Skip to main content

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.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily newsletters

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.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-01-27 at 9.15.45 PM

Buckeyes crash the glass, fend off Gophers

E.J. Liddell dominated in the paint to help No. 16 Ohio State.

nicolas blouin flickr fire hose

Fire departments decry drivers running over hoses, endangering crews

It happened in two separate Northland cities this week.

All Energy Solar - Bringing Panels to Roof

All Energy Solar reaches growth milestones with higher goals yet for 2022

Minnesota solar company continues to thrive through building a strong workforce

Royal Canadian Mounted Police maintoba crossing crop

Authorities ID family found frozen to death at MN-Canada border

They're still trying to unravel how they got there and who might have helped them.


Mayo Clinic specialist: 'The omicron surge is not over'

Experts expect a rapid decline over the next month followed a period of calm.

police lights

Charges: Man in stolen Jeep leads police on 110 mph chase

He crashed into a light post near the Capitol and then fled on foot, the complaint says.

kua dog go fund me

Puppy in back of stolen Audi found, reunited with owner

The 4 1/2-month-old bullmastiff had been missing more than a week.

Fuzzy Gerdes Flickr Franks Diner Kenosha

WI's best 'hole-in-the-wall' diner is Guy Fieri-approved

Come for the "garbage pile," stay for ... even more breakfast food.


Minnesota's pre-pro women's soccer team unveils name, logo

The new name and look was unveiled after community owners voted on a winner.

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Band Box Diner Courtney Mault Flickr

MN's 'best hole-in-the-wall diner' is, sadly, currently closed

MSN recently published its pick for best diner in each state.


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.

2 Minnesota newspapers turn to GoFundMe for survival

Smaller newspapers have faced increasing pressure in recent years.

National media's polar vortex coverage neglects Minnesota

Most of the focus has been on Chicago, where it was actually warmer.

West Central Tribune to stop Monday paper, blaming tariffs

The Willmar-based newspaper made the announcement on Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2020-11-05 at 10.10.44 AM

Peace Coffee closing 2 downtown locations, will refocus on wholesale

Its Longfellow shop will be taken over by Wildflyer Coffee.

New York Times building

NYT editor who made Minneapolis-Midwest jibe has been demoted

Jonathan Weisman found himself in hot water following a series of tweets.

Screen Shot 2019-04-30 at 9.59.02 AM

The 'Save Lake Calhoun' website now has a very different message

It comes a day after a court ruled its name change was illegal.

Notorious hedge fund buys Minnesota media group and its 11 newspapers

Alden Global Capital has been referred to as a hedge fund "vampire."