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									                         Official Publication of Grand Forks - East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce

                           Vol 4 Issue 2                                        February 2008

Chamber of Commerce
Names New President
The Chamber – Grand Forks/East                  For the past 3 years, Barry has oper-
Grand Forks’ Search Committee Chair,            ated a consulting business doing
Kristi Hall-Jiran and Chamber Board             lobbying, fundraising and development
Chair, Jerry Youngberg, announced               work. As a South Dakota lobbyist he
today that Barry Wilfahrt from                  currently represents the Professional
Watertown South Dakota has accepted             Appraisers of South Dakota and Prairie
the position of President/CEO of The            Lakes Hospital. He is currently the                   Where is the Next Busines
Chamber.                                        campaign director for Focus                           After Hours?...........Page 11
                                                Watertown, the Watertown economic
                         Wilfahrt served        development group, with a fundraising
                         in the dual            goal of 2 million dollars. Some of his
                                                                                                      Page 2
                         position of            other recent clients include: Dakota                  Messages From Your
                         President &            Nation Gaming Enterprise (casino                      2008 Board Chair
                         CEO of the             operations of the Sisseton Wahpeton
                         Watertown Area         Tribe), CoHo Inc, Superior Homes,                     Page 4
                         Chamber of             Stateline Signs, Otter Tail Power                     New Members
                         Commerce and           Company, and the South Dakota Public
                         Executive              Utilities Commission. Over his career                 Page 6 & 7
                         Director of the        he has also has served on more than                   A Month In Pictures
                         United Way of          50 national, state and local volunteer
                                                                                                      Page 8 & 9
                         Watertown              boards.
                                                                                                      Business Briefs
South Dakota for 20 years before open-
ing his own consulting firm in 2005.            The Chamber is looking forward to                     Page 10
Under his leadership the Watertown              Barry’s Leadership in working with                    Check Out the Website
Chamber and United Way increased                Chamber Members, the many volun-                      Member Directory Hits!
membership and revenue 20 consecu-              teers in our communities and other
tive years. Prior to moving to                  leaders, to continue to address our                   Page 11
Watertown, he served as the Chamber             challenges and accomplish our goals.                  January Business After
Executive in Crookston, MN.                                                                           Hours
                                                Wilfahrt will address the chamber
                                                                                                      Page 12
Wilfahrt has a degree in Government             membership at The Chamber’s Annual
                                                                                                      January Calendar
from Saint John’s University in Minne-          Dinner and Meeting on February 25th at
sota and his Master’s degree in Urban           the Alerus Center. Wilfahrt will officially
Studies with a city management empha-           begin his duties as President/CEO on
sis from Minnesota State University.            April 1st, 2008.
                                            From Your Chair

                                                             Looking Ahead
                                                           This past month The Chamber and our communities lost a
                                                           couple of good friends and great community leaders with the
                Officers                                   passing of Bob Brooks and Jean Kiesau. In Bob, the family
      Chair: Jerry Youngberg                               lost a good husband and father and individually many of us
          First Realty of GFF                              lost a valued friend and advisor. The days are not going to be
     Chair-Elect: Rick Duquette
          City of Grand Forks                              “just peachy” anymore. Jean was a strong and respected
     Past Chair: Kristi Hall-Jiran                         figure in the Home of Economy business, a leader and
                  CVIC                    mentor for many in The Chamber of Commerce and in our communities for
      Secretary: Barb Schultz             many years.
         Ideal Aerosmith, Inc.
              Curt Kreun                  As we are moving through The Chamber year we are starting to accomplish the
           GF City Council                goals we had set.
             Scott Roche
             A.G. Edwards                 First, we have leased out the North end of The Chamber building to Community
                                          Options. A new Chamber member, a new business in the community and a
                                          valuable service now provided to the area.
 Rich Becker - BacTee Systems/Becker      Second, we have selected the new President of The Chamber. He is Barry
                                          Wilfahrt from Watertown, SD and will be officially begin his duties on April 1st,
                 Marketing                2008.
          Dave Beehler- Ecolab
     Pat Berger - United Way of GF/EGF    We will soon be announcing the when and where of “conversations with the
                                          mayor and city council members” of each of our Grand Cities. This will provide
 Thane Bergh - American Federal Bank      an opportunity for all participants to share ideas for the betterment of our
   Andy Byron - United Valley Bank        communities.
           Kent Hanson - NCTC
                                          February, I always find an interesting and enjoyable month. It is interesting
       Jeff Jasperson- Canad Inns         because two of this countries greatest leaders are remembered for their births
  Steve Johnson - GF Regional Airport     this month, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. There is the emotion of
  Monica Musich - Valley Dairy Stores     love and joy around Valentines day. Finally it is the shortest month and that has
Linda Pierce -Crary Homes & Real Estate
                                          appeal, even this year with a day more for leap year.
       Jim Richter - EGF EDHA             We are looking forward to the annual meeting on Monday, the 25th of February
 Chris Semrau - Ralph Engelstad Arena     at the Alerus Center. I hope you will be there for the first opportunity to hear
       Steve Swanson - AE2S
                                          from our new President, Barry Wilfahrt, participate in the presentation of the
                                          Henry Havig Award and enjoy all of the other program items. See page 4 for
      Vance Taylor - ND Mill & Elevator   more information.
     Klaus Thiessen - GF Regional EDC
         Greg Weisenstein - UND
                                          Please remember that the more you and your employees are involved with The
                                          Chamber activities, the greater the return you’ll see on your membership
Sr. Military Advisor to the Board                                                                                   -Jerry Youngberg
        Colonel Diane Hull - GFAFB

