Former Kanawha Reporter editor to lead Labor Day Parade

Rodger and Beth Tveiten are grand marhsalls for the 2019 Kanawha Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 2.

Rebecca Peter |The Leader

KANAWHA – The long-time editor of the former Kanawha Reporter and his wife are grand marshals for the 2019 Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 2.

Rodger Tveiten was the owner/editor of The Kanawha Reporter for over 30 years. Beth Tveiten was a long-time special education teacher with the Kanawha and West Hancock school systems,

Rodger is a native of North Dakota and Beth of the Faribault, Minn., area. They met as college students at Concordia College in Moorehead, Minn.

Rodger learned the newspaper business by working for several small town newspapers early in his career. They moved to the Iron Range in Northern Minnesota where they owned the Western Itasca Review for three years.

Due to family ties, however, they wanted to move closer to Faribault.

In 1980, the couple sent inquiries to newspapers within a 60-mile radius of Faribault to see if any would be interested in selling the business to them.

Ed and Barb Dorsey, the owners of the Kanawha Reporter and the Wright County Monitor at that time, responded to the inquiry. After meeting with the Dorseys, the Tveitens became the owners of The Kanawha Reporter.

 “Kanawha was right for us,” said Rodger. “We sought a great place to raise our children.”

Once the couple was established with the Kanawha Reporter, Beth resumed her chosen profession as an educator.

“We had dependable co-workers and the support of the community,” according to Rodger. “Despite the odds, week after week, the newspaper happened.”

Read the complete story in the August 28 Leader.