2021 Page One Awards — Newspapers (Less than 50k circulation)

CategoryPlacementNews OutletEntry Title (headline, broadcast title, etc):Journalist(s)
Breaking News CoverageFirst PlaceMankato Free PressMan Dies in River ShootingMark Fischenich
Breaking News CoverageSecond PlaceGrand Forks HeraldGunfire Kills Two in GFAdam Kurtz, Hannah Shirley, Korrie Wenzel and Eric Hylden
Breaking News CoverageThird PlacePine Knot NewsFond du Lac Grieves Mother SonJana Peterson
Deadline News CoverageFirst PlaceMankato Free PressMankato Schools ClosedBrian Arola
Deadline News CoverageSecond PlaceGrand Forks HeraldHolte willing to run toward danger; Grand Forks Public Health warns of looming crisisHannah Shirley
Deadline News CoverageThird PlaceDuluth News TribuneSchool Resource OfficersAdelle Whitefoot
Feature WritingFirst PlaceMankato Free PressGrain Bin Safety Becomes a Top PriorityTrey Mewes
Feature WritingSecond PlaceSouthwest JournalFeatures storiesZac Farber
Feature WritingThird PlaceNorth NewsDedicated group keeps hockey off thin ice; Violence is met by a tireless soldier of peace; Just a comedian? Local commedian Ashli Henderson discovered a side of herself that is feeing a community in crisisDavid Pierini
Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story)First PlaceDuluth News TribuneWho Duluth's lynching left behindMelinda Lavine and Kelly Busche
Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story)Second PlaceMinneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalA matter of degree...and dollarsTaryn Phaneuf and Matt Haesly
Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story)Third PlaceMankato Free PressBenefits on a dietBrian Arola
Enterprise/In-Depth (Series)First PlaceGrand Forks HeraldCOVID in jailsHannah Shirley and Joe Bowen
Enterprise/In-Depth (Series)Second PlaceDuluth News TribuneGraduating during a pandemicAdelle Whitefoot and Tyler Schank
Enterprise/In-Depth (Series)Third PlaceMinneapolis-St. Paul Business JournalRestaurant industry pandemic coverageDylan Thomas
InvestigativeFirst PlaceNRHEG Star EagleCARES Act money mishandledEli Lutgens
InvestigativeSecond PlaceMankato Free PressHagedorn, DJ deal could draw FEC inquiryTrey Mewes
InvestigativeThird PlaceCommunity ReporterNo Confidence: As UFM residents look to move program, patients flee a clinic adriftDavid Lamb
Business News CoverageFirst PlaceMinneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalThe Battle for BremerPatrick Rehkamp
Business News CoverageSecond PlaceSouthwest JournalBusiness StoriesZac Farber
Business News CoverageThird PlaceGrand Forks HeraldChanges and Rumors: What's Next for Altru?Sam Easter
Sports News CoverageFirst PlaceGrand Forks HeraldHunter Pinke series: UND football player injured in skiing accidentTom Miller
Sports News CoverageSecond PlaceGrand Forks HeraldInside the bubble: NCHC pod in OmahaBrad E. Schlossman
Sports News CoverageThird PlaceMinnesota/St.Paul Business JournalCovid: Good for GolfPat Rehkamp and Matt Haesly
Sports Feature WritingFirst PlaceDuluth News TribuneFormer Bulldog crafts hockey sticks into walking canesJon Nowacki
Sports Feature WritingSecond PlaceGrand Forks HeraldHunter Pinke: Glad I've got a glassTom Miller
Sports Feature WritingThird PlaceMankato Free PressDowns syndrome bball player - Kevin DudleyKevin Dudley
Sports ColumnsFirst PlaceGrand Forks HeraldHow Should UND Recognize This Hockey Season?Brad E. Schlossman
Sports ColumnsSecond PlaceMankato Free PressChad Courrier ColumnsChad Courrier
Sports ColumnsThird PlaceGrand Forks HeraldIt Was an Entertaining Night at the Old Ralph for a Virgil Hill FightWayne Nelson
Arts & Entertainment CoverageFirst PlaceDuluth News TribuneAnonymous UMD student's Instagram-based campus bathroom critiques offer dry-humored commentaryChrista Lawler
Arts & Entertainment CoverageSecond PlaceGrand Forks HeraldMusic during Covid; Mural in downtown Grand Forks; White House decorator Sadie GardnerPamela Knudson
Arts & Entertainment CoverageThird PlaceSouthwest JournalArts writingZac Farber
Arts Criticism/ReviewsFirst PlaceDuluth News TribuneCats' might have a second shot at lifeChrista Lawler
ColumnsFirst PlaceMankato Free PressTim Krohn columnsTim Krohn
ColumnsSecond PlaceMankato Free PressColumns by Diana Rojo-GarciaDiana Rojo-Garcia
ColumnsThird PlaceRochester Post BulletinJennifer KoskiJennifer Koski
Editorial and CommentaryFirst PlaceDuluth News TribuneOur ViewsChuck Frederick
Editorial and CommentarySecond PlaceCrookston TimesChandra BozelkoChandra Bozelko
Editorial and CommentaryThird PlaceYankton County ObserverBehind the Mask: Concern for OthersBrian Hunhoff
Page DesignFirst PlaceNorth NewsBoundless WatersDavid Pierini, Thomas Toley and Harry Colbert
HeadlinesFirst PlaceMankato Free PressThree headlines Kathy VosKathy Vos
HeadlinesSecond PlaceMinneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalHeadlinesMark Reilly
Best IssueFirst PlaceMinneapolis/St. Paul Business JournalJune 5, 2020, The AftermathDirk DeYoung
Best IssueSecond PlaceMankato Free Press3/22/2020 IssueStaff
Best IssueThird PlacePine Knott NewsEverything has changedMike Creger, Jana Peterson and staff