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Eight more Minnesota community newspapers soon will vanish

Eight community newspapers - the Hutchinson Leader, Litchfield Independent Review, Chaska Herald, Chanhassen Villager, Jordan Independent, the Shakopee Valley News, Prior Lake American and Savage Pacer - will cease to exist later this month.

Their demise due to corporate greed was set in motion last week by Denver-based company MediaNews Group, which is owned by the soulless hedge fund Alden Global Capital.

Litchfield's population is 6,600, and Meeker County's is 23,500. Hutchinson's is 14,700, and McLeod County's is 36,714. If these cities had locally owned newspapers, they would have a future - not an easy one, but one that would continue to serve the needs of citizens and businesses.

But they were owned by a hedge fund that stripped them of revenue and staff, and is now discarding them with no thought to the information void they will leave in these vibrant communities.


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