakes in North Dakota from Delish. CJ’s uses a family recipe to make their made-from-scratch pancakes.





Dr. Brad Buell, on joining the otolaryngology department and Marcia Kempton, nurse practitioner, on joining the walk-in clinic team for Essentia Health. Buell most recently owned his own practice in Bismarck. Kempton cares for both children and adults at the West Acres clinic. BUELL KEMPTON Congratulations, also, to Essentia Health Regional Foundation, on being awarded a $4,000 matching grant form Dakota Medical Foundation. The money will go to Essentia’s Hope and Healing Fund, which is used to address areas of greatest need at Essentia Health. Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation, on donating a matching grant gift to Spare Key. The foundation will use the funds to support families in the area who find themselves with a child experiencing a medical crisis. Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre, on announcing the 2013 Emma Award recipients. The awards, which were created over a decade ago, recognize and celebrate the work of volunteers from the last season. For a full list of award recipients, visit


Nate Callens, hired as director of marketing; Kirk Carlson, on joining the real estate team; and Michael White, on joining the sales team for Coldwell Banker First Realty. Callens brings over 12 years of marketing and graphic design experience. Carlson is licensed in North Dakota and Minnesota. White brings pervious experience from Marx Estate-Household Sales.


Cory Severson, hired as technical consultant for DFC Consultants, Ltd. Severson has over seven years of experience and previously worked at Microsoft as a senior support engineer.



FirstLink, on receiving a $4,000 grant from Dakota Medical Foundation. The funds will support an education/evaluation grant to help improve FirstLink’s technology, infrastructure and IT strategy and decision making.


Tom Boyer, promoted to SVP mortgage banking; Nan Fort, promoted to AVP senior underwriter; Peter Johnson, promoted to AVP mortgage loan officer; Dave Ouradnik, promoted to VP mortgage loan officer; and Liza Swedberg, promoted to customer service representative/teller for Cornerstone Bank. Boyer has been in banking since 1985. Fort has been working in mortgage banking for 20 years. Johnson joined Cornerstone in 2006. Ouradnik was in banking for 16 years prior to owning his mortgage brokerage business for 18 years. Swedberg has been a teller with Cornerstone since 2011.


Laura Helgeson and Leah Hendricks, hired as mortgage processors for First Class Mortgage. Helgeson earned an associate’s degree in financial and credit services administration from Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Hendricks brings four years of experience in the insurance industry.


Steve Swiontek, chairman, president and CEO of Gate City Bank, on being named a member of the Mutual Savings Association’s Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice to the Comptroller of the Currency about mutual savings associations and along with other assessments affecting mutual savings associations. Congratulations, also, to Gate City Bank, on opening a new office in Hornbacher’s Foods at Village West. The new location will be the 11th for the bank in the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo community. Ty Hegland, hired as executive director of HERO, Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization. Hegland previously served as the executive director of the Prescription Assistance Program.


Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, on announcing the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,800 museums across America. The program offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. Congratulations, also, to the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, on opening the Heritage Snack Shack in the Hjemkomst Center. The Snack Shack will offer fresh soups, salads and sandwiches with local flair.

Home Builders Association of F-M, on donating $10,648, generated through the Parade of Homes, to Home Builders Care of Fargo-Moorhead Foundation. The foundation funds skill training, education and projects related to the housing industry. Scott Klemetson, hired as estimator for J & M Printing. Klemetson has 22 years of sales experience.





Larry Petron, hired as director of project controls and Brittany Schomaker, hired as field engineer for Nor-Son, Inc. Petron brings over 25 years of expertise in estimating, training, development and mentoring. Schomaker recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in architecture and construction management. Congratulations, also, to Deanna Bauer, Jordan Posch and Alex Tyler, on TYLER joining Nor-Son, Inc. as summer interns. Bauer works as a general intern on a variety of projects supporting the company in marketing, sales and administration. Posch, a student at Concordia College, is working as a marketing intern. Tyler, a master’s student at Montana State University, is continuing for a second summer as an architectural intern. North Dakota Department of Commerce, on launching a new North Dakota Toursim website: The website makes it easier for travelers, especially those on the go, to access information about the things to see and do in North Dakota.


