Longtime area business leader Scheel to receive Chamber’s Legacy Award

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Longtime area business leader Steve D. Scheel, board chair of sporting goods and sportswear store Scheels, was named The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber's 2020 Legacy Leader.
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MOORHEAD — As businesses have faced uncertainty during the last few months, sporting goods and sportswear store Scheels has something to celebrate. The company’s board chair, Steve D. Scheel, has been selected to receive The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber’s highest annual honor.

The Chamber named Scheel the 2020 Legacy Leader Award winner Wednesday, July 1, for his leadership in business and the community.

“The Legacy Leader award is The Chamber’s highest award throughout the year, and perhaps the pre-eminent award in the community,” said Tom Dawson, chair of the Chamber's board of directors, via press release.

Fargo Central High School graduate Scheel was selected by a nomination committee for the award which recognizes the important role and contributions of longtime leaders in both shaping and serving The Chamber, metropolitan community and region, according to the release.


“Steve is the epitome of a legacy leader,” Dawson said. “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.”

Scheel, who served in the Army from 1969-1971, joined Scheels in 1972, managing stores in Fargo, Casselton, Moorhead and Sioux Falls before taking over as president, CEO and chairman of the sporting goods store in 1989.

Scheel also has an extensive volunteer history in the area, serving on many boards and committees for community organizations. He follows in the footsteps of longtime area banker Steve Swiontek who won the award in 2019 .

The Chamber will honor Scheel at its annual celebration slated for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. To register for the event, go to or call 218-233-1100.


Carissa Wigginton is a high school sports reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. A Fargo native, she graduated from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wigginton joined The Forum’s sports department in August 2019.
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