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Associated Press, Published April 04 2009

Star Tribune writers trying to save newspaper

ST. PAUL - Writers at the Star Tribune newspaper are trying to enlist the public's help to keep the press rolling.

They want new, local ownership to get the paper out of financial trouble.

The newspaper's owner, Avista Capital Partners, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in January. Since then, there have been hundreds of layoffs and voluntary buyouts at the paper.

Organizers plan to hand out 500 printer's caps and scores sheet with a message that reads ``Save the Strib - it's about our community' at the Twins home opener Monday at the Metrodome.

There's also Web site and a Facebook page that already has nearly 1,200 friends.

Star Tribune business reporter Jackie Crosby said they want people to know the newspaper is in trouble and that they are a community resource.

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