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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 (voiceoftherivervalley.com). 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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