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Seth Tupper new Daily Republic publisher

MITCHELL, S.D. -- Seth Tupper is succeeding Korrie Wenzel as publisher of The Daily Republic in Mitchell. Wenzel is leaving the newspaper after March 14 to become publisher of the Grand Forks Herald. Both newspapers are owned by Forum Communications Co., of Fargo.

Tupper’s first day as publisher will be March 17.

“I’m honored to be entrusted with this responsibility,” Tupper said, “and I look forward to working hard on behalf of the readers, advertisers and employees of our great newspaper.”

Since 2010, Tupper has been The Daily Republic’s editor, a position that will now be open because of his promotion.

As publisher, Tupper will oversee all aspects of The Daily Republic’s operations. As editor, he managed the 12 employees in the newsroom and directed the newspaper’s journalistic efforts.

Wenzel’s promotion to publisher of the Herald was announced Dec. 27. That began the search for a new publisher of The Daily Republic, which concluded today with Forum Communications’ announcement of Tupper’s promotion.

Wenzel said he is pleased to hear that the company chose to promote from within.

“I’ve worked with Seth since the day he got here. I know him well,” Wenzel said. “He’s earned this, and I know he’s going to be the kind of person who cares as much about the product and the employees as he does about the community and region.”

Tupper grew up in Wessington Springs — which is also Wenzel’s hometown — and Kimball. He earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in political science from South Dakota State University.

His first job after college was in Worthington, where from 2002 to 2003 he was sports editor of The Daily Globe, another Forum Communications Co. newspaper. He was region editor of The Daily Republic from 2003 to 2005, city hall reporter and assistant editor from 2005 to 2010 and, most recently, editor.