If you are within the Star Tribune subscription area, but do not subscribe to the paper, then you get a weekly circular delivered to your home called “Twin Cities Values”.
They stopped putting them into the paper deliver box at the mailbox, now they are hurled at the driveway, more or less.
Twin Cities Values at the curb
I am not that old, but I can still remember delivering papers. You did not get paid if you did that. It had to be “porched”, which was a matter of pride to be able to accurately do that from the street.
The rain on the weather map for this afternoon would have washed this away, and the flimsy plastic wrapper would not have protected it. We have neighbors that let that happen every week. One neighbor has six in their yard, engaging in a passive protest.
We have called in the past to get off the delivery route. We are told that it is up to the carrier. There also is a number on the back 612-673-7305 and an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. I will see if this gets it stopped.
The City of Roseville says one can opt out using these methods:
http://www.ci.roseville.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=2294 (This link is dead as of 2016)
Message to the Star Tribune: if you want me to read the ads, put them on the web site, like is done for the Target ad. Or put them on the Local section.
Another person’s view:
http://museumfatigue.org/2012/05/28/trash-values/ (“Trash Values” or “How a Local Newspaper Made Me a Customer Against My Will and Littered All Over My Neighborhood”)
Follow up: I contacted a number of email addresses. All promised to stop the paper. One even followed up. The next week, we did not have a delivery at all in the neighborhood. I attribute that to power outages and strong storms all over the Twin Cities. This weekend, the TCV was in my newspaper box.
Update for 2016, we have not seen these in our neighborhood in years.
Update December 2018, the paper returned. On the bag, there is information:
Feedback or Delivery Options: 612-673-7305 email@example.com
An Email to firstname.lastname@example.org gets the following response:
Thank you for contacting us regarding the Twin Cities Values (TCV) newspaper, a product of the Star Tribune. Your message is important to us. You should expect a reply within 24 hours of receipt of this email.
Also, for your convenience, if you are contacting us to opt out or discontinue delivery of TCV or would like to provide us feedback on our product, you can do this by going to http://apps.startribune.com/tcv/feedback.php and complete our online feedback form.
Star Tribune: please consider an alternative marketing plan. A number of my neighbors have griped about these papers, and these are 50 year old or older people who grew up subscribing to newspapers! By my observation, half of our neighborhood residents are stubbornly leaving the papers in the gutter, on their driveway, or under their mailbox. I believe they are hoping the delivery person will stop leaving them. I throw several away each week that wash down to my house where the storm drain is.