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WAUKESHA — Daily Tribune Media garnered seven awards for journalistic excellence Friday y from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. The honors, announced during the association’s annual convention and awards banquet, q , are a part of the WNA Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest, which annually recogniz-

es work from the association’s member newspapers in several categories. Reporter Karen Madden won first place for her features story about two Wood County Sheriff’s Department investigators who worked on a decades-old unsolved homicide case. Reporter Nathaniel Shuda garnered a second-place award for business coverage,

which included a story on the March 2013 sale of former Domtar paper mill in Port Edwards. Shuda also was honored as one of five participants in the inaugural p WNA Future Headliners program, a two-year initiative that recognizes young professionals in the state’s newspaper industry. Multimedia photojournalist Casey Lake won third place for Spot

News Photo of a local house fire. Reporter Deb Cleworth received a thirdplace award for a feature photo at the Kolor for Kids FunFest event to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Daily Tribune Media also took home second place for Lifestyle pages and two third-place awards for General Web Excellence and Entertainment Pages.

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Oshkosh Northwestern Media took home five first place awards in the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s Better Foundation Newspaper Contest, including a report examining grade inflation at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a series of front page covers during the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture 2013. Reporter Adam Rodewald’s two-part series, which won top honors in the enterprise/interpretive reporting category, included a computer assisted analysis of thousands of grades that found a majority of the grades given were As and Bs. The front page covers, created by David Lafata, a designer at Gannett’s Design Studio in Des Moines, Iowa, featured images of action during EAA’s annual aviation celebration. Overall, The Northwestern won 13 awards at the WNA’s Convention & Trade Show in Waukesha Friday in the Division II category. “This Oshkosh Northwestern team exemplifies what it means to be the local news and marketing source in a community,” said Northwestern General Manager/Advertising Direc-

tor Karen Befus. “We appreciate the insight and dedication they display in keeping Oshkosh and the surrounding area informed on what affects our lives. These awards acknowledge them among their peers as we do throughout the year.” Other first place awards included staff recognition for best advertising idea in a series, “Relax in Style;” best use of color for Pearce Goodwin in an ad for the Oshkosh Gymnastics Center, best online ad for Jason Kramer, and Amy Jorgenson for Shop Downtown Oshkosh. Second place honors includes recognition for Photo Editor Joe Sienkiewicz in the spot news category for a welcome home ceremony for members of the 1157th Wisconsin National Guard unit; Amy Jorgenson and Sandy Dekeyser for best advertising idea in a series for ads for Reimer Jewelry; and Pearce Goodwin for best onlne advertising in a single ad for a Julie’s Touch of Silver open house. Third place honors went to Managing Editor James Fitzhenry for column writing; news staff for general excellence and three additional awards for the advertising staff.

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“Your guide to downtown Waukesha’s new murals“ by Freeman Photo Editor Charles Auer won first place in the Photo Essay category of the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards at the WNA’s annual conference, held Thursday and Friday at the Milwaukee Marriott West in the City of Pewaukee.

Freeman wins awards in newspaper contest WAUKESHA – Freeman staff earned several Wisconsin Newspaper Association awards at the organization’s annual conference. This year’s event took place at the Milwaukee Marriott West in the City of Pewaukee on Thursday and Friday. Freeman Photo Editor Charles Auer won First Award-Photo Essay for his Aug. 9, 2013, pictorial featuring Waukesha’s unique

public paintings headlined “Your guide to downtown Waukesha’s new murals,” pictured above. Auer Auer also received the Third Award-Sports Photo for his July 3, 2013, shot of a play at second base headlined “Warhawks start coming together.”

