In September, Prairie Business decided to try something new: a video awards presentation.

The awards presentation, introduced by Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel and sponsored by First International Bank and Trust, TrueNorth Steel, Marco and Office Sign Company, was to honor the magazine’s latest 40 Under 40, Top 25 Women in Business, and Leaders & Legacies recipients.

In all, 75 individuals were recognized – business professionals nominated by their peers, employees and coworkers and selected by Prairie Business staff.

This year’s recipients, in all of the categories, are exemplary leaders in their industries and communities and Prairie Business is pleased to salute each and every one of them.

The magazine has hosted a recognition event for the past five years, with attendance growing annually to around 200 last year. But this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, a change was necessary.

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We hope to be able to socialize and present next year’s awards in person. But the great thing about this year’s video presentation is that it initially reached many more people through the magazine’s website, its sister publications including the Grand Forks Herald, and social media. And, it can be shared over and over again.

If you missed it, the 33-minute video can be found on here, in the story headlined “Prairie Business releases its first video awards presentation, honoring dozens from the region.”

Though the video lives on in cyberspace, it is now October and that means it is time to start focusing on the next batch of exceptional leaders in the region. Prairie Business, also in September, opened the nomination period for the next 40 Under 40 list. Deadline to submit nominations is by the end of day on Friday, Oct. 16. Click the link to access the nomination form.

Magazine staff look forward to reading this year’s nominations and learning more about some of the young professionals who are making an impact in their industries and communities.

Before you advance to the nomination form, however, how about checking out the stories in this month’s issue – stories on construction, energy and technology.

There’s more, of course, and we hope you enjoy the read.

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