Ready for a pandemic? For the past several months, government officials have been traveling the country telling Americans to do what they can to prepare for a possible pandemic. Are Minnesotans heeding the message?6:40 a.m.
Pioneer Press faces unknown owner The McClatchy Co., owner of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, announced Monday it will purchase the nation's second-largest newspaper company, Knight Ridder. Knight Ridder owns 32 daily papers around the country, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press -- which it plans to sell off.6:45 a.m.
Duluth News Tribune for sale Who'll be buying the paper that's selling the news in Duluth? The futures of the Duluth News Tribune and the Superior Daily Telegram both hang in the balance following the sale of their owner the Knight Ridder chain.7:20 a.m.
A history of the Pioneer Press The McClatchy Company, which owns the Minneapolis Star Tribune, says it is turning around and selling the Pioneer Press, the state's oldest daily newspaper. John Finnegan, retired executive editor and assistant publisher of the paper, spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about the Pioneer Press' history.7:25 a.m.
Human trafficking has come to Minnesota Public safety officials say human trafficking has come to Minnesota. They don't have enough information on exactly how many victims of this modern form of slavery are here, but they believe it's probably more than 100.7:40 a.m.
Grand Forks Herald to be sold The Herald was one of the papers in the Knight Ridder chain sold to McClatchy . MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Mike Jacobs, editor and publisher of the paper about its past and future.7:53 a.m.
DVD kills a video star In a couple of weeks one of the biggest movie archives in the Twin Cities will disappear. It's not a museum or even a public library. It's a video store. Discount Video in Uptown Minneapolis specializes in rare and classic movies.8:25 a.m.
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McClatchy Known for High-Quality Newspapers
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Shifting Financial Landscape Undermines Newspaper Staffs
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Tone Shifting in Abortion-Rights Movement
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