For years, Minnesotans have known the Star Tribune as their newspaper, but today our name stands for much more. By sharing ideas, forging links between people and providing local context for events, we stimulate thought and discussion about issues that are important to our community and to the lives of our readers.
Our company has a unique purpose. We are a trusted, dependable source of reliable news coverage, extensive consumer information and independent editorial commentary. We believe our newspaper and website should be at the heart of the community, dedicated to public service and fulfilling First Amendment responsibilities entrusted to us by the United States Constitution. This amendment is the foundation of this nation's basic freedoms, allowing people to freely communicate without government restriction.
The Star Tribune also is a part of this community, sharing in its successes and its struggles, and working to support and strengthen organizations that enrich our community.
Star Tribune has its roots in three newspapers whose history is interwoven with the history of Minnesota: the Minneapolis Tribune, the Star and the Minneapolis Journal.
During its 140-plus-year history, the Star Tribune has had seven owners: King, Washburn and Morrison, W. J. Murphy, John Thompson, the Cowles family, The McClatchy Company, Avista Capital Partners,
and the current group of approximately 40 banks and financial institutions.
The Minneapolis Tribune, the oldest of the three newspapers that eventually became the Star Tribune, was founded in 1867. At that time, Minneapolis was home to only about 7,000 people
and just half the size of St. Paul. It didn’t have a fire department, a sewage system, or even a city water supply.
The Cowles family of Des Moines, Iowa, entered the Minneapolis newspaper market with the purchase of the smallest of the city’s three papers, the Star, in 1935 from owner and publisher
John Thompson for $1 million dollars who retired in 1949 as publisher emeritus. Their arrival marked the beginning of an era of growth and transformation that lasted more than six decades,
and their leadership set the stage for today’s successful Star Tribune. Many of their values – especially the concepts of presenting the news impartially, taking strong editorial stands in the
opinion pages and offering space for those with differing opinions to express their views – still guide the newspaper.
The Cowles family purchased the Minneapolis Journal a few years after the Star, and the papers were consolidated, renamed the Star-Journal, and operated as an evening and Sunday publication.
In 1941, they purchased the Tribune, which was a morning paper, and continued to publish the Star-Journal in the afternoon. On Sunday, they published one edition under the Tribune name. In 1947,
the Star-Journal name was simplified to the Minneapolis Star.
The evening Minneapolis Star and the morning Minneapolis Tribune were combined in 1982 to make one daily morning newspaper – the Minneapolis Star and Tribune. In 1987, the Minneapolis Star and
Tribune became the Star Tribune, Newspaper of the Twin Cities, a designation that reflected the newspaper’s growing presence across the metro area. That same year, Star Tribune built Heritage Center,
a high-technology production facility. Today, Heritage Center is a nationally recognized leader in quality, efficiency, and environmental responsibility.
In 1998, Cowles Media sold Star Tribune to The McClatchy Company, and in 2007, McClatchy sold Star Tribune to Avista Capital Partners. In 2009, Star Tribune emerged from bankruptcy as a privately held
company and became Star Tribune Media Company LLC.
Star Tribune launched StarTribune.com in 1996. This electronic news and information service is now the leading news and information service in the Twin Cities.
Beginning in 2003, Star Tribune launched a series of suburban sections focused on specific geographic regions. The sections center on community news including schools,
sports, road construction, crime, local government, and community development.
In addition to the newspaper and website, Star Tribune produces numerous niche products both in print and online.
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