Grand Forks Herald

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Grand Forks Herald logo
Grand Forks Herald street box
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Forum Communications
Publisher Korrie Wenzel
Editor Kirsten Stromsodt
Founded 1879
Headquarters Grand Forks, North Dakota,
United States of America

The Grand Forks Herald is a daily broadsheet newspaper, established in 1879, published in Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States. It is the primary daily paper for northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. Its average daily circulation is 34,763 on Sundays and 31,524 on weekdays. It has the second largest circulation in the state of North Dakota.

Grand Forks Herald Building[edit]

Grand Forks Herald
The remains of the former Herald building after it was destroyed by fire and floodwater
Grand Forks Herald is located in North Dakota
Grand Forks Herald
Grand Forks Herald is located in the US
Grand Forks Herald
Location 120-124 N. 4th St., Grand Forks, North Dakota
Coordinates 47°55′33″N 97°1′58″W / 47.92583°N 97.03278°W / 47.92583; -97.03278Coordinates: 47°55′33″N 97°1′58″W / 47.92583°N 97.03278°W / 47.92583; -97.03278
Area less than one acre
Built 1931
Architect Wells, Theo. B.; Groz & Anderson
Architectural style Moderne
MPS Downtown Grand Forks MRA
NRHP Reference # 82001326[1]
Added to NRHP November 30, 1982

The Grand Forks Herald won a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the 1997 flood but the prize was bittersweet, as the Herald building had not only been inundated but, ironically, burned to the ground in the midst of the floodwaters. Despite losing its offices during the flood, the Herald never missed a day of publication. Temporary offices were set up at the University of North Dakota and at a nearby elementary school. Papers were distributed free of charge to flood "refugees" in neighboring towns.

Following the flood, the newspaper rebuilt its office building in downtown Grand Forks. Its distinctive features are a tall clock tower and the symbolism built into the structure, as well as parts of the old building that survived the fire. A new printing facility was also built in an industrial park in the western part of Grand Forks.

Corporate ownership[edit]

Knight Ridder sold the Herald to The McClatchy Company on June 27, 2006. McClatchy had already arranged the sale of the Herald to Forum Communications, owner of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks. Today, the Herald is one of many regional newspapers published by Forum Communications.



The clock tower of the Herald building in downtown Grand Forks
  • Korrie Wenzel (Publisher)
  • Kirsten Stromsodt (Editor)
  • Christopher Bjorke (Content editor)
  • Janelle Vonasek (Design editor)
  • Lori Weber Menke (Multimedia manager)
  • Wayne Nelson (Sports editor)
  • Tom Dennis (Opinion page editor)


  • Marilyn Hagerty (columnist)
  • Brad Elliott Schlossman (college hockey reporter)
  • Tom Miller (sports reporter)
  • April Baumgarten (reporter)
  • Greg Devilllers (reporter)
  • Brad Dokken (outdoors reporter)
  • Andrew Haffner (reporter)
  • Andrew Hazzard (reporter)
  • Sam Easter (reporter)
  • Pamela Knudson (reporter)

Former personnel[edit]

  • Mike Jacobs (Editor and Publisher)
  • Steve Wagner (Editor)
  • Stuart McDonald (Editorial cartoonist, 1961-1967)
  • Chuck Haga (Reporter)
  • Jaime DeLage (City editor)
  • Virg Foss (Sports reporter)
  • John Stennes (Photo chief)
  • Ryan Bakken (Columnist)
  • Bill Holden (Night editor)
  • Kris Jensen (Features editor)
  • Elisa L. Rineheart (Military Affairs Reporter)
  • Kevin Fee (Sports editor)
  • Jason King (IS)
  • Tyler Shoberg (Sports Copy Editor)


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 

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