It’s an exciting time for the Echo Press and community newspapers.

Never before have we had so many people from throughout our region, the state, the nation and the world reading our stories, visiting our website and getting informed and entertained through our products.

Those products include not only our newspaper and website but also our e-edition, which is an exact version of our newspaper available online. You can get to the edition from your laptop by going to echopress.com and clicking on the yellow “E-Paper” link in the upper right. On your phone or tablet, tap the three horizontal lines in the upper left and select “E-Paper.”

The E-Paper is updated every day. On Wednesdays and Fridays, it will contain the print editions of the Echo Press. Other days will include stories from throughout the nation and the world. You can find the E-Paper that includes the latest issue (or past issues ) of the Echo Press by clicking on the “Archive” symbol (a box) in the black bar at the top of the page.

Some benefits of reading the E-Paper is that you can easily:

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  • Adjust the text size of print for easier reading.

  • Clip, print and save articles you want to keep.

  • Search for topics of interest to you.

  • Enjoy the crossword puzzle and comics.

Our products don’t end there. We also produce special publications (Impact, the Best of Alexandria, Chicz and many more).

Next month, we’ll be launching a new and improved Echo Press website, redesigned with you in mind. Watch your inbox to be notified when it’s live, and get ready for a simplified news experience with these enhancements and more:

  • Easier navigation to quickly find your news.

  • An improved mobile news reading experience.

  • Faster load times and optimized site performance.

After we launch the new website, we welcome feedback from readers. Send an email to aedenloff@echopress.com or give us a call.

There are a few other important reasons why you should pay for a membership to your hometown newspaper, the Echo Press.

When you subscribe to a membership, you support local journalism in your community, helping everyone stay informed. Keep in mind that that the Echo Press team of reporters, sales people and support staff live right here in the Douglas County area, many of them with deep, local roots that go back decades. We're not faceless strangers. We're your neighbors.

You can choose from a variety of print and digital subscription options to become a member at echopress.com by clicking on the “Subscribe Now” link. Not only will you receive full access to all the content of the Echo Press, including archives, your digital membership opens up a whole new way of getting news and information through your home computer, your smartphone or tablet.

So you’re not exactly “tech savvy?” Don’t let that word “digital” stop you from exploring this new way of getting the news. And if you’re uncomfortable around computers, we can help you through it. It’s an easy process. It takes just a few minutes. Call us at 320-763-3133.

Remember, you will not only be able to read the stories that are in our Wednesday and Friday issues, you’ll be able to read breaking news stories, get statewide and regional news, see videos and additional photos, and gain free, unlimited access to newspaper websites throughout the region that are part of the Forum Communications Network, including the Detroit Lakes Tribune, Wadena Pioneer Journal, Perham Focus, Park Rapids Enterprise, West Central Tribune, and larger publications such as The Forum, Duluth News Tribune and Brainerd Dispatch.

Information about your local community, the region, the state, nation and world are right at your fingertips. Join our growing number of memberships and support local journalism.