Monthly Archives: August 2017

Hardie moving on to 7 Rivers Alliance

Chris Hardie, former executive editor at the La Crosse Tribune and former president of the WNA Board of Directors, is stepping down as executive director of the Black River Area Chamber of Commerce after two and half and years to become the CEO of the 7 Rivers Alliance. The 7 Rivers Alliance is a tri-state…

Seisser named Star sports editor

Veteran sports journalist Jeff Seisser has joined The Star in Sun Prairie and The Courier in Waterloo as the newspapers’ sports editor. Seisser spent 27 years at the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson and the last 23 years as the Daily Union’s sports editor, covering Jefferson County high school sports and college athletics at…

Col. Fox reenlists daughter Master Sgt. Kayte Fox

Peter Fox, WNA executive director from 2004 to 2010, recently reenlisted his daughter, Master Sgt. Katherine Fox, in the Wisconsin Air National Guard.  Kayte is a procurement officer for the 115th Tactical Fighter Wing at Truax Field in Madison.  Fox, who retired from the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 2004 as a colonel after more…

Death Notice: Audrey Reichert Lyke

Audrey Reichert Lyke, who with her husband, Doug, owned the Ripon Commonwealth Press from 1962 to 2017, died Wednesday, Aug. 23 in Ripon. She was 87. The Lykes moved to Ripon in 1962 to own and operate The Ripon Commonwealth Press, but soon found themselves in the commercial printing business. Audrey handled the company’s bookkeeping,…

Amery Free Press celebrates 125 years

The public is invited to celebrate the Amery Free Press’ 125th anniversary from 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18 during an open house at the newspaper’s office, 215 Keller Ave., Amery. The newspaper is owned by Sentinel Publications and previously had a series of owners until 1942, when it was taken over by Palmer Sondreal…

Dells reporter displays artistic touch

Ed Legge, a reporter for the Wisconsin Dells Events, was featured on the newspaper’s website this week for his work as an artist and a musician. His work, which combines both music and art, is on display this month at the Kilbourn Public Library in Wisconsin Dells. A reception for Legge will be held at 7…

Blank front pages blanket Minnesota, parts of Wisconsin

More than 200 newspapers across Minnesota and a handful in Wisconsin ran mostly blank front pages this week to remind readers about the important role newspapers hold in their communities. The “whiteout” campaign was organized by the Minnesota Newspaper Association to coincide with Minnesota Newspaper Week Aug. 13-19, part of the MNA’s yearlong 150th anniversary…

Wideman joins The Country Today as regional editor

Veteran journalist Benjamin Wideman is the newest addition to The Country Today editorial team. Wideman recently was hired as the eastern Wisconsin regional editor. The Neenah native has produced thousands of stories and photos during an award-winning 20-year journalism career. He has received more than 50 statewide accolades from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association for his…