The Minnesota women’s mag, which was a fixture of Minneapolis’ music scene and was the longest-running publication in the city’s history, will close its doors after more than 50 years.MGM will be formally laid to rest Tuesday morning, with its last issue published on March 30, 2021.
The magazine’s longtime staff will be laid off, including editor and publisher Lisa Ritter, who died in 2015, and longtime music editor Stephanie Johnson.
Ritter will remain the editor of the women’s music section.
Her brother, Michael Ritter Jr., is currently editorial director of the magazine, which also published a popular magazine called the Minneapolis Weekly Music Review.”MGM has been a vital part of the Minneapolis music scene for over a century and has been one of the citys most influential and influential publications, both locally and nationally,” said Dan Stober, executive director of Stober Communications, a public relations firm based in Minneapolis.
“The news is sad news for the readers, and I know there are many fans who are sad to hear the news, but I think it is fair to say that everyone in the Minneapolis community is mourning the loss of this beloved publication.
We are so sad to see it close.”MGM was the Minneapolis region’s leading music magazine for nearly two decades, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which noted that the publication featured articles about music, culture, arts, fashion, food, travel, education, politics and more.
Mammoth, a local music magazine that was launched in the 1970s, moved to Minneapolis in 1982, with the publication of its first issue in 1982.
Its website, Mammoth.com, currently has over 1,600 articles about Minneapolis.
Mannix, a Minneapolis publication that ran from the late 1980s through 2017, also moved to the Twin Cities in 2013, and in 2016, the publication announced it would cease publication.
Mascot Mascots, which began in 1987 and published in Minneapolis, is still going strong.
“The Minneapolis women’s community is deeply saddened to hear that MGM will cease publication,” Minneapolis City Council Member Susan Duininck, who represents the city of Minneapolis, said in a statement.
“I want to express my sincere condolences to the Mascott family, to the staff and to all those who have worked so tirelessly to create and continue Mascotta.
I am particularly sad to learn that Mascota’s last issue will be published with the help of a great publisher and editor.
The publication was a cornerstone of Minneapolis music, and we will miss it dearly.”
The decision to close the publication comes just weeks after the Minneapolis Board of Ethics approved a plan to close it, citing a lack of funding.
In its April 27 letter, the Ethics Committee said that the Mancot family had provided no funding to Mascotte and that it did not expect to find sufficient funds for the next year.
The Mancots said they were considering the possibility of seeking funding through an existing nonprofit, but did not say when they might do so.
“It has been such an amazing ride for all of us to be a part of this amazing place that we call home,” Michael Riter said in the statement.
Mascot was the home to the magazine since its inception in the early 1970s.
In a statement to The Associated Press, Mascotti said that he and his family had hoped to continue the magazine as an ongoing publication.
“We’re looking forward to sharing Mascoto’s legacy with the next generation of women in the arts and music,” Mascotto said.