He started running the press for the Norman County Index weekly newspaper at Ada, Minn., when he was 15.
She bought the Northern Light at Baudette, Minn., when she was 19.
Rollin Bergman and Julie Nordine Bergman have long careers in the weekly newspaper business. The couple, who live in East Grand Forks, publish the East Grand Forks Exponent. As Page One Publications, they also publish weekly newspapers in Minnesota, including the Tribune in Greenbush, the North Star News at Karlstad and the Northern Light Region at Baudette. And they have joined in publication of the Warroad Advocate, formerly Pioneer that closed its doors in May.
Rollin Bergman started his career 60 years ago for his hometown newspaper at Ada doing errands on his bike. After each edition of the weekly paper was printed, he helped melt the lead type.
For him, today’s changing path for newspapers is just another step along the way. As he looks around he sees banks and other businesses changing. Julie Nordine Bergman says: “Every industry has to change with the times. This is not unique to newspapers.’’
Their Page 1 publications were among the first in Minnesota to go online.
The Exponent, now printed in Fargo, goes to press along with other papers.
Bergman and Nordine are long time-publishers of the Exponent, which they bought from the founder Warren Strandell, who is now a Polk County commissioner. The Exponent staff listed on the masthead includes Bruce Brierley, managing editor, Linda Forseide, production, and Oliver Francis, reporting and sales.
Nordstrom and Bergman met in 1990. She earlier had attended UND and bought the Northern Light in 1984 at the age of 19.
Rollin Bergman celebrated his 75th birthday along with 60 years in the newspaper business this month.
After his 32 years at the Norman County Index in Ada, Rollin and Julie Nordine Bergman formed Page 1 Publications.
Bergman says he doesn’t see any wolf at the door. He welcomes change. And he figures everybody in the business has been affected by the internet.
“We’ve embraced it as another outlet to share news," he said.
She said: “Every industry has to change with the times. And that is not unique to newspapers.”
After 60 years in the business, Bergman says, in the first 45 years, it seemed as though nothing changed.
“There have been more changes in the last eight or 10 years than there were for 40 to 50 years. This is not the end game.”
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