Story by Carly Syverson
Photography provided by
River Keepers, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting respect for the river and surrounding nature, came about in 1990 when knowledge and appreciation for the Red River was at an all-time low. Disappointed in how the Red River was being treated and passionate about fixing it, the team set out to make a positive change that would end up impacting the entire community. Throughout the years, their projects have grown to encompass more aspects of sustainability, while their goals have stayed consistent. They work tirelessly to educate, celebrate, and nurture our Red River.
River Keepers embarked on a mission to renew value and reverence for the Red River as a vital part of the Fargo/Moorhead community and continue to serve every day. They focus on three main areas: education, stewardship, and leadership to help spread this message. By taking these steps, they have established a group of well-educated, passionate members of society that will continue this work for time to come.
Story by Jesse Hoorelbeke
Photography provided by Jesse Hoorelbeke, J. Alan Paul Photography
Recently I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer that has metastatically advanced to my liver. It came as a surprise when I noticed that I was experiencing some loss of energy and fevers just randomly over the past few months.
Many days I struggle to make it through the day without running out of energy. Others I am doing just fine and feel almost myself. But this fight has just begun and I am ready to take it on as far as I possibly can, and beat it.
I have already begun treatment for it but it is going to be a long road ahead. My life has been turned upside down and my health is my main priority right now. Things are looking positive, but I have had to cancel work and projects that I had lined up for the next several months.
[Just Your Average Kid]
Story by Jon Bennett
Photography provided by M. Schleif Photography
Born and raised in Eagan, Minn., Jack Yakowicz is the middle child of Pete and Susie. His mom is a writer and started Jack and his siblings, Evan and Sallie, writing at a young age to keep their brains sharp on summer vacation from school. Jack remembers from a young age the power that words can have and how they can impact people as his mom encouraged him to keep growing his communication skills. He has spent years tweaking his communication skills and continues to keep an open mind and always improving himself.
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