Welcome to one of the most special editions of Prairie Business – the December issue, in which the magazine shares profiles of this year’s 40 Under 40 recipients. It’s a list of young professionals who are making a difference in their careers and communities, all of them under the age of 40.

Every time the nomination period rolls around, Prairie Business staff is excited to learn about the many young leaders around the region. This year was no exception, pandemic or not.

While the individuals listed here are, indeed, exceptional leaders and worthy to be included in this celebratory issue, that didn’t make the selection process any less difficult. The magazine received well more than 100 nominations, making the selection process challenging. We walked away encouraged to see so many qualified professionals, and how they continue to impact the organizations and industries in which they work and lead.

We can all learn something valuable from their examples, and Prairie Business thanks and congratulates each and every one of them for setting the bar high.

We also salute those individuals who did not make the list this year. Their contributions and successes also are noticed and deserve recognition. For those whose nominations did not make the list this time, please submit again next year.

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For now, we put our best foot forward and did our best selecting this year’s recipients.

You can read about some of their successes in the pages that follow. Keep reading, because there also are stories about what’s trending with insurance, website and cybersecurity tips from a recent technology conference, and what one former 40 Under 40 recipient is doing to help other businesses develop and grow their leadership teams.

It’s enough to keep you reading for a while, and we hope you enjoy the experience.

Since it is December, Prairie Business also extends the warmest of holiday wishes to each of you, our readers. Thanks for all you do.

Andrew Weeks
Andrew Weeks

Prairie Business Editor Andrew Weeks may be reached at 701-780-1276 or aweeks@prairiebusinessmagazine.com