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Prairie Business magazine opens '40 Under 40' nomination window

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Prairie Business magazine is proud to invite nominations for "40 under 40," the annual contest that honors 40 of the top business professionals under the age of 40 in the Dakotas and western Minnesota. 

The contest is a chance for employers to publicly recognize their rising stars, said Korrie Wenzel, Prairie Business publisher.

“One would think that eventually, we would run out of these ‘rising stars,’” Wenzel said. “But each year, we’re amazed to see a new crop of young professionals rising to the top.”

Wenzel said that recognizing and honoring the talented workers in the region is a chief goal for Prairie Business.

“It’s right in our strike zone,” Wenzel said. “I look forward to it each year, and especially to meeting many of these people during our annual recognition event in the spring.”

Nominations will be accepted through the magazine’s website – – through Oct. 16. Results will be published in the December issue of the magazine.

Prairie Business is looking for young professionals who are making significant impacts in their chosen profession, industry and communities. Nominees can be entrepreneurs, industry experts, executives or nonprofit or community leaders. Previous honorees have included business owners, patent holders, professors, venture capitalists, corporate executives, economic developers and nonprofit directors.

To be eligible for the award, nominees must be 39 years old or younger on Dec. 31, 2019. Past winners of the award are not eligible. Nomination submissions must include a brief biography of the candidate’s accomplishments and career history.

The nomination form is available on the magazine's website, The link to the form is here. Nominations will close on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

Sydney Mook

Sydney Mook has been covering higher education at the Grand Forks Herald since May 2018. She previously served as the multimedia editor and cops, courts and health reporter at the Dickinson Press from January 2016 to May 2018.  She graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in three and half years in December 2015. While at the USD, she worked for the campus newspaper, The Volante, as well as the television news show, Coyote News. She also interned at South Dakota Public Broadcasting and spent the summer before her senior year interning in Fort Knox for the ROTC Cadet Summer Training program. In her spare time, Sydney enjoys cheering on the New York Yankees and the Kentucky Wildcats, as well as playing golf. If you've got an idea for a video be sure to give her a call!

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