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Prairie Business editor's note for August 2022.

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It’s tough to believe August has arrived — and now half over.

An oft-repeated question is: Where does the time go?

It is a question I have asked myself more than once this year. In the blink of an eye the holiday season will be upon us.

But let’s stay grounded in August for now – Christmas will be here before we know it.

August , for Prairie Business, means manufacturing – one of the topical highlights of this issue. Sam Easter does a fine job of reporting about what’s new and trending in the industry.


There also is a story about trends in the architecture profession, namely the technology that has shaped – and continues to shape – the industry for many businesses and clients. Experts from the firms Ackerman-Estvold and EAPC Architects Engineers share their perspectives about some of those trends.

Women engineers and their contributions to the engineering field is another story topic in which four women from the industry answer questions about what it is like for them working in a male-dominated profession. They also discuss how that perception – of the industry being male-dominated – is changing.

I love this quote from Jessica LoBello, an engineer with Sandman Structural Engineers in Maple Grove, Minnesota: “Don't be intimidated by male counterparts around you. Women are just as capable, technically, as men are. There shouldn't be anything that holds females back from pursuing something they're curious or passionate about.”

Life experiences watching the important women in my life succeed have ingrained within me deep respect for the talents, determination, high work ethic and many more admirable qualities that many women bring to the professional table. The women I work with on staff at Prairie Business, from sales to design, are exemplary business leaders who contribute much to the publication and this industry.

As we work our way through August, pay tribute to the many women who have impacted and continue to influence your life, both personally and professionally.

I hope you enjoy this issue . As always, thanks for reading!

Andrew Weeks
Andrew Weeks

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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