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Roy Hemmerstedt, who lives at Edgewood Vista in Hermantown, is a regular listener of newspaper news on the Radio Talking Book Network. He likes the newspaper over some other ways of getting news because it’s relaxing and there are no advertisements. Here he adjusts the volume on the special receiver he uses for picking up the programs. (Bob King /

Duluth-area listeners can hear newspaper on the air thanks to volunteers at Lighthouse Center for Vision Loss

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When he was younger, Roy Hammerstedt didn’t have many chances to read, even when it came to the newspaper.

“I never had much time for it,” the lifelong Duluth-area resident said during a recent interview in the tidy apartment where he lives alone in the Hermantown Edgewood Vista assisted-living building.

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