News Tribune to move printing operations

The change will occur on Monday, April 5.

Papers roll off of the press at the News Tribune printing facility in the Duluth Airpark. (2013 file / News Tribune)

In a move to consolidate printing operations, Forum Communications Co. announced Wednesday, Feb. 10, that printing of the Duluth News Tribune, the Cloquet Pine Journal and the Superior Telegram will permanently move from its production facility in Duluth’s AirPark to the company’s newspaper and printing facility in Brainerd.

The change will occur on Monday, April 5, with the Duluth’s facility’s last day of operation slated for Friday, April 2.

It will not impact on-time mail delivery of the newspapers. Online e-papers and websites will continue to be updated and published on normal schedules.

The closure of the Duluth press operation will impact one part-time and 20 full-time employees.

The shift in work from Duluth will require one full-time and six part-time employees to supplement existing staff in Brainerd. All impacted employees have been encouraged to consider positions in Brainerd and other areas of the company.


“I would like to thank all of the employees that will be affected by this upcoming transition,” said Bill Rouse, chief operating officer of Forum Communications. “Their commitment and dedication to the company is and has been greatly appreciated. We will commit to help all employees through the transition.”

The consolidation of printing operations coincides with fewer printing days across the company and the shift of readers from print to digital delivery.

“Our ability to adapt and change is important to our business and will enable us to best serve the communities these newspapers represent,” Rouse said.

In January, the company announced it would close its printing plant in Fargo, consolidating printing to its Detroit Lakes facility, in early March. In December, the company announced it would close its printing plant in Red Wing, which was completed on Jan. 29. Previously, the company shuttered presses in Dickinson, Grand Forks, Jamestown, Mitchell, West Fargo, Willmar and Worthington.

Once the Duluth-to-Brainerd and Fargo-to-Detroit Lakes consolidations are complete, Forum Communications will have four printing plants in three states: Brainerd and Detroit Lakes in Minnesota; Sioux Falls in South Dakota; and a commercial plant at 4601 16th Ave. N. in Fargo.

The commercial plant in northwest Fargo is not outfitted to print newspapers.

The Duluth News Tribune and its predecessor newspapers by various names have been printed in Duluth since at least 1870.

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