Each year, the Tribune honors members of our community who have gone beyond what's expected of citizens.
These individuals or groups have done good works, shown kindness, level-headed action and, in general, given more than they received.
Nominations for the Tribune Awards came from editors, reporters and the newspaper's readers.
The 2017 winners are Dan Vega who helped Elianna Vazguez after a home explosion; Deb Igoe, a volunteer with Ministry on the Margins; Pat Weinberg, who developed a gardening, nutrition and cooking program for adults with cognitive challenges; and April Lund, a personal trainer and advocate for health and wellness.
Other nominees were William “Bill” Bauman, CEO of the YMCA; Cory Wrolstad, district Boy Scout executive who also is active in his church and community organizations; LeAna Hug who helps organize food donations; Dr. Robert Roswick, active in efforts to save the historic hangar number 5 at the Bismarck Airport; Arvid Morken, a volunteer in a prison ministry and active in a ministry for street children in Romania; Johanna Johnson, organizer of an appreciation dinner in Williston for first responders; Nan Johnson, whose small acts of kindness encourage people every day; and Jan Swenson, executive director of the Badlands Conservation Alliance, a group that advocates for public lands.