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Forum staff reports, Published June 26 2012

Three nominated for July Beautiful Woman

The nominations are in for July’s Beautiful Woman, and now’s your chance to have a say in who you’d like to see featured in SheSays on July 30.

Go to http://beautifulwomenof.areavoices.com to read more about each woman and to vote for one of the following nominees.

Lindsay Onufrock Erhardt

Lindsay Onufrock Erhardt left her Moorhead home Oct. 4, 2011, for Kitale, Kenya, to begin a baby orphanage rocking nursery. She will be living there with her husband, TJ, and three young children, including 9-month-old Alayna, for a year.

She started traveling to Kenya back in 2002. In Kenya alone, there are approximately 1.9 million orphaned children.

Lindsay is the living essence of Theodore Roosevelt’s quote, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

The world needs more Lindsays! She is always positive. She is beautiful inside and out with a mighty heart and more courage than anyone I’ve ever known.

Nominated by Jill Westerholm

Mary Langseth

Mary is one of those people that I wish I could be more like. She is one of the most caring, compassion-ate people one will ever meet.

Mary works in the Cardiac Cath Lab, where people go if they are having a heart attack. She is usually the nurse who is right next to the patient holding their hand and talking them through one of the scariest moments of their lives.

All her co-workers love her, her patients love her and her family loves her, and we are all so proud of her.

She also “adopted” some of my sister’s friends who are going to school in Jamestown from other countries. She makes sure they all have warm enough clothing for our tough winters and has them all over for holidays since they can’t go home.

She is always making others feel wonderful. And that’s why we love her!

Nominated by Heather Marcella

I am nominating my 27-year-old daughter Kristi.

Kristi became ill with E.coli bacteria poisoning at age 6, sustained permanent kidney damage and required a kidney transplant when she was 10. She not only survived but thrived during her growing up years.

She was married on the 14th anniversary of her transplant. This past year, it was necessary for her to receive another transplant – this time her donor was her husband.

Kristi has dealt with more issues in her young life than most people ever deal with.

Kristi chose to become a nurse and is employed at Sanford. Her life of doctor appointments and hospital stays has greatly influenced her career choice – she’s an incredibly caring and compassionate nurse as she knows all too well how it feels to be the patient.

She is a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, aunt and hopefully someday a mother.

Nominated by Nancy Nelson