Reed and Shelly Anfinson have signed a purchase agreement with Forum Communications Company for the purchase of the Stevens County Times. The deal is expected to close at the end of August with the Anfinsons becoming the new owners Sept. 1.

“We look forward to getting to know the people of the community better in the months ahead,” Reed Anfinson said. “We are passionate about community newspapers.”

The Anfinsons believe that healthy communities are connected by the stories of their families, neighbors, schools, local governments, religious institutions, health care facilities, social organizations, and business community.

Its citizens are aware of what is happening, and encouraged and motivated to participate to make their communities a better place to live and work.

They believe that healthy communities are places with a strong a sense of belonging. Living in a connected community is nurturing, inclusive and rewarding. Connected communities give their citizens a sense of common purpose that binds them together to face challenges.

“We believe these are the characteristics at the heart of what a good community newspaper must provide its readers,” Reed Anfinson said.

They are the owners of the Swift County Monitor-News in Benson and the Grant County Herald, Herman Review and Hoffman Tribune published out of Elbow Lake. Shelly Anfinson plans on becoming part of the staff in Morris filling multiple roles at the newspapers.

They also expressed their gratitude to Forum Communications Company for making possible the purchase of the Stevens County Times.

“We have appreciated the opportunity to serve the greater Stevens County community through The Stevens County Times and are pleased to transfer ownership of the paper to Reed and Shelly Anfinson,” Aaron Becher, Vice President of Newspaper Operations for Forum Communications Company said. “They will continue to build on the legacy of the newspaper and its service to the community.”

About Reed and Shelly Anfinson

Reed Anfinson

Reed Anfinson has been the publisher and owner of the Swift County Monitor-News in Benson since 1990. In July 2014, Reed and Shelly Anfinson purchased the Grant County Herald from Anne Erickson O’Flynn.

In December 2016, they purchased the Herman-Hoffman Tribune and in 2017 merged it with the Grant County Herald. Today, the flag on the front page incorporates the names of the Grant County Herald, Herman Review and Hoffman Tribune.

He is a partner in Quinco Press, Inc., a central printing plant in Lowry, MN, that prints 35 newspapers as well as other publications. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communications in Minneapolis.

Reed has served on the Benson Industrial Development Corporation board for more than 25 years and served twice on the Benson Economic Development Authority.

In 1999-2000, Reed served as president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA) and was a member of its board for nine years. He has served on the MNA Legislative Committee since 1994 and currently serves as its chair.

He served six years as the National Newspaper Association’s Region 6 director representing newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He served as president of the 2,300-member association from September 2011 to October 2012. Reed currently serves as president of the National Newspaper Association Foundation.

In 2003, he was awarded MNA’s Al McIntosh Distinguished Service to Journalism Award, the highest honor given by the association. In March 2010, the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information honored him with the John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award. In 2013, St. Cloud State University presented him with its First Amendment Award.

In 2016, then Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton named him to a six-year term on the Center for Rural Policy and Development, a body that advises the Minnesota Legislature on rural issues.

Anfinson will be presented with the James O. Amos Award Oct. 5 during the National Newspaper Association’s 133rd Annual Convention & Trade Show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Recognized as the highest and most dignified tributes in community journalism in America, the Amos award is presented to a working or retired newspaperman who has provided distinguished service and leadership to the community press and their community. He will be the 78th recipient of the Amos Award.

He will assist in overseeing the operations of the Stevens County Times, handle the payroll and accounts payable, and assist with layout and design of the newspaper.

Shelly Anfinson

Though a dental hygienist for the past 28 years, 23 years in Benson, Shelly Anfinson has also become involved in the newspaper business. She is the co-owner of the Grant County Herald, Herman Review and Hoffman Tribune. From time to time, she writes a column for the Swift County Monitor-News and Grant County Herald.

A 1985 graduate of Alexandria High School, Shelly enlisted in the U.S. Air Force while still in school. After leaving the Air Force, she enrolled in the dental hygiene program at the North Dakota State School of Science, graduating in 1991.

As a hygienist, Shelly has constantly practiced the skills required to put people at ease and develop relationships of trust. She also was involved with the sales of services to clients.

She has attended the Institute of Newspaper Technology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, three times taking classes in the essential newspaper programs of InDesign and Photoshop, as well as learning about advertising creation and page design.

Shelly plans to play an active role in management, sales and graphic arts at the Stevens County Times.