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Publisher Steve Grove maintained occasional contact with Walz chief of staff, former colleague

Ethics professor says texts are problematic for the Star Tribune CEO

Star Tribune Publisher Steve Grove kept some ties with Gov. Tim Walz's administration after he stepped down as the economic development commissioner for the newspaper's top job, according to texts first obtained and reported by the Minnesota Reformer.

Grove took over at the Star Tribune on April 17, 2023, after four years leading the state's Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Two weeks before that, he texted Walz Chief of Staff Chris Schmitter, "How's the DEED commissioner search coming along? Anything I can do to help? Hope you're well - lots of great work lately. Love those budget targets for economic development."

Schmitter responded that they had lots of great candidates for the governor to interview and "it's a hard one."


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