Helping to celebrate the contributions of area seniors to the fabric of our community.


The Senior of the Year Award program celebrates the contributions that seniors have made – and continue to make – to the fabric of our community.


…to provide living opportunities in a senior community shaped by Christian values.


September 24, 2020
5:30 pm Social
6:30 pm Dinner and Program


We request that the nominator escort the nominee to the event. The nominee is a guest and will receive a ticket at no charge; the nominator’s ticket will be issued at a reduced price.

Individual tickets are available for $55 per person. Reserved tables are also available.

A portion of the ticket price may be tax-deductible as a contribution to Bethany Retirement Living.

For tickets contact:

Grant Richardson


A) The nominee will be aged 65 or older.

B) The nominee will be a resident of, or made an impact in Cass or Richland Counties in North Dakota or Clay County in Minnesota.

In judging nominations, the nominee’s contribution to the area encompassed by the category in which s/he is nominated and his or her overall contribution to the larger community will be considered.


Business Person

This senior may have a background at any level of business. He or she may be a current or retired owner, manager or employee of a profit or non-profit business. The nominee will have made a unique contribution to the local business community and/or economic environment. He or she will have been a role model to others in business.

Community Involvement

This senior will have demonstrated a commitment to improving the community through thoughtful advocacy, volunteerism, philanthropy, military service, involvement or other selfless effort.


This senior may have a background at any level of education or in any of the visual or performing arts. Through his or her work, the nominee will have inspired others to lifelong learning or impacted others through their creativity.


This senior will have, through their church community or individual ministry, inspired others to grow in their own faith and personal values.


This senior may have a background in any healthcare discipline. The nominee will have demonstrated a commitment to helping improve the health and well-being of others in their community.


Using the SOTY Nomination form, explain why you are nominating this person for the Senior of the Year award. The more detailed and precise the information you provide for the judges, the better chance your nominee will emerge as a selection. It is helpful to give specific examples. Do not hesitate to interview the person you are nominating. It does not have to be a secret to be nominated. You can also speak to people at the organizations where the individual volunteers or works. Political and religious involvement will only be considered when they benefit the community.

Judges will look for:

• Diversity of accomplishments, how this person has touched the lives of other people in the community

• Total scope of activities, years of service, time commitment,  variety of services performed, involvement in a variety of organizations

• Quantity of accomplishments, amount of service after age 65

• Quality of activities, especially innovative services

• Geographic area covered by their service. All information will be held in confidence by the judges. Only material submitted on the application form will be considered.

Deadline: All applications must be received by August 8, 2020.  Nominations received after that date will be considered for the following year’s awards.

To obtain a nomination form please call Grant Richardson at 701-478-8910 or email at



Senior of the Year Nominations are reviewed by a select panel of judges representing metropolitan government, the Chamber of Commerce, gerontology education, senior services, community promotion and other facets of the community. Nominations are blindly scored and results are compiled and recipients are revealed at the Annual Awards Banquet.