David Stoeger of Mabel is the new managing editor of the Spring Grove Herald, effective Oct. 1.

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.

He takes over the position from Heather Gray, who is now working in Caledonia. Gray will continue to help out at the Herald during the transition.

"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 and he hopes to build on the strengths that Heather Gray developed."

The newspaper operation will continue to employ local people and the writers plan to stay with the Herald in their present capacity. Gray had been with the Herald since Phillips Publishing, Inc., purchased the newspaper 11 years ago.

"I know it has been chaotic the past few weeks, but things should start to come together again," said Phillips. "I appreciate all the support the community has given the Herald and am sure you will welcome our new managing editor as he gets out to meet people in the community."