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P-B photographers, artists, writers claim AP awards

From staff reports

Post-Bulletin writers, photographers and graphic artists were honored in the 2004 Minnesota Associated Press Association news contest, with awards presented Friday night in St. Paul.

Photographer Jerry Olson won the sweepstakes award for his coverage of the Hands for Humanity medical relief effort in Ecuador. Olson and reporter Jeff Hansel went to Ecuador with Hands for Humanity, a Rochester-based group, last year.

Besides the sweepstakes award, Olson won first place in multiple images for the Ecuador photographs and first place in general news.

Reporter Dawn Schuett won first place in the spot news category for her story headlined, "Brave rescue."

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Graphic artist Rick Dahl won first place in the feature page design category and a second-pace award for his graphic of the Hadley Valley cave.

Graphic artist Amy Liebl won first place for a photo illustration titled, "When the music's over." Graphic artist Kristi Gudmundson won third place for feature graphics.

In spot news photography, Christina Paolucci won first place for a photo called "Dog rescue," and Ken Klotzbach won second place.

In the pictorial category, Jodi O'Shaughnessy Olson won first place for the photo "Ten below."

Paolucci won first place for her personality portrait, "Chester the Dragon."

In sports photography, Elizabeth Nida won first place for "Tug-o-war victory."

In sports reporting, reporters Donny Henn, Steve Webb, Pat Ruff and Guy Limbeck won second place for "A view from the bench."

Henn also won second place for "Take that, rookie."

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Reporter Troy Young won third place in the sports column category.

Pigskin Preview, the P-B's annual guide to the area high school football season, won third place in the special sections category.

The Post-Bulletin competes with nonmetro newspapers with circulations greater than 20,000 -- the St. Cloud Times, Winona Daily News, Mesabi Daily News of Virginia, Brainerd Dispatch, Duluth News Tribune, Grand Forks Herald and Mankato Free Press.

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