Grand Forks Herald

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 approximately 7,500, in the city of Grand Forks plus about 7,500 more to the surrounding communities. Total circulation includes digital subscribers. It has the second largest circulation in the state of North Dakota.

Grand Forks Herald logo
Grand Forks Herald street box
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Forum Communications
PublisherKorrie Wenzel
EditorKirsten Stromsodt
HeadquartersGrand Forks, North Dakota,
United States of America

Grand Forks Herald Building

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 United States
Grand Forks Herald
Location120-124 N. 4th St., Grand Forks, North Dakota
Coordinates47°55′33″N 97°1′58″W / 47.92583°N 97.03278°WCoordinates: 47°55′33″N 97°1′58″W / 47.92583°N 97.03278°W
Arealess than one acre
Built1939, 1949, 1959
ArchitectWells, Theo. B.; Groz & Anderson
Architectural styleModerne
MPSDowntown Grand Forks MRA
NRHP reference #82001326[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 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 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.

The historic building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1] It was a two-story Art Moderne brick commercial building built in three parts, in 1939 (designed by Theodore B. Wells, 1949, and 1959.[2]

Corporate ownership

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


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ C. Kudzia; Norene Roberts; Joe Roberts; Gary Henrickson (1981). "North Dakota Cultural Resources Survey: Grand Forks Herald". National Park Service. Retrieved January 5, 2018. With four photos from 1981.

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Capital Journal

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East Grand Forks Senior High School

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Forum Communications

Forum Communications Company is a media firm based in Fargo, North Dakota. The company prints a number of newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Its flagship and namesake is The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. The company also owns Fargo radio station WDAY-AM 970 and four television stations in North Dakota, all affiliated with ABC. It is owned by the Marcil-Black family of Fargo. N. B. Black bought the Forum in 1917; current chairman William "Bill" Marcil, Sr. is the husband of N. B. Black's great-granddaughter.

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Grand Cities Mall

The Grand Cities Mall is an enclosed shopping mall located on South Washington Street in Grand Forks, North Dakota. With its construction in 1964, it was the first enclosed shopping mall built in North Dakota. The mall covers 367,122 sq ft (34,106.7 m2) and is currently anchored by Kmart. Notable junior anchor tenants include Family Dollar, Ace Hardware, Poppler's Music, Hope Evangelical Covenant Church, and Thrive Community Church. The mall also houses numerous small and local businesses.

Grand Forks, North Dakota

Grand Forks is the third-largest city in the state of North Dakota (after Fargo and Bismarck) and is the county seat of Grand Forks County. According to the 2010 census, the city's population was 52,838, while the total of the city and surrounding metropolitan area was 98,461. Grand Forks, along with its twin city of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, forms the center of the Grand Forks, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is often called Greater Grand Forks or the Grand Cities.

Located on the western banks of the north-flowing Red River of the North, in a flat region known as the Red River Valley, the city is prone to flooding. The Red River Flood of 1997 devastated the city. Originally called Les Grandes Fourches by French fur traders from Canada, who had long worked and lived in the region, steamboat captain Alexander Griggs platted a community after being forced to winter there. The Grand Forks post office was established in 1870, and the town was incorporated on February 22, 1881. The city was named for its location at the fork of the Red River and the Red Lake River.Historically dependent on local agriculture, the city's economy now encompasses higher education, defense, health care, manufacturing, food processing, and scientific research. Grand Forks is served by Grand Forks International Airport and Grand Forks Air Force Base. The city's University of North Dakota is the oldest institution of higher education in the state. The Alerus Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena host athletic and other events, while the North Dakota Museum of Art and Chester Fritz Auditorium are the city's largest cultural venues.

Luke Johnson (ice hockey)

Luke Johnson (born September 19, 1994) is an American ice hockey center currently playing for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) as a prospect to the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League (NHL). Johnson was selected in the fifth round, 134th overall by the Blackhawks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Prior to turning professional, Johnson played NCAA Division I hockey for the University of North Dakota. In his junior year, he helped North Dakota win the 2016 National Championship.

Mac Schneider

Mac Schneider is an American attorney and politician who represented the 42nd district in the North Dakota Senate from 2009 until his reelection defeat in 2016. A member of the North Dakota Democratic-NPL Party, he served as the Senate Minority Leader from 2013 until the end of his Senate tenure. He was the Democratic-NPL endorsed candidate for the United States House of Representatives election in North Dakota, 2018.

