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Former Herald publisher Mike Jacobs inducted into North Dakota Newspaper Association Hall of Fame

CROSBY, N.D. -- The former publisher and editor of the Herald was enshrined Friday into the North Dakota Newspaper Association's Hall of Fame. Mike Jacobs, who retired from the Herald in April 2014, received the distinction during the annual NDNA...

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Mike Jacobs (right) is inducted into the N.D. Newspaper Association Hall of Fame by Steve Andrist, executive director of the N.D. Newspaper Association during Friday’s ceremony in Crosby, N.D. Photo by Michael Vosburg

CROSBY, N.D. - The former publisher and editor of the Herald was enshrined Friday into the North Dakota Newspaper Association's Hall of Fame.

Mike Jacobs, who retired from the Herald in April 2014, received the distinction during the annual NDNA convention, held this year in Crosby.

"It is the sweetest honor ever, coming from friends and colleagues of a lifetime," Jacobs said.

NDNA Executive Director Steve Andrist called Jacobs "a consummate newspaperman" before announcing the former Herald publisher as the 54th member of the association's hall of fame.

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Jacobs, 68, worked at the Herald in several roles for more than 35 years, including as a legislative reporter, editorial writer, managing editor, editor and publisher. He became Herald editor in 1984 and in 1998, he was named the National Press Foundation's Editor of the Year and the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the 1997 Red River flood.

"The Herald couldn't be prouder that Mike is in the Hall of Fame," said Korrie Wenzel, who succeeded Jacobs as Herald publisher. "Mike did such great work during his years heading the Herald's newsroom and, later, as publisher of the Herald.

"He's an iconic figure in North Dakota journalism and rightly so. When Mike speaks-or writes-people listen."

Originally from Stanley, N.D., Jacobs graduated with a philosophy/religion degree from UND in December 1970. His first full-time reporting job was at The Dickinson Press. He also worked at newspapers in Fargo, Mandan, St. Louis and Seattle.

At the time of his retirement, Jacobs said the Pulitzer was the highlight of his career.

"There is a lot of satisfaction in that," Jacobs told the Herald. "But the Pulitzer was a gift of the river. We just happened to be here and did the right stuff, with a lot of help."

The Grand Forks flood and downtown fire resonated nationally in a way that few natural disasters have since, he said.

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Jacobs is the fourth person from the Herald to be inducted into the hall of fame, joining George Winship, W.P. Davies and Melvin M. Oppegard.

Since 2006, Forum Communications Co. has owned the Herald.

Glen Froseth, retired publisher of the Kenmare News, also was inducted Friday into the Hall of Fame. Froseth began working in newspapers when he joined The Divide County Journal in Crosby starting in 1955.

He purchased the Kenmare News in 1968 and operated it for 20 years before selling it. Froseth continues to assist with the paper's weekly production.

Both men previously served as NDNA president, with Froseth in the role in 1983 and Jacobs in 2002.

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Mike Jacobs speaks at Friday's ceremony after being inducted into the North Dakota Newspaper Association's Hall of Fame. Submitted Photo.

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