The Newsleader staff, composed of five full-time team members, two delivery drivers and numerous freelance writers/photographers has more than 100 combined years of experience in the newspaper publishing/printing industry.
Von Pinnon has been publishing the St. Joseph Newsleader for 26 years, the Sartell Newsleader for 20 years and the Sauk Rapids Newsleader for less than one year. She graduated from Minnesota State University-Moorhead with degrees in mass communications (with an emphasis on print journalism) and biology. She lives in southeast St. Cloud with her husband and two children.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.
Wiese joined the Newsleaders staff in the fall of 2010. She graduated from St. Cloud Technical College with a degree in Advertising and Rasmussen College with a degree in Business Management and Office Administration. She has two daughters and resides in Sauk Rapids.
Kemper previously worked for the Sauk Rapids Herald for the past five years in ad design and sales. Kemper graduated from St. Cloud Technical College with a degree in printing. She has 25-plus years in graphics and publishing. She is excited to continue working with the people she knows and loves in Sauk Rapids. Kemper lives in Melrose with her husband.
Gruber is the operations manager and a reporter for the Newsleaders. He grew up in Melrose, attended St. John’s University, spent over a year teaching English in China, and most recently worked as the morning producer at WDIO-TV in Duluth, where he won a 2014 Upper Midwest Emmy for daytime newscasts. He enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his wife, Jeni, at their home in Sartell. To learn more about Gruber, head to his homepage, about.me/logangruber.
Hilsgen is a reporter for the Newsleaders. The central Minnesota native is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has a B.A. degree from Concordia University – St. Paul and enjoys learning about and sharing other peoples’ stories through the pages of the Newsleaders.
Wright is the newest reporter for the Newsleaders. Born in Willmar, he moved with his family to Sartell when he was 5 and graduated high school in 2006. He attended St. Cloud State University in 2007 studying Mass Communication and Radio Broadcasting. Wright’s interest in news and reporting started at KVSC as an on-air DJ and continued at WJON as an interim reporter. When he gets time away from writing and studying, Wright enjoys playing and teaching guitar and playing with his favorite K9, Louie.
Lauer is a lifetime resident of the St. Joseph area. He operates a small farm and also drives bus for the Sartell-St. Stephen School District. Lauer has worked with the Newsleaders for 20 years.
Hartung is originally from Holdingford, and now resides in St. Joseph with his wife and five children. He is the manager of the Casey’s General Store in St. Joseph. Hartung has worked with the Newsleaders for about two years.