Prairie Business highlights some of its most memorable stories from 2021

From trends in the legal profession to profiling 40 of the region's top young business professionals, Prairie Business takes a look at the past 12 months.

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For those who have journeyed with Prairie Business throughout 2021, readers will recognize some of the magazine’s most notable stories published over the past year. To recap, below are some of the most memorable stories published over the past 12 months:

With the pandemic nearly a year old, a lot has changed for businesses. That includes law offices. January’s feature story highlighted the ways in which virtual technology has benefited – and in some cases hindered – the practice of law.

Tips for managing cash flow is always good advice for businesses and individuals, and some of our financial friends gave their insight on how to do just that for an article in the February issue. A story by Sam Easter also takes a look at how a new tax rule may help some businesses.

Prairie Business highlighted 25 top female business professionals from around the region – that means the Dakotas and western Minnesota – in the March issue. The Top 25 Women in Business is something we – and our readers – look forward to every year. Check it out!

You’ve probably heard it said that communication is key – and that’s perhaps most true in business. Without effective communication among employees and clients, a business isn’t tapping its full potential. There are always areas in business to improve, and for many companies that might mean enhancing communication skills. Communication skills are also what many businesses say they seek in new hires. A story in the April issue tackles the communication topic.


What a year it’s been as medical scientists research and develop new vaccines to meet the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But what other medical breakthroughs are taking place in the labs, including local labs such as at the University of North Dakota? Sam Easter reports about the interesting topic of medical research.

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David Bradley, associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of North Dakota, with graduate student Nathan Velaris in a research lab at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
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Construction materials were a challenge in June, as they are today. A story in this issue looks at how some architecture companies are meeting those challenges. The issue also highlights construction projects in the Prairie Business coverage area and profiles Mike Dunn of Construction Engineers.

Prairie Business magazine’s most prestigious award, Leaders & Legacies, went to nine executives in 2021, each of them profiled in the July issue. These are top executives who either remain in business or have retired, who have exemplified exceptional leadership, and who have made a lasting impact in their industry or place of business. Congrats! There's also a great column by Bethany Berkeley of Dale Carnegie ND.

Anymore, architecture is about sustainability. And why shouldn’t it be? Sam Easter tackles this topic, while focusing on a top-notch project in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Cool stuff!

Every business likes to be recognized as a top place to work, and every September Prairie Business highlights 50 places of business in the region that have been nominated by their employees! But there are other notable stories in this issue, too, including a column by Sarah Meusburger, an HR expert, who writes about the five ways to improve your search for talent. Take a look!

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Prairie Business cover for September 2021.
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Energy is big business in North Dakota. A feature story here takes a peek at some of the issues and projects on the minds and books of those in the know.

Medical robots? Sure, check out what Essentia Health and Sanford Health have adopted over the past year to help better detect lung cancer in patients. It’s a game changer for some, both doctors and their patients.

Forty young professionals – all under the age of 40 – make the list in Prairie Business magazine’s annual 40 Under 40. But there also is a notable story about umbrella insurance policies and why, according to some experts in the field, they may be good policies for businesses and individuals to consider. Guest writer Matthew Mohr also provides a nice column about culture in the workplace.


Prairie Business looks forward to new stories in 2022.

Andrew Weeks is an award-winning journalist who has reported for a number of newspapers and magazines. He currently is the editor of Prairie Business, the premier business magazine of the northern plains. The magazine covers various industries and business topics in the Dakotas and western Minnesota.
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