WB Grimes and Company has announced two recent newspaper acquisitions. Both transactions were represented by Julie Bergman of WB Grimes and Company.
Slechta Communications, a group of three community newspapers in Iowa, has been purchased by Anamosa Publications. Slechta Communications publishes The Kalona News, The Lone Tree Reporter and The Highland Review. Ron and Helen Slectha have owned the company since June 1, 1992. They plan to retire.
“We have enjoyed publishing strong newspapers to serve our communities for the past 24 years,” said Ron Slechta, a 54-year veteran of the newspaper industry. Slechta has worked at the Denison Bulletin & Review and Boone News-Republican as well as serving co-publisher of the Tama News-Herald for 17 years before purchasing The Kalona News from Bob and Dora Kallaus on June 1, 1992.
Jim and Bridget Johnson own Anamosa Publications. They also own the Wellman Advance and the Riverside Current, which they also acquired on Sept. 28.
“For 25 years, Ron and Helen Slechta have been producing a quality newspaper for the communities their newspapers served,” Jim Johnson said. “We look forward to continuing their tradition of excellence.”
In addition, Three Chicks Publications, LLC has sold the assets of The Wellman Advance and the Riverside Current in Iowa to Anamosa Publications owned by Jim and Bridget Johnson. The sale was effective Sept. 28, 2016.
The papers have been owned and operated by Ranee Fladung of Wellman and Mary Zielinski of Kalona. They have owned the Riverside Current since 2004 and they purchased the Wellman Advance in 2006.