Obituary Information and Guidelines
Obituaries voicemail will be checked prior to the deadline*
*Deadline is 4pm Mon-Fri, 3pm weekends and holidays
Phone: (218) 723-5200 OR (888) 823-7355 (Monday-Friday)
Phone: (218) 723-5300 (Weekends)
We request that notices of death come from an official source, such as a funeral home. If provided by a friend or family member, we do require the name of the funeral home or crematorium handling arrangements. Only one notice will be published at no charge for the deceased living in or formerly from our circulation area. Please be sure to include the name of the deceased, date of birth, age, city of residence, when and where he or she died, and the name and city of the funeral home handling the arrangements.
All obituaries are paid advertisements. Paid obituaries are charged $25.44 per column inch, calculated in half inch increments as they appear when printed in the Duluth News Tribune. All lines and inches in a paid obituary will accrue a charge, including the name, headline, photo and logos or graphics. All obituaries will also run on the Duluth News Tribune website for a flat fee of $107. The first and last paragraphs of an obituary follow specific formatting guidelines (see below for details). Those choosing to place the obituary online only will be charged $199. Charges must be prepaid, unless submitted by a funeral home with approved credit. Payment can be made by credit/debit card over the phone, or by cash or check in person/mailed. Private Party submissions must have the date of death confirmed with an independent third party, such as a funeral home, cremation service, hospital or hospice, prior to publication.
Please Note: Private party obituaries will not be processed on Sundays.
Suggested Paid Obituary Formatting:
* Indicates required information
Headline: [First Name]* “[Nickname(s)]” ([Maiden Name]) [Last Name]*
First paragraph: [full name]*, [age], of [city of residence]* formerly of [city(s) of residence] died on, [date of death]* at/in [location of death].
Second Paragraph: [Date of birth] in [city of birth] to [birth parents].
Biographical information. [This section can be multiple paragraphs and formatted at the family’s discretion.]
Preceded in death: [Relation] [First Name] ([Spouse’s Name]) [Last Name];
Survived by: [Relation] [First Name] ([Spouse’s Name]) [Last Name];
Final Paragraph: [Type of Service]: [Time] on [Day and date] at [Location]. [information about additional services]. [Burial location]. [Arrangements provided by]