Schaefer retires, says farewell to The Herald

For nearly a decade Kevin Schaefer has been a part of The Herald newspaper, and on Friday, Dec. 18 he will shut the door one last time.

He’s retiring.


Schaefer was hired on as Editor in July of 2006, replacing Dustin Monke, who went on to the Dickinson Press.

At the time of his hiring Norma Peterson was Publisher and The Herald was located at the current Country Style Salon location.

Bob Schlenvoght was a salesman with the company.

Schaefer’s training was short and sweet. He observed Monke put the paper together for one week, and Peterson promptly went on a two-week vacation to Alaska shortly after the hiring.

So what is he going to do with all of his extra time?

That’s the age old question everyone approaching retirement is asked, but Schaefer said the two things he’ll start with are spoiling his grandkids and go fishing more than twice a year.

Replacing Schaefer at The Herald is recently hired Jaden Ragsdale.

Jaden Ragsdale
Jaden Ragsdale

Ragsdale comes to New England from Pine Bluffs, Wyo.

Moving to the area in May, she had previously been employed as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) in Dickinson.

Trying to avoid a daily commute Ragsdale began looking for an office-setting position in New England and had heard about the opening through a friend.

So far she is enjoying her time at the newspaper and is looking forward to learning everything the job entails.

As Office Manager Ragsdale will assist customers and organize advertising. She will also participate in sales and assist in production.

Ragsdale enjoys the outdoors and participating in athletic activities.

Ragsdale is the granddaughter of Pete and Pat Schaefer.

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