The Jamestown Sun received the General Excellence award for small daily newspapers from the North Dakota Newspaper Association on Friday, May 1. The award was announced on Friday by NDNA and was among awards given in the North Dakota Newspaper Association's Better News Contest for work done in 2019.

Other newspapers in The Sun's circulation category are the Devils Lake Journal, Dickinson Press, Valley City Times-Record, Wahpeton Daily News Media and Williston Herald.

The Sun received a total of 30 awards in news, photography and advertising. The awards listed include the placing, category and name of entry, if applicable:

News awards:

  • Kathy Steiner, managing editor, first place, Editorial page

  • Keith Norman, reporter, first place, Reporting, "More sex offenders;" first place, Reporting Series, Frontier Village Association situation; second place, Government Reporting, "NDSH future;" Business News, "60 years"

  • Erin Musland, former reporter, second place, Feature Reporting, "Vietnam veteran celebrates chance for life"

  • Jamestown Sun staff: third place, Editorial, "Village part of city's heritage;" second, Special News Section, the progress edition "Stepping Forward" featuring leaders of the community.

  • Jamestown Sun sports staff: first place, sports page/section

  • Michael Savaloja, sports editor, first place, Sports Reporting, "Hockey Heaven: Hockey Day North Dakota underway;" first place, Sports Feature, "Jamestown's '74 Girls B‐ball team to set another first;" second place, Sports Column, "Speedway should fine‐tune 7 p.m. starts"

  • Mitchell Johnson, former sports reporter, first place, Sports Series, "JHS basketball completes perfect season;" second place, Sports Feature, "Braun brothers look to build off strong WDA tourney"

  • Katie Gerber, sports reporter, second place, Sports Series, "JHS volleyball crowned state consolation champs;" third place, Sports Feature, "Carrington's Smiths share a unique athletic honor"

  • Meghan Dowhaniuk, a designer for Forum Communications Co., second, Section/Feature Front Design, for a front-page design of the Sun Country

  • Jamestown Sun, third place, Overall Design Excellence

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Photography awards:

  • John Steiner, first place, Spot News Photo, "Locked Down;" first place, Pictorial Photo, "Wintry Autumn;" first place, Portrait Photo, "Longtime Love;" first place, Agricultural Photo, "On Dry Ground;" first place, Outdoor Recreation Photo, "Sharing the water;" second place, News Photo, "No Exit;" third place, Picture Story, "Hockey Day North Dakota"

Advertising awards:

  • Gavin Kutz, multi-media sales consultant, first place, Financial Ad, Move Forward; second place, Food Ad, IDK Bar n Grill; third place, Apparel Ad, Let's go hunting;

  • Suzette Schafer, former multi-media sales consultant, honorable mention, Single Ad, Best Pet Groomer
  • Ronald Schock, former multi-media sales consultant, honorable mention, Use of Color, Vivacious Salon