International Falls Journal to cease publication
ST. PAUL – The International Falls Journal will cease publication later this month, the newspaper reported Thursday, June 3, ending 110 years of service in the northern Minnesota city.
The final edition of the document will be released on Thursday, June 24, according to the Journal. The move comes just over a year after the newspaper’s purchase by MediaNews Group, a publishing company owned by Manhattan-based hedge fund Alden Global Capital, which also owns the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
It was not immediately clear how many jobs would be cut or how many subscribers would be affected by the newspaper’s closure on Friday. Reached by telephone in the late afternoon, Journal editor Rob Davenport referred to MediaNews Group for comment.
Attempts to contact MediaNews Group on Friday were not immediately successful.
An article announcing the closure of the Journal’s website read: “Like many businesses last year, the impact of the pandemic on The Journal and North Star Publishing has been dramatic. These challenges, combined with other difficult economic trends, forced us to make this difficult decision. “
Founded in 1911 as The Daily Journal, the newspaper has been published five days a week for 99 years, according to its website. In 2010, it dropped the “Daily” from its name and became a bi-weekly publication.
Alden Global Capital has been criticized for laying off staff at the newspapers it acquires. The company recently purchased Tribune Publishing, the nation’s third largest newspaper chain and publisher of the Chicago Tribune.