Kirk Carow, hired as construction specialist and Teresa Hartwig, hired as administrative assistant for JLG Architects. Carow brings over 15 years of experience. Hartwig brings 12 years of experience.

Kipp Wilfong, hired as recruitment coordinator in the enrollment services department at North Dakota State College of Science. Wilfong earned his bachelor’s degree in communication as well as a master’s degree in communication and educational leadership from the University of North Dakota.

Muna Mohamed, hired as production specialist for John Deer Electronic Solutions. WILFONG


Larry Hauger, hired as account manager for Liberty Business Systems, Inc. Hauger is responsible for growing the expanded Red Canoe and PHSI water division along with the development of a new postage meter line, FP.



Jessica Mears, promoted to executive vice president retail banking; Cheryl Strand, promoted to executive vice president operations; and Matthew Thomason, promoted to executive vice president business banking for Northwestern Bank. Mears has been with Northwestern for the past 15 years. Strand has more than 35 years of experience in banking. Thomason has 23 years of banking experience.




Adam Ramberg, promoted to IT service manager for North Dakota and South Dakota at Marco, Inc. Ramberg has over 10 years of experience in the IT service industry. Congratulations, also, to Marco, Inc., on receiving the 2013 Perfect Image Award for Outstanding IT Services Provider from imageSource Magazine. The award recognizes exceptional businesses and dealerships that have shown excellence in office technology and document solutions.

NDSU Distance & Continuing Education, on offering an online option in adult development and aging under its online bachelor’s in human development and family science degree program. The program will provide a good education background for students interested in the field of gerontology.

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Chelsea Bennett, on joining the digital marketing team and Ryan Hatfield, on joining the web development team at Onsharp. Bennett started with Onsharp as an intern in February. Hatfield brings over four years of experience in related programming fields. BENNETT




Al Carlson, hired as director of talent management and leadership development and Jennifer Lee, hired as payroll and benefits specialist for Otter Tail Corporation. Carlson brings over 25 years of experience in human resources training and development. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in human development and education from North Dakota State University.

Plains Art Museum, along with partners Minnesota Museum of American Art and Arts Midwest, on launching Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, an exhibition of 80 drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures from an important Native American modernist. Congratulations, also, to the Plains Art Museum, on receiving a $260,000 grant from ArtPlace America. The grant will help fund the museum’s public art projects, Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead. Jan Benson, reflexologist and owner of Reflexology for Wellness, on being elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of the Reflexology Association of America. The organization promotes the scientific and professional advancement of reflexology. BENSON

Anne Olson, on joining RE/MAX Legacy Realty as a realtor. Olson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an architectural drafting degree from Northwest Community Technical College.


Jennifer Decker, hired as account manager for commercial lines at TCI Insurance. Decker joins TCI with over 15 years in the insurance industry.

Wallwork Truck Center, on awarding a $1,000 Built Ford Tough FFA Scholarship to Riley Rustad, a graduate of Kindred High School. This is the 16th year Wallwork has awarded an area FFA member a collegiate scholarship. RUSTAD

Stacey Ackerman, Brian Becker, Dr. Rick Buresh, Carol Grimm and Brian Hastings, on being reelected to the YMCA of Cass and Clay board of directors. The board is a volunteer board that helps set the strategic direction of the organization.

Membership Directory Updates Mergers, acquisitions, expansions, new ownerships and other factors often result in the change of a business’ name or location. To assist Chamber members in updating their 2013 Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Metro Profile and Member Directory, following is a list of businesses that recently have undergone change. Former Name: Member Name:

Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality Alexandria Hotel & Hospitality, CVB

Member Name: Cultural Diversity Resources Member Address: 112 University Drive North, Suite 306, Fargo Former Name: Member Name:

Go Wireless Z Wireless

Former Name: Member Name:

H2 Consulting & Contracting H2 Design | Build

Member Address: One North Second Street, Suite 100, Fargo Former Name: Noridian Administrative Services Member Name: Former Name:

Noridian Health Care Solutions Radio Fargo Moorhead

Member Name: Fargo Moorhead Midwest Radio Member Address: 675 13th Avenue East, West Fargo


Jaime Gott, named project CAD/Revit technician for the RLE group. Gott has a diverse background in architecture and many years of experience in architectural drafting and project management.

