What’s in a year?

If it’s not a leap year, here’s to what it amounts to: 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,760 hours, 31,536,000 seconds.

The other question, which is perhaps a little tougher to quantify, is what did we do with the time allotted to us this past year?

Personally, let’s just say it’s easier for me to figure out the above than it is to count the words I have written and edited over the past year.

I moved to North Dakota one year ago this month. I can hardly believe 12 months have passed since I arrived, though I must say it hasn’t been quite the year I anticipated.

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I was excited about my new position, my new community, working closely in-house with my publisher, being around other newshounds in the office, and visiting with sources in person.

I enjoyed all of this for a few short months – and then the world changed.

The pandemic was declared and journalists in my company were sent home to work remotely. I don’t think any of us believed at the time that it would turn into a months-long adjustment.

But an adjustment is just what it has been for me. Not only was I still trying to learn my new duties and work routines, but all of a sudden I felt like I was cut off from the very community I was trying to get to know.

One of the things that has kept me grounded through all of this, however, is the magazine itself and the responsibilities that go with putting out a monthly publication.

Sandy Thompson, curator of the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, N.D., has experienced something similar – a setback to his plans that he never anticipated. Many others have experienced setbacks, too.

Earlier this year the museum had started a monthly breakfast for the business community, but the pandemic changed that and the museum closed its doors for three months.

He said the museum and its work in the community – and art itself – helps to ground him, like journalism does for me. The facility reopened this summer, and Thompson told us what’s in store for the museum and its monthly breakfasts. You can find out in our story about the museum.

There’s more in this issue, of course, such as a look at what tools A&E firms are using to better collaborate with their clients; a peek at what’s trending in higher education; and a look at what some of the wearable medical technology is in the health care field. Each of these stories, in the larger picture, takes a look at how companies and their leaders have adjusted during these uncertain times and the work they do to bring balance to their lives and professions.

I hope you have something in your life that helps do the same for you.

What else is in a year? Several holidays, and as this year’s holiday season approaches, we at Prairie Business wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and much success for your business.

Andrew Weeks
Andrew Weeks