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Chamber Names Steve D. Scheel 2020 Legacy Leader

Steve Scheel

MOORHEAD – The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber has named Scheels board chair, Steve D. Scheel, the recipient of the 2020 Legacy Leader Award. This prestigious award recognizes and emphasizes the important role and contributions of long-time local leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region.

Scheel was selected by a nomination committee based on his leadership in business and in the community.

Steve Scheel was born and raised in Fargo, and graduated from Fargo Central High School and St. Olaf College with degrees in U.S. history, economics, and political science. He served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971. Steve joined Scheels in 1972 and managed Scheels stores in Fargo, Casselton, Moorhead and Sioux Falls before taking over as president, CEO and chairman in 1989. Steve currently serves as board chair for Scheels, with over 8,000 associates and 28 stores in 14 states. Scheels currently operates the 15 largest sporting goods/sportswear stores in the USA. Scheels corporate headquarters is located in Fargo and the company is an ESOP, owned by the employees.

As a volunteer, Steve has served on boards and committees for organizations ranging from the United Way and the Chamber of Commerce, to the Campfire Council, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to the Moorhead Healthy Community Initiative and Junior Achievement, to Trinity and First Lutheran Church, MeritCare Health Systems, the Moorhead Economic Development Authority, Bell State Bank, and as a Regent for Concordia College, and on the Global Leadership Council for the Offutt School of Business at Concordia College. Steve currently serves on the Downtown Moorhead, Inc. Board and works with the Legacy Children’s Foundation in Fargo. LCF is a new foundation working to help more young people in Fargo stay in school, understand what it means to be a contributing member of a community, and graduate from high school. Steve and his wife Eileen are currently working to build Friends of the Children, Youth Entrepreneur, and The Phoenix programs in North Dakota and other states. Steve coached youth soccer and hockey in Moorhead for 16 years and worked with the Hunter Education program in Fargo.

“The Legacy Leader award is The Chamber’s highest award throughout the year, and perhaps the pre-eminent award in the community,” Tom Dawson, chair of The Chamber’s Board of Directors, said. “Steve is the epitome of a legacy leader. He has been not only instrumental in helping build a world-class sporting goods store, but has shared his leadership skills and energy with many causes important to our Chamber and our region. In addition, he and his company are unequalled in their philanthropic contribution to communities in which they do business. It is a privilege to present him with this well-deserved award.”

Scheel will be honored at The Chamber’s Annual Celebration on Thursday, September 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. Presented by Midco, the event will also serve as a reflection and celebration of The Chamber’s accomplishments of the past fiscal year, offer a look at priorities for the next year and honor the organization’s outstanding volunteers.

NAMI Minnesota’s Free Online Mental Health Classes

NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has set up a wide variety of free online mental health classes for July and August. They include classes such as Mental Illnesses and Crisis Communication, Mental Health and the Workplace, Hope for Recovery, Ending the Silence, Understanding Early Episode Psychosis for Families, Teen Tuesdays, In Our Own Voice, Creating Caring Communities, a suicide prevention class called QPR – Question, Persuade and Refer and many more.

The classes are designed for family members and caregivers, persons living with a mental illness, service providers, and also the general public. Find a complete listing of these classes and how to join in by going to and clicking on “Classes” or go straight to

One-way traffic on 4th Ave and 21st St S expected to last three weeks

MOORHEAD – Repair to the sanitary force main on 4 Ave S and installation of sidewalk near Moorhead High School on 21 St S began July 6.  During this construction activity, traffic will be reduced to one-way westbound on 4 Ave S and northbound on 21 St S. Southbound traffic should use 34 St instead of 21 St during the construction period. Access to Casey’s and Moorhead High School will be maintained during the closure. The work is anticipated to take approximately 3 weeks, weather permitting.

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