Each year Prairie Business Magazine selects 25 women in the North Dakota region for recognition in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship, community service, and professional success. When these women are presented, I look through the biographies of each of them until I am generally satisfied with their credentials, and hopefully find nothing that sticks in my craw, as has happened before.
Then, I go back and decide which of these women has a striking appearance, which one holds promise, which one has potential, which one could be entertaining, interesting, spirited, passionate. God knows I’m not looking for a wife. In short, I find the Sporting Man’s pick of these Top 25 Women In Business.
Beginning at the start of the Prairie Business Magazine article and proceeding to its end, here are my picks:
Amanda Torok, Senior Vice President of Culture, Gate City Bank, Fargo, N.D.
“Amanda Torok has been shining a light on Gate City Bank’s culture for the past six years… As the SVP of Culture, her department oversees the bank’s
social media, internal communication, training, philanthropic giving
and more….Having a passion for dance since a young age, Torok has been
teaching classes at Red River Dance, a non-profit dance studio, for
more than 14 years…She is also an avid supporter of organizations within her community such as Giving Hearts Day, Emergency Food Pantry and YWCA Cass Clay.”
Yes, Amanda is a nice, healthy, strong looking young lady with beautiful long blond hair. I am very pleased that she has been teaching dancing for the past 14 years, Good Heavens, I’m sure she’s fit!
Brenda Moore, Controller, TSP, Inc. Sioux Falls, S.D.
“….Her leadership helped the 90-year-old architectural and engineering firm emerge
from 2020 strongly positioned for growth…Moore graduated from Augustana University with bachelor’s degrees in economics, professional accountancy, and business administration. She joined TSP, Inc. in 2007 as an accountant and was promoted to controller in April 2013…The mother of two children, Moore seeks out volunteer activities where she can make a difference in the lives of other youngsters. As a mentor with Junior Achievement of South Dakota, she works with kindergarten students and middle-schoolers. She also volunteers with the Sioux Empire United
Way, her church, and other community nonprofits such as The Banquet
feeding ministry and the BackPack program for low-income school children.”
Brenda is a pleasant looking young woman, with a seemingly easy-going disposition. I doubt you’ll get much arguing and complaining from her.
Cathrine Grimsrud, Managing Director of Mineral and Land Services, VP for Wealth Management, First International Bank & Trust, Bismarck, ND
“Cathrine Grimsrud joined First International Bank & Trust in late 2019
following a decade in the oil and gas industry…Grimsrud holds law degrees from both the University of Oslo-Faculty of Law and the University of North Dakota School of Law. She has held several different positions including land manager and legal counsel for private and public oil companies, and recently served as senior attorney for a large Houston-based exploration and production corporation…She is originally from Norway and loves horses, skiing, travelling, and hiking – especially in the Norwegian mountains. She resides in Bismarck with her two children.”
Hold It! Stop! Wait! I Can’t Go On!
I was trying to write an article that was fun, funny, and entertaining, showcasing the attractive women of Prairie Business Magazine’s Top 25 Women In Business, but I can’t. As I am going down the list of these women in the article, reading their biographies, and trying to come up with why they are attractive, desirable, fun to be with, exciting, and arousing, I can’t do it.
It seemed to me as I was reading through the biographies of these Top 25 Women, that about 1/3 of the attractive women were single with no children, and 1/3 of the attractive women were unmarried with children. Wait, what? I would have thought that almost all of these attractive and successful women would be married, why wouldn’t they be married?
I thought and wondered, “These single attractive women with no children, with both an education and successful career, why aren’t they married? Why don’t they have a husband? Are their standards so high, are they so disagreeable, are they so demanding that men won’t stick around?” I can’t continue to write about how they are desirable, exciting, fun to be with, and arousing, when they probably definitely are not.
Even more off-putting to me, were the very successful women with children, who no longer had a husband. Very successful, with kids, without a husband? To me, this would be the same as “A very successful poor person” or “A very successful homeless person” or “A very highly educated 8th grader”, it doesn’t make sense, it’s a contradiction.
How can a very educated and intelligent woman, make a solemn vow before God, “Do you take this man, to be your lawful wedded husband…for richer, for poorer, in sickness, and in health, till death do you part?” To make perhaps the most important decision of her life in choosing a husband, to take a vow before God, to enter into a legal marriage contract, to begin having his children, only to later change her mind? Is this insanity? I don’t even want to think of the mental unraveling it takes to try to get out of, and go back on your word in this ultimate, highest commitment you can make in this lifetime.
I can’t even joke or kid about being with any of these women. I recommend that men stay far, far away from these women.
The Holy Bible, Ecclesiastes 7:26:
I find more bitter than death the woman who is a snare, whose heart is a trap and whose hands are chains. The man who pleases God will escape her, but the sinner she will ensnare.
The Holy Bible, Proverbs 21:9:
It is better to live in a corner of a roof
Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
The Holy Bible, Proverbs 5:
3 For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:
4 But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword.
5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.