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June 3, 2013

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June 2013
30th Annual Rally in the Valley 2013
June 15 & 16, 2013 Valley City, ND
Saturday, June 15th 8:00 am 32nd Annual Bill Jansen Road Race, Starting at HI-Line Park 8:00 am Bridge City Cruisers Registration, Rosebud Visitor Center 8:00 am Arts & Craft Fair, City Park 10:00 am Parade, Central Ave 10:00 am Classic Car & Tractor Show, Central Ave. and Main Street 11:00 am Pie & Ice Cream Social, VC Public Library 11:00 am Food Vendors, Veterans Memorial Park Parking Lot & City Park 11:00 am Games Galore Inflatable Games (Double Trouble, Joust, Laser Tag, Laugh & Learn, and Dora & Diego Bounce & Slide), City Park 1:00 pm Rubber Duck Race, City Park 1:00 pm Free Swim, VCPR Community Pool (1-4:30 only) 1:00 pm Nascar Team Tire Changing Contest & Stop on a Dime, Main Street Detail Lot 2:00 pm Kiddie Tractor Pull, City Park 2:00 pm Burn Out Contest, Main Street Detail Lot 3:15 pm Motor Blow Up Event, 2nd St. NE 4:00 pm Balance Beam Contest, Main Street Detail Lot 4:00 Mud Bog @ NDWS 6-8:00 pm “Three Card Molly” - Street Dance, Broken Spoke 9:00 pm-1:00 am “8 Foot 4” - Street Dance, Broken Spoke Sunday, June 16th
10:00 am Dakota Riders Hill Climb, Sheyenne Lodge
Monday, June 17th
4:30 & 7:30 Carson & Barnes Circus, Winter Show Building
Business After Hours at the Rosebud Center June 13 Rally in the Valley Weekend June 14-16 Crazy Days July 24
Greetings From Your President
By Michelle Wobbema, Bank Forward
I would like to thank Dawn Riley for her commitment and hard work she has done throughout the year and wish her continued success with her work as the manager of the ND Winter Show. I also want to congratulate Kay Vinje on becoming our new EVP and Courtney Henkel on becoming our new Chamber Assistant. There are a lot of exciting new things happening with the Chamber and I look for it to be a great year! I would like to congratulate all of the award winners from this year's annual banquet. It was a well attended, fun evening. I would also like to thank Sabir's for hosting the event. It was great to see the creativity with the centerpieces. The centerpiece drawing was a fun new part of the banquet and I am looking forward to doing it again next year. You can look through this month's newsletter to see some great pictures from the night. We did not have a customer service award for the month of May, so please don't forget to nominate those great employees/employers that go above and beyond and need to be recognized. Feel free to contact the Chamber office to nominate someone today. The Chamber of Commerce is hosting our own Business After Hours along with the Development Corporation, ND Winter Show and Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and would like to invite all of you to join us on June 13th from 5pm-7pm. There will be food and drink provided that night. We will have tours and informational signs up to teach you all about what happens inside the Rosebud Center throughout the year. On June 24th, the Barnes County Library will also be hosting a BAH to introduce their new manager, Steve Hammel, so watch for information about that. It is that time of year again when the Chamber is in search of new board members that are willing to help promote Valley City and the surrounding area. The Chamber is also looking for people to serve on our committees, which is a vital part of the Chamber. If you, or someone you know are interested please fill out the enclosed nominating ballot and submit it to the Chamber office as soon as possible. Nominations will be closing June 15th. We also have our annual Rally in the Valley coming June 15th. The day will start with a parade at 10am followed by the car show, craft vendors, food vendors, music in MP Park, games in City Park and ending the day with a dance in the Broken Spoke parking lot. We will have the pleasure of two bands this year. Starting the night out is 3 Card Molly followed by 8 Foot 4. Please come out and support Valley City and enjoy all the fun of the day! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for the Chamber, please call today. 701-845-1891
Remember to SHOP LOCAL! City Sales Tax Collections: February 2013: 71,616.80 February 2012: 93,502.74 March 2013: $ 222,724 March 2012: $168,032.56
2012-2013 Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michelle Wobbema President Bank Forward Tommy Bergan-Elect City Lights Supper Club Jon Aus Treasurer Sheyenne Care Center Greg Vanney VCSU Ken Reid Nearly Nu Amber Muske AFLAC Rod Nelson Be Mobile Colette Jenson Circle of Friends Preschool Tyler Marthaler Dacotah Bank Reed Anderson Valley City Times Record Lori Froemke The Independent of Barnes County & Beyond Paul Behle KSJB Dr. Steven Shirley Ex Officio VCSU Bob Werkhoven, Ex Officio Mayor
A note from your EVP/
Dawn Riley As many of you may know, June 1st will be my last day as the EVP of the Valley City Chamber of Commerce. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the chamber and getting to know each business in our community. It has been a pleasure to serve all of you. I have learned so much from all of our businesses and even more about what a supportive community we live in. I extend a sincere “thank you” to all who have influenced, sculpted, and inspired my efforts at the Chamber. In addition, it has been a pleasure working with the many volunteers on all of our committees. We have accomplished a lot in the past and the momentum is rolling to move the Chamber further ahead for our businesses as well as for our community. I will now be working solely with the North Dakota Winter Show on its many upcoming events and am excited for this new adventure. Thank you all again!
