Harvest Showcase slated Sept. 20-21 in Dickinson

More than 75 North Dakota companies will be selling foods and condiments, decorative items, jewelry, sporting goods, apparel and much more at the sixth annual Pride of Dakota Harvest Showcase, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 20-21, in Dickinson.

“All of these products are made right here in North Dakota by North Dakotans,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Many vendors will also be offering samples.”

Showcase hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday (Mountain Time). Admission is $2 per person with children under 12 free.

“Bring a donation of fresh produce or your own reusable cloth shopping bag to the Harvest Showcase and receive a dollar off admission,” said Goehring.

Produce donations are given to the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Dickinson.

The Dickinson Recreation Center is located at 1865 Empire Road. From Interstate 94, turn south at Exit 59, turn left on Empire Road and drive east. The recreation center is located at the intersection of Empire Road and State Avenue.

The Williston Harvest Showcase is scheduled for Oct. 18-19. Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcases are scheduled for Nov. 8-9, in Grand Forks; Nov. 15-16, in Minot; Nov. 21-23, in Fargo, and Dec. 5-7, in Bismarck.

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Abrasives Inc. Expands Midwest Reach

Abrasives Incorporated, an employee owned company, based in Glen Ullin, ND, is pleased to announce the purchase of BCS Industrial Solutions, Inc., located in Fridley, MN, and part of the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area.

Russell Raad, president of Abrasives Incorporated, stated “This acquisition will strengthen the product offerings of Abrasives Incorporated to better serve our customers in the Upper Midwest.”

Abrasives Incorporated is the manufacturer of Black Magic® coal slag, primarily used in abrasive blasting. Abrasives Incorporated also distributes and services an extensive line of Clemco, Graco, and Bullard products, as well as International Coatings.

Raad continued “We are excited about the combination of Abrasives Incorporated’s high quality Black Magic® coal slag blast media paired with BCS Industrial’s technical knowledge. They also carry a wide variety of abrasive blasting parts and equipment, coated and bonded abrasives products, and other industrial products. Our customers will now be able to obtain all of the material, parts and equipment they need for their operation with one call.”

“We are very impressed with the people at BCS Industrial, and don’t look for any major changes,” Raad said. “With the combination of our organizations, we’ll have one company with two locations and a large on-hand inventory to better serve our customer base.”

BCS Industrial Solutions Inc. will operate as an Abrasives Incorporated company.

“At Abrasives, we pride ourselves on taking care of our customers and helping them find ways to improve their operation. Our customers call us because they know they can count on us no matter what. The employees at BCS Industrial have the same philosophy,” expressed Raad.

Black Magic’s Home
Abrasives Incorporated began manufacturing abrasive blasting material in 1990, in Elgin, ND. Later they moved to Glen Ullin, ND, which now serves as the main office and manufacturing plant.

Black Magic®, “The Tough Stuff,” was created as a preferred alternative to silica sand for surface preparation. Coal slag is not only an excellent use of recycled by-product from lignite coal fired electrical power plants, it is 99.9% silica free and has no known health risks. It is harder than silica sand and the angular shape gives it a great cutting edge. Black Magic® can be found at distributor locations throughout the central and western United States.

To find out more about Abrasives Incorporated, call 800-584-7524 or visit them at www.AbrasivesInc.com. BCS Industrial can be reached at 800-716-9651 or at www.bcsindustrial.com.

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Williston Harvest Showcase vendor list

Shop from Pride of Dakota members at the Williston Harvest Showcase October 18 & 19 at the Raymond Family Community Center. You’ll find unique products including gourmet food, wine, art, books, jewelry, sporting goods and more!

