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Dispatch wins two awards in Minnesota AP Sports contest

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Here are the results of the 2012 Minnesota Associated Press Sports Association writing, editing and design contest. Awards were presented Wednesday at the group's annual meeting.

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Division I (under 20,000 circulation):

Column

First: Rand Middleton, West Central Tribune

Second: Josh Berhow, Faribault Daily News

Third: Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Faribault Daily News

Spot News Story

First: Faribault Daily News, "FHS boys hockey coach Brad Ryan resigns," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie

Second: Faribault Daily News, "Coaches vs. Cancer takes on new meaning," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie

Third: West Central Tribune, "Allday sets walks record," by Ben Brewster

Feature Story

First: Faribault Daily News, "31 days, 1,000 miles, 1 journey of a lifetime," by Josh Berhow

Second: Faribault Daily News, "When Sports Really Matter," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie

Third: Crookston Daily Times, "Herren's goals: To horrify, and spur change," by Derek Martin

Game Story

First: Faribault Daily News, "It hurts," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie

Second: West Central Tribune, "Stingers beat Moondogs to stay alive," by Ben Brewster

Third: Faribault Daily News, "Hardwood hearbreak," by Josh Berhow

Enterprise

First: The Pioneer, "Bemidji State University hockey," by Jack Hittinger

Second: Faribault Daily News, "Tourin' the League," by Josh Berhow

Third: Faribault Daily News, "Hits, Heads, Heartache," by Josh Berhow

Special Section

First: Faribault Daily News, "Bethlehem Academy Prep Bowl Preview," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Josh Berhow

Second: Faribault Daily News, "Fall Sports Preview," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Josh Berhow

Third: Faribault Daily News, "Winter Sports," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Josh Berhow

Design and Editing

First: Jan Finger, The Brainerd Dispatch

Second: Ben Brewster, Jesse Fuchs, Tom Larson, Rand Middleton, Dan Wallert, West Central Tribune

Third: Kyle Stevens, Owatonna People's Press

General Excellence

First: Jan Finger, Mike Bialka, Jeremy Millsop, The Brainerd Dispatch

Second: Tom Larson, Jesse Fuchs, Ben Brewster, Rand Middleton, Dan Wallert, West Central Tribune

Third: Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Josh Berhow, Faribault Daily News

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Division II (over 20,000 circulation):

Column

First: Jeff Kolpack, The Forum

Second: Dave DeLand, St. Cloud Times

Third: Jon Nowacki, Duluth News Tribune

Investigative Reporting

First: The Forum, "SET IN STONE? Despite the recent reclassification to Division I, North Dakota State has fostered an environment of stability in the head coaching ranks," by Jeff Kolpack

Second: The Forum, "NUMBERS GAME High school sports participation for girls is on the rise as boys see a dip," by Tom Mix

Third: St. Cloud Times, "SCSU football lagging behind in scholarships," by Andy Rennecke

Spot News Story

First: St. Cloud Times, "489 W's, 1 Retirement," by Frank Rajkowski

Second: The Forum, "NDSCS player: I was kicked off the team for being gay," by Tom Mix

Third: The Forum, "UND coach: Bison fans racist blowhards," by Jeff Kolpack

Feature Story

First: St. Cloud Times, "He's St. Cloud's Own Gretzky," by Tom Elliott

Second: Duluth News Tribune, "He's a 'true Bulldog,'" by Jon Nowacki

Third: Duluth News Tribune, "The new hometown hockey hero," by Kevin Pates

Game Story

First: The Forum, "Thoughtful tribute Spuds soccer captain gives up jersey number in honor of fallen JV player," by Chris Murphy

Second: Post-Bulletin, "Byron's prayer answered," by Pat Ruff

Third: St. Cloud Times, "Jaguars are state champions," by Tom Elliott

Enterprise

First: Duluth News Tribune, "Concussed: Changing the Mindset," by Rick Weegman

Second: Post-Bulletin, "Rochester basketball soul-searching," by Pat Ruff

Third: The Forum, "SPECIAL REPORT: ACL INJURIES ... Down, but not out," by Jeff Kolpack, Eric Peterson, Tom Mix

Special Section

First: Staff, The Forum

Second: Grand Forks Herald, "UND men's hockey season preview," by Brad Schlossman, Bobbi DuChamp

Third: Duluth News Tribune, "Happy Homecoming: Grandma's Marathon 2012," by Kevin Pates, Rick Weegman, Jon Nowacki, Rick Lubbers, Clint Austin, Bob King, Amanda Hansmeyer, Dan Moller, Julie Frederick, Dave Nevanen, Louie St. George

Design and Editing

First: Staff, The Forum

Second: Staff, Duluth News Tribune

Third: Jacob Laxen, St. Cloud Times

General Excellence

First: Staff, The Forum

Second: Staff, Duluth News Tribune

Third: Staff, St. Cloud Times

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Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889
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