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We’ll work through this together, even while staying apart

Saying that these are difficult and challenging times for all of us is an understatement. As we face the days and weeks of uncertainty ahead, the staff of The Daily News wants you to know we will be there to keep you informed and support our community.

We at The Daily News are devoting the lion’s share of our resources to covering the coronavirus pandemic and how it affects the region and communities we serve. We will keep you updated with local news developments and how they have touched the lives and livelihoods of our neighbors, businesses, charities and just about every aspect of life. We are running articles with tips and information that hopefully make your life easier and less confusing during these unsettling times.

We also look to highlight examples of kindness, charity and compassion in the Upper Peninsula and far northeastern Wisconsin. Now more than ever, we need to hear these stories of hope.

We are aiding area businesses as well by compiling and passing on information on those that remain open to provide essential services. Although we urge everyone to obey Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” executive order as well as Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ similar restrictions, we want you to know which businesses are available to serve the community’s needs. We published information on new hours and special shopping times at area grocers for the seniors and at-risk members of the public; some establishments now even offer curbside pickup or delivery. We also provide an online listing of area restaurants with takeout service. They have been hit heavily by this crisis. Please support them.

Although the coronavirus pandemic has taken over everyone’s life, we still keeping track of other local issues. Our staff continues to cover local government, schools and ongoing developments with Dickinson County Healthcare System and the hospital. You still will see Daily News reporters and other staff as we gather information, distribute newspapers and serve our advertisers. But rest assured, we have taken proper precautions to safeguard their health and safety. Our employees use safe practices and social distancing.

Remember, this will not last forever. It will come to an end. Until then, be kind to each other, stay safe — and thanks for reading The Daily News.

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