Weekly newspapers serving eastern Twin Cities cease publication

Lille Suburban Newspapers have been in operation for 82 years.
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Several communities in the eastern Twin Cities have lost a source of local news after the apparent shutdown of Lillie Suburban Newspapers.

The newspaper group said it would no longer be publishing legal notices after its Oct. 2 issues, and in an email obtained by BMTN, told the cities it covers: "We have appreciated our partnership over the last 82 years."

The group ran several weekly publications covering multiple cities in the east metro, covering cities including Maplewood, Oakdale, Lake Elmo, New Brighton, Roseville, St. Anthony and West St. Paul, among others.

Its website, Lillienews.com, is still operating, though hasn't been updated with new stories since Sept. 27.

Its executive editor Mike Munzenrider confirmed to the Star Tribune that staff had been informed of the closure on Sept. 20.

The group's co-owner, Jeffrey Enright, filed for bankruptcy last year, with some of the financial woes he faced apparently tied up with the company's pension fund, which he owed more than $950,000.

Enright and fellow co-owner Ted Lillie are the grandsons of T.R. Lillie, who founded Lillie Suburban Newspapers.

There were also fears over the newspapers' future in 2015, when it made multiple layoffs in its editorial department, with MinnPost reporting those who departed included its then managing editor.

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