Blair Press owner Lee Henschel dies at 62

Lee Edward Henschel, owner of The Blair Press, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, at his home in Blair. He was 62.

Lee Henschel headshot
Lee Henschel

He served as the newspaper’s publisher, editor, reporter and business manager for more than 20 years — a run that lasted right up until his death.

Henschel, of Princeton, Minn., graduated from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn., in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He went on to earn a bachelor’s in mass communications from St. Cloud State University in 1981. Before purchasing The Press in 1998, Henschel worked at the Redwood Gazette in Redwood Falls, Minn., as a news editor, photographer and reporter.

Henschel was also a baseball and history enthusiast, and published two books — “Knight Sky” in 2012 and “Abandoned” in 2015.

Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 at First Baptist Church in Whitehall.

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