Editorial: Please support this community gem

By Merry Rendahl

November is a month of Thanksgiving, and the staff and board of directors at the Park Bugle thank our advertisers and readers for their support throughout the year. November also marks the start of the Bugle’s 2017- 2018 fund drive.

For 43 years, the Bugle has been an integral part of our community. We write this month to ask for your support to help the Bugle continue to thrive. As a small, nonprofit community newspaper, the Bugle is an award-winning, community gem.

Though the Bugle is delivered free each month to 14,500 homes and businesses, it isn’t “free.” Contributions from readers are an important part of producing, publishing and delivering the newspaper, as well as maintaining and improving our website. It costs more than $13,000 to produce every issue. Thirty percent goes to printing and distribution, 5 percent goes to administrative costs, and the remaining percentage pays salaries and stipends to the staff, writers, and photographers. Advertising covers only 70 percent of the Bugle’s operating costs.

Our goal this year is to raise $42,000. Please join us in supporting this wonderful community resource. You can donate in a variety of ways: Use the return envelope included in the November issue of the newspaper, give online at the Bugle’s GiveMN.org page, or mail a check to the Park Bugle, P.O. Box 8126, St. Paul, MN 55108. The Bugle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and your donation is fully tax-deductible.

We thank you for past donations and ask that you consider increasing your gift this year. Together with your support, we are confident that the Bugle will continue to be your neighbor for many years to come.

Merry Rendahl is the fund-drive chair for Park Press, the nonprofit board that publishes the Park Bugle.

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