The Lake County News-Chronicle, Cloquet Pine Journal and Duluth News Tribune received a number of awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest. Winners were announced Jan. 24 during the MNA awards banquet in Minneapolis.

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

• Bernie Bischoff, Richard Schmidtke and Michelle Truax, first place, Innovative Online Advertising for Lake Bank Community Banking Video Series.

• Adelle Whitefoot, second place, Columnist for "Harassment is harassment, period."

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

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

• Jamie Lund and Jana Peterson, first place, Local Breaking News Coverage.

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

• Louis St. George III, first place for all dailies, Sports Story for "Prep boys hockey: Forget state tournaments - some programs strive to survive."

• Samantha Erkkila, first place for all dailies, Best Use of Video for "Ice shattering on Lake Superior."

• Samantha Erkkila, first place for all dailies, Best Use of Social Media for the News Tribune's Instagram account.

• Chuck Frederick, first place for all dailies, Columnist.

• News Tribune staff, first place for all dailies, Special Section for the News Tribune's Back to College section.

• Chuck Frederick, second place, Herman Roe Editorial Writing Award recognizing excellence in editorial writing.

• News Tribune staff, second place, Editorial Page as a Whole.

• John Lundy, second place, Social Issues Story for "Clinical trial roadblocks: Patients, families, anguish over being denied participation in cutting-edge studies."

• Christa Lawler, third place, Sports Feature Story for "Winter Games: Salmela family builds mini-Olympic venue."

• Brooks Johnson, third place, Investigative Reporting for "The Risk Remains: Refinery's use of hydrogen fluoride not going anywhere fast."

• News Tribune staff, third place, General Excellence.

• Scott Blatchford, Ron Olson and Anna Hinsverk, third place, Advertising Campaign for Cloquet Ford Nostalgia.