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- Published: Thursday, 23 July 2009 09:50
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Laurel Outlook 100 Years Old --Westers Consider Next 100 Years
This week marks the 100th Anniversary of the Laurel Outlook, a weekly newspaper in Laurel, Montana, owned by Gloria and Milt Wester. The anniversary comes at a time when the future of print media, and most especially small town newspapers, hovers under a huge question mark. In this computer age of a paperless society, what does the next hundred years hold for an industry whose very essence is paper?
The Westers are very optimistic about the future for newspapers; but then they tend to be very optimistic people. They have to be, considering their entrepreneurial ventures in the publishing business over the past four decades, the highlight of which is undoubtedly their acquisition of the Laurel Outlook, 25 years ago.
Back when Laurel was little more than prairie with a railroad track passing through, The Laurel Outlook was established by a consortium of local businessmen on July 14, 1909. Laurel had only been founded as a city the year before.