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By LuAnn Schindler



February 13, 2020

American playwright Arthur Miller wrote, “A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.”

What happens when a newspaper quits talking?

One community in Nebraska is discovering the effect of no longer having a local newspaper.

When Coleridge residents received the Jan. 1 edition of the Coleridge Blade, a bold hammer headline stretched across the top of the page: Final edition.

The paper, published for 131 years, was part of the Northeast Nebraska News Company, which owns newspapers in Cedar and Pierce counties. Owners Rob Dump and Peggy Year cited dwindling subscription numb...

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