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Our great state
By Mary Friedel-Hunt

In 2006, my husband, Bill, and I started a small publication called Voice of the River Valley ( It was just an idea that popped into my head one night and we ran with it. We printed 800 copies of the first 12-page issue of what is a free publication driven by local ads. Bill handled the marketing and financials while I did layout and writing. It was fun.

By 2007, Bill could no longer use a computer or do the marketing, as early stage Alzheimer’s robbed him of those abilities and ultimately his life. I continued to publish Voice, as it is called. Now 3,200 copies of 20- to 24-page issues are distributed to 100 sites each month, thanks to the help of many friends. People love it. It features local artists and small-business owners, interesting places, a calendar of events, and more. The

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:30 AM

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