Mullen expands holdings with purchase of three South Dakota weeklies from Atkinson family


Publisher J. Louis Mullen has bought three South Dakota weeklies—the Mobridge Tribune, Potter County News in Gettysburg and the West River Eagle in Eagle Butte—from long-time owners Larry and Roberta Atkinson of Mobridge.

The sale includes the Monday Reminder shopper plus a web printing operation, Tribune Quick Print and a advertising specialty sale operation.

Julie Bergman of Grimes, McGovern & Associates represented the sellers.

“We wish Louis well in his new role as caretakers of our communities’ newspapers,” Larry Atkinson said. “As we have seen what his family has done over the years with the newspapers they publish, we feel confident our community newspapers are in good hands.”

Mullen, who is based in Buffalo, Wyoming, owns seven other community weekly newspapers in Oregon, Michigan and Washington state.