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.[1]

Grand Forks Herald logo
Grand Forks Herald street box
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Forum Communications
PublisherKorrie Wenzel
EditorKirsten Stromsodt
Headquarters375 Second Avenue North
Grand Forks, ND 58203-3707
CityGrand Forks
CountryUnited States
OCLC number1751382
Nameplate of Grand Forks Herald on July 11, 1916

Grand Forks Herald BuildingEdit

Grand Forks Herald
The remains of the former Herald building after it was destroyed by fire and floodwater
Location120-124 N. 4th St., Grand Forks, North Dakota
Coordinates47°55′33″N 97°1′58″W / 47.92583°N 97.03278°W / 47.92583; -97.03278
Arealess than one acre
Built1939, 1949, 1959
ArchitectWells, Theo. B.; Groz & Anderson
Architectural styleModerne
MPSDowntown Grand Forks MRA
NRHP reference No.82001326[2]
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.[2] It was a two-story Art Moderne brick commercial building built in three parts, in 1939 (designed by Theodore B. Wells, 1949, and 1959.[3]

Corporate ownershipEdit

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. After the sale, the newspaper ended its carrier delivery service and reduced its print copy; it is only printed 2 days a week: Tuesdays and Saturdays.[citation needed]



The clock tower of the Herald building in downtown Grand Forks
  • Korrie Wenzel (Publisher/Editor)
  • Kim Wynn (Managing Editor)
  • Wayne Nelson (Sports Editor)


  • Marilyn Hagerty (Columnist)
  • Brad Elliott Schlossman (College Hockey Reporter)
  • Tom Miller (Sports Reporter)
  • Brad Dokken (Outdoors Reporter)
  • Pamela Knudson (Reporter)
  • Sydney Mook (Higher Education Reporter/Community Editor)

Former personnelEdit


  1. ^ "Grand Forks Herald" (PDF). Minnesota Newspaper Association Directory. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. ^ 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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Coordinates: 47°55′34″N 97°02′00″W / 47.925999°N 97.033284°W / 47.925999; -97.033284 (D: Grand Forks Herald)