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Letter Policies

Policy on Letters to the Editor

Southwest News Media welcomes letters from all readers and makes every effort to print letters that conform to these guidelines:

Letters cannot exceed 500 words in length and cannot be merely petitions or lists. Letters must include address and telephone number for verification purposes — only your name and city of residence will be printed.

Each author may write one letter per calendar month. They cannot be libelous or defamatory. Letters are published as soon as space allows.

Endorsement Letters

All Letters to the Editor endorsing or opposing a candidate or political party, including letters from candidates, must be fully paid before being published. The policy does not apply to ballot measures or general issues.

The fee is $30 for up to 250 words and $60 for up to 500 words. Letters longer than 500 will be treated as display advertising and charged display rates. No more than two names per household. However, if paid by someone other than the author, election law stipulates the funding source must be included.

All paid letters also are subject to the policy for standard Letters to the Editor. The editor has final say on what counts as an endorsement letter.

Where to Send

Send letters via email with the subject of “Letter to the Editor” or via postal mail.  Contact information for each newspaper is below.

editor@chanhassenvillager.com | Chanhassen Villager, 123 W 2nd Street; PO Box 113, Chaska, MN 55318

editor@chaskaherald.com | Chaska Herald, 123 W 2nd Street; PO Box 113, Chaska, MN 55318

editor@edenprairienews.com | Eden Prairie News, 1001 Twelve Oaks Center Drive, Suite 1017, Wayzata, MN 55931

editor@jordanindependent.com | Jordan Independent, 12925 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Savage MN 55378

editor@lakeshoreweeklynews.com | Lakeshore Weekly News, 1001 Twelve Oaks Center Drive, Suite 1017, Wayzata, MN 55931

editor@priorlakeamerican.com | Prior Lake American, 12925 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Savage MN 55378

editor@savagepacer.com | Savager Pacer, 12925 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Savage MN 55378

editor@shakopeevalleynews.com | Shakopee Valley News, 12925 Eagle Creek Pkwy, Savage MN 55378

How to Submit a Letter Online

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