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April 14, 2015 - Issue 15

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MNA is currently finalizing details of the 2015-16 MNA Directory. A copy of your directory listing and contact information will be mailed to each MNA publisher this week. Please promptly review the information and send any updates to MNA. Thank you in advance for your help!

MNA Legislative Report - April 14, 2015

Legislators are back in full stride at the Capitol after their long Easter/Passover break.  They’re also becoming increasingly conscious of the calendar, since there are now only about five weeks remaining in the session.
Most measures which are still viable this year—among them bills that are priorities for MNA—are following relatively predictable trajectories toward enactment.  That would include approval on the floors of both the House and Senate, and in some cases, conference committee negotiations.
Mortgage Foreclosure Notices. The bill that would clarify where mortgage foreclosure notices should be published (SF 1147/HF 953) was heard by the full Senate on Tuesday morning.  Even though the bill had attracted few serious concerns as it moved through various committees over the past few weeks, there was an attempt to alter it on the floor when Sen. Dan Hall (R-Burnsville) offered an amendment that would permit alternative dissemination of foreclosure notices on websites.  The good news is that the proposal was overwhelmingly rejected.  But it again demonstrates that what might happen when a bill is taken up on the floor can never be reliably predicted.
Unclaimed Property Reform.  Another item of priority legislation this year for MNA—the bill aimed at reforming Minnesota’s unclaimed property system--was heard last Wednesday in the House Job Growth Finance Committee.  The bill (SF 1645/HF 1693) includes a provision restoring published notices containing lists of unclaimed property owners.  It was ably presented to the committee by chief House author Rep. Joe Atkins (DFL-Inver Grove Heights) and approved without controversy.  The bill has now been wrapped into the omnibus job growth bill for further action.
By odd coincidence (or maybe not), a class action lawsuit was filed last week in Ramsey County District Court against the state of Minnesota, contending that the state has failed to properly administer the return of unclaimed property to its rightful owners.  The litigation is likely to provide additional impetus for enactment of the reform legislation this year.
Cameras in Court Bill.  In one other interesting development, a bill was introduced last week that appears to be a flank attack on the news media’s cameras in court initiative.  HF 2210 would prohibit “the use of state funding to expand audio and video coverage in criminal proceedings.” Though we don’t know much yet about the genesis of the bill, it likely emanates from the hardcore opponents of audio and video recording in court proceedings, especially in the context of criminal cases.  Because of its late introduction, the bill won’t be acted on this year in any event.
That’s the update for now.  If you want more detail on any of MNA’s legislative efforts, a good summary appears in the Legislative Bill Status Report (or Tracking list), which can be found on the MNA website.  And as always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about our legislative campaign, we would very much like to hear from you.
Download the current Legislative Bill Status Report

David Pyle, friend of MNA and longtime AP bureau chief passed away Monday

It is with heavy hearts today that we report the passing of Dave Pyle. Our thoughts are with the Pyle family at this time.

MINNEAPOLIS — David L. Pyle, a longtime bureau chief, news editor and reporter during his 33-year career with The Associated Press, has died. He was 61.

Pyle, who worked for the news cooperative in five states, most of it as bureau chief in Minnesota and Wisconsin, died at his home Monday in the St. Paul suburb of Apple Valley, according to his son, Christopher Pyle.

The Iowa native joined AP as a newsman in Omaha in 1979. He later worked in Dallas and Providence, Rhode Island, before moving in 1991 to Minneapolis, where he spent the last two decades of his career and oversaw major breaking news.

Such stories included the 2007 Minneapolis bridge collapse, in which 13 people were killed and 145 injured when the Interstate 35W bridge broke apart over the Mississippi River during evening rush hour, and U.S. Sen. Paul Wellstone's death in a plane crash in 2002. He also oversaw the marathon recount of the state's U.S. Senate race in 2008, and coverage of a teenage gunman's 2005 shooting at a high school on the Red Lake reservation that killed 10 people.

Pyle, who suffered from diabetes and underwent a kidney transplant in 1999, showed "great courage" in coping with a disease, said Tena Haraldson, the AP's former bureau chief in North Dakota and South Dakota.

