RICE LAKE – Jim Dorrance, general manager of The (Rice Lake) Chronotype, is retiring Friday after more than 34 years at the newspaper. He announced his retirement last week in a column.
Dorrance started at the newspaper in August 1982 and has since “done almost everything” at The Chronotype, which his family owned until selling to Adams Publishing Group in 2014.
In 1923, Dorrance’s grandfather, Warren D. Leary, Sr., purchased The Chronotype, and from 1947 to 1964, Dorrance’s uncle Bob Antenne was part of the management team. Warren D. Leary, Jr., a past president of the Wisconsin Press Association, was editor and publisher while working at the newspaper from 1948 to 1986.
Dorrance’s father, James F. Dorrance Jr., was general manager and publisher during his 36-year career at the paper, which ended in 1994. Jim’s brother Warren, who was WNA president in 2002, worked for 35 years and was publisher when he retired in September 2015. Bob Dorrance, another brother, will take over as general manager after Jim retires.