These are some of our favorite photographs from the year. These are not all the most newsworthy times, but rather a mix of the images we appreciated making. There is a stark contrast between the news we covered and the quieter moments we observed, but this reflects life as we saw it. Our hope is that these photographs foster a greater understanding of the community we share.



Fourth grade teachers Zoe Mischtian, from left, Holly Schweigert and Kristen Scholand participate in the teacher chair race with help from students Andrew Schiltz, Colin Holt and Otto Balvitsch during the 37th Annual Ice Skating Classic on Jan. 31 at Clara Barton- Hawthorne Elementary, Fargo.
David Samson / The Forum
Fourth grade teachers Zoe Mischtian, from left, Holly Schweigert and Kristen Scholand participate in the teacher chair race with help from students Andrew Schiltz, Colin Holt and Otto Balvitsch during the 37th Annual Ice Skating Classic on Jan. 31 at Clara Barton- Hawthorne Elementary, Fargo. David Samson / The Forum



Moorhead celebrates beating Roseau for the Minnesota Class 2A Section 8 boys hockey championship Feb. 26 in Bemidji.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Moorhead celebrates beating Roseau for the Minnesota Class 2A Section 8 boys hockey championship Feb. 26 in Bemidji. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

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West Fargo Fire Marshal Dell Specher instructs sophomore Chase Hapka in using a fire extinguisher March 11 at West Fargo Sheyenne High School.
David Samson / The Forum
West Fargo Fire Marshal Dell Specher instructs sophomore Chase Hapka in using a fire extinguisher March 11 at West Fargo Sheyenne High School. David Samson / The Forum



The cold and flu medicine shelves are heavily picked over March 13 at Target, Fargo, after President Trump declared a state of emergency because of the growing coronavirus pandemic.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
The cold and flu medicine shelves are heavily picked over March 13 at Target, Fargo, after President Trump declared a state of emergency because of the growing coronavirus pandemic. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor



Kelsey Buell performs songs on the violin for residents of Edgewood Vista on March 30 in Fargo.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
Kelsey Buell performs songs on the violin for residents of Edgewood Vista on March 30 in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum



Rex Wheeler of Moorhead walks his English Chocolate Lab named Coco in the pet parade for patients April 15 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo.
David Samson / The Forum
Rex Wheeler of Moorhead walks his English Chocolate Lab named Coco in the pet parade for patients April 15 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo. David Samson / The Forum



Ants collect pollen and nector from a dandelion flower on May 18 at Riverside Park, West Fargo.
David Samson / The Forum
Ants collect pollen and nector from a dandelion flower on May 18 at Riverside Park, West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum



Graduates sit socially distanced on the football field of Sid Cichy Stadium for the Shanley High School commencement ceremony May 20 in Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Graduates sit socially distanced on the football field of Sid Cichy Stadium for the Shanley High School commencement ceremony May 20 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor



Protesters hug in downtown Fargo just before Fargo Police begin to release tear gas and shoot pepper bullets to disperse a crowd of about 100 to 150 people that remained after the Fargo Marches for George Floyd protest on May 30.
 C.S. Hagen / The Forum
Protesters hug in downtown Fargo just before Fargo Police begin to release tear gas and shoot pepper bullets to disperse a crowd of about 100 to 150 people that remained after the Fargo Marches for George Floyd protest on May 30. C.S. Hagen / The Forum



Rioters overturned dumpsters and threw rocks at police on First Avenue North on May 30, 2020, in downtown Fargo. Police confirmed Nicholai Westrum, who was charged in connection to the riot, was the man seen in this photo jumping up and down on a dumpster.
 C.S. Hagen / The Forum
Rioters overturned dumpsters and threw rocks at police on First Avenue North on May 30, 2020, in downtown Fargo. Police confirmed Nicholai Westrum, who was charged in connection to the riot, was the man seen in this photo jumping up and down on a dumpster. C.S. Hagen / The Forum



Protesters march from Island Park to City Hall during the Juneteenth March for Justice organized by OneFargo on June 19 in Fargo.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
Protesters march from Island Park to City Hall during the Juneteenth March for Justice organized by OneFargo on June 19 in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum



Protesters kneel in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd on June 20 at the Cass County Courthouse.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
Protesters kneel in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd on June 20 at the Cass County Courthouse. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum



Comet NEOWISE is framed by the steeple of Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church after midnight July 17 in Harwood.
David Samson / The Forum
Comet NEOWISE is framed by the steeple of Maple Sheyenne Lutheran Church after midnight July 17 in Harwood. David Samson / The Forum



Firefighters arrive at a trash fire July 17 at the Fargo landfill. 
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Firefighters arrive at a trash fire July 17 at the Fargo landfill. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor



Bryton Dewald’s horse Chickies First Lady races to first place with jockey Giovany Estrada during the first race of the day on July 18 at the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo.
Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum
Bryton Dewald’s horse Chickies First Lady races to first place with jockey Giovany Estrada during the first race of the day on July 18 at the North Dakota Horse Park in Fargo. Alyssa Goelzer / The Forum



A dragonfly hangs July 21 from a sofit of a home in West Fargo.
David Samson / The Forum
A dragonfly hangs July 21 from a sofit of a home in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum



Paxton Pickett, 8, leaps over a lawn sprinkler Friday, July 24, during the "Lunch with a Cop" picnic in Dilworth’s Whistle Stop Park. The heat index topped 100 degrees Friday and may hit 95 Saturday.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Paxton Pickett, 8, leaps over a lawn sprinkler Friday, July 24, during the "Lunch with a Cop" picnic in Dilworth’s Whistle Stop Park. The heat index topped 100 degrees Friday and may hit 95 Saturday. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor



A full moon rises over the Maple River Grain & Agronomy elevator Aug. 2 in Prosper, N.D.
David Samson / The Forum
A full moon rises over the Maple River Grain & Agronomy elevator Aug. 2 in Prosper, N.D. David Samson / The Forum



Wind towers spin just after sunset Aug. 10 east of Rollag, Minn.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Wind towers spin just after sunset Aug. 10 east of Rollag, Minn. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor



Colorful ears of Flint corn are displayed Sept. 29 at the Hildebrant Farm Market in West Fargo.
David Samson / The Forum
Colorful ears of Flint corn are displayed Sept. 29 at the Hildebrant Farm Market in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum



Josh Abrahamson of Valley Green landscaping carries flowers to the grave of Lelan Derr at the Fargo National Cemetery on Oct. 16 north of West Fargo.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
Josh Abrahamson of Valley Green landscaping carries flowers to the grave of Lelan Derr at the Fargo National Cemetery on Oct. 16 north of West Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor



A West Fargo volleyball player waves to a paper crowd Oct. 20 before a home volleyball match.
Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
A West Fargo volleyball player waves to a paper crowd Oct. 20 before a home volleyball match. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor



Xavier Lippay, 9, swings on the tree in his front yard while neighbors Isla and Harris Melby climb at sunset Nov. 5 in north Fargo.
David Samson / The Forum
Xavier Lippay, 9, swings on the tree in his front yard while neighbors Isla and Harris Melby climb at sunset Nov. 5 in north Fargo. David Samson / The Forum