Jill Friesz, New NDNA President

Courtesy of the Grant County News - May 1, 2013

Jill Friesz, publisher/editor of two North Dakota weekly newspapers, has been elected president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association (NDNA).

Her election came at the 127th convention of NDNA – a joint convention with the South Dakota Newspaper Association (SDNA) in Rapid City, South Dakota, Friday,

Friesz purchased the Grant County News, Elgin, and the Carson Press, in 2004 from NDNA Past President Duane Schatz after working for Schatz for eight years. Friesz is a graduate of Shanley High School, Fargo, and the University of Mary, Bismarck, where she received a degree in communication and English. She and her husband, Eric, a farmer/rancher, are the parents of Evan 11, Allison 9, and Elijah 7.

The new president replaces Kathleen Leinen, managing editor of The Daily News, Wahpeton, and the News-Monitor, Hankinson.

Also elected at the annual meeting were First Vice President Tom Monilaws, general manager of the Traill County Tribune, Mayville; Second Vice President Cecile Krimm, publisher and editor of The Journal, Crosby, and the Tioga Tribune; and directors Jill Denning Gackle, general manager of BHG, Garrison, publishers of 11 weekly newspapers, and Melody Owen, co-publisher of the Tri County News, Gackle.

Sara Plum, editor of the Benson County Farmers Press, Minnewaukan, is also a member of the NDNA Board of Directors.

The members of NDNA are the 80 weekly and 10 daily newspapers in the state.