I was very sad to read that the Rainy River Record will be ceasing publication.
The paper was a link to the town where I was born and grew up and like many others who no longer live in the area, the Record provided news of the area and people that I still have affection for.
My reason for writing is to inquire about the fate of the past (pre-digital) issues of the paper that I assume are held in the Record office.
The past issues of the paper represent the best documentation and history of the town, and I am hoping there is a plan to preserve those important back issues—and perhaps have them digitized—as I believe was done with back issues of the Fort Frances Times.
The Rainy River Record, with 97 years of publishing, is a commendable achievement and preservation of its back issues is important for many people.
I would urge anyone who has some influence about, and interest in, preserving the history of the town to ensure this valuable resource is not lost.
North Saanich, B.C.