Here’s a rundown of what’s happened:
• After a four-year run, we have discontinued the Dakota County Tribune Business Weekly as a free-subscription newspaper.
• We have attached the Dakota County Tribune name to the new Farmington-Rosemount zone. Farmington was previously paired with Lakeville, and Rosemount was coupled with Apple Valley under the Sun Thisweek banner.
• As a result we have been able to offer very affordable advertising rates in the 13,300 circulation newspaper to Farmington and Rosemount homes and businesses. Our experienced advertising staff includes Jennifer Anderson in Rosemount and Lori Lieske in Farmington.
Home delivery will continue as it always did before. People can continue to bookmark either dakotacountytribune.com or sunthisweek.com to reach our website homepage.
While we hope advertisers will take advantage of our newspaper reach their customers, the only change readers should notice is the new nameplate and the alignment of Farmington and Rosemount.
Of course, readers also will notice a new community editor reporting in the Farmington-Rosemount area.
Theresa Malloy comes to us from the School of Journalism at St. Thomas University where she worked on the student-run, online-only news operation TommieMedia.com.
Theresa also worked for Lillie Suburban Newspapers as an intern for the past year, in addition to working for the Catholic Spirit.
She has done some incredible work for TommieMedia, serving as reporter, university affairs editor, assignment editor and director.
Her coursework has taken Theresa to North Minneapolis where her literary journalism stories recounted the challenges faced by a group of nuns who let their doors open to anyone in the rough neighborhood and for another story she listened as gang members spoke to Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page talk about what direction they should take in life.
We expect Theresa to bring her skill and talent to such meaningful and affecting stories in this coverage area.
She won’t be the only one writing stories for the new Dakota County Tribune.
Jessica Harper, who covers the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District, will continue to keep readers informed about what’s happening in the district and its schools.
She’s been with our newspapers going on six years. She also took her journalism classes at St. Thomas through a cooperative agreement with her alma mater the College of St. Catherine.
Jessica covered Farmington for us in the past and is currently our community editor for Eagan.
Andrew Miller covers the area’s arts and entertainment scene with skill and creativity for us on the pages of Thisweekend. His stories frequent the cities of Farmington and Rosemount, but also tap into arts events beyond those borders since we know readers range throughout Dakota County in search of fun things to do.
Andrew also helps out with the crime beat in Dakota County.
Our sports team includes Andy Rogers and Mike Shaughnessy, who are a dynamic and dedicated duo.
Andy has 10-plus years experience covering sports in Dakota County for our newspapers. He’s covered Farmington sports for us for several years and recently started helping out with news coverage in Farmington. He’ll continue as sports editor for Farmington in addition to doing news reporting for Rosemount.
Mike been a sports reporter in Dakota County for 20-plus years. He joined the news squad when ECM Publishers and Sun Media merged last year about this time. Since then, he’s been covering Rosemount sports for us.
If you are a visual person, you most assuredly will notice the talent of our photo editor Rick Orndorf. Rick has been working for our organization for the past 20-plus years. He continually amazes us with some of news and sports images he captures with his camera.
Readers will also likely see Laura Adelmann’s byline in the paper. Our Lakeville community editor also follows big picture county stories for us.
Speaking of big picture, T.W. Budig and Howard Lestrud cover the Legislature and other statewide issues for us. They have about 80 years combined news reporting experience.
Everything else you see in this edition that doesn’t have a writer’s name attached to it is probably the result of work by our news assistant, Darcy Odden.
Darcy is an absolute joy to work with since she usually has something done before you knew it needed to be done. She’s responsible for all the calendars, briefs and all the little stuff that means a lot of our readers.
As managing editors, John Gessner and I will have occasion to have our stories and columns enter the Farmington-Rosemount edition. We have been reporting in Dakota County for a combined 35 years.
We hope readers enjoy the changes we are bringing to your newspaper.
If you have any questions, comments, news story tips or just want to talk, you can contact us using the phone numbers or email addresses listed in the staff box on the Opinion page. We hope to hear from you soon and often.
For a story about the history of the Dakota County Tribune, click here.