New faces will be seen around Wagner and Lake Andes as Craig and Mary Steensland, of Printers, Inc., sold the Post, Wave and Announcer. As of April 1, Erin, Candice and Gus Walti took over as new owners. The papers will now be under the official ownership of Taboma Publications, LLC.
The Walti’s currently own and publish the Aurora County Standard (based in White Lake) and the Stickney Argus, both under Standard Publishing, Inc.
Erin Walti is a 2009 graduate from South Dakota State University. A history major, Erin grew up in the publishing world. Most recently, she was the assistant editor at the award-winning Chamberlain/Oacoma Sun, where she won numerous awards for writing.
Candice Walti graduated from SDSU’s journalism department in 1971. She worked for the Standard and the Argus under the previous owners for ten years before purchasing them with her husband, Gus.
Gus Walti is a native of New York state. Before working in the newspaper industry, Gus owned three restaurants in Watertown, NY and in South Dakota. He was also with the Watertown police department for six years and with the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department for three years.
The Walti’s noted that they’re looking forward to becoming a part of the community.
“Because of Erin’s recent graduation, we started looking around the region for available papers with which to expand. The addition of the Post, Wave and Announcer was a perfect fit,” said Candice Walti.
Mr. Walti also said the growth and strong business presence of the area contributed to the decision.
“We’ve seen that there’s a lot of new development in and around Wagner. We’re looking forward to contributing to that,” said Gus Walti.
The Walti’s said that although they don’t expect to make many drastic changes, they eagerly anticipate making their mark on the publications.
“The current staff and their system have worked remarkably well for some time now. We don’t want to change that; rather, we want to enhance what’s already here and make the paper something of which the community can be even prouder,” said Erin Walti.