Riese promoted to news editor; Buchan now part-time writer

Mary Bailey, Kat Ladwig are new staff writers

With the staffing makeover complete, those filling new roles at the Forest Lake Times pose outside the newspaper office at 880 SW 15th St. From left, community editor Mary Bailey, sports editor Kat Ladwig and news editor Clint Riese. Previous news editor Cliff Buchan remains on staff in a part-time role.

A series of staff changes at the Forest Lake Times has now been completed.

Clint Riese, sports editor for the past four years, has been promoted to news editor. He replaces Cliff Buchan, who is moving to a part-time role with the newspaper.

Two other staff changes have also been announced.

Mary Bailey, Scandia, has been hired to edit the paper’s community pages and also cover general news. Bailey has been a part-time writer for the paper the past four years, covering news in Scandia.

Kat Ladwig, St. Paul, joins the staff as the new sports editor, filling Riese’s old desk. Ladwig went to high school in Albert Lea and earned her college degree at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Buchan has been with the Forest Lake Times since June of 1972, when he accepted a position after graduating from Moorhead State College with a degree in mass communications. He has served as editor since 1977.

His new role with the paper will include writing feature stories and working on special assignment projects. He will also continue in his role as co-chairman of the ECM Publishers Editorial Board.

He was the writer of the year in 2011 for ECM Publishers, Inc., the newspaper’s parent company.

Riese, 29, a native of Wausau, Wisc., earned his degree from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, in 2005. He worked for Waverly Newspapers before moving north in 2008 to become sports editor of the Forest Lake Times.

Bailey earned her college degree in journalism from Iowa State University in Ames and previously worked as a test editor and technical writer. She and her husband, Philip, have three children. They have lived in Scandia for 12 years.

Ladwig, 24, previously wrote for The Daily Nebraskan and the Albert Lea Tribune.