Star Tribune through the years

  • Updated: June 30, 2014 - 7:29 PM

May 25, 1867: The Minneapolis Tribune prints its first issue, under publisher Col. William S. King. Early stockholders include Dorilus Morrison, a businessman and Minneapolis’ first mayor, and W.D. Washburn, a flour-mill industrialist and lawyer.

1891: After financial difficulties and several ownership changes, the paper is purchased for $450,000. One of the two buyers is William J. Murphy, who published a paper in Grand Forks, N.D.

Aug. 19, 1920: The Minneapolis Star publishes its first issue.

June 1935: The Cowles family, publisher of the Des Moines Register, buys the Minneapolis Star, an evening paper that’s No. 3 in circulation behind the Tribune and the Minneapolis Journal, another evening paper.

Aug. 1, 1939: Cowles family buys the Journal.

May 1, 1941: The Cowles’ Star and Journal Co. merges with Minneapolis Tribune Co., still owned by the Murphy family. The Cowles family now owns the Minneapolis Morning Tribune, the evening Star-Journal and the evening Minneapolis Times (which ceased publication in 1948).

Nov. 13, 1946: The Tribune and Star increase price from 3 cents to 5 cents. A front-page item in the Tribune blames material and production costs.

Feb. 1947: The evening paper is renamed Minneapolis Star.

May 1948: Nat Finney, in the Minneapolis Tribune Washington bureau, wins a Pulitzer Prize for outstanding national affairs reporting for his stories about the Truman administration’s efforts to impose secrecy on the affairs of federal civilian agencies in peacetime.

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