America has been through a lot the past few months – the coronavirus pandemic, the death of George Floyd by police officers in broad daylight and the protests that followed nationwide, the seemingly constant political upheaval.

A meme has been passed around on social media sites that refers to the surreal events, saying that 2020 feels like it’s being written by horror novelist Stephen King.

It does seem like a lot has changed in a short span of time.

That’s why I was grateful for a message I received from a reader on June 1 that said with all of the depressing things going on in the country today it is nice to celebrate something positive.

Tanya Pierce, director of marketing for ISG in Sioux Falls, S.D., was referring to Prairie Business’s annual Leaders & Legacies, which recognizes business executives in the Dakotas and Minnesota for their career accomplishments and the impact they have had on their industries.

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Members of the magazine staff received nominations from many businesses – and nominated a few executives themselves – and were impressed by all of the nominees’ career accomplishments and the way they have made a difference in their professions.

This award is a chance to recognize some of the very best. As Publisher Korrie Wenzel described it, the award recognizes executives "for the great things they have done in business, whether in recent years (Leaders) or over a lifetime (Legacies).”

Ultimately, 10 professionals were chosen for this year’s award.

Prairie Business will have a reception to honor these leaders, along with those who have been recognized in its 40 Under 40 and Top 25 Women in Business, when it is safe to gather as a group. For now, you can read a little about this year’s Leaders & Legacies recipients, men and women who exemplify what it means to be a true leader in the business world.

Congratulations to all of them.

Prairie Business thanks these fine executives for the work they have done and continue to do to honor their professions, for being true leaders and examples, and for making a difference in their industries and professions.

These accomplishments definitely are some of life’s positives that we should celebrate, and Prairie Business is happy to do so now in the July issue of the magazine.

Prairie Business Editor Andrew Weeks may be reached at or 701-780-1276.

Andrew Weeks
Andrew Weeks