The Brainerd Dispatch tied for second place among daily newspapers entering the Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest for 2017-18.

Rochester finished first to earn the Vance Trophy, while Brainerd and the St. Cloud Times tied for second.

The Dispatch earned 12 awards in various categories, including five first-place plaques.

"I'm excited for our staff because this is our best finish in the 30 years of the Vance Trophy competition," said Dispatch publisher Pete Mohs. "It's great to be recognized for our hard work. Our staff received awards for editorial coverage, advertising and marketing."

Here are the individual results announced at the MNA Convention banquet Thursday, Jan. 24, in Bloomington:

1st place-Dispatch sports reporting

1st place-Dispatch classified advertising section

1st place-Lisa Henry - best advertisement

1st place-Lisa Henry and Linda Hurst - advertising campaign

1st place-Kelly Humphrey - press photographer's portfolio

2nd place-Use of photography as a whole

2nd place-Best use of social media

2nd place-Best use of multimedia

2nd place-Best magazine

2nd place-Kelly Humphrey - news photo

2nd place-Steve Kohls - portrait and personality

3rd place-Gabe Lagarde - arts and entertainment story