The paper primarily serves the community of Traer, but also provides news and sports coverage of neighboring communities in Tama County, Iowa. The small towns of Dysart, Buckingham, and Clutier are included in this coverage area, along with the local school district, North Tama.
The publication is the result of a merger between the Traer Star and the Traer Clipper. From 1894 until 1953, the paper was published at Traer's famous "Winding Stairs" building, which is now owned and maintained by the Traer Historical Museum. The small editorial and bookkeeping staff have maintained the office in a building one block east of the Winding Stairs since 1953.