Skip to main content
Publish date:

'Mystery reader' leaving vintage Star Tribune newspapers around town

The Strib says they've been found in their vending boxes.

There's a mystery afoot in south Minneapolis, and it involves old newspapers. 

On Friday, the Star Tribune's PR wing tweeted the following:

As the tweet notes, the culprit has been paying to open up Star Tribune vending boxes, and putting vintage papers behind the glass.

The one pictured above was found by a Strib delivery driver, and is obviously quite relevant to current events, with the headline announcing Gerald Ford's rise to the presidency after President Richard Nixon's downfall in 1974. 

Might this mysterious news aficionado be sending us a political message? 

With this month's impeachment hearings into an alleged quid pro quo involving President Trump and Ukraine, it's arguably not hard to guess the answer. 

And if you're wondering why the issue pictured lacks the "Star," it's because the paper started going by its current name in 1987. 

According to an official timeline, that's when the city's two big papers — the Tribune, which ran mornings, and the Star, an evening paper — combined. 

Next Up

dual citizen brewing

St. Paul brewery to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID test

Staff will also be required to wear masks and test negative for COVID.

snow, snowplow

Winter storm watch issued as Friday storm track wobbles

The latest model runs show the heaviest snow a bit north of where the watch is in place.

Cam Talbot / Minnesota Wild

Talbot leads Wild to 7th straight victory

The Wild opened a four-game road trip with a win in Edmonton.

Paige Bueckers

Paige Bueckers out 6-8 weeks with injury

The Hopkins native was hurt during Sunday's matchup with Notre Dame.

Anthony Barr

Vikings' defense could get reinforcements against Steelers

Several starters could return for a critical Thursday night matchup.

Mercer ATV accident fundraiser

High schooler in coma, fighting for his life after ATV crash

Family members found the teen on the ground and unresponsive.

Nolan Sprengeler - muskie record - nov 2021

Angler officially breaks 64-year-old state muskie record

The muskellunge he caught on Nov. 22 weighed a whopping 55 pounds, 14 ounces.

coronavirus, ICU, covid-19 hospital, doctor

4th teen COVID-19 death reported in MN is the 2nd in as many weeks

All four teenage COVID-19 deaths in the state have been reported in the past two months.

Anil Menon

Minnesota native named to NASA's new astronaut class

When he's done training, he could be sent to the space station or the moon.

broadway pizza interior facebook

Gallery: Original Broadway Pizza auctioning off everything

Get your hands on some classic Broadway signage, train-themed decor and more.

Related

Star Tribune

Star Tribune gossip columnist C.J. leaving the newspaper

Over her years writing about local celebrities, C.J. built up a large following.

La Velle E. Neal III

Twins reporter La Velle E. Neal III to become Star Tribune sports columnist

The long-serving Twins reporter has received a promotion.

Star Tribune movie critic resigns after accusation of plagiarism

Colin Covert had been with the newspaper for more than 30 years.

Amelia Rayno is leaving the Star Tribune after 8 years

The sports reporter turned food & drink writer will leave the newspaper next month.

City Pages

Fan creates City Pages archive, Star Tribune tells him to remove it

After word spread that the defunct newspaper's website would go down, a fan created his own copy. Then he got a cease and desist letter.

Star Tribune

Hacker group targets Star Tribune subscribers

The news organization said no financial information is at risk for the site's 1 million user records.

Screen Shot 2019-10-06 at 8.12.45 AM

Weekly newspapers serving eastern Twin Cities cease publication

Lille Suburban Newspapers have been in operation for 82 years.