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home : top stories : top stories December 17, 2014


8/1/2014 3:07:00 PM
Chronotype sold to Minneapolis group

Adams Publishing Group, LLC announced today that it has purchased the assets of Chronotype Publishing Company located in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The acquisition includes The Chronotype, Northwestern Wisconsin's largest weekly newspaper, and The Early Bird, a weekly shopper.

The expansion by family-owned Adams Publishing Group follows the July acquisition of Huckle Media located in Southern Minnesota with 10 community newspapers, 17 websites, shopping guides, magazines, a digital agency and commercial printing facilities. Prior to that, Adams acquired three divisions of American Consolidated Media located in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Maryland with 34 print publications and related media operations.
Local newspapers in Wisconsin include the Spooner Advocate, Sawyer County Record, Ashland Daily Press, Price County Review and all related shopping guides and websites.

"It has been an emotional decision to sell the newspaper that has been owned by our family for many years," Warren Dorrance, publisher of Chronotype Publishing said. "We believe that APG will provide new ideas and resources that will help keep The Chronotype a viable newspaper going forward.
"Our commitment to give our readers local news and information remains unchanged. We are excited about the new partnership with APG," he said.

The APG-Wisconsin division is led by Jeff Patterson, president/publisher, a 25-year veteran of the newspaper industry. "The Chronotype," he said, "is an outstanding newspaper and will strengthen our group of publications in Wisconsin. I look forward to working with the Dorrance family to continue their strong tradition in community journalism serving the Rice Lake area."

Adams Publishing Group was founded by Minneapolis native Stephen Adams. He is the youngest son of longtime CBS/WCCO television/radio personality and Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Cedric Adams.

In addition to newspapers, the family owns radio stations, the nation's largest privately held outdoor advertising company (which owns Adams Outdoor Advertising plant in Madison, Wisconsin, magazines, and commercial printing businesses. It has also owned television stations and currently owns other non-media businesses, including Camping World/Good Sam Enterprises. In prior years it has owned Minneapolis/St. Paul magazine, and Plymouth, MN-based Ehlert Publishing Group, a publisher of specialty magazines serving the motorcycle, RV, snowmobile, and boating print and digital products. The company is based in St. Louis Park, Minn.

The Chronotype's 32 employees were told Thursday APG officials that they should expect to retain their jobs with the paper.

Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Article comment by: Tim Lyke

Congratulations to the Dorrance family, which for many years has given the Rice Lake community a newspaper that has served it nobly and faithfully. Good luck to the Adams group as it carries on a strong, family tradition of providing Rice Lake with a first-class publication.

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