New paid political letter policy takes effect for Echo Press

Payment for letters that endorse candidates must be made online.

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The Echo Press paid political letter policy is now in effect – with changes from previous elections.

Election-related letters to the editor advocating for or against a candidate, ballot measure or political party will be considered ads and are subject to a charge for the first 7 inches – $17.50 if the letter-writer submits their content online through our business partner, , or $22.50 if we enter the letter in for you. After that, the cost is $11.50 for each additional inch. A 7-inch letter generally contains about 150 words.

The maximum length of a paid letter is 250 words. As with other letters to the editor, they must be submitted with the writer’s name, address and phone number (only the writer’s name and city are published). Unlike regular letters to the editor, paid letters are not limited to one letter per 30 days.

You can submit your letter online through our trusted editorial content submission platform at . From there, you will need to sign up for an account so we have your contact information. That way, if we need to reach out to you, we have it.

After you sign up, you can create a new listing for a "Community Engagement Letter," which is what we are calling election-related letters.


For the Tuesday, Aug. 9 primary election, the last batch of paid political letters will be published on Wednesday, Aug. 3 and no new issues may be raised. No paid letters will be published in the Friday, Aug. 5 issue.

For help or questions, please call the Modulist team at 701-241-5509. One of the team members will answer your questions, or be able to walk you through any obstacles. Or you can contact the Echo Press at 320-763-3133.

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