Editorial: Still in business after all these years

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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2019 6:00 am

The oldest business in Hillsboro is still in business after 140 years.

Starting its 141th year of operation this month, the Hillsboro Banner, the oldest weekly newspaper in the state, has been publishing Hillsboro’s community newspaper since 1879. The Banner is, in fact, older than the city of Hillsboro, which incorporated in 1881.

While the Banner is recognized as the first newspaper to be published in the county, the paper had plenty of company in the years following, including numerous Norwegian publications such as the Folkets Avis, the “People’s Paper”; the Folkets Post, the “Voice of the People”; Fremtiden; Goose River Posten, Statstidende, the “State’s Times”; and – one of the earliest on record – the North Dakota Basunen, edited in 1879 by C.H. Lineau.

Fast-forward to the 21st century: The Banner moved from downtown to near the interstate interchange last year, marking only the third move the paper has made in the last 140 years.

For more, see the Banner's online or print edition.

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