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December 15, 2015 - Issue 49

IMPORTANT: Notify MNA of Changes to Holiday Publication Schedules

With the Christmas and New Year holidays approaching, some newspapers may alter their publication schedules. 

Please notify MNA (612-332-8844 or in advance of any changes, as they could potentially affect proposed advertising placement campaigns.

Thank you in advance!

Convention Schedule Announced!

Plan ahead! Early Bird Rates & Hotel Discounts Expire Jan. 8!

The Minnesota Newspaper Association is pleased to present its 149th Annual Convention, January 28-29, 2016. This year’s theme, â€œNewspapers: The Foundation of Vibrant Communities,” recognizes the vital role newspapers play in communities of all size across the state.

A preliminary convention schedule is now available online. Some session details will be confirmed and announced in coming days. Start planning your 2016 MNA Convention experience today!

Click here for the 2016 Draft Convention Schedule (PDF)

The MNA convention is held annually in Bloomington, MN and features a wide range of networking and training opportunities, MNA’s Better Newspaper Contest Awards Banquet, a lively trade show and silent auction as well as MNA’s annual meeting. More than 700 newspaper professionals â€“ publishers, editors, reporters, photographers, designers, circulation managers, advertising professionals – and journalism educators and students attend each year.

In 2016, we are pleased to again partner with the Northern States Circulation Managers and welcome its members to take part in all convention activities.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis South is the official MNA Convention Hotel. All sessions and events for the 2016 MNA Convention will be held at the DoubleTree hotel. Don’t miss out on a minute of the convention fun, when you stay on-site! Last year, our group room block SOLD OUT so be sure to make your reservations before the Friday, January 8, 2016 deadline. For more information visit:

NEW for 2016: You asked for it, and we’re pleased to introduce online registration! Visit or click the “Register Now” button to begin your registration. Follow the steps to complete your registration and checkout. You may register yourself – or your entire staff! We can now accept credit card payments online for registration and as always, accept payment by check. Early bird registration rates are available through Friday, January 8.

Visit our website for more information and to register

Please Send us your 2016 Ad Rates ASAP!

The deadline to submit your 2016 MNA Advertising Rate Questionnaire was December 4! THANK YOU to those who have already submitted their 2016 ad rates!

In order to best serve you and our advertising clients we need your 2016 rates entered into our system as soon as possible. If you have not yet, please take time to fill out the updated MNA Advertising Rate Questionnaire and send it back to MNA. If you rates will not change for 2016, please also let us know so we can update your records accordingly.

MNA Advertising Rate Questionnaire has been updated for 2016 and includes expanded sections on Display advertising, TMC/Shoppers, Pre-Prints, Insert shipping, and Online. The rates you provide are used by our Media Buyers to generate rate quotes and place insertion orders with your publication. To ensure we have current information for your newspaper, please fill out the questionnaire completely and return it to MNA ASAP via fax or email as directed.

Please contact Dan at 612-278-0223 or if you have any questions.

We still need rates from the following newspapers
(as of 12:00 p.m. today):

