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Daily Republic's Wenzel named publisher of Grand Forks Herald

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Both papers are owned by Forum Communications Co., which is based in Fargo, N.D.

Bill Marcil Jr., incoming chief executive officer of the company, announced the move Friday.

“Korrie understands the newspaper business from the carrier to the publisher, and everything in between, because he has done it all,” Marcil said. “His passion and determination will continue to make him a success in his transition to Grand Forks.”

Korrie WenzelThe Herald is the third largest publication owned by Forum Communications Co., with a print circulation of approximately 22,000 daily and 26,000 Sundays (The Daily Republic, a six-day daily, has a print circulation of 10,800). The Herald won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1997. 

“I’m excited by the opportunity,” Wenzel said Friday afternoon. “Grand Forks is a great market. It’s one of the largest newspapers in the company and in the region. And although I’ve only been to Grand Forks a couple of times, it is no doubt a great city.

“On the other hand, I’m saddened, too,” Wenzel said. “Mitchell is our home, and we have great friends here. It’s a bittersweet day.”

As publisher, Wenzel also will oversee the Herald’s sister publications, Agweek and Prairie Business magazine. The position is opening due to the retirement of publisher Mike Jacobs.

Wenzel, 44, has been employed by The Daily Republic for 22 years. He is a native of Wessington Springs, 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.

His full-time employment at The Daily Republic began in 1991. He started 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.

In 2010, he was promoted to publisher. The Daily Republic has earned the South Dakota Newspaper Association’s General Excellence Award each of the past four years under his leadership.

Wenzel has served on boards for Cornerstones Career Learning Center and also for the Mitchell chapter of Junior Achievement, for which he served one term as president.

He has served as a state and national judge for “We the People” competitions in South Dakota and Washington, D.C., and has been a volunteer coach in the Mitchell Recreation Department’s youth football program.

At present, he is president of the Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers and serves on the board of directors for the Mitchell United Way and the South Dakota Historical Society Foundation.

He is a member of the Mitchell Rotary.

This year, he was a member of the Mitchell Weight Room Improvement Committee, which raised more than $140,000 in private funds to renovate the athletic training facilities at Mitchell High School.

Wenzel and his wife, Cheryl, have two sons: Mason (18), who is a senior at MHS, and Parker (15), who is a freshman.