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Country Woman of the Year nominee Carmel Miller is pictured with her daughter, Addison.

The Bismarck Tribune is partnering with Farm & Ranch Guide to recognize hardworking country women in the region.

The Tribune received 23 nominations for the 26th annual Country Woman of the Year contest.

We narrowed down the nominations to 12 remarkable women and are pleased to share their stories.

"Country Woman of the Year is a celebration of the role women play in making a family farm a viable enterprise, and in carrying on traditions that are essential to the story of North Dakota," Tribune Publisher Gary Adkisson said.

North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions is sponsoring the program.

"We recognize the important role women contribute to North Dakota’s agriculture success. Farming and ranching in North Dakota is a business for families and a lifestyle," said Tammy Ibach, director of North Dakotans for Comprehensive Energy Solutions.

The winner will be named at an event from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 26 at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck.

The event will include entertainment by North Dakota poet laureate Larry Woiwode and musician Connie Gjermundson, a western North Dakota native who grew up on a ranch in Marshall.

The winner will receive $2,500 in cash and a $2,500 donation in her name to an agricultural organization of her choice.

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