            Save the Date                                        Seats Still Available
         The Regional ATHENA
               Awards                         6th Annual Mayor’s State of the City Address &
          Thursday, April 3, 2008                              Luncheon
          Rydell GM Auto Center
      Social-5:30pm Program-6:15pm                                       February 13, 2008
                                                                         11:30am - 1:00pm
      New this year to the program,
     the ATHENA Young Professional                                         Alerus Center
                  Award.                                            $15/person (Includes Lunch)
     For nomination and sponsorship
        information please contact
                Corrina at
                                                  Reservations are required. Seating is limited, sign up soon!                To RSVP, Contact The Chamber at 772-7271 or or
      Nomination deadline is March              online at Reservation deadline is February 6th.
                 16th, 2008.
                                                   Reservations not cancelled 3 business days prior to event, will be billed.

  F rom Your Chamber Staf f
        Your         Staff                                                                             Staff
                                                                                                 Lisa Swanson
Member Renewals                                                                              Marketing/Program Director
Thanks for renewing your membership in The Chamber! Renewals listed are                      Interim Chamber Manager
from Dec. 26th, 2007 to Jan. 25th, 2008.                                              

A Transmission City                          Kingsbury Applied Economics                          Nicole Spoor
AAA North Dakota - GF Branch                                                                      Finance Director
                                             Lafarge Dakota, Inc.
Anderson Brothers Auto Body Shop                                                    
                                             Lander Limited Partnership
APS Healthcare                               Leighton Broadcasting                              Corrina Sachno
Aurora Urgent Care                           Liberty Business Systems, Inc.                     Program Coordinator
Baukol Builders, Inc.                        McDonald’s Columbia Mall               
Biolife Plasma Services                      McDonalds - EGF                                      Kacey Ferry
BNSF Railway Company                         McFarlane Sheet Metal                      Administrative Assistant/Receptionist
Bosh Enterprises                             Merry Maids                              
Braaten Cabinets                             Midwest Supply
Brian’s Flooring, Inc.                       Modern Information Systems, Inc.                    202 N. 3rd Street
Cabela’s                                     Mondry, Dianne                                  Grand Forks, ND 58203
Caldis, Tingum & Tingum, Ltd.                Muddy Rivers                                           PO Box 315
Camrud, Maddock, Olson & Larson, Ltd.        Nissan Honda of Grand Forks                   East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Canad Inns                                   Nodak Electric Cooperative                           (701)772-7271
Cariveau Brothers Construction               Norther Bag and Box Company                       (701)772-9238 Fax
Cariveau, George A. Business Consultant      Northern Plumbing Supply               
Caulfield Studio                             Northland Family Physicians            
Century Electric, inc.                       Odney/Lignite Energy Council
Citizens Community Credit Union - Hugo’s     Page, Dennis
Citizens Community Credit Union - Wal-Mart   Pamida                                            Mission Statement
City of East Grand Forks                     Paradiso Mexican Restaurant
City of Grand Forks                          Park University                               “The Chamber of Commerce
Commercial Printing/Morgan Printing, Inc.    Peterson Construction Company, Inc.              creates an environment
Community Contractors, Inc.                  Plaza Motel                                    that encourages business
Conlin’s Furniture                           Radi’s Custom Woodworks
Cronquist, Jack                                                                            success while enhancing the
                                             Ramada Inn
Dakota Fire Protection                       RDO Foods Company                              quality of life in our region.”
Dakota Sales/Budweiser                       Rebarchek Construction
Dakota Supply Group                          Red River State Recreaton Area
Dean Foods N.C. Inc./Land O’Lakes            Red River Valley Motorcyclists
Dell-Com, Inc.                               Results Unlimited Marketing & Consulting
Dex Media                                    Riddle’s Jewelry
Domino’s Pizza                               River Cities Speedway
Edgewood EGF Senior Living, LLC              Riverview Clinic
El Roco Nightclub & Bottle Shop              Roadking Inn columbia Mall
