Post-Bulletin grabs 15 awards at MNA contest

The Post-Bulletin newspaper took home 15 awards Thursday during the 2012-13 Minnesota Newspaper Association contest, including top prize in general reporting and second in general excellence for daily newspapers with a circulation over 10,000.

"A great amount of local news, but not overdone," reads the critique of the P-B.

"Some powerful photos. Lots of good local news and local enterprise. Good use of liftouts, flags and flags to website. Good press work."

The P-B also took home first-place honors in headline writing, advertising excellence and best magazine for "Rochester Magazine."

Jeff Hansel nabbed top honors for the Best Business Story titled "Dream inches toward reality," while Joe Michaud-Scorza and Jerry Olson claimed first and third place in the Best Sports Photo category for "Diving in" and "Service ace," respectively. Olson also took second for Best News Photo for his work on the "Same-sex marriage amendment passes" article.


Heather Carlson placed second in the Government and Public Affairs category for her "Behind-the-scenes of DMC's roller coaster ride," while Michaud-Scorza was third in the New Journalist of the Year category.

Donny Henn finished third in the Best Sports Story category with "Ice was this Mr. Holland's opus," while John Weiss was third for Best Columnist with his "Back Roads" column, which runs each Thursday.

The P-B was also picked second for Best Use of Video for the focus on "Minnesota Opera visits Southgate Elementary" and third for Best Editorial Portfolio.

The P-B's AgriNews publication was named third in general excellence among weeklies with circulation of more than 5,000.

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