Meyers take helm at Tribune

TRUMAN – The Truman Tribune first rolled off the presses in 1900, started by a businessman from Madelia who spent one day per week in the burgeoning town gathering tidbits to publish.

Since that time, the newspaper, freshly filled with photos, updates and happenings, has been delivered weekly in and around Truman.

But last March, when one of the owners died suddenly, the future of the paper became uncertain. Rick and Vickie Greiner had owned and operated the paper for years. When Rick died, Vickie chose to give family members an opportunity to take over.

Meanwhile, in northern Minnesota, on the shore of Lake Superior, Neal and Nikki Meyer were just settling into their new life.

Nikki, a teacher by education, had just changed her focus to become a stay-at-home mom to baby Micah, while Neal was enjoying his job in the restaurant industry.

Word came through the family that Nikki’s Aunt Vickie was selling a newspaper in southern Minnesota, and knowing Nikki always had a bent for writing, they wondered if it might be something they would like to take over.

The offer came as a surprise. The couple knew about the Truman Tribune, but had never considered the profession as their own.

“Not even a little bit,” Neal said.

While intrigued, the couple wasn’t ready to commit.

Thanks to Nikki’s mother, who knew the couple had an interest, the Meyers were able to take some more time to think about the life-changing option.

Nikki’s mother bought the Tribune, moved from Grand Marais and ran things until her daughter and son-in-law decided to take the plunge.

“Mom ran it from June through November,” Nikki said. “We took over Dec. 1.”

The Meyers have been running the Truman Tribune for a month; Neal primarily responsible for advertising and sales, with Nikki taking care of the writing and photography.

“It has been a big adjustment,” Neal said. “We came to a new geography, new demographic and new careers.”

Nikki said the look of the paper has changed since her mom took over – most noticeably the color added to the front page. The Meyers are looking for ways to continue to change the publication to fit the needs of its readers.

“I really want to make it something that appeals to all generations and demographics,” she said.