Express Personnel Services                   Rydell GM Auto Center
Fair Hills Resort                            Saddler, Tom & Jackie
Ferrell Gas                                  Shooting Star Casino
First Realty - Jerry Youngberg               Simonson Lumber & Hardware
Friends of the Campbell Library              SimplexGrinnell LP
Galstad,Jensen and McCann, PA                Spray Advantage
Gate City Bank                               St. Vincent DePaul
Gateway Publishing (2001), Inc.              State Farm Insurance - Gary Belanus
GEICO Insurance Companies                    Stennes Funeral Home
Gerells Sports Center/Hockey World           Strata Corporation
GF Co. Soil Consrv. Dist. /NRCS              Super Target
GF Park District                             Tanabe, Curtis D.D.S.
Grand Forks Herald                           TDL, Inc
Grand Forks Winnelson                        Thompson Insurance
Greenberg Realty - Stacey Palmiscno          Thrify White Drug
Ground Round                                 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans
Happy Harry’s Bottle Shops                   Thur-O-Clean
Hospice of the Red River Valley              UBS Financial Services Inc.
Hugo’s #2                                    University of North Dakota
Hugo’s #3                                    United Way of GF/EGF & Area
Hugo’s #5                                    US Food Service - GFG Division
Hugo’s #6                                    Vaaler Insurance, Inc.
Hugo’s #8                                    Valley Bone & Joint Clinic
In-Prints Screen Printing, Inc.              Valley Memorial Homes
Ink Doctor                                   Vigen Construction, Inc.
Innes Construction Company                   Vreeland Remodeling, Inc.
Jorgensen, LaVernia                                                                                                           3
  embership                 News

Welcome New Members                                                                        Ambassor Calls
Denny’s                                           O’Reilly Auto Parts
3770 32nd Ave. S.                                 1106 S. Washington St.
Grand Forks, ND 58201                             Grand Forks, ND 58201
701-852-6303                                      701-772-3699
Greg Gerloff
3973 Shady Lane                                   Express Tax
Grand Forks, ND 58201                             1604 S. Washington St., Ste. 106
701-772-6840                                      Grand Forks, ND 58201
                                                                                           Altru Outpatient Care Facility
                                                  701-757-0771                             The Ambassadors were on hand to
                                                                                           welcome the Altru Outpatient Care Facility
                                                                                           to East Grand Forks.

                                                                                           Express Taxes
                                                                                           The Ambassadors held a ribbon cutting to
                                                                                           welcome new Chamber members,

            2008 Annual Meeting and Dinner                                                 Express Taxes, to the Grand Cities.

                        Monday, February 25, 2008
                                   Alerus Center
                                  6:00pm ~ Social
                             6:30pm ~ Dinner & Program
                                        Please join us
                  Featured Speaker: New Chamber President, Barry Wilfahrt
           Kristi Hall Jiran, 2007 Board Chair officially passes the gavel to 2008 Board
                                        Chair, Jerry Youngberg
                        The prestigious Henry Havig Award will be presented
                                        Special Entertainment
                                                                                           O’Reilly’s Auto Parts
                                                                                           The Ambassadors welcomed new
                     $40/person or reserve a table of 8 for $288                           Chamber Member, O’Reilly’s Auto Parts to
                                         ~Dinner~                                          the Grand Cities.
                                 Creamy Cucumber Salad
                                     Steak Béarnaise
                                  Garlic Mashed Potatoes
                                Honey Glazed Baby Carrots

           2008….Rising to Meet New Challenges & Opportunities

     Invitations will be mailed soon. Sign up now by contacting The Chamber
        at 772-7271, or online at                     UND - Gate City Bank Room
                                                                                           The Ambassadors attended a ribbon
                                                                                           cutting dedicating the Gate City Bank
                                                                                           room at the UND CoBPA.

