Zollman leaving the Herald

Leukam named editor

Bryan Zollman ended his years as editor of the Sauk Centre Herald Tuesday as he sold his interest in Star Publications in preparation of a new publishing venture.
Special sections and Country Acres editor, Diane Leukam, will replace Zollman as editor.
“I’ve truly enjoyed my years serving the loyal readers of the Sauk Centre Herald and our other publications,” said Zollman. “I have met so many interesting people and it’s been fun helping them tell their incredible stories. Every day was a different experience.”
Zollman started at the Herald as a sports reporter in 2004 before becoming part-owner of the newspaper in 2007 with Dave Simpkins and Joyce Frericks. The Herald merged with the Dairy Star in 2010, forming Star Publications and buying the Melrose Beacon and Albany Enterprise.
He studied journalism at Minnesota University at Mankato and worked at the Osseola Sun in Wisconsin before coming to Sauk Centre.
Zollman, his wife, Heather, and their three children will remain in Sauk Centre and he will remain active coaching baseball and hockey as well as writing an occasional story or column.
“I am going to miss covering the athletic teams,” he said. “That was something I looked forward to each season. But now I can sit with my family and watch our Mainstreeters from the bleachers with everybody else.”
Leukam grew up on a farm near Sauk Centre and graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 1979. She started at the Herald in 2004, working in nearly every aspect of the business at one point or another before becoming editor of Country Acres and special sections.
“I’m excited for this opportunity to continue bringing the news to the community through the Sauk Centre Herald. We have an incredible team of talented people here at Star Publications, making it a pleasure to come to work every day.”
General Manager Mark Klaphake said, “This is a bittersweet day for Star Publications. We will really miss Bryan’s writing and what he brought to the table for Star Publications. His incredible skills in telling a story, whether sports, human interest or hard news is unmatched. Add that with his easy-going personality and you have a huge hole to fill. Fortunately for the paper, we have Diane Leukam. She is a Sauk Centre native with a great nose for news. She loves the Sauk Centre community and is ready to tell your story.”

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