Straight Talk: Crisis-tested character

Randy Newman, chairman and CEO of Alerus Financial, proudly showed me around Grand Forks, N.D., the town that was almost wiped off the map by a flood a decade ago. Newman is North•Western Financial Review’s 2008 Banker of the Year. Newman has an inspiring story, which we tell beginning on page 10, but I learned from my tour that the entire town has an inspiring story. It was April of 1997 and the Red River overflowed its banks by ten miles in both directions. Seventy percent of the people in Grand Forks . . .

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