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Published November 14, 2009, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Beautiful Women of North Dakota


Susie Ekberg Risher was chosen for the book because she exemplified the “beauty of devotion.” For more than a year, Ekberg Risher juggled caring for her dying mother, who lived more than three hours away, with taking care of her own family in Fargo. Special to The Forum

  • Susie Ekberg Risher was chosen for the book because she exemplified the “beauty of devotion.” For more than a year, Ekberg Risher juggled caring for her dying mother, who lived more than three hours away, with taking care of her own family in Fargo. Special to The Forum
  • Writer Chris Linnares and photographer Billy Black stand with prints for their book, “Beautiful Women of North Dakota,” which will be released Nov. 21. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
  • Billy Black sets up lights before photgraphing Sandra Leyland for the “Beautiful Women of North Dakota” book project. Leyland was recognized for her work with special-needs populations and for two adopting two children with special needs. David Samson / The Forum
  • Billy Black photographs Sandra Leyland for “Beautiful Women of North Dakota.” David Samson / The Forum
  • Billy Black and his wife, Chris Linnares, review some of the images of Leyland. David Samson / The Forum
  • Chris Linnares listens to Sandra Leyland during an interview session for the book project, "Beautiful Women of North Dakota." David Samson/The Forum