FORT DODGE, Iowa — The longtime publisher of The Messenger newspaper in Fort Dodge is stepping down.

The Messenger reports that 75-year-old Larry Bushman intends to retire Sept. 30 and is being replaced by Terry Christensen, general manager of the Daily Freeman-Journal, which serves Webster City. Both are owned by Ogden Newspapers, which is based in Wheeling, West Virginia.

Bushman said Thursday that he’d been The Messenger publisher since 1991 after ending a corporate role with Ogden. He says he began his newspaper career at the age of 16 in Glidden, Iowa.

Christensen has been general manager of the Freeman-Journal since 2010, and his career has included stints with the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald in Nebraska.

Information from: The Messenger,

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