‘St. Paul Pioneer Press’ to Distribute ‘Star Tribune’ Copies

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The Twin Cities’ two daily newspapers have long been competitors. But they’ll become a little more cooperative next month.

Starting in early February, delivery drivers for the St. Paul Pioneer Press will begin distributing the Star Tribune of Minneapolis in western Wisconsin and parts of eastern Minnesota’s Washington County.

Pioneer Press publisher Guy Gilmore says while the news comes days after the Star Tribune filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the timing is coincidental.

Gilmore says the partnership eliminates redundancies — and the savings would help both companies.

A union official says Star Tribune drivers would continue to deliver newspapers to depots, but instead of independent contractors picking them up to deliver to homes, Pioneer Press drivers would do so.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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