Watertown Public Opinion

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Watertown Public Opinion
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) GateHouse Media
PublisherKevin Shaw
FoundedMarch 27, 1887
Headquarters120 Third Avenue NW, Watertown, South Dakota 57201 United States
Website thepublicopinion.com

The Watertown Public Opinion is a six-day daily newspaper published in Watertown, South Dakota, United States, serving eastern South Dakota and western Minnesota. The fourth largest newspaper in South Dakota publishes in the afternoon, Monday through Friday, and a weekend edition on Saturday morning.

Watertown, South Dakota City in South Dakota, United States

Watertown is a city in and the county seat of Codington County, South Dakota, United States. The population was 21,482 at the 2010 census. It is the fifth largest city in South Dakota. It is also the principal city of the Watertown Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Codington and Hamlin counties.

South Dakota State of the United States of America

South Dakota is a U.S. state in the Midwestern region of the United States. It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux Native American tribes, who compose a large portion of the population and historically dominated the territory. South Dakota is the seventeenth largest by area, but the fifth smallest by population and the 5th least densely populated of the 50 United States. As the southern part of the former Dakota Territory, South Dakota became a state on November 2, 1889, simultaneously with North Dakota. Pierre is the state capital and Sioux Falls, with a population of about 187,200, is South Dakota's largest city.

Minnesota State of the United States of America

Minnesota is a state in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and northern regions of the United States. Minnesota was admitted as the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858, created from the eastern half of the Minnesota Territory. The state has a large number of lakes, and is known by the slogan the "Land of 10,000 Lakes". Its official motto is L'Étoile du Nord.



Founded two years before South Dakota statehood, the Public Opinion in its first 110 years had a succession of local owners, including Stitzel X. Way, whose family ran it for 94 years before selling to UCC March 1, 2002. On September 1, 2016 Schurz Communications Inc (SCI), a Mishawaka, IN based family-owned newspaper and cable TV operator, purchased the newspaper from United Communications in a private family-to-family transaction. The P/O joins the Aberdeen (SD) "American News" and "Farm Forum" as part of the new Dakota Media Group, owned and operated by SCI.

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In 2016, it was sold by United Communications to Schurz Communications out of South Bend, IN. [1] It was sold again in 2019 to GateHouse Media. [2]

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  1. "Watertown newspaper subject to purchase by Schurz Communications - Schurz Communications Inc". 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  2. reports, Staff. "GateHouse buys Schurz publishing division, including Public Opinion". Watertown Public Opinion. Retrieved 2019-02-02.