Longtime Freeman Sports Editor Lee Fensin was recognized with a First Award-Sports Page Design. Fensin retired in November 2013 after nearly 50 years covering area sports. The Freeman staff won Second Award-All-Around Newspaper Photography and Jessica McBride’s Saturday column won Second Award-Local Column. – Freeman Staff

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CITY OF PEWAUKEE – Standing in his dress uniform, retired New York City Fire Department Lt. Joe Torrillo looks every bit the part of a firefighter from Brooklyn with his dark bushy mustache and intense gaze. He also epitomizes the character of a heroic firefighter who survived both World Trade Towers collapsing on Sept. 11, 2001. Torrillo shared his story, “Buried alive with the will to survive,” about being the only such survivor during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention on Friday at the Milwaukee Marriott West. Torrillo’s story is also ironic. He was near the World Trade Center that September morning to do media promotion of a firefighter action figure he helped design with Fisher Price. He, and three college students in training, were running late to their appointment when they learned that the first tower had been hit. On their way into the city, Torrillo said, he could tell how serious the incident was while driving over the Brooklyn Bridge. Torrillo and the college students took a detour to a firehouse where the lieutenant began his career. The trucks had already left the building, and in their place were injured and scared people laying on the floor. The students remained behind to tend to them as Torrillo grabbed the firefighting gear of a man who wasn’t on duty and rushed over to the World Trade Center. He said the second jet that crashed into the tow-

ers went right over his head. Seeing the impact, Torrillo ran back to the firehouse and got there before the fireball came down, which would have killed him. Surveying the damage, Torrillo, who had studied structural engineering in college, realized that both towers would collapse. So he began working with EMTs and medical personnel to move their triage out of the lobbies of the towers. “Am I going to live to see tomorrow?” he remembers thinking.

‘People were coming down like raindrops’ There was danger for the medical personnel outside the towers, too, Torrillo said, because “people were coming down like raindrops.” He estimated that about 200 to 300 people jumped from the towers to their death – and one woman landed on a rescue worker, killing him as well. The rescue work was moved and staged about five blocks away from the World Trade Center. As the South Tower began to collapse, Torrillo said, he decided to run across a land bridge, hoping that someone would find his body so a funeral could be held. As he was running, his helmet was blown off and the wind caused it to circle back around. Torrillo recalled being picked up by the wind and then dropped near the Marriott Hotel that had stood between to the two towers. At that point, steel and cement pieces hit Torrillo, causing head injuries, broken bones and internal bleeding. He was also buried under the debris. “I could hear people

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screaming at the top of their lungs,” he said, adding that soon changed to crying, then whimpering and finally silence as the people died. His oxygen tank, equipped with a safety device, began to go off after he was immobile for more than 24 seconds, which alerted his rescuers to his position. Once removed from the debris, Torrillo was transported to a boat loaded with the injured to be taken to New Jersey. While he was strapped to a stretcher, the second tower collapsed and everyone began to jump off the boat as debris struck it. Despite his broken arm, Torrillo managed to undo the clasp on the belt holding him to the stretcher so he could roll into the engine room, where he again was trapped. When someone came to start the engine to finally move the boat to New Jersey, they found Torrillo and took him to a hospital. For three days, Torrillo was declared dead, until someone located him there.

‘Every day is a healing process’ Once he was able to walk, Torrillo began attending the funerals of the firefighters who didn’t survive. “Every day is a healing process for me,” he said. The years after Sept. 11 caused emotional damage for Torrillo, who said he had survivor’s anger. “I kind of felt like I wasn’t even worth being with them,” he said of those who died. Now, Torrillo focuses on giving back and creating “The Re-United State of America.” He will also be testifying as an eyewitness survivor during the trial of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. He wants to get the U.S. “back into the center of the pedestal.” “Life doesn’t get any better than the United States of America,” he said.

