This day in history: On March 17, 1994, three newspapers were combined to one publication

On March 17, 1994, the paper now known as The Herald officially began circulation.

The article that ran in March 1994 announcing the combination of three publications into one.
The article that ran in March 1994 announcing the combination of three publications into one.

By Cole Benz | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

On March 17, 1994, the paper now known as The Herald officially began circulation.

The Herald was formed by consolidating three other publications into one: the Mott Pioneer Press, Slope Messenger and the Hettinger County Herald.

At the time the papers were owned by a company called Dickson Media and it was decided that for the betterment of the papers, they would best be served as one publication.

Jeff Schumacher, Publisher at the time, stated in a 1994 article that “this move will allow us a shot at making the papers economically viable while providing a better product.” He called it a “win-win situation.”

The hope was that The Herald could provide advertisers and the community with a better product by focusing all of the energy on one paper instead of three.

Interestingly the paper went from a broadsheet format to a tabloid sized format. The Herald just switched back to broadsheet at the beginning of this calendar year.

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