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The Duluth News Tribune (known locally as The Tribune or DNT) is a newspaper based in Duluth, Minnesota. While circulation is heaviest in the Twin Ports metropolitan area, delivery extends into northeastern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.[2] The paper has a limited distribution in Thunder Bay, Ontario.[2] The News Tribune has been owned by Forum Communications since 2006.

Duluth News Tribune
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The October 27, 2010 front page
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Forum Communications
PublisherNeal Ronquist[1]
EditorRick Lubbers[2]
Headquarters424 W. First St.
Duluth, Minnesota 55802


Publication and ownership historyEdit

The present incarnation of the Duluth News Tribune is the outcome of the merger and takeover of several earlier publications. Duluth's first weekly newspaper, The Duluth Minnesotian, was first published by Dr. Thomas Preston Foster, an editor of the St. Paul Minnesotian, on April 24, 1869.[3][4] After a year of The Duluth Minnesotian publishing unfavorable articles about city services and local politics, Duluth's Mayor Joshua Carter and local investor Jay Cooke invited the owner of Superior, Wisconsin's Superior Tribune to move his paper across the canal to Duluth.[4] This owner, Robert C. Mitchell, published the renamed Duluth Tribune on May 4, 1870.[5] The Duluth Tribune was soon renamed the Duluth Daily Tribune.[6] Meanwhile, The Duluth Minnesotian merged with another local newspaper, the Duluth Weekly Herald, to become The Duluth Minnesotian-Herald in 1875.,[7] later dropping "Minnesotian" to become an evening paper,The Duluth Herald.

The first News-Tribune was created as a result of the merger of the Duluth Tribune and another daily paper, the Duluth News in 1892. In 1929, this morning paper was purchased by The Duluth Herald. Ridder Publications, later renamed Knight Ridder Inc., bought both papers in 1936.[2] The pair were merged in 1982 to form the News-Tribune & Herald, shortened simply to Duluth News-Tribune in 1988.[2] In 2000, the hyphen was omitted, leaving Duluth News Tribune as the paper's title.[2]

In 2006, The McClatchy Company purchased Knight Ridder Inc., acquiring the Duluth News Tribune in the process.[8] The McClatchy Company decided to sell 12 of Knight Ridder's 32 daily newspapers, including the Duluth News Tribune and Minneapolis' Star Tribune, due to a company acquisition philosophy limiting purchases to "newspapers in fast-growing markets."[8] Forum Communications, a Fargo-based media firm, announced the purchase of the News Tribune on June 7, 2006.[9] Forum Communications publishes a number of newspapers in the region, including The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Grand Forks Herald.

Notable peopleEdit

  • Chris Monroe – cartoonist of weekly comic strip Violet Days (Monroe retired the comic in February 2018.)
  • John L. Morrison – reporter at Duluth Evening Herald and labor department editor at Duluth News Tribune
  • Robert Ridder – reporter at Tribune, later a director of Knight Ridder media
  • Robin Washington – journalist and Duluth News Tribune executive editor from 2010-2014


  1. ^ "Ronquist named publisher of Duluth News Tribune". Duluth News Tribune. Duluth News Tribune and Forum Communications Company. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Newspapers: Duluth News Tribune". Forum Communications Company. Forum Communications Co. Archived from the original on 10 December 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  3. ^ "About The Duluth Minnesotian. (Duluth, Lake Superior, [Minn.]) 1869-1875". Library of Congress. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Krebs, John E., ed. (1994). Duluth News-Tribune Impressions: 125 Years (Book)|format= requires |url= (help). Duluth, MN: Duluth News-Tribune. pp. 4–5. ISBN 9785555552310.
  5. ^ "About The Duluth tribune. (Duluth, Minn.) 1870-1871". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  6. ^ "About The Duluth daily tribune. (Duluth, Minn.) 1881-1892". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  7. ^ "About The Duluth Minnesotian-herald. (Duluth, Minn.) 1875-1878". Chronicling America. Library of Congress. Retrieved 9 December 2014.
  8. ^ a b "About Us". The McClatchy Company. The McClatchy Company. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  9. ^ Nowatzki, Mike. "Expanding horizons -- Forum Communications buys Grand Forks Herald, Duluth News Tribune". The Dickinson Press. The Dickinson Press and Forum Communications Company. Retrieved 3 December 2014.

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