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MARSHALL – Several Minnesota newspapers – including newspapers in area communities like Cottonwood, Granite Falls, and Redwood Falls – will begin the new year under new ownership.

Earlier this month, CherryRoad Media announced that it had agreed to purchase a total of seven newspapers from Gannett, the country’s largest newspaper chain. The list includes the Tri-County News in Cottonwood, the Granite Falls Advocate-Tribune, the Montevideo American-News, the Redwood Falls Gazette, the Sleepy Eye Herald-Dispatch, the St. James Plaindealer, and the Crookston Daily Times. The purchase of all newspapers will be effective January 1.

“We are really delighted to be working with the high quality staff already in place in these communities”, CherryRoad Media CEO Jeremy Gulban said in a press release printed in local newspapers. “We want to bring together our technological skills and tools and create great sources of online information and print newspapers for subscribers. “

In an interview with the Montevideo American-News, Gulban said CherryRoad wanted to return to local editors controlling the content of purchased newspapers. One of its top priorities will also be to launch new newspaper websites that better showcase local news.

CherryRoad Media is a subsidiary of a New Jersey-based technology company. CherryRoad purchased its first newspaper, the Cook County, Minn., News-Herald, in 2020. Since then, the company has launched one newspaper – the Rainy Lake Gazette in International Falls – and has purchased other Gannett-owned newspapers at Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and Colorado.

In the press release, Gulban said CherryRoad Media was willing to invest in community newspapers as there was room for print and digital coverage in local news.

“I don’t think a newspaper is a newspaper unless we print a newspaper” said Gulban. “There are those who want printed paper to hold in their hands, there are others who get information online. We want to eliminate the clutter and serve it all with a better product. “

“We look forward to supporting the communities our newspapers serve in any way we can,” said Gulban. “There are many exciting initiatives on the horizon with this new venture, with much more to look forward to in the months to come. Please continue to support your local newspapers and journalists. They serve to remind us where we have been, as well as where we are heading. “

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