The Recorder and East Central Trader merging into one paper

EAST CENTRAL — Two regional newspapers published by this company are combining into one.

Starting on Feb. 7, The Recorder will merge with the East Central Trader to create one large regional publication. The new East Central Recorder will come out on Thursdays.

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Centred on the communities of Humboldt, Tisdale, Melfort and Nipawin, the new publication will reach close to 14,000 readers in those and the surrounding communities.

“We know our readership and relevance remain strong in the communities we serve, and we are committed to ensuring that we provide local news coverage and advertising, now and into the future,” said publisher Valerie Durnin. “To do this we must be efficient, which can mean difficult choices.”

As part of the changes, the office in Tisdale will close. Reporter Jessica Durling and sales associate Tobie Hainstock will remain in the Tisdale area. Reader services, advertising, classified advertising and commercial print for the paper's entire coverage area will be offered from the Humboldt office.

"It is with regret that I made the decision to close the Tisdale office, but it is necessary to ensure that we can continue to serve our coverage area," Durnin said.

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