MARSHALL - For more than 80 years, the Marshall Messenger, now the Independent, has been printed in Marshall. Starting on Monday, April 7, that will change.
With advancements in computer technology and equipment, all printing, production and assembly of the newspaper will be done at its sister location at the House of Print in Madelia.
Only the actual printing and assembly that has been done in Marshall will end. The Independent will continue to be published six days a week and will remain at its present location on West Main Street.
The decision to end printing in Marshall was shared to Independent employees last week by Publisher Russ Labat.
The shuttering of the dated press means the Independent will also be reducing its work force.
With the additional modern equipment that the House of Print can offer, the Independent will be able to offer advertisers additional opportunities for color as well as provide its subscribers and readers an improved product. Additional features, and/or pages, could be added in the future as well.
The House of Print currently prints other daily and weekly newspapers. In addition, it also prints numerous other weekly, biweekly and monthly publications throughout the Midwest and the nation.
"As all newspapers become more efficient, changes to central or regional printing centers is becoming more common in the newspaper industry," Labat said. "The entire staff of the Independent remains committed to be the Number 1 source for news and advertising for Marshall and this region for years to come. The Independent is also working with its local weekly customers in transitioning their printing to Madelia as well."