Country Media, Inc. of Scottsbluff, Nebraska has reached an agreement to purchase the assets of Dickson Media, Inc. The announcement was made earlier this week to Dickson employees by company officers, according to John Cribb of Bolitho-Cribb & Associates, who represented Dickson Media, Inc. in the sale. Country Media was represented by Dirks, Van Essen & Murray.

The publications include the Meade County Times-Tribune and the Black Hills Press in Sturgis; Lawrence County Centennial, Deadwood; Belle Fourche Post & Bee, Belle Fourche; Butte County Irrigator, Newell; Lemmon Leader, Lemmon; Tri-State Livestock News, Sturgis; Adams County Record, Hettinger, ND; Bowman Finder and Bowman County Pioneer, Bowman, ND; Cavalier County Republican, Langdon, ND; Dunn County Herald, Killdeer, ND; The Herald in New England, ND; and the Fallon County Times in Baker, MT.

“It has been a pleasure to have been associated with the fine people and publications that have been part of the Western Division of publications,” said Gary Greene, president of Dickson Media, “and we are confident that their tradition of excellence will continue under the ownership of Country Media.”

Steve Hungerford, president and founder of Country Media, was present for the announcement and said he is very pleased that Dickson’s Western Division will be part of his company. “We are impressed with the quality of the employees and the work they produce,” said Hungerford. “And we certainly are pleased with the vitality of the communities served by these newspapers.”

Hungerford, publisher of the Daily Star-Herald in Scottsbluff for the past 10 years, has owned and managed newspapers in Nebraska, Oregon and Montana. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Nebraska and Oregon. He and his wife, Carol and their two children live in Scottsbluff.

During its ownership of the newspapers, Dickson combined the resources of the division to better serve readers and customers. Additionally, the company has expanded its electronic presence by publishing many of its newspapers online and offering readers an electronic platform for local news.

“Our plan is to grow Country Media by expanding our present publications plus additional acquisitions to our company,” Hungerford said.

He added that the current management and employee structure will stay in place. “This is a very well-managed company and I am delighted that all of the management and employees will be joining Country Media.”

Bolitho-Cribb & Associates is a publishing company brokerage firm with offices in Montana, Florida, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Published September 27, 2000

Charlottesville, VA