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Flood-Damaged N. Dak. Paper Reopens

March 18, 1998

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) _ Eleven months after a devastating flood and fire, the Grand Forks Herald is once again publishing its entire paper here.

The April disaster destroyed two of the Herald’s three downtown buildings and heavily damaged its printing press.

Tuesday’s editions of the Herald were the first since the flood to be published entirely in Grand Forks.

They were published on a new $1.8 million press at the paper’s new production facility in Grand Forks Industrial Park. The press will feature more color capabilities and should be able to print 20,000 copies per hour, compared with 15,000 on the older press, said Jim Gaasterland, an assistant to the publisher.

The Herald also is rebuilding its remaining downtown building at a cost of $3.2 million, Gaasterland said. That building will house the paper’s editorial offices.

``I’m thrilled that we can print the entire Herald in Grand Forks,″ said Herald Publisher Michael Maidenberg. ``It’s been less than a year after the disaster, and with a new facility and new equipment, it’s a tribute to the Herald and to Knight Ridder (the Herald’s parent company).″

After the flood, the Herald had set up shop in a computer room at the University of North Dakota, at the Manvel Public School, and in another building on Grand Forks’ south end. The newspaper had been using a smaller press to publish two sections of the paper while the remaining two sections were printed in Fargo.

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