North Dakota Stockmen’s Association and Foundation to host Grand Opening/Open House May 30
May 28, 2024
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The North Dakota Stockmen’s Association (NDSA) and North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) will christen the organizations’ new headquarters building at their Grand Opening/Open House on Thursday, May 30. The non-profit cattlemen’s organizations welcome all to join them for the festivities at the 4520 Ottawa Street site in north Bismarck. The celebration begins at 3 p.m. with an open house and tours of the 10,000-square-foot facility. A short program will follow at 4 p.m., with a barbecue supper at 5 p.m.

“The dedication of the new headquarters will be a historic event for the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association,” said NDSA President Jason Leiseth, an Arnegard, N.D., cow-calf producer. “It represents 95 years of growth and service to the cattle industry of North Dakota and illustrates members’ dedication to this project from initiation to completion.”

At the NDSA Annual Convention in 2016, members directed staff to seek property for a new building, and this began a nearly eight-year journey. The NDSA’s previous headquarters in south Bismarck was erected in 1974. The facility served the organization well over those nearly 50 years, Leiseth said. Over that time, the organization not only grew in members, but in responsibilities and services, and the NDSF was launched to help provide hope and opportunity for the state’s cattle industry through its charitable initiatives.

“We are very excited, proud and grateful for all those who participated in this monumental project in any way,” said Building Committee Chairman Dan Rorvig, who ranches near McVille, N.D. “This will be a celebration of the new building and an opportunity to recognize the NDSA’s nearly 100-year history and all there is to look forward to for the next 100 years.”

Jeff Schafer, NDSF president and New Rockford, N.D., cow-calf producer and feeder, echoed the sentiment: “The NDSA and NDSF have left a legacy of memories and milestones. Just as the generations that came before us worked hard to provide our industry and organization with opportunities, we can be proud to provide this facility for those to come.”

While the project was in the works for many years, the actual building went up quickly, Schafer explained, noting that ground was broken in mid-April 2023 and move-in was already in January 2024. Northwest Contracting of Bismarck was the builder and general contractor.

All are welcome to the Grand Opening/Open House. RSVPs are appreciated to help with planning. To do so, call (701) 223-2522 or visit

The NDSA was established in 1929. Its mission is to unite, protect, promote, educate and serve the state’s beef cattle industry.

The NDSF was established in 2008. Its mission is to provide hope and opportunity for the state’s beef cattle industry through scholarship, leadership, research, promotion, building and disaster relief objectives.

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