Belle Plaine Herald publishes final edition

The September 1, 2021, issue of the Belle Plaine Herald, will be the last.

The newspaper’s owners, the Townsend Family, announced the news on its front page this week.

“The Townsend Family is sadly publishing the final edition of the Belle Plaine Herald, after nearly 140 years of covering the news in Belle Plaine and the surrounding area. This is the one article I hoped we would never have to print,” stated publisher and editor E. Daniel Townsend, who’s been employed at the newspaper and print company as long as he can remember.

He said financial burden associated with the small business made it too tough to continue.

“Unfortunately, like so many other independent community newspapers, the financial burden is too tough to continue as a small business which has forced us to make this difficult decision,” he stated.

He said the increase in printing and mailing costs and competing with an expanding number of digital advertising and social media platforms added to the difficulties.

“The impact of the pandemic exacerbated all of those challenges, added Townsend. “It was the nail in the coffin.”

Read more in the print September 9 print edition of the Montgomery Messenger, The New Prague Times or LifeEnterprise.


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