Youth advocate Peter Ferguson awarded MoorHeart

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Peter Ferguson (center, front row) received November’s MoorHeart Award from Mayor Shelly Carlson (right, front row) at Monday’s City Council meeting. He was applauded by many of the children who participate in his Enrichment Operation program. (Photo/ Jami McGregor.)

Nancy Edmnods Hanson

Moorhead youth advocate Peter Ferguson, whose Enrichment Operation encourages and supports youth now in middle school, was tapped for November’s MoorHeart Award.

The award is presented monthly by the Moorhead City Council. Recipients — individuals or organizations — are nominated by Moorhead residents for their contributions, large or small, who “go above and beyond to demonstrate community within our City by their actions and service,” according to program guidelines.

Ferguson left teaching five years ago to create his nonprofit, which provides youngsters with experiences such as fishing, camping, crafts, hunting, and learning life skills that they might not otherwise encounter. He has worked with the same cohort of boys and girls for the past five years and vows to stay beside them through high school.

According to Marisa Bengtson-Loerzel, who nominated him for the award, “Without his support, many would not have the opportunity to enjoy these types of activities. He simply wants kids to feel love and success. He has a way of bringing out the best in others and helping them realize how important they are to our world. He is a treasure to our community!”

Moorhead residents are welcome to nominate individuals and groups who are doing great things for future awards. For more information, go to

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