After 43 years as owners of the Ransom County Gazette in Lisbon, North Dakota, Sean and Cheryl Kelly announced on Nov. 1 that they have sold the publication to NorDak Publishing. 

Besides the Gazette, the Kellys announced the sale of the Sargent County Teller, Cass County Reporter, and Traill County Tribune. NorDak Publishing bought all four papers.

These are the first newspapers NorDak has owned in North Dakota. J. Louis Mullen of Buffalo, Wyoming, owns NorDak. Mullen owns 11 other community weekly newspapers in South Dakota, Michigan, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.

Kelsey Majeske is the new publisher of the four North Dakota papers as well as three in South Dakota. Julie Bergman of Grimes, McGovern and Associates represented the Kellys in the sale.