C hamber            News

                                                                  IRS NEWS FOR BUSINESS -
                                                                  JANUARY 2008
                                                                  The 2008 standard mileage rates, beginning Jan. 1, 2008, for the
                                                                  use of a car (including vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be
                                                                  50.5 cents per mile for business miles driven.
                                                                  Tax Talk Today is available live, in
                                                                  archives and as podcast downloads.The next programs are:
                                                                  Tuesday, Mar. 11, 2008 1-2 CT International Tax Issues:
                                                                  Understanding Tax Treaties
                                                                  The latest editions of the Retirement News, and Employee
                                                                  Plan news are now available.
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                                                                  W2 Dates to Remember
                                                                  January 1, 2008 Update payroll system to reflect the 2008
                                                                  wage base rates. (Visit

  Demand for electricity: higher.                                 January 31, 2008 Deadline for supplying W-2s to employees.
                                                                  February 28, 2008 Deadline for filing paper W-2s.
   Air quality standards: tougher.
                                                                  March 31, 2008     Deadline for filing electronic W-2s.
     The air we breathe: cleaner.
                                                                  Use the Social Security Number Verification Service (SSNVS)
                                                         Remember, while
                                                                  SSNVS is available to all employers and third-party submitters,
                                                                  it can only be used for wage reporting purposes.

It should come as no surprise that Americans are                  Helpful SSA numbers for your W2 filing:
consuming more electricity than ever. But it may                  800-772-6270 Employer Reporting Assistance M-F 6-6pm CT
surprise you to learn that power companies are          
able to keep up with that increasing demand                       888-772-2970 BSO Technical Assistance    M-F 7:30-3 pm CT
while meeting and exceeding tougher air quality          For TDD/TTY call 1-800-325-0778
standards. In fact, the fresh air we breathe in                   Visit for
North Dakota is some of the cleanest in the                       a complete list of Social Security experts that can help with
                                                                  complicated questions about submitting W-2s/W-3s.
n a t i o n . Fo r m o r e d e t a i l s a b o u t h ow w e’r e
producing energy while protecting air quality,                    The number for North Dakota is at
                                                                  (303) 844-2364.
please visit
                                                                  The number for Minnesota is Paul at (312)
     Increasingly clean, affordable and reliable.
      Electricity from coal. Powering our lives.

                                        Powering our lives.                                                                                                              5
A Month in Pictures

                      Top Right: Tracy Boone, Invisimax, Cheryl Ramberg, Brenda
                      Kovar, Choice Financial and Kathy Loff, Clear Channel Radio
                      had a great time at H&R Block’s Business After Hours.
                      Top Left: TracyBoone presents Dee Skjold, Gaffaney’s with
                      the Ambassador of the Quarter Award for fourth quater
                      Bottom Left: The H&R Block crew did a great job making
                      putting together the January Business After Hours event at
                      the Eagles Crest.

                      Bottom: A recent Brown Bag Seminar filled the room at The
A Month in Pictures

 Top: Craig Silvernagel, UND, talked about Marketing on
 the Edge at the January Brown Bag Lunch Seminar at
 The Chamber.
 Right: MAC Chair, Danny Holwerda, Am. Red Cross,
 presents Maj. Beckman, NDARNG, with a donation on
 behalf of The Chamber’s Golden Eagles.

