Fast Facts About Rochester, MN

Rochester's Hometown Newspaper - The Post-Bulletin

The Post-Bulletin, one of the oldest newspapers in Minnesota, traces its heritage to the founding of the Rochester City Post in 1859, one year after Minnesota statehood.

Rochester was established in 1854 and five years later, publisher David Blakely arrived with a press and began publication of the City Post, Rochester's first newspaper. The paper covered the rapid growth of the city — in fact, it was a vital part of Rochester's early growth — and it also was a main source in this area for news of the Civil War.

The paper also noted the arrival of Dr. W.W. Mayo, an examining surgeon for the Union Army. Mayo moved to Rochester in 1864 and opened a medical practice that later became Mayo Clinic.

In 1865, Blakely sold the City Post to J.A. Leonard and Walter S. Booth. They published it until 1889, then sold it to the owners of the Rochester Record & Union, A.W. Blakely and his son Clare, relatives of David Blakely, who merged the two papers and called it the Rochester Post & Record. In 1916, the Post & Record's crosstown competitor, the Rochester Daily Bulletin, was sold to Glenn Withers, and nine years later, Withers and Clare Blakely merged the papers to create the Post-Bulletin.

Following Blakely's death in 1944, the Post-Bulletin was published by the Withers family until 1977, when it was acquired by the family-owned Small Newspaper Group, of Kankakee, Ill.

The Post-Bulletin is now one of the largest daily newspapers in Minnesota and the Post-Bulletin Co. is a diversified regional media company. PostBulletin.com is one of the most visited news websites in Minnesota, and the company also publishes Rochester Magazine, Agri News, 507 Magazine; Radish Magazine and other niche publications.

The Post-Bulletin's offices and production facilities are in downtown Rochester, as they have been for nearly 150 years.