Wondering why your local election results aren’t on page 1 of this week’s print edition of Echo Journal?

Rest assured, they will be in your printed newspaper on November 16.

Just know that this edition will not arrive in your newspaper box as usual on Wednesday morning, November 16th. On the contrary, your newspaper will arrive with your mail from this day and in the future.

After working for 35 years in this industry, I can say with certainty that it is never boring in the newspaper business. Just when you settle into a routine, something changes to keep you on your toes.

First of all. If you haven’t already, go online to www.pineandlakes.com to find out who won the seats in the November 8 general election. We worked hard that night to provide a comprehensive listing on our website of vote totals for our city councils and school boards, county sheriffs and commissioners, and local legislative races.

Next, we planned to post key race stories online, like the Pequot Lakes School Board race that featured nine candidates for three seats, and the Pine River-Backus School Board race that offered three candidates for four seats.

Who won this fourth seat?

Find out at www.pineandlakes.com, where you’ll also find out who won the mayor and council races in Crosslake and Jenkins, as well as the town council seats in Nisswa, Breezy Point and Backus.

Who is your county sheriff? Your county commissioner? Who are your representatives in the Senate and the House from 2023?

Visit our website to find out.

(Be aware that this column was written and published before the polls closed and before the election results started to come in. Fingers crossed that we did indeed get the results we were looking to post on our website .)

In the past, we may have later press time to share local results in the election week print edition. This is no longer possible, which brings me to our next big change.

After many, many years, this is the last week that drivers will deliver your weekly newspaper and Echoland-Piper Shopper, along with the Brainerd Dispatch, to your newspaper box in the middle of the night.

Beginning November 16, our print journals will arrive in the mail. So you’ll probably get them much later in the day than usual.

The top of the front pages of these products will be a little different to accommodate the necessary address label. We will probably have to push the deadlines for people to send us their news and publicity needs.

All of these changes are necessary during turbulent economic times for newspapers.

What hasn’t changed in my many years in this business is our passion for bringing you quality, relevant information and advertising about our products, whether in print or on our websites.

Thank you for sticking with us and supporting our work. We appreciate our readers!

Nancy Vogt, Managing Editor, can be reached at 218-855-5877 or [email protected] Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.

Nancy Vogt, editor of the PineandLakes Echo newspaper