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Printing of The Onion ends in Madison

MADISON (WKOW) -- It's the end of an era for a Madison original, the world-renowned satirical publication, The Onion.

The paper printed its final issue Thursday in the city in which it was founded.

And it's only fitting the headline on the issue claimed "Print Dead at 1,803". But on the back page, The Onion had a big headline that read "Thank You, Madison!"

Two UW-Madison students started The Onion in 1988.

It was most recently printed by Capital Newspapers, which did not renew the contract due to a lack of advertiser support.

To celebrate the newspaper's legacy, a group got together at Brittingham Park Thursday night for a "funeral party." People who came out say the paper was a good representation of Madison.

"I think that it really shows the humor of the city. It shows our Midwestern good nature and it shows that we don't take ourselves too seriously, and we want to have fun even when things are tough," said Bridget Maniaci, a former intern at The Onion.

The Onion isn't going away. You can still find it online by clicking here.

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