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Forum staff reports, Published September 04 2012

Former publisher of Casselton paper dies

PARK RAPIDS, Minn. – D. Clark Potter, who operated the Cass County Reporter in Casselton, N.D., for many years before retiring in 1995, died Monday in Park Rapids at the age of 92.

According to a story in The Forum’s archives, Potter’s great-grandfather, Waldo Potter, and grandfather, Franklin Potter, purchased the Casseltonian newspaper in Casselton in the 1890s.

They later merged the paper with the Casselton Reporter, assuming sole ownership in 1898.

Clark Potter and his brother, Benjamin Potter, took over the family business after returning from military service in World War II and operated the paper with their mother, Helen Potter.

Helen Potter retired in 1965, the same year Benjamin Potter left the business.

Clark Potter and his wife, Marjorie, then ran the business.

Marjorie Potter later served as editor and co-publisher until her death in 1993.

Clark and Marjorie Potter each served as president of the North Dakota Newspaper Association, of which Waldo Potter was a founder.

Funeral services are tentatively set for 10:30 a.m. Friday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, Casselton.

Visitation is set for 5-7 p.m. Thursday with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. that evening in West Funeral Home, Casselton.

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