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About Us


Mid-America Publishing Corporation, based in Hampton, Iowa, is a shareholder corporation, with the shareholders being Matt and Jeanette Grohe of Des Moines. The company was founded by Jeanette's grandfather, Willard Archie, in Shenandoah in 1962, and continued under the guidance of her father, David, until 1997. David was the founder of the well-known Iowan magazine. Matt is in real estate in Des Moines and Jeanette is a stay-at-home mom with the couple's three children.

By county, Mid-America owns and operates a number of publications, including, in Allamakee County, the Postville Herald; in Boone County, the Ogden Reporter; in Butler County, the Butler County Tribune-Journal in Allison, the Clarksville Star, and the Parkersburg Eclipse News Review; in Calhoun County, the Graphic-Advocate and associated shopper, in Lake City; in Cerro Gordo County, the Clear Lake Mirror Reporter and the Pioneer Enterprise of Rockwell; in Cherokee County, the Aurelia Star; in Clayton County, The Outlook in Monona; in Franklin County, the Sheffield Press, the Hampton Chronicle and associated shopper, and the Conservative Chronicle; in Grundy County, the Grundy Register in Grundy Center; in Hancock County, the Leader and associated shopper, in Garner; in Hardin County, the Eldora Newspapers; in Ida County, the Ida County Courier and the Holstein Advance; in Keokuk County, the Sigourney News-Review and The Keota Eagle; in Mahaska County, the Sun in New Sharon; in Winnebago County, the Buffalo Center Tribune; in Winneshiek County, the Calmar Courier; and in Wright County, The Eagle Grove Eagle and The Wright County Monitor and associated shopper, in Clarion.

The company also operates a monthly shopper, the Dual County Leader (Eagle Grove), a weekly regional advertising supplement, the Mid-America Marketplace; and one weekly political tabloid, the Conservative Chronicle.  In the fall of 2015, the company launched a twice-monthly Spanish-language newspaper for Wright and Franklin counties called Viva Iowa.

The corporation also provides commercial web printing services for several shoppers, newspapers, and other organizations. Commercial job printing services are also provided for individuals and businesses throughout the company's trade area.

The corporate headquarters is located at 9 2nd Street NW, Hampton, Iowa 50441. The company's mailing address is P.O. Box 29, Hampton, Iowa 50441.