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Plans for the Times were announced by former Rocky staffers in March 2009, a few weeks after the Rocky stopped publishing. The Times hoped to bring in 50,000 paid subscribers and fund a 30-person newsroom, but they drew only 3,000 subscribers, leading several of the project’s organizers to leave and form the failed Rocky Mountain Independent.
The site was briefly kept alive with three paid staffers and about two dozen contributors. It includes a combination of aggregated and original content, and its revenue derives from advertising and donations. It has since ceased publication.
The Star Tribune is a daily newspaper in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. The Star Tribune ranked in 2012 as the nation’s 17th-largest newspaper with a combined print and digital circulation of 300,000, and, according to analysis of Compete.com data, the 18th-most-popular newspaper website. The Star Tribune’s holding company is Star Tribune Media Co., which is owned…