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History of the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune Newspaper plus other publications in Grande Prairie and area.



(publication from 1988)
Grande Prairie This Week was a weekly paper in competition with the Daily Herald Tribune in the 1980's, and even before that under the name Grande Prairie Booster. The Publisher of Grande Prairie This Week, was Brian Wilson.

(publication from 1993)
Tele-View published the TV listings of Grande Prairie and was a competitor of the TV times, a Daily Herald Tribune Product.. Tele-View was locally owned and operated and was in business for a short time.

(publication from 1996)
The Grande Prairie Gazette was a locally owned weekly paper published in the mid 1990's. Publisher was R.J. McDonald. It only lasted a few years before stopping its publication.

Daily Herald Tribune changes shape 2011

On July 4, 2011 the Daily Herald Tribune newspaper reduces it size of its paper. What has been a standard look for years, the Broadsheet page (approximately 23 inches tall) changes to a Tabloid format (approximately 12 inches tall). What fit in a 20 page paper will now take up to 40 pages, giving it the appearance of a thicker paper.

The presses also started rolling a lot earlier than in previous years, to meet the earlier release times of delivering the paper by 6:30 in the morning.

100 years DHT 2013
Daily Herald Tribune Celebrated 100 years. A special night took place in March 2013 to commemorate the occasion.

Peter Meyerhoffer - DHT Publisher thanks current and past staff as well as the many clients at the 100th Celebration.
Photo-Bill Scott and Don Moon,
Photo-Brian Wilson and Al Parsons

2014: The Daily Herald Tribune cut more staff as they laid off all Pressmen and the Distribution Staff responsible for inserting flyers. At one time the DHT has staff of about 70, but with these layoffs, the staff has been reduced to around 20. The newspaper was now being printed in Edmonton, and sold the presses in Grande Prairie.

At the Agri Show 2005
Sharlyn Carter and Ken Connors promoting the DHT and the Peace Country Sun Newspapers.
(enlarge photo)

VIDEO 1990's

Halloween at DHT.
Daily Herald Tribune Staff in the 1990's in costume.
Ken Connors now with DiscoverThePeaceCountry.com worked at the newspaper for many years and had captured many staff members on video in the early 1990's. It wasn't until recently that he found the footage in a box in the basement. It had to be converted from VHS to digital, edited and is now displayed to help bring back some of the memories.
View VIDEO> 7:45min)

DHT on Fire 1981
Monday November 16, 1981.
A fire broke out in the early hours that caused $600,000 worth of damage. The fire started in the basement near the front of the building which had included the accounting department. The heat melted telephones, cameras and other office equipment in other parts of the building The Daily Herald Tribune had Tuesday's November 17th paper printed at Grande Prairie This Week, the weekly newspaper. The Daily Herald Tribune was only 4 pages that day. It was later determined that there had been a break-in and the fire was deliberately started.

Oct 2017: Long time Grande Prairie newspaperman, Bill Scott (left) passed away at the age of 78 years. He wrote articles for the Daily Herald Tribune for over 50 years. (enlarge photo
Oct 2017: Another long time newspaper man has also passed away in August, 2017. Terry McHale also worked in the editorial department at the Daily Herald Tribune. (enlarge photo)



(The Daily Herald Tribune offices located at 10604-100 Street Grande Prairie)

HISTORY - Newspapers in Grande Prairie, AB
Research by Ken Connors.

History was yet to be made when Jim Bowes and his brothers Bill, Howie and Dave all had the same ambition, of owning their own weekly newspaper. They were the sons of a school principal from Moose Jaw Saskatchewan.

Jim and Bill Bowes got into the newspaper business in eastern Canada in 1948 when they bought their first weekly newspaper in Ontario. In 1950 the two brothers formed Bowes Publishers Limited and bought the Herald Tribune newspaper in Grande Prairie, Alberta, a newspaper that originally began as a weekly newspaper in 1913.

As the Herald Tribune became a semi-weekly, the Jim and Bill Bowes then purchased the weekly paper in Peace River, Alberta plus the Star in Dawson Creek BC in 1954.

In 1964 the company began printing the Herald Tribune daily Monday through Friday and changed their name to the Daily Herald Tribune.

