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FCC names Ronquist publisher of Duluth News Tribune

Forum News Service

DULUTH — From one Great Lakes city to another, the publisher of the Traverse City Record Eagle in Michigan is moving this month into the publisher’s office at the Duluth News Tribune, the sister paper of the Superior Telegram.

Neal Ronquist, 46, grew up in Maplewood, Minn. He graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., and started his career at the St. Anthony (Minn.) Bulletin. Ronquist was promoted to ad director, publisher and group publisher roles in Austin, Albert Lea and Fergus Falls, Minn., and North Carolina for Boone Newspapers. He later worked for Paxton Media Group as a publisher and group publisher in Arkansas and Indiana before moving to Traverse City.

 “I am thrilled and honored to have earned this opportunity to lead the News Tribune,” Ronquist said. “The News Tribune is a great media company with a talented team and a bright future. I’m eager to learn more about the communities the News Tribune serves, as well as how we can better serve our readers and advertising partners. It’s also an exciting time for my family as this opportunity returns us to our home state of Minnesota.”

Ronquist is married to Renae, and they have two daughters, Rachel, 13, and Reese, 10.

 “We had an outstanding slate of candidates apply for this important position. The management team at the News Tribune and at Forum Communications talked to the finalists and agreed Neal is a wonderful fit,” said Matt McMillan, Forum Communications Co.’s vice president for newspapers. “He excels at building teams, setting goals and working together. That fits our culture perfectly.”

Ronquist’s first day on the job will be Monday, Jan. 19.

Forum Communications is owned by the Marcil family and includes dozens of newspapers, broadcast, digital and printing businesses in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, including the Superior Telegram.