David Stoeger of Mabel is the new managing editor of the Spring Grove Herald, effective Oct. 1. In addition to handling editorial and business matters in the Spring Grove office, Stoeger will also be writing stories and covering city council and school board meetings in Mabel for the News-Record.

Stoeger has been working in radio broadcasting for the past 10 years, the last five of them at KFIL in Preston. Prior to that, he worked as news director at radio stations in Reedsburg, Wis. During that time, he won four Wisconsin Broadcasters Association awards for news.

He also has a business administration degree from Crossroads College in Rochester. He is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Lake City, Minn.

In addition to his news experience, he has been lead pastor for Mabel and Newburg United Methodist churches since May 2012.

"Although Stoeger will be making a dramatic shift from radio to print, he has the background and tools to make a successful switch," said publisher David Phillips. "He realizes the importance of a hometown newspaper."

Melissa Vander Plas, editor of the News-Record is excited to welcome Stoeger to the newspaper staff as well. "There is nothing better than having a writer who lives in a community to cover local government and write about the people who live there," she stated.

Vander Plas has assumed additional editorial responsibilities throughout the newspaper group over the past year for the Chatfield News and the Republican-Leader. She will continue to serve as the primary reporter in the Harmony and Canton area as well as assist Stoeger with stories in Mabel as needed. Vander Plas will also continue her role as editor of the News-Record and the Bluff Country Reader.