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In keeping with the physical distancing rules that have become almost common-place, Friesens has continued operations throughout these challenging times, but doing so in compliance with government regulations amid the COVID-19 outbreak. As employee-owners we have not treated this pandemic lightly and have not only considered the physical well-being of our fellow employees, but also […]

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Don’t Stand So Close to Me – New Pandemic Novel

Author Eric Walters has tackled the pandemic world head on, as we are experiencing it right now. His new book Don’t Stand So Close to Me took 41 days to write, edit and publish focusing on all things pandemic: remote learning, physical distancing, quarantining, and the closing of all non-essential services. One thing that has […]

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Adapting to Book Launches – in a Virtual Way

There is one guarantee in life – nothing stays the same – and we must be constantly willing to readjust and adapt to our surroundings. This truth has never been more obvious than right now, during this global pandemic. Regarding the book printing industry, the pandemic has created chaos in the retail environment and led […]

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Grade 8 Students Guest Edit Canadian Children’s Book News Magazine

The Canadian Children’s Book News – a quarterly magazine that features book reviews, author interviews and news about books for young readers – invited Grade 8 students from Linden Meadows School in Winnipeg, Manitoba to take over as editors and contributors for the national magazine’s summer 2020 issue. This exciting project made the students feel […]

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Friesens and The Red River Valley Echo – An Historical Perspective

In the 1880’s, Henry Ward Beecher made this observation: “The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.”      Years ago, reading the daily or weekly newspaper was an “experience”, because within its inky pages were columns filled with the life and breath of the community; whether it broached topics on […]

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Friesens prints color in three languages.

Color for our American Customers, Colour for our English-speaking Canadian customers, and Couleur for our French speaking customers in the various provinces in Canada.  We use a fair amount of skilled labor or labour to run our sheet fed colour or digital color presses at our plants in Altona. Regardless of the spelling, couleur printing […]

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Friesens Covid-19 Update May 4, 2020

Friesens Covid-19 Update May 4, 2020 Greetings from Altona, a day later than usual. I normally send this update every Friday, but I decided it was time to take a day off. Part of the day was spent at greenhouses, looking for some new perennials. Visiting the greenhouse was a pick-me-up: lots of colours, and […]

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Friesens Covid-19 Update April 24, 2020

Spring is here! We have been getting temperatures in the double digits for a few days now and it looks to be continuing into next week, so that is truly good news. Spring came slowly, and while for those of us wanting to get outside and focus on summer chores that is not great, it […]

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Friesens Covid-19 Update April 17, 2020

Finally, a Friday in April with no snow, and it feels like spring! The first holiday weekend during the COVID-19 pandemic has come and gone, and while it was certainly different, many of us were able to get together as a family in some way. For us, that involved setting up my in-laws remotely on […]

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COVID-19 Update April 9

Greetings, While March came in like a lamb and went out like a lamb, April seems to be determined to make up for it. For the second Friday in a row, we awoke to a covering of fresh snow. I believe I am responsible because I put my snowblower into storage last night. The plant […]

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