A new reporter has recently joined the Journal staff. Harry Lipsiea, a native of Mayville, N.D., began his duties in Devils Lake Monday.

A new reporter has recently joined the Journal staff. Harry Lipsiea, a native of Mayville, N.D., began his duties in Devils Lake Monday.

He brings six years of newspaper experience to the Journal. For the past several years, the North Dakota man has been employed by Kelly Publishing as an editor and news reporter at its newspapers in Casselton, Mayville and Hillsboro. Prior to that, Lipsiea served as sports editor at the Sidney Herald in Sidney, Mont.

A graduate of May-Port CG and Northland Community Technical College, Harry knew from a young age that he wanted to work as a member of the media. Lipsiea got his start in journalism at 16 by writing a humorous column for his hometown newspaper.

“I absolutely loved it,” he said. “Being able to have my point of view published was just fantastic.”

Through his time as an employee of weekly and bi-weekly newspapers, Lipsiea has gained insight on the importance of community journalism.

“My first couple of years on the job really opened my eyes,” Harry noted. “It meant so much coming to the realization that I was representing and telling the story of the communities I was covering.”

Being part of the community in which he works is important, Lipsiea pointed out.
“I love to be as busy as possible and an active part of the community,” he stated.

The reporter describes himself as an individual with many interests. Lipsiea enjoys sports, movies, music and acting among a long list of interests and activities.
“Most of all, I enjoy being around people,” he commented.
For now, the reporter is enthusiastic about living and working in Devils Lake.

“I’m just so happy to be here,” he said. “To have the opportunity to work at a respected daily newspaper and live in a community like Devils Lake is extremely exciting. I look forward to getting to know the area communities and those individuals, as well.”