• Paul Irvin Kosel was born in Mobridge on June 24, 1962, to Milton and Bonnie Kosel.
Paul graduated from Herreid in 1980.
• Shortly after the Herreid
and Pollock papers were merged into one and the office moved from Herreid to Pollock, Paul
wrote an article to the paper about the disapproval.
The editor of the Emmons County Record contacted Paul about writing a column in the Linton, N.D., newspaper and the column was called, "South of the Border News - Campbell County News by Paul Kosel"
• Paul was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Mound City where he was baptized and confirmed.
• After graduating from Herreid, Paul and his mom moved to Mobridge where he worked as a sports stringer for the Mobridge Tribune.
He then worked for Dean's Drive Inn in west Mobridge.
After staying out a year and at the urging of his co-workers at the Tribune, Paul decided to attend college at South Dakota State University in Brookings to purse a journalism degree.
• While at SDSU, he was treasurer of the residence hall he was staying in, Hanson Hall.
At the completion of the first year, Paul
had balanced books.
It was reported that was the first time that had happened in seven residence halls in seven years.
He then became president of Hanson Hall for a couple of years.
failed at an attempt to get a job at the Collegian
, the college newspaper, so he
went down to the Brookings Daily Register
was hired to cover sports in the outlying communities.
Paul graduated from SDSU in 1985.
He worked at KOLY radio in Mobridge and continued working at Dean's Drive Inn.
Nine months after starting working at KOLY, he secured a job as the sports editor of the Lead Daily Call where he was hired over a phone interview.
• On October 1, 1986, Paul
purchased "The Groton Independent" from Morris and Virginia Spencer.
• Paul became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Langford.
He was the Sunday School Teacher for a year and filled in on occasion as preacher.
later transferred his
membership to Emmanuel Lutheran Church
had offered to do the services in her
also did pulpit supply for other churches in the area.
• On June 14, 1999, Paul
launched the Groton Daily Independent on-line publication.
The early publication had a circulation of seven at its lowest point, but today, is over 200.
was selected as one of 10 Outstanding Young South Dakotans in 2000 by the South Dakota Jaycees
in recognition of outstanding contributions to the community and state.
• In 2003, Paul served as pulpit supply at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pierpont starting in June.
On November 1, 2003, he
was given a call to serve the church.
• Paul Kosel
and Tina Brotzel were married December 31, 2001.
• Paul also started working for the City of Groton as a mosquito fogger.
later did summer work and then became full-time year round.
was promoted by Mayor Gerald Rix to be the Assistant Electric Superintendent for the city.
It was a position that would have made his Grandpa Irvin Giese proud as he was the superintendent of MDU for many years.
• When Rix retired, a new mayor came into office who stressed education and he wanted certified lineman for the job.
enrolled in the TEEM
Ministries program; however, less than a year into the program, Zellmer pulled the plug.