The merger, announced last week, involves the county's only weekly newspapers. The Baudette Region, established in 1903, has been owned by Red Wing Publishing Company. The Northern Light, established in 1916, was owned by Page 1 Publications.
The new publication, the Northern Light Region, will continue under the ownership of Rollin and Julie Bergman, owners of Page 1 Publications. W.B. Grimes & Company provided consulting services to Page 1 during the transaction.
"We believe communities deserve a quality newspaper and this merger will ensure that the citizens of Baudette will be well served for a long time. The Bergman's passion for solid journalism as well their love of Lake of the Woods county make them the perfect stewards to continue the traditions of these newspapers," Mark Poss of Red Wing Publications, owner of the Baudette Region since the mid 1970s.
"The merger makes sense for our advertisers and our readers," Julie Bergman, owner of The Northern Light since 1985, said. "We will honor the strong legacy of both newspapers and we will work hard to provide a quality news product for the county."
The business will be based in The Northern Light's office in the restored historic Baudette Depot in downtown Baudette.