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Greetings from the new editor

Once, years ago, this guy from the mountainous West, lived for a time in the Midwest. I enjoyed the southern portions of the region with its rolling hills and thought maybe one day I would be back. Not until fairly recently, however, did I suspect it would be the upper Midwest. 

But here I am, thermal underwear and all, and enjoying the experience. 

Those feelings might change once the first blizzard blows through the area (though I have been told that if I make it through the first one the rest are easy); but I’m not sure that even extreme cold (we don't this cold back West) and snow would deter me from wanting to stay and report on the business trends of the Northern Plains, because one of the things I am most looking forward to is meeting you, the loyal readers of Prairie Business. 

This is my first month, so bear with me; it’s going to take some time to get fully acclimated — and here I’m not talking about just the weather. 

In the short time I’ve been here, I can tell this is an active business community. I use the term “community” generically and rather broadly, since the magazine covers most of three states, but that’s kind of what editing the magazine feels like — being a part of one big community. 

Of course, I know I have big shoes to fill. Former editor Tom Dennis, who was well respected both by his colleagues and the business community, did an excellent job covering the trends and other business happenings of three states. There wasn’t so much as a sneeze when Sydney Mook, Grand Forks Herald community editor, filled in as interim editor of the magazine. Sydney, who kept overly busy juggling both her newspaper responsibilities and trying to put out a magazine, did a fine job making sure Prairie Business was still being published at the end of the month without a full-time editor at its helm. In fact, she was already into the November issue when I came on board, so she shares the editor title with me this month. 

I thank both of these fine journalists for their hard work and dedication to this premier business magazine. After all, we’re a business too and realize that hard work and dedication are hallmarks to a great product.

I’m thankful to be here and hope to continue making Prairie Business a great product. Consider it your magazine, too. For instance, we’ve solicited businesses in our three-state coverage area (North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota) for nominations in our annual 40 under 40 list, published in this issue. This is just one example of how you have ownership in this nearly 20-year-old business publication. Maybe you or one of your employees have been, are this month, or will yet be featured. You are the reason we keep going strong. Even though I’m just starting my new responsibilities, I want to thank you -- whether you’re a constant reader of the magazine or have just picked up your first issue -- for turning to Prairie Business for the latest trends in business. 

There’s more to come.  For now, enjoy reading about the successful, innovative businessmen and -women featured in this issue. I hope I’ll have the chance to meet you. Please reach out with any story tips (it’s another way you can take ownership of the magazine) or just to say hi. I look forward to it. 

Until next time, 

Andrew Weeks

I look forward to hearing from you at aweeks@prairiebusinessmagazine.com or 701-780-1276.

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