Shopping Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vendor list:

  • ABC Seamless
  • Berry Dakota
  • Berry Fine Candle & Craft Designs
  • Billies Soap & Spa Products
  • Bonnie’s Country Classics
  • CCK Star Creations
  • Cherry Blossoms Soap & Bath Luxuries
  • Chuck’s Custom Rods
  • Crystal’s Concepts Photography
  • Dakota Blessings Art
  • Dakota Steel Art
  • DonnaMay Designs
  • Dot’s Pretzels
  • Dr. Mary’s Books
  • Handmade for You
  • Heavenly Scents
  • Hi-Performance Ceramics
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Inspirations
  • JDS Gems
  • JJ’s Photos
  • J’s Custom Designs
  • Just For Fun Sewing
  • LaShe Naturals
  • Leo’s Potato Dumplings
  • Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation
  • Maple River Winery
  • Mikey’s Country Candy
  • Paulette’s Lefse & Quilting
  • Plains Perspective
  • Pointe of View Winery
  • Prairie Art Creations
  • R & R Creations
  • Ruff House
  • S & J Creative Design
  • Shannon Wirrenga’s Art Room
  • Sunbutter
  • Sweet Dreams Confections
  • Thor’s Ethnic Foods
  • Thunderbird Ranch Gourmet Foods
  • Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix
  • Veronica Frank-McGinnity
  • Vitality Emu Oil
  • Wagner’s Wagon
  • Warm Hands Foods
  • Wild Country Artisans
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Dickinson Harvest Showcase vendor list

Shop from Pride of Dakota members at the Dickinson Harvest Showcase September 20 & 21 at the Rec Center. You’ll find unique products including gourmet food, wine, art, books, jewelry, sporting goods and more!

Shopping Hours: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission $2
Kids 12 and under – Free
Bring a fresh produce donation and save $1
Bring a reusable, cloth shopping bag and save $1

Vendor list:

  • ABC Seamless
  • Able Inc.
  • American Honey
  • Be.dangled
  • Berry Dakota
  • Berry Fine Candle & Craft Designs
  • Billie’s Soap & Spa Products
  • Bonnie’s Country Classics
  • CCK Star Creations
  • Charlotte’s Homemade Lefse
  • Chris Neys
  • Chuck’s Custom Rods
  • Copper Kettle Korn
  • Cowboy Rope Art
  • Craft World & More ND
  • Crystal Rock Healing
  • Crystal’s Concepts Photography
  • D & D Creations
  • Dakota Steel Art
  • Dakota Sun Gardens Winery
  • Dakotah Rose Delights
  • Dave Brunner Photography
  • DonnaMay Designs
  • Dot’s Pretzels
  • Exceptionally Nuts
  • GW Enterprises
  • Handmade for You
  • Heavenly Scents
  • Hi-Performance Ceramics
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Hunters Choice Marinades
  • Images
  • JDS Gems
  • J’s Custom Designs
  • Just For Fun Sewing
  • Katherine’s Krafts
  • LaShe Naturals
  • Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation
  • LHS’s Crafts
  • Little Jack Baby Store
  • Loraine’s Crafts
  • Mable’s Taste of Home
  • Maple River Distillery
  • Maple River Winery
  • Mikey’s Country Candy
  • Miss P’s Boutique
  • Nate Welk Photography
  • North Prairie Signature
  • Paulette’s Lefse & Quilting
  • Plains Perspective
  • Pointe of View Winery
  • Prairie Art Creations
  • R & Light Creations
  • R & R Creations
  • Renewing the Heart
  • Scott Seiler Photography
  • Sign Design
  • Sisters’ Chocolate
  • Strawberry Patch Crafts & Gifts
  • Suds N’ Stuff
  • Sunbutter
  • Thunderbird Ranch Gourmet Foods
  • Toys N’ Things
  • Ukrainian Cultural Institute
  • Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix
  • Vintners Winery
  • Vitality Emu Oil
  • Vivian’s Magnetic Bracelets
  • Wagner’s Wagon
  • Warm Hands Foods
  • Wildmoon Salsa

 

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9/11 POD Capitol Day – vendor list

Stop by the State Capitol on Thursday, September 11 to shop for locally-made products from nearly 50 North Dakota companies!