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WAUKESHA — Daily Herald Media and its journalists won 10 statewide awards Friday night during g the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation convention in Waukesha. Among the 10 honors were seven first-place award winners: » Community Conversation Editor Robert Mentzer won three firstplace awards — one each for a series of editorials, editorial pages and local columns. » Photojournalist Dan Young won two first-place

awards, one for a spot news photo of a man shoveling his driveway from a wheelchair Robert and a photo Mentzer of a bicyclist losing his grip on his bike as he flew through the air during a demonstration. » Reporter Theresa Clift and editors Mark Treinen and Peter J. Wasson won first place in the Open Records/Freedom of Information category for challenging a Wausau City Council committee vote to approve a Thomas

Street property in an apparent violation of state meetings law. » Daily Herald MeDan dia’s full Young staff was recognized with a firstplace in the Special Projects category for its yearlong health initiatives called 12 For ’12 and 13 For ’13. In addition, the newspaper won three secondplace awards: » Reporter Shereen Siewert was honored for h investigative reporting

for an exclusive report on former Marathon County Sheriff Randy Hoenisch’s infrequent appearances at work and his subsequent and abrupt decision to retire early. » The full staff was recognized for its annual special section Made in Central Wisconsin, which is published in partnership with Stevens Point Journal Media, Daily Tribune Media in Wisconsin Rapids and News-Herald Media in Marshfield. » The staff also won second-place in the General Web Excellence category for wausaudaily herald.com.

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The Wisconsin State Journal won top honors in the category of general excellence, plus three other firstplace awards, in the Wisconsin Newspaper p p Association Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Friday at the WNA annual convention in Waukesha.

State Journal Opinion Editor Scott Milfred took first place for editorials, and the Opinion team of Milfred, Kris Crary, Amy Geiger and editorial cartoonist Phil Hands also won first place for editorial pages. Reporter Matthew DeFour received first-place honors for his coverage of local education topics. Reporter Dee Hall won a secondplace award in the category of

investigative reporting for her stories about a man wrongfully convicted of arson. Reporter Rob Schultz received a third-place award in the category of breaking news for his coverage of a triple homicide in Wiota. The general excellence category is a staff award, based on editions of the newspapers published throughout the year.

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The Reporter of Fond du Lac is the recipient of15 awards, including four firsts, in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Friday during the WNA annual convention and banquet in Waukesha. “This Reporter team exemplifies what it means to be the local news source in a community,” said Action Reporter Media General Manager Karen Befus. “We appreciate the insight and dedication they display in keeping Fond du Lac and the surrounding area informed on what affects our lives. These awards acknowledge them among their peers as we do throughout the year.” “We are a small but mighty staff,” said Reporter Editor Peggy Breister. “These awards honor the skill and dedication of our reporters, photographers and editors who strive everyday to bring the best news, sports and entertainment coverage to the Fond du Lac area.”

A photo of firefighters battling a blaze in Rosendale on April 5, 2013, is part of The Reporter’s first place win in All-Around Newspaper Photography in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. PATRICK FLOOD/THE REPORTER MEDIA

Reporter photographers Aileen Andrews and Patrick Flood brought home first-place honors for All-Around Newspaper Photography. The entry included gripping photos of a house fire/standoff in Rosendale; candid shots of kids in the popular summer LEAPS program at UW-Fond du Lac; and a group of photos depicting the ample apple harvest. Although this winter

has been one of the harshest in decades, last year was no piece of cake either. A photo by Patrick Flood depicting a snowy country road, with mounds of snow pushed by a plow that all but buried a “caution” sign helped illustrate a story that asked “Where is spring?” The photo took first place in the General News Photo category. With the focus on pros-

thetics that followed the Boston Marathon bombing, reporter Laurie Ritger and photographer Aileen Andrews set out to capture how advances in manufactured limbs are changing the lives of local amputees. Their work included stories, photos and videos that poignantly explored the lives of local people living with these mechanical marvels. Their work captured first

place for Creative Use of Multimedia. Sharon Roznik, Patrick Flood and Aileen Andrews embarked on a year-long project to follow Jake Guell as he trained a golden retriever to work as a companion for a young girl injured in an accident in Wisconsin Dells. The stories, photos and videos explored the training of Charlie from puppy to adulthood. The work captured a first place for Web Special Project. The Reporter won six second-place awards. Reporters Laurie Ritger, Sharon Roznik and Sam Strong collaborated on a group of stories surrounding the sentencing of a Campbellsport teen who was driving a car involved in a crash that killed three of her friends and injured six others. Their work was recognized in the Breaking News Coverage category. Sharon Roznik and Sam Strong were also recognized with a second place award in the Lifestyle Pages category for stories they produced for The Reporter’s popular Essence page. Patrick Flood took second with a photo essay

