News-Herald welcomes new staffer

Steve Fleace

The Cook County News-Herald is pleased to introduce our newest employee, Steve Fleace of Hovland. Steve is joining the News-Herald staff with split duties—he will be selling advertising and helping cover all the meetings and events throughout the county.

Steve and his wife, Mary Kay, formerly lived in Foley, Minn., but have been frequent visitors to Cook County since 1993. They enjoyed many stays at Nelson’s Traveler’s Rest in Grand Marais before they purchased property in the Tom Lake area in 1999. They have been Hovland residents since 2007.

Steve and Mary Kay worked in the financial collection field for 25 years. They have also done tax preparation, something that Mary Kay will continue to do.

Steve is an avid ATVer and also enjoys running. He has participated in about 400 races in Minnesota, Iowa, and South Dakota, including Grandma’s Marathon and the Twin Cities Marathon. “My favorite run is the Superior Trail 50-mile through the Lutsen area,” said Fleace.

Asked if he has hobbies besides running and ATVing, Fleace said in the past he raced bicycles and rode bareback and bulls in the rodeo.

Steve said, “I’m excited about working at the local newspaper. If you’d like to support the local paper—while growing your business—get in touch with me. This could be a mutual partnership.”

Call or email Steve Fleace at  (218) 387-9100  or