Shopping Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Vendor list:

  • A Special Place
  • Able Inc.
  • Barbie Fashions by Esther
  • Be.dangled
  • Billie’s Soap & Spa Products
  • Bison Compost
  • Black Cat Bread, Baking & Catering Co.
  • Bruce Crummy Photography
  • Café Delight
  • CCK Star Creations
  • Charlotte’s Homemade Lefse
  • Crystal Rock Healing, LLC
  • Dakota Canine Massage and Treats
  • Dakota Roots
  • Dakota Sunrise Brokers
  • Dean Foods
  • Dr. Mary’s Books
  • Earth-Kind, Inc.
  • Eriksmoen Enterprises
  • Exceptionally Nuts
  • Handmade for You
  • Happy Magnets
  • Humble Stained Glass & Crafts
  • James Karn
  • JDS Gems
  • Marie Ann’s Gourmet Kitchen
  • Marney’s Sonshine & Sweet Pea
  • Mikey’s Country Candy
  • MilkHaus Ice Cream
  • Night Owl Studios
  • North Star Farms
  • Paulette Bullinger, Author
  • Paulette’s Quilting & Lefsa
  • Shannon Wirrenga’s Art Room
  • Sisters’ Chocolates
  • Susie Q’s Craft Emporium
  • Suzy Shuze n Starz
  • Sweet Things
  • Thunderbird Ranch Gourmet Foods
  • Tim Leer’s Weirdles, LLP
  • Tricia’s Bakery
  • T’s Tangles
  • Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix
  • Warm Hands Foods
  • What Next Series
  • Woodward Farm
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POD companies selling at ND 125th Celebration

As part of the upcoming North Dakota 125th Celebration Party, more than 20 Pride of Dakota companies will be selling their products on the Capitol Mall, Saturday, August 16. The event runs from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and is free to the public. In addition to Pride of Dakota booths, the celebration will feature live entertainment, kids’ activities, art exhibits, food and more.

Pride of Dakota companies participating in the event include:

  • AiTowers.com
  • Alice’s Handpainted Glassware
  • Carol’s Creations
  • Cedarworks
  • Craft World & More ND
  • Dakotah Rose Delights
  • Deb’s Corner Foods & Catering
  • Diane’s Crafts
  • Dr. Mary’s Books
  • Hello Lucy
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Humble Stained Glass & Crafts
  • JS Custom Designs
  • KaleidoScarf
  • Muvey’s Jewelry
  • Owens BBQ
  • Pastime Prints
  • Photography by Brenda
  • Red Silo Studio
  • Scott Seiler Photography
  • Sign Design
  • Suzy’s Shuze-n-Starz
  • Word Art by M2 Creations

For more information on the event and on North Dakota’s 125th year of statehood, visit www.history.nd.gov.

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State Fair taste-testing contest winners named

Fairgoers chose their favorite kuchen and snack sticks in taste testings at the 26th annual Pride of Dakota-KMOT Day at the 2014 North Dakota State Fair in Minot.

“We had our annual crowd-favorite kuchen contest and added a snack stick tasting this year,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It was a perfect blend of savory and sweet.”

Lois Meidinger of Grandma’s Kuchen regained her title after a year’s absence from the kuchen contest. Other contestants included Karen’s Kuchen, Cavalier; Wagner’s Wagon, Mercer, and Woodward Farm, Cathay.

Longtime Grand Forks meat processor L&M Meats won honors in the new snack stick contest. Other participating companies were Edgeley Meat Processing Plant, Edgeley; Maple Valley Meats, Enderlin; Reister Meats & Catering, Streeter, and Uncle Larry’s Beef Shtix, Fargo.

The annual event attracted a large crowd to the tent, where 24 Pride of Dakota companies were selling and sampling their products. More than 1,000 people took part in the Pride of Dakota lunch for a dollar.

The lunch was sponsored by Cloverdale Foods, Land O’ Lakes/Dean Foods, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. with proceeds going to the North Dakota FFA. Farm Credit Services of Minot supplied the grill and staff.

The Pride of Dakota program provides member companies with cooperative marketing and promotional events, such as Pride of Dakota Day, the Holiday Showcases and in-store demonstrations. Administered by the Marketing and Information Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the program also provides educational opportunities and representation at regional, national and international marketing expositions. More than 500 North Dakota companies are Pride of Dakota members.

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Pride of Dakota Day slated July 21, at the State Fair

North Dakota companies from around the state will be displaying, sampling and selling their products at the 26th annual Pride of Dakota Day, Monday, July 21, at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot.

