2020 Page One Awards in Newspaper Journalism (circulation <50,000)

MNSPJ congratulates all the winners recognized Tuesday night at the annual Page One Awards!  Here’s a list of winners for excellence in newspaper journalism (circulation under 50,000).


1A. Breaking News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Tess Williams Grand Forks Herald Man steals car, dies in I-29 crash These stories had good follow-up and asked the right questions. I thought it was important that these articles mentioned that it was unclear why officers initially arrived on the scene and drew attention to the missing body camera footage.
  Second Place Emily Allen Grand Forks Herald Bright future for the Base  
  Third Place Kristine Goodrich Mankato Free Press March standoff  
    Pat Christman      
1B. Deadline News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Emily Allen Grand Forks Herald Bright future for GF Air Force Base The clear, crisp writing and variety of voices elevated the story above the crowd.
  Second Place Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press Flooding in Henderson, Garden City  
    Brian Arola      
  Third Place Adam Kurtz Grand Forks Herald Kittsona seeks deal with city on rent  
1C. Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press Tim Krohn features on refugees and sawmill Well written, interesting, compelling feature stories.
  Second Place Nate Gotlieb Southwest Journal This is Me and others  
  Third Place Pamela Knudson Grand Forks Herald Art Grabowski receives French Legion of Merit Award  
1D. Enterprise/In-Depth (Single story) [Newspaper] First Place Brian Arola Mankato Free Press Homelessness Address Unknown Excellent reporting, very thorough with lots of sources and human interest.
  Second Place Ann Bailey Grand Forks Herald EMTs, rural emergency  
  Third Place Zac Farber Southwest Journal Training aims to make Minneapolis cops more compassionate  
1E. Enterprise/In-Depth (Series) [Newspaper] First Place Brian Johnson Finance & Commerce Minnesota’s Shadow Workforce Nice work bringing this issue out of the shadows with thorough reporting, extensive interviews and heart-wrenching examples of the people affected by this issue.
  Second Place Nick Halter Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Help Wanted  
    Dylan Thomas      
    Matt Haesly      
    Dirk DeYoung      
  Third Place Hannah Shirley Grand Forks Herald GF Safari Market search and seizure  
1G. Business News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Andrew Hazzard Southwest Journal Business coverage Nice lede and an interesting topic. Very nice detail and well-sourced.
  Second Place Frank Jossi Finance & Commerce Sustainable: Opportunity zones could boost clean energy  
  Third Place William Morris Finance & Commerce Business News — William Morris  
1H. Sports News Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Tom Miller Grand Forks Herald Self-inflicted wound: UND faces backlash over Ray Richards It was refreshing to see a smaller paper take advantage of public records the way the Herald did in shining a light on the missteps surrounding a golf course and the UND men’s golf program. This was solid investigative work by Miller and Mook that served the public well by making administrators accountable for their questionable actions. With ever-diminishing resources, small papers that can do this kind of work — especially in the sports section — remind the public why great local journalism is indispensable.
    Sydney Mook      
  Second Place Shane Frederick Mankato Free Press Shane Frederick hockey preview, championship gamer  
  Third Place Brad Schlossman Grand Forks Herald Jantuinen opens up on last season  
1I. Sports Feature Writing [Newspaper] First Place Brad Schlossman Grand Forks Herald Persistence Pays The blend of narrative details and feature-style educational prose makes this profile as much about a Twin Cities sanitation worker as it is about a community that rallies behind a shared love for the sport of hockey. A rich and reassuring read!
  Second Place Tom Miller Grand Forks Herald Rising Above  
  Third Place Shane Frederick Mankato Free Press Sound Player  
1J. Sports Columns [Newspaper] First Place Wayne Nelson Grand Forks Herald Good Times Ahead  
  Second Place Brad Schlossman Grand Forks Herald One of a Kind  
  Third Place Tom Miller Grand Forks Herald The football budget math doesn’t add up  
1K. Arts & Entertainment Coverage [Newspaper] First Place Zac Farber Southwest Journal Home in the Woods and More Lengthy, detailed community profiles from print, art and other art circles. Just what you’re looking for in local arts coverage.
  Second Place Harry Colbert Insight News Clubs that shaped the ‘Minneapolis Sound’  
1L. Arts Criticism/Reviews [Newspaper] First Place Max Sparber Absolute Bleeding Edge High Life, Starvation Mode, Strong writing shows the writer’s knowledge about the subject material. These arts columns are an interesting read, even for those who might not be familiar with the author, musician, etc.
1M. Columns [Newspaper] First Place Tim Krohn Mankato Free Press   Nice job weaving in memories with current news and observations. Easy to read style and an overall enjoyable read. Really nice variety of subjects with great visual details.
  Second Place Jim Walsh Southwest Journal    
  Third Place Robb Murray Mankato Free Press    
1N. Editorial and Commentary [Newspaper] First Place Kathy Vos Mankato Free Press Kathy Vos editorials Very strong editorial about the insulin cost issue and the irresponsible Facebook video posted by state Rep. Jeremy Munson. Well done!
  Second Place Brian Hunhoff Yankton County Observer Three Brian J. Hunhoff editorials  
  Third Place  Joe  Spear Mankato Free Press Editorials June 21, July 21, Sept. 15  
1O. Graphics/Art and Illustration [Newspaper] First Place Tim Montgomery River Falls Journal Trumptoons Excellent illustrations that capture the truth wilts giving its viewers a laugh.
  Second Place Valerie Moe Southwest Journal Graphics/Art and Illustration – Valerie Moe  
1P. Page Design [Newspaper] First Place Matt Haesly Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal The Beer Boom is Over Excellent use of space and typography. Hierarchy is really shown here. The use of colors brings it all together.
  Second Place Valerie Moe Southwest Journal Page Design – A Culture of Street Art  
1Q. Headlines [Newspaper] First Place Mark Reilly Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Headlines, print/web Engaging headlines that draw the reader in and start telling the story before the first paragraph.
  Second Place Brian Hunhoff Yankton County Observer Three Observer headlines  
    Dave Wyland      
1R. Best Issue [Newspaper] First Place     Grand Forks Herald Dec. 8, 2019 Overall, solid reporting and writing throughout the entire paper. Really great design and layout throughout: Simple, nice flow of stories. Great use of art, great printing and great use and planning of color.
  Second Place     Southwest Journal Aug. 22 – Sept. 4, 2019  
  Third Place     Mankato Free Press May 19, 2019