Kay Vinje Executive Vice President Courtney Henkel Chamber Assistant Janice Smith Office Assistant/Motor Vehicle Administrator
A new year brings a new Relay in Barnes County. We are excited to let everyone know that this year the Barnes County Relay for Life will have a fresh new look with the traditions everyone has come to love: Celebration of Survivorship, Care Givers, and the Luminary Lighting Ceremony. Now located in downtown Valley City from 6pm to Midnight on June 21st. We encourage everyone to come, check things out and partake in the fun! Like their page on Facebook to receive updates about the event!
Chamber & Development Joint Annual Banquet May 13, 2013
The joint Chamber and Development Corporation Banquet was held Monday, May 13th at Sabir’s. We’d like to thank all of our members for their support and an enjoyable evening. In the past years we’ve held the Table Decorating Contest for area businesses. However, this year we decided to try something new by asking them to create table centerpieces to showcase their creativity. We had 13 different businesses that participated in the Centerpiece Decoration Contest. We would like to thank Sabir’s Dining and Lounge and Staff for a wonderful meal. This year’s Keynote Address, “Marketing with Social Media” was given by Staff Sergeant Heather Kuntz, and a follow up workshop will be scheduled. Updates from the Development and Chamber were presented as well as the Chamber We look forward to seeing you all again next year at our join Chamber and Development Corporation Banquet!
ND Winter Show Centerpiece for the Centerpiece Decoration
2013 Business of the Year: John Deere Seeding Group
John Deere, corporately, has been in business for 126 years. Their Valley City division opened for business in 1996 as “Ag Air Manufacturing”. Not many years later, in 1999, John Deere Seeding Group fully acquired the Valley City business. Currently John Deere Seeding Group employs 330 full time and 100 temporary staff during the peak season. In November, 2012 they broke ground on a $20,000,000; 115,000 square foot expansion, bringing the plant size to a total of 325,000 sq feet. An additional 75-85 full time employees will be hired. John Deere Seeding Group has been a generous business member of this community. They have supported events for Valley City High school and was a partner in contributing to the new beautiful scoreboard at Hanna Field.
Dave Lysne Operations Manager
Other recipients include VCSU V-500, Youth Baseball, Youth Softball, Gymnastics, and the Soap Box Derby Club. In a conversation with Jeff Kennedy, Employee Relations Manager, HR at John Deere Seeding Group, he said, “Being a good employer is about good employees! We cannot accomplish what we have without them, and THEY are the reason we are receiving this award. They enable us to provide value to the community and a good positive image.” Accepting the award that night was Dave Lysne, Operations Manager. Pictured to the left is Factory Manager, David Bradford who was unable to be there that evening. Congratulations John Deere Seeding group!
