Thompson Citizen

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Thompson Citizen
Type Weekly newspaper
Owner(s) Glacier Media
Founder(s) Wellington "Duke" DeCoursey
Founded 1960;58 years ago (1960)
Language English
Headquarters 141 Commercial Place
Thompson, Manitoba
R8N 1T1

The Thompson Citizen is a Canadian newspaper, the longest-running newspaper in Thompson, Manitoba.

Thompson, Manitoba City in Manitoba, Canada

Thompson is the largest city in the Northern Region of Manitoba and is situated along the Burntwood River, 761 kilometers north of Winnipeg. Originally founded in 1956 as a mining town, Thompson now primarily serves as the "Hub of the North", providing goods and services to the surrounding communities.

Manitoba Province of Canada

Manitoba is a province at the longitudinal centre of Canada. It is often considered one of the three prairie provinces and is Canada's fifth-most populous province with its estimated 1.3 million people. Manitoba covers 649,950 square kilometres (250,900 sq mi) with a widely varied landscape, stretching from the northern oceanic coastline to the southern border with the United States. The province is bordered by the provinces of Ontario to the east and Saskatchewan to the west, the territories of Nunavut to the north, and Northwest Territories to the northwest, and the U.S. states of North Dakota and Minnesota to the south.



Originally started in 1960 by Wellington "Duke" DeCoursey who moved to Thompson from Dauphin, Manitoba, where he published the Central Manitoba News . DeCoursey started other local newspapers, including the News of the North (in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories) and the Birch River Reporter , as well as authoring books on Canada's north and early Alberta.

Dauphin, Manitoba City in Manitoba, Canada

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Alberta is a western province of Canada. With an estimated population of 4,067,175 as of 2016 census, it is Canada's fourth most populous province and the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces. Its area is about 660,000 square kilometres (250,000 sq mi). Alberta and its neighbour Saskatchewan were districts of the Northwest Territories until they were established as provinces on September 1, 1905. The premier has been Rachel Notley since May 2015.

The newspaper changed from being a weekly publication to printing four editions a week by 1966, before regressing back to a weekly.[ when? ]

Duke and Maude DeCoursey published the newspaper until 1971 when it was amalgamated with the Nickel Belt News forming Precambrian Press, which was the DeCoursey family and the Grant Wright family. Duke and Maude moved to Squamish, British Columbia, to develop a mobile home park in 1973, selling their shares in Precambrian Press. Maude died in 1993 and Duke died in 1994.

Squamish, British Columbia District municipality in British Columbia, Canada

Squamish is a community and a district municipality in the Canadian province of British Columbia, located at the north end of Howe Sound on the Sea to Sky Highway. The population of the Squamish census agglomeration – including First Nation reserves of the Squamish Nation not governed by the municipality – is 19,893.

British Columbia Province of Canada

British Columbia is the westernmost province of Canada, located between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains. With an estimated population of 5.016 million as of 2018, it is Canada's third-most populous province.

The Nickel Belt News and the Thompson Citizen are the main providers for local news in Thompson.

Grant and Joan Wright ran the operation with their kids until a few years back when Grant died. Joan left most of the operations to Carloyn Wright, who was the managing editor for a number of years.[ citation needed ]

On January 2, 2007, Precambrian Press sold the Thompson Citizen to Boundary Publishers of Estevan, Saskatchewan, which was later[ when? ] purchased by Glacier Media.

Glacier Media is a Canadian business information and media products company. It provides news, market information and sector-specific data within North America and internationally.

Donna Wilson was named the general manager of the Thompson Citizen and the Nickel Belt News in 2007 by publisher Brant Kersey. Wilson later resigned from the Thompson Citizen in 2010 to join Rogers.[ clarification needed ]

On January 2, 2009, the newspaper became free to area residents.

In April 2009, the newspaper established a website to accommodate its out-of-town readers and to be able to break news as it happens.

In September 2010, Lynn Taylor joined the newspaper's staff as general manager. Taylor was previously Thompson's city manager for many years. During this time, Brant Kersey left his post as the newspaper's publisher to focus his energy on being the publisher of the Estevan Mercury in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Todd Hamilton of the Neepawa Press took over as the newspaper's publisher.

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