Livingston Enterprise sold to Minnesota-based media group

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The Livingston Enterprise and its parent company Yellowstone Newspapers are being sold to a Minnesota-based media group, according to an announcement Monday from the two companies.

An agreement was reached last Friday between John Sullivan, president of the Montana Group, and Mark Adams, president and CEO of Adams Publishing Group, APG, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The sale is expected to be completed by Nov. 1, according to a joint announcement.

The sale will end a 57-year history for the Yellowstone Group, which began in 1965 with the purchase of the Miles City Star, and has grown to include 13 daily, bi-weekly and weekly newspapers and become the largest owned newspaper. in Montana. band. The sale also included the group’s commercial printing business.

“After more than half a century of running these community newspapers in Montana,” Sullivan said, “it’s time to hand over their care and nourishment to a new team. We are confident that Mark Adams and his new organization will take good care of our newspapers and our communities.

Adams Publishing is a family-owned company founded in 2014, and now owns over 120 newspapers and over 220 media-related and related digital products in 19 states across the country.

“We would like to thank John Sullivan and his team for their excellent management of these logs over the years,” Adams said. “APG is thrilled to be working with Yellowstone Media Operations in Montana. This opportunity is a great strategic complement to our Big Sky region based in Bozeman, and we look forward to providing this region with greater regional and local community journalism as well as a wider advertiser audience.

The purchase will add to APG’s footprint in the state, which already includes the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and Belgrade News, in addition to a number of specialty products in those communities.

The Yellowstone team adds more than 100 employees to APG’s Big Sky region and additional production capacity for in-house and commercial printing. APG will enhance digital content for subscribers and offer expanded digital marketing and advertising solutions to local businesses. By consolidating business operations, APG will free up local resources to focus on serving local communities.

Yellowstone newspapers included in purchase, in addition to The Enterprise, include The Miles City Star, The Glendive Ranger-Review, The Lewistown News-Argus, The Dillon Tribune, The Big Timber Pioneer, The Laurel Outlook, The Carbon County News, The Bighorn County News, The Stillwater County News, The Terry Tribune, The (Forsyth) Independent Press and The Judith Basin Press.

The Yellowstone Group’s radio station, KATL-FM and Star Printing Co. and Office Supply, both of Miles City, were not included in the sale.

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