Firefighter Heroes

When you think of a hero, you probably think of batman, superman, or maybe even wonder woman, but have you ever considered some of the people within your community to be heroes? Heroes can be as simple as the teachers, business owners, volunteers, coaches, law enforcement, firefighters, and many many more people within our community.

This month’s issue featured all of our Hidden Hometown Heroes that we felt deserved a little bit of recognition. We teamed up with Scheels and the Bismarck Larks to give back to those who do so much for our community.

On any given day, you could find a firefighter working hard for our community, at the fire station making sure things are constantly getting done and always ready for their next call. But, what you may not realize is all the little things that they do for our community that goes unnoticed. They like to educate on fire safety, organize fundraisers, and donate to those in need.

One fundraiser they do every year is the “Fill The Boot” fundraising initiative for  the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fire Captain Joey Vander Vliet explained, “We go to various retail stores around town and encourage people to fill our fire boots with monetary donations.” These donations help families in the community with muscular dystrophy, fund research for new treatments, support MDA Care Centers, and assist in sending kids to MDA Summer Camp.

Another fun thing that our firefighters like to do every year is to deliver toys to hospitalized children during the holidays. “Not only for the kids, but for me as well, it makes all the stress go away. It puts life into perspective. All my stress and worries are nothing compared to what those children are going through.” Says Vander Vliet.

While we know them as the ones to save us from the roaring fires, it is the small, sometimes hidden, acts of service by the firefighters of Bismarck that have the biggest impact on our community. 

Real Estate Heroes

Real Estate Heroes

It’s not always the easiest or most fun process when it comes time to look for your new home, it can be stressful, confusing, and overall hectic, and you shouldn’t have to do it alone.

When looking to buy a home, you want your real estate agent to be someone who you can connect with, that’s friendly and listens to your ideas, and is willing to go to every measure to find you your dream home.

At Goldstone Realty, they pride themselves on providing stellar service to the community. They don’t want to just be another real estate agency, they want to be able to connect with you, make you feel comfortable, and be a friend for you every step of the way in purchasing your new home.

They have some of the best most innovative ways for marketing. They know that every home has something unique to share, and they share that through photography, 3D tours, and custom print material.

At Goldstone, they want to feel like family, they want to provide professional, informative, loyal, and dedicated service that sets themselves apart from anyone else. It’s not about “closing the deal” it’s about making the client feel cared about and their needs and wants being answered.

CoSchedule

CoSchedule

Are you sick of trying to plan and organize projects and meetings within the work place only to get parts of it organized and then emails start getting lost, documents getting mixed up, due dates being missed, etc.? If you answered yes to any of those, then CoSchedule is the solution to all of your problems! 

"CoSchedule is one of the leading, most popular content marketing calendars in the world." So how did they become the best and why should you choose them? Keep reading to find out! :)

CoSchedule is an easy to use software that helps marketers and project managers to see every detail of a project that they are working on, track progress of each members jobs, have a project timeline, discussion threads, and overall productivity. It also works well with other tools such as, google analytics, social media networks, google calendar, word press, and so much more. 

The tool is being built, sold, and supported solely from North Dakota. It was founded by Justin Walsh and Garrett Moon 5 years ago, they have two locations, one here in Bismarck and one in Fargo. They are continuously growing and adding on to the team, they hope to add on another 20+ jobs here in 2018. 

Not only is CoSchedule easy to use and the best, but its LOCAL?! We don't think it gets any better than that! 

 

**To learn more about CoSchedule check out there website here: https://coschedule.com
   OR Pick up our March/April issue to read their story.

      Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln are home to about 100,000 people. Every one of those 100,000 has a reason why they choose to live here. Some were born and raised here, some moved away and came back, and some are transplants from other parts of the country or even world. Each person has a unique story about why they chose to stay here. One thing all 100,000 of us have in common is that we live, work, and play in this small town, growing city.   We chose a few local people why they chose Bismarck, here are their stories:     

