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Welcome New MPO Members

The MPO welcomes the following members that joined our organization since January 1, 2021. Please introduce yourself and company by reaching out to their business.
*Friend of Mandan

Welcome New Executive Director Matt Schanadore to MPO

The Mandan Progress Organization board of directors has selected Matt Schanandore as its new executive director.

A Mandan native, Schanandore will oversee the MPO’s events and operations with the goal of enhancing Mandan's business climate and generating increased community pride.

Schanandore, a MBA graduate of the University of Mary, most recently was the Assistant Park Manager at the Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park where he planned and facilitated monthly activities and seasonal attractions, acted as a liaison between the park and community partners, hired and managed long-term and seasonal staff, oversaw retail operations, and worked with the state parks’ leadership team to implement policies and procedures.

Schanandore will begin working full time at the MPO on Jan. 10, 2022. We are thrilled to have Matt guiding the organization, and look forward to good things to come!

Last Call for Candy Caravan Participation

The MPO is making a final push for holiday sales through the Candy Caravan. Mandan merchants are encouraged to participate in the event that aims to attract shoppers to town on Saturday, Dec. 18. Businesses are simply asked to provide shoppers with a free treat that day (candy, cookie, beverage, etc.). Registration is FREE for members and may be completed online through the link below.
Candy Caravan Registration

MPO Welcomes New Businesses to Mandan

Members of the MPO, along with the City of Mandan Business Development & Communications Department, welcomed new businesses to Mandan with plant deliveries. The visits included stops to Hugo Home Improvement, ICON Architectural Group, Legacy Law Firm and #Swingaway. Click here to see photos from the day.

Stuff Their Stockings with Mandan Bucks

Mandan Bucks make a great gift for staff, clients and more and they support our small businesses at the same time. They come in $5 and $10 denominations and are accepted by many Mandan merchants. Purchase them at the MPO office or online.

Additional Committee Members Sought for Art in the Park

The Mandan Progress Organization’s Art in the Park Committee is seeking additional members to help plan and oversee activities during the Fourth of July festivities.

The committee will resume meetings at the beginning of the year. Meetings are held the second Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at the MPO office, 411 W Main St. Member responsibilities include:
  • Overseeing arts and crafts booths by designating locations and insuring each booth is following guidelines regarding the display and sales of items;
  • Overseeing food booths by designating locations and insuring guidelines for the display and sale food items are being followed;
  • Securing entertainment; and 
  • Overall supportive activities such as obtaining security, coordination, etc.
The time commitment is minimal, but does requiring additional time in the days leading up to and during the two-day event.

Art in the Park has been a part of Mandan’s Independence Day celebration for decades. Many members who have served a number of years on the committee have retired, and realize the need for newer, younger members to carry on the tradition.

Call 751-2983 or email Laura Duppong for more information or to sign up as a committee member.

MPO + Morton Mandan Library Book of the Month

The Mandan Progress Organization is proud to partner with the Morton Mandan Public Library to bring you a monthly book recommendation, highlighting top-selling books from the latest authors.

December's Book of the Month is Get Out of Your Own Way!: How to Overcome Any Obstacle in Your Life by Larry Winget (2020).

“You think you know what you want out of life. You’ve tried to achieve those things. But if you still don’t have them, the culprit may be closer than you think. In this perspective-altering book, the world-renowned Pitbull of Personal Development, Larry Winget, exposes the things you are doing right now to unknowingly prevent your own success in the most important areas of your life: business, family, health, parenting, money, and more – and offers you his self-proven action plan for change.” Check out your copy today by stopping by the library located at 609 W Main Street or reserve it online at

December Renewals

The following members have renewals this month. We appreciate your continued support of the Mandan Progress Organization. If you are on this list, and have not received a renewal notice, please contact us at or 701-751-2983.
  *Friend of Mandan

MPO + Mandan News

Remember to take advantage of your FREE subscription to the Mandan News courtesy of the Bismarck Tribune. Active, dues-paying members are eligible to claim their complimentary copy through by visiting . New members, get to enroll in the free service when they join.

Upcoming Events

View the complete calendar of MPO Events and find more Community Events online.
  • Dec. 15: MPO Board Meeting, Comfort Inn
  • Dec. 18: Candy Caravan, Mandan Businesses

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