Hi-Line Award Winner: Becky Heise
The Hi-Line Award began in 1985 and is the highest honor given by the Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce to an individual who has demonstrated to the success of Valley City through volunteer service, prolonged business development, and/or financial investment. Our 2013 recipient has been active in our community for many years. Her community affiliations and office held include:  Society Board Member  Valley City Image & Beautification Committee  Barnes County Historical Society Secretary  State Historical Society of ND Member  Historical Society Collections Committee Chairperson  National Trust for Historic Preservation Member  Regional Rep. for the ND Local History Council  Secretary of the Barnes County Heritage Partnership  President of the VC Pioneer Daughters  Barnes County Historical Society Researcher  Treasurer of Preservation ND Historian for Medicine Wheel Park Committee Historian for Historic Bridges Tour Committee - she was involved in development of an eight-bridge auto/pedestrian Historic Bridges Tour in Valley City. She was responsible for researching local news articles, engineering drawings, historic photos, and other images for eight interpretive panels; writing text and captions; assisting in project Historian for the Rosebud Visitor Center Committee She was Assistant Project Coordinator in the development of a new visitor center for Valley City which was built around the historic Rosebud Northern Pacific Superintendent’s Rail Coach of 1881. She was also responsible for assisting with project coordination and renovation of the Rosebud Coach. Assistant Project Coordinator for the Midland Continental Railroad Exhibit for Wimbledon Community Museum Historian for the Rosebud Visitor Center Interpretation Project Historian for Sheyenne River Valley Nat. Scenic Byway. She was assistant manager in the development of an x-mile Nat. Scenic byway in Eastern ND. Part of her responsibilities were assisting in project coordination, writing the Nat. Scenic Byway nomination, writing the Corridor Management Plan, and coordinating the historical research for and writing for 26 interpretive panels. Co-chair and Secretary of the President’s House Preservation Society President of Kathryn Heritage Alliance President of Historic Alderman School Association
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The 2013 Highline Award and our sincere Congratulations goes to: Becky Heise!
Community Spirit Award: Mary Berntson, Denise Majerus, and Vern & Marilyn Hedland
The COMMUNITY SPIRIT AWARD is given to those individuals, groups and/or businesses that stand out and help to promote Valley City. This award is based on the premises of continual unselfish support and dedication to the general welfare and overall attitude reflected to the public. This year we have three recipients of this award.
Our first recipient of the Community Spirit Award has been a volunteer of Youth Bowling for the past 40 years! Prior to this her mother was the coach and our recipient helped then also. She coaches bowling for youth from 5 years old to 20 years. In the past 2 years Jr High & High School teams have also been added. This Community Spirit Award goes to Mary Berntson. Congratulations! Our next recipient has served this community as a devoted 4-H Leader for 20 years. For the past 15 years her primary focus and area of teaching and coaching has been in the field of Hippology, the study of horses. She works with 4-Hers, ages 9-18, teaching them riding, judging, showing, science and more horse related areas. Her club has won numerous awards and will be going to National’s this coming January. Congratulations to Denise Majerus! The third and final recipient goes to a couple that have spent a good share of their 33 years in Valley city giving to others in a variety of ways. Together they have helped organize Blood Drives for NARFE (National Active Retired Federal Employees). They have worked with the Salvation Army and served as volunteer coordinators of the Community Christmas Eve Dinner for several years. Thye have been very active members of Trinity Lutheran Church and serving on many boards there. She volunteers with Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity. He developed and organized the Prescription Assistance Program which provides free or reduced medicine for individuals in need. This program was so successful in Valley City, that Fargo and now the entire state is using the program. As a result, over 4,000 people have been helped. He volunteers at the Senior Center and helps people with Medicare D. He originally organized the info booth at the NDWS and with a Medora booth. He also served on a Special Assessment Committee and worked to develop tax incentives toa ttract new business to Valley City. Our sincerest congratulations goes out to Vern & Marilyn Hedland!
Community Image Award: Dancing Wildflower Salon, Dakota Rose Floral, & Straus Investors
The Community Image Award is given annually to any group or business that has improved and/or enhanced the visual impact of their business or the development or renovation of a specific location or property. These enhancements deliver a more inviting, more appealing, and more progressive community image and result in an overall positive perception of Valley City.
