About Us

We are Southwest Minneapolis’ community newspaper, providing high-quality news coverage of government, schools, parks, crime, and more. We exist to serve our community with integrity by producing a reliable professional publication and are committed to fairness, teamwork, and openness to new ideas.

The Southwest Journal has been family-owned and operated in Minneapolis since 1990, and provides award-winning local news coverage for 20 neighborhoods in Southwest Minneapolis. Our small team of reporters, designers, salespeople, administrative staff and delivery personnel produce and deliver the free newspaper paper every two weeks to homes and businesses.

Janis Hall and Terry Gahan launched the newspaper in 1990 in their Linden Hills home, brainstorming ideas with a small news team at their kitchen table.

Their company Minnesota Premier Publications has since expanded to Minnesota Parent and Minnesota Good Age magazines. The newspaper has won many awards over the years, including the coveted Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award and several honors from the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists and the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The newspaper’s offices are at 1115 Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.


Meet Our Staff

Publisher: Janis Hall / jhall@swjournal.com

Janis and Terry started the Southwest Journal in 1990 in their basement, never dreaming that the business would grow to include four publications. They have a wonderful staff and take great pride in providing outstanding news and information coverage for their readers. Janis is also an old-house nut with the 1916 Arts & Crafts home to prove it. She shares the house with husband Terry, two field spaniels named Django and Emmet, and large piles of reading material.


Co-publisher & Sales Manager: Terry Gahan / tgahan@swjournal.com

Terry Gahan likes the newspaper business and the fun that comes with working with business and community leaders who recognize the Journals’ contribution to the community. He also enjoys spending time with his family, working out and playing music.



Editor: Dylan Thomas / dthomas@swjournal.com

Dylan Thomas is editor for The Journal and Southwest Journal. He started at the papers in 2007 and covers schools, the arts, environmental news and Southwest Minneapolis neighborhoods. Dylan is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he did his first reporting for the Minnesota Daily, and before joining the Journals was a staff writer for his hometown newspaper, the Mankato Free Press. Dylan and his wife, Nicky, live in south Minneapolis with their son, River.


Assistant Editor: Eric Best / ebest@swjournal.com

eric best mpp profile webEric covers downtown and Northeast Minneapolis neighborhoods and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. He joined the Journals in 2014 and focuses on business news, development, neighborhood issues and lifestyle features. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota where he served as an editor of the Minnesota Daily. He lives in the Sheridan neighborhood.


Staff Writer: Michelle Bruch / mbruch@swjournal.com

Michelle covers general news and all the business buzz in Southwest Minneapolis. She graduated from UW-Madison and worked at a Chicago-area newspaper chain before joining the Journals in 2006. She lives with her husband Matt and two wild little boys.



Staff Writer: Nate Gotlieb / ngotlieb@swjournal.com

NateGotlieb_350x350Nate covers Minneapolis Public Schools, development, neighborhood news and more in Southwest Minneapolis. He worked for the Mankato Free Press and Fox Sports North before joining the Journal in fall 2016. Nate is a University of Minnesota graduate and a passionate Minnesota sports fan.



Client Services & Office Administrator: Delaney Patterson / dpatterson@swjournal.com

Delaney likes that Minnesota Premier Publications places her at the heart of the Minneapolis community. Around the office, she plays Jane-of-many-trades. Outside business hours, find her flowing through a Chaturanga, admiring Earth’s natural environment, or working up the motivation to try a new recipe.



Creative Director: Valerie Moe / vmoe@swjournal.com


Valerie Moe grew up in Mankato, moved to the Twin Cities in 2001 for college, and then never left. While attending The Art Institutes International Minnesota, she worked at TGI Friday’s — which is where she met her wonderful husband. Now they live in Bloomington with their three children. They love being outside, whether it’s camping in the pop-up, playing at the park, biking around the neighborhood or taking a walk with the double stroller.


Senior Graphic Designer: Micah Edel / medel@swjournal.com

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Micah Edel is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design. He began his professional design career at a local advertising agency, where he went on to become Art Director. During his time in the advertising industry, he honed his love of publishing and followed his heart all the way to Minnesota Premier Publications. Micah loves nature, climbing trees, and being friends with animals. He loves to travel and visit far-away places, and in between, he lives in Golden Valley with his long-time partner and their German Shepherd, Bella, and mischievous cat, Finn.


Distribution Manager: Marlo Johnson / distribution@swjournal.com

Marlo Johnson leads a force of 60 carriers and drivers to ensure timely and accurate distribution of our publications. He was born and raised in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota. He came to Minnesota Premier Publications after working with national newsstand magazines for a number of years.