Gowrie News has new owners

GOWRIE — Gowrie’s 127-year-old weekly newspaper has new owners.

Rick and Julie Vinsand now own the Gowrie News. They took ownership earlier this month.

The Vinsands own Kesho Publications in Gowrie, which publishes the trucking and farm magazines Roadworx and Farmworx.

The Gowrie News will now be housed in the Kesho Publications building, just across the street from the News’ former building, Julie Vinsand said.

Both the Gowrie News and the Dayton Review were formerly owned by Glenn Schreiber, who still owns the Review.

“I’m wishing the new owners well,” Shreiber said. “They seem to be pretty good people. They’ve done good things over the years with some other print publications.”

The latest edition of the Dayton Review says Schreiber experienced a major heart attack in mid-January, and decided to downsize his business after talking with health care specialists and reading up on heart attacks.

“I’ve been in weekly newspapers for over 40 years,” Schreiber told The Messenger. “At this point in my life I want to do something different.”

Julie Vinsand said, “We decided to buy the Gowrie News because we wanted to better serve the community. We’re excited to take it over and bring some changes for the better.”

The couple has owned the trucking publication since 2004 and the farm magazine since 2011.

Schreiber said he was with the Pocahontas Record Democrat before selling that publication. He purchased the Dayton Review on Feb. 1, 2001. That paper is now in its 140th year.

He bought the Gowrie News from Bob Patton in late 2011, Schreiber said.

“I was not really thinking about getting another newspaper, but it was so close to us,” he said. “Twelve miles away? … It made so much sense.”

Dayton, a town of about 800, has a second weekly paper, the Dayton Leader, which is now in its fourth year.

Recently, the Dayton Review lost its status as a Webster County paper of record to the Leader for the second year in a row.

The Review served as a paper of record for only about a month and a half in 2016. The Leader was named paper of record at the beginning of the year, and a court challenge was not heard until Nov. 18, at which time the court overturned the earlier decision and appointed the Review as paper of record for the remainder of 2016.

An article in the Feb. 22 Review states the Review lost a total of three government legal publications. Votes were held over one week while Schreiber was in the hospital, the paper said.

The Messenger and the Gowrie News are the other two papers of record for Webster County. These publish official county proceedings, which is a source of revenue. Between all three papers, Webster County spends tens of thousands of dollars each year.