Title: Publishing Executive, Consultant
Location: Port Isabel, Texas, United States
Duane Archer Rasmussen, Publishing Executive and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in publishing.
Delving into the publishing industry from a young age, Mr. Rasmussen was only 12 years old when he first began working with newspapers, having had parents who were involved with daily newspapers. He attended the Hubbard School of Journalism at the University of Minnesota in 1950-51, graduating with a Bachelor in Journalism in 1951. Upon exiting from military service in 1954, he joined his parents’ newspaper working in all departments until rising to production coordinator and vice president of the corporation when it was sold to Thomson Newspapers in 1962. Mr. Rasmussen relocated to Greenville, OH, where he he was a publisher for two years. Tired of the corporate world, Mr. Rasmussen departed from Thomson Newspapers in 1968 and became the chief executive officer and president of Sell Publishing Company and publisher of his own newspaper, the Forest Lake Times, Forest Lake, MN. After buying the ECM Post-Review in North Branch, MN, and growing the central printing plant from 12 to 65 employees, he sold the corporation and its publications in 1993.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Rasmussen was a curator for the Minnesota Letterpress Museum from 1993 to 1995. In 2007, he was the author of “Christ I’m Confused,” a play on words for Counter Intelligence Corps, of which he was a special agent while in the army from 1953-1954. Mr. Rasmussen received an award from the Minnesota Newspaper Association in 1970, one year after his business was destroyed by fire, for the best all-around newspaper in Minnesota. He was a member of the board of the newspaper association and its president in 1987, after serving for 10 years as chair of the Legislative Committee. He was a board member of the Independent Business Association of Minnesota (IBAM) and its past president. In 1993, he received the “Champion of Small Business” award from IBAM.
Mr. Rasmussen has been a member of Sigma Delta Chi, Professional Journalism Fraternity since 1950 and in 1987 received that organization’s award for “distinguished service in the field of freedom of information.
His long-term memberships include: Minnesota Newspaper Association, Sigma Delta Chi, Phi Delta Theta, the American Legion, Masons for which he has been tiler for several years, and the Minnesota Alumni Association. He currently serves on the board of the Laguna Madre Museums Foundation in Port Isabel, TX.
Among his other notable achievements, Mr. Rasmussen is most proud of the Community Scholarship Foundation of Forest Lake that he and four others founded in 1973. The foundation collects contributions from individuals and businesses within the school district and presents scholarships to those looking to further their education in any field. To date, about $1.5 million has been awarded, and now at the rate of over $100,000 a year.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the publishing industry, Mr. Rasmussen won the Best Paper Award from the Minnesota Association of Professional Journalists in 1970. In addition, Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists, honored him for Distinguished Service in Journalism in 1987. He has been highlighted in the 25th edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.
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