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Glen Froseth to be named to NDNA Hall of Fame

Glen Froseth, former publisher of The Kenmare News and longtime state legislator, has been chosen for induction to the North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame.

4/26/16 (Tue)

Newspaper boss... Glen Froseth pecks away at the typewriter during one of his first days on the job after purchasing The Kenmare News in 1968.

By Terry Froseth

Glen Froseth, former publisher of The Kenmare News and longtime state legislator, has been chosen for induction to the North Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame. 

The formal induction will take place on Friday, May 6 at the North Dakota Newspaper Association (NDNA) annual convention to be held in Crosby.

Froseth’s nomination was recommended by a committee of NDNA Past Presidents and approved by the current NDNA Board of Directors. Endorsement letters from newspaper colleagues and Kenmare community leaders were also included with the nomination application.

The application for his nomination follows:
Glen Froseth is a 60 year member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, and still remains active in the newspaper profession. His career began at the Crosby Journal in 1955, following his graduation from North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton with an associates degree in Printing and Journalism.

Froseth purchased his own newspaper, The Kenmare News, in 1968. Though he sold the business to his son, Terry Froseth, in 1988, he has remained an active part of the newspaper’s operation, reporting on local sporting events, assisting with production of the newspaper each week, and reporting on state legislative issues during the session and in the interim.

Froseth wrote a personal column for 20 years, entitled “For What It’s Worth.”  

Through the years, Froseth has earned NDNA Better Newspaper Contest awards in the categories of  personal column, editorial, reporting, and advertising.

Froseth has served on the NDNA board of directors and the NDNA Education Association. He has also served on the NDNA Legislative Committee and the Hall of Fame Committee. Froseth was president of NDNA in 1984, and NDNA Past President in 1985.

Newspaper industry leader

Glen Froseth has been a positive influence in advancing the standards of The Kenmare News, and the newspaper industry in general.

Froseth brought photo journalism to The Kenmare News, publishing photographs of local activities on a weekly basis, when virtually all the state’s newspapers were still using the letterpress printing process.

His newspaper was among the first in the state to make the switch from letterpress to offset printing.

In 1972, Froseth and four other publishers from the northwest region of the state founded one of the first central offset printing plants in the state. Their venture, Greater Northwest Publishing, Inc. in Minot, is more active than ever today, printing more than a dozen weekly newspapers, a shopper, dozens of grocery flyers, and scores of commercial job work publications.

Froseth remains as one of the major stockholders and board members of GNWP.

Froseth was one of the very first, in 1984, to purchase a computer and Interlink software to manage the newspaper’s subscription list and bookkeeping.

During the next few years, Froseth made a complete switch from Compugraphic photo typesetting to computer composition and laser printers. This, at a time when few newspaper publishers were even familiar with the term “desktop publishing.”

Froseth’s newspaper was among the first of its size in North Dakota to hire a full time reporter, as well as a full time ad salesman.

Award winning publisher
Glen Froseth and The Kenmare News have been awarded numerous Better Newspaper Contest awards, coming from each of the categories, during his time as publisher from 1968 to 1988. Froseth has even been a recipient of advertising awards, some 20 years after giving up the publisher title.

Froseth was president of NDNA in 1984, and Past President in 1985. He served on the NDNA board of directors for seven years. He also served on NDNA committees and the NDNA Education Foundation.

A more recent honor bestowed on Froseth came from the North Dakota Petroleum Council for his work on legislation as a Representative in the North Dakota State Legislature that helped promote and advance the Bakken oil field development.
Community leadership

Froseth became acquainted, and developed friendships, with virtually all of the other publishers in the state during his 20-year ownership and operation of The Kenmare News, a testament to the respect he gained from his peers.

Within his community, Froseth has given his time and leadership to numerous organizations and fundraisers.

He is a charter member and past president of the Kenmare Community Development Corporation. He was successful in assisting with the start-up or recruitment of several businesses and industries to the community.

Glen Froseth is most certainly a driven professional with a work ethic and history of success that any young person should look to emulate.

Froseth has been a member of many organizations through the years, but beyond just being a member, he has served in the leadership roles of those groups, including the office of president. Those organizations include: Nazareth Lutheran Church, Association of Commerce, the Kenmare Community Hospital, Lions Club, Kenmare Development Corporation, Kenmare Country Club,Ward County Soil Conservation District, Elks Club.

State involvement
Glen Froseth has served 24 years in the House of Representatives of the North Dakota Legislature. He has sponsored and supported legislation to preserve our first amendment rights.

During Froseth’s tenure in the state legislature, he has been a constant, positive influence on the side of NDNA’s newspaper members.

He has been influential in protecting publication of public notices, insurance legals, and in promoting freedom of the press.
Froseth has been a member of the National Newspaper Association while publisher of The Kenmare News for 20 years, and as publisher emeritus during the 27 years since.

Newspaper museum
Froseth was instrumental in establishing a newspaper museum on the NDSCS campus in Wahpeton.

In 1986, he acquired the entire contents of the Berthold Tribune, the state’s last letterpress newspaper, to create the museum. The museum was later moved to the State Fairgrounds in Minot.

More recently, Froseth also helped create a newspaper museum at the Pioneer Village in Kenmare. It is an impressive attraction, with its own newly constructed building.

Containing equipment from letterpress days through computers, the museum depicts a comprehensive history of small town newspapers. During Kenmare’s annual Pioneer Day, Froseth mans the museum to show visitors how it was done.

Glen Froseth, has distinguished himself in the newspaper industry, as well as in the North Dakota Newspaper Association, with his 60 years of service and dedication. He is a worthy candidate of inclusion in the NDNA Hall of Fame.

The North Dakota Newspaper Association Hall of Fame recognizes leaders in the newspaper industry and their communities who have made significant contributions of leadership to the association.

The first induction into the NDNA Hall of Fame was in 1933. In that time, there have been 50 other inductees, all North Dakota publishers and editors who have contributed significantly to the success of NDNA and the newspaper industry in North Dakota.

Photos of the members of the Hall of Fame are displayed at the School of Communication at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

This year’s newspaper convention will feature two inductions at the Hall of Fame banquet on Friday, May 6.
Glen Froseth, former publisher of The Kenmare News, will be honored, along with Mike Jacobs, former publisher of the Grand Forks Herald... 
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