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Bismarck Tribune Award winner Deb Igoe. 

Deb Igoe is a longtime volunteer of a program, Ministry on the Margins, that helps to enable released inmates re-enter the community.

The daughter of former Gov. William Guy and sister to Bismarck City Commissioner Nancy Guy, Igoe spends nearly 40 hours a week volunteering at the ministry's food pantry.

"She does have a real heart for people who fall through the cracks," said Sister Kathleen Atkinson, director of the nonprofit.

Since the food pantry's inception in December 2012, Igoe has worked three to four days a week, volunteering to keep track of food, donations and volunteer hours.

"She's totally essential," Atkinson said. "That's why I immediately thought of her."

And after Ruth Meiers Hospitality House closed its men's emergency shelter in October, the ministry has served as a gathering point each night for homeless men and women. Because of this, Igoe comes into work earlier "because she knows it's been a little bit chaotic the night before," Atkinson said.

Igoe also is involved with Friends of the Bismarck Public Library group, helping foster a love of reading through book sales and other events. She also is on the Former Governor's Mansion board and works with former first lady Grace Link.

"(Igoe has a) wonderful personality. She is a giving person; she will do anything for you if you ask," Link said.

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