Local newspapers joining forces

Save the date.

On Friday, Feb. 14 you will notice a new look to your newspaper.

The Coon Rapids Herald and Anoka County Union will join forces to become the Anoka County UnionHerald.

A single newspaper covering a number of local communities will provide more comprehensive coverage of the region. It will also offer more access to the great writers who cover the places where we live, work and play.

The look and feel of a regional publication is something the Anoka County Union’s readers are familiar with and it will be a shift that will come with many benefits to the loyal followers of the Coon Rapids Herald.

It will allow readers to know more about what’s going on in their neighboring communities.

“The Anoka County UnionHerald will incorporate the best, and oftentimes, the only coverage of the local news and events, which are available solely with hometown reporting, as well as the secondary ring of coverage which is significant to our everyday lives,” said General Manager Tom Murray.

We all regularly cross city boundaries to do business, shop, go to school or enjoy entertainment. Now you will have easy access to what’s going on in that broader area.

You will get a front row seat to read local government coverage from Eric Hagen, learn what’s going on with the school district from Olivia Koester and see what the people in our communities are up to from feature writer Sue Austreng. Longtime editor Peter Bodley, who will be freelancing following his retirement, will continue to report on the important work of the Anoka County Board and Coon Rapids City Council.

Bringing the Union and Herald’s readership together also will make it easier for local businesses to reach more customers in the region.

“The impact of the new UnionHerald’s thousands of eager readers presents a powerhouse outlet for getting your advertising message to the most responsive audience in the north metro,” Murray said.

Both the Herald and the Union have been institutions in the communities they cover, documenting the ups, downs, achievements and milestones of their residents.

That won’t change.

We will continue with the uniquely local coverage that matters to the readers who live in the boundaries of this newly expanded newspaper.

To help us achieve that, we appreciate your feedback. What do you like? What do you dislike? How can we be an even more valuable resource for your every day life?

Please pick up the phone and call 763-712-3514 or send us an email at [email protected]. We always want to hear from you.

It’s your community. Your news. Your new UnionHerald.

Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]