The first edition of the North Polk Sun, a free weekly consumer publication serving Polk City and surrounding areas, rolled off the presses this week.

The North Polk Sun is delivered by mail every Wednesday, providing a mix of local information and advertising from area businesses, including the weekly sales circular for the new Fareway grocery store in Polk City.

"We are pleased to introduce this new publication into the fast-growing Polk City market," said Geoff Schumacher, publisher of the Ames Tribune, flagship of Stephens Media Iowa. "We believe the North Polk Sun will serve as a great complement to our Tri-County Times newspaper."

Each week the Sun’s front page offers a detailed listing of upcoming events and news items in Polk City. Inside, there is a page dedicated to North Polk High sports. However, the Sun’s sports page represents just a fraction of what is regularly printed in the Tri-County Times, the weekly newspaper mainly serving southern Story County and northern Polk County.

"The North Polk Sun offers just a taste of the Comet sports coverage we provide in the Tri-County Times," Schumacher said.

The North Polk Sun is published by Stephens Media Iowa LLC, a newspaper group based in Ames. Besides the Tri-County Times, the group’s newspapers include the Ames Tribune, Boone News-Republican, Story City Herald, Perry Chief, Dallas County News, Grimes Today and Nevada Journal. Weekly free consumer publications include the Story County Sun, Boone County Shopping News, Chiefland Shopper and Dallas County Today.