After 6,124 weeks, The Raymond-Prinsburg News published its last issue, Issue 40, Volume 117 on July 4.

After 6,124 weeks, The Raymond-Prinsburg News published its last issue, Issue 40, Volume 117 on July 4. The newspaper had been in existence since 1900, when founder Bert T. Barnes published the first issue on Friday, Nov. 23 of that year.

Originally called the Raymond News, the first issue was brimming with optimism about the future of Raymond. Barnes was impressed that the town had transformed itself from a rail station into a bustling little city in the space of two years.

Current owners Ted and Kari Jo Almen, who have owned the newspaper since 1997, made the decision to close the smallest of their four weekly papers due to mounting financial pressures. A decline in advertising dollars and decreasing subscriptions were cited as reasons behind  their difficult decision.

Subscribers to The Raymond-Prinsburg News have been given the choice to receive the Clara City Herald, which will be expanded to include coverage of Raymond and Prinsburg, or a refund of any remaining subscription.

The last issue of The Raymond-Prinsburg News featured a retrospective of local news items through the decades.

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