Annandale Advocate
Anoka County Record
Arlington Enterprise
Babbitt - The New Babbitt Weekly News
Balaton - Press Tribune
Barnesville Record-Review
Battle Lake Review
Baudette - The Northern Light Region
Belgrade - The Observer
Belle Plaine Herald
Bemidji - The Bemidji Pioneer
Bird Island Union
Blackduck - The American
Bovey Scenic Range News Forum
Brooten - Bonanza Valley Voice
Browerville Blade
Caledonia Argus
Chanhassen Villager
Chaska Herald
Circle Pines Quad Community Press
Clarissa Independent News Herald
Clinton - The Northern Star
Cold Spring Record
Cottonwood Tri-County News
Detroit Lakes Tribune
Duluth News Tribune
Duluth Reader
Duluth-Zenith City Weekly
East Grand Forks - The Exponent
Eden Prairie News
Eden Valley Watkins Voice
Edgerton Enterprise
Fairfax Standard-Gazette Messenger
Fergus Falls - The Daily Journal
Forest Lake Lowdown
Gaylord - The Gaylord Hub
Glencoe - The McLeod County Chronicle
Grand Meadow - Meadow Area News
Granite Falls/Clarkfied Advocate-Tribune
Greenbush - The Tribune
Hallock - Kittson County Enterprise
Hanska Herald
Hawley Herald
Hector/Buffalo Lake/Cosmos-News*Mirror
Henderson Independent
Hinckley News
Hugo - The Hugo Citizen
Jordan Independent
Karlstad - North Star News
Kasson - Dodge County Independent
Kiester - Courier-Sentinel
Kimball - Tri-County News
La Crescent - Houston County Newspapers, Inc.
Lafayette - Nicollet Ledger
Lake Park Journal
LeRoy/Adams - Mower Co Independent
Lindstrom - Chisago County Press
Littlefork - The Littlefork Times
Madelia Times-Messenger
Middle River - The Middle River Honker
Minneapolis - Insight News
Minneapolis - Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder
Minneapolis - Northeaster
Minneapolis - The Circle
Montevideo American-News
Montgomery Messenger
New Brighton Bulletin
New Prague - The New Prague Times
New Richland - NRHEG Star Eagle
North St. Paul - Ramsey County Review
Ortonville Independent
Paynesville - The Paynesville Press
Pelican Rapids Press
Preston - Fillmore County Journal
Prior Lake American
Redwood Falls - Redwood Gazette
Renville County Register
Rochester - Agri News
Rochester - Post-Bulletin
Roseau Times-Region
Roseville Review
Sandstone - Pine County Courier
Savage Pacer
Scandia - Country Messenger
Shakopee Valley News
Sherburn - Martin County Star
Shoreview Press
South St. Paul - South West Review
Springfield Advance-Press
St. Croix Valley Lowdown
St. Paul - Access Press
St. Paul - East Side Review
St. Paul - The Park Bugle
Tower News
Two Harbors - Lake County News-Chronicle
Ulen - Clay County Union
Verndale Sun
Wabasso Standard
Wahpeton / Breckenridge - Daily News
Walker Pilot-Independent
Wayzata - Lakeshore Weekly News
Wells Mirror
West Concord News/Enterprise
Wheaton Gazette
White Bear Lake - White Bear Press
White Earth - Anishinaabeg Today
Winona Post
Winthrop News

Please contact Dan at 612-278-0223 or if you have any questions.

CLICK HERE to download the 2016 Advertising Rate Questionnaire

2016 Ad Design Contest Announced!

In 2017, MNA will celebrate its 150th anniversary! We’d like you to help us mark the occasion by creating an ad that both celebrates MNA’s important milestone – 150 years serving newspapers – and speaks to the importance and strength of newspapers in today’s modern society. Newspapers have been a vital source of information to readers since colonial times and through generations of change, still remain the number one place communities look to for news and information. Help us tell that important story with your 2016 Ad Design Contest Entry. Submitted entries should consist of one (1) quarter page (5.66” x 10.5”) full color print ad.

As always, MNA Convention attendees will review the ads and choose their favorites; winners will take home a cash prize and will play an important role in celebrating MNA’s 150th anniversary!

Winners take home cash prizes!
  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $250
Deadline to submit an ad for the contest is: Wednesday, January 20

Click here for more information

4th Quarter MCAN/2x2 Tracking Forms Due by December 30th

The 4th quarter tracking information for 2015 is due back by Wednesday, December 30th.

The forms were emailed to ALL participating members earlier this year.

If you did not get the form, or need an extra copy
click here to download the form.

Nominations Open for 2016 Half Century Club

Is there someone on your staff who has worked in the newspaper industry for 50 years or more? Nominate them for membership in the Half Century Club! Nominees must have worked in the newspaper industry for 50 years or more.  New members will be inducted into the Half Century Club at the 2016 MNA Convention during a special ceremony. Members receive a certificate commemorating their 50 years of service to the newspaper industry

Click here to fill out the nomination form.

Nominations are due on Wednesday, December 31 and should be submitted online.

Questions? Call 612-332-8844 or email

Full Color 2016 Press ID Passes Now Available!

MNA is pleased to offer full color Press ID Cards to members again for 2016. The customized ID cards feature the card holder’s photo and signature, as well as the newspaper’s name and phone number.

The ID is driver’s license-sized and printed in full color on durable plastic so it will last all year without tearing or bending, like MNA’s traditional paper press cards. The Press ID Cards have a professional look and may even be accepted as a second form of identification in some establishments.

