About Us


The Appleton Press has been in publication for over 140 years and is proud to be family-owned by the Johnsons/Ehrenbergs for past 47 years.

Brothers Loren and Curtis Johnson purchased the weekly newspaper and custom printing shop in 1975. With Curtis’ retirement in 1995, Loren’s wife Dianne joined him as an owner. Curtis continues to write a weekly column for the newspaper.

A 1957 print/letterpress graduate of the Dunwoody Industrial Institute of Minneapolis, Loren brought years of experience in commercial printing to the business. While stationed in Heidelberg, Germany, while serving with the U.S. Armed Forces, he was head of a government printing department and operated a rolling press – a truck with equipment that allowed him to print topographical maps in the field.

Loren and Dianne purchased their first newspaper in Argyle, Minnesota – the Argyle Banner – in 1962. They returned to Appleton in 1975 with the purchase of The Appleton Press to raise their children Allan, Craig, and Leslie. Dianne was very active in their newspaper businesses as a writer.


Leslie Ehrenberg, Loren and Dianne’s daughter, became the owner of The Press in 2002 after 20 years of working in the family business. She and husband Steve have three children: Timothy, David, and Melissa. Empty nesters now, they continue to live on their farm home just north of Appleton.

Their son Tim joined the business in 2007 after having graduated from South Central College in Mankato with a degree in print press operation.



Leslie, Timothy, and April have grown the business to include the newest technology in their in-house print shop. Providing high quality print services is at their core of their business values.

Tim’s wife April became a part of the Ehrenberg publishing team in 2008 as graphic designer. Making their home in Appleton, the couple has three children: Damon, Adam, and Erik, and a granddaughter Lyla. Damon married Katelynn in 2021.

With our rich history and print experience we are here to help you from design to print.