WARROAD, Minn. – Whenever she thought her small staff would be facing a particularly stressful deadline day, Rebecca Colden, the publisher of the weekly Warroad Pioneer, declared a Bloody Mary Monday. This was definitely one of those Mondays — indeed, the last of them. The Pioneer, the newspaper that had served this tiny city just below the Canadian border for 121 years, was one issue away from death. Colden trudged into the newsroom on a cold May morning with vodka, olives and tomato mix. A mock-up of the front page greeted her on the newsroom printer, screaming out a bold, striking headline: FINAL EDITION. She sat at a desk and opened some bills, one of them stamped "past due." With the distribution of its final issue on May 7, the Warroad Pioneer, which printed about 1,100 copies per week, joined roughly 2,000 newspapers that have closed in the United States over the last 15 years, according to a study by University of North Carolina researchers soberly titled "The … [Read more...] about The dying gasp of a small Minnesota newspaper
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Daily Mail owner’s shares soar despite fall in newspaper sales BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The owner of the Daily Mail has seen its shares surge after it said revenues for the full year could be higher than previously expected. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/uk-world/daily-mail-owners-shares-soar-despite-fall-in-newspaper-sales-38163530.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/business/uk-world/article38163528.ece/9564f/AUTOCROP/h342/bpanews_ea662bca-d467-4f7f-beaa-9813991da2d3_1 Email The owner of the Daily Mail has seen its shares surge after it said revenues for the full year could be higher than previously expected. Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT), owner of the Mail and other titles including Metro, raised its revenue outlook but also saw pre-tax profits more than halve as it reported its figures for the six months to March 2019. Statutory pre-tax profits slumped by 55% to £50 million for the half-year, as it was hit by “a £72 million … [Read more...] about Daily Mail owner’s shares soar despite fall in newspaper sales
Two weekly newspapers in southeastern Minnesota have kicked off a “save the newspaper” campaign, asking readers to help them survive in tumultuous times for print media. The Dodge County Independent of Kasson and its sister publication, the Steele County Times of Blooming Prairie, last week created a GoFundMe website to solicit donations. “The goal of the campaign is to help make people in the community aware of how important newspapers are, especially in small towns,” Alex Malm, news editor of the Kasson paper, said in an announcement. “Through the campaign the newspaper also hopes to bring to the community’s attention that newspapers are only able to stay open through the advertising support of local businesses and through community members showing their support by subscribing to the paper or picking up copies at newsstands.” In recent years, newspapers across the country have been losing advertising revenue and circulation has dropped. … [Read more...] about Pair of Minnesota newspapers turn to GoFundMe to survive
In June of 2007, a group of 18 Minnesota legislators convened a panel with an ambitious title and an aspirational goal: they were “The Commission To End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.” Eighteen months, four public hearings, a 10-stop statewide listening tour and numerous meetings later, the commission issued a report that aimed to do just what it said: end poverty in just 10 years. “The Commission’s overall mission and vision are captured in both its name and its guiding principles, which were first articulated in the Minnesota faith community,” read the summary. “The consensus in the faith community is that the existence of poverty, and our acceptance of it, counters the most basic values of justice.” To reach their goal, commission members called for an increase in the minimum wage; expanded working family tax credits; more child care help; and credits for small businesses. They wanted increased state and federal spending on affordable … [Read more...] about 12 years ago, the Legislature set out to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. How’s it going?
Whether you agree with them or not, you might not want to talk politics with your family over the holidays — we don’t either. With that in mind, here’s a list of eight decidedly more fun facts we learned about Minnesota this year, which you can deploy to steer the conversation at your holiday gathering clear in a different direction when it turns to Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, or anything going on in Minnesota’s political sphere. 1. There are no poop trains leaving the station in Minnesota… Remember the story about the smelly as all get-out train full of New York City poop stranded in Alabama? Yep, the Big Apple landfills its sewer sludge hundreds of miles away from New York (federal policy bars them from just dumping it in the ocean). Not so in Minnesota, where sewage is processed in-state (incinerated, in the case of the Twin Cities metro). You can read about what happens after you flush here. 1.5. …and: It takes about a day for sewage to get to … [Read more...] about 8 fun facts about Minnesota to talk about with your family instead of politics this holiday season