"Dave often worked in pain and fatigue. He wore an insulin pump for many years, but that didn't stop him from driving hundreds of miles and putting in long days, often in bad weather, to meet with members or cover news. He went through a kidney transplant that saved his life. But the anti-rejection drugs also left him susceptible to serious infections and illnesses," Haraldson said.

"He didn't talk about it because he didn't want to be defined by his illness, and he never was. When he was ill his voice might have been weaker, but his jokes and observations remained as on-target and irreverent as always."

Paul Stevens, in his role as AP's Central Region vice president from 2003 to 2009, worked closely with Pyle.

"Dave was a newsman, first and foremost, and in the visits we made together to Minnesota and Wisconsin members, the respect he held from member editors and publishers was so very apparent — gratifying to witness but not surprising," Stevens said.

"He never lost his sense of what made AP essential: Our news coverage. And he never lost sight of what made bureau chiefs unique: Their ability to listen, to consult, to problem solve, to be the face of the AP in newsrooms large and small."

Two years after joining AP in Omaha, Pyle was promoted to news editor. He was named supervisory correspondent in Providence in 1983, and five years later moved to Dallas, where he was briefly news editor before being promoted to assistant chief of bureau.

Pyle was promoted in 1991 to bureau chief in Minneapolis, where he spent 21 years before stepping down in 2012. He led news and membership efforts in a territory that eventually grew to include Wisconsin.

John Bodette, executive editor of the St. Cloud Times and a former president of the state AP newspaper board, recalled Pyle's efforts in establishing an AP award for new journalists and an annual jobs fair for AP members.

"That kind of extra effort and vision, that's a legacy," Bodette said. "I don't want people to forget what he did."

Along with his son, Pyle is survived by his wife, Maria; his daughter, Kate; and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements were pending.

Link to obituary...

2015/16 MNA Newspaper Directory
Print RFP

If you would like to submit a bid to print the upcoming MN Newspaper Directory, please contact Dan Lind at to request project specs.

The anticipated volume is 600-750 copies at 100-136 pages, perfect bound.

Register Now!  Adobe Creative Suite Training with Kevin Slimp

May 29, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM 
$75/early bird registration by May 1

Join the Minnesota News Media Institute and trainer Kevin Slimp, for a daylong training! Kevin has worked with newspapers all over the world and is bringing his expertise to Minnesota for one day only! Seats are limited so sign up today.  

The intensive, daylong workshop will cover the following areas:

10:00 - 12:00: Photo Editing and Color Correction Tips
12:00 - 12:30: Lunch (provided)
12:45 - 1:15: Making PDF Problems a Thing of the Past
1:30 - 3:30: InDesign Tips for Newspaper Designers

About the presenter:

Kevin Slimp is excited to return to Minnesota and work with MNA members! Often referred to as the "News Guru," Kevin has spoken at conferences throughout North America over the past year and is in high demand as a consultant to some of the biggest and smallest papers in the business. His recent survey of 613 North American newspaper publishers gained a lot of attention in the fall of 2014.

At MNA, Kevin returns to his familiar role as the "Technology Guru," a role he embraced in the early 90s, when he developed what we now refer to as the "PDF Printing Method." As a consultant to hundreds of newspapers, Kevin trains and advises groups throughout the industry in the latest technologies related to publishing. His syndicated columns can be read in more than 60 industry journals around the globe.

Don't miss the chance to hear the man Publisher's Auxiliary called, "The most popular and effective speaker among newspaper publishers today."

More information and register online now!

Reprint of Ernie Pyle’s Last Column Available

Dear Publisher or editor:

Ernie PyleApril 18 marks the 70th anniversary of the death of famous World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle by a machine-gunner on Ie Shima in the Pacific Ocean. To mark this occasion, the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum in Dana, Indiana, and Scripps Howard Foundation offer this reprint of the last column written by Ernie Pyle. The uncompleted work was found in the shirt pocket on his body on that date in 1945. Ironically the subject matter was the anticipated end of hostilities in Europe, or V-E Day, which actually occurred on May 8, 1945.

