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.
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: email@example.com. 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.