Press ID cards for publishers and staff members can be ordered for only $5 each.

Click here to for more info and to order

To log into the "Members Only" section of the MNA website, please use the following information:

Username: Member
Password: Newspaper

MNA “yellow press pass cards” for 2016 were mailed to all MNA member newspapers on Monday. If you need to request additional press cards, please email us:

Earn cash bonuses this season when you sell network ads! Click here for more details and sales collateral. 

Argus Leader sues city of Sioux Falls   

Argus Leader Media last week filed a lawsuit against the city of Sioux Falls after the city failed to release details about a $1 million settlement regarding a construction dispute at the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

The lawsuit filed in circuit court alleges that the city violated open record laws by refusing an Argus Leader Media request that city officials turn over records surrounding faulty panels installed on the $117 million event center.

The city and five contractors involved in the event center's construction settled the issue in September after months of secret negotiations about how outdoor paneling on the facility started buckling before the facility opened.

City Attorney David Pfeifle said the request to release the settlement was declined because the parties agreed to a confidential settlement.

"The construction of the Denny Sanford Premier Center was an important moment for our community," said Bill Albrecht, Argus Leader Media president and publisher. "It was approved and built using taxpayer money and on behalf of the taxpayers of this community. It is important that those same taxpayers see and understand the financial decisions made on their behalf, meaning finances must be as transparent as possible."

You can read more here.

Generating Revenue with a Local Business Honor Roll

Thursday, January 7
10:00 a.m.

About the program: 
For the past 15 years the Crosby (ND) Journal has continually had success running a special section celebrating milestone anniversaries of local businesses. The section includes feature stories and ads highlighting the number of years businesses have been serving the community. In this session, learn how the paper utilizes the section to generate revenue and guarantee a return on investment. 

Leading the Discussion: 
HOST Stan Schwartz, National Newspaper Association 
GUEST STAR Cecile Krimm, Crosby (ND) Journal

Registration fee: $30Monday, January 4
(Registrations submitted after this date are subject to a $10 late fee)

PUB AUX LIVE, featuring revenue-generating ideas for community newspapers, is brought to you by The National Newspaper Association, in partnership with the Iowa Newspaper Foundation.

Register online now

Start 2016 with sales and editorial webinars!

Check out the upcoming webinars from Online Media Campus!

Instant Sales: Six-Step Proven Process

Thursday, January 14
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Let’s face it, nothing happens until you get in front of the prospect or customer, either by phone, conference call, webinar or face to face. The biggest challenge that all salespeople face in the 21st Century is getting the prospect’s attention.

One isn’t born knowing how to prospect. It’s a skill and ability that is developed over time. During this webinar, Steve Kloyda will show you how to:

  • Create a prospecting calendar that keeps you focused and on track.
  • Develop a prospecting gold list that keeps your sales pipeline full.
  • Strengthen your prospecting message that gets the prospect’s attention.
  • Implement a proven six-step process to get in the door and close more sales.

More information and register...

A Crash Course to Fact-Checking Journalism: Just in time for election season

Friday, January 15
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
2016 will be a busy year in politics. For those journalists covering elections, that means one thing: A lot of fact-checking. Join Jane Elizabeth of the American Press Institute for an introduction on accountability and fact-checking journalism.

During this webinar, you’ll learn how fact-checking journalism is different than “regular” reporting and how to identify factual deception, especially in campaign ads and speeches.

More information and register...

MNA Public Notice Site - House Ads Now Available!

In 2014, MNA successfully launched its online clearinghouse of Minnesota public notices. Many MNA-member newspapers are up and running on the site, posting public notices weekly - or more often - on the 

Now, MNA has developed a series of house ads you can use to promote in your newspaper and on your website. 
If you haven't started posting your public notices yet, and are interested in getting started, MNA will provide training and support. We are available to answer questions and walk you through the process of posting your notices. Please contact Sarah Jackson to sign up and also set up training for you or your staff - there are a variety of options, in person, by phone or Google Hangout. 

Our goal is to have 100% participation by MNA member newspapers and we're getting closer every day. Please sign up today, or give us a call to learn more about the site.

Click here for more info and to view/download ads!

