Letter to the editor: We need newspapers


October 20, 2023

I enjoyed reading your columns in the Sept. 29 issue of the Pine Knot celebrating National Newspaper Week. I value local newspaper reporting, that is why I subscribe to three local newspapers. As I listened to a radio program (the CBC’s “As It Happens”), I learned that northwest Canada and Alaska have lost three local newspapers over the last month: the Fort Nelson News, Alaska Highway News, and Dawson Creek Mirror. In December of 2022, the region lost the Anchorage Press. These were local and regional news sources that had many decades of publication. I feel for the residents who have lost these connections with their neighbors and communities.

I used to subscribe to my hometown newspaper, the Western Itasca Review, published in Deer River, until it folded in 2018. It had a good 120-year run. When I was stationed far away in the military in the late 1980s, it would arrive in my APO mailbox weekly. It meant a lot to me.

Stay strong, Pine Knot News, and keep on winning those Minnesota-wide awards.

Sean Sundquist, Culver


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