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Jamestown Sun wins 54 awards at state newspaper convention

The Jamestown Sun received 54 awards last weekend from the annual North Dakota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were announced Saturday at the annual North Dakota Newspaper Association Convention Saturday in Bismarck.

The Sun competed in the category of daily newspapers with circulations of 12,000 or less. Other newspapers in that category are from the cities of Devils Lake, Dickinson, Wahpeton, Williston and Valley City.

The Sun received the General Excellence award, the overall award for newspapers in its category. Judges said of the newspaper in awarding it first place: “This entry had the total package. It was very well designed with a strong, clean presentation throughout the entries. The stories are well displayed with a balance of news, features, local and national. The photography was a clear winner for this entry.”

In addition to the General Excellence award, the Sun received 33 news, sports and photo awards and 20 advertising awards.

The Sun took third place in overall design excellence and second for its website, www.jamestown

Sun news staff placed first in the special section category for the progress edition with the theme, “My Way.” Sun staff also received a second in editorial writing for an editorial advocating Stutsman County continue its membership in South Central Dakota Regional Council, “Stutsman County is better off with SCDRC.”

Managing editor Kathy Steiner took second in front page design.

Reporter Kari Lucin received a first-place award in the reporting category for the story, “Dispatcher fired for breaking confidentiality rules.” Keith Norman earned a second place in the same category for a story on Dakota Spirit Ag Energy breaking ground on an ethanol plant.

Lucin and Norman also received a first-place award in government reporting series for their stories on issues related to crew camps.

Lucin received a second-place award for feature reporting, on “Rescuers finally catch elusive dog,” and second in business news reporting for a story on Dakota Skies.

Former reporter Charly Haley, who is now a reporter at the Grand Forks Herald, earned first in business news reporting for her story on businesses struggling to find workers and an honorable mention for her spot news coverage on a lockdown at the University of Jamestown.

Former reporter Ben Rodgers received a second-place award in government reporting for coverage of a South Central Dakota Regional Council meeting.

Production manager Karla Patch-Anderson received two awards for informational graphics: first place for a graphic on pay for Jamestown police, and a third place for a graphic on navigating the Affordable Care Act.

Sports Editor David Selvig and sports reporters Chris Aarhus and Michael Savaloja earned first for the Sun’s sports pages. Selvig also received a second-place award in a sports column, “Bad press sells papers.”

Aarhus placed first in sports reporting for his story “Winds of change,” on American Legion baseball switching to three classes. He received third in sports feature with his story, “Love of the ice,” on Jamestown High School hockey player Jake Stilwell. Aarhus placed third in sports reporting series for “Blue Jays soar to first-ever state title,” his coverage on the girls’ volleyball team. Savaloja placed second in the sports reporting series category for his coverage on the Stockcar Stampede.

Aarhus also received a third-place award in sports photo.

Photographer John M. Steiner received 11 awards in photo categories. He took first and honorable mention in the news photo category for photos on snowstorms and window vandalism at area businesses, respectively. He received first in spot news for a fire at a rural shop. He placed second for a Camp Invention photo in the feature category. He took second and honorable mention in the picture story category for after fire photo coverage at Faith Lutheran Church in Valley City and photos of icicles, respectively.

In pictorial photos, Steiner placed second and honorable mention with flag and raindrop images. In portrait photo, he placed first. He received an honorable mention in agricultural photo with a picture of cattle being bathed. Lastly, he placed third in the outdoor recreation photo category.

Advertising staff received 20 awards in various categories.

Gavin Kutz, advertising consultant, took two awards in the agricultural ad category. He placed second with an Enzminger Steel ad and received an honorable mention for an AgCountry ad. He placed first in food ad with former graphic designer Stephanie Springer with an IDK Bar & Grill ad. Kutz and Patch-Anderson received an honorable mention for an R.M. Stoudt vehicle ad, third place for a Ducks Unlimited outdoors/sports ad and honorable mention for a single ad, CC Bliss.

Lisa Barnick, advertising consultant, received a second place for a Wilhelm grand opening vehicle ad. Kutz, Barnick and Springer received a second for a state girls hockey outdoors/sports ad. Barnick and Patch-Anderson placed first in promotion of the community with Shop Local and second with the Tax Time Professional Guide, a special advertising section. Barnick and Springer placed first in the signature page with a state volleyball ad.

Austin Bauer, advertising consultant, and Springer received an honorable mention for food ad and small space add on Tapps Lounge, first for an entertainment/liquor ad featuring Hugo’s “mommy’s time out,” and second for an ad series on the Stutsman County Fair.

Rena Hoggarth, advertising consultant, and Patch-Anderson placed third in entertainment/liquor ad with a Cork & Barrel truckload sale and second in health care ad with Professional Eyecare. Hoggarth and Springer placed third with a Simple Home ad.

Robyn McDonald and Patch-Anderson took first with a single ad on graduation.

Patch-Anderson placed second with an ad promoting the newspaper – readership, with an ad on the Sun’s award-winning news.