MNA’s Nominating Committee has asked Chad Koenen to stand for election to the MNA Board of Directors
Chad Koenen is the co-owner of Henning Publications and publisher of the Citizen’s Advocate, Henning and New York Mills Dispatch newspapers based in central Otter Tail County.
Koenen attended North Dakota State University where he attained a degree in Mass Communications. While attending college, he completed a summer internship at the Detroit Lakes Tribune and wrote for the Arts and Entertainment section of NDSU’s college newspaper The Spectrum. Upon graduation in 2004, he was employed at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood, Minn. as the Sports Editor. He would later take the position of Editor for the Tribune’s sister publication the Starbuck Times in 2008.
In 2010, Koenen and his wife became sole owners of Henning Publications, which publishes the Citizen’s Advocate, based in Henning, Minn. The newspaper serves the communities of Henning, Ottertail, Vining and Deer Creek and will be celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2016. In 2013, Henning Publications expanded to a second newspaper as the Koenen’s began a startup newspaper in the neighboring community of New York Mills. Now in its fourth year, the New York Mills Dispatch continues to see steady growth with its subscribers and advertisers.
Koenen currently serves on the Member Services Committee for the Minnesota Newspaper Association and is a 2013 graduate of the Minnesota News Media Institute and Blandin Foundation Editors and Publishers Community Leadership Program.
His family lives in rural Deer Creek, just down the road from where his wife grew up on her family farm. They have two children, Kendall, age 5, and Korie 22 months. In his spare time, Koenen enjoys spending time with his family, attending sporting events and fishing on one of Otter Tail County’s more-than 1,000 lakes.
At 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, Nominating Committee Chairman Pete Mohs will receive further nominations for officers and directors at the Member Services Booth at the MNA Convention.