MediaNews Group, owner of the St. Paul Pioneer Press and dozens of other newspapers from coast to coast, has purchased the assets of Red Wing Publishing/Big Fish Works.

The purchase agreement includes a cluster of weekly newspapers in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, the Hutchinson Leader and the Litchfield Independent Review west of the Twin Cities and the International Falls Journal on the Canadian border in northern Minnesota.

The west-metro papers are the Lakeshore Weekly News, the Chanhassen Villager, Chaska Herald, Eden Prairie News, Jordan Independent, Shakopee Valley News, Prior Lake American and the Savage Pacer.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The sale closed Wednesday.

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Mark Olson, the Chaska and Chanhassen community editor who has worked in Carver County for 20 years, makes any excuse to write about local history. In his spare time, Mark enjoys perusing old books, watching blockbusters and taking Midwest road trips.

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