Marilyn Hagerty

Marilyn Hagerty (born May 30, 1926) is a newspaper columnist writing for the Grand Forks Herald. She has been with the paper since 1957, when her husband Jack Hagerty (1918–1997) became editor of the paper. She garnered a measure of fame in March 2012 when her review of a new Olive Garden restaurant in Grand Forks, North Dakota, was noticed by online news aggregators and became an overnight sensation among both critics and admirers. Anthony Bourdain announced plans to collaborate with Hagerty and subsequently published and wrote a foreword for her 2013 book Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews.Hagerty was awarded the 2012 Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. Hagerty appeared as a guest Quickfire Challenge judge on Top Chef: Seattle "Even the Famous Come Home."

Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen

For the state pageant affiliated with Miss Teen USA, see Miss North Dakota Teen USA

The Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the U.S. state of North Dakota in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant.

Micah Schlittenhardt of Bismarck was crowned Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen on June 9, 2018 at the Bakken Auditorium in Williston, North Dakota. She competed for the title of Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2019 at the Linda Chapin Theater in the Orange County Convention Center on July 28, 2018 in Orlando, Florida where she received the Random Acts of Kindness award.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux controversy

The "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo was cited as one of the "hostile and abusive" representations of Native Americans by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in 2005, although some controversy predates that action. Critics of the name called it a racist stereotype, while supporters maintained that it was inoffensive and a source of pride. Over the years, the debate proved to be a divisive issue at the University of North Dakota. The movement to keep the nickname and logo was led by some UND alumni, sports fans, and athletic players and officials, as well as the university administration for a time. The campaign to change the nickname and logo was led by several Native American tribes and student organizations, as well as many UND faculty members. A new nickname, the "Fighting Hawks" was selected in 2015.

Randy Boehning

Randy Boehning (born September 17, 1962) is an American politician. He was a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from the 27th District, serving from 2002 to 2018. He is a member of the Republican Party. He received a BA from "Moorhead State University, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1994 and an AAS, Business Administration, North Dakota State College of Science, 1988-1990"After voting against expanding gay rights in North Dakota Senate Bill 2279, Boehning was outed for sending an explicit photo and messages to another man on Grindr in April 2015; he initially claimed it was political retaliation for his vote. However, on April 30, 2015, Boehning was quoted by the Grand Forks Herald as saying he is "gay" and that he is "relieved to come out", but also said he is attracted to women.

Sister cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota

The sister cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota have been designated through the city of Grand Forks' active sister city program which is designed to encourage cultural and economic exchanges. In the case of Dickinson, North Dakota, the relationship is also a political alliance.Grand Forks' first sister city was Ishim in the Soviet Union. The relationship with the Siberian city formally began in 1984 during the Cold War, but progressed slowly due to red tape. In fact, the first in-person exchanges didn't happen until 1990, following glasnost. More exchanges followed despite the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Sometime in the late 1990s, however, political and economic turmoil in Russia put the relationship in deep freeze from which it has yet to recover.While the relationship with Ishim faded, Grand Forks found a new sister in Awano, Japan. An informal relationship began in 1994 when the school districts of both cities began exchanging students. The bond strengthened after the 1997 flood devastated Grand Forks. Awano, a city of 10,000, sent $26,000 to help Grand Forks. In 1998, the two formally proclaimed themselves sister cities. The most concrete evidence of the relationship between the two is a Japanese rock garden in Grand Forks' Sertoma Park and a sculpture of an American bison in an Awano park. Awano is no longer a sister city, however, because it is no longer a city. The nearby city of Kanuma recently annexed Awano, a smaller city. Kanuma city leaders say they already have a sister city in Australia and can't afford another one. The student exchange between the school districts is expected to continue.Grand Forks' relationship with Dickinson, North Dakota began in 2002, when delegations from each city visited the other. The Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau organized the exchange with its counterpart in Dickinson to showcase tourist attractions and improve cooperation in promoting statewide tourism. There is also a political component. Grand Forks Mayor Michael Brown has said he thinks having friends in western North Dakota, which typically has diverging interests from eastern cities, would help at the state legislature.Sarpsborg, Norway became a sister city in 2005 following several exchanges among leaders from both cities. Located southeast of Oslo, Sarpsborg is a city with a similar-sized population to Grand Forks. The city became interested in building a relationship with Sarpsborg because many Grand Forks residents have Norwegian heritage. The Grand Forks School District has announced plans to teach Norwegian language classes in the high schools, and a student exchange program began in 2007.

