Northfield News began charging for letters to the editor that relate to candidates for office, effective Aug. 1. These letters are considered ads and are subject to a $25 charge.

This policy does not impact letters for or against a ballot measure.

Guidelines regarding all letters to the editor for the election season are as follows:

• Letters must be 250 words or less.

• Letters must be signed by the writer and include their address and phone number to be used only for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be published.

• Letter writers are limited to one letter every 30 days unless responding to comments related to their original letter.

• Letters must be received by Oct. 27. Election letters received between Oct. 28 and Nov. 2 may be posted on our website.

Typed letters should be sent to Managing Editor Suzanne Rook at editor@apgsomn.com, mailed to 135 W. Pearl St., Owatonna MN 55060 or delivered to our office.

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