We think it is an appropriate time for us to recall the sacrifices made by those serving and who had served in our Armed Forces. It’s a reminder to all of the ultimate sacrifice made by so many Americans to maintain the freedoms we enjoy.

If you decide to use the materials provided for your recognition of either the 70th anniversary of Ernie Pyle’s death or V-E Day, we ask that you consider adding a paragraph about the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum. Donations may be made through the museum website at

Included in this post are a copy of his last column, a short bio of Pyle, headshots, and mention of the Museum that you could use.

If you want to expose your readers to additional columns by Ernie Pyle, you could include the following link to the Indiana University School of Journalism, where your readers can access additional stories written by him:

If you have any questions about this 70th anniversary commemoration or about the Friends of Ernie Pyle or the Ernie Pyle World War II Museum, feel free to contact me at

I also ask that you consider making a donation to the museum, either personally or as the newspaper. It only seems proper that efforts to preserve the legacy of the most famous World War II correspondent be supported by current journalists.

Click here to download the column and photos (.zip file of all materials).

Visit the MNA website for more info.

Thanks for considering this tribute to veterans and Ernie Pyle.

Stephen Key, Executive Director and General Counsel
Hoosier State Press Association and Member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of Ernie Pyle

2015 SCSU First Amendment Forum

Everette DennisSt. Cloud State University’s Department of Mass Communications will honor Dr. Everette E. Dennis with its 2015 Defense of the First Amendment Award on April 24 during the 2015 First Amendment Forum.

Dennis is dean and chief executive officer of Northwestern University’s sole international campus in Doha, Qatar, and established a media research program as part of the World Internet Project that probes freedom and censorship in the Arab world.
The forum will begin at 9 a.m. in Atwood Memorial Center’s Little Theatre on the campus.

This year’s theme is “Under Fire: Media Coverage of Community Outrage.” The daylong program will focus on news coverage of public protests, rallies and confrontational displays, including coverage of policing and security situations that arise in conjunction with those events.
It will feature two panel discussions. The first begins at 9:30 a.m. with a panel of news sources who have experienced such coverage. 

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It's Here! 2015 Pohlad Internship Program

MNA is excited to announce the 11th year of the Pohlad Internship Program. Thanks to a generous grant from the Pohlad Family Foundation, MNA is pleased to once again provide members with a program that will help reduce the costs associated with hiring high school-aged summer in-terns. In 2014, we placed 65 interns at member newspapers.

How the program works:

  • You choose a high school student, age 16-19, who will work for your newspaper in any aspect of the business half-time for 10 weeks; recent high school graduates are eligible.
  • Complete an enrollment form stating that you will hire a high school intern and wish to participate in the Summer Youth Employment subsidy program. Forms are available on the MNA website, and can be submitted by mail, fax, or email.
  • College students and relatives of newspaper staff do not qualify for this program.
  • The Pohlad Family Foundation requires that newspapers pay a portion of the intern’s wage to ensure a strong commitment from the participants and recommends an hourly wage of $8.00/hour for interns participating in the program.

Download 2015 Program Application
Download Frequently Asked Questions

isit our website for more information and for a 2015 recap...

MNA Public Notice Site Training

In 2014, MNA successfully launched an online clearinghouse – an aggregate collection – of Minnesota public notices. Many MNA-member newspapers are up and running on the site, posting public notices weekly - or more often - on the 
At the MNA Convention, MNA Program Director Sarah Bauer lead two sessions for attendees, giving a tour of the site, and providing a hands-on tutorial of the notice-posting process. 

If you've just signed up or 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 Bauer to 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.

Continue reading and sign up today!

Digital and Advertising Trainings Upcoming

Check out upcoming webinars from Online Media Campus!

How to Use Data Visualization Tools

Friday, April 17
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Sometimes text and photos aren’t the easiest way for a reader to digest information. Learn how to help your readers relate to data, put information into context and really appreciate the numbers using one of several free online tools that can build graphics and interactives.

More information and register...

