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Gall named new Rivertown Multimedia publisher; Dzubay departing

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Forum Communications Co., the parent firm of RiverTown Multimedia, has announced leadership changes that reflect the promotion of an existing leader and the departure of another.

Steve Gall, who has served as advertising director for the print and digital group for the past year has been named publisher for the group. He replaces Steve Messick, who had that role for 14 years.

Steve Dzubay, who has served as publisher for RiverTowns' four western Wisconsin newspapers since 1995, is leaving the company to pursue other interests.

Gall, 57, who grew up near Cable, joined Rivertowns in July 2014, as advertising director.

Previously, he spent two years as advertising director with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, is past VP Advertising for the Tacoma News Tribune and Anchorage Daily News and served four years as a publisher with Swift Communications at Vail, Colo.

A native of the Chicago area, Gall moved with his family to the Cable area in 1971. He attended Drummond High School and UW-Stevens Point, and began his newspaper career in advertising sales and management with Thomson Newspapers in Illinois before returning to Minnesota in 1991 to become publisher of the Owatonna People's Press. He later spent a decade in the Duluth area, serving as VP Advertising with Murphy McGinnis Media and the Duluth News Tribune.

Gall and his wife Ellen have two children, Krysti, 24, and Kassi, 21, as well as one grandchild and a second grandchild on the way.

“I look forward to becoming even more familiar with each and every one the communities and businesses in all of the river towns,” Gall said. “This is a big job and there are very big shoes to fill. It isn’t without its challenges and opportunities. The good news is I will have the chance to continue to work with Steve Messick for a period of time to ensure a smooth transition and tap his experience and expertise.”

Dzubay, 57, will end 31 years as a community editor and publisher with the newspaper group at month's end.

During his tenure in the area he worked four years as editor of the Pierce County Herald and three as editor of the River Falls Journal before taking a year's leave of absence to return to school. In 1995, Dzubay became publisher of the Hudson Star-Observer and later assumed additional responsibilities with the New Richmond News as well as the Journal and Herald.

He and his wife, Susan, live in River Falls where she works as a nursing instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College. The couple has two children, Ella, 23, and Isaac, 20.

"It's been a great run," said Dzubay. "There are always more things to cover than we have resources to assign, but these are special places with readers who genuinely care about their communities. It's been a privilege to work with so many talented journalists who care about community-newspapering."

RiverTown Multimedia includes shoppers as well as niche and digital products based out of Red Wing.

Based in Fargo, North Dakota, Forum Communications Co. is owned by the Marcil family and includes dozens of newspapers, broadcast, digital and printing businesses in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin, as well as Forum News Service.