Scherer Publishing, owned by Bob and Mandy Scherer of Martin, South Dakota, is buying the Hot Springs Star (South Dakota) from Lee Enterprises. It will be merged with the Fall River County Herald, starting with the Dec. 12 edition of the Fall River County Herald Star, the Herald reported. The Fall River County Herald was formerly known as The Edgemont Herald-Tribune.

“We believe in local journalism and that is why we made a decision recently that we believe will lead to better local journalism in this area,” said Rapid City Journal Publisher Matt Tranquill, who also handles the Hot Springs Star. “Instead of having two competing papers fighting for limited advertising and subscription dollars, we decided to sell the Hot Springs Star to Scherer Publishing who owns the Fall River County Herald. Brett Nachtigall, who was publisher of the Hot Springs Star for 16 years, is currently the publisher of the Fall River County Herald. He will continue in that role in for the new combined product.”

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