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Originally from Walla Walla, Washington, small town in the southeastern part of the state, best known for its sweet onions & award winning wineries.   Janelle moved to North Dakota at the age of 18 when she decided to go to the University of Mary. After finishing school in 3 years she realized she wasn't ready to leave Bismarck. "The University gave me a sense of community and the north dakotan hospitality. I chose to stay in Bismarck because of the people, and my purpose. Place attachment is crucial to our well-being. I had to develop a brand new social network, and it means more to me because I built it from scratch."  
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              John Bollinger was born in St. Louis Missouri and attended Missouri State University. His wife Marcie, grew up in a small town called Chilton, Wisconsin. The two met in a bar Kalamazoo, Michigan and they were brought here to Bismarck all thanks to Northwoods Baseball League.   John is the managing partner and general manager the beloved Bismarck Larks, Marcie is the producer and anchor for the nightly news on KFYR. John and Marcie are truly the power couple of Bismarck.   "This city has such pride for Bismarck. It's a part of the culture. Bismarck is a type of Utopia. Everyone is so excited to live here and be apart of the community. We came at this great time of revitalization where everyone is investing in the community and helping bring it forward."   Although they were skeptical of the weather at first, they came, they saw, and they stayed and they absolutely love it here.   
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Nick Schwieters was born and raised here in Bismarck, at the age of 18 moved away for college and over the next few years would eventually find himself back in North Dakota to finish his college degree at NDSU. His wife Amanda, is originally from Zealand, ND (population of about 80.) Amanda studied at MSUM and graduated with a degree in mass communications.  Nick and Amanda got married in June of 2014, Nick is the area director for N2 Publishing and produces two neighborhood publications; Life On The Horizon and Missouri Bay Living. Amanda is currently working for MSA United Way as the marketing manager.  They chose to move back to Bismarck for many reasons, but one of their main reasons was that there was plenty of opportunity, great community and connections.   "We know someone everywhere we go, and it's only getting better as this city continues to grow." - Nick      
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


      

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Matt Schanandore grew up in Mandan, ND. He was always very involved in community events and one of his first jobs was as a tour guide for the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, where his passion for history and the community grew.   He started his college career at North Dakota State University but, was drawn back to Bismarck in his second year of school where he would finish his undergrad and graduate degrees at the University of Mary.   "The legendary history of the area drove my desire to stay in Mandan connecting the state and local community to the world."   Some of Matt's favorite places in Mandan are the Historic Mandan Train Depot and Dykshoorn Park. These areas are known for hosting summertime events that have been happening for decades. Matt said, "Now, with a family of my own, I'm just as excited to take my kids to experience these legendary traditions."      
           
          

         
      
       
    

  


    

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          
           
              Kenny Howard was born and raised in Mandan, ND. He finished his college degree in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he would also meet his wife Kendra. They moved to San Francisco and lived there for seven years, it wasn't until after having their first child that they realized they wanted to be closer to family and landed themselves back in Mandan.   A few years after moving back to North Dakota they made the decision to open Fireflour Pizza in the fall of 2012. Shortly after they opened the coffee side of the restaurant.  Fast forward to today, they have some incredibly new and exciting news!! The space that was once known as One World Boutique will now known for delicious italian baked goods, meats, and pizzas. It will be named "Anima Cucina" which translates to "soul kitchen." The restaurant will also feature and coffee and wine bar and they hope to have a private party space/wine cellar within a year of opening.   The Howard's are a big part of the downtown area and are continuing to help our city and community grow with love, happiness, food, and coffee... does it really get any better than that? We sure don't think so! 

Bismarck, Mandan, and Lincoln are home to about 100,000 people. Every one of those 100,000 has a reason why they choose to live here. Some were born and raised here, some moved away and came back, and some are transplants from other parts of the country or even world. Each person has a unique story about why they chose to stay here. One thing all 100,000 of us have in common is that we live, work, and play in this small town, growing city. 

We chose a few local people why they chose Bismarck, here are their stories:

 Originally from Walla Walla, Washington, small town in the southeastern part of the state, best known for its sweet onions & award winning wineries.   Janelle moved to North Dakota at the age of 18 when she decided to go to the University of Mary. After finishing school in 3 years she realized she wasn't ready to leave Bismarck. "The University gave me a sense of community and the north dakotan hospitality. I chose to stay in Bismarck because of the people, and my purpose. Place attachment is crucial to our well-being. I had to develop a brand new social network, and it means more to me because I built it from scratch."

Originally from Walla Walla, Washington, small town in the southeastern part of the state, best known for its sweet onions & award winning wineries. 

