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About Us

The website is comprised of the Pine City Pioneer, the Hinckley News, the Pine County Courier, and the Askov American community newspapers located in Pine County, Minnesota.

These newspapers are part of NorthStar Media which operates the Star Gazette and Evergreen Shopper located in Moose Lake, Minnesota, the Isanti-Chisago County Star free distribution newspaper in Cambridge, Minnesota as well as a commercial web printing division, also based in Cambridge.

NorthStar Media is owned by Gene Johnson of White Bear Lake.

The Pine City Pioneer, founded in 1873, has a circulation of 2,500 and also has a companion 5,300 circulation free distribution shopper called the Advertiser.

The Hinckley News, established 1891 as the Pine Wood Dart, is a 1,000 circulation newspaper.

The Pine County Courier, established in 1894 is located in Sandstone, Minnesota and has a circulation of 1,500.

The Askov American newspaper has a circulation of over 1,300 and was established in 1914.

Affiliated Newspapers

Kanabec Publications, owned by Gene Johnson, is located in Mora, Minnesota and publishes the Kanabec County Times and Advertiser shopper and also provides on demand digital copy services.

Press Publications owned by Carter Johnson of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, is a family owned group of weekly newspapers covering the Northeast suburbs of the Twin Cities.

Sentinel Publications, a group of community newspapers in Northwest Wisconsin, covers the communities of Grantsburg, Osceola, Amery, Baldwin and Scandia, Minnesota The papers are owned by Carter Johnson of White Bear Lake, Minnesota.