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More than I realized

Enhancements to MDH are plentiful

Published: Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 7:00 a.m. CDT

Earlier this week, for future marketing purposes, I was asked to compile a list of all of the new features and elements that will be included in the tabloid edition of the Morris Daily Herald that will launch on Aug. 20.

My initial answer, of course, was, “Sure,” but silently I was telling myself that there were not that many changes being made.

As soon as I began compiling the list, however, I realized just how wrong I was.

When that first fresh, new edition of the Morris Daily Herald arrives in your mailbox in a couple of weeks, it will contain additional advice columns, new puzzles, three new comic strips, additional entertainment news, an updated weather map, and even a column for all the Bridge enthusiasts among our readers.

All of that will be in addition to the most complete coverage of area news and sports available anywhere, as well as several favorite features — like Family Table, Devotions, Kid Scoop, Shortcuts, and Neighbors — that we know our readers rely on for information and entertainment.

This is not the first time that I have mentioned, in general terms, the types of additions that will be coming to the newspaper. So, rather than continuing to tease and hint at what is coming, I wanted to discuss a few of the new features in more specific terms.

Foremost among them will be the switch to a new, more-detailed and more-information-packed weather page combining two names with which our readers are probably already familiar. The new weather map will be provided by AccuWeather, a trusted name in the weather business, and will feature forecasts from Bill Bellis, the chief meteorologist for Fox Chicago.

While Bellis will be advising you on how to dress, several new columnists will be offering advice on other aspects of life.

The centerpiece of our new advice page will be the Dear Abby column penned by Jeanne Phillips. She will be joined by Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff, who in the “Ask Doctor K” column, provides information on varied medical topics. Other columnists featured throughout the week will offer advice in their consumer, financial, and household fields of expertise.

Phillip Alder will also offer advice, but his will be for the Bridge players among our readers.

For those who prefer puzzles to games, the Crossword puzzle to which our readers already look forward will be joined by a new Sudoku puzzle, which will hopefully address some of the comments we have heard about the current puzzle being too difficult to complete at times.

Celebrity Cipher cryptograms, which challenge readers to crack a code in order to decipher famous quotations, will also be added to further challenge our readers.

New to our comics page will be three comics that offer varied — and, at time, poignant — looks at family life. These additions include the strips “Rose is Rose,” “Crankshaft,” and “Stone Soup.”

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Patrick Graziano is the managing editor of the Morris Daily Herald. He can be contacted via e-mail at pgraziano @morrisdailyherald.com.

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