A group of northern Minnesota print and digital news publications are now part of neighboring Northstar Media, Inc., a company owned by Gene and Carter Johnson.
Titles sold by owner/publisher Tim Franklin include The Pine County Courier in Sandstone, Askov American, Hinckley News, Star Gazette in Moose Lake, the Evergreen shopper, and Minnesota Flyer aviation magazine, as well as related web and mobile sites, events and niche products. “This fit is rather natural as we have adjoining newspapers,” said Gene Johnson. “Tim has been clearly committed to providing news and advertising in print and digital with local and regional appeal. Community newspapers really become the ownership of the communities themselves. We are here to produce it.” Northstar Media in Cambridge has handled printing for Franklin’s company for the past 10 years.
The Johnsons also own a suburban group based out of White Bear Lake, a group of Wisconsin publications and ownership in Publishers Printing, Inc., a central plant in Amery, Wisconsin. “Community newspapers today can be successful in a group with a central printing plant, production and business offices,” Johnson said.
Northstar Media and Kanabec Publications includes the Isanti-Chisago County Star, Pine City Pioneer, Kanabec County Times, Advertiser, as well as the Cambridge printing facility.