J. Louis Mullen has bought the Emmons County Record in Linton, North Dakota, and the Prairie Pioneer in Pollock, South Dakota. Mullen bought the two papers on July 1 from long-time owners Allan and Leah Burke.

The Burkes bought the Prairie Pioneer in 1987 and the Emmons County Record in 1993.

Wyoming-based Mullen owns weeklies in North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Oregon and Washington.

The Pioneer and the Record are now under Mobridge Publishing, joining the Mobridge Tribune in Mobridge, South Dakota; the Potter County News in Gettysburg, South Dakota; and the West River Eagle in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

Julie Bergman of Grimes, McGovern & Associates represented the Burkes in the sale.