Out-Servicing the Competition: Adding value for your customers

Thursday, April 23
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Are we creating value for our customers every day? Today just “servicing” your customer is not enough. If you want to hold on to your customer base, whether internal or external, you must consistently add value to exceed your customer’s expectations. How can we – as an organization, department or individual – be 1 percent better than the competition?

This webinar will cover:

  • Creating 1 percent of separation.
  • The 7/11 rule of customer service.
  • Adding value for your customers, both old and new.
More information and register...

If you have news to share in the MNA Tradewinds,
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Kermit R. Swanson, age 75 of St. Peter, died on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato. He was editor and publisher of the Clara City Herald until 1990 when he sold the paper to Kari Jo and Ted Almen in 1990. His family operated the paper from 1934 until 1990. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 25th at Trinity Lutheran Church in St. Peter with visitation one hour prior to the service. St. Peter Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. More...

Rollie Doroff passed away unexpectedly Easter Sunday morning at his home in Sauk Rapids. Rollie was born in St. Cloud to Peter S. & Frances M. (Spychala) Doroff. Having grown up in Waite Park, he attended Tech High School and later Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis. Rollie married Winnie Theisen on August 21, 1954 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud. His life’s work began in 1953 when he started working at the Sauk Rapids Herald and later purchased the newspaper in 1970. More... 

Beth Crosby joined the staff of the Minnesota Lake Tribune on March 26 and will serve the Tribune in the role of part-time community journalist. Beth will be reporting on news and special events in Minnesota Lake and surrounding areas. Beth previously held positions as a receptionist and scheduler at Mayo Clinic Health System, Mankato, and in customer service at Hickory Tech Corporation. 

Bruce Olson was hired as the editor of the Montevideo American-News.Olson worked for the American-News as sports editor and staff writer for about 28 years before retiring in January of 2014. He was won Minnesota Newspaper Association individual and staff awards for his writing and photography. "We're extremely happy to have Bruce return to the staff of the American News," said General Manager Dave Smiglewski. "His experience at the newspaper and his knowledge of the happenings in Montevideo will be a great asset to the newspaper and to our many readers." "I look forward to the challenge of putting out a quality product each and every week," said Olson. "Our readers deserve that." Bruce Olson "I'd like to thank Dave for putting his trust in me and for not asking me to give my previous retirement gift fishing rod back."

Member Classifieds

Managing Editor
Managing Editor for The Waconia Patriot, Carver County News, Norwood Young America Times, Mound Laker, Long Lake Pioneer and the Gold Miner, located in the west metro. More...

General Assignment Editor
The McLeod County Chronicle in Glencoe, Minnesota, is seeking a full-time general assignment reporter. More...

Multimedia Sales Consultant
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Inside Sales Representative
The Echo Press is seeking a creative, organized, energetic and outgoing individual to become a part of our sales team as 32 benefited Inside Sales Professional! More...

Multimedia Sales Consultant
The Morris Sun Tribune is seeking a creative, organized, energetic and outgoing individual to become a part our sales team as Outside Multi-Media Sales Consultant! More...

Multimedia Sales Consultant
The Wadena Pioneer is seeking a creative, organized, energetic and outgoing individual to become a part of our sales team as Advertising Coordinator/Outside Multi-Media Sales Consultant! More...

Sports/Staff Writer
The Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch, Sleepy Eye, MN, is accepting applications for sports/staff writer. SEHD seeks an experienced sports/staff writer with a proven track record... More...

Education/Health Reporter
The Bemidji Pioneer, a Forum Communications Company six-day daily newspaper, is seeking an experienced education/health reporter who also can fill in when the editor is absent. More...

Full-time reporter/photographer/editor needed for Dassel-Cokato newspaper. Duties include top responsibility for all local coverage – meetings, features, events, etc.  More...

Publishing for Sale: MN & SD
Publishing for sale in Minnesota and South Dakota. Photos available. More...

Weekly Newspapers For Sale
Strong Weekly and Companion Shopper in Southern Minnesota near Rochester, MN. This one is set to grow with the vibrant economy in the region. More...

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