WASHBURN COUNTY - The Washburn County Register will be shutting down after 131 years of publications on September 30, 2020, according to an article by Gary King published on the LeaderRegister.com's website.

The newspaper’s office in downtown Shell Lake was closed Monday, August 10, 2020.

King states in the article that the actions taken are due to a “growing financial burden which has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic.” Adding that the Register was also faced with “changing reader trends, rising costs of publication and a decline in advertising.”

Richard Lee, manager of the Inter-County Cooperative Publishing Association, which purchased the Register in 2004, was also quoted saying that “It's unfortunate in these unprecedented times to lose a quality paper like the Register. With its proud history of 131 years, it has been part of the fabric of the community and provided valuable information and services for all."

The article notes that current subscribers will be mailed checks to reimburse them for the remaining time on their subscriptions.


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