About Us

About Us

Address: Melrose Beacon
                     408 Main Street E.
                     Melrose, MN 56352 

Phone: 320-256-3240

Fax: 320-256-3363

Obituary notices should be emailed to: carol@melrosebeacon.com

Our Staff:

 

Dave Simpkins - Publisher

Carol Moorman - Editor/Reporter

Herman Lensing - Reporter

Missy Trager - Sales

Kayla Hunstiger - Sales

Tim Vos - Sales

Karla Christen - Inside Sales

Jeff Weyer - Sales Manager

Mary Jo Blommel - Typist, Receptionist

Jan Hoppe - Typist, Receptionist

Joyce Frericks, - Finance/Bookkeeping

Pat Turner - Production Manager/Graphic Designer

Tara Pitschka - Graphic Designer

Amanda Thooft - Graphic Designer

Sue Sims - Graphic Designer

Nancy Middendorf - Web Editor

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our frequently asked questions. Just click on the question to arrive at the answer. If your question does not appear on this page, please email your question for a prompt response.

New Subcriptions

  • How do I subscribe to the Beacon?
    You can subcribe to the Beacon by calling our office at 320-256-3240, stopping by our office at 408 Main Street E., Melrose, MN 56352 or faxing your subscription request to 320-256-3363 Attn: Circulation Department. 

     

     

  • Can I pay using a credit card?
    We accept Visa, Mastercard or Discover Card for payment.
  • How soon can I expect my first newspaper to be mailed?
    Any mail subscription request including a new subscription , change of address or other customer care request will be taken care of by the next issue's publication.
  • If I go on vacation, can my delivery put on hold?
    If you notify us in advance, we will suspend delivery, and your account will be credity for the time you are away. We just need the effective dates that you require the suspension.
  • How long does it take to to implement a change of address or temporarily suspend my subscription?
    Changes of address or temporary suspensions will be handled by the next issue's publication.

Subcription Rates

  • What will a year's subscription to the Beacon cost me?

    Local Edition - Stearns, Todd, Douglas, Pope with Advertising Section $41.00/year
    Minnesota - News Section Only $48.00/year
    Minnesota - With Shopper or Canary $51.00/year
    Out of State - News Section Only $51.00/year

    You can subcribe to the Beacon by calling our office at 320-256-3240, stopping by our office at 408 Main Street E., Melrose, MN 56352 or faxing your subscription request to 320-256-3363 Attn: Circulation Department.

    • CLASSIFIED AD RATES (2014):
      SHOPPER - Circulation 15,360
      $5.00 for the first 20 words, plus 25 cents for each additional word thereafter
      CLASSY CANARY - 32,250 Paid Circulation
      $5.00 for the first 20 words, plus 25 cents for each additional word thereafter
      HERALD - Circulation 2,698
      $5.00 for the first 20 words, plus 25 cents for each additional word thereafter
      ENTERPRISE - Circulation 1,648
      $5.00 for the first 20 words, plus 25 cents for each additional word thereafter
      BEACON - Circulation 1,978
      $5.00 for the first 20 words, plus 25 cents for each additional word thereafter
      *RUN IN ALL 5 PAPERS FOR $20 for the first 20 words, and 25 cents for each additional word per publication.
      *Call Liz for combination rate advertising 320-352-6577
    • DISPLAY AD RATES:
      SHOPPER - $18.48 minimum for a 2" display ad. $9.24 per additional inch
      CANARY - $22.24 minimum for a 2" display ad. $11.12 per additional inch.
      HERALD - $16.56 minimum for a 2" display ad. $8.28 per additional inch.
      BEACON- $13.48 minimum for a 2" display ad. $6.74 per additional inch.
      ENTERPRISE - $13.48 minimum for a 2" display ad. $6.74 per additional inch.
      *Call Tim, Missy or Kayla for combination rate advertising 320-352-6577
      COLOR
      Spot or Process 1/2 page or larger $110.00; Under 1/2 page $60.00

DEADLINES:

SHOPPER - Thursday at 12 Noon
CANARY - Thursday at 12 Noon
HERALD - Tuesday at 10 a.m.
BEACON - Friday at 5 p.m.
ENTERPRISE - Friday at 5 p.m.

OTHER PRINT SERVICES:

Copies: We have both black and White and Color Copy Services Available in 8.5x11" and 11x17" sizes and can reproduce copies on White, Pastel or Astrobright Paper in a variety of weights. Single and Double Sided copies are available. Please call us for details and prices.

SPECIAL CONCERNS

Birthday ads in the Beacon may include a photo that must be submitted to the Beacon along with the copy by the deadline. Normal box ad rates apply.
Card of Thanks - $10.00 for the first 50 words plus 10 cents for each additional word.
Social Announcements: (Birth/Anniversary) - First Insertion is FREE. Second insertion $15/per paper.
Obituaries/Tributes - $50 for handwritten or if we need to re-type (per paper) $30 emailed/CD/includes funeral homes (per paper) $5 Funeral Home logo in ad (per paper). Add color $60. Obituaries-notice only - N/C 50 word maximum (over 50 words, normal charges apply).

Garage Sale - ads typically published in the Shopper grouped together with other similar garage sale ads with a common heading. The size of the ads run 1 column by 2-1/2" and the cost is $15.00/Shopper or paid paper, $10 for each additional paper. Customers get 2 free Garage Sale signs that can be picked up at the Beacon office. (Extra signs are just 25 cents each) Garage Sale ads are also posted online at no additional charge!

Online Edition

  • When is the paper posted online?
    The online version of the Beacon is posted every Wednesday afternoon.
  • Can I subscribe to the paper online?
    Yes. Click on the "Print Subscription" link on the home page and follow the online directions.
  • Is everything in the print version of the paper online as well?
    The E-edition is an exact replica of the printed version of the Beacon. Print subscribers get the E-edition at no charge and it is available "Online Only" for just $25 per year.
  • Can I request a copy of a photo or article that has been printed in the Beacon?
    If the article was also published online, you will be able to find it for up to 60 days by going to the E-edition page, and selecting the desired date from the drop menu at the top.
  • Do you have an archive of old papers available online for research?
    Currently, our paper is archived online via the E-edition for at least 30 days. 
  • Can I view a classified ad that ran last week or earlier?
    Using the E-edition will allow you to search for classifieds that have been published in the past 30 days.

 

 

 


 

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