 Bottom: Great food, door prizes and networking are a
 few reasons to make sure you attend Business After
 Hours each month.
   B usiness          Briefs
Community Bank of RRV                         Risk Analysis for Commercial Bankers in      all areas of commercial, agricultural and
                                              Memphis, TN and the Strictly Business        consumer lending.
Announces New Employee                        Dale Carnegie Immersion Course. He is
and Promotion                                 Treasurer of the Sertoma Club of Grand       Bergh also worked at Border State Bank in
Ronald Kuznia has taken the position of       Forks and Co-Captain of Community            Greenbush, MN as a Senior Commercial
agricultural and business lender at the       Bank’s Relay for Life Team.                  and Agricultural Loan Officer before
East Grand Forks office of Community                                                       joining Community Bank of The Red River
Bank of the Red River Valley. He will be      Sorlien is a native of Grand Forks, ND and   Valley in East Grand Forks, where he had
responsible for working with agricultural     earned his Bachelors Degree in Manage-       been since 1999 as Vice President and
and commercial lending and customer           ment from UND in 2004.                       Commercial and Agricultural Loan Officer.
                                              Kramer Joins AgriData, Inc.                  Bergh is a graduate of the Midwest
                  With almost forty years     Daniel Kramer has joined AgriData, Inc.      School of Banking in Morris, MN, the
                  of agricultural and         as its web application developer. He is      Commercial Lending School of the
                  business lending,           responsible for further development of       Minnesota Bankers Association in Grand
                  Kuznia brings with him a    AgriData, Inc.’s web-based projects and      Rapids, MN, and the Leadership Training
                  solid background and        will handle the majority of the company’s    Program of the Grand Forks Chamber of
                  knowledge of all areas of   web development, software development        Commerce.
                  the financial industry.     and web design.
                  He will focus his skills                                                 Bergh is on the Board of Directors of the
                  on topics like customer                       A native of Grand Forks,   Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Chamber of
and financial product knowledge, ag                             North Dakota, Kramer       Commerce and is Chair of the chamber’s
portfolio management, and commercial                            has more than ten years    Ag Committee.
loan applications and administration.                           of experience in com-
                                                                puter programming.         Bergh and his spouse, Janelle, reside in
Kuznia previously worked as Assistant                           Before joining AgriData,   East Grand Forks with their three children:
Vice President in the Grand Forks office of                     Inc., he worked as a       Bryce and Breanna, 13, and Brook, 9.
Community Bank. While in Grand Forks                            programmer for the
his focus was equipment loans , operating                       Aerospace Network at
lines of credit and commercial real estate                      the University of North    Simmons Flint Staff Attend
loans. Kuznia is a graduate of the Bank       Dakota in Grand Forks. Kramer has also
Administration Institute, North Dakota        owned his own web-design company
School of Banking, and the American           since 2001. He is a graduate of the                             Linda Muus, account
Banker’s Association Executive Develop-       University of Minnesota, Crookston, with                        manager, received the
ment Program. He is past president of the     a degree in Information Network Manage-                         Second Wind Certified
Bank Administration Institute and the Tri-    ment.                                                           Agency Account
County Bankers Association.                                                                                   Manager designation
                                              A resident of Grand Forks, Kramer is                            after attending a three-
A Warren, MN native, he resides in Grand      married with three children.                                    day certification training
Forks, and is active in the The Chamber -                                                                     seminar in Costa Mesa,
GF/EGF, Boy Scouts of America, United         Bergh Joins American                                            Calif. The training
Way of Grand Forks and East Grand                                                                             included instruction in
Forks, Lions International, and the           Federal EGF                                  account service, management, and
Knights of Columbus.                          Thane Bergh, East Grand Forks, has been      planning, along with proposal writing and
                                              named Ag/Business Banker at American         presentation skills.
                  Robert Sorlien has been     Federal in East Grand Forks.
                  promoted to the position                                                                    Mary Schieve, senior
                  of Business Banking         Bergh brings 16 years of agricultural and                       copywriter, attended the
                  Officer with the Grand      commercial lending experience in south-                         Public Relations Society
                  Forks office of Commu-      eastern North Dakota, the Red River                             of America International
                  nity Bank of the Red        Valley, and northwestern Minnesota to                           Conference in Philadel-
                  River Valley. He will be    American Federal.                                               phia, where she also
                  responsible for business                                                                    attended a pre-confer-
                  and commercial real                           Bergh grew up on a                            ence seminar on new
estate loans and customer development.                          family farm and gradu-                        media communications.
                                                                ated from North Dakota     SimmonsFlint is a full-service agency
Sorlien previously held the position of                         State University with a    integrating all aspects of public relations,
Business Banking Associate where he                             Bachelor’s degree in       marketing and advertising.
specialized in compiling customer informa-                      Agricultural Economics.
tion, analyzing financial statements and                        After college, Bergh       Wolf Joins ND Chamber
overall loan analysis.                                          joined Sargent County      Tyler Wolf has joined the North Dakota
                                                                Bank in Forman, ND as      Chamber of Commerce as an intern for the
Sorlien is a graduate of the UCA II: Credit   an Assistant Vice President and worked in    Spring Semester of 2008. His main projects

