The acquisition includes two daily newspapers, 10 community newspapers, 17 websites, shopping guides, a digital agency and a commercial printing facility. The Huckle Group is known locally as "Southern Minn Media." The expansion by family-owned Adams Publishing Group follows the March acquisition of three divisions of American Consolidated Media located in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ohio and Maryland, with 34 print publications and related media operations.
"This is an exciting opportunity for us to expand into wonderful markets near our home base in Minneapolis," said Stephen Adams, chairman of Adams Publishing Group. "We are very familiar with these vibrant communities and admire how the Huckle family has created and operated this regional cluster of media businesses. We are honored to be selected as new owners."
The new division, APG Media of Southern Minnesota, LLC,will include the Owatonna People's Press, Faribault Daily News, Northfield News, Waseca County News, St. Peter Herald, Le Sueur News-Herald, Kenyon Leader, Lonsdale Area News-Review, Blooming Prairie Leader and Le Center Leader.
"Adams Publishing Group, as a significantly larger private family-owned business, has the needed scale, vision and commitment to fuel future innovation in print and digital services that will be required to serve our customers as the media industry embraces dynamic changes as well as opportunities," said Renee Huckle Mittelstaedt, president and principal owner of Huckle Media. "It has been a special privilege for our family to have had the stewardship interest in these community newspapers, dating back 28 years."
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, magazines and commercial printing businesses. It also has 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-based Ehlert Publishing Group, a publisher of specialty magazines serving the motorcycle, RV, snowmobile and boating print and digital products.