This couple was very excited about starting their own business in a downtown space that had been empty for 1.5 years. A trip to the Bahamas prior to renovation inspired them to use the colors of the ocean and whimsy of the culture in their interior decorating of the shop. They desired to bring a little calm and a relaxing paradise feeling to the decor. In recognition to the visual enhancement to downtown, our first Image Enhancement Award goes to: Jessi & Brian Winter for Dancing Wildflower Salon Every business contends with a need for constant upgrade and growth. This business purchased a competing business on October 1, 2012, creating the need to expand. They moved into a previously empty building that has since been totally renovated to meet the needs of this growing business. Business owner, staff and customers alike are loving the new location and additional beautiful new space. Congratulations goes to: Deb White for Dakota Rose Floral
Community Image Award - Cont.: Dancing Wildflower Salon, Dakota Rose Floral, & Straus Investors
Our third recipient came about as a desire to rescue and restore a downtown building and enhance a major corner of our downtown district. The beautiful exterior renovations welcome shoppers and visitors, and quietly remind us all of the viability of our lovely city. Currently this building is home to 3 businesses, Professional Eye Care, Martineck Law Office, and RHRA Architects. An elevator has just been installed and remodeling continues as the interior of the building will also have a whole new look and feel. Our congratulations go to: George Gaukler & The Straus Investors For the Straus Mall
One more big THANK YOU to Dawn Riley & Kay Vinje for all you’ve done to help the Chamber! We wish you all the best in your new positions!
Soap Box Derby June 8th
Schedule of Events:
Wed. June 5: 5-9pm Inspections - Youth Sport Complex Thurs. June 6: 5-9pm Inspections - Youth Sport Complex Fri. June 7: 6pm - Picnic for drivers and family - Chautauqua Park 7pm - Driver’s meeting Chautauqua Park Sat. June 8: 7:30-8am Group Photo - Youth Sports Complex 8-9am Driver trial run 9:30am Opening Ceremonies 9:30am Race Begins 5:30pm Awards immediately following end of race
The Soap Box Derby will be sponsored by Sheyenne Valley Soap Box Derby Club. If you would like to sponsor a driver or have a child interested in driving contact the Club on Facebook at:

www.facebook.comsheyennevalleysoapbox  Or call Doreen at 701-840-0249 Applications can be downloaded at: 
There are currently 8 drivers in need of sponsors!!!
Support the Soap Box Derby Club by “buying” a duck for the “Ducking Down the Sheyenne” raffle. On June 15th during Rally in the valley, the ducks will be dumped off the foot bridge at City Park . The top 10 ducks will receive chamber bucks. 1st place = $500 worth! *Duck raffle tickets are available at Central Ave Pharmacy & from all Soap Box Derby Club members.
Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce
May Ambassador Visits
Bridges Car Wash
Owners: Joe & Jenny Faure 1000 W Main Street, VC Phone: 845-5500 Open 24/7 Do it yourself wash, drive through wash, and interior vacuuming and shampooing options available!
Fish Hatchery
Kurt Eversman 11515 River Road, VC Phone: 654-7451 Wonderful summer fun to be had here! Canoeing, hiking, fishing, and more!
Lawn Realty
New Location: David Nelson 202 Central Ave, VC South of Marketplace Phone: 845-0782
Hours: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday For more information check out their website at:
The Ambassadors are always looking for businesses to visit! Have a new employee? Moved or remodeled? Have something you’d like to share? Why not invite the Ambassadors for a visit? Contact the Chamber at 845-1891 for more information! 11
Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce 250 West Main St PO Box 724 Valley City, ND 58072 (701) 845-1891
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Chamber Committee Meeting Dates
(dates subject to change)
Rally in the Valley June 15 Crazy Days July 24
Friday, June 3 – 7:00 am Special Board Meeting Tuesday, June 11 - 11am CVB Meeting Wednesday, June 12 - 7:30 Ag Committee Meeting Wednesday, June 12 - 10:00 am Ambassador Committee Meeting
Contact the Chamber 845-1891 or
If you are interested in serving on a Chamber committee please contact the Chamber at 845-1891 We appreciate your ideas and efforts.
Have you become a fan of our new Facebook page?
Thursday, June 20 - 7:00 am Commerce Committee Meeting Friday, June 7 - 7:30am Chamber Exec Committee Wednesday, June 26 - 10am Ambassador Meeting
The Chamber has a new Facebook Page. To join go to ValleyCityChamberOfCommerce?ref=hl and click “Join”! Watch for updates on upcoming events, pictures, and other fun things on our new page!
Friday, June 21 - 7:00 Chamber Board Meeting
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