As a small business owner in southwest North Dakota, you can imagine how I felt when I opened the newspaper to the headline, “Fired Blues CEO gets $2.2M severance.”
Unbelievable, as I’m faced with the decision, can I afford to keep health insurance for my employees? I ask all of you, “What is happening to our leadership?” Where are the board members who were placed in positions of authority and leadership?
Business owners, like me, are counting on you and your leadership abilities. I’ve been in business over 17 years and I have never experienced anything like I have in the past nine months. Every day, you open the newspaper and read how another so called “high powered executive” is fired due to inappropriate behavior that they were terminated for, help!
Obviously, Mr. Unhjem is a “little rough around the edges” and needs to be reprimanded for his inappropriate behavior. Help, legislators and leaders of North Dakota! Stop letting this happen to everyone, please. This doesn’t just affect him; it affects each and every one of us. Think of how many individuals, families and children could be insured for $2.2 million.
My son, currently a bright young man attending medical school at the University of North Dakota, once said to me something I believe to be profound and influential — “Mom, you need to ask yourself every night before you go to bed, ‘did I do everything I could today to make a difference?’” And if you can’t answer yes, you need to work even harder at it the next day. He’s right. Seems simple, but obviously it’s not.
I challenge everyone, starting tomorrow, to think about what my son said and together I believe we can change the world?
LoAnn Wegh, president and owner of
LoAnn’s Marketing, Dickinson