  Chamber News
for the internship will be researching,                        AE2S’s Chief Adminis-        to accommodate schedules. Session I runs
creating, and implementing a marketing                         trative Officer. Byrne, a    from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Session II
plan to strengthen member communica-                           graduate of the              runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
tions and visibility for the organization                      University of North
and updating the Chamber website.                              Dakota, is the                Both sessions join together at noon for a
                                                               company’s Controller.        lunch program where the Governor
                  Wolf, a Wyoming native,                                                   traditionally gives an address. Cost for the
                  attends the University                         “These individuals         day, including a continental breakfast,
                  of Mary where he is                            exemplify commitment       lunch, meeting materials and transporta-
                  completing both his                            to a broad spectrum of     tion to and from the Capitol, is $50.
                  bachelors of science in    criteria, including client management,
                  business administration    technical ability, character, leadership,      Let’s demonstrate our commitment to
                  and communications         financial understanding and ability, and       protecting the priorities of Minnesota’s
                  with an emphasis in                            contribution to busi-      business community – and thus the state’s
                  public relations. Before                       ness development,”         economic vitality – by joining with the
joining the chamber he was a customer                            explains Steve Burian,     Minnesota Chamber and local chambers
service representative for Wells Fargo                           PE, CEO of AE2S. AE2S      statewide for this event. It’s imperative
Bank.                                                            was founded in 1991 in     that the business community speak with
                                                                 Grand Forks, North         one voice if we are to achieve results at the
The North Dakota Chamber of Commerce                             Dakota by Burian and       Capitol.
is the state’s most influential general                          company President,
business organization. It offers many                            Charles Vein, PE. Since    For more information, or to register contact
programs and services to help businesses                         inception, the firm has    the MN Chamber or register online at
succeed in North Dakota, making the state    grown from two people to over 70 people
an outstanding place to live, work and do    in seven offices located throughout
business.                                    North Dakota and Minnesota.                    American Cancer Society
                                             Gerszewski, Smith, and Byrne join the          Daffodil Days
Faulhaber Joins Trojan                       Founders and 10 other individuals as
                                             owners of the company.                         Daffodil Days are coming!! Held in the
Promotions                                                                                  first days of spring, thousands of volun-
Becky Faulhaber has joined the book-                                                        teers around the country sell bunches of
                                             MN Business Day at the                         daffodils to raise funds for cancer re-
keeping department at Trojan Promotions
                in Grand Forks. She          Capital                                        search, education, advocacy and patient
                oversees accounts            Business Day at the Capitol gives you                                service programs.
                payable and receivable       the chance to share your views and                                   The American Cancer
                and assists with             concerns directly with state policy-                                 Society recognizes
                company financials. She                                   makers. Join us                         the daffodil not only
                is a full time student at                                 March 5 in St.                          as the first flower of
                the University of North                                   Paul as we                              spring, but as the
                Dakota, pursuing her                                      represent                               flower of hope- hope
                degree in Accountancy.                                    companies                               that cancer will be
                                                                          from our                                cured in our lifetime.
Faulhaber is originally from Dickinson, ND                                community
and previously worked at Community                                        alongside         In February, businesses have the opportu-
Bank of the Red River Valley and Vaaler      businesses from across the state. We also      nity to pre-sell daffodils in their business
Insurance.                                   will have an opportunity to personally         and the flowers will arrive during the week
                                             visit with our local legislators.              of March 17-22. For a donation of $10 you
AE2S Expands Ownership                                                                      will receive a bunch of 10 flowers or $15 for
AE2S (Advanced Engineering and               Upward of 600 people come together as          the flowers plus a beautiful vase. In
Environmental Services, Inc.) has ex-        one statewide business voice at this           addition, you may contribute to the Gift of
                  panded the ownership       event which has become the largest             Hope program for a minimum donation of
                  of the company to          lobbying day in Minnesota. In its 15th         $15 a bouquet will be delivered anony-
                  include Wayne              year, it is an excellent venue for the         mously to a cancer patient.
                  Gerszewski, PE, Sheryl     business community to speak with a
                                             single voice on common priorities              If your business is interested in participat-
                  Smith, MBA and Mitch
                                             including quality and affordable health        ing in Daffodil Days, please contact
                  Byrne, CPA.
                                             care, minimizing the state tax burden, and     Monica Foster, Daffodil Chair at 746-8440
                  Gerszewski, is a gradu-
                                             passing long-term funding for transporta-      or by email at
                  ate of the University of
                  North Dakota, a profes-    tion needs across the state.
                  sional engineer, and a
                                             Headquarters for this event is the Crowne
Senior Project Manager in the Grand
                                             Plaza St. Paul-Riverfront, 11 East Kellogg
Forks, ND office. Smith is a graduate of
                                             Blvd., St. Paul. Two sessions are offered
the University of North Dakota and is                                                                       Continued on page 11                                                                                                                  9
C hamber             News

