The Messenger of Juneau County (Wisconsin) closed its doors on June 6. A note on the door of the paper’s office in Elroy said the paper was shutting down permanently, the Reedsburg Star-Times reported.
Phil Calian, owner of the Messenger of Juneau County, wouldn’t say if customers will receive refunds, the Star-Times said. Calian said that customers should email the paper for more info.
“Again, this is not a situation of bankruptcy, this is closing of a paper, so subscribers should feel free to contact us using that email address,” he told the Star-Times.
“We are sad to announce the Messenger of Juneau County has closed, effective June 6, 2018,” the June 6 note on the door said. “The newspaper will no longer be published following the resignation of the paper’s staff. Any questions should be emailed to email@example.com. We will all miss the paper!”
Missouri-based Lewis County Press bought the paper in 2014. The Messenger was the only Wisconsin paper the company owned.
In a May 29 interview on WRJC radio, Publisher and Editor Eva Marie Woywod said no employees had healthcare and she thought they weren’t paid enough. “The leader of the staff had resigned, Eva, and I just couldn't find a replacement,” Calian told the Star-Times.