Wick Communications, the parent company of the Williston Herald, has announced that Kelly Miller will be the publisher of the Herald.

Miller has served as publisher of the Sidney Herald and as regional advertising director for Sidney and Williston since August 2018. She will remain in those roles. She succeeds Ken Harty, who has been the publisher in Williston since October 2016.

Harty has accepted a new position as publisher of the Fergus Falls (Minnesota) Daily Journal. He will serve as the group publisher, overseeing Wick newspapers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Oregon.

Harty said he was leaving the Herald in good hands.

“I have enjoyed my time in Williston as the publisher of the Williston Herald,” he said. “Williston is a special place, and although I am sad to leave the publisher role, I am excited to have the opportunity to come back and visit the great staff at the Williston Herald on a quarterly basis. Williston is a great place to do business and I will miss the community as a whole. The Herald is in great hands with Kelly Miller, who is a great leader and will serve the community well.”

Miller said she is excited about the new opportunity.

“Because I have served as the regional advertising director, I’m familiar with the great staff,” Miller said. “I look forward to continuing to meet the needs of both communities for quality local journalism and affordable advertising options to grow local business.”

Before joining Wick, Miller spent 18 years with Paxton Media Group and four years with Gatehouse Media. She is originally from Michigan and is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

She is a Lions Club director and a member of the Rotary Club, and said she looks forward to joining Rotary in Williston.

“I look forward to forming closer relationships with the many business leaders I have previously met at the Best of the Bakken and 20 Under 40 events,” Miller said. “I’m also looking forward to working with the award-winning staff of the Williston Herald in this new role.”

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