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Watertown Public Opinion
TypeDaily newspaper
FoundedMarch 27, 1887
Headquarters120 Third Avenue NW, Watertown, South Dakota 57201 United States
Circulation9,336 (as of 2015)[1]

The Watertown Public Opinion is 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, Tuesday through Friday.


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 Kenosha WI based United Communications Corporation (UCC) March 1, 2002.

In 2016, it was sold by United Communications to Schurz Communications out of South Bend, IN.[2] It was sold again in 2019 to GateHouse Media.[3]


  1. ^ "2015 South Dakota Newspaper Directory". South Dakota Newspaper Association. 2014-12-16. Archived from the original on 2023-03-03. Retrieved 2023-05-20.
  2. ^ "Watertown newspaper subject to purchase by Schurz Communications - Schurz Communications Inc". 2016-09-01. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  3. ^ Staff reports. "GateHouse buys Schurz publishing division, including Public Opinion". Watertown Public Opinion. Retrieved 2019-02-02.