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The Times makes temporary adjustments during COVID-19 pandemic

April 17, 2020

To our readers:

We at The Lakeland Times want to assure you, the reader, that our staff will continue to work diligently to bring you the most up-to-date and thorough Lakeland area news. We are experiencing the same heart-wrenching moments that the local and global communities are. The global pandemic fallout has stretched its wings to our beautiful land.

We see area folks reaching out to one another in ways that many of our imaginations never dreamed of 20 years ago. We heard our area business owners’ gasps when they were asked to shut their doors temporarily. We have noticed the nation’s leaders trying to wrap their arms around this seemingly never-ending black hole, trying to prevent the ooze from seeping. We feel the deep impact with each of you.

You’ll notice some changes with our pubications moving forward from the impact of this unprecedented event. For now, the Living North section of Friday’s Lakeland Times will be in its new temporary home — safely embedded in the first section of the newspaper. All of the dining and entertainment information, as well as “Back through the Times,” will still be included in the paper. Readers will also find book and movie reviews written by our staff, a localized health column, milestones, and real estate ads/listings. We will continue to publish each of those vital pieces of information for you.

This uncharted pandemic territory has left our local sports arena without competition. We’re truly sad seeing this important part of our Northwoods lifestyle put on the sidelines. When the time comes for area sports to meet at the starting line again, you can be rest assured we will be there to cover it, and bring photos and game recaps to you in the pages of The Times.

Lowering overhead costs are at the forefront of each business owners minds right now, and we are not excluded. However, the staff at The Times is dedicated to delivering accurate and timely information to you during these unusual times. It may just be delivered in a more compact format.

While the Northwoods is in its state of social distancing, the time to plan for our futures is now. Like many other businesses, we face the challenges of continuing full-scale services during the next few weeks. In an effort to protect our staff, we are limiting office hours and reducing the amount of personal interaction until this storm blows over. However, our phones are open for business, and we are available via email.  

We encourage you to follow us on our website and social media for the most up-to-date information impacting our area. www.lakelandtimes.com Find us on Facebook at The Lakeland Times.

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