4 local newspapers purchased by Minnesota company


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The following is taken from a Pioneer News Group news release.

The Pioneer News Group Co. today announced that it is selling its media division assets to family-owned Adams Publishing Group.

The Pioneer News Group Co. owns nine Idaho newspapers, including the Teton Valley News in Driggs, the Idaho State Journal in Pocatello, the Rexburg Standard Journal and the Preston Citizen.

The sale will include 22 daily and weekly newspapers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Utah along with a newspaper and commercial print facility, various shoppers and websites. The sale is expected to be finalized on November 1, 2017. Terms were not disclosed.

Pioneer Newspapers was formed by James G. Scripps in 1986. The company is owned by Leighton Wood and his children Stedem, Marnie, Heather, Laura and eight next-generation family members. Marnie Roozen is Chairwoman of the company’s Board of Directors.

“It has been an honor for my family to serve our communities over these many generations,” said Roozen. “We cherish the friendships we have created with our employees and truly feel we are a family. It is because of our dedication to our communities and employees that we are so pleased that Adams Publishing Group is purchasing our media division.”

Adams Publishing Group owns and operates 100 community newspapers in 11 states, including the Post Register, Jefferson Star, Challis Messenger and Shelley Pioneer.

The company is based in Minneapolis, MN. In addition to its community newspaper company, the Adams family owns radio stations, outdoor advertising companies, a wine distribution business, label printing companies, and a large interest in Camping World Holdings, a publicly traded national network of RV dealers, affinity programs, the Good Sam Club, and other RV related products and services.

“We’re very excited to welcome the Pioneer group of community newspapers, commercial print facilities, and other print and digital products and services to APG. We’re especially pleased to welcome Pioneer’s over 500 dedicated associates to our community newspaper group,” said Steve Adams of the Adams Publishing Group.

Pioneer newspapers in the sale include The Ellensburg Daily Record, The Klamath Falls Herald and News, The Lake County Examiner, The Klamath Falls Nickel, The Skagit Valley Herald, The Anacortes American, The Burlington Argus, The Sedro-Woolley Courier-Times, The Stanwood Camano News, The Logan Herald Journal, The Tremonton Leader, The Bozeman Daily Chronicle, The Belgrade News, The Idaho Press Tribune, The Idaho State Journal, The Kuna Melba News, The Meridian Press, The Emmett Messenger Index, The Montpelier News-Examiner, The Preston Citizen, The Rexburg Standard Journal and The Teton Valley News.