N E W S R E L E A S E
November 17, 2011
Steve Raukar County Commissioner
St. Louis County Courthouse
Hibbing, MN 218-262-0201
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
St. Louis County Board to Honor Hibbing Journalist and Author, Jack Lynch with “Excellence in the Arts & Sciences” Award
In keeping with the St. Louis County Board’s 2011 theme of recognizing those county residents who have excelled in the fields of arts and sciences, Seventh District County Commissioner Steve Raukar will honor Hibbing journalist Jack Lynch with the Board’s “Excellence in the Arts & Sciences” award next Tuesday, November 22nd. Mr. Lynch will be recognized by the County Board beginning at 9:30 a.m., at the beginning of the County Board meeting to be held in the City Council Chambers of Hibbing City Hall, 401 East 21st Street, Hibbing, MN.
Commissioner Raukar explained his selection of Mr. Lynch by saying, “I chose to recognize Jack, first, because of his longtime commitment and loyalty to local journalism, and secondly, to acknowledge the value his writings have had in introducing a whole new generation of readers to our local history. Jack’s writings have both rekindled an appreciation of our collective past, for those who lived it, and a new sense of pride in what it means to be “RANGERS.”
Jack Lynch’s presence has graced the newsroom of the Hibbing Daily Tribune for more than 40 years. He retired from the Tribune in 1999 after a little more than 38 years, serving as Range Editor, News Editor, and reporter during that time. His tenure with the newspaper dates back to the 1960s when the composing room used noisy linotype machines. When Publisher Wanda Moeller came to the Tribune in 2005, she asked Jack to write a weekly page on Hibbing and area history.
Moeller says, “Jack quickly became more than the office historian and copy editor, with his quick wit and humor, he brings character to the editorial department.” After three years of writing for the Tribune’s weekly “Years of Yore” pages, Moeller approached Jack about compiling a book of his favorite stories. The result is Jack’s Journal, a scrapbook filled with mementos and memories of what was happening on the Iron Range, as well as its many colorful characters.
Publisher Moeller recommends Jack’s Journal explaining how Lynch captured the essence of the area, “Iron Rangers had an outstanding work ethic which helped build their communities. But the ‘Rangers’ also knew how to have a good time, taking a ‘time out’ from work to enjoy Mother Nature’s finery. Jack’s Journal is not just a book about the past, but a tribute to the hard working individuals who inhabited our communities. Each page tells a story, and each story evokes a scene.”
Jack attended Cobb-Cook Elementary School, Hibbing High School, graduating in 1953, and Hibbing Junior College before attending the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis. After receiving a journalism degree, Jack worked at the Duluth News Tribune for about a year. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army. Following his time in the service, Jack returned to the Duluth News Tribune, before coming back to his hometown to work at the Hibbing Tribune. His first assignments were covering Iron Range news, Chisholm, and the St. Louis County Board. Later, he was assigned the Hibbing School Board, before becoming news editor.
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