Forum staff reports, Published December 31 2013
Past Forum Area Persons of the YearThe Forum Area Person of the Year recognizes someone who sparked changes and discussion that most influenced our area this past year. The Forum’s selection was made by editors after receiving readers’ suggestions. The following are past Person of the Year winners:
2012: U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., North Dakota’s first female U.S. senator.
2011: American Crystal Sugar CEO David Berg personified the heart of labor struggles here and elsewhere in 2011.
2010: Denny Sanford, whose wealth and vision played major roles in shaping what used to be Fargo MeritCare Medical Center into the region’s largest hospital system.
2009: Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker for helping lead the flood fight.
2008: Fargo-Moorhead youths for their many volunteer efforts to better the community.
2007: Tracy Briggs, former WDAY radio personality and lead organizer of World War II Honor Flights.
2006: Joseph Chapman, former North Dakota State University president, for leading the university to a higher profile.