Longtime publisher of Iola Register dies at 88

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Emerson Lynn Jr., the former publisher of The Iola Register and one of the state’s best-known editorial writers, has died.

The newspaper says Lynn died Wednesday morning at a hospice in Topeka, where he’d received care after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He was 88.

Lynn’s journalism career spanned more than 60 years. He led the Register from 1965 to 2000, when he sold it to his daughter, Susan. He continued writing editorials until this year.

He is a member of the Kansas Newspaper Hall of Fame and received a lifetime achievement award last year from Kansas State University’s institute for rural development.

Lynn served on state commissions on highways, economic development and the judiciary.

His wife of 59 years, Mickey, died in 2009.

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