Some of the employees of that time were Orm Shultz who became sales manager of the Herald Tribune (later owner of Warrington's Jewellers). Ken Kirkpatrick became book-keeper for the Herald Tribune in 1956. Larry Balderston started working at the Herald Tribune in 1959 and later became the press operator. Joyce Loblaw began working in accounts payable in the early 1960's. In 1966 Bill Dempsey arrived in Grande Prairie who later became Advertising Manager in 1970 then left in 1973 to become publisher of the Kenora Miner and News in Ontario. He would return in the later 1970's as Publisher of the Herald Tribune. Don Sinclair sold advertising for the Herald Tribune in 1969-1970, later was publisher of the newspaper in Fort McMurray. Most of the early employees mentioned later were appointed positions at head office in Ontario/Alberta.

In the later 1960's the Bowes Publishing company decided to expand by purchasing many newspapers in eastern Canada including the Wallaceburg News in 1967 and Daily Miner and News in Kenora Ontario in 1973.

In 1979 acquisitions in the west included the Parklander in Hinton. In the 1980's acquisitions included: 1982- The Record in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. 1982- Sherwood Park News, Sherwood Park, Alberta. 1983- The Western News Advertiser, Pentincton, BC. 1984-The News, Wallaceburg, Ontario. 1985- The Canadian, Camrose, Alberta. 1985- The Times, Wetaskiwin, Alberta. 1985- Webco West, Pentincton BC. 1986- The News-Advertiser, Wetaskiwin, Alberta. 1987- The Shopper, Leamington, Ontario. 1988- The Daily Graphic, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, 1988- The Herald, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. From 1988 to 1998 Bowes Publishers grew from 22 publications to 121.

Jim Bowes retired in 1988 but remained as Director of the company until 1990. The Toronto Sun became major shareholder with 60% ownership in 1988 then 98% in 1990. Jim Bowes donated $500,000 towards building the Bowes Family Crystal Gardens in Grande Prairie, which opened in time for the Canada Winter Games. Jim Bowes passed away in March of 1997 of lung cancer. (1923-1997)

In 2001 Sun Media Corporation consolidated its Bowes Publishing division (190 weeks and community dailies) with those of its metropolitan dailies. Sun Media Corporation is a division of Quebecor Media Inc.

As years passed by so did the introduction to additional products that complimented the Daily Newspaper. Rural Route was a weekly product that made its way to many households outside the City of Grande Prairie. In the 1980's that name had changed to Countryside and its circulation increased to over 11,000 households. A few years later, the name of the weekly changed again, to the Peace Country Extra. The most recent name is the Peace Country Sun.

Some of the products no longer around today... TV Times. This product contained the television guide and was published Friday. For a time, Tele-View became a competitor for the TV Times. The Weekender published by the Daily Herald Tribune was a Saturday tabloid that featured more people stories than news but had a short life until it stopped publication.

More recently, the Encore (enlarge picture) featured weekly entertainment and television listings and came out every Thursday in the Daily Herald Tribune. Grande Prairie INK was another tabloid published by the Daily Herald Tribune that came out Mondays and included more Arts and Entertainment stories. Both publications stopped printing around 2010 because it lacked advertising support. Also the HOMES (enlarge picture) was a popular weekend edition that eventually stopped publication.

DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE 1980's to 2000's
Just some of the Long and Short Term Employees that worked at the DHT. The majority of photos were taken by Ken Connors and the approximate year when each was take is posted.