Janelle moved to North Dakota at the age of 18 when she decided to go to the University of Mary. After finishing school in 3 years she realized she wasn't ready to leave Bismarck. "The University gave me a sense of community and the north dakotan hospitality. I chose to stay in Bismarck because of the people, and my purpose. Place attachment is crucial to our well-being. I had to develop a brand new social network, and it means more to me because I built it from scratch."

 John Bollinger was born in St. Louis Missouri and attended Missouri State University. His wife Marcie, grew up in a small town called Chilton, Wisconsin. The two met in a bar Kalamazoo, Michigan and they were brought here to Bismarck all thanks to Northwoods Baseball League.   John is the managing partner and general manager the beloved Bismarck Larks, Marcie is the producer and anchor for the nightly news on KFYR. John and Marcie are truly the power couple of Bismarck.   "This city has such pride for Bismarck. It's a part of the culture. Bismarck is a type of Utopia. Everyone is so excited to live here and be apart of the community. We came at this great time of revitalization where everyone is investing in the community and helping bring it forward."   Although they were skeptical of the weather at first, they came, they saw, and they stayed and they absolutely love it here. 

John Bollinger was born in St. Louis Missouri and attended Missouri State University. His wife Marcie, grew up in a small town called Chilton, Wisconsin. The two met in a bar Kalamazoo, Michigan and they were brought here to Bismarck all thanks to Northwoods Baseball League. 

John is the managing partner and general manager the beloved Bismarck Larks, Marcie is the producer and anchor for the nightly news on KFYR. John and Marcie are truly the power couple of Bismarck. 

"This city has such pride for Bismarck. It's a part of the culture. Bismarck is a type of Utopia. Everyone is so excited to live here and be apart of the community. We came at this great time of revitalization where everyone is investing in the community and helping bring it forward." 

Although they were skeptical of the weather at first, they came, they saw, and they stayed and they absolutely love it here. 

 Nick Schwieters was born and raised here in Bismarck, at the age of 18 moved away for college and over the next few years would eventually find himself back in North Dakota to finish his college degree at NDSU. His wife Amanda, is originally from Zealand, ND (population of about 80.) Amanda studied at MSUM and graduated with a degree in mass communications.  Nick and Amanda got married in June of 2014, Nick is the area director for N2 Publishing and produces two neighborhood publications; Life On The Horizon and Missouri Bay Living. Amanda is currently working for MSA United Way as the marketing manager.  They chose to move back to Bismarck for many reasons, but one of their main reasons was that there was plenty of opportunity, great community and connections.   "We know someone everywhere we go, and it's only getting better as this city continues to grow." - Nick    

Nick Schwieters was born and raised here in Bismarck, at the age of 18 moved away for college and over the next few years would eventually find himself back in North Dakota to finish his college degree at NDSU. His wife Amanda, is originally from Zealand, ND (population of about 80.) Amanda studied at MSUM and graduated with a degree in mass communications.

Nick and Amanda got married in June of 2014, Nick is the area director for N2 Publishing and produces two neighborhood publications; Life On The Horizon and Missouri Bay Living. Amanda is currently working for MSA United Way as the marketing manager.

They chose to move back to Bismarck for many reasons, but one of their main reasons was that there was plenty of opportunity, great community and connections. 

"We know someone everywhere we go, and it's only getting better as this city continues to grow." - Nick 

 

 Matt Schanandore grew up in Mandan, ND. He was always very involved in community events and one of his first jobs was as a tour guide for the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, where his passion for history and the community grew.   He started his college career at North Dakota State University but, was drawn back to Bismarck in his second year of school where he would finish his undergrad and graduate degrees at the University of Mary.   "The legendary history of the area drove my desire to stay in Mandan connecting the state and local community to the world."   Some of Matt's favorite places in Mandan are the Historic Mandan Train Depot and Dykshoorn Park. These areas are known for hosting summertime events that have been happening for decades. Matt said, "Now, with a family of my own, I'm just as excited to take my kids to experience these legendary traditions."    

Matt Schanandore grew up in Mandan, ND. He was always very involved in community events and one of his first jobs was as a tour guide for the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park, where his passion for history and the community grew. 

He started his college career at North Dakota State University but, was drawn back to Bismarck in his second year of school where he would finish his undergrad and graduate degrees at the University of Mary. 

"The legendary history of the area drove my desire to stay in Mandan connecting the state and local community to the world." 

Some of Matt's favorite places in Mandan are the Historic Mandan Train Depot and Dykshoorn Park. These areas are known for hosting summertime events that have been happening for decades. Matt said, "Now, with a family of my own, I'm just as excited to take my kids to experience these legendary traditions." 

