October 22, 2018
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Badlands National Park contains the world's richest Oligocene epoch fossil beds, dating 23 to 35 million years old.
Pierre gears up for busy Saturday to kickoff pheasant season

As pheasant season opens on Saturday, Oct. 20, there will be plenty who go out searching for the perfect bird. But for those who won’t be hunting on Saturday, there will still be a wide variety of activities to choose from in the Pierre area...The events, and the people that come to the area, are something that Pierre Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Jamie Seiner looks forward to.
Sioux Falls Chamber Looks to Pixar for Storytelling Strategies

Every city has a story, and Sioux Falls is working to write its next chapter. On Tuesday, the Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting with keynote speaker and Pixar story developer Matthew Luhn.
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The 2018 Community Awards Gala Achieves Success

The Pewaukee Chamber of Commerce celebrated achievement at the 2018 Community Awards Gala. Held last Friday at The Legend at Brandybrook, the Community Awards Gala recognized 15 businesses, and non-profits, and educators for their significant achievements and impact in the Pewaukee and Lake Country area.
Chamber leads first Workforce Solutions Summit

As finding employees became an increasing problem for Eau Claire businesses with the labor market tightening, the local chamber of commerce pondered ways to solve that... “We need to bring people together, not just send out information,” said Scott Rogers, governmental affairs and workforce director at the Eau Claire Area Chamber of Commerce.
State and local office candidates participate in Ames Chamber forum

The Ames Chamber of Commerce held a candidate forum for state and local candidates Friday afternoon. State candidates included Brenda Brink, Democratic candidate for the Iowa House District 49 seat, alongside Republican incumbent Dave Deyoe, whom she is challenging.
Building the future: Deere works to attract a new generation of manufacturing workers

Aspiring engineer Sabrina Starkweather, 16, got a closer, and virtual, look at what it takes to enter the manufacturing industry Wednesday afternoon...In the Quad-Cities, the manufacturing sector makes up more than 17 percent of the local laborshed, according to a  2016 report  by the Quad-Cities Chamber of Commerce.
Candidates forum sponsored by MACC and SMSU PSA is Monday

“It’s pretty important to hold these kinds of debates,”  Marshall Chamber of Commerce President Brad Gruhot. The chamber is helping to host Monday’s forum and also hosting a Thursday forum.  “(It) gives everybody an opportunity to find out what the candidates have to offer. I encourage anyone to attend. It’s opportunity to ask the questions that are important to them.”
A Historic Minnesota Election Year with Historically Few Debates

This debate has been months in the making. From the start, it's been our goal to bring the candidates together to help you make an informed decision in November. Unfortunately, one of the candidates will not be present. Democrat Tina Smith declined our invitation to participate due to a “complicated schedule.” We will still feature a 15-minute interview with her opponent, Republican Karin Housley.
UNK, Kearney Chamber of Commerce partner to develop NEXT generation of business leaders

A new program gives University of Nebraska at Kearney students an opportunity to connect with the community while developing leadership and business skills...Derek Rusher, president and CEO of Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, said the goal is to expose UNK students to local businesses and career opportunities while molding the next generation of leaders.
Edgy campaign shakes up rural Nebraska stereotype

“Nebraska Nice” has given way to a slightly more sardonic campaign. The new Nebraska tourism slogan — “Honestly, it’s not for everyone” — has drawn kudos and criticism since its buzz-generating launch this week...Jim Steele, President of South Sioux City Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, said in a Nebraska Tourism Commission press release that the ads struck a chord with him.
Local Minot leaders listen about the importance of university research

North Dakota universities play a key role in preparing students for their careers after college..."The conversation is what does research mean to the state of North Dakota, and how can the two research universities not only help the valley, but help the balance of the state," said Minot Chamber of Commerce President John MacMartin.
More Than 30 Candidates Interact with Voters at Chamber’s “Cracker Barrel”

With three weeks left until Election Day, 38 candidates took part in a unique event to make their case to potential voters...“The beauty of it is the people asking questions of the candidates could ask any question they want, rather than having set questions a moderator would ask. When you have this many tables in a room, it gets kind of chaotic, but we have found that people like it,” said Craig Whitney, the President and CEO of the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
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