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entitled Sobering Lesson, that depicted a mock crash at Mayville High School. The artful play on words used in Reporter headlines was recognized with a second-place award and reporter Sharon Roznik’s work on the Your Schools page also placed second. The final second award was presented to digital desk producer Carlos Munoz and reporter Laurie Ritger for a series of stories, photos and videos that took a look back at the destructive 1996 tornado that roared through Oakfield. Third place awards were presented to The Reporter for Overall Sports Pages; Colleen Kottke’s reporting on local education; a video by Aileen Andrews on the Color Burst run; the reporting team of Kottke, Roznik, Ritger and Strong for “creative use of multimedia” for their coverage of local people involved in the Boston Marathon; and to Kottke and Andrews for “web special project” for their report on rabies survivor Jeanna Giese’s dog’s encounter with rabies.


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Thanks to all who took time to share feedback T wo weeks ago we unveiled our first MORE edition, and I asked you to share your thoughts with me about the big changes we have brought to your Press-Gazette. I asked for feedback, and you delivered in a big way. To all those who took the time to respond, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your emails, phone calls and messages via social media. Frankly, I was a bit overwhelmed by all the positive messages. I’m not complaining here, but in my 25 years in the business of journalism, I don’t ever remember hearing so much praise in such a short period of time. I write this column to thank our readers for responding, and to thank my staff for making MORE a reality. As you might imagine, adding approximately 70 additional pages of content to the Press-Gazette each week is a tall order, but all the extra work is worth it when you receive wonderful notes from readers. I will not identify those who responded, because these responses were directed to our staff and not necessarily for public consumption. One of the first responses was all of two words. With punctuation that would normally make an editor’s skin crawl. “Loved it!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” was all the email from Scott J. said. Jerry Jerr M. said, “Great paper today… It is filled with news and features worth reading…it is packed

with good reading. This is a great improvement…thanks for upgrade.” Jean S. called in to tell news editor Amy Bailey that “I think it’s just wonderful! It really adds the kind of a punch that we’re looking for.” We received a lot of great comments, but my favorite from the dozens of notes and calls came from a woman who left me laughing. “Honey, you guys have done a good job. You didn’t mess with the crossword, and you have the NASCAR stuff in there, so I like the changes. s. And I’ve been reading the paper since the beginning of time.” There are days in this business, filled with deadlines and breaking news, that make me feel like I have been an editor since the beginning of time. When you make changes to a newsy paper, r a product which hundreds of thousands of people read every day, you realize not only is it impossible to please all of the people all of the time, there are days it seems you can’t please anyone. In the spirit of full disclosure, we received a few emails and phone calls from folks who don’t care for the changes we made in our move to MORE. Some don’t have much use for the USA TODAY content, and some don’t think too much of the increased local content. That’s fair, and a good newspaper is constantly evolving to meet the needs of its customers, so we take critique and comment seriously. In

the media world, there is always another edition, another deadline to meet, and another chance to succeed, or to fail, the reader. That is an awesome responsibility, and an awesome opportunity. My email box is open 24/7, so I welcome you to reach out and share your thoughts on the Press-Gazette, both the print edition and our website, greenbaypressgazette.com. I will close with one more thank-you to the team here at Press-Gazette Media. Last Friday night, the PressGazette consectte won its third th utive Newspaper of the Year award Wisconard at the annual an sin Newspaper Association convention. I am honored to say I am a member of this winning team, and that team includes every employee who works hard every day, night, weekend, holiday and everything in between. From the first-class group in distribution to the awesome sales and marketing staff to the always resourceful news hounds in the information center, you deserve a round of applause. You help keep the title in Titletown, and you should be proud.

