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News Tribune starts new Web site

The Duluth News Tribune plans to launch a new Web site, duluth.com, today. Executive Editor Rob Karwath described it as a "portal site" geared toward people who like Duluth, whether they live here or elsewhere. Duluth.com will feature entertainme...

The Duluth News Tribune plans to launch a new Web site, duluth.com, today.

Executive Editor Rob Karwath described it as a "portal site" geared toward people who like Duluth, whether they live here or elsewhere.

Duluth.com will feature entertainment and attractions listings, a weather forecast and a selection of stories from area media outlets owned by Forum Communications Co., which also owns the News Tribune.

The Web site also will feature user-created content, such as photographs from the newspaper's Nice Fish gallery.

The site launch comes at a time when visits to the newspaper's news Web site are rising and paper subscriptions are falling.

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"Newspapers really have to think about serving users through more than one product," Karwath said. "It's really the new world of media out there."

Duluth has several Web sites aimed at providing Duluth-area residents with a list of entertainment and cultural options, including perfectduluthday.com, twinportsnightlife.com and visitduluth.com.

Karwath said the News Tribune plans to distinguish duluth.com from those sites by providing "sense of place" material from the News Tribune, Living North magazine and the company's community newspapers and by giving users a chance to create their own material.

"It won't be news per se; it won't be stories about, say, an accident," he said.

Duluthnewstribune.com will remain the primary site for breaking news.

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