Difficult decision to be made

Back on April 1, 1985, we wrote on the front page of the Rainy River Record that as owners, we intended to keep separate the publications of the Fort Frances Times and Rainy River Record.
“We hope to aid in the growth of business, educational, and cultural activities in the community, and we encourage the participation of all our readers through ideas, articles, letters, and pictures,” we had said.
In acquiring the newspaper from the Ricci family, we recognized that it had to have a business presence in the community.
Over the next several years, the Record was recognized for journalism excellence—winning awards in various newspaper competition. It also was one of the first papers to adopt desktop publishing in Canada.
For the next 31 years, Ken Johnston, Anne Mailloux, and Dawn Drennan have helped keep the paper alive and relevant to the community of Rainy River.
For the last several years, we, as the owners, have struggled with the decision as to whether or not the Record could become a viable publication again. We worked with national and local advertisers to encourage them to advertise in the Rainy River Record.
This week, for instance, you will see several district-wide businesses promoting their products and services in conjunction with the Rainy River Walleye Tournament.
However, we have been unsuccessful in returning the Record to profitability.
From their inceptions, the staffs at the Record and the Fort Frances Times have worked hard to promote “Railroad Daze,” the RRWT, the Rainy River Pumpkin Festival, and many other community events.
In the future, we will continue to promote the activities of Rainy River and the Morson area, which are valuable to the economy of Rainy River District.
Closing the Rainy River Record was a very difficult decision to make. Unfortunately, like many other small rural communities across the country, we have been forced to cease publishing.
The records and files of the newspaper will be transferred to Fort Frances.
Even though most of the files of the Record had been destroyed in the fire, all files will remain accessible to the public.

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