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Published September 14, 2010, 02:17 PM

Fargo Forum Publisher to Step Down After 41 Years

William C. Marcil, 74, will step down as publisher December 1.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The publisher of The Forum newspaper in Fargo announced Tuesday that he will step down after 41 years on the job and his son will take over.

William C. Marcil, 74, will remain chairman of the Forum Communications Co., the newspaper's parent company, The Forum reported. Marcil became The Forum's publisher on Nov. 1, 1969, succeeding his father-in-law, Norman D. Black Jr.

"When you've got a family owned business and you've got a child that's capable of coming back and running the business, it just makes everybody feel really happy in the family," William Marcil told Forum employees on Monday.

He spoke with his son, Bill Marcil Jr., 46, at his side. The younger Marcil will become the fifth-generation family member to serve as publisher of The Forum when his father steps down Dec. 1.

"I'm excited about it. I'm excited about our future and where we're going," he said.

Bill Marcil Jr. worked as the newspaper's general manager from 1997 to February 2000, then was hired as the development director for Forum Communications. While he has been away from the newspaper's day-to-day operations for seven years while running his own business, he said he has continued to closely follow industry trends.

In another change, Lloyd G. Case, the parent company's president and chief operating officer, has been named chief executive officer and will remain in that job until he retires in 2013.

Forum Communications owns more than 30 newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It also owns several broadcast stations and commercial printing plants.

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