“You’ll find a wide range of quality Pride of Dakota products, such as food and condiments, notecards, recordings, books, apparel, jewelry and much more,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It’s a great time and place for fairgoers to meet, shop, and share lunch.”

The annual event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., under the large tent near the southwest corner of the fairgrounds.

“The Pride of Dakota lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” Goehring said. “For just one dollar, you’ll get a grilled hot dog, potato chips and milk.”

The lunch is sponsored by Cloverdale Foods, Land O’ Lakes, the Northern Plains Potato Growers Association and Pan-O-Gold Baking Co. The proceeds go to North Dakota FFA.

Goehring also encouraged fairgoers to take part in the Pride of Dakota Kuchen Contest and the new Snack Stick Contest at 3 p.m., just outside the Pride of Dakota tent.

“Several North Dakota meat processing companies that make meat snack sticks asked for a contest similar to the well-established kuchen contest,” Goehring said. “It’s another fun opportunity to taste and vote for the best the state has to offer.”

Goehring said that fairgoers who bring a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Great Plains Food Bank will get a dollar off their gate admission on Pride of Dakota Day.

Administered by the Marketing and Information Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, the Pride of Dakota program provides member companies with cooperative marketing and promotional events, such as Pride of Dakota Day, the Holiday Showcases and in-store demonstrations. The program also provides educational opportunities and representation at regional, national and international marketing expositions. More than 500 North Dakota companies are Pride of Dakota members.

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POD companies create candy

North Dakota will be celebrating its 125th anniversary this fall.

It was on November 2, 1889 when President Benjamin Harrison declared North Dakota a state.

In recognition of this event, four Pride of Dakota vendors worked together to create a 125th anniversary candy bar.

Mikey’s Country Candy of Burlington makes the candy, Wagoner’s Wagon of Mercer produced the chokecherry flavoring, Neiss Impression’s of Minot did the packaging, and Home Sweet Home owner Linda Johnson will market the candy.

Chokecherry is the official North Dakota fruit, so there are three flavors of candy bars: chokecherry white, chokecherry dark and chokecherry milk chocolate.

Each candy bar sells for $2.95.

Linda Johnson, Home Sweet Home “I am all about supporting small businesses, it is better quality, we are a big family we worked together very well”

In Minot, the 125th anniversary candy is available at Home Sweet Home or at Visit Minot.

But soon, it will be available across the state.

North Dakota Candy
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Brenarsky’s

Lazy summer weekends at Lake Sakakawea inspired two Dickinson businessmen to take a concoction of seasonings they’d long been made for themselves, and turn it into a product they could sell.

Five years later, Brenarsky’s seasoning sauce is a product known throughout North Dakota, and it is slowly gaining a following throughout the country as a secret ingredient in alcoholic beverages, a liquid seasoning for grilled meats and, as its label states, “whatever the heck else you’d like to put it on.”

Dave Bren and Scott Karsky became friends in the sixth grade and served in the Army National Guard together. Yet, it was at their neighboring lake cabins that they realized there might be a market for the sauce they had long been using to make their own bloody mary’s, caesars, clamdiggers and red beers.

“That’s where it all started,” Karsky said.

For years, Karsky and Bren had been known as guys who knew how to concoct a good drink.

“We used to carry spices around with us and it just kind of evolved,” Bren said.

The first true iteration of Brenarsky’s emerged in the early 2000s, when Bren said he was asked to mix up caesars and bloody mary’s for his co-workers at a company golf scramble.

“I tried to make them off the tailgate,” he said, adding that it didn’t work out. “The next year, I poured a bunch of stuff in a bottle. From there, it kind of evolved.”

By 2006, they continued to toy with the seasonings during summers at the lake. By 2009, they’d perfected the recipe.

“I said, ‘Let’s bottle this someday,’” said Karsky, an insurance agent.

“We kind of laughed about it,” Bren added.

But one night, using a whiskey bottle they later stuck a homemade label on, the duo mixed up the first bottle of what was about to become Brenarsky’s “Lot 42” seasoning sauce, which takes its name from the lot where their lake cabins are located.

“I still have it,” Bren said with a smile. “It’s pretty cool.”

