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Dickinson Press wins 'general excellence' once again

The Dickinson Press won the "General Excellence" category for small daily newspapers division in this year's North Dakota Newspapers Association's Better Newspaper contest, as well as securing 16 wins in the news and reporting categories and 15 in the advertising categories.

"It's really nice to win General Excellence, (it) signifies that the judges of the Nevada Press Association who judged our entries recognized us as the best newspaper in our division in the state of North Dakota," Dickinson Press publisher Harvey Brock said. "We've won it three times in the last nine years ... it's a reflection of how hard everybody works at the newspaper, from the pressmen to the reporters to the ad sales people to designers, so this really is the primo award to win."

David Hanson led the advertising team with an impressive eight wins to his name, including three first place awards in the entertainment/liquor ad, healthcare ad and political ad categories. Tanya Keck took first place for her use of color in an ad for the Bowman County Fair and first place in the Signature Page category, for a page devoted to the New England Wheat Harvest.

"They work hard all year long to turn out the best ads," Bob Carruth, advertising manager for The Press, said of his team, noting they faced "tough" competition this year. "They raise the bar on themselves all the time. It'll be fun to see (how they do in the future.) They really do do a great job, I see them agonizing over ads sometimes so it's like, I'm glad they won."

On the editorial side, veteran reporter Linda Sailer secured a first place win for feature reporting for her coverage on the discovery of a new species of dinosaur.

The Press' sports section knocked it out of the park, with former sports editor Parker Cotton netting three first place nods in sports reporting, sports series and sports features, including his coverage of the Dickinson High School Midgets' baseball season.

Ellie Potter, another former reporter, was honored with a second place win for her coverage of a DHS graduate performing at a famous music festival.

Iain Woessner won a second place award in news reporting for his coverage of hay assistance to the Rebel farm back in August; he also won third place acknowledgements for his coverage of the Hettinger sheep shear and coverage of the 2018 tax reform bill and its potential impacts.

Brock took first place in the editorial page section for his editorial submissions.

Other acknowledgements include Meghan Dowhaniuk who took home two awards, including a second place acknowledgement for her work on the paper's sports section. Cole Britton took a first place acknowledgement for his work in that same category.

Jenn Binstock won two awards for her work on outdoors/sports and apparel ads. Chelsey Staloch won second place for her work on the Press's Christmas signature page.

A full list of the winners and their places is included below.

Advertising Awards:

Food Ad

Third Place—"Players Sports Bar & Grill - Fresh New Salads" by David Hanson

Entertainment/Liquor Ad

First Place— "Players Sports Bar & Grill - Wine Menu" by David Hanson

Vehicle Ad

Second Place—"Hurry In! Last Chance!" by Casey Hillebrand, Tanya Keck

Honorable Mention—"Northwest Tire" by David Hanson

Apparel Ad:

Third Place—"Special Occasions - 20% off bridal gowns" by Jenn Binstock

Home/Garden Ad

Second Place—"Taylor Nursery" by David Hanson


Third Place—"The Real Estate Co., Susie Lefor - Stay Safe This Season" by Jenn Binstock

Single Ad:

Third Place—"Clean Sweep Vacuum Center" by David Hanson

Small Space Ad:

Third Place—"Taylor Nursery" by David Hanson

Health Care Ad:

First Place—"State Avenue Veterinary Clinic" by David Hanson

Political Ad:

First Place -- "District 36 Republicans" by David Hanson

Use of Color:

First Place -- "Bowman County Fair" by Tanya Keck

Promo of Community

Second Place—"Best Friends Mentoring Program" by Tanya Keck

Signature Page

Second Place—"Christmas" by Chelsey Staloch

First Place— "New England Wheat Harvest" by Tanya Keck

News awards:


Second Place—"The last straw" by Iain Woessner

Features reporting:

Second Place—"Call to Coachella: DHS graduate will perform" by Ellie Potter

First Place—"Fowlers discover new species of dinosaur" by Linda Sailer

Government reporting:

Third Place -- "Proposed tax cuts may help industry, but leave questions" by Iain Woessner

Sports Page

Second Place—Sports section entries Meghan Dowhaniuk

First Place -- Sports section entries by Cole Britton

Sports Reporting

First Place -- "Boore emerges to win Champions Ride" by Parker Cotton

Sports Series

First Place -- Midgets baseball coverage by Parker Cotton

Sports Feature

Third Place -- "With a narrow focus, White led the way for Blue Hawks" by Samuel Evers

First Place -- "Herauf looks to repeat as Class A pole vault champion" by Parker Cotton

Sports Column

Third Place -- "A requiem for those fired at ESPN" by Parker Cotton

Editorial Page

First Place -- Editorial Page submissions by Harvey Brock

Standing News Front

Third Place—Press Express - October 15 by Meghan Dowhaniuk, Linda Sailer

Agricultural Coverage

Third Place -- "Decade-old Hettinger wool class sees record attendance" by Iain Woessner

Best Website

Third Place -- by The Press staff

Overall Design Excellence

Second Place—The Dickinson Press