Standard-Gazette & Messenger History


The Standard-Gazette is a combination of the Fairfax Standard and the Gibbon Gazette. The two newspapers were combined in November of 2000. The Standard-Gazette & Messenger was formed on October 1, 2013 when the Morgan Messenger was combined with the Standard-Gazette.

The Fairfax Standard was founded in 1898, in Fairfax Minnesota. The community of Fairfax had previously been served by the Fairfax Crescent from 1892 to 1899. The Fairfax Standard began serving the community in July of 1898, as what was the considered to be the Republican response to the Democratic leaning Crescent.

The Gibbon Gazette actually predates the Fairfax Standard beginning to serve the City of Gibbon in 1894.

Both newspapers originally had offices in each of the communities with on site printing facilities for both newspaper production and other printing services. The printing operation of each of the newspapers was discontinued in the 1970s when a group of area publishers opened a regional printing plant in Hutchinson Minnesota. The plant is still in service today, but has since been sold to an individual owner.

The Standard-Gazette has been a closely held company for many years with only seven owners since its first publication. The newspaper was originally started by local attorney A.V. Rieke and a few others. The newspaper was sold to Asa Wallace in 1908, who had been editor since January of 1903. In 1920 the newspaper was sold to H.C. Sherwood. In 1929 the Fairfax Standard was again sold to Edward and Catherine Sheire. The newspaper remained in the Sheire family following the retirement of Edward and Catherine in 1959 as their son Fred and his wife Joy took over the operation. The paper was sold to Charles Warner in 1973. Warner was later joined by partner Steve Palmer as they co-published the newspaper.

The Gibbon Gazette was founded by A.C. Black in April of 1894. the newspaper was later sold to E.C. Clasen in the late 1800s and then to Frank Melville in the early 1900s. The Gibbon Gazette was later sold to James Olson who was the publisher as of 1940. The Gazette remained in the Olson family until it was sold to John and Linda Kading in 1980. The Kading family sold the Gazette to Charles Warner in the late 1980s.

The two newspapers were combined in 2000, and sold as a single newspaper in 2007 to Todd Newton. Daniel McGonigle, Pinchtown Publishing purchased the Standard-Gazette from Todd Newton on October 26, 2011. David and Denise Bonsack, D & D Publications, LLC purchased the Standard-Gazette & Messenger from Daniel McGonigle on January 2, 2014. 

The Standard-Gazette & Messenger also serves the community of Franklin, Minnesota. The Standard-Gazette & Messenger also serves the Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop (GFW) School District, which was consolidated in 1987 and the Cedar Mountain School District as well as some private schools in the area.

The Standard-Gazette & Messenger serves Fairfax with a population of 1,295 and Franklin with a population of 498, in Renville County, Gibbon with a population of 808 in Sibley County and Morgan with a population of 896 in Redwood County. The Standard-Gazette & Messenger currently has 1,687 subscribers.

Serving the communities of Fairfax, Franklin, Gibbon and Morgan, Minnesota
102 SE First Street
PO Box 589
Fairfax, MN 55332
PHONE: (507) 426-7235 • FAX: (507) 426-7264 •
Denise & Dave Bonsack,
Publisher/Editor, Advertising: fxstandardnews@gmail.com
Marilyn Brandel,
Press Releases, Photos, Obituaries, General Information: fx.standardcomp@gmail.com
Bonnie Hartmann, Accounting, Billing, Accounts: fx.standardacct@gmail.com
The Standard-Gazette & Messenger
is available at these local businesses:

 Farm Merchantile, Fairfax

Maynard's, Fairfax

Casey’s, Fairfax

Smart Mart, Fairfax

South Central Grain & Energy, Hector

United Xpress, Gibbon

Franklin bp

Red Rooster, Winthrop

United Xpress, Winthrop

Becker's, Morgan

Waynes, Morgan

Denise Bonsack
Publisher/Advertising Sales & Design
Contact Denise for Advertising and story ideas and news tips.
You can contact Denise at
(507) 426-7235 or email her at
Bonnie Hartmann

Contact Bonnie for billing questions and about subscriptions.
You can contact Bonnie at
(507) 426-7235 or email her at fx.standardacct@gmail.com
Marilyn Brandel
Office Manager/Typesetter
Contact Marilyn for Legal advertising, obituaries, Classified line ad advertising and questions about subscriptions.
You can contact Marilyn at
(507) 426-7235 or email her at
Johanna Jutz
Staff Writer
Contact Johanna for information or
ideas on feature stories.
You can contact Johanna at
(507) 426-7235 or email her at