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Letter to Subscribers

Dear Valued Subscriber,

I am writing to share an update on the proactive measures we have taken to ensure the safety of the BPP’s journalists and all those who work behind the scenes to print and deliver the news to you. Especially in times of crisis like the one we are experiencing together, we recognize the essential role we play to help keep our community informed and safe. We want to assure you that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while we continue to serve you.

Our journalists, along with our workforce, will be transitioning to on-line and working from their homes or outside the main office to keep everyone healthy so we can continue to work on your behalf. Our journalists who are out in the public gathering the news are taking additional precautions to stay healthy.

For our newspaper delivery team, whose job requires them to be at our printing and distribution facilities, we are implementing several ongoing safety measures, including disinfecting and using gloves and hand sanitizer to prevent any potential spread of infection.

We also recognize you may have questions about the safety of mail/packages, and that would certainly apply to print newspapers. According to guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), a highly credible source of factual information, the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, traveled, and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is also low. This would apply to newspapers as well.

That said, I know we are living in extraordinary times and understand you may prefer to read The Independent News Herald, Verndale Sun or Todd-Wadena County Courier via our e-edition which is on-line. We are offering free e-editions to our current subscribers during this time. If you would like to receive our e-edition please call our office and we will get you set up. After you give us your e-mail address and you are set-up, you will then be e-mailed our next edition. For any customer service requests, visit, or call our office at 218-756-2131.

We also have changed our main office hours. We are now open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and will be closed on Fridays. This change will take effect immediately. Watch for updates forthcoming as the situation progresses.

You are in our minds as we navigate these uncharted waters together, and we are committed to our mission to keep you informed with print and digital coverage that is credible, compelling and complete. Thank you very much for your support of our journalism. I hope you and your family remain safe during this public health issue that is affecting all aspects of our lives and community.


Ray Benning

Publisher, Benning Printing and Publishing Inc.



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