Press: Fallen Star

A death in Minneapolis

When news executives speculated of late about which troubled big-city dailies would fail first, the Minneapolis Star did not top many lists. Although circulation had slipped sharply, from more than 300,000 in the 1950s to about 170,000, the afternoon Star was still making a profit. Indeed, it will still be in the black next Monday when it is folded into its sister paper, the morning Tribune (circ. 235,000). Explained Donald Dwight, publisher of both newspapers: "You don't have to be in an absolute loss position to have economic problems."

The demise of the Star signaled the failure of two...

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