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Erickson named editor of Dispatch

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Matt Erickson, 39, a reporter and night editor at the paper since 2000, was named editor of the Brainerd Dispatch Friday.

The announcement was made by Tim Bogenschutz, publisher of the newspaper.

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Erickson is a native of Devils Lake, N.D., and graduated in 1999 with a degree in

communications from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

He started with the Dispatch in 2000 as a reporter, covering the cities of Brainerd and Baxter as well as the crime and courts beat. In 2012 he was promoted to night editor at the Dispatch.

He lives in Brainerd with his wife, Deborah, and son, Sam.

“When I started at the Dispatch 14 years ago I never pictured myself as editor of the paper. As time passed I have taken on more responsibility and I’m looking forward to the challenges that will come with the editor’s position.”

The transition to editor is made easier, Erickson said, because of the excellent staff in the newsroom and throughout the newspaper.

“We’ve always supported each other in the newsroom, bounced ideas off one another, and I know that support will carry on. This is a hard-working newsroom. I’m appreciative of that.”

He succeeds Keith Hansen, who served as vice president of audience development, and left the Dispatch Dec. 31, to accept a publisher’s position at an Oklahoma daily newspaper.

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