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Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press front page.jpg
The July 27, 2005 front page
of the Pioneer Press
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner MediaNews Group
Editor Thom Fladung
Founded 1849
Headquarters 345 Cedar Street
St. Paul, Minnesota 55101
 United States
Circulation 191,591 Daily
251,838 Sunday[1]
ISSN 0892-1083
Official website www.twincities.com

The St. Paul Pioneer Press is a newspaper based in St. Paul, Minnesota, primarily serving the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Circulation is heaviest in the eastern metro region, including Ramsey, Dakota, and Washington counties, along with western Wisconsin, eastern Minnesota and Anoka County, Minnesota. The paper primarily competes with the Star Tribune, based in neighboring Minneapolis.

The Pioneer Press is owned by MediaNews Group, which bought it from The McClatchy Company in August 2006. McClatchy had acquired the paper in June 2006 when it bought Knight Ridder, the Pioneer Press’ corporate owner. As owner of the Star Tribune, McClatchy had to sell the Pioneer Press because of antitrust concerns. [1] The Pioneer Press was subsequently sold by McClatchy in December 2006.

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History

The Pioneer Press traces its history back to both the Minnesota Pioneer, Minnesota's first daily newspaper (which was founded in 1849 by James M. Goodhue), and the Saint Paul Dispatch (which was launched in 1868). Ridder Publications acquired the Minnesota Pioneer and the Dispatch in 1927. The two papers were operated for many years as separate morning and evening papers, but were merged into an all-day publication in 1985 as the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch and made the transition to morning-only newspaper in 1990, when they dropped the word "Dispatch". It is sometimes referred to as the "Pi Press", by reference to the nickname of "Strib" used for the Star Tribune.

From 1947 to 1949, the newspaper printed the comic strip Li'l Folks, by St. Paul native Charles M. Schulz. This comic introduced a number of characters who would later return in 1950 in the syndicated comic strip Peanuts, including Charlie Brown and a dog strongly resembling Snoopy.

In 1952, the Dispatch began sponsoring a treasure hunt as part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Clues to finding a medallion are printed in the paper, and the first person to find it wins a sum of money. The prize started off at $1,000, but has risen to $10,000 as of 2004.

The paper has won three Pulitzer Prizes in 1986, 1988, and 2000.

Reporters and some editors are members of the Minnesota Newspaper Guild Typographical Union. The union's current contract with the Pioneer Press runs through July 31, 2007.

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