Marilyn Hagerty: Journalists embrace changing industry

She bought the Northern Light at Baudette, Minn., when she was 19.

Rollin Bergman and Julie Nordine Bergman have long careers in the weekly newspaper business. The couple, who live in East Grand Forks, publish the East Grand Forks Exponent. As Page One Publications, they also publish weekly newspapers in Minnesota, including the Tribune in Greenbush, the North Star News at Karlstad and the Northern Light Region at Baudette. And they have joined in publication of the Warroad Advocate, formerly Pioneer that closed its doors in May.

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Rollin Bergman started his career 60 years ago for his hometown newspaper at Ada doing errands on his bike. After each edition of the weekly paper was printed, he helped melt the lead type.

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For him, today’s changing path for newspapers is just another step along the way. As he looks around he sees banks and other businesses changing. Julie Nordine Bergman says: “Every industry has to change with the times. This is not unique to newspapers.’’

Their Page 1 publications were among the first in Minnesota to go online.

The Exponent, now printed in Fargo, goes to

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