If you have news to share in the MNA Tradewinds,
please email us:

Finance & Commerce will have new owner
New York-based New Media Investment Group said Friday it has an agreement to purchase the Business Information Division of Dolan LLC, the Minneapolis-based parent of Finance and Commerce Inc. and more than three dozen properties across the nation.

New Media, which owns GateHouse Media with 125 daily publications across 32 states, expects to close on the acquisition in the next several weeks, it said in a statement. New Media’s portfolio includes more than 575 community publications and 490 related websites.

Finance and Commerce Inc. publishes the daily Finance & Commerce business newspaper and, the weekly Minnesota Lawyer ( and the St. Paul Legal-Ledger/Capitol Report ( Dolan LLC has 39 print and online publications offering news for the legal, financial, real estate and government affairs sectors in 17 markets. Continue reading...

Mohs to be Brainerd Publisher
Forum Communications Company announced Pete Mohs will be taking over as publisher of the Brainerd Dispatch starting Jan. 1, 2016.

"I believe Pete will be a tremendous publisher for the Dispatch," said retiring publisher Tim Bogenschutz. "He has already exhibited excellent qualities as publisher of the Echo/Journal. If you add to that his time as president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association, it is easy to see what kind of leadership lies ahead for the Brainerd properties."

Mohs will also continue to serve as publisher for Echo Publishing, which is part of the Brainerd market and includes the weekly Pineandlakes Echo Journal newspaper and Echoland Shopper. Continue reading...

Longtime Star Gazette advertising salesperson and publisher retires
The bitter cold of South Dakota prompted Steve Messick to seek shelter. All he wanted, he said, was something indoors and something warm.

Messick ended up finding a job in advertising sales at a newspaper and never really left the industry. Now, after 38 years with the same group of newspapers, the Hastings resident is retiring. His current position has him in charge of nine newspapers, 10 websites, 140 employees and a commercial printing operation in Red Wing.

It’s easy to say his desire to seek warmth worked out pretty well for Messick, who is 64. Continue reading...

Member Classifieds:

Advertising Manager
APG Media of Southern Minnesota, LLC is seeking a dynamic person to lead its multimedia sales force at the Northfield News, located just south of the Twin Cities in the vibrant, economically thriving community of Northfield, Minnesota. More...

Reporter/Staff Writer
The award-winning Faribault County Register in Blue Earth is seeking a full time reporter to fill-out our team of dedicated journalists. More...

NEW: MN, SD, IA, NE newspapers for sale!
Superb Weekly in Prime Lakes Country in Minnesota. Gross revenue app. $400,000 with nice profit margin. More...

Graphic Designer
The Bemidji Pioneer is now accepting applications for a full-time graphic designer. We are looking for a motivated, creative individual who has a passion for design. More...

Regional Reporter
The Bemidji Pioneer and its sister weekly, The American, is seeking a full-time Regional Reporter to cover news and feature stories. More...

Staff Writer / Photographer
Full-time reporter/photographer needed for Dassel-Cokato and sister newspapers. Duties include top responsibility for all local coverage – meetings, features, events, etc. plus online reporting and audience-building efforts. More...

Reporter Needed
Reporter needed for an award-winning newspaper group in the southwest suburbs of Minneapolis. This position requires a reporter with experience that includes video, photography and multi-platform work. More...

Presentation Editor – Duluth
Manage a team of copy editors and designers, working with the group to produce a dynamic, accurate, organized, well-designed and visually-pleasing newspaper. More...

The Renville County Register, a weekly publication located in Olivia & Renville, MN, has an opening for a qualified editor. More...

Niche Paper For Sale
Bring in plus business or buy a nice ma/pa publication that can be run from your location in this profitable monthly antiques newspaper. More...

Publishing – For Sale MN & IA
Weekly newspapers for sale in Iowa and Minnesota. More...

Access to the MNA Member Classifieds Page is free to MNA members.  To submit an ad, please click the “Submit a Job Posting” or “Submit a For Sale/Wanted Posting” buttons on the Member Classifieds page.  MNA Members are also encouraged to post ads for available internships (submit as a Job Posting).  Non-members may send an ad by e-mail to:  The charge for non-members to place ads is $25 per week (payable by check or credit card).  If you have any questions, please email or call MNA: or 612-332-8844.

NOTE:  Once jobs are filled, or For sale/Wanted postings expired, please ask MNA to remove your post from the Member Classifieds. You can send an e-mail to

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