                                                                         47,400+ Webpage
Introducing…                                                            Views in One Month!
                                                         lists all our Chamber
                                                                  members and people are finding you there!
                                                                  Some of the categories visited and number of
                                                                  views received from December 31st to January
                         What is it?                              31st were:
        It’s a new twist on Chamber Inserts.
     The Chamber will mail special Chamber Packs filled           Abstractor/Architects/Engineers      3553
     with flyers or brochures advertising your special offer or   Financial Institutions               1552
     announcement to over 1500 Chamber Members.                   Hotels & Motels                       1546
     You provide 1600 copies of your 8.5x11 flyer or folded       Realtors                             1507
     brochure (if over 24# paper, special pricing applies)
                                                                  Restaurants                          1387
     We provide special Chamber Express envelopes and
     stuff and mail them with our members flyers to approx.       Agriculture/agribusines              1330
     1500 business people in our area.                            Non Profit Org.                      1286
     Chamber Packs will be mailed every other month               Automotive Supplies & Service        1236
     beginning with March 2007.                                   Contractors & Construc.              1153
     Each time, one packet will include a special FREE offer      Communication Sales & Service         1150
     from The Chamber as an incentive to browse the
                                                                  Advertising Services                 1116

          Cost to include your flyer: $175
                                                                          More Ways Your
      Space is limited, contact Lisa Swanson to                          Chamber Is Working
       reserve your spots today, 772-7271 or                                 For You:
                                                                        Member Referrals Made By
                                                                          The Chamber In 2008:
                               we have added
          erwhelming interest,
 Due to ov
     an Apr il Chamber Express m
                                  ailing!                                          77
                                                                           Total for January: 77
     Look for information from these businesses
          in your March Chamber Express!
                    Britton Transport                                  Certificates of Origin Signed
               Brown Corp/Dakota Fusion                                 By The Chamber In 2008:

               Conflict Resolution Center
                     Games Galore
                    GF Public Health
                Hitek Print Management                                      Total for January: 3
                   Northstar Telecom
                 Sacred Heart Schools
                                                                          New Resident Packets
                      Snap Fitness                                     Distributed By The Chamber
                  Stone’s Mobile Radio                                           In 2008:
                     The UPS Store

      Space still available in March, April, May, July,
               September and November!                                     Total for January: 21

  Chamber News

                                                                     Thursday February 21st, 2008
                                                                           4:45pm - 7:00pm
                                                                        Hosted by Canad Inns
                                                              Upper Level of Playmakers Gaming Lounge

  Hosted by:                                                        Free Admission
                                                 Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres and wine ~ Cash Bar ~
                                                 Door Prizes ~ Free l’Bistro Wine Club membeships to all
                                                 who attend ~ Progressive cash drawing is at $800! ~ ~
                                                                   NO RSVP Needed
   Canad Inns invites all Chamber Members and employees to their exciting Business After Hours to
   check out all they have to offer. Stop in...enjoy the fun experience Playmakers Gaming Lounge.
   You might even win $800 in our progressive cash drawing! We’ll draw the name of one Chamber
              Member business. If someone from that organization is present, they win!!
      Business After Hours is a great time to network, catch up with friends, coworkers and clients in a fun
          and casual way. Spread the word and plan to attend the Canad Inns Business After Hours.

