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The Journal newspaper will cease publication in December

Its last issue will be on December 13.

After almost 50 years reporting the latest happenings in downtown Minneapolis, The Journal newspaper is ceasing publication.

The Journal on Monday confirmed what the Star Tribune had reported a few days earlier: The newspaper is coming to an end, with its last issue being published on December 13.

The newspaper, formerly called The Downtown Journal and The Skyway News, was bought by Janis Hall and Terry Gahan, of Minnesota Premier Publications, in 2001.

MPP has cited waning advertising revenue and changing demographics in the downtown market as the reason for The Journal's closure.

Gahan and Hall will refocus their resources on The Southwest Journal, which the pair founded in 1990 and which serves the southwest Twin Cities metro, as well as its two magazines: Minnesota Parent and Minnesota Good Age.

The Journal, a free newspaper, covered local businesses and development, city government, schools, parks, arts and events, with the Business Journals reporting that it once had a circulation of 30,000.

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Initially started off as a weekly in 1970, its original founders Sam Kaufman and Clinton Andrus at one point upped its publication to twice a week. Most recently it has only been published once every two weeks.

No layoffs will occur as a result of the newspaper's shutdown, with The Journal noting that MPP's 15 full-time staff will continue working on the other titles.

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