SHARE YOUR STORY Today’s Take is a daily column written by a Press-Gazette Media staff member or community member. If you’re interested in contributing, send your column to Community Engagement Editor Amber Paluch at apaluch@ pressgazette media .com.

Mike Knuth is the executive editor of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. You can reach him via email at mknuth@ greenbay .gannett.com.

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Reporting on Local Government: Charlie Mathews. Creative Use of Multimedia: Sarah Kloepping. Web Special Project: Kloepping. Photo Essay: Benjamin Wideman. Headlines: Wideman. Sports Photo: Matthew Apgar. Sports Feature: Tom Dombeck. Reporting on Local

Education: Cindy Hodgson. on. All-Around NewspaA per Photography: Sue Pischke, Apgar and Wideman. Sports Pages: Dombeck, Apgar, Scott Hansen and Adam Thompson. Special Section-Editorial: Staff.

Second place Spot News Photo: Wideman. Feature Photo: Apgar. Sports Feature: Hansen. Front Page Design: Sean McKeown-Young. Entertainment Pages: Kelley Simms. Continuing Web Coverage: Staff.

Third place Editorial: Patrick Pankratz. Editorial Pages: Pankratz. Environmental Reporting: Matthews.

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Union wins 10 awards from WNA WAUKESHA — The Dail Jefferson County Union too home 10 awards in the Wiscon sin Newspaper Association 2013 Better Newspaper Con test. The Fort Atkinson-base newspaper captured four first , three second- and three third place awards during the WNA 160th convention banquet Fr day night at the Milwauke Marriott West in Waukesha. “It was a wonderful night fo the Daily Union,” said Christin Spangler, managing g g editor o the 144-year-old newspaper. “ am so very proud of our staf The fact that we won in a var ety of categories — from new sports and photography to ad vertising and circulation — i particularly special. “Recognition from our indus try peers means a lot because i underscores that we are doin things right,” she added. The contest drew 2,806 tota entries, including editorial en tries from 125 newspapers Published between Sept. 1 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013, the were judged by members of th Kansas and Missouri Press As sociations. The Daily Union competed i the largest est category, catego y, Division w a cir for daily newspapers with culation of fewer than 10,000 Earning first-place winner were: • Bill Payne Award for Bes Locally Prepared Ad of the Yea “Street Corner Symphony” pro moted an upcoming Council fo the Performing Arts program i Jefferson. • Best Circulation Promo tion: Jim Furley, circulation d rector, and Leila Nordness an Troy Hartman, graphic artist for “Eat Between the Lines.” “Great way to advertise loca restaurants and boost circula (Continued on A7)

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(Continued from A1) tion,â€? the judges said of the ad. • Sports Page Design: Jeff Seisser, sports editor, and Josh Smith, sports reporter. • Spot News Photo: Lloyd Schultz for “Car Fire.â€? A free-lancer from Johnson Creek, Schultz also volunteers with the Johnson Creek Fire/EMS Department. Second-place awards were given to: • Special Section-Editorial: Ryan Whisner, regional editor, and Pam Chickering Wilson, reporter, for the Gemuetlichkeit Days edition previewing Jefferson’s German-heritage festival. • Local Sports Column: Jeff Seisser, sports editor. • Best Use of Color: Leila Nordness, graphic artist, and Denise Derry, sales associate, for “Blodgett’s Garden Center: Bring Mother’s Day into Full Bloom.â€? “The color use is amazing in this ad,â€? the judges said. Winning third-place awards were: • Enterprise/Interpretive Reporting: Lydia Statz, reporter; Ryan Whisner, regional editor, and Randall Dullum, news editor, for “Tipster cites 1947 Disappearanceâ€? concerning a new search for clues in the 76-year unsolved kidnapping of Georgia Jean Weckler of Oakland. • Sports News Story: Josh Smith, sports reporter, for “University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Final Four.â€? • Best Niche Publication in Paper: Paris Knox, special sections/lifestyles editor; Leila Nordness, graphic artist, and Daily Union staffers for “Discoverâ€? magazine. Hometown News Also during the banquet, several members of Hometown News Group, the weekly newspapers and shoppers affiliated with the Daily Union and for whom several former Daily Union news and sportswriters now work, garnered honors in the Better Newspaper and Advertising Contest. • The Milton Courier placed

