As a local business owner, I value the option to contribute to the Messenger, Connector, and Monitor through our advertising. I am happy to support a local paper that puts out quality journalism month after month and that represents the diversity of our community.
The Messenger, Connector, and Monitor are an asset to our neighborhoods. These papers consistently produce quality journalism that highlight stories and people from our community that I would otherwise not hear about. It's a breath of fresh air at a time when so much news feels distant and out of touch with our day-to-day lives. ~ Joe Hayes of Hayes Window Restoration
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The current issue got my attention with its outstanding coverage of local community issues. The renaming of a street to honor exemplary fire chief John Cheatham along with "The Token POC" column by Abha Karnick serve to heighten my awareness and appreciation of what a small neighborhood publication can do. Russ Henry's article on "How to Create a Food Forest" also prompts thought and hopefully action on food practices. The Messenger has my attention.
Judy Solmonson, Longfellow
We just want to say thank you for providing such a wonderful community resource. We look forward to recieving the Monitor, and read it cover to cover every month. It is always chock full of interesting and informative articles. Thanks for turning this into our favorite paper!
Peace, Catrina & Serrily, Como
Supporting the Monitor is one of many ways for us to support our neighborhood. Our local newspaper allows families in the neighborhood to learn of Career Pathways Secondary School and our individualized learning paths for students in grades 6-12. We want our neighbors to know who we are as a school and why we are special. Our families are happy and kids stay with us. We want each student to feel wanted and known. The Hamline Midway neighborhood is part of our school's identity. Career Pathways recently invested $2,000,000 in remodeling our facilities as a commitment to the Hamline Midway neighborhood. We’re proud to be a part of it and represented in the Monitor. ~ Liz Lonetti of Career Pathways
As a community member deeply invested and involved in transformative and racial justice, thank you for your op ed on “unbiased” journalism. I appreciated the layering, the nuance, and the complexity involved but also the simplicity of simply uplifting the voices of the unheard, unempowered, and as equally important as anyone with a platform, funding, and “credentials.” I’ve heard it be said before by a wise mentor, Susan Raffo, that a memory doesn’t get to be a cultural memory until there are at least eight versions of it told. Many perspectives - diverse perspectives - are what allow us to more deeply understand each other - not only our differences but our similarities.
Thank you for uplifting voices on the margin and speaking truth to lies. Of course it is no easy feat nor is it meant to be... it’s in the co-struggling (thank you, Jason Sole) that we emerge a stronger and more unified human community.
"The person delivering Meals on Wheels to my house made it a point to tell me she reads Stories and Journeys in the Messenger every month. We briefly discussed the column I had just submitted. She laughed when I told her about my $20 bill. She offered her own response to what kindness means to her. Recently I was going through a check-out line at Seward Co-op Friendship Store. The person checking me out made it a point to tell me she enjoyed the column she read in the Southwest Connector which was the "I'm Scared......" column.
"I believe the local paper is important. Right now it is important because I never know what articles, columns or ads are going to inspire me to see things differently or do things differently in my local community life. I am prepared to be surprised by what I find in the local paper – be it the Messenger or Connector." ~ Donald L. Hammen, columnist
Just finished reading the latest issue of Longfellow Nokomis Messenger. Great job! Thanks for the thoughtful and thorough reportage – your contribution to the community gives us hope for an ever-improving future!!
Many thanks for all your work to get local stories and events out to our communities! I moved to the Como neighborhood in 2021 as a new homeowner during the pandemic, and I’ve felt so much more connected by having this awesome resource.
I always start reading with the intent to skim, but end up making it through the entire paper each time! The stories of connection and joy, coverage of Como HS, latest update on the historic library debate, and Mr. Giles’ column always leaves me feeling hopeful. As a public health worker during this time, it gives me relief to see the ads for vaccination, fact-based information about COVID-19, and the highlights of cultural wellness initiatives.
Thank you for all that you do!
Community newspapers continue to be the most-trusted information medium and the go-to source for shopping decisions. Of the respondents in the 2021 Minnesota Market Study, 57% cited the local newspaper as their top resource for making shopping decisions, followed by TV stations (51%), direct mailings (25%), radio ads (30%), social media sources (28%), magazines (24%) and other websites (18%). The permission-based marketing that newspapers are known for has an average ad recall rate of 54% and 76% ad likability.