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The Leader-Telegram's job is to inform and educate our readers about what's happening in the Chippewa Valley.

Part of that job is being a governmental watchdog, a role we take very seriously.

Our reporters pored through scores of investigative documents to detail how the former Eau Claire County treasurer and his top assistant were able to systematically steal more than $1.4 million of taxpayers' money over several years.

We obtained public records to prove that the then-Eau Claire city manager was not retiring, but instead had his contract non-renewed by the City Council.

And the Leader-Telegram reported how the Altoona superintendent's management style created an atmosphere of fear among staff members, prompting the school board to replace her.

The Leader-Telegram's news staff won 19 awards at this year's Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper competition for its investigative and enterprise reporting, business stories, columns, sports coverage and photography.

It costs money to create quality, award-winning community journalism.

Starting April 4, the Leader-Telegram will begin charging people who want to read stories on our website at leadertelegram.com.

Nothing will change for readers of our print newspaper, who already support local journalism with their subscriptions. Print subscribers will continue to enjoy unlimited access to website content. Subscribers may read the daily e-edition, review all posted content and manage their accounts through our customer service portal. Paid subscribers can use their existing username and password. 

Readers without print subscriptions can access content on our web site by obtaining daily passes for 99 cents or a monthly easy pay subscription for $9.99. That's about 33 cents a day for unlimited access to the most expansive source of local news in the Chippewa Valley and seamless access to all of our content posted on social media. 

Digital users who have difficulty subscribing may call 715-833-9268 or 1-888-833-9268 or by email at print.subscriptions@ecpc.com.

Giving away the product isn't much of a business model. Online streaming services don't do it and neither do other businesses who have bills to pay.

We believe our product has value, one that our print subscribers have been supporting since this newspaper started in 1881. Digital readers will now have the same opportunity.

If you are not a subscriber and signed up for free, please purchase an online subscription to continue to have full access of the website. 

— Gary Johnson, editor