Printing press facts and figures

Press operator Klayton Haugen, left, and manager Chris Peterson take a look at a plate used to print the contents of Wednesday's newspaper Tuesday evening at the West Central Tribune building in Willmar. Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune

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The Tribune has printed a newspaper in Willmar since 1895.

The paper moved from downtown Willmar to the Industrial Park in 1980, switching from hot lead operations to a Goss Community offset press.

Starting Sept. 22 the West Central Tribune will be printed in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and delivered to customers via the U.S. Postal Service on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Tribune’s e-paper and website,, will continue to be published seven days a week.


Big machine

The Goss Community printing press is 58-feet-long by 14-feet-high

More than 260 zerks are greased weekly

65 gallons of oil are used for the press and folder

It is powered by two 75-horse-power motors

The 32-inch wide rolls of paper weigh 1,050 pounds each

The 23-inch wide rolls of paper weigh 750 pounds each

At peak speeds, the press can print 21,000 papers in an hour


Typically the press runs at 17,500 papers in an hour

The press can produce 24 full pages with eight pages of full color

The press can produce 48 tab-sized pages with 16 pages of full color

Carolyn Lange is a features writer at the West Central Tribune. She can be reached at or 320-894-9750
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