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Journalist, BHS grad Greg Sellnow dies

In this June 24, 2002 photo, longtime Post-Bulletin columnist Greg Sellnow poses

ROCHESTER — Greg Sellnow, a Brainerd High School graduate who worked summers at the Brainerd Dispatch while going to school at Central Lakes College before going on to become a longtime reporter, editor and columnist for the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, has died, the Post-Bulletin reported Sunday.

Sellnow, 54, was driving home from the Minnesota state high school hockey tournament in St. Paul late Friday when he apparently had a medical emergency, Post-Bulletin Managing Editor Jay Furst said. The vehicle he was driving left the road and came to rest in a field. Passengers in the vehicle were not injured, the newspaper reported.

Sellnow, the son of former Dispatch Editor Les Sellnow, was a Post-Bulletin reporter, editor and columnist for 26 years. He had been editorial page editor since 2007. He worked as a reporter in Cape Girardeau, Mo., as well as Bismarck, N.D., before joining the Post-Bulletin in 1986 as a reporter.

He graduated from Brainerd in 1976 and attended CLC in 1976-77, working as a reporter and photographer for the Dispatch during that time. He went on to the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he graduated in 1980.

“Greg was a one-of-a-kind, ink-in-the-blood newspaperman,” Furst said. “He was a magnificent reporter with a great sense of humor and a genuine interest and compassion for the people he wrote about.”

He is survived by his wife, Shelly, and three children, Caitlin, Abby and Cam. Funeral arrangements are pending.