 
 Kenny Howard was born and raised in Mandan, ND. He finished his college degree in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he would also meet his wife Kendra. They moved to San Francisco and lived there for seven years, it wasn't until after having their first child that they realized they wanted to be closer to family and landed themselves back in Mandan.   A few years after moving back to North Dakota they made the decision to open Fireflour Pizza in the fall of 2012. Shortly after they opened the coffee side of the restaurant.  Fast forward to today, they have some incredibly new and exciting news!! The space that was once known as One World Boutique will now known for delicious italian baked goods, meats, and pizzas. It will be named "Anima Cucina" which translates to "soul kitchen." The restaurant will also feature and coffee and wine bar and they hope to have a private party space/wine cellar within a year of opening.   The Howard's are a big part of the downtown area and are continuing to help our city and community grow with love, happiness, food, and coffee... does it really get any better than that? We sure don't think so! 

Kenny Howard was born and raised in Mandan, ND. He finished his college degree in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he would also meet his wife Kendra. They moved to San Francisco and lived there for seven years, it wasn't until after having their first child that they realized they wanted to be closer to family and landed themselves back in Mandan. 

A few years after moving back to North Dakota they made the decision to open Fireflour Pizza in the fall of 2012. Shortly after they opened the coffee side of the restaurant.

Fast forward to today, they have some incredibly new and exciting news!! The space that was once known as One World Boutique will now known for delicious italian baked goods, meats, and pizzas. It will be named "Anima Cucina" which translates to "soul kitchen." The restaurant will also feature and coffee and wine bar and they hope to have a private party space/wine cellar within a year of opening. 

The Howard's are a big part of the downtown area and are continuing to help our city and community grow with love, happiness, food, and coffee... does it really get any better than that? We sure don't think so! 

MABU

MABU

Here at Bismarck Magazine we decided to get with the times and get techy!! For those of you who haven't had a chance to see our latest issue, let me explain. We paired up with Agency Mabu to bring you augmented reality (AR). For many this is something totally brand new, however, it's actually been around for quite some time.

For those who don't know what AR is, it uses visual content which is super imposed into digital content. The digital content could be graphics, sounds or just visual or audio content that improves the world around them. These content pieces come together to enhance the user's experience by bringing still images and video together to create content that comes to life. 

Through Augmented Reality, the consumer can now be engaged in multiple ways, through print, video, and graphics. As the producer of a product or mission we can now get more information to you, the consumer, in a much more engaging and interactive way. 

Our photos in this gallery come to life!! All you need to do is 5 quick and easy steps: 
1. Log in to the Google Play Store or The App Store
2. Search for the Layar App
3. Download the app
4. Scan over the "AR" enabled photo
5. Watch the video

The Anderson Family

The Anderson Family

Jordan and Kari Anderson, husband and wife, owners of Big River Builders offer many services, from new custom homes, renovations, and woodwork. They pride themselves on offering quality product that is unique and creative to each individual client. The Andersons believe that part of why their business is so unique is the involvement of their family within the business. Jordan and Kari have two boys, Trey (5 1/2) and Max (2 1/2), who are as much a part of the business as their parents. 

As a family they have decided to take on a new, personal project this year! They are building their new home for their family that will also include a space of conference rooms and offices for Big River Builders employees and clients. They got the idea to combine both work and home locations when they realized what they do so well, is family. 

"When you come to Big River Builders you get our family." 

 

We will be following the Anderson family and this project from foundation to finish in the next four to five issues! Stay tuned! 

Giving Hearts Day

Giving Hearts Day

"Giving Hearts are donors and more. Giving Hearts volunteer. Giving Hearts join. Giving Hearts make impact. Giving Hearts count. Especially when they beat together."

The Giving Hearts Foundation has been donating to local charities in the North Dakota and Western Minnesota areas since 2008 and they have made a huge impact. They help by giving donations to organizations who provide food for the hungry, shelters, mentors for youth, and much much more. With the help of the community they are making a huge difference in the lives of many. 

The Giving Hearts Foundation had an INCREDIBLE day on February 8th, 2018!! They had 28,000 Giving Hearts and raised a total of $13.1 million, Giving Hearts Day has made a huge impact and they couldn't have done it without the communities support. Way to go people... You are AWESOME. 

