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Prairie Business publication names new editor

Tom Dennis

GRAND FORKS—A longtime employee of Forum Communications Co. has been named editor of the company's regional business magazine.

Tom Dennis, who has been editorial page editor of the Grand Forks Herald for 20 years, will assume duties as editor of Prairie Business in the coming days. Prairie Business Publisher Korrie Wenzel announced the move to staff Wednesday.

Dennis said his years with the Herald have put him in a position to closely monitor the region's business trends.

"What a fascinating period it has been," Dennis said. "When I arrived in Grand Forks, the 'Buffalo Commons' still was the talk of the Dakotas. Today, that's ancient history, and a whole new era of healthier growth and greater prosperity has begun. Prairie Business is a great place to celebrate that change and to profile the businesses, organizations and individuals that are making it happen."

Before coming to Grand Forks in 1997, Dennis spent five years as editorial page editor at the Times Leader in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. He also was a columnist, reporter and editor at the Duluth News-Tribune from 1984 to 1992.

He has a bachelor's degree in political economy and environmental studies from Williams College and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Wenzel said that combined experience makes Dennis a great choice to be Prairie Business' new editor.

"I've worked closely with Tom and I see an analytical mind coupled with excellent writing skills," Wenzel said. "And his grasp of this region's economy and business climate is firm."

Dennis will replace Lisa Gibson, who recently resigned.

"Prairie Business is a magazine for people who like living here and want to succeed here," Dennis said. "That means we're going to focus on what works — on documenting the successes of the region's businesses and other organizations and, just as important, on explaining how those success stories came about.

"On the northern Great Plains, including the Red River Valley, the dominant story always has been growth. I like Prairie Business because it's a vehicle dedicated 100 percent to telling that story."

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