- Owner of The Times now owns more than 45 newspapers
Rust Communications Inc., owner of The Brazil Times has announced the addition of the Linton Daily Citizen, Linton, Ind., to its newspaper family.
The Cape Girardeau, Mo. based media company, which owns the Southeast Missourian, has acquired several newspapers in Northwest Iowa and one in Indiana from Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., based in Birmingham, Ala. The newspaper deals were announced concurrently in Iowa and Indiana on Dec. 31 with the effective transition taking place Jan. 1.
The newspapers bought by Rust in Iowa are The Spencer Daily Reporter, Northwest Iowa Shopper, Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune, Buena Vista County Shopper, Dickinson County News and Okobojian. In a separate transaction, Rust acquired the Linton Daily Citizen in Indiana.
The three newspaper locations in northwest Iowa will continue to be managed by Paula Buenger as group publisher. Bob Madsen will remain at the helm of the Storm Lake property, serving as general manager. At the Linton Daily Citizen, Randy List, publisher and part-owner of Rust newspapers in Greencastle and Brazil, Ind. will become the publisher.
"It is a great pleasure to return these properties to family ownership," Rex Rust, co-president, told newspaper associates in Iowa Tuesday. "Our local publishers are key in this process.
"When we say we empower our publishers to manage their newspapers, we mean that we intend for them to be the eyes and ears of the community and to serve the community with great news products," Rust added. "The best decisions are made locally, and that is how Rust newspapers are managed.
"This in itself -- the empowerment of our publishers -- has been a formula for our success," said Jon Rust, co-president. "It has enabled us to grow from four newspapers 10 years ago to over 45 newspapers in seven states -- including 16 daily newspapers.
"Chief Operating Officer Wally Lage, Chairman Gary Rust and a team of department heads and associates who take great pride in creating excellent products are the other keys to this growth."
Rust Communications owns other newspapers in Iowa and Indiana. In 1997, Rust bought the LeMars (Iowa) Daily Sentinel and added newspapers in Anthon, Kingsley and Correctionville shortly thereafter.
Two newspapers in Cherokee, Iowa, were purchased last year and merged into the Cherokee Chronicle Times. In Indiana, Rust acquired The (Greencastle) Banner-Graphic and The Brazil Times within the past four years.
"We seek to grow the company strategically in ways that we can serve advertisers and readers better," said Wally Lage. "This latest acquisition strengthens two of our existing clusters."
Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. is one of the largest newspaper conglomerates in the United States with newspapers in over 200 communities. It recently acquired several larger dailies in the Midwest, including the Joplin (Mo.) Globe.