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NoDak chain: We don’t want Strib or PiPress

Says Forum Communications CEO: “We are not interested in buying the Minneapolis Star Tribune or St. Paul Pioneer Press, period.”
By David Brauer

In a Wednesday column musing about who might buy the Strib and consolidate it with the Pioneer Press, I floated the name of Forum Communications, the Fargo-based chain that owns several Minnesota dailies and weeklies.

Today, Forum CEO William C. Marcil tells his own paper no dice. “We are not interested in buying the Minneapolis Star Tribune or St. Paul Pioneer Press, period.”

As originally noted, Forum is a pretty conservative company; Marcil says he was flattered to be mentioned among the possibilities, and notes Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar asked him about the buy-and-merge possibility during an editorial board meeting Wednesday.