Prairie Business recognized recipients of its Leaders & Legacies award at a celebratory event on Thursday in Fargo.

The magazine also honored recipients in the annual contests, Top 25 Women in Business and 40 Under 40. In total, 74 award winners were recognized. Nine of them were Leaders & Legacies recipients.

Leaders & Legacies, which Prairie Business started in 2019, is the magazine’s most prestigious award and honors executives from around the region who have had successful careers, including leaving a legacy of exemplary leadership.

Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel addresses the audience at the magazine’s awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Radisson Blu in Fargo.
Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel addresses the audience at the magazine’s awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Radisson Blu in Fargo. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The Top 25 Women in Business profiles female business leaders who have achieved remarkable success in their business and industry.

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40 Under 40 highlights exemplary business professionals, male and female, from around the region who have gained notable achievements in their career and community.

Last year Prairie Business was unable to hold the in-person ceremony due to tighter restrictions because of the pandemic, but this year it decided to hold the event with a limited number of attendees. Each award winner was invited, and they could bring up to two guests.

“Being with you all here this evening reminds me that I certainly have one thing in common with every one of you," said Altru Health System CEO Dave Molmen, of Grand Forks, one of the nine Leaders & Legacies honorees. "And that’s that somewhere along the line in our lives, there was at least somebody, and probably a lot of somebodys, who told us they were confident we had the ability to do something worthwhile and that we should be doing it. And I think that little encouragement can make all the difference in the world.

“An event like this is just a great opportunity for all of us to be reminded that probably the most important thing we can do in leadership is to take that moment to give somebody the confidence that they can do something worthwhile. There is an army in our hometowns who are just waiting to make a difference and all we have to do is encourage them.”

About 100 people attended the awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 23.
About 100 people attended the awards ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 23. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

About 100 people attended the evening ceremony at the Radisson Blu. The event included a buffet table and music from Billy Lurken, a musician from Mitchell, S.D. Sponsors of the event were Cornerstone Bank, First International Bank & Trust, Office Sign Company, and U.S. CAD.

“This was my first time at the awards ceremony,” said Prairie Business Editor Andrew Weeks, who joined the magazine in late 2019. “It was exciting for me to see the recipients receive this recognition. In the short time I’ve been here, I have been impressed by the ambition and energy of so many people. The caliber of people I get to work with every week is thrilling, and it was exciting for me to meet many of them at the awards ceremony.”