A longtime northeastern North Dakota weekly newspaper that began publishing in 1896 is going out of business.
Walhalla Mountaineer editor and publisher Rodney Huffman, who has been with the paper for 56 years, told the Bismarck Tribune he was unable to find a buyer after a more than two-month search.
Declining subscriptions and sales and a small pool of local advertisers led to his decision to close, Huffman said, along with his own health issues and those of his only employee, who has been with the paper since 1972.
"It's too bad," said Huffman, 75, who started in 1965 as a Linotype operator at the paper. He and his wife, Karen, bought the paper in 1978.
The Mountaineer has a circulation of 738, according to North Dakota Newspaper Association spokesman Steve Andrist. Its Feb. 12 front page carried a Chautauqua essay and local high school sports coverage.
Walhalla is a city of about 950 people along the scenic Pembina Gorge, just south of the Canadian border.