Mike Seminary & Friends

Mike Seminary & Friends

Join Mike and his friends as they discuss ways to make a positive impact in this world, the pursuit of dreams and many more topics.

Episodes

October 13, 2021

You’ll be able to tell that Mike Thompson gets a lot of enjoyment out of life. He served his country for 42 years in various branches of the military and lives on the Laughing Horse Ranch in Texas. He is still not sure what he wants to be if he grows up.

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John Stern learned how to sell clothing and the importance of investing in your community from his grandfather and father. Helping others became a family tradition.

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September 29, 2021 60 min

Rebecca is working to transform and grow not only her small town of Oakes, North Dakota, but the region surrounding it. Leading by example, she has purchased a building her grandparents bought exactly 40 years before she signed the papers, providing a co-working space and more. 

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Once he decided the implement business wasn’t in his future, Eric Hardmeyer found that the banking business was. Working his way up at the Bank of North Dakota, he held the President and CEO position for over 20 years, retiring in July. Episode 35

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Like a lot of people, Jonathan Holth worked in the restaurant industry growing up. Unlike a lot of people he then decided to start a restaurant, which has since expanded across North Dakota and caused a lot of people to go crazy for deep-fried pickles. 

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September 8, 2021 69 min

My friend Shane Balkowitsch was searching for his place in the universe. He has found it, and more. This oncology nurse turned successful business owner has become a renowned wet plate photographer with works in 32 museums around the globe. 

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Not a fan of baseball? That’s ok. Larry Tye’s book on Satchel Paige is about way more than baseball and he has some great stories to tell. Learn about Satchel’s time in Bismarck, North Dakota, his incredible pitching arm and more.

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August 25, 2021 61 min

I wrap up my focus on female business owners with Former North Dakota Department of Commerce Commissioner, Michelle Kommer. She joins me this week to talk about her new business, High Road Partners.

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When Nicole’s boss asked if she wanted to buy the business, she took out a second mortgage to do so, and told her husband about it later. Hear some of her story and how a fire actually saved her restoration and construction company. 

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August 11, 2021 60 min

When Leititia Hanke realized she wasn’t going to make much money as a musician, she took a job as a receptionist at a roofing company. Hear how she eventually became the owner of that roofing company and along the way has made it possible for others to make a living in the trades, and other areas, through her foundation. 

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Bismarck native Anne Mahlum joins me to talk about her passion for exercise and keeping others fit, as well. That passion led to starting a successful non-profit and most recently, solidcore, which has grown to 71 studios over the past 7 years. 
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July 28, 2021 56 min
How does a California native decide to become a welder solely to get a job in the North Dakota oil patch? As she says, 'You've really got to want to weld when you want to do it in negative thirty-five degrees.' Kara's story of struggles, ingenuity and successes is one you don't want to miss.
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July 21, 2021 81 min
How can someone who went to church just to please his wife start having conversations with God about helping people (who live in a landfill) in Nakuru, Kenya? Listen as Dave Hatfield shares his story.
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July 14, 2021 57 min
Growing up in North and South Dakota simultaneously (yes, it's possible), Rory Hoffman became a member of his family's band at age 5. He has learned to play many instruments over the years, something that helped him become successful in Nashville.?
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July 7, 2021 59 min
You won't hear all of Tony Hoffman's story in this episode, but you will hear enough to want more. His journey from BMXer to addict to prison to the Olympics is one that has led him to become a motivational speaker - inspiring others and offering hope. 
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June 30, 2021 61 min
You'll have to read his book to get all of the details, but in this episode you'll hear a little about how my friend, Prakash Mathew, ended up at NDSU in Fargo, North Dakota. Prakash had a profound impact on hundreds, if not thousands of students during his 34-year career at the university. He credits his parents for instilling the principles and values in him that shaped his life.
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June 23, 2021 56 min
You will know more about sunflower seeds than the average person after you listen to this conversation with my friend, Jay Schuler. He has run a marathon on every continent, started numerous companies and gives some great advice for budding entrepreneurs. Episode 22
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 Even if you are not from Fargo, ND, you will enjoy the entertaining conversation I had with Danielle Tiegen, author of 'The Hidden History of Fargo' and 'The Fargo Fire of 1893.'             Find out more about Danielle and how to purchase her books on her website. 
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June 9, 2021 62 min
 It was such a pleasure to catch up with Ed Schafer and hear what he is focusing on these days. He also reminisces a bit about his time as North Dakota governor and how he decided to run for that office. If you haven't had the opportunity to experience Medora, ND - check out their website now!
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June 2, 2021 57 min
I am honored to be joined by the First Lady of North Dakota, Kathryn Burgum. As First Lady, she is working to eliminate the shame and stigma of addiction by sharing her story of recovery. Kathryn wants everyone to know that addiction is a chronic disease and not a character flaw. Learn more at Recovery Reinvented. 
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