Since 1856, The Messenger has delivered valuable news and information to people in north central Iowa.
The Messenger has been an integral part of life in north central Iowa for generations, delivering news from your neighborhood and beyond directly to your door. But as technology changes, so do newspapers.
More than a decade ago, The Messenger began delivering an Internet version to online readers.
In 2012 we also added a mobile version to allow readers to access the newspaper on devices such as iPhones.
The Messenger has long provided readers with comprehensive coverage of news, sports, opinions, news of record and other information important to the people of north central Iowa.
Neither our website nor mobile app is an exact copy of the printed version. Beginning on Wednesday, you will be able to read the entire newspaper, online, every day. Every page, every story, every advertisement, now will be available to our subscribers electronically regardless of where you are located. The electronic version of The Messenger will download to your phone, tablet or computer in a few seconds and allow you to read the newspaper in the same manner you would if you were holding the printed edition in your hands.
Subscribers also will be able to enjoy the same website they have used for years, which includes an archive of thousands of stories.
After the electronic edition is launched you will only need to answer a few questions to link your digital account to your subscription information. After that you will be able to access both the website and electronic version of the newspaper.
Newspapers, including The Messenger, continue to evolve to meet the information needs of a changing base of readers. Reading the news electronically is a valuable part of many people's day. With the addition of a digital version of the newspaper, that value is intensified.
"The addition of an electronic edition as well as a subscription-based website will allow The Messenger to serve our readers in whatever format they are most comfortable reading the newspaper," said Publisher Larry D. Bushman. "It's an exciting time to be in the publishing industry."