About Us

The Herald-Press is located at: 

          913 Lincoln Avenue in Harvey ND, 58341

Contact us on-line at heraldpressonline@yahoo.com

Published by Eldredge Publishing, Marion Eldredge


Edie Schell, General Manager and Ad Sales
Janine Schmitz, Editor
Sandy Rudolph, Typesetter
Jamie LeNoir, Circulation Manager
Lenore Benson, Bookkeeper
Kathy Kennedy, Reporter
Sue Sitter, Reporter
Anne Ehni, Publisher

Your hometown newspaper and more –
With a weekly circulation of over 2,100 papers and 250 online subscriptions, the Herald-Press will strive to maintain credibility and provide a content that is rich in local news and events that are pertinent to our region. There are countless media sources for State and National news. The Herald-Press is concerned with hometown news and will provide printed documentation to keep the public informed of local happenings.

As Herald-Press On-line evolves, we will strive to meet the needs of our readers and advertisers.

  • We will provide accurate and timely news updates regarding weather, school closures, road conditions and other breaking news that cannot wait until the printed edition of the paper is available.
  • We will provide an on-line subscription service to The Herald-Press Newspaper, the official newspaper of Wells County.
  • We will maintain a collection of historical contributions from readers who want to share their memories or stories about any of the communities in Wells County.
  • We will solicit advertising from local businesses so that readers from all over the country can purchase goods and services from their hometown merchants.
  • We will solicit advertising from across the region so that readers can have access to far reaching tourism and travel opportunities.

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Charles Eldredge  Charlie passed away in February 2014. His biography will remain here in memorium, as well as in acknowledgement of his contributions.

Herald-Press owner/publisher Charles Eldredge, along with his wife, Marion, began his journalism career in 1981 as editor/reporter of the Wells County Free Press in Fessenden, ND. Two years later he purchased the Free Press and the Harvey Herald, 17 miles up the road. Several years later he merged them into a single publication, The Herald-Press, serving all of Wells County and the surrounding area. He retired from active involvement in the day-to-day operation of the newspaper in 2001, turning the responsibilities over to an able, experienced staff. He and his wife Marion now live in Wisconsin. Overseeing the transition to computerized typesetting was certainly the most challenging and rewarding aspect of those 21 years.

At the community level, Eldredge belonged to the Kiwanis Clubs of Fessenden and Harvey, the Harvey Toastmaster Club, The Harvey Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development boards of directors. He and Marion belonged to St. Augustine Catholic Church in Fessenden where they were active members. He also served in a number of Fargo Diocesan posts, including editor of the diocesan newspaper, The New Earth, from 1990 to 1995.

At the professional level, Eldredge served on the board of directors of the North Dakota Newspaper Association and was elected NDNA president in 1991. He was also member and president of the NDNA Education Foundation Board for several years.  Charlie has a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Biology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, and a Masters Degree in Theological Studies from the University of Dallas.

Marion and Charles have six grown children, 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Their home on a lake has been a frequent gathering place for family members and friends, where hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking, great eating and loafing are available in season. In addition to business trips "back home," Charles usually made two trips to Wells County each autumn to pursue his passion for hunting ducks.


Edie (Volk) Schell started working for The Herald-Press in July 1991. Her duties were developing and printing pictures in the darkroom and selling advertising. In 1992 she was promoted to Advertising Manager and Buyers Guide layout was added to her duties. From 1992 – 2002 she traveled to Rugby every Friday to North Central Printing to have the newspaper printed. In 2004 she was promoted to General Manager, which added more responsibility and gave her the opportunity to work with great people. Many changes have taken place since she started working and most of the changes involve using computers. She married Bob Schell in 1990 and they have two children, Dylan (18) and Allie (8). She has played softball for the last 30 years, bowling for 15 years, and enjoys singing karaoke. Now she has to quit writing her bio and get back to work to set a good example!! (wink!)


Janine Schmitz

A Fessenden native, I graduated from Fessenden High School and attended college at Minot State. I have worked in many aspects of newspaper publishing since starting at the Wells County Free Press in 1982. I now serve as editor of The Herald-Press. My husband and I have two children and live on a farm near Harvey with our many pets. As a family we enjoy travel, the children's 4-H activities, and RV camping.


Lenore Benson

My latest job at The Herald-Press is that of Bookkeeper/Office Manager.  I have been wearing that "hat" since December 2010.  I have worked on and off at The Herald-Press in the positions of Circulation/Subscription Manager and Staff Reporter (as to the writing ... let's just say I'm no Lois Lane!) The favorite part of my job is working with my co-workers and the public.  Our customers are the best; and now that we've added the on-line version of our paper, we can offer a great alternative to our many out-of-area subscribers who used to have to wait for their "hometown news."  I am originally from the State of Washington, but moved to rural Harvey (Heimdal) in 1999 with my husband of 20+ years, Curt.  We came back to his hometown when he retired as a law enforcement officer from the Pacific Northwest after 30 years.  We enjoy movies, camping, traveling, and our two miniature schnauzer pupies (Sophia and Bella).