Staples World sold to group including its editor, Anderson


Devlin Newspapers Inc. has sold the Staples (Minnesota) World to RMM Publications LLC, a new company formed by longtime Minnesota newspaper owners Rick Gail and Mike Kremer, as well as the weekly’s current editor, Mark Anderson.

Julie Bergman of Grimes, McGovern and Associates represented Devlin Newspapers in the sale.

The sale brought to a close a 26-year era of owning Staples World for Bill and Margie Devlin of Finley, North Dakota. It was also their last newspaper holding, having spent much of their careers, and marriage, publishing community newspapers in North Dakota and Minnesota.

Brenda Halvorson, general manager of Staples World, announced that her retirement from journalism would coincide with the sale of the newspaper, which was effective January 1. She had held that position for the past 30 years.

Rick Gail and Mike Kremer have been partners in four weekly newspaper ventures over the past 30. The two added Anderson to their business partnership with the purchase of Staples World.