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The Post-Bulletin is the largest evening newspaper in the state and the largest daily newspaper in southeastern Minnesota. We cover 60 communities and seven counties with an average daily readership of more than 70,000 and more than 80,000 for the weekend edition. For more than eight decades, the award-winning Post-Bulletin has been committed not only to covering the news and stories of Rochester and southeastern Minnesota, but also to being part of the community.
The Post-Bulletin Co., L.L.C. history is rich in tradition. From our daily publications and family-oriented environment to our commitment to provide the community with up-to-the-minute high quality local news, information, advertising and editorial comment. This timeline represents the highlights of our 90-plus year history.
- 1916 – Glenn S. “Doc” Withers purchased The Rochester Daily Bulletin from Gregory Gentling and A.J. Furlow.
- 1925 – Clare Blakely, owner of The Rochester Post and Record shook hands on a partnership deal with Glenn Withers. The daily paper became known as The Rochester Post-Bulletin. The partnership lasted for 19 years until Blakely’s death in 1944.
- 1955-56 – A new and modern plant was built at 18 First Avenue SE. The company moved from its long-time location in the 200 block of First Avenue SW.
- 1960 – Glenn Withers passed away and two of his sons took charge of operations. Charles Withers became Editor and Robert Withers assumed duties of Publisher. Under their leadership the Post-Bulletin Company grew and prospered.
- 1972 – An addition to the plant was built and a much larger press was purchased.
- 1974 – Computerized editing and type setting equipment was installed, making it one of the first papers of its size in the U.S. to automate the processing of copy into type.
- 1977 – July 1 the Post-Bulletin Co. was acquired by Len H. and Jean Alice Shaver Small, owners of the Small Newspaper Group located in Kankakee, IL. They published the Kankakee Daily Journal and other papers. Len and Jean Alice had two sons, Len Robert (Rob) and Thomas Putnam (Tom), who would eventually assume managing duties.
- 1978 – The Small Newspaper Group opened a Washington, D.C. bureau to provide coverage from the nation’s capitol.
- 1980 – Charles Withers retired as Editor and became an Editorial Page Columnist. He was succeeded by William C. Boyne as Editor. Mr. Boyne, who had come to Rochester in 1979, had been working as General Manager. In 1983 he assumed Publisher duties when Robert Withers retired. On March 10, Len H. Small, age 65, died in a car accident in Illinois. Mr. Small was succeeded by his wife, Jean Alice Shaver Small, who served as Chairman of the Board of the Small Newspaper Group until her death September 13, 2002.
- 1982 – Robert L. Hill was named as General Manager. The Atex editorial system was installed.
- 1987 – Another addition was built to the Post-Bulletin plant to accommodate a larger press.
- 1988 – A $7 million expansion was added to the building to accommodate the $5 million Goss Headliner offset press. This allowed a higher quality reproduction and increased use of color and graphics.
- 1992 – Pagination, the complete composition of the newspaper done on computer, was implemented.
- 1999 – Robert L. Hill was named Associate Publisher. The Atex system was dispensed and the new front-end Baseview editorial system was installed. Additionally, a new Publishing Business System (PBS) circulation system and a new advertising production system were installed.
- 2000 – Robert L. Hill was named Vice President of the Small Newspaper Group and Jon Losness was named General Manager and Editor.
- 2004 – Completion of a $3.4 million distribution center was added to the north side of the building. This provided much needed space to ease product distribution more quickly and efficiently. Jon Losness was named Editor and Publisher.
- 2006 – Robert L. Hill assumed Publisher/Editor responsibilities in addition to maintaining his Vice President duties.
- 2007 – Modifications were made to the old distribution area to accommodate Direct-To-Plate (DTP) equipment. This new technology replaced the process of producing negatives to create plates for printing. Randy Chapman was named Publisher in September and Robert L. Hill resumes his responsibilities as Vice President for the Small Newspaper Group.
- Today - Mr. Len Robert (Rob) Small remains President and Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Thomas Putnam Small continues as Senior Vice President. Mr. Rob Small lives in Illinois and Mr. Tom Small resides in California.