Nominations for the 2018 Tribune Awards came from editors, reporters and the newspaper's readers. There were a lot of deserving nominees for the year.
The nominees for 2018, besides the winners, are: Deirdre Hillman, Deb Eslinger and Tess Schlafman, founders of the BisMan Power of 100 group; Pat O’Brien, a Mandan High School teacher who has organized a food basket program for students in need; Mike Beck, who saved a historic Bismarck State College building; Karen Workman, a key participant in the Solar Oven Partners program; Vicki Peterson of Family Voices of North Dakota; Darrell Dorgan, North Dakota organizer of the centennial of World War I; Cheryl Kary, director of Sacred Pipe Resource Center; Ellen Schafer, active in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life; Anna Marie Aeschliman, a volunteer at the Banquet; Charles Isakson, Burleigh County Special State’s Attorney assigned to the Social Services Department; Leon Dietrich, a volunteer at Bismarck’s Charity Lutheran Church; Sigrid Strebe, who has organized events to help veterans; LaVonne Jangula, who has hired people in need of a second chance; Allan and Debra Tellmann for opening a grocery store in New Salem when the community needed one; Jim Davis, former State Archivist and division director of the State Historical Society of North Dakota; Virginia Nelsen, until her death, the head of the State Historical Society of North Dakota Foundation; Pat Finken, of Odney advertising, for his role in establishing an emergency homeless center; and Brent Holman, a dentist, for organizing the Mission of Mercy in September.
We want to make a special note of the Bismarck Air Medical crew killed in a November plane crash. Pilot Todd Lasky, nurse Bonnie Cook and paramedic Chris Iverson were nominated for the award.