DC Herald under new leadership

Longtime publisher moving to South Dakota

Longtime journalist Bryan Gallegos has been hired as the new publisher of the Dunn County Herald, it was announced Tuesday.

Gallegos replaces Stacy Swenson, who stepped down after three years at the Herald to take a position with the Southern Hills Publishing in Custer, S.D. Her last day will be Tuesday.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the Dunn County Herald team,” Gallegos said. “I will be stepping into some big shoes to fill, but I’m eager for the challenge.”

Gallegos, 52, has served as a freelance writer and photographer for the Herald since April. He lives in Dickinson with his wife of 31 years, Paula. He moved to Dickinson from Colorado in 2015 when he took a job with Marathon Oil Company.

Gallegos has 30 years of experience in community journalism in Colorado and Nebraska. He has won several writing awards from the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Associated Press and Cox Newspapers for sports, feature and hard-news writing.

In 2006, he was honored in the Best Series category for stories he wrote on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in Gulfport, Miss. He accompanied a group of Regis University employees who volunteered to help the recovery and rebuilding effort in Gulfport.

He held management positions for several newspapers, including general manager/editor for the Citizen Telegram in Rifle, Colo., as well as sports editor for the Conejos County Citizen in La Jara, Colo., and The Star-Herald in Scottsbluff, Neb.

“This is going to be fun,” Gallegos said. “I see some good things continuing.”

Swenson, who will have to give up her position on the North Dakota Press Association’s Board of Directors, said it was a difficult decision to step down as publisher. However, the opportunity in South Dakota was simply too good to pass up.

“I will fondly remember my time living in Killdeer. I made good friends and enjoyed meeting new people in this town, Swenson said.

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