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Budgeteer wins 6 MNA awards

The Duluth Budgeteer News won six awards in the 1999-2000 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The awards were presented Saturday, Jan. 27, at the association's annual convention at the Radisson South in Blo...

The Duluth Budgeteer News won six awards in the 1999-2000 Better Newspaper Contest, sponsored by the Minnesota Newspaper Association.
The awards were presented Saturday, Jan. 27, at the association's annual convention at the Radisson South in Bloomington. The Budgeteer News received two first place awards, three second-place awards and one honorable mention.
Katie Spehar, advertising representative, took first place for best advertisement in the weeklies over 5,000 category. The judges wrote of the ad, for Harbor City Oil and Propane, "Extremely clever copy and use of children's book--style images. It is tough to have fun selling heating oil, but these folks did it!"
Also taking first place was graphic artist Aaron Kloss, for best editorial cartoon. The judges wrote about the cartoon, about biking to work to beat the price of gas, "Bold, artistic image draws reader right to this cartoon. The message is clear, and quickly apparent with a humorous delivery."
Reporter Jennifer Simonson received a second place in the category for Best Social Issues Feature Story for her series of stories called "Welcome Home." "There were a lot of veterans' stories in this category, but this seemed the most effective," the judges wrote. "The reporter found a number of especially dramatic stories and didn't get in their way."
The Budgeteer News and sports editor Jayson Hron received a second place for sports reporting. The judges wrote, "Jayson Hron has a clear and concise writing style. His commentaries are well thought out, giving a nice touch to the sports pages. I didn't see too many columns on sports pages in this category. There was a decent mix of features and game stories to liven up the pages."
The newspaper also received a second place award for best circulation promotion. This award was earned for the promotion of the Wednesday Budgeteer News when it was made into a paid-circulation newspaper last Feburary. The judges wrote, "Great fun to read, with clever copy. The ad works well in black and white -- no need for color on this one. It's simple and strong."
The Budgeteer also won an honorable mention for use of photography as a whole. The judges wrote, "So many great entries in this category made me go back numerous times to attempt to pick winners. This newspaper also had great flow between the photographs and stories."
"I am proud to be part of a newspaper with such a great staff," said Tom West, publisher of the Budgeteer News, who was attending the convention. "The people at the Budgeteer work very hard to give Duluthians the best newspaper they possibly can every week, so it's nice to be rewarded by our peers."
The St. Peter Herald was honored as the best weekly newspaper in the state, and the Rochester Post-Bulletin was honored as the best greater Minnesota daily.
It was also a good year for Duluth overall, as the Duluth-News Tribune also received six awards.
The judging this year was done by the New England Press Association. This year's Better Newspaper Contest had a record number of entries -- more than 3,800.

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