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 1951, graduating with a Bachelor of Journalism. Upon exiting from military service in 1954, he joined his parents’ newspaper as a production coordinator until it was sold to Thomson Newspapers in 1962. Staying with the company for three years as an administration assistant, Mr. Rasmussen relocated to Greenville, OH, where he worked as a publisher with the corporation for another three 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, his own newspaper situated out of Forest Lake, MN. After growing the company from 12 to 65 employees, he sold the newspaper in 1993.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Rasmussen was a curator for the Minnesota Letterpress Museum from 1993 to 1995 and member of the United Way of Florida from 1980 to 1989. A member of the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation since 2016, he is the author of “Price Time Confused, a Play on the Words for CIC,” published in 2007. As a leadign voice in his industry, he maintained affiliation with the Minnesota Newspaper Association, where he acted as president in 1987, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Among his other notable achievements, Mr. Rasmussen is most proud of the scholarship program he founded in Forest Lake in 1973, entitled the Community Scholarship Foundation. The foundation collects voluntary contributions from individuals and businesses within the local school district and presents scholarships to applicants looking to further their education in their field of choice. To date, the foundation has been able to grant students $100,000 each 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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