Meet our Publisher...
The Country Register,Manitoba & Saskatchewan
For the Canadian readers in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, The Country Register adventure began in October of 2000. Scott and Marjorie Kearns are the editors and publishing partners. The paper is published from their home office in the rural community of Kipling (population 1144 on a good day), recently made famous by "One Red Paperclip" (more info at www.oneredpaperclip.com)
The paper is a combined edition for both provinces, mainly due to the sparse population and large geographic area of the region. Combined, the entire population of the region is about 2 million people. The geographic area is 500,000 square miles. Roughly half of that area is northern forest and lakes. Most of the population resides in the bottom half of Saskatchewan and bottom third of Manitoba.
Prior to The Country Register, Scott worked in the family business (weekly newspaper and printing) for 27 years, specializing in sales and marketing. Marj worked in retail, and later established a very successful business painting houses. Working part time in both their jobs, the couple decided to become full-time publishers of The Country Register later in 2000.
Although advertising in the beginning didn't warrant it, the first issue was 24 pages, with a press run of 12,000 copies. The paper reaches a high distribution and page count in the summer, with slightly less in the winter months. Tourist season usually brings an increased press run up to 30,000 with 50+ pages.
Each cover proudly displays art work from artists from both provinces. Readers enjoy using the Treasure Map page and index in the front of the paper to find great shopping and events, and use The Country Register to formulate travel plans. Recipes are a favorite, and we have lots in each issue, along with interesting reading and tidbits.
Scott & Marj Kearns
Publisher of The Country Register Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Box 850, Kipling SK SOG 2S0