Times returns to Lake Street

Newspaper has long history in Forest Lake’s downtown

 

With the office move mostly behind them, Times news editor Clint Riese, customer service representative Holly Oberholtzer and sales representative Lori Syverson inspect the new ECM Publishers sign at The Towers in downtown Forest Lake.  (Photo by Mary Bailey)

With the office move mostly behind them, Times news editor Clint Riese, customer service representative Holly Oberholtzer and sales representative Lori Syverson inspect the new ECM Publishers sign at The Towers in downtown Forest Lake. (Photo by Mary Bailey)

Clint Riese
News Editor

The Forest Lake Times has turned the page to a new chapter.

The newspaper’s office returned to Forest Lake’s downtown Monday after a 24-year run on 15th Street Southwest. The new office is located in Suite 125 of The Towers at 146 N. Lake St.

“There is a lot to be said about the life of a downtown area,” ECM North Regional General Manager Jeff Andres said. “ECM Publishers and Sell Publishing have called the Forest Lake industrial park home since 1990, and since we consolidated press operations to Princeton in 1999, we have always wanted to get back downtown. All of our other locations are on the main streets of their towns, and we can now say the same about Forest Lake.”

The newspaper has spent much of its 111-year history on Lake Street. In 1935 or shortly thereafter, the Times moved to the location currently occupied by Forest Lake Pets at 120 N. Lake St. The building was destroyed by a fire on Thanksgiving Day in 1969 and a new building was constructed on that site. The Times in 1984 moved some departments to the new Town Square building.

The company had purchased the land in the industrial park in 1979, but market conditions postponed plans to build there for more than a decade.  The Sell Publishing building was finally constructed in 1990.

ECM Publishers has leased its space in the building on 15th Street since selling it about 10 years ago.

The new location in The Towers is just one building north of the site the Times occupied for many decades.

 

The lights go out for a final time at the former office on 15th Street last Thursday. (Photo by Clint Riese)

The lights go out for a final time at the former office on 15th Street last Thursday. (Photo by Clint Riese)

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