Celebrating 126 years of service • Published every Wednesday

History of the Herald

The Ontonagon Herald, the area's oldest continuously published newspaper, has been a pillar in the county business community for over 126 years. First published in April of 1881 as a "fighting newspaper" with a mission, this weekly paper has kept to its mission of keeping the county community informed about what is happening and where.

The current circulation of the Ontonagon Herald is roughly 3,700 and growing. The Herald is not only a newspaper but also a complete office supply and stationery store and job printing shop.

The Herald's official day of publication is Wednesday of each calendar week, year-round. The paper is composed and prepared for printing at the local offices on computers and is then digitally transferred to the Ironwood Daily Globe, along with the digital pictures, where it is printed on their large presses in Ironwood, folded, and delivered to Ontonagon for distribution, all in less than a day's time. This is a far cry from the old Linotype machines, the rumbling of the presses, and the smell of printer's ink. The Herald offices are strangely quiet, unless a printing job is being turned out on the smaller presses that are still in use.


A recent feature offered by the Herald is the Great Northern Connection, in which classified ads run in the Herald are also seen in 520,000 homes throughout the U.P. and northern Wisconsin.

Publisher and Editor Maureen Guzek is excited to announce that the Herald is now available online! A special rate will bring the Herald into your home via your computer.

The Herald shop is a contrast in publishing history. Alongside the computers and digital still loom the items of a bygone age: the ancient Linotype machines, the plates and composition tables, and the well maintained presses that are still used by Master Printer Dick Hauswirth for job printing. Anyone who has worked at the paper in the last century would find familiar fixtures at the Herald.


A subscription drive will soon be under way to increase the circulation and bring county and regional news into more homes. The Herald is currently mailed to all 50 states, Guam, Mexico, and to Service personnel serving in various parts of the world.

The Herald has celebrated 126 years as Ontonagon County's very own newspaper. Maureen Guzek, Editor and Publisher, has been at the helm since 1990, as the Herald continues well into its second century of service to the community.

Online Subscriptions Now Available!

Give the gift that gives all year ’round—a subscription to the Ontonagon Herald. Both paper and online subscriptions are available.

for a mailed paper subscription: In Ontonagon County $52.95 - Out of the county $62.95 - International $77.95

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Complete Office Supply and Stationery Store

The Herald sells art supplies, craft kits, computer supplies, and also offers a large selection of wedding invitations. They are also ready to handle all your printing needs. Stop in and see us! We’re located at 326 River Street in Ontonagon.

Index to the Herald

Editorials - page 2
Sudoku puzzle - page 2
Obituaries - page 6
Looking Back - page 7
Long Arm of the Law - page 9
Kids' Page - page 10
Sports - page 11-12
Classifieds - page 14-15

Books by Local Authors Available at the Herald

We have a variety of books available about the local area and by local authors. Many books have been newly added. Browse our selection and buy online!

Little Grace

This reproduction of a watercolor painting from 1885 is one of the last surviving works of Grace Johnson Adams, a young woman who lived in Ontonagon in a bygone era. Click here to purchase “The Search for Little Grace,” the account detailing its history and discovery.


Music and narratives by local artists and authors.

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