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NNA head has plenty of ink in his veins

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BENSON -- The new spokesman for community newspapers across the country comes to his role with ink in his veins from more than 30 years on the job, and an upbringing in it as well.

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Reed Anfinson's father, Ronald, and partner Jim Kenney purchased the Swift County Monitor and the Swift County News in 1960, when Reed was 6 years old.

He graduated from the Benson High School in 1972 and headed to the University of Minnesota with intentions of majoring in marine biology. He discovered that journalism was his real calling.

After graduation from the University's School of Journalism in 1977, Anfinson worked for the state Legislature and later on the staff of congressional candidate Gene Wenstrom.

He returned home to lend a hand at the paper while his father faced health issues. By 1990, Reed was co-owner of the Swift County Monitor News with his brother, Rob. He later purchased his brother's interest in the paper.

Today he serves as the paper's publisher and one of its two writers. He is responsible for all the day-to-day personnel and business management duties along with much of the news gathering. He covers the Benson City Council and Swift County Board of Commissioners, and writes features and other hard news stories for the paper. Sports Editor John Fragodt handles the sports writing and photography, school board and other writing duties.

Anfinson has a passionate interest in the newspaper industry and issues concerning journalism and its role in a democracy. His brother, Mark, is an attorney and well-known throughout the state for his knowledge of media law. He is a sounding board for Reed.

Reed Anfinson said he is only able to pursue his role with the National Newspaper Association due to strong support from his staff and at home from his spouse, Shelly.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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