Serving the community

This week marks Minnesota Newspaper Week. It is a celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, an organization that provides support to the daily and weekly newspapers across the state.

You’ve likely noticed something missing in this week’s paper. Many of the newspapers in the MNA have printed a blank front page this week, drawing attention to what our readers would miss out on without a newspaper to bring them the news.

Many times over the past decade, people have sounded the death bell for newspapers, predicting that the internet would put them out of existence. There is no doubt that the internet has taken its toll on newspaper circulation, but keep in mind that many of the most trusted internet news sites are those operated by newspapers.

In an era where people decry news they don’t agree with as “fake news,” newspapers still play an important role in informing the public about what is going on, not only in the world and in our nation’s capitol, but in our state and in our community.

The New Prague Times is considered a “community newspaper.” That is, its focus is on New Prague and the surrounding community. We are not the “only” source for news, as other forms of media, especially digital sources have evolved, but we remain the most comprehensive and trusted source for news and events in the New Prague area. And we have evolved as well, adapting to the digital age with a presence on the internet, Facebook and Twitter.

In print, we have served New Prague and the surrounding area on a weekly basis since September 6, 1889. We will continue to serve the area, in print and online, for as long as our readers and advertisers support us.