MplsStPaul: MN’s Small-Town Newspapers Stay Resilient

EXCERPT: “Minnesota has a strong tradition of community newspapers, says Lisa Hills, executive director of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. Unlike many areas of the U.S. that are now considered news deserts, most of Minnesota’s rural residents can still pick up a copy of a local paper like the Mesabi Tribune or Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch. The 270 members of the MNA include the Star Tribune, with a Sunday circulation of 370,768, according to the MNA, but most have circulations under 2,500, like the Hanska Herald, circulation 250, which covers Hanska in Brown County. Although nationally at least 25 percent of papers have closed, the pandemic may not have had the devastating effect that many feared, at least in Minnesota.” FULL STORY: