News Tribune launches two weeklies for Duluth neighborhoods


The Duluth News Tribune is launching two hyperlocal weeklies for the east and west sides of the Minnesota city.

The Western Weekly and Eastern Observer launched June 8 with a Thursday publication schedule.

“There are stories out there that aren’t being told by any publication right now,” News Tribune Publisher Neal Ronquist said in an article in the paper by Brooks Johnson. “This is more targeted, more specific coverage of neighborhoods. It’s really getting into almost street-by-street coverage.”

As a result of the rollout of the two weeklies, the Duluth Budgeteer, which Forum bought in 2006, will become a shopper delivered to News Tribune non-subscribers.

Subscriptions to the weeklies will be $36 per year with single-copy cover price of $1. The News Tribune noted that the associated website for the two newspapers will not have any news content, only subscription and contact information.

“We strongly feel that our journalism needs to be supported financially—that quality journalism comes at a price,” Ronquist said. “It is provided by well-trained, well-educated men and women, and there’s a value to that.”

Teri Cadeau, who had been a reporter for the Budgeteer, was named editor of the Western Weekly. The News Tribune’s news clerk, Elly Power, was appointed editor of the Eastern Observer.