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Main Street Media Founder Jack Krier Dies

Jack KrierJohn "Jack" Ronald Krier of Warsaw, Missouri and formerly of Russell died Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa. He suffered a massive heart attack October 9. He was 77.

Krier was born September 24, 1940 in Mitchell, South Dakota, the son of John M. Krier and Bernadette J. Michels of Emery, South Dakota.

He was raised in Alexandria, South Dakota and graduated from AHS in 1958. He graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings in 1962 with degrees in journalism and print management.

Krier started working in the newspaper business when he was in the eighth grade as a "printers devil." In high school he started writing sports stories for the paper and the dream of owning his own paper someday began.

After college, he joined the National Guard. His first job was for Jack Lough, owner of the Albion News and president of the National Newspaper Association in Albion, Nebraska. Six months later, he met Kathleen Carver and told her immediately that he was going to marry her. They were married February 6, 1965.

In June 1965, they purchased the Bridgewater Tribune in Bridgewater, South Dakota. Their first two daughters, DiAnn and Julie, were born while there. In 1968, they sold the paper and Krier worked for The Dickie County Leader in Ellendale, North Dakota to help out because of a tragedy at the paper.

In 1970, they purchased the Optic-News in Wellsville, Missouri. Daughter number three, Sheryl, and a son, James, were born. In 1976, they moved to Audubon, Iowa and purchased the Audubon News-Advocate and the Exira Journal. Eventually they bought out the Nishna Valley Tribune. The company expanded by forming Jumbo Jack's Cookbook Company, and specialized in printing cookbooks as fundraisers. Daughter number four, Nicole was born.

Krier retired in 1991 and moved to Kimberling City, Missouri. Retirement wasn't what he wanted, so the hunt for another paper was on. They bought the Table Rock Gazette in Kimberling City and sold it. Next they started a new paper, The Stone County Gazette, and sold it.

Then, instead of one or two newspapers, he bought three and grew that group in Missouri: Carrollton Democrat, Lexington News, Higginsville Advance, Norborne Democrat-Leader, Santa Fe Times in Alma, Glasgow Missourian, Windsor Review, Cole Camp Courier, Lincoln New Era, St. Clair Courier in Osceola, Appleton City Journal, Humansville Star-Leader and Rich Hill Mining Review.

In 2000, he purchased the Lyons Daily News in Kansas, but later sold the newspaper, then bought the Russell County News and the Natoma Independent. This was the beginning of Main Street Media.

They went on to purchase the Ellis Review, Plainville Times, Phillips County Review in Phillipsburg, Downs News & Times, Smith County Pioneer in Smith Center and Cawker City Ledger, then in Nebraska the Red Cloud Chief, Franklin Chronicle, Harlan County Journal in Alma and Blue Hill Leader, then back to Kansas for the Lindsborg News-Record, Gove County Advocate in Quinter, and, just recently, the Sterling Bulletin.

In 2015 the Kriers sold the majority percent of the stock in Main Street Media, Inc. to Frank Mercer and Joe Blum, both business associates and friends.

Krier retired again to Warsaw, Missouri where he couldn't sit still. He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church and on the parish council, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and editor of the church bulletin.

His hobbies included watching the Cleveland Indians and all baseball. Above most things he loved following Lincoln Cardinal sports.

Over the years he was a member of the Jaycees, Lions Club, American Legion, several community economic development groups and more.

Surviving Krier is his wife of 52 years, Kathy; a son, James (Kami) Krier of Warsaw; four daughters, DiAnn Bills of Warsaw, Julie (Ken) Pingrey of Coon Rapids, Iowa, Sheryl (Peter) Kao of Southlake, Texas, and Nikki (John Plumlee) Krier of Branson West; eight grandchildren, Miranda Bills, MacKenzie Bills, Wilson Pingrey, Levi Pingrey, Makena Kao, Olivia Kao, Ashton Plumlee and Kennedy Krier; two brothers, Dick (Pat) Krier, Idaho, and Don (Faye) Krier, South Dakota; and two sisters, Delores Rudie, Minnesota, and Judie (John) Hritz, California.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother and a brother-in-law, Stanley Rudie.

Funeral services will be at 10 AM on November 25, 2017 at St. Ann Catholic Church in Warsaw, followed at Noon by a Celebration of Life and Fellowship at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Warsaw.

(Information courtesy Kansas Press Association.)

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