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Duluth News Tribune, community papers win MNA awards

The Duluth News Tribune, Cloquet Pine Journal and Lake County News-Chronicle received a number of awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest. Winners were announced Thursday night during the MNA awards banquet...

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The Duluth News Tribune, Cloquet Pine Journal and Lake County News-Chronicle received a number of awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest. Winners were announced Thursday night during the MNA awards banquet in the Twin Cities.

Competing in the large daily newspaper division (circulations over 10,000), the News Tribune won the following awards:

• Christa Lawler, first place, Arts & Entertainment Story for "Building character," about actor Jody Kujawa's transformation into a 600-pound man for Renegade Theater Company's production of "The Whale."

• Brady Slater, first place, Investigative Reporting for "Safety concerns follow Fraser," about Fraser Shipyards' workplace safety issues.

• News Tribune staff, first place, Typography and Design

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• News Tribune staff, first place, Website

• News Tribune staff, second place, Use of Photography as a Whole

• News Tribune staff, second place, General Excellence

• News Tribune staff, third place, Category X: Coverage of Local Law Enforcement

• Jon Nowacki, third place, Sports Story for "Making the Most of Life," about a former Minnesota Duluth football player battling ALS.

• News Tribune staff, third place, Classified Ad Section

Competing in the mid-sized weekly newspaper division (circulations between 2,501-5,000), the Pine Journal won the following awards:

• Jana Peterson, first place for all newspapers, Freedom of Information Award for her coverage of Cloquet city government.

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• Parnell Thill, first place, Columnist for "Notes From the Small Pond"

• Pine Journal staff, first place, General Reporting

• Pine Journal staff, first place, Use of Photography as a Whole

• Pine Journal staff, second place, Website

• Pine Journal staff, third place, General Excellence

Competing in the weekly newspaper division (circulations between 1,501-2,500), the News-Chronicle won the following awards:

• Adelle Whitefoot, first place for all weeklies, Press Photographer's Portfolio

• News-Chronicle staff, first place, Advertising Excellence

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• Adelle Whitefoot, second place, Best Use of Multi-Media for an election forum.

• Adelle Whitefoot, second place, Photo Story for "Cabin Fever Reliever," a photo essay covering a fundraiser for Two Harbors Community Radio.

• News-Chronicle staff, third place, General Excellence

• Jamey Malcomb, third place, Sports Story for "Tori Bott battles back," about a Two Harbors student who suffered a debilitating back injury early in her career but rehabbed it and was part of an AAU volleyball team that placed high nationally last summer.

• Adelle Whitefoot, third place, Sports Photo, "A high jump for Christian Beamer"

Rick Lubbers has been in his role since 2014 and at the News Tribune since 2005. Previous stops include the Superior Telegram (1999-2005) and Budgeteer News (1997-1999). Prior to that, he worked at the St. Cloud Times and Annandale Advocate in Minnesota, and the Greenville Daily News and Grand Rapids Press in Michigan. He received his journalism degree at Central Michigan University.
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