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WB Grimes and Company broker Iowa community newspaper sales

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Slechta Communications, a group of three community newspapers in Iowa, has been purchased by Anamosa Publications.

The papers involved in the transaction, terms of which were not disclosed, are The Kalona News, The Lone Tree Reporter and The Highland Review. Ron and Helen Slectha have owned the company since 1992 and announced plans 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. 

The owners of Anamosa Publications owners Jim and Bridget Johnson, who 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.”

Amamosa Publications also acquired the assets of two other Iowa newspapers—The Wellman Advance and the Riverside Current—from Three Chicks Publications LLC. 

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.  

Julie Bergman of WB Grimes and Company represented the sellers in both transactions.