Lloyd Smith, the man who had managed the delivery of 14,500 Park Bugles each month for more than a decade, died on Aug. 29 after a yearlong battle with cancer.

I never met Lloyd face-to-face, but I talked to him every month to share the complaints or requests the Bugle may have received about its delivery.

There are two camps in the complaints department of the free-distribution newspaper world: people who want the paper and didn’t get it and people who don’t want the paper and got it anyway. And there are those who don’t want it wrapped in a plastic sleeve for environmental reasons and those who do want it wrapped in a plastic sleeve to protect it from the elements, those who don’t want it wound tight and tied with a rubber band, and those who worry about the paper landing on their sidewalk and wreaking havoc on their snow blowers—even in July.

Lloyd never complained about the complaints and said he’d do his best. And though he didn’t make everybody happy all the time, he tried.

Sara Nelson has stepped in to take over the distribution of the Bugle. She has a lot of energy and ideas, and we are very happy to have her manage the Bugle’s delivery.

For those of you who want a more pristine delivery of your community newspaper, you can buy a subscription and have it delivered through the U.S. Postal Service to your mailbox each month by sending a check for $30 to Fariba Sanikhatam at the Park Bugle, P.O. Box 8126, St. Paul, MN 55108.

If you have questions or requests about your delivery, call our production manager, Steve Parker, at 612-839-8397 or send an email to editor@parkbugle.org.

We may not make you happy all the time, but we will try.

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