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Sun Tribune to get new look

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The new year will bring a new look to your newspaper.

Beginning in January, the Morris Sun Tribune will be published ondifferent days, on narrower paper, and with a somewhat modified design.

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"We think this is an exciting opportunity to better serve the community," said Sue Dieter, Sun Tribune Publisher and General Manager. "And, as always, we invite all our readers to share their comments with us."

The Sun Tribune will move from a Tuesday-Thursday publication cycle to a Wednesday-Saturday cycle.

Right now, the Thursday Sun Tribune is sent to press on Wednesday afternoons, and most often is a black and white edition. With some exceptions, mostly for sports, the Tuesday paper iscompleted and readied for press on Friday afternoon

"When we've got news on Friday, why let it sit around getting old over the weekend?" Dieter said. "The Saturday edition will allow us to get the news to readers in a more timely way"

Both the news and sports sections also will be printed in color in both editions

The Sun Tribune's sister paper in the Forum Communication's weekly newspaper division, the Hancock Record, also will be printed in color in the future, but the Record's publication day will remain Thursdays

Both papers will soon be printed on the West Central Tribune's press in Willmar. The move to the Tribune press from Quinco in Lowry will allow the Sun Tribune pages to be electronically transmitted from Morris to Willmar, and is expected to aid with mailing and transporation.

Once the new paper is in their hands, readers also should find the new Sun Tribune easier to handle and read. Currently, a folded paper is roughly 14 inches wide. The newedition will be about 1-1/4 inches narrower. But the type size for headlines and copy will remain the same, making the paper a much more manageable size while allowing readers to avoid beefing up their bifocals

The "flag," which is the cover page heading, will be changed slightly, with a golden-yellow sun over the newspaper's name and sitting atop a light purple bar. This design closely mimics what readers used to see in the flag of what formerly was the Sun edition

The newspaper was re-designed a few years ago by Wadena Pioneer Journal publisher Randy Mohs, and his help was enlisted on what the Sun Tribune staff sees as a fresher, cleaner version for 2005

The front page of the new design will feature what is called a "rail" in the newspaper business.

Essentially, the first column on the right side of the page will be sectioned off from the main news space and devoted to smaller news and feature items that might now warrant a full story, and other brief items such as community announcements. The railalso will include weather and a newspaper index as standard features.

Readers won't notice too many differences in the remaining news and editorial/opinion pages.

The sports pages will be changed to a degree. The covers will be published in color, giving better opportunities to highlight local athletes and events. Also, much of the statistical information -- known in newspapers as "agate" -- will be moved inside the section, most likely to the second page. This will allow the paper to devote the cover to stories and photographs.

And, as part of the redesign, the Sun Tribune staff is working on revamping its Web page, www.morrissuntribune.com. In the future, the site renovation will allow the staff to provide brief updates of breaking news and sports, photographs and other information on days that fall between newspaper publication dates. "We think all the changes make the newspaper moreexciting," Dieter said, "and reflect Morris and all the changes that have happened in the community the last several years."

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