|5/8/2018 1:38:00 PM|
CNC is 15 today
By Larry Dobson
On Wednesday, May 9, Community News Corporation (CNC), publisher of the Byron Review, the Star Herald and the Town & Country Trading Post will turn 15 years old.
Community News Corporation was founded by Larry and Melanie Dobson on May 9, 2003 to purchase the Byron Review, Hayfield Herald, Dodge Center Star Record and The Advertiser from Tony and Jackie Pierskalla, who had purchased the properties from Larry and Rosemary Miller in 1996.
During the recession in 2008, the decision was made to discontinue publishing The Advertiser and to shift to learning to produce an online newspaper and to see whether such a newspaper could be profitable. The online newspaper has grown steadily but, like other publishers in our industry, CNC has not found the online newspaper to be profitable or capable of sustaining itself but will continue experimenting with improvements. Staff is working on some changes that will be implemented soon.
In April, 2009 the Hayfield Herald and Star Record were combined into the Star Herald.
After two years of encouragement by business owners in Dodge County, CNC began production of a new publication in March this year. The new publication, The Town & Country Trading Post is a new format that combines editorial content and advertising that promotes an image of the quality of life and the economic opportunity in CNC's market area, which includes all of Dodge County, Byron area of Olmsted County and portions of Goodhue, Rice, Steele and Mower counties.
In addition to publishing its newspapers, Community News Corp. also does other publishing and printing. It has published a history of Mantorville by Marlene Glaus and two Civil War books by Michael Eckers. It also published memorial magazines about the sesquicentennials of the Dodge County Fair and of Byron.
Printing services available at Community News Corp. include all kinds of black on white and of color products, including business cards, envelopes, carbonless forms, brochures, calendars, etc. Award-winning design and layout services are also available.
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