Adams Publishing Group has bought the Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership from W.D. Hoard & Sons Company. The Daily Jefferson County Union and the affiliated Hometown News Limited Partnership publish 13 community newspapers and shoppers in six counties in south central Wisconsin. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hometown News publishes the Sun Prairie Star, a twice-weekly newspaper, and eight weekly newspapers: Milton Courier, Cambridge News/Deerfield Independent, Lake Mills Leader, Herald-Independent/McFarland Thistle (covering Monona, Cottage Grove and McFarland), Waterloo/Marshall Courier, Waunakee Tribune, DeForest Times-Tribune and the Lodi Enterprise/Poynette Press.

Brian Knox, president of W. D. Hoard & Sons Company, will run the company’s other businesses including the Hoard’s Dairyman magazine, other agricultural publications, a dairy farm, cheese products and other businesses.

Minneapolis-based Adams Publishing Group has also bought two other Wisconsin papers, the Watertown Daily Times and Dodge County Independent News, from James M. Clifford. The Watertown Daily Times is published Monday through Friday and the Dodge County Independent News is weekly. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

James Clifford said that it was a hard day for the family but felt the Times would be in a stronger position as part of a larger group. “My family and I have enjoyed being stewards of this important community institution the past 99 years. We believe we have selected a new owner that will carry on in the best interests of Watertown, the readers of the Daily Times and our wonderful employees,” he said.

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