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B ulletin ~ Representing North Dakota's newspapers since 1885 ~ 129th year Issue No. 9 Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Transcript's double whammy New Rockford paper faces two big tests A local business burn- ing to the ground is big news for any North Dako- ta newspaper. A shooting in a public place is even bigger. In less than a month's time, the staff of the New Rockford Transcript was faced with both, a situa- tion compounded by the fact that the fire claimed their own office building. Just as Transcript staff- ers were settling in to tem- porary quarters following the Aug. 15 fire, a gunman opened fire during a wed- ding dance at the local Eagles Club. "When it rains it pours," acknowledged General Manager Amy Wobbema. But the presses don't stop. Just two days after the fire the Transcript went to press with a lead story about the blaze. And shortly after the Labor Day weekend shoot- ing that left one man dead and a woman seriously in- jured, an even bigger story led the front page. Forgive Wobbema and Publisher Craig Voigt if they hope things take a turn to the normal. As the shooting oc- curred, their computers were back-to-back on a table in the Vorland Land Co. building, where they'd taken up temporary resi- dence. They have now located a permanent home and look forward to moving there once some minor re- modeling is complete and furnishings are found. In the meantime, the NDNA Education Founda- tion has started a fund drive to help the Tran- script cover some of the costs of getting their feet back on the ground. Tax exempt contribu- tions to the foundation can be made at www.ndna. com/disasterfund. Wobema said the dona- tions likely will be used to purchase equipment to get the Transcript print shop up and running, since all the printing equipment was destroyed in the fire. And in Stanley The Mountrail County Promoter is also operating out of temporary quarters after a July 27 fire in an apartment above their of- fice. Much of the damage at the Promoter office was from water used to fight the fire. Publisher Mary Kilen is hoping to be back in the office for good sometime in early October. She said the building has been rewired, the gas has been turned back on and work is being done to replace flooring. Publisher Craig Voigt and General Manager Amy Wobbema work on back-to-back computers in temporary quarters after the New Rockford Transcript office building was destroyed by fire Aug. 15

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