Pioneer spirit fading away in Warroad, Minn.

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 6:00 am

Nothing sets off my news radar more than a headline about a newspaper closing.

The Grand Forks Herald and Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported late last month that the Warroad Pioneer in Warroad, Minn., planned to shutter its doors this week.

The weekly newspaper on the banks of Lake of the Woods, a stone’s throw from the Canadian border, has been cranking out community news for 120 years.

That streak appeared destined to end this week unless a new owner could be found to swoop in and reverse the paper’s pending death sentence.

Publisher Rebecca Colden blamed the closure on a gradual drop in revenue, which reportedly had fallen close to 30 percent the past decade.

A staff that once included 10 full- and part-time workers had dwindled to three.

As a fellow publisher of a newspaper that closely resembles the one in Warroad, that’s sobering news for a variety of reasons.

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

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