Top 7 new updates in downtown Bismarck and Mandan

Top 7 new updates in downtown Bismarck and Mandan

2018 is such an exciting year for the Bismarck community!! We are welcoming so many new businesses to the town... between new restaurants, boutiques, banks, bars, and so much more, we are really growing into an exciting city!! 

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H&D SCHILLING

H&D Schilling Building will be opening this spring. The building will provide space for potential restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, and residential apartments. 

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The Railyard

A proposal to redevelop properties on West Main Street in Mandan. They hope to renovate spaces into restaurants, breweries, apartments, and commercial space. 

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The Anderson Building 

Estimated renovation time is for spring 2019. They hope to add in a basement restaurant and luxury apartments. 

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Vold Building.

The Vold building got a new upscale look... home of Black Tie Optional and Stella's. Downtown Bismarck is booming and only continues to grow! 

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Active Life Chiropractic

Bismarck Magazine is thrilled about the growth happening in downtown Bismarck, and Active Life Chiropractic is helping with that growth. They hope to open this spring and will be located at 215 W. Main Ave. 

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Edwington Brewing

Edwington Brewing Company is a microbrewery and restaurant in the heart of downtown Bismarck. They will serve German food and unique brews like Lou, a Belgian IPA or Daesy, a saison  (pale ale that is highly carbonated, fruity and spicy) brewed with honey.

Coming soon. 

 

 

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kept.

Are you focusing your wardrobe on the classic pieces? Channel both the Hepburns, Audrey and Katherine, and their gorgeous style. Kept is new to downtown Bismarck offering gorgeous staple pieces of clothing that you want in your closet. 

Epic Homes-Buiders of a Unique City

Epic Homes-Buiders of a Unique City

Epic home is new on the scene and they are changing up the world of new home builds in the area. They take tons of pride in their work, which is pretty awesome, as you can see here!

Hawktree Haven

Hawktree Haven

This spacious, techy, Hawktree home belongs to the Barth Family. Lonnie and DeAnn built this home together as an investment property but it quickly turned into their dream home. Its ALMOST complete. The backyard oasis is still in the works with a pool and cabana...stay tuned.

Bridgets Room Remodel Photos

Bridgets Room Remodel Photos

Take a look at some of the photos that didn't make the magazine, but are still amazing and show off the home beautifully. This was a full home remodel in Bismarck. It started as an oak filled home and went through a major transformation to become just what the owners wanted!

Fort Lincoln Fun

Fort Lincoln Fun

The May/June issue has hit stands, just in time to start planning all your summer roads trips, vacations and activities! We all had a blast shooting this issue with Glasser Images and Scheels! Check out all there is to do right here in your very own backyard!

Always a Bridesmaid...And Loving Every bit of it!

Always a Bridesmaid...And Loving Every bit of it!

As a young girl, you dream of the fairytale ending when you marry your handsome prince and ride off into the sunset like Cinderella. You never imagine the day to come so quickly...or your best friends' weddings to come so quickly.

Over the past year I've been in 6 weddings, and attended over 12. I have watched some of my closest friends walk down the aisle and marry their Prince Charming. 

I have nothing on Katherine Higel, but you could say I know one or two things about weddings. 

From choosing the perfect gift, planning the bridal shower for each personality, to the French and Ballroom bustle, I've done it all. While witnessing all of these special days and partaking in the blissful celebrations, I feel  so lucky to have been apart of each and every wedding!

It is important for all couples to keep in mind, that the day is about you, not the center pieces, or the catering or the band that showed up an hour late, it is about you two committing to spend forever together. 

I may not yet be married, but I have planned, attended and been in many weddings and understand all the work that goes into making the day perfect! Bismarck Magazine would like to help alleviate some of that stress by presenting Bismarck Bridal. Feel free to tear out the Bridal Edition of Bismarck Magazine.  and let us help you! See what's new for 2017 and the amazing vendors we have in the community! 

Happy Planning! 

 

Above photo by: Rachel Haas 

Highland Acres Home

Highland Acres Home

This home is located in Highland Acres and was build in the 1960's. The magazine mostly focused on the remodel of the kitchen, powder room and dining room that was done with the help of Mary at Interiors By France. Here are a few more photos that were not in the issue.

Cathedral District Home

Cathedral District Home

A few more photos from the Cathedral District photo shoot for the July issue!