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Wolter returns as sports editor at Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON -- A familiar face has returned to the Daily Globe newsroom after a seven-year absence.

Doug Wolter, a previous employee of the newspaper for nearly 23 years, is once again working at the Globe. He rejoined the staff as sports editor on April 29.

"I couldn't be more excited about bringing Doug back to Worthington," Daily Globe Managing Editor Ryan McGaughey said. "Doug has been a huge part of my professional career, as he helped bring to me Worthington and encouraged my advancement to my current position. I'm happy he has opted to bring his many years of experience and knowledge back to where he belongs -- right here in our newsroom."

Wolter, 56, first joined the Daily Globe in December 1983, working as a sports reporter under then-sports editor Bill Brower. He was subsequently promoted to sports editor upon Brower's retirement.

In April 2001, Wolter moved from sports editor to the news side, becoming managing editor and reporting to then-editor Bob Van Enkenvoort. Wolter eventually assumed the No. 1 newsroom role when Van Enkenvoort left to pursue another career opportunity.

Wolter left the Daily Globe in June 2006 to work as night news editor at The Free Press of Mankato.

"I'm just happy to be back to my roots," Wolter said. "I grew up in this area, and Sandy (wife) and I have a lot of friends still here -- including at the Daily Globe.

"I've learned a lot of things since moving out of sports, and I hope to use that knowledge upon my return," he added, "I've enjoyed the news side of the business, but I haven't been any happier in it since I was in sports -- that has always been my first love."

The Wolters plan to settle in Worthington once Sandy moves from Mankato, where she is still employed and working on selling their home.

Wolter enjoys reading, playing guitar and playing with his grandchildren in his spare time. He has self-published four books. He is "reluctantly" retiring from a nearly 40-year fastpitch softball career due to a shoulder injury.

One thing he's not reluctant about, however, is coming back to the Daily Globe sports department.

"At this time in my life, I welcome that old familiarity," Wolter said.

"Doug knows the area extremely well from a sports standpoint, and that will be a huge benefit to us," McGaughey added. "He also brings stability to our sports department, as well as the ability to be a great mentor to our reporters."