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Shad Connor and Steve Asche, on joining together to form the Red River Wealth Advisors of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Connor and Asche offer comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products. CONNOR

Office Land Retail Industrial Multi-Family


Western State Bank, on announcing the purchase of Central Arizona Bank, located in Scottsdale, AZ. The acquisition expands Western’s current Arizona footprint and provides a competitive offering for business and personal banking customers. 701.237.3369 Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated. • 19

Member Profile

2013 Small Business of the Year The ChamberChoice Awards recognize the best of the best when it comes to businesses in the Fargo Moorhead metro area. These companies and organizations make a significant impact, drive economic growth and help make the region a better place to work, live and do business. Winners exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements. “Winning the ChamberChoice award is the biggest thing that’s happened to us,� said Steve Halverson, president of Heartland Trust Company. “We have been a very quiet company and this award gets our success story out there. It’s confirmation from an outside source that we are conducting our business professionally and treating our customers correctly.� Heartland provides innovative and professional investment management and trust services to their clients. Services include: retirement planning, financial planning, estate settlement, investment management, IRA rollovers, living trusts, charitable trust and testamentary trusts. Halverson said they were surprised both when they were nominated and when they won the award. “To actually win the award was an eye opening experience,� said Neil Jordhiem, Executive Vice President. “It’s even bigger to get this award from a Chamber located in such an outstanding community,� said Brian Halverson, retirement services. What sets Heartland apart from other trust companies? “We are a privately owned, independent company with a focus on the client as the number one priority,� said Jordhiem. Heartland also believes in giving back to the community. “We give employees the opportunity to give some of their time to organizations they are passionate about,� said Jordhiem. “We also to give financial support where our employees are involved.� Learn more about Heartland Trust Company at

The ChamberChoice Awards recognize the best of the best when it comes to businesses in the Fargo Moorhead metro area. These companies and organizations make a significant impact, drive economic growth and help make the region a better place to work, live and do business. Winners exemplify excellence through proven growth or stability, innovation, creativity, community leadership and achievements.

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Welcome New Members! The Chamber encourages all members to conduct business with each other. Those listed below recently have made an important investment in their businesses and their professional careers by joining The Chamber. Please consider them for your personal and professional needs. When you do, let them know you learned of their business through The Chamber!

Boot Barn 3902 13th Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103 701.282.6717 Retail Stores Rich Thueson Boot Barn’s values are simple: give people quality at the lowest prices, guaranteed; treat people like neighbors; and support the communities they serve. Boot Barn sponsors over 500 western events every year, plus organizations like FFA and 4-H, because what’s important to you, is important to them. Diversified Cash Note Services 911 Ninth Avenue West, Suite 3 West Fargo, ND 58078 701.281.7024 Mortgages Howard Freeman Diversified Cash Note Services is a note buying company located in West Fargo. They work with private investors and national companies to buy notes here in West Fargo and nationwide. First International Bank & Trust 3101 Broadway North Fargo, ND 58102 701.232.6508 Financial Institutions Kristi Krebs First International Bank & Trust provides full-service banking, offering insurance, investment services, deposit accounts as well as commercial, consumer and mortgage lending. First International Bank & Trust 800 30th Avenue South Moorhead, MN 56560 218.359.2100 Financial Institutions Keith Coalwell First International Bank & Trust provides full-service banking, offering insurance, investment services, deposit accounts as well as commercial, consumer and mortgage lending.

Freedom Community Credit Union 2940 University Drive North Fargo, ND 58102 701.232.0828 Financial Institutions, Mary Hagen Freedom Community Credit Union offers a member owned and controlled financial organization; promotes financial responsibility; and member education and involvement while maintaining long term financial stability. Jamestown College Physical Therapy Program 4190 26th Avenue South Fargo, ND 58103 701.478.9948 Education - Training Tim McCrory Jamestown College’s new doctor of physical therapy program is making its home in south Fargo. Students in the three year program will be involved in the local community by providing services at a local pro bono clinic, participating at clinic affiliations and volunteering. The accreditation process through CAPTE is ongoing. MVM Contracting Inc. P.O. Box 375 Fargo, ND 58107-0375 701.205.1330 Contractors - General Matt Myrvold Established in 2008, MVM Contracting, Inc. is a construction company that offers the highest level of construction services at fair and competitive prices, while maintaining the highest level of safety and concern for our employees.

Site on Sound 1443 Main Avenue Fargo, ND 58103 701.280.2272 Electronics Craig Boisjolie If you can’t crank it, yank it! Site On Sound has the latest in car audio, video, navigation, Bluetooth, security, remote starts, accessories and more for your car, home and commercial purposes. If the mirrors aren’t shaken you’ve been taken! Sales and installation since 1983. Smith Property Holdings, LLC P.O. Box 1202 Moorhead, MN 56560-1202 218.205.8520 Apartments Jared Smith Smith Property Holdings provides apartment rentals and leasing. Current apartment leasing opportunities are: Kayleigh Jo Apartments at 3740 37th Street, Moorhead and Rylan Apartments at 404 Seventh Street South, Fargo. Time Communications 127 First Avenue South Perham, MN 56573 218.346.8162 Telecommunications Services Jamie DesJardins Time Communications, an Arvig company, provides complete call center services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They partner with both large and small businesses, providing quality customer support, live telephone messaging, answering services and order taking around the clock, 365 days a year.

MVM Contracting, Inc. offers a broad range of cutting edge construction services including fiber optic splicing, underground construction, directional boring, networking and design. • 21

Learning Opportunities High Impact Presentations This two-day program will be held on August 6 and 7 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Eide Bailly, LLP in Fargo. Whether you are persuading colleagues, selling a client or energizing a team, the power of your presentation makes the difference between success and failure. The experience in this presentations skills training seminar is as close as you can get to having a personal, public speaking coach. In this two-day program you will walk away with these valuable tools: ƒ ƒ ƒ

Lead effective Q & A sessions. Motivate and persuade every audience, every time. Be more relaxed and natural when making presentation.

For additional information call 701.476.8811 or go online at

How to Succeed at Business Development The Dale Carnegie Business Group of ND will offer this program once per week for three weeks and will take place August 15, 22 and 29. This program will give you the attitude, confidence and systems you need to become the award winner you know you can be. In this program you will: ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ ƒ

Build relationships by giving value first. Uncover buying motives to attract sales success. Target the best opportunities in your network for repeat business. Build alignment with buyers. Confidently conquer your most common buyer objections.

For additional information call 701.476.8811 or go online at

Marketing Technology Summit Learn how businesses can build, nurture and grow their customer base with centralized data and strategic automated marketing programs designed to attract and qualify leads. The Marketing Technology Summit is a half-day conference that brings experts together to share insight and offer practical advice on how to leverage information in your database to empower your sales and marketing teams. The Summit takes place July 23 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center. Sponsored by Flint Communications, Inc. and Summit Group Software, this event is brought to you and your colleagues at no cost, but space is limited, register today at!

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July 2013 Community Calendar 1-28

20th Annual National Juried Water Media Exhibition at the Hjemkomst Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County


Minnesota On the Map at the Hjemkomst Center Historical & Cultural Society of Clay County


Go Hawaiian for Hospice Choice Financial


4th of July Celebration Cass County Historical Society – Bonanzaville USA


Dragon Golf Tournament – Women’s Golf Scramble Minnesota State University Moorhead

9, 16, 23, 30

Community Block Parties Fargo Park District


Fargo Rock Concert Fargo Park District


Oklahoma Musical Presented by Gooseberry Park Players Concordia College

17-20, 24-27, 31, Aug.3

Shrek Trollwood Performing Arts School



West Fargo Cruise Night City of West Fargo Downtown Street Fair Downtown Community Partnership



Red River Valley Fair Red River Valley Fair Association

German Fold Festival at Rheault Farm Fargo Park District



Cork & Canvas Art and Wine Walk Downtown Community Partnership

Marketing Technology Summit Microsoft

Clay County Fair in Barnesville City of Barnesville


Charity Golf Tournament Seasons at Rose Creek



The Band Perry Red River Valley Fair Association


StreetsAlive! Dakota Medical Foundation

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Chamber Around Town Ribbon cuttings are led by the Public Relations Ambassadors, a group of dedicated volunteers who help Chamber members celebrate their business accomplishments. A business can request a ribbon cutting if they open a new location, remodel, are under new ownership, change their name or are celebrating a milestone anniversary. If you would like more information on ribbon cuttings, visit or call Gail at 218.233.1100.

PRAIRIE DOG New business launch, Prairie Dog, 5370 51st Avenue South, Suite B, Fargo (May 1, 2013).

GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK Celebrating 30 years, Great Plains Food Bank, 1720 Third Avenue North, Fargo (May 1, 2013).

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BOULGER FUNERAL HOME Building addition, Boulger Funeral Home, 123 10th Street South, Fargo (May 1, 2013).

ALERUS FINANCIAL New location, Alerus Financial, Downtown Branch, 51 Broadway North, Fargo (May 2, 2013).

Chamber Around Town

BOOT BARN New name and ownership, Boot Barn, West Acres Mall, 3902 13th Avenue South, Fargo (May 3, 2013).

FREMSTAD LAW OFFICE Remodeled space, Office Fremstad Law Office, 3003 32nd Avenue South, Suite 240, Fargo (May 8, 2013).

SKIN APPEAL MEDICAL AESTHETICS Grand opening, SkinAppeal Medical Aesthetics, 4344 20th Avenue South, Fargo (May 7, 2013).

REMAX LEGACY Grand opening, ReMax Legacy, 4342 15th Avenue South, Suite 105, Fargo (May 9, 2013).

Dreams are serious

business. We have the imagination to turn your dream into the next phase of your business. Four locations in Fargo and West Fargo. | 701-232-1700 • 25

Chamber Around Town

THE YOGURT PLACE Grand opening, The Yogurt Place, 1801 45th Street South, Fargo (May 13, 2013).

COUNTRY INNE & SUITES BY CARLSON Ribbon cutting for Country Inn & Suites By Carlson 3316 13th Avenue South Fargo (May 16, 2013).

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YMCA OF CASS AND CLAY COUNTIES New program launch, YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties School Age Learning Center Offices, 1132 28th Avenue South, Moorhead (May 15, 2013).

FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE Grand opening, Firestone Complete Auto Care, 1201 Ninth Street East, West Fargo (May 17, 2013).

Chamber Around Town

TRANQUILITY SPA & MASSAGE Grand opening and new business, Tranquility Spa & Massage, 3535 Main Avenue South, Christopherson Plaza, Fargo (May 20, 2013).

WEST FARGO PARK DISTRICT New Shadow Wood Park, West Fargo Park District, 3545 Fourth Street East, West Fargo (May 28, 2013).

MATBUS New hybrid buses, MATBUS, 502 Northern Pacific Avenue North, Fargo (May 23, 2013).

RADISSON Grand opening, Radisson, 201 Fifth Street North, Fargo (May 30, 2013).

Ambassador Team of the Month Brian Shawn’s team, Shawn – Shank Redemption, wins applause this month for increasing their attendance by 44 percent - way to go team! His outstanding team members include: Doug Christensen, DCI Credit Services Inc.; Mary Johnson, Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center; Tom Klein, Arbuckle Lodge; Jay Nelson, Konrad Olson Commercial Real Estate; Michelle Nelson, Arbuckle Lodge; Jeff Nichols, Laser Systems; Larry Olson, Talent Productions; Laura Paulson, Ramada Plaza & Suites and Conference Center; Connie Peterson, Minnesota Public Radio; and Wayne Saar. • 27

Mission Statement “The Chamber promotes economic growth and prosperity for business and its members through advocacy, education and engagement.”

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July 2013 Chamber Events 9

6:30 p.m.

YPN Goes to the RedHawks Newman Outdoor Field


11:30 a.m.

Why Don’t “They” Communicate Hilton Garden Inn Fargo


11:30 a.m.

YPN Networking to Business Lunch: Improve Your Public Speaking Skills Radisson Hotel Fargo


12:30 p.m.

Chamber Challenge Golf Outing Edgewood Golf Course


4 p.m.

YPN New Member Social Lindenwood Park


5:30 p.m.

YPN: Third Annual Great American Picnic Lindenwood Park

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