Warren and Annie Strandell started The Exponent on July 11, 1979, in an office at their home in East Grand Forks.
Mr. Strandell served as editor-publisher of the newspaper, while Mrs. Strandell served as its business manager.
In the inaugural editon, Strandell wrote in his weekly column, “Homespun,” about what it was like in the beginning.
“When the only piece of equipment that you have is a pica pole [the printer’s ruler], starting a newspaper can be a very involved project. Source