Owner ac­quires large pub­lisher

Dorchester Star - - Local -

ECM has done a fine job nav­i­gat­ing through dif­fi­cult times, and pro­duc­ing the high­est qual­ity print and dig­i­tal prod­ucts. We com­mend them for their ef­forts, and wish the An­der­sen fam­ily the best in their fu­ture en­deav­ors.”

ECM Pres­i­dent Marge Winkel­man said the sale brings strength and a pro­gres­sive out­look for the fu­ture. “This is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for ECM to join the Adam’s Pub­lish­ing Group. The merger will add in­cred­i­ble syn­ergy to the mar­ket­place for our read­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers and as­so­ciates,” said Winkel­man.

“We have been very for­tu­nate to have had the An­der­sen lead­er­ship the last 40 years, first with Elmer An­der­sen and the last 20 years with Ju­lian An­der­sen.

“We look for­ward to our tran­si­tion into an­other highly re­garded fam­ily-run or­ga­ni­za­tion and work­ing closely with Stephen and Mark Adams,” she added.

“This is truly great news. ECM is a me­dia com­pany of great in­tegrity and a proud tra­di­tion. We are ex­tremely pleased to wel­come them to APG,” said Chris Knight, pres­i­dent of APG Min­nesota.

APG is a fam­ily-owned me­dia com­pany head­quar­tered in St. Louis Park, Minn., that pro­duces com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, events, dig­i­tal prod­ucts and spe­cialty mag­a­zines serv­ing com­mu­ni­ties in Wy­oming, Min­nesota, Wis­con­sin, Mary­land and Ohio.

APG’s pub­lish­ing op­er­a­tions in­clude 63 com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, 18 shop­pers, 20 spe­cialty pub­li­ca­tions and 81 as­so­ci­ated web­sites.

APG owns the north­ern Min­nesota pub­li­ca­tions Mesabi Daily News, Hib­bing Daily Tri­bune, Grand Rapids Her­ald-Re­view, Chisholm Tri­bune Press, Pi­lot In­de­pen­dent in Walker and Man­ney’s Shop­pers.

It also owns sev­eral south­ern Min­nesota pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Farib­ault Daily News, Owa­tonna Peo­ple’s Press, Waseca County News, St. Peter Her­ald, North­field News, Lons­dale Area News-Re­view, Le Sueur News-Her­ald, Kenyon Leader, Le Cen­ter Leader and sev­eral shop­pers.

The Adams fam­ily also owns ra­dio sta­tions, out­door ad­ver­tis­ing com­pa­nies and Camp­ing

World/Good Sam, a na­tional dis­trib­u­tor of recre­ational ve­hi­cles and camp­ing-re­lated prod­ucts and ser­vices.

ECM, founded by the for­mer Min­nesota gov­er­nor in 1976, has cov­er­age span­ning 26 coun­ties, and en­com­pass­ing a large share of the Twin Cities metro re­gion. It also in­cludes 23 web­sites.

ECM also owns the Prince­ton, Minn., web print­ing plant. Terms of the APG/ECM deal were not dis­closed.

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