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. Source