3/28/2020 7:28:00 AM River News to make temporary adjustments in response to COVID-19
To our readers:
We at The Northwoods River News want to assure you, our readers, that our staff will continue to work diligently to bring you the most up-to-date and thorough Rhinelander area news.
We are experiencing the same heart-wrenching moments that the local and global communities are.
This global pandemic has reached our doorstep, both with the area's first positive COVID-19 cases, and the affect the actions being carried out by our government to slow the disease's spread have had on our economy and way of life.
We see area folks reaching out to one another in ways we couldn't have imagined 20 years ago. We heard our area business owners' gasps when they were asked to shut their doors temporarily. We seen our families attempt to adapt to a new normal with work and child care arrangements, and our children adapt to learning in a virtual environment. We have noticed the nations leaders trying to wrap their arms around this seemingly never-ending black hole, trying to prevent the ooze from seeping. We feel the deep impact with each of you.
You'll notice some changes with our publications moving forward as a result of this unprecedented event.
Most notably, starting Tuesday, the River News will be moving to publishing two days a week - Tuesdays and Fridays.
This move aligns our production schedule with that of our sister paper, The Lakeland Times, allowing us to reduce overhead while still providing you the quality content you have come to expect from the River News. Pages that were in the Thursday and Saturday sections, including Entertainment, Business, Health, Education and Outdoors, will find new homes in either our Tuesday or Friday editions.
For current subscribers, in light of this change, your subscriptions will be extended. For example, if you purchased a yearly subscription, you paid for 156 editions of The Northwoods River News. You will still receive 156 editions, albeit in a timeframe that extends beyond 52 weeks.
This crisis has ground the sports world to a virtual halt, both locally and globally. In the interim, to afford space to tell you stories and communicate information about the more pressing matters that we face as a society amid this pandemic, our sports sections will be reduced. Rest assured, however, we know the power that sports has to unite communities and nation in difficult times. When there are local sports to be played, we'll be back covering them with the same insight, passion and vigor as we have in the past.
Lowering overhead costs are at the forefront of every business owner's mind right now, and we are not excluded.
However, the staff at the River News is dedicated to delivering accurate and timely information to you during these unusual times. It may just be delivered in a more compact format. We will still be covering our local governments, still following our local courts and still be bringing you community-related human interest stories that chronicle life in the Northwoods.
While the Northwoods is in its state of social distancing, the time to plan for our future is now. Like many other businesses, we face the challenges of continuing full-scale services during the next few weeks. In an effort to protect our staff, we are limiting office hours and reducing the amount of personal interaction until this storm blows over. However, our phones are open for business, and we are available via email.
We encourage you to follow us on our website and social media for the most up-to-date information impacting our area, www.rivernewsonline.com. Find us on Facebook at The Northwoods River News.
These are unprecedented times, but know we are here with you and for you and will continue to provide a voice to this community now and in the future.
Posted: Thursday, April 2, 2020
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Mr. Walker, What better time than now to move to a live / podcast delivery system.
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