With the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic affecting the workforce, paper mills across the United States have found themselves short of paper. In addition, the plants that produce paper can't find enough truckers to drive their product to printing plants such as Graphics in Calmar, Iowa, which prints the Stewartville STAR. Bill Schroeder, the STAR's publisher, says the paper shortage will likely lead to a reduction in the number of pages for each edition of the STAR, published each Tuesday. The STAR's Dec. 28, Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 issues were all eight pages. In the recent past, more typical issues of the STAR have been 10 or 12 pages. "The lack of production from all these labor shortage issues are expected to disrupt both production and transportation of goods, possibly for the entire 2022 year," Schroeder said. "I strongly doubt I will be able to survive a third consecutive year of operating in the red..." For more on this story pick up your copy of the Jan. 18 Stewartville STAR.