Over the years, the paper has had various names, including "The Budgeter", "The Family Budgeter", and "The Budgeteer Press."
For years, the paper was essentially a shopper with columns from its publisher, but not much other original editorial content.
In the mid-1990s, Murphy McGinnis Media purchased the paper and transformed it into the Budgeteer, with the slogan: "Good News for Great People Like You." The paper upped its staffing levels and began publishing twice a week. Despite positive community reaction, revenue could not support the expanded staff or the mid-week edition. The Budgeteer went back to once a week, cut staff and - in its most dramatic change - went from a traditional broadsheet to a tabloid-format newspaper.
In August of 2007, the Budgeteer went through a redesign. The type is a little bigger, with more spacing between the lines.
Source: Duluth Budgeteer News, August 5, 2007 edition - Page 24