As many avid readers in our community have noticed, the Wadena Pioneer Journal building is for sale, but that does not mean the business is closing -- at all.

The Pioneer Journal, your local newspaper, is owned by Forum Communications. Following the trend of other newspapers, the Pioneer Journal is looking to move into a smaller location that better suits the needs of a smaller staff than were once housed out of this location at 314 Jefferson Street S. It's a decision that we hope will allow us to work in a more efficient space for our size and maybe open up a space for some other business that needs the extra space.

The building typically has five to six people in the office at a time. Not long ago the office was bustling with double even triple that amount. It no longer makes sense to maintain use of the current 7,000 square foot building with such a streamlined news process.

If the property does sell, we may still rent a portion of the building or find a new location in Wadena, that's not yet known until a buyer is found. In the meantime, we're still here publishing the best paper and online products we can to keep our community informed, entertained and thriving.

We thank you for your continued support and feel free to contact us with any questions. Our phone number will not change. It is still 218-631-2561 and our email address is the same We look forward to continuing to do business with you now and in the future at our current or new location.