Stuart McDonald

Stuart McDonald may refer to:

Stuart McDonald (cartoonist) (born 1931), cartoonist for the Grand Forks Herald

Stuart McDonald (Australian politician) (1928–2017), leader of the National Party in the Victorian Legislative Council

Stuart McDonald (Scottish politician) (born 1978), Scottish MP for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East

Stuart McDonald (cartoonist)

Stuart McDonald (born March 15, 1931) is an American cartoonist. He was the editorial cartoonist for the Sunday edition of the Grand Forks Herald from 1961-1967. His cartoons also appeared in the North Dakotan, a publication of the Greater North Dakota Association, from 1965-1968.

Stuart McDonald was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He graduated from Grand Forks Central High School in 1949. He attended the University of North Dakota for two years, before entering the United States Air Force in 1951. Following his return, he became Vice-President of the McDonald Clothing Company, located in Grand Forks.

The only regularly published editorial cartoonist in the Dakotas, McDonald’s cartoons explored a myriad of local, state, national and international issues. He won three George Washington Honor Medals from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. He also served two terms as a Republican in the North Dakota House of Representatives.McDonald also spent time in Denver, Colorado, and Jamestown, North Dakota, before retiring in 2001.

McDonald now lives in Newburgh, Indiana where he does the political cartoons for the Evansville Courier & Press.

Theodore B. Wells

Theodore B. Wells (1889-1976) was an American architect. He was born in North Dakota. He studied at L'ecole des Beaux Arts. Back in North Dakota, he designed many public and commercial buildings.A number of his works are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Wells had a sole proprietorship before partnering with Myron Denbrook, Jr. The partnership was located in downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota.The Wells-Denbrook Architects Office Building in Grand Forks was listed on the National Register in 2014.

Wells served as a president of the North Dakota Association of Architects. During World War I, Wells served with the 307th Engineers, attached to the 82nd Division, serving 22 months, with 13 in France.Works include (with attribution):

South Junior High School, 1224 Walnut St., Grand Forks, North Dakota (Wells, Theodore B.), NRHP-listed

Grand Forks Herald, 120-124 N. 4th St., Grand Forks, North Dakota (Wells, Theo. B.), NRHP-listed

Grand Forks County Fairgrounds WPA Structures, NRHP-listed

One or more works in Downtown Grand Forks Historic District, NRHP-listed

Chester Fritz Library and several other buildings at the University of North Dakota.

Walsh County Courthouse, Grafton, North Dakota (Wells, T.B .), NRHP-listed

Thingvalla Township, Pembina County, North Dakota

Thingvalla Township is a township in Pembina County, North Dakota, United States. The 2000 census reported a population of 121, and an estimated population of 103 as of 2009. President Ólafur Grímsson of Iceland visited the area in 1999 to dedicate a monument to poet K. N. Julius at Thingvalla Church, and Prime Minister Geir Haarde visited in 2007 to dedicate a memorial to the church, which burned to the ground in 2003.The 2nd of August Celebration, commonly known as the "Deuce of August" is an annual event in the township. It commemorates the adoption of a new constitution on August 2, 1874, when Iceland was still a part of Denmark. While it was never an official national holiday in Iceland, it is very popular among Americans of Icelandic descent. The celebration in Thingvalla Township is reportedly the largest Icelandic ethnic event in the United States.


WDAZ-TV is an ABC-affiliated television station serving Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States. Licensed to Devils Lake, it broadcasts a high definition digital signal on virtual and VHF channel 8 from a 1,460.2-foot (445.1 m) tall transmitter tower near Dahlen, located roughly between Grand Forks and Devils Lake.

On cable, the station can be seen on channel 8 in most areas. There is a high definition feed provided on Midcontinent Communications digital channel 608 and Polar Communications digital channel 601. WDAZ is widely carried on cable in the Canadian province of Manitoba, including the cities of Winnipeg, Portage la Prairie, Selkirk, Steinbach, Winkler, and Kenora, Ontario.

Owned by Forum Communications of Fargo, which also owns the Grand Forks Herald, WDAZ operates a news bureau and sales office on South Washington Street in Grand Forks. Identifying as a separate station in its own right, WDAZ is a semi-satellite of sister station and company flagship WDAY-TV (channel 6) in Fargo. It simulcasts all of WDAY's network and syndicated programming, but airs separate identifications and commercials. WDAZ serves the northern half of the Fargo–Grand Forks market, while WDAY-TV serves the southern half. Master control and other internal operations are performed from WDAY-TV's studios on South 8th Street in Fargo.

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