Longtime McMinnville News-Register Publisher and civic leader Philip N. Bladine has died at age 89.
He was born into a newspaper family in Cedar Falls, Iowa. His father, Lars, wrote for and owned papers in Iowa before buying the Telephone-Register, a forerunner of the News-Register, in 1928. He came to McMinnville in 1932. He died Wednesday.
A Republican, Bladine ran for Congress twice against former Rep. Les AuCoin, the Democratic representative from Oregon’s 1st District, in 1974 and 1976.