ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Dakota Media Group has laid off seven employees at the American News and the Farm Forum in Aberdeen and four workers at the Watertown Public Opinion.

Dakota Media Group Publisher Kevin Shaw says the company is restructuring to increase profitability. An unspecified number of vacant positions also will remain unfilled.

The layoffs represent about 7 percent of the Dakota Media Group workforce. Shaw says they should ensure the company is profitable through this year and into next year.

The workers who lost jobs are being given a severance package.

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Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com