Bill Dempsey
Publisher 1980
Jim Grasswick
Publisher 1982
Ross Porter
Publisher 1984
Howard Elliott
Publisher 1987
Wayne Jobb
Publisher 1995
Peter Woolsey
Publisher 1997
Kent Keebaugh
Publisher 2004
Al Parsons 1985
Sales Manager
Doug Hare 1997
Sales Manager
Diana McConachie
Advertising Sales
Jane McRae 1995
Advertising Sales
Neil Sutcliffe
Advertising Sale
Dave Bruce 1985
Advertising Sales
John Santos 1984
Advertising Design
Angela Sheilds -85
Advertising Sales
Tannis Trydal
Advertising Sales
Mark Rousseau
Advertising 1995
Annabelle Wright
Advertising 1995
Jen Hendrickson
Advertising 1995
Ken Connors 2002
Advertising Sales
Melonie Gillis
Advertising Sales
Donna White
Advertising Sales
Mary Anderson -04
Advertising Sales
Sharlyn Carter -04
Advertising Sales
Fern Hickson
Advertising 1995
Brenda Haggerty
Composing 1995
Brenda Primeau
Charlene Wold
Composing 1995
Roxy Hebert
Composing 1995
Mary-francis Daly
Rob Twa
Composing 1995
Al Rouleau
Composing 1995
Donna Schmidt
Composing 1995
Corrina Darke
Composing 1995
Guy DeSantis
Editorial 1995
Don Moon
Editorial 1995
David Lassner
Editorial 1995
Bill Scott
Editorial 1995
Beth Wilkins
Editorial 1995
Laura Tester
Editorial 1995
Bill Currie
Pressman 1995
Ed Breitkreutz
Pressman 1995
Grant Morrison
Pressman 1995
Randy Zazula
Pressman 1995
Ron Allen
Pressman 1995
Peter Wiersma
Pressman 1995
Carol Spry
Reception 1990
Tannis Gunderson
Reception 1990
Stephanie StPierre
Reception 1995
Wendy Vanshaik
Reception 1995
Pat Olsen 1995
Office Manager
Edith Tenborg
Accounting 1995
Sandy Fraser
Accounting 1995
Katie Mah
Accounting 1995
Accounting 1995
Joyce Sheepwash
Accounting 1995
Val Hunt
Circulation 1995
Marilyn Waldren
Circulation 1995
Delphine Lemky
Circulation 1995
Ross Nitschke
Tech Support 1995
Janet Jones
Tammy Cox
Classifieds 1995
Diane Wolansky
Adrienne Lang
Classifieds 1995
Diane MacLeod
Classifieds 1995

UPDATE: The Daily Herald Tribune stops door to door deliver and starts delivery using Canada Post December 11, 2017. Lack of advertising revenue has forced the newspaper to make drastic changes.

NOW POSTED Events of the Peace Country

First Digital Camera
at the DHT - 1994

Story and photo Click Here
Includes info and photo on the internal publication called the "Communicator" 1994 which the camera was also used for.

DHT Pre-Press -1995

Pre-Press Photos/Info
Functions of the Pre-Press. Negative Processor, Light Table, Plate Burner, Plate Processor and putting the plate on the Presses. This process stopped in 2014 when the newspaper was then printed in Edmonton. Click Here

More Grande Prairie Newspaper History:
Over the many years, a large number of people had been part of the Daily Herald Tribune in Grande Prairie that became part of the changes and growth of the newspaper. Some of the employees of the Daily Herald Tribune continued their career in management in other Bowes Newspapers.

Some of the long term people now retired from
the newspaper business:

Ted Weiss spent many years in Grande Prairie also in the advertising department in the early 1980's, and later became publisher of the Daily Miner and News in Kenora, Ontario.

John Prodan spent time in sales in Grande Prairie (1984), then went on to Peace River and was publisher in Sherwood Park, Sherwood Park News, as well as the Hinton Parklander.

Tom Tenszen
started his newspaper career in Grande Prairie as a salesman selling newspaper ads and went on to become Publisher of the Peace River Record Gazette (19088), and then to Daily Graphic in Portage la Prairie in Manitoba, and later as a group publisher.

Juanita Gibney, also in sales in Grande Prairie, moved on in 1995 to become publisher of the Summerland Review in Summerland, British Columbia, and the Western News Advertise
r in Pentincton, British Columbia

Wayne Jobb and Bill Dempsey, both publishers of the Daily Herald Tribune ended up in head office in Ontario/Alberta and later retired.
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In 2009 there were a total of 79 employed at the Daily Herald Tribune, These were the days when they had their Composing Department and Press which has since been eliminated.
List of DHT Employees 2009.

Take a look at an early design of the DHT website, July, 2000. (enlarge picture)


To everyones surprise Ken Connors (DHT Sales) secretly spent 4 months creating a Yearbook featuring the DHT Staff of 1986. It was then secretly printed in Fort McMurray just in time to be handed out at the DHT staff Christmas Party of 1986. View 1986 DHT Yearbook

In 1982 there were a total of 67 staff members. This was before computers were used and composing had to cut and paste pieces of copy and photos on a sheet that would then be made into a negative in the dark room, and then made into a plate for the presses.
List of DHT Employees 1982


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