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The Free Press Media was founded in 1887 and is published daily except Christmas by The Free Press Co., a Division of Newspaper Holdings, Inc. at 418 S. 2nd St. P. O. Box 3287 Mankato MN 56002-3287.

Business office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reader Service phone lines (507-625-4451) are open Monday-Friday 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, Sundays and Holidays (except Christmas) 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.


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News Tips: 800-657-4662 (Ext. 385) • Sports Tips: 800-657-4662 (Ext. 387) 

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Steve JamesonPublisher: Steve Jameson 507-344-6310 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 310)

mugshotManaging Editor: Joe Spear  507-344-6382 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 382) • Twitter/@JFSpear


 Justin NilesAudience Development Director: Justin Niles 507-344-6330 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 330)

IT/Production Director: Glen Asleson  507-344-6370 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 370)

Pressroom Foreman: Todd Brouwer  507-344-6320 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 320)

Creative Department 507-344-6335 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 345)


Retail Advertising: 507-344-6364   //  Classified Advertising: 507-344-6395  //  Advertising Fax: 507-625-1149

Steve JamesonPublisher: Steve Jameson. 507-344-6310 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 310)

mugshot Sales Assistant: Barb Wass 507-344-6364 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 364)

Retail Sales Consultants


mugshotMarianne Carlson 507-344-6338 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 338)


mugshotDanny Creel 507-344-6351 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 351)


mugshotJordan Greer-Friesz 507-344-6337 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 337)


 Joan Streit 507-344-6340 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 340) 


Josh Zimmerman Digital Sales Leader • 507-344-6322 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 322)


mugshotTheresa Haefner 507-344-6336 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 336)

Classified Sales Consultants


Deanna Walters 507-344-6318

Paige Zimmerman 507-344-6326 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 326)

Obituaries: 507-344-6375


Newsroom fax: 507-388-4355 • Toll Free: 800- 657-4662 • Twitter/@mankatonews  • Facebook/MankatoFreePress

Currents & Calendar Items: 507-344-6356 • 

Editorial Management Team

mugshotMANAGING EDITOR Joe Spear 507-344- 6382 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 382) • Twitter/@jfspear

mugshotNEWS EDITOR Kathy Vos 507-344-6357 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 357) • Twitter/@KathyVos

mugshotFEATURES EDITOR Robb Murray 507-344-6386 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 386) • Twitter/@FreePressRobb

Robb has been with The Free Press for 20 years. During that time he’s covered everything from crime scenes to rock concerts. He’s currently the Features Editor for The Free Press and Associate Editor for Mankato Magazine. Originally from St. Paul, Robb graduated from Minnesota State University in 1995 and currently lives in North Mankato with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Robb enjoys music, running and spending time with his beagle and craft beer.

mugshotSPORTS EDITOR Jim Rueda  507-344-6381 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 381) • Twitter/@JimRueda

Jim was born and raised in Queens, N.Y. during the turbulent 60s and early 70s, and did a three-year service hitch in the U.S. Army before earning an honorable discharge and enrolling at then Mankato State University where he received degrees in mass communications, political science and philosophy. He began working part-time at The Free Press in 1976 and went full-time shortly after graduation. He has covered sports in the Mankato area for more than 35 years. His hobbies include listening to blues music, tent camping and spelunking.

mugshotPHOTO EDITOR Pat Christman  507-344- 6371 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 371) • Twitter/@PCPhoto

Pat grew up in Beaver Dam, Wis. (yes, he's a Packer fan!) and graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Mass Communications with a photojournalism emphasis and a minor in Spanish. He has worked as a full-time photographer since 1997 and joined The Free Press in 2002. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, volunteering with his church youth group and spending time on Lake Pepin aboard his sailboat, Dream Catcher.

News Reporters

Goodrich Kristine Goodrich 507-344-6354 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 354) • Twitter/@FPKGoodrich

mugshot Mark Fischenich 507-344-6321 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 321)

Mark Fischenich has been a newspaper reporter for 30 years, mostly at The Free Press where he has covered various levels of government. A graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, he grew up in southwestern Minnesota. Fischenich, pronounced “fish nick,” is married and has three children.

mugshot Trey Mewes 507-344-6365 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 365) • Twitter/@MFPTreyMewes

mugshot Tim Krohn 507-344-6383 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 383)

Tim Krohn is a native of rural Nicollet. He graduated from Minnesota State University, where he was editor of the college newspaper, The Reporter. He has been with the Free Press for 35 years and has covered a variety of topics during his career, including politics and the Legislature, higher education, agriculture, business, police, courts and the environment. He is on the Free Press editorial board and is the associate editor of the MN Valley Business magazine.

Arola Brian Arola 507-344-6355 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 355) • Twitter/@BrianArolaMFP

Brian Arola started as the health and nonprofits reporter at The Free Press in February 2016 after two years covering small-town city councils, higher education, public utilities, health and nonprofits at the Hibbing Daily Tribune. Originally from Chisholm in the heart of the Iron Range, he earned his journalism degree in 2013 at the University of Minnesota, where he wrote for the MN Daily student newspaper. In his free time he enjoys traveling, cabin time in northern Minnesota and watching Gopher sports.



Forderer Jackson Forderer 507-344-6376 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 376) • Twitter/@JacksonForderer 


 Sports Reporters

mugshot Shane Frederick  507-344-6373 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 373) • Twitter/@Puckato

mugshot Chad Courrier 507-344-6353 •  800-657-4662 (Ext. 353) • Twitter/@ChadCourrier

Chad grew up in Deer River in northern Minnesota, graduated from Minnesota State in 1986 with degree in Mass communication and minors in English and history. His first job was as the sports editor at the Faribault Daily News and have been at The Free Press since 1991, serving as a copy editor and sports reporter. He and his wife of 33 years, Robin, have two daughters, Maddison and Jenna.


Desk Staff

mugshotEdward Thoma  507-344- 6377 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 377) • Twitter/@bboutsider

Miller Adam Miller 507-344-6329 • 800-657-4662 (Ext. 329)