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Wagner named editor of Grand Forks newspaper

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Steve Wagner was named the editor of the Grand Forks Herald Friday.

Wagner, who has served as editor of The Bemidji Pioneer since October 2011, will replace Mary Jo Hotzler, who will be leading Forum News Service for Forum Communications Co.

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“I’m delighted that Steve Wagner has accepted the editor’s job here,” Herald Publisher Mike Jacobs said. “He’s a strong newsman who cares about the integrity of the Herald’s journalism, about the company’s relationship with our communities and about its independence as a local newspaper.

“He’s going to have a positive impact on all of those things – exactly the things that I believe are most important to the Herald and our readers.”

Wagner says he’s excited to get to Grand Forks and start learning about the Herald and the community.

“I’m going to use that knowledge to lead this newsroom,” Wagner said. “My goal is to do great work, and you can’t do that alone. It’s a team effort.

“I’m going to listen, learn and build a team that fits the newspaper and that will serve the community.”

An official start date for Wagner has not been set.

Pioneer Publisher Dennis Doeden said the search for an editor in Bemidji will begin immediately.

Wagner is a Moorhead native and a graduate of North Dakota State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication.

Wagner joined Forum Communications Co. as a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead 14 years ago. He also served as its Minnesota editor, an investigative reporter and news director.

Prior to working for The Forum, Wagner served as a reporter for The Courier in Waterloo, Iowa.

This article was written by Brandi Jewett of Forum News Service.

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