Press Release: North News is Back!

North News is Back!

Long-standing community newspaper, North News, relaunches to share community pride

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- MARCH 28, 2016—Pillsbury United Communities announces today the relaunch of North News! For the past 25 years residents have relied on North News as a source of news and information for the local community. The paper has been on hiatus since long-time publisher Margo Ashmore sold the paper to Pillsbury United Communities in the fall of 2015. This week, PUC is proud to announce that North News is back!

North News will continue to be a vehicle to share information and explore life on the Northside. While staying true to the quality, unbiased community news that residents have come to know and love, there will be some exciting changes to North News. 1) A highly readable format- We will have a news magazine format and be printing on brighter 11” x 11” paper. 2) Reliable delivery- To ensure successful home delivery, we will develop our own delivery team over the next few months. In the meantime, we will bulk deliver 10,000 papers to public gathering places in North. By summer 2016, the paper will once again be delivered to every household. 3) Youth voices- Beginning this summer, we will engage Northside youth in the production of the paper. Stay tuned for more details on this exciting endeavor. 4) New leadership- PUC has hired Kenzie O’Keefe as Editor/Publisher to take North News into its next legacy. Ms. O’Keefe comes to us with a wealth of experience in the newspapers industry, and has a passion for people telling their own stories.

“As part of its new direction and promise, North News will authentically engage community and provide career exposure in journalism for our youth,” said Chanda Smith Baker, President and CEO of Pillsbury Untied Communities.

The purchase of North News, is just one part of Pillsbury United Communities’ Community Media Initiative. The launch of a low-power FM radio station, 98.9 KRSM the Southside Media Project is the second media outlet by which PUC hopes to enable under-represented voices to be present in the media, to provide a platform to raise up the stories of the community. Both media outlets will serve to the augment PUC’s already robust employment training programs and develop healthy and vibrant communities. Grassroots journalism is on the rise.  Individuals are telling their stories as they’re happening. PUC wants to support people in the community to be heard, seen, and recognized, and we look forward to the community pride and revitalization we believe these platforms will showcase.

Both media outlets will allow community members to share the stories, report on the news, and discuss issues that are most important to them, while also providing training, internships and job programs for people interested in communications, media, and journalism.

For more information on advertising or editorial content for North News, contact Editor/ Publisher, Kenzie O’keefe:

For more information about the PUC Community Media Initiative, visit at:

About Pillsbury United Communities
Pillsbury United Communities works with underestimated populations across Minneapolis to foster the resilience and self-sufficiency of individuals, families, and community as a whole. We design solutions that address a spectrum of intersecting needs—from education, to employment, to health—while continually investing in our own capacity to innovate and improve. We’re creating a new model for nonprofit organizations with our interconnected system of programs, community centers, and social enterprises connects with over 55,000 individuals each year. More information about Pillsbury United Communities is available at

Contact: Brenna Brelie, Sr. Director of Communications & PR                                                                                612-302-3407 |