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West Central Tribune wins awards, including top magazine

WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune won three awards recently at the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest.

Live It! Magazine, the Tribune's bimonthly lifestyle magazine, was named the best magazine among all daily newspapers in the state. The magazine was produced with the direction and design of features editor Sharon Bomstad and the writing of digital content coordinator Dan Burdett.

"These were two excellent magazines," said the category judge of Live It! issues.

Rochester Magazine, published by the Rochester Post-Bulletin, placed second and Prairie Business, published by the Grand Forks Herald, placed third in the daily magazine category.

Tribune photographer Rand Middleton won first-place honors in the photo story category among all dailies for "The principal and the pig."

Tribune reporter Carolyn Lange received runner-up honors in the arts and entertainment story category for her story on "Historical Society takes on project to photograph every church in the county." "The writer does a great job explaining the church photography project and why it is important," said the category judge.

Other winners among regional newspapers include:

Morris Sun-Tribune: press photographer's portfolio, Brooke Kern, second place, all weeklies; best website, weeklies up to 2,500; sports photo, Brooke Kern, third place, weeklies 1,501-2,500; general excellence, first place, weeklies 1,501-2,500.

Clara City Herald: photo story, second, Billie Jo Rassat, weeklies under 1,500.

Eden Valley Watkins Voice: best advertisement, third, Jessica Euerle, Julie Bulau, Emily Leumer and Michael Jacobson, weeklies up to 1,500; social issues stories, second, Laurie Schultz, Teens Talk about depression, anxiety, weeklies up to 1,500.

Hancock Record: best use of video, second, Brooke Kern, weeklies up to 2,500.

Kerkhoven Banner: best advertising campaign, first, Sophie's Ice Cream Station, all newspapers; best advertisement, second,Ted Almen, weeklies up to 1,500.

Litchfield News: general excellence, weeklies 2,501-5,000.

Pope County Tribune: feature photo, second, Emma Jordahl, weeklies 2,501,-5,000; explanation of new operations/ethics, third, Tim Douglass and Deb Mercier, all newspapers.

Raymond News: feature photo, first, Josie Oliver, weeklies under 1,500.

Renville County Register: classified ad section, second, weeklies up to 2,500;