The Northeaster, the community newspaper for Northeast Minneapolis, circulates also in the outward-migration suburbs; St. Anthony, Columbia Heights and Hilltop. Our Mission: Finding out stuff and putting it in the paper since 1978, and now to a greater extent than before, online.
The Northeaster started when neighborhood revitalization efforts saw need for a way to notify and unite residents, businesses, and other players as an alternative to the big metro papers and formula suburban papers.
Pro Media, Inc. has owned and managed the Northeaster since 1981 and expanded it to cover the nearby suburbs in 1983 to meet audience and advertiser demand. The new MyNortheaster.com was crowd-funded on Indiegogo; we are grateful for what the campaign told us about audiences and the future, as well as for the funds.
Northeast is now an arts and entertainment destination, which creates new sets of dialogs and more sets of eyes on us than ever.
You never know what –or who – you’ll bump into in the Northeaster; it’s where you go to find out what’s going on.
Meet the Northeaster People:
Margo Ashmore, Publisher, Editor, Advertising Representative
“Where I’m needed most, I thrive and enjoy the variety.” Along with ever-changing Northeaster roles, Margo spearheaded volunteer efforts to revitalize Central Avenue in the 1990s, coordinated Art-A-Whirl in the early 2000s, then shaped and eventually sold the NorthNews recently. Every spring since 2005, she’s coordinated the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour. Now, “thanks to an awesome team, we’re bringing the Northeaster into its modern era.”
Vince Brown, Classified Advertising and Client Services
Stop in to the Northeaster, Vince, and often his dog Spike, are the most consistent folks you’ll find in the office…working with clients on classified ads, paid subscriptions, and delivery matters. Vince produces original ads for businesses advertising, sends out the bills, adjusts photos, assists with layout and all sorts of office management and production. Northeast resident, prior graphics experience at Auto Trader and freelance print projects.
Most frequent freelancers:
Gail Olson – Author and writing teacher, reporting for Northeaster more than 25 years, lives in Columbia Heights.
Carol Jensen – Retired US Army photojournalist, musician, Conductor of St. Anthony Civic Orchestra. Lives in St. Anthony. Photojournalist associated with Northeaster for more than 25 years.
Alicia Scott – Events/Kiosk/Northeast Experience editor, former communications specialist for City of Minneapolis and Elk River Area School District, co-editor at Northeaster in the 1990s.
Alex Schlee – Reporter and production assistant, grew up Northeast, Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Bemidji State University.
Liz Jensen – Reporter and general assistant, lives in the Northeast River District, BA in English and Mass Communications, University of Minnesota Twin Cities.
Mike Madison – Longtime Northeast resident who got his start as a photojournalist for the Northeaster, now appearing in several media outlets, day job with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, musician.
Mark Peterson – Retired Habitat for Humanity manager and avid arts consumer, photographer/reporter for Northeaster since 2014. Lives in Northeast.
Remembered: Kerry Ashmore, Co-Publisher from 1981 until his death January 27, 2014.