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KRUIDENIER WILL NOT STAND FOR REELECTION TO COWLES BOARD

 MINNEAPOLIS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- David Kruidenier, who has been chairman of the board of Cowles Media Company since 1984, announced that he will not stand for reelection to the board at the annual meeting of shareholders on Aug. 2. He will be succeeded as chairman by John Cowles, III, who has been vice chairman since 1991. Since 1985 the functions of the chairman of the board have been separate from those of the president and chief executive officer.
 Kruidenier joined the board in 1973, serving as vice chairman from that time until 1984. He was chief executive officer of Cowles Media Company 1983-85. Much of his business career was spent at the Des Moines Register and Tribune Company where he was chairman of the company from 1978-85 and CEO from 1971-85.
 He has served on many civic and industry boards, including Grinnell College, Drake University, Walker Art Center, Des Moines Art Center, The Menninger Foundation, the Newspaper Advertising Bureau and Audit Bureau of Circulations.
 John (Jay) Cowles, III was director of planning for Cowles Media Company 1985-88, then vice president of the company's Sentinel Publishing Company, publisher of a group of weekly newspapers in the Denver suburbs. Before joining Cowles Media, he was director of financial analysis and internal operations for United Satellite Communications in New York. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School. He serves on the boards of The Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Center for Book Arts and The Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce.
 Commenting on the changes, David Cox, president and CEO, said, "David Kruidenier has provided strong leadership during a period of significant change at Cowles Media. In the tradition of the Cowles family, he has emphasized journalistic independence and integrity, and responsibility to the community. He has been a tremendous resource for me, and we all appreciate his many contributions to the growth and development of the company."
 Cowles Media Company operating units include the Star Tribune in Minneapolis-St. Paul; the Scottsdale Progress in Arizona; Cowles Magazines, Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa., publishers of special interest consumer magazines and related books and products; and Cowles Business Media, Inc. in Stamford, Conn., publishers of specialized business magazines and information services.
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 /CONTACT: James A. Alcott of Cowles Media Company, 612-673-7019/


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