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PJ move to Saturday will happen Sept. 12

The move of the publication date of the Pioneer Journal from Thursdays to Saturdays will be completed Sept. 12, the same day other changes will also be made with the weekend publication of The Intercom.

The Pioneer Journal will publish its regular Thursday edition on Sept. 3, and will move to Saturday publication the following week, Pioneer Journal Editor and GM Steve Schulz said.

At the same time, the Intercom will become a so-called non-duplicated circulation paper. In short, it means readers who currently receive the Intercom won't notice any change, but readers who receive both the Pioneer Journal and the Intercom will now be home-delivered just one piece: the Pioneer Journal.

"That doesn't mean the PJ subscribers will miss anything, though," Schulz said. "All of the ads and all of the supplements and inserts currently being delivered in the Intercom will be in one big package in the Pioneer Journal."

As part of the goal of only delivering one publication to each household to eliminate duplication, the Intercom will no longer be delivered along New York Mills routes. Instead, any of the inserts from the Intercom will arrive with the Perham/New York Mills Contact. Readers in Deer Creek and Bluffton will now only receive the Intercom, and not the Contact.

Schulz said the move was necessary to cut costs in a challenging business environment.

"Our mission was to preserve all of our publications and keep our costs down so advertisers could afford to stick with us," he said. "The status quo isn't sustainable, so that couldn't be an option for us. Among the various options we considered, we felt this was the most positive one for our newspaper, our employees, our advertisers, and the communities we serve."