Østerdalens Arbeiderblad
Østerdalens Arbeiderblad was a Norwegian newspaper, published in Elverum
is a town and municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Østerdalen. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Elverum...

 in Hedmark
is a county in Norway, bordering Sør-Trøndelag, Oppland and Akershus. The county administration is in Hamar.Hedmark makes up the northeastern part of Østlandet, the southeastern part of the country. It includes a long part of the borderline with Sweden, Dalarna County and Värmland County. The...

 county. It was named Østerdalens Social-Demokrat from 1915 to 1919 and Hedmark Fylkes Arbeiderblad from 1923 to 1925.


The Labour Party
Norwegian Labour Party
The Labour Party is a social-democratic political party in Norway. It is the senior partner in the current Norwegian government as part of the Red-Green Coalition, and its leader, Jens Stoltenberg, is the current Prime Minister of Norway....

 for many years lacked an organ in the region Østerdalen
Østerdalen is a valley and traditional district in Hedmark County, in Eastern Norway. It consisting of the municipalities Rendalen, Alvdal, Folldal,Tynset, Tolga and Os in the north, Elverum, Stor-Elvdal, Engerdal, Trysil and Åmot in the south.-Geography:...

. The region was to a certain degree covered by Hedemarkens Amts Socialdemokrat (Solungen) from 1908, and by Demokraten
Arbeideren (Hamar)
Arbeideren was a Norwegian newspaper, published in Hamar, Hedmark county. It was started in 1909 as the press organ of the Labour Party in Hedemarken and its adjoining regions, and was called Demokraten until 1923...

from September 1909. Northern Østerdalen was to a certain degree covered by Røros newspaper Arbeidets Rett
Arbeidets Rett
Arbeidets Rett is a local newspaper published in Røros, Norway. It was first published as Mauren on 16 January 1907, but has been published under the current name since 4 January 1912. The newspaper is owned by A-Pressen, and had a circulation of 8441 in 2007....

. In April 1913 the board of the party chapter in Southern Østerdalen (a constituency for general elections) decided to start working for their own newspaper. They first tried to negotiate with Solungen, but to no avail, and Solungen also went defunct. In May 1915 the party chapter definitely decided to print their own newspaper.


Østerdalens Social-Demokrat was started on 7 July 1915. The first editor was Olav Sæter, and "faktor" was Johs. Borchgrevink. In January 1916 Olav Vegheim was hired as manager and sub-editor. The name was changed to Østerdalens Arbeiderblad in 1919. In 1922 Sæter was elected to the Parliament of Norway, and Johannes Stubberud
Johannes Stubberud
Johannes Stubberud was a Norwegian newspaper editor who was imprisoned and killed during the occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany....

 became acting editor-in-chief.

The newspaper struggled financially. In 1921 there were proposals to merge the newspaper into Demokraten. It was rejected for the time being, but a committee to work with this question was named in 1923. When it became clear that the Labour Party might be split in two, the board Østerdalens Arbeiderblad sympathized with the communist opposition, prompting Stubberud to resign and be replaced by acting editor Evald O. Solbakken
Evald O. Solbakken
Evald O. Solbakken was a Norwegian newspaper editor and politician for the Labour and Communist parties.He joined the Labour Party through membership in the youth association Freidig in Storhamar in 1917. His first political position was to be secretary here. He was hired as secretary in the trade...

. On 10 November 1923, after the Communist Party of Norway
Communist Party of Norway
The Communist Party of Norway is a political party in Norway without parliamentary representation. It was formed in 1923, following a split in the Norwegian Labour Party. The party played an important role in the resistance to German occupation during the Second World War, and experienced a brief...

 was founded and Arbeideren (the new name of Demokraten) aligned with that, a conference was held where most people agreed that Østerdalens Arbeiderblad should be discontinued and Arbeideren take over as organ for Østerdalen. On 11 November the tide turned completely as the supervisory council decided that Østerdalens Arbeiderblad should side with the Labour Party. Elverum Labour Party also decided to stay in the party instead of following the communists. Solbakken was fired, and Sæter returned. He remained so until 1932. Other acting editors during the newspaper's existence were Gerhard Iversen, Georg Svendsen and Johs. Borchgrevink.

As the Labour Party had lost both Arbeideren of Hamar
is a town and municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Hedmarken. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Hamar. The municipality of Hamar was separated from Vang as a town and municipality of its own in 1849...

 and Glomdalens Arbeiderblad
Glomdalens Arbeiderblad
Glomdalens Arbeiderblad was a Norwegian newspaper, published in Kongsvinger in Hedmark county. It was named Glommendalen from 1885 to 1915 and Glommendalens Social-Demokrat from 1915 to 1923....

of Kongsvinger
is a town and is a municipality in Hedmark county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Glåmdal. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Kongsvinger....

, Østerdalens Arbeiderblad became the party organ for the entire Hedmark county. It was subsequently renamed to Hedmark Fylkes Arbeiderblad in December 1923, and had local offices in Hamar and Kongsvinger. It remained under that name until July 1925, when Hamar Arbeiderblad
Hamar Arbeiderblad
Hamar Arbeiderblad is a local newspaper published in Hamar, Norway. It is part of the media company Hamar Media. The newspaper was first published on 30 March 1925, in 1,200 copies. It was the local branches of the Labour Party that took the initiative to start up the publication. It is no longer a...

was set up as an alternative for the Hamar district. The name was reverted. In the southern county where the Labour Party still had no newspaper, Østerdalens Arbeiderblad published a "spin-off product" called Solør-Odal Arbeiderblad. This ended in 1926 when Kongsvinger Arbeiderblad
Glåmdalen (newspaper)
Glåmdalen is a local newspaper published in Kongsvinger, Norway. It is named after the district Glåmdalen, and covers southern Hedmark with offices in Solør, Skarnes and Nes, Akershus....

was established, from the ashes of the now-defunct Glomdalens Arbeiderblad.

Several local party chapters in Østerdalen felt it unnecessary to have three newspapers in the county. Discussions whether to have one, two or three newspapers took place over the next years. In 1932 the county convention in the Labour Party asked the local chapters in Østerdalen what they wanted. When seven chapters signalized the wish for Hamar Arbeiderblad as their regional newspaper, Hamar Arbeiderblad set up an office in Rena
Rena, Norway
Rena is a small town in eastern Norway. It is the administrative centre of Åmot municipality in the Norwegian county of Hedmark. Rena is a rather rural but picturesque town, and is situated at the meeting point of Glomma and Rena rivers . The latter is one of the best for fishing in Norway.Its...

. The people in Elverum Labour Party and Østerdalens Arbeiderblad gave up. After its last issue on 2 December 1932, the newspaper was incorporated into Hamar Arbeiderblad. Hamar Arbeiderblad moved its Rena office to Elverum; the office was bombed asunder by Germany during the Norwegian Campaign
Norwegian Campaign
The Norwegian Campaign was a military campaign that was fought in Norway during the Second World War between the Allies and Germany, after the latter's invasion of the country. In April 1940, the United Kingdom and France came to Norway's aid with an expeditionary force...

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