Pat Ratliff new Dunn County Herald editor

The Dunn County Herald has a new editor. Pat Ratliff takes over next week. He’s already in town, getting to know the area and people. “We’ve put in a bid on a house,” Ratliff said. He plans to live near Manning.

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Posted August 2, 2013

By Joe Wrabek  

jwrabek@countrymedia.net

The Dunn County Herald has a new editor. Pat Ratliff takes over next week. He’s already in town, getting to know the area and people. “We’ve put in a bid on a house,” Ratliff said. He plans to live near Manning.

Ratliff comes from Lynwood, Washington, in the Puget Sound area, where he was editor of the Edmonds, Wash., Beacon the past 6-1/2 years. His career in journalism spans 10 years. “I really hated the journalism on TV,” he said. “I thought they did such a bad job. When the opportunity happened, I thought I could do it better.”

Dunn County “is very much like where I grew up,” Ratliff said. “I grew up farming.” The family farm, in southwestern Oregon’s high desert, was partly in Oregon, partly in California. “Our big crop was potatoes. We grew some hay, raised some cattle.” Most importantly, he said, Dunn County “is a lot NOT like Puget Sound.”

And the paper? “I hope to do a good job of making this a community paper,” Ratliff said. “I’m one of those that believe it’s not about me, it’s about them.”

Ratliff also plans to take advantage of the area’s fishing opportunities. “I’ve fished most of my life,” he said. “I plan to beat my record in Washington.”


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