North Iowa Times

Tue
06
Jan

Printing paradise


Printer Steve Weipert places a piece of film containing four pages of the newspaper onto a printing plate so that the words and images can be burned onto the plate. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Sharon Tesar places the plate so it can be burned.

Tesar and Weipert place the plates in the press, between the blankets, which are squeezed to print the words and images on the paper.

Weipert adjusts one of the 24 keys that controls color. “From red, yellow and blue, you can print every color in the world,” Weipert said.

Weipert, standing near the folder, makes an adjustment to the press as papers are printed.

Tesar and Denny Riebe handle the newspapers as they come out of the folder, which slits the paper in half before sending it around a cylinder that cuts it into a 22-inch sheet of paper. “It goes through a folding process and it comes out just as you get it at home,” Weipert explained.

Weipert and Riebe change a roll of paper. Each roll of paper weighs 1,000 pounds and is 34 inches wide. One roll could yield 17,000 eight-page papers, which is the standard size of the NIT.

Although the press is referenced as a singular entity, it’s actually a series of six printing presses, with some printing black ink, while the others print red, yellow and blue.

Although the press is referenced as a singular entity, it’s actually a series of six printing presses, with some printing black ink, while the others print red, yellow and blue.

Although the press is referenced as a singular entity, it’s actually a series of six printing presses, with some printing black ink, while the others print red, yellow and blue.

Over the years, Weipert has learned the intricacies of the press. As the papers come out of the folder, he grabs one, checking to see where adjustments need to be made. After making the tweak, he returns to the fresh papers, selecting a new one to start the process over again. This continues on throughout the printing process.

Weipert and Riebe change a roll of paper. Each roll of paper weighs 1,000 pounds and is 34 inches wide. One roll could yield 17,000 eight-page papers, which is the standard size of the NIT.

Weipert explains the newspaper’s printing process

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Editors and reporters are often the faces of a community newspaper. They’re who readers see at events and meetings, and it’s their names in the article bylines. However, after the journalist’s furiously-written interview notes come to life as a story on the computer screen, it’s up to the printer and his press to make sure those stories are conveyed to readers. For the North Iowa Times, as well as its sister papers, the Courier Press and The Guttenberg Press (the Clayton County Register is printed in Calmar), that printer is Steve Weipert.

Tue
06
Jan

Corn, grain bin lost in New Year’s fire at Northern Ag Services


Smoke can be seen rising from a grain bin at Northern Ag Services, outside McGregor, on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1. The fire, which started after a corn dryer malfunctioned, ruined 1,500 bushels of corn at the facility. (Photo by Al Anderson)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

A New Year’s Day grain bin fire at Northern Ag Services, outside McGregor, resulted in the loss of 1,500 bushels of corn.

According to McGregor Fire Chief Dan Bickel, McGregor Hook and Ladder responded to the scene at 7 a.m. with 15 men and five pieces of equipment after a corn dryer malfunctioned, setting fire to an industrial-sized grain bin.

The fire department, assisted by the Monona Volunteer Fire Department, spent five hours on scene. Bickel said firefighters had to saw into the dryer to put the fire out.

The bin had to be unloaded by hand, as corn was shoveled and washed out the back. The bin, dryer and corn were all a total loss.

Tue
06
Jan

Monona discusses annexation possibilities

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

For several months, the Monona Council has familiarized itself with the process of land annexation, or expanding its municipal boundaries into areas not currently within the city. As the city looks ahead to phase II of its sanitary sewer project, City Administrator Dan Canton said Monona wants to know if its planned upgrades will work for possible future development. While areas to the west of town, as well as the area where the Birdnow Dealership is located and across the highway where Kwik Star and TJ’s Pizza reside, have been targeted for potential annexation, the council agreed Monday night not to move forward until gather more information and consulting with the sewer project engineer.

Tue
28
Oct

Mausoleum of mystery

 

Woman laid to rest in McGregor without ever having visited

 

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

 

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