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Duluth News Tribune to cut back to twice-weekly print editions

Duluth News Tribune to cut back to twice-weekly print editions Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: May 27, 2020 03:23 PM

For more than a century, the Twin Ports has had at least one local daily print newspaper.  That will soon no longer be the case.

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Duluth News Tribune Executive Editor Rick Lubbers announced Wednesday that though his staff will continue to cover news seven days a week for online readers, only Wednesday and Saturday editions of the newspaper will be printed starting in early July.  Additionally, the newspapers will be sent through the mail instead of being delivered by newspaper carriers.

The news of the reduction in print publication was first reported online.

"Print advertising and subscriptions have been declining for years, all while digital readership continues to grow. Unfortunately, the pandemic has accelerated the advertising decline, greatly challenging the economics of the printed paper," Lubbers said in a column posted on the News Tribune's website.

He said the move will result in the elimination of the newspaper's independent carrier force and the loss of some jobs in its circulation department.

The News Tribune will continue to put out a daily E-Edition on its website.  Stories will continue to be posted as they happen on duluthnewstribune.com.

The change is the latest in a long trend nationally that has seen some newspapers reduce print publication and others fold completely.

The News Tribune is owned by Fargo-based Forum Communications. The announcement comes less than a week after another Forum paper, the Lake County News Chronicle, published its last edition.  Locally, Forum also prints the twice-weekly Superior Telegram and weekly Cloquet Pine Journal.

WDIO and the Duluth News Tribune are news partners.

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