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Newspapers stand strong

This week the employees at The Dickinson Press join others in our industry in celebrating National Newspaper Week. The Press celebrates 125 years of publishing this year as well.

Despite what you may have heard from electronic media, newspapers are not a dying industry, quite the opposite is true. Radio was said to be the death of newspapers in the 1920s, television in the 1950s and surely they said the Internet would signal the end of our business in the 1990s.

There are newspapers whose circulations have declined, but even in those markets when you add the audience of newspapers' Web sites to the distribution of the print edition, newspaper readership overall has never been stronger.

The Dickinson Press, like several smaller newspapers, is growing its print edition and Web site. The Press's print circulation is up 6 percent from a year ago. Page views on our Web site have increased 61 percent to 350,000 per month in the same time period, which far and away exceed any other local Web site.

We at The Press are blessed to have loyal readers in Southwestern North Dakota who have continually regarded their newspaper as the primary source for local news, shopping information and commentary. The Press at all times has understood that local is the key to our business and was as true in our first edition on March 31, 1883 until this morning's edition.

No other media has the number of people on the street in Dickinson and Southwestern North Dakota gathering, editing and packaging the in-depth information necessary for residents of Southwestern North Dakota to make informed decisions in their daily lives.

Our reporters cover the countless city, county, school and other government meetings and events that keep the workings of government transparent.

Our sports and lifestyle pages are filled with news about local competitors and the interests of our readers. Our information gatherers are your neighbors. They understand the importance of what we do and take pride in keeping you aware of what's happening in your community.

The Press's opinion page offers the newspaper's view on local issues and provides the community a soap box to voice its thoughts on topics that affect our area.

Today with our Web site -- -- anyone with access to the Internet around the world has a portal to what's happening in Southwestern North Dakota.

Our business model of gathering information and editing it into a format that people can easily dissimulate in a reasonable time is far from dying and remains as strong today as it was in 1883.

Harvey Brock is the publisher at The Dickinson Press