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Published December 27, 2013, 04:15 PM

Newspaper executive named to succeed Mike Jacobs, publisher of the Herald

A South Dakota newspaper executive will be the next publisher of the Grand Forks Herald.

By: Kevin Bonham, WDAZ

A South Dakota newspaper executive will be the next publisher of the Grand Forks Herald.

Korrie Wenzel, publisher of The Daily Republic in Mitchell, S.D., will succeed Mike Jacobs when he retires March 31, Forum Communications Co. announced today.

Wenzel, 44, is a native of Wessington Springs, S.D., where his family owns the True Dakotan, the town’s weekly newspaper. His first job was at age 11, as a carrier for The Daily Republic.

He has been employed at The Daily Republic since 1991. He began as a sports reporter, and rose through the ranks in the newsroom, serving as sports editor, assistant editor and editor. He was a two-time sports writer of the year in South Dakota.

Wenzel was promoted to publisher in 2010. He also has been a mentor in Forum Communications Co.’s Forum Forward program.

“Korrie understands the newspaper business from the carrier to the publisher, and everything in between, because he has done it all. His passion and determination will continue to make him a success in his transition to Grand Forks,” said Bill Marcil Jr., executive vice president and chief operating officer of Forum Communications Co., which owns the Herald and The Daily Republic.

Jacobs, who announced last June that he intended to retire at the end of March, has been with the Herald since 1979. He was promoted to editor in 1984 and to a dual role of editor and publisher in 2003. He has been publisher since 2011.

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