Krikac elected SDNA president

Krikac elected SDNA president
Clark County Courier publisher Bill Krikac became president of the South Dakota Newspaper Association at the group's 125th convention June 1-2.

He began his term by challenging SDNA members to donate to the fund-raising drive for the new SDNA building. The SDNA board of directors voted during the convention to go ahead with construction of the project.

The 3,600-square-foot building is planned for an area east of I-29 in Brookings and will give the association a "place to call our own," Krikac said.

The northeast South Dakota publisher said he's excited to serve as association president and wants to make himself available and accountable to the membership.

"Self-promotion is key to how we represent ourselves," Krikac said.

He wants to maintain the valued partnerships the association already has and continue promoting relationships with state and local government officials.

"We need to continue to educate (legislative) representatives and reach out to constituency groups – schools – counties – cities," he said. "Open government is good government."

He said that he wants the membership to continue using SDNA services to the fullest.

Krikac has been active in the organization since he started working in the newspaper business in 1995. He bought the Clark paper from the Moritz family in 2000. Prior to that he was a coach and teacher for 20 years.

When he was elected to the association's board of directors, Krikac said he has always thought it was important to participate in SDNA activities and was encouraged to see what a great organization SDNA is.

"We've had some good leadership," Krikac said. "I'm just happy to serve."

Krikac grew up and attended college in Aberdeen. He holds a bachelor of arts and a master's degree. He is active in the Clark community, serving on various boards and commissions, and is a sports enthusiast.

"I look forward to a great year," Krikac said of his presidency.

He and his wife Betty have four children: Natalie, Sonny, Rachel and Billy.

During the 125th convention SDNA members elected Lyman County Herald publisher Lucy Halverson, and Gary Wood, publisher of the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan to director slots on the board of directors.

Halverson and her husband Kim bought the Lyman County Herald in Presho in 2001. Prior to that she was office manager at the Kennebec Telephone Company. She spent 12 years at home raising her family and helping her husband farm. Last year the Halversons purchased the weekly Chamberlain/ Oacoma Sun in Chamberlain. Since buying the Herald, Halverson has developed the BuyWay shopper working with the Sun and Highmore Herald as a way to regionally increase advertising revenue.

She is also constantly striving to improve her newspaper. Towards that end she has attended nearly every SDNA seminar offered since 2001. She and Kim have three children: Laura, Tess and Tucker.

Wood has been publisher of Yankton's daily paper for three and a half years. He has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and sales. A native of Whittier, CA, Wood has worked in newspapers in Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Sioux City and Yankton. He also owned his own advertising agency in Denver for nine years.

As publisher, Wood oversees the Press & Dakotan, Vermillion Plain Talk, the Missouri Valley Shopper and the Broadcaster Press. He and his wife Deidre (Dee Dee) have two children: Rachel, 9; and Elijah, 8.

Britton Journal publisher Doug Card was elected third vice president at the group's convention. Also serving as members of the 2007-2008 SDNA board of directors are second vice president Hollie Stalder, publisher of the Lawrence County Journal in Deadwood; first vice president Mark Roby, publisher of the Public Opinion in Watertown and past president Tim Huether, publisher of the Bennett County Booster II in Martin.

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