The Top 10 Minnesota Daily Newspapers by Circulation

Daily newspapers in Minnesota date back to the founding of the Minnesota Pioneer, founded in 1849. The state also has a noteworthy history of Swedish-American newspapers dating from the 1850s.

Updated November 2019

  • 1. Star Tribune
    Based in Minneapolis, the Star Tribune was founded in 1867 as the Minneapolis Tribune and is currently published by Star Tribune Media Co.
  • 2. St. Paul Pioneer Press
    The Pioneer Press serves the Twin Cities area and is published by Digital First Media in St. Paul. It was founded in 1849.
  • 3. Post-Bulletin (Rochester)
    The Post-Bulletin is published five days per week in Rochester, Min. by Forum Communications.
  • 4. Duluth News Tribune
    The News Tribune (known also as DNT) serves the Twin Ports metro area and northeastern Minnesota, and even has limited distribution in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. It’s published by Forum Communications.
  • 5. Willmar West Central Tribune
    The West Central Tribune is published by Forum Communications.
  • 6. The Free Press (Mankato)
    The Free Press was founded in 1887 and is published by Community Newspaper Holdings. It covers six different counties – Blue Earth, Nicollet, Le Sueur, Brown, Waseca and Watonwan.
  • 7. St. Cloud Times
    St. Cloud Times is published by Gannett and was founded in 1861 as the Minnesota Union. It serves Central Minnesota.
  • 8. Mesabi Daily News
    Mesabi Daily News was founded in 1893 as the Virginia Enterprise and switched to its current name in 1945. It is one of the oldest daily newspapers published in Virginia, Minnesota.
  • 9. Owatonna People’s Press
    The Owatonna People’s Press is published by Huckle Publishing Inc. and serves Owatonna and surrounding communities.
  • 10. Faribault Daily News
    The Faribault Daily News has been published six days a week since 1948, and is part of Adams Publishing Group.

Newspaper circulations and rankings are determined by Fullintel’s media intelligence analysts in combination with data supplied by LexisNexis.

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