Local Businessman Dwight Opperman Dies At 89

The former CEO of West Publishing Company most recently served as chairman of Minneapolis-based Key Investment.

Dwight Opperman, a well-known local businessman and former CEO of West Publishing Company, died Thursday at age 89.

Most recently, Opperman served as chairman of Key Investment, Inc., a Minneapolis-based investment company and owner of MSP Communications, which publishes Twin Cities Business.

Opperman helped lead Eagan-based West as it developed Westlaw, an online legal research service. The company was sold in 1996 to Thomson Reuters for $3.4 billion.

The Star Tribune reported Thursday on Opperman’s life and death, describing his roles as a philanthropist and businessman. Opperman died peacefully at his home in California, after a short illness, the newspaper reported.

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