Upper Peninsula newspaper folding after 125 years

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MUNISING — After 125 years, a weekly newspaper in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is preparing its final edition.

The Munising News will stop publishing after Wednesday. Owners Willie and Nancy Peterson also are ending the Alger County Shopper.

Willie Peterson said they can’t find enough employees.

“We’re doing well, OK? But it takes eight people,” Peterson told The Mining Journal. “At the end of March, I have three. … I need graphics people. I need writers. I need salespeople. It’s the whole gamut.”

He said enhanced unemployment benefits during the pandemic have hurt recruiting.

Peterson said residents in Munising and Alger County will miss the newspaper.

“Citizens won’t know when government meetings are. It was nice to be able to pick up the paper and find that,” he said. “They’re not going to go home at night and call up every township website to see what’s going on.”

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