By RODNEY D. BOAM
Greg Madson, publisher of the Tremonton Leader, was named interim publisher of The Preston Citizen Friday in place of long-time publisher Kelly Mickelsen.
Madson, the father of five, gathered the staff on Friday to introduce himself as the publisher and assure them the decision was based on economics. The Citizen parent company, Pioneer Publishing, was making changes in several of their publications.
“Mickelsen was a great guy and did a terrific job as the publisher. I consider him a friend. We have had a good relationship over the years. It was not a reflection on him or a reflection on him as a person. He loved The Citizen and put his heart and soul into the paper. It had to do with economics,” Madson said.
Mike Starn, president of Cache Valley Publishing, said he appreciated the work and dedication Mickelsen had while working at The Citizen.
“I have enjoyed my relationship with Kelly and think that he is a fine newspaper publisher. He has always been willing to pitch in and see a project through. Kelly’s positive influence and friendly way will be missed, and I wish him all the best as he moves forward in his private and professional life,” Starn said.
Mickelsen has been instrumental in producing several special editions, expanding to meet the different interests of readers in Franklin County.
He represented The Citizen in many civic organizations including the Preston Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, FFA, Greater Preston Business Association, and more.
He was a tireless advocate of Franklin County.
Madson has been associated with Mickelsen for the past 18 years when they became publishers of the two papers for Walt Ross and Wayne Bell.
Madson is a Pocatello native, with roots in Malad and Downey. An aunt and uncle,Woodrow and Lois Jensen, lived in the Fairview area.
Madson said he wants to get The Citizen more in the digital age.
Despite the Leader facing the same financial issues as many newspapers in the region and the ATK layoffs that his Box Elder County has had, Madson has diversified the paper into a digital revenue news source.
The Leader has a modern-designed web page, posted videos of athletic events, community productions, and other events. They have also been actively publishing on Facebook.
“We provide a product every week that will be around long after we are gone,” Madson said.
“Greg is a veteran newspaper publisher who has proven himself to be a community leader and an innovative thinker. He is very good at developing ideas to help area businesses get their messages to the public and in recognizing solid news stories. Cache Valley Publishing is fortunate to have someone as talented as Greg to lead The Citizen team,” Starn said of Madson.
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