Rochester Post Bulletin sold to owner of Duluth News Tribune

Forum Communications owns dozens of newspapers across four states.
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The Rochester Post Bulletin newspaper has been bought by the company that owns titles including the Duluth News Tribune and The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.

The Post Bulletin, the largest daily newspaper in southeastern Minnesota with a daily circulation of 27,395, announced its owner, Small Newspaper Group, had reached an agreement to sell the title to Forum Communications.

The Fargo-based, family-owned Forum Communications owns more than 50 print publications across 4 states, as well as 4 TV stations, numerous websites, and video production, marketing and radio services.

It also operates the Forum News Service, which distributes content to more than 120 publications and websites across Minnesota, among them the Pioneer Press of St. Paul.

"For over 100 years our family company has been producing quality journalism and we look forward to working alongside an award-winning team from the Post Bulletin," said Bill Marcil Jr., president and CEO of Forum Communications.

The Rochester Post Bulletin publishes on weekday afternoons and weekend mornings, and has been owned by the Small family since 1977, it notes.

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The sale of the newspaper, which closes on June 1, does not include its downtown Rochester office or its plant facility, but it does include the Rochester Magazine, 507 Magazine, SNG Research and AgriNews.

More changes are likely, with the Forum's announcement noting that printing of the Post Bulletin is expected to shift to Red Wing, where Forum has a facility.

The Post Bulletin did list its downtown offices for sale this past November, saying it was looking for facilities that were better suited to its needs.

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