Anne Jacobson is news director with RiverTown Multimedia.
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"Editing a paper is a nice business," Charles K. Blandin once wrote. He was being sarcastic. Still, he believed in the free press and made it his life, leading both small weeklies and a successful metropolitan daily. The son of a Wisconsin farmer, he also was a teacher at one point and eventually a paper company magnate who took his earnings and created the Blandin Foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minn., so his company would contribute to "the community advantage" long after his death in 1958.
Readers will find the newly launched TVWeek tucked inside next week's edition. The full-color special section will appear every Wednesday and include programming for Thursday through Thursday. But TVWeek is more than a listing of what you might watch and when; it has entertainment news plus a wordsearch, crossword and Sudoku. "This gives our readers another reason to buy our products and another benefit," Publisher Neal Ronquist said.
Frankly, our opinion pages have been used and some would say abused by campaigns to promote candidates and political events. Many of the letters read like advertisements because they are advertisements. That is why, effective today, RiverTown will charge for letters endorsing candidates. This is something a few of our sister newspapers in Forum Communications Co. have done for years. We decided to join them for several reasons, including.
"Please stop publishing letters about (X). We don't want to read negative opinions in our local newspaper." "When you print people's horrible letters, it reflects badly on our community." "You are aggravating a terrible situation — just let it go away."
LAKE CITY — Hearth & Home Technologies takes a box and turns it into something beautiful and functional ... a thousand times a day. In 1992, the company known then as Heat 'N' Glo took a big, empty box and transformed it into a factory that today employs 600 people who manufacture four brands of gas fireplaces and inserts — Heat & Glo, Heatilator, Quadra-Fire and most recently, Majestic.
STOCKHOLM, Wis. — Village Park offered plenty of seats for the thousands who descended upon this small community Saturday, July 15. If you picked the right one, you got a history lesson with Stockholm Art Fair's music, munchies and merchandise.
Russ Feingold waited six years in the wings, hoping to unseat the man who handed him a decisive loss. On Tuesday, Wisconsin voters declined to return Feingold to the U.S. Senate. Oshkosh businessman Ron Johnson handily won his re-election bid by carrying 52 percent of the vote with three-quarters of precincts reporting at press time. “It’s a big night for Wisconsin and it’s a big night for America,” news sources reported Johnson as saying at his campaign celebration in Oshkosh.
Arlin Albrecht parlayed a degree in economics and journalism into success in several fields, especially publishing, banking and health care. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will honor the former publisher of 10 area newspapers on Saturday, naming him the distinguished alumnus of the year. "I feel pretty humble about this because I think River Falls has an awful lot of distinguished graduates," Albrecht said. "I'm grateful, of course, but it's an honor a lot of people should share." Those graduates include his wife, Marilyn.