first in Most-Improved Newspaper and Investigative Reporting, second in Best Niche Publication Out of Paper for the Campers’ Courier, and third in General Excellence. The managing editor is James Debilzen, former Daily Union reporter. • The Courier in Waterloo placed second in Most-Improved Newspaper. • The Star in Sun Prairie placed first for Best Niche Publication Out of Paper Innovative Online Advertising, Best Online Advertising for an Animated Single Ad, and Best Advertising Sales Tool; second for Graphics, Special Section-Editorial, Bill Payne Award and Best Niche Publication in Paper; and third for Special Section Editorial, Page Design-Sports, Best Advertising Special Section, Best niche Publication in Paper, Most-Improved Newspaper and Special Projects. • The Lodi Enterprise placed first in Reporting on Local Government and Reporting on Local Education; second in Page Design for Sports; and third in Front Page and Reporting on Local Government. “We congratulate our sister publications on their accolades in the contests,â€? Spangler said, pointing out that the Milton, Waterloo and Sun Prairie papers swept the Most-Improved Newspaper category among weeklies. “We’ve always known they do a great job; now everyone else does, too.â€? Royal Purple Among collegiate newspapers in Group B, The Royal Purple of the University of WisconsinWhitewater garnered accolades at the WNA convention. It placed: • Third for General Excellence. “A very strong publication, solid across the board. The writing was crisp and concise, and the sports, feature and editorial sections all earn strong merit,â€? the judge wrote. “I also liked the paper’s overall design. A very sharp, readable publica-

WNA AWARDS — The Daily Jefferson County Union took home 10 awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper AssociationĘźs 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. The Fort Atkinson-based newspaper captured four first-, three second- and three third-place awards during the WNAĘźs 160th convention banquet Friday night at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. The paper won first place for the Bill Payne Award for Best Locally Prepared Ad of the Year, Best Circulation Promotion, Best Sports Page Design and Best Spot News Photo; second place for Special Section-Editorial, Local Sports Column and Best Use of Color, and third place for Enterprise/Interpretive Reporting, Sports News Story and Best Niche Publication in Paper. Pictured above left, sales associate Denise Derry picks up the Bill Payne Award. Above center, circulation director Jim Furley is presented the Best Circulation Promotion award. Above right, James Debilzen, former Daily Union reporter who now is managing editor of The Milton Courier, is recognized as one of five “Future Headlinersâ€? by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation (WNAF). Shown at left, with some of the awards are, left to right: Randall Dullum, news editor; Furley; Ryan Whisner, regional editor; Lloyd Schultz, freelance photographer; and Robb Grindstaff, advertising/business manager. A related story appears on page 1.

tion.â€? • First for General Reporting. A story by Zach Hicks “truly hit all cylinders,â€? the judge wrote. “Great lede, flawless transitions, outstanding reporting using multiple sources. And it was written on a deadline. Great work. Another good piece. Great work.â€? • Third in Investigative Reporting for a story by Carley Rymkus. • Second in Best Editorial for an article by Abbie Reetz. “This was a well-written editorial It was strong because it used a national springboard to talk about the issue on the local and campus level and backed that connection up by

