Cynthia and L.L. Johnson have reached an agreement to sell the weekly newspaper to longtime area journalists Beth Bily and Ron Brochu, who also own the BusinessNorth regional business-to-business newspaper.
Bily, of Hill City, was editor of the Grand Rapids Herald-Review from 2002-2006 and has worked as a freelance writer and editor for several regional newspapers and other publications. She has been co-publisher of BusinessNorth since 2010.
“We look forward to continuing the community news tradition Cynthia and Lea have established along the West Range,” Bily and Brochu said.
Scott Stein will report government and community news. He has been a reporter and editor for area newspapers and magazines for the past 15 years covering business, government and writing features. He’s also been a columnist and freelance writing consultant. He currently works at the Minnesota Discovery Center in Chisholm.
The weekly newspaper’s coverage area stretches from Coleraine on the west to Keewatin on the east.