- This newspaper was first published on September 9, 1881 for a period of 35 years until its last issue on September 6, 1916. During its long existence it was a weekly publication with the exception of two short stints of semi-weekly or thrice weekly issues. Portage La Prairie residents knew it by many different titles, listed below in chronological order. It began as the Portage la Prairie Weekly Tribune, first issued on September 9, 1881. The Tribune absorbed another newspaper, the Marquette Review and Portage Times on February 8, 1884 and until August 29, 1884 published under the new title Portage la Prairie Weekly Tribune and Marquette Review. Unfortunately of this early period, only the 1884 issues are known to exist. Portage la Prairie Weekly Tribune-Review was published September 5, 1884 to November 4, 1887. Portage la Prairie Weekly Review was published November 11, 1887 to December 22, 1898. Portage la Prairie News and Portage la Prairie Review was published from February 2, 1899 to November 26, 1902. Published weekly except for the period from October 4, 1899 to May 13, 1901 when it was published 3 times weekly. Portage la Prairie News was published weekly from December 3, 1902 until June 29, 1904. Portage la Prairie Semi-Weekly News was published from July 8, 1904 until January 9, 1906. Portage la Prairie Review was then published every Tuesday and Friday from January 10 - March 30 1906. Portage la Prairie Weekly Review (1906) was published from April 4, 1906 until September 6, 1916.
"William Buckingham and William Coldwell, two young newspaper men on their way to the Settlement to start our first newspaper, the NorWester... brought a printing press, type, paper and ink, experience as reporters and printers, a stock of books for sale, high hopes, and definite convictions about what the future of the Settlement should be." -- Aileen Garland, The Nor'Wester and the Men Who Established It MHS Transactions Series 3, 1959-60 season