I’ve been researching the construction of the Highway 10/371 bypass around Little Falls, patiently flipping through each issue of the Little Falls Daily Transcript between 1969 and 1971. When I got to the last issue of 1971, I noticed that it includes a summary of the major local stories for the year by month. I’ve seen these summaries before and thought they would be useful for narrowing down a search, but I didn’t think of it until I had gone through a few years’ worth of newspapers. Live and learn.
And learn from my mistake. If you’re trying to pin down a major past story and want to save yourself searching time, start with the summary in the last newspaper of the year.