The duo shared it with their friends and neighbors and, after overwhelmingly positive reactions, bought 100 cases of one-dozen 5 oz. bottles, which weren’t too different from the Brenarsky’s bottles found in stores today, Karsky said.

“We started brewing it in our kitchen,” Bren said. “We said, ‘Let’s try it and see what happens with it.’ It just started to go off the shelves. We couldn’t make it fast enough.”

They officially started bottling the sauce in 2010.

The name was Karsky’s idea of incorporating both of their last names into one — and he isn’t shy about admitting that a little liquid muse had a lot to do with the naming process.

“A lot of alcohol and some creativity, and it was like inspiration immediately,” he said with a laugh.

‘Popular’ product

Kelly Wald, a Pride of Dakota specialist at the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, said it has been great to see Bren’s and Karsky’s hobby turn into a success.

Of the thousands of Pride of Dakota products, Wald said Brenarksy’s has been memorable and diverse.

“They’re not just looking at hitting up one specific niche with it,” Wald said. “I think that’s part of what makes them so popular.”

Wald said people who know she works with Pride of Dakota products have asked her where they can buy Brenarsky’s.

Bren and Karsky have five distributors in North Dakota and sell nationally through their Facebook page and website.

Locally, the sauce can be found at EconoFoods and Dan’s SuperMarkets, as well as several area liquor stores. A bottle retails for around $5 a bottle. Several bars carry the sauce to use in their drinks.

Bren said their children inspired the use of Brenarsky’s on foods. Even though they are too young to drink alcohol, they too wanted to use the sauce, he said.

“They’re like, ‘Well, what can we use it on?’” Bren said. “Next thing you know, someone put it on pizza. … My kids put it on almost everything.”

“It wasn’t a hot sauce,” Karsky added, “but it’s turned into that.”

Tony Elliott, the general manager of Players Sports Bar and Grill in Dickinson, said he discovered Brenarsky’s when he moved to Dickinson to work for The Fisher Group, where Bren is a partner and operations manager.

“We got some because we like the local stuff,” Elliott said. “Then, the next day at work, I showed up and found out we were actually producing the stuff.”

Elliott served as Players’ first executive chef when it opened. The restaurant’s bloody mary bar utilizes a great deal of Brenarskys, he said, and it is an ingredient in a handful of dishes, including prime rib. Players goes through about 60 bottles a week.

“We’re hoping they can come out with some sort of commercial packaging for us,” Elliott said.

The future

A “hotter” sauce, Brenarsky’s 2X, debuted about a year after the original after Bren and Karsky heard the demand from customers at trade shows.

“People would always ask for a hotter one,” Karsky said. “We’d usually just add a couple more drops of original seasoning. We didn’t want to make it too hot.

“It didn’t take much, and some people love the hotter one. We sell about equal, actually. At the shows, we might actually sell more of the hotter one.”

All of the sauces are cooked and bottled at Full Service Foods in Hillsboro. There, they said, owner Amy Gordon cooked up samples using different iterations of the ingredients, contacted laboratories to determine the nutrition facts and even helped perfect the 2X sauce.

“It was cool how she did all that with us,” Bren said.

Karsky said they’re already thinking about the next step for Brenarsky’s, including bigger bottles or bottles with a pump for bars and restaurants. They have also talked about distributing the sauce to stores nationwide.

The duo has sold Brenarsky’s online to customers in 40 states and are in the process of having their website redesigned.

“One day, if we get serious, we might make some money off of it,” Karsky said.

They currently sell about 14,000 bottles a year — a conservative estimate, Bren said. It’s more than enough so that they can invest back into the sauce and keep it coming.

“The goal is one day that hopefully this will be a little retirement fund for us that’ll keep us going,” Bren said.

Eventually, they want their children to take over, and maybe even expand, the business.

Until then, Karsky said, they’re just enjoying the good times the sauce has provided them.

“We blow a lot of it on tailgate parties,” he said with a laugh. “We’re having fun with it right now.”

Published July 1, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. by Dustin Monke
Secret of the sauce: Dickinson-based seasoning sauce Brenarsky’s continues to grow
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