Posted 1/11/13 (Fri)
Hundreds of people attended the Legislative Reception the evening of January 10, sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota and its Foundation, the Independent Community Banks of North Dakota (ICBND) and the North Dakota Grocers Association.
Highlights of the evening included special guided tours of the new North Dakota Heritage Center main level, with SHSND staff providing visitors with a glimpse of the exciting progress being made on the $52 million expansion project. Tour groups were led by ICBND assistant vice president Wendy Ruud and staff, and the management team of Dan’s SuperMarkets of North Dakota, led by Ralph Dockter and Dalles Schneider. Featured on the mezzanine level were design concepts for the Kids Tree House, the North Dakota Studies Curriculum project, an electronic touch table that will be part of the Hub of History, and the video, “The People of the Upper Missouri: The Mandans,” produced by the SHSND.
A brief program MCed by SHSND Director Merl Paaverud featured remarks by Governor Jack Dalrymple; Congressman Kevin Cramer; letters from Senator Hoeven and Senator Heitkamp; ICBND board president Brenda Foster, senior vice president of First Western Bank & Trust of Minot; Dave Mason, American Bank Center of Bismarck and ICBND Emerging Leaders; and North Dakota Grocers Association chairman of the board Leon Merck, general manager of Marketplace Stores of North Dakota.
The event was catered by The Bistro An American Café, Dan’s SuperMarket South, and Central Market, all of Bismarck.