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using UW-Whitewater-based statistics,â&#x20AC;? the judge wrote. Future Headliner Also during the WNA convention, the Milton Courierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s James Debilzen was recognized as one of five â&#x20AC;&#x153;Future Headlinersâ&#x20AC;? by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation (WNAF). The new recognition program honors emerging new leaders (age 30 and under) in the news media industry. Debilzen joined four other Wisconsin journalists in the program, including Joelle Doye of The Democrat Tribune in Mineral Point, Lauren Fuhrmann of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Nick Penzenstadler of The (Appleton) Post-Crescent and Nat Shuda of the Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. The Future Headliners program seeks to recognize and reward young leaders working in Wisconsinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newspaper industry. Nominees to the program included students majoring in a business, journalism, media or communications fields, as well as practicing young professionals. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This group represents the best of our up-and-coming industry professionals,â&#x20AC;? said WNA President Kent Eymann, publisher of the Beloit Daily News. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These Future Headliners are accomplished, display good character, leadership and

professionalism not only at work, but in the communities they serve. They show a commitment to impacting their profession and the industry in a positive manner.â&#x20AC;? The five honored during the convention also will participate in ongoing educational and networking opportunities with WNA over the next two years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We plan to tap their energy and share their stories,â&#x20AC;? Eymann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;WNA recognizes that we have much to offer, and more importantly, much to learn from these talented young people. This selected group will help us serve as ambassadors for our industry.â&#x20AC;? Debilzen, 28, has been pursuing a career in the newspaper business since he could first drive a car, starting with stuffing inserts for his hometown paper, The Oregon Observer. During the past 12 years, Debilzen has risen through the ranks to lead the student newspaper at UW-Whitewater, work as a city beat reporter at the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson and serve as the managing editor of The DeForest Times-Tribune and the Poynette Press. Debilzen is currently managing editor of The Milton Courier, where he previously worked as an intern and an associate editor. Among his biggest accomplishments thus far in his career are launching a new

website for the daily newspaper where he worked in 2008, being hired for his first managing editor position at age 24 and launching a complete redesign of the Courier. The WNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world.

In treatment (Continued from A1) 48 hours. He declined further comment. Kramer and other Republicans from the Senate and Assembly were in Washington on Wednesday for an annual fundraiser held at the offices of lobbying and public relations firm BRG Group. The Republicans who spoke to the AP said Kramer allegedly groped at least one woman Wednesday night in a bar and said something inappropriate to at least one woman on the flight back Thursday. One said he spoke with the alleged victims and felt the allegations were serious enough to ask Kramer to resign as majority leader. Kramer was elected to take over for Scott Suder as majority leader, but the choice divided Assembly Republicans.

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Sheboygan Press Media staffers won five first place news awards and two first place advertising awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2013 Better Newspapers Contest. The awards were announced Friday at a banquet in Waukesha during the group's 160th annual convention. Reporter Josh Lintereur won two first place awards, for breaking news coverage for his reporting on the arrest and conviction of Antonio Barbeau and Nathan Paape. Lintereur also won a first place for business news coverage. Reporter Janet Weyandt won a first place sports feature award for her story, “Head Games: Leagues, schools tackle

concussion law,” on the state’s response to concussion injuries in high school sports. Sports Editor Adam Thompson and sports writers McLean Bennett and Scott Hansen shared a first place award for Best Sports Pages. News Editor Dan Benson won a first place award for best headlines. In advertising, Jackie Stenson was awarded first place for Best Online Advertising Animated. Advertising Manager Dave Liebelt and advertising representatives Zach Cotter, Jeff Reader won for Most Innovative Online Advertising. Among other awards awarded to Sheboygan Press Media staff members: » Second Award Local Sports Column: Adam

Thompson » Second Award Feature Photo: Gary C. Klein — “Bumblin' About” » Second Award Best Multiple Advertiser Spread: Dave Liebelt,Eileen Hoