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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

The is a daily newspaper in Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

The Star Tribune ranked in 2012 as the nation’s with a combined print and digital circulation of 300,000, and, according to analysis of  Compete.com data, the .

The Star Tribune’s holding company is , which is owned predominantly by the creditors of the paper’s former owner, Avista Capital Partners. The paper had , but it was sold in 1998 to McClatchy and . In 2014, local billionaire Glen Taylor to buy the paper and become its sole owner.

Though the Star Tribune was profitable, in January 2009 its $480 million debt forced . The newspaper in September 2009 with $100 million in debt. It that it had been “solidly profitable” every year since its bankruptcy.

The Star Tribune in the early 2000s and began again in 2009, and in 2011 using a metered model. In mid-2012, it  18,000 paying digital subscribers, in addition to its daily print subscribers; earlier that year, it said that 14,000 digital subscribers had accounted for about . In 2014, the Star Tribune announced a partnership with The Washington Post that gave Star Tribune subscribers free access to the Post’s website and apps.

In 2008, the Star Tribune and other newspapers in 2008 that they would cancel their contracts with the news cooperative. The newspaper backed off that threat after the AP restructured its rates.

The Star Tribune and its smaller rival, the St. Paul , are the frequent of . The Star Tribune it would begin printing the Pioneer Press in 2014.

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Primary author: Mark Coddington. Main text last updated: April 3, 2014.
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