Adams Publishing Group to buy ECM Publishers

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — A family-owned media company in St. Louis Park intends to purchase one of the country’s largest publishers of weekly newspapers.

Adams Publishing Group announced Wednesday that it is purchasing ECM Publishers Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Adams Publishing Group has multiple publications, including 63 community newspapers, 18 shoppers, 20 specialty publications and 81 websites, the he Mesabi Daily News reported.

The company’s website says it serves communities in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Idaho, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and Washington D.C.

ECM has 50 publications and reaches more than 600,000 households in central Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Its holdings include several of the weekly “Sun” newspapers in the Twin Cities metro area.

Coon Rapids-based ECM was founded by former Minnesota Gov. Elmer Andersen in 1976.