Help Access Press as we make transitions with our new delivery service

Dear readers,  Access Press has been bringing you news and information about Minnesota’s disability community since 1990. We’ve been through a […]

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Dear readers, 

Access Press has been bringing you news and information about Minnesota’s disability community since 1990. We’ve been through a lot of changes over the years. Our staff has changed. We went from for-profit to nonprofit status, and added a volunteer board. 

We were one of the first Minnesota community papers to have a website. We’ve moved offices a few times and now work virtually. 

A big change was made starting with the February issue. Newspapers do what are called “bundle drops.” That is, we take papers to a destination. Papers are left there for people to pick up. 

We’ve worked with various bundle drop vendors over the years. Most recently we had worked with Independent Delivery Service (IDS). The St. Paul company had delivered many newspapers and fliers since 1973. But after losing a large delivery account, IDS shut down at the end of 2023. 

The closure forced many papers to scramble for new delivery options, including Access Press. While we don’t have the challenge of hiring people to deliver papers door to door, we had to find other options. We did bring on two new bundle drop contractors and we are pleased to work with them. 

We also made changes to our bundle drop list, contacting as many places as we could reach. The list was dated and needed a review. We’ll continue to refine the list, adding and dropping bundle drop location.

 The reality is that fewer public places allow papers to be distributed at their locations. Free papers can get messy and that understandably causes frustration for those who have to keep public spaces tidy. 

Here is what we need from readers. If you see our papers at a public location, and sometimes seems amiss, let me know. I can work with our board to address it. 

You might see too many papers, old issues or other problems. We at Access Press need to know so we can make corrections. 

Readers can help us monitor drop sites and let us know if they see problems. 

We also may consider adding drop sites if readers suggest them. Contact me at 651-644-2133 ext. 1 or email me at [email protected] 

Jane McClure, Editor 

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