Jung Completes Certification                                          Birthing Center has approximately 80 skilled and dedicated
Laurie Jung, MPT, PRC, physical therapist at Axis Clinic in the       childbirth nurses.
Aurora Medical Park, just completed certification in Postural
Restoration through the Postural Restoration Institute in Lincoln,    Altru Welcomes Sheri Krogstad
NE. She is one of 23 certified therapists in the country and the      Altru Health System, Grand Forks, ND *Sheri Krogstad, FNP for
                  only certified therapist in the state of North                        Altru’s OB/GYN, joined Altru Health System in
                  Dakota.                                                               January 2008. Prior to her position with Altru,
                                                                                        Sheri practiced at Valley Community Health
                  Postural Restoration is a specialized area in                         Center in Northwood and Larimore for three
                  physical therapy that focuses on movement                             and a half years.
                  and breathing patterns that affect spinal
                  alignment. Abnormal alignment can affect pain                          Sheri received her undergraduate nursing
                  in all areas of the body. This intervention is                         degree from the University of North Dakota, as
                  extremely beneficial especially with chronic and                       well as her master’s as a family nurse practitio-
                  long standing pain issues.                                             ner. Sheri will see patients at Altru Clinic- Main.
                                                                      Sheri says she is very excited to be at Altru. Her particular
Altru Birthing Center Receives Award                                  interest includes Women’s Health.
Altru’s Family Birthing Center has been named as one of the
JOHNSON’S Childbirth Nursing Award recipients. The                    Indepth Inspections Opens In EGF
JOHNSON’S Childbirth Nursing Award, in partnership with the           Indepth Inspection, Inc. began offering home inspection services
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses          to homebuyers in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks, and the
recognizes Altru’s Family Birthing Center for the special contribu-                                 surrounding area in January of
tions its childbirth nurses make every day to their patients, their                                 2008. The company’s staff
unit and to others. “I am very proud of our team. They are all                                      includes certified home inspectors
very passionate about their jobs and have great compassion for                                      as well as civil engineers with
those they serve. They work from their heart to be the best they                                    experience in structural engineer-
can,” comments Diane Shervold, manager of Altru’s Family              ing. They have been completing foundation inspections for FHA
Birthing Center.                                                      loans for several years and now are expanding their service to
                                                                      include complete home inspections.
This is the first time Altru’s Family Birthing Center has received
the JOHNSON’S Childbirth Nursing Award. Altru’s Family                                                          Continued on next page                                                                                                                11
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     February 2008 Chamber Calendar
     February 6
     12:00pm          Athena Meeting (TBA)                             February 18
                                                                       11:30am           Ambassadors Meeting (TBA)
     February 7
     7:30am           MAC Executive Meeting (COC)                      February 20
     12:00pm          Finance Committee (COC)                          11:30am           Brown Bag Seminar “Cooperate
                                                                                         Enterprenurship” (COC)
     February 8                                                        4:30pm            Cats Incredible Meeting (COC)
     8:00am           Executive Committee (COC)
                                                                       February 21
     February 12                                                       4:45pm            Business After Hours (Canad Inns)
     7:30am           Agribusiness (Ramada Inn)
     12:00pm          Leadership (Adult) (TBA)                         February 22
                                                                       8:00am            Board of Directors (COC)
     February 13
     7:30am           Business/Gov/Edu/Alliance (COC)                  February 25
     11:30am          Mayor State of the City (Alerus Center)          6:00pm            Annual Meeting & Dinner (Alerus Center)

     February 15                                                       February 28
     7:30am           Past Board Chairs Meeting (COC)                  8:00am            MAC Meeting (COC)

Hospice of the RRV Recieves Grant                                      Community Maps Available at The Chamber
Hospice of the Red River Valley has received a grant in the            The Chamber of Commerce recently partnered with the GF
amount of $3,000 from Dakota Medical Foundation to support             Herald to produce a full color, large, fold-out community map of
the care of cancer patients requiring more aggressive treatment.       Grand Forks/East Grand Forks. If you would like to have some
                                                                       on hand at your business for your customers, please stop by
Hospice of the Red River Valley is a nonprofit organization                                      The Chamber and we’ll be happy to
serving individuals with a life limiting illness and their families.                             give you a supply of maps.
Services include medical care, emotional and spiritual support,
assistance with day-to-day tasks and follow up grief support for                                There is no charge for the maps and
family members, in addition to support groups and education                                     they are a great giveaway to clients and
and resources for the community and health care professionals                                   staff. The Chamber office is located at
on end-of-life care, grief and loss.                                                            202 N. 3rd St, downtown Grand Forks
                                                                                                and we are open Monday through
Dakota Medical Foundation, Fargo, ND, focuses its efforts on                                    Friday until 5pm.
improving on improving health and access to medical and dental
care in the region, with a special emphasis on children. Since
1996, the Foundation has invested over $30 million to over 280-
nonprofit organizations in the region. For more information, see


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