Parks steps down from Enterprise, Keute named publisher – Park Rapids Enterprise

Candy Parks, publicity manager for Park Rapids Enterprise, will retire at the end of January.

“His 40 years of dedication to Forum Communications Company, Park Rapids Enterprise and the Park Rapids community are greatly appreciated,” said Aaron Becher, FCC’s vice president of newspaper operations.
Todd Keute will assume the responsibilities of publisher and advertising director within the Enterprise. He currently holds the same roles for the Blackduck American, Bemidji BuyLine Shopper and Bemidji Pioneer.

“Todd’s extensive experience as a publisher and advertising sales leader will ensure Park Rapids Enterprise continues to be highly successful,” Becher said.

As a result of these changes, a full-time Advertising Sales Representative position has also been posted.

Parks reflected on his 40-year career.

“I could never have thought, in my wildest dreams, when I was hired in the early summer of 1981 by Doug Hirsch, that over 40 years later I would be beginning a new retirement journey,” she said.

Parks has witnessed many technological advances in newspaper production.

“At the time, you had to write everything and then go to a typographer, then to the designer. She or he would cut and wax and design the ad, put a border around it with tape, cut it with an X-Acto blade, unroll it and it was ready to be waxed again and put on a page at the time of the layout. The same was done for the editorial on the day of the layout. Then the pages were packaged and transported to Hawley, Minnesota, where plates were prepared and placed on the presses for the paper to be printed,” Parks recalls.

Today, work is done online and with a desktop computer.

“It’s amazing what the technology has done. The big tin plates that used to be used on the presses have been replaced by more efficient technology,” she said.

The newspaper also reaches an increasingly large audience.

“Not only is the Park Rapids Enterprise delivered to mailboxes, but it’s also read by another audience online, readers everywhere. Then there’s the Enterprise website, another audience. I never would have thought that in 1981,” Parks said.

Parks says she was lucky to find her accidentally and again when Hirsch hired her.

“As Confucius said, choose a job you love and you will never work a day in your life,” she said, adding that when Forum Communications bought the Enterprise from Hirsch, they demonstrated their commitment to the Park Rapids community and the local community. newspaper.

“I had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people who will always hold a special place in my heart. This is a bittersweet moment in my life. I’m sad because I’m leaving something I loved to do for so long; however, I am thrilled with my new journey,” she said. “I will miss and thank my colleagues and the many clients I have worked with. Your friendship has always been appreciated. I won’t be leaving the area, so the next time you see me I’ll be a retiree on an errand with time for coffee and a life catch-up.

Keute continues to focus on local journalism

Keute said, “The name Candy Parks has been synonymous with Park Rapids Enterprise for 40 years. His commitment not only to the Company, but also to the communities we serve has been unmatched over these years. Candy will be missed and we wish her the best for a long, relaxing and well-deserved retirement.”

Commenting on his new role with Enterprise, Keute said, “I look forward to being part of the Enterprise team with a continued focus on local journalism and marketing, using both our print and digital platforms. It’s an exciting time for the Enterprise as we are about to move into our new location and are planning an open house in the future.”

Karen Holtan will continue in her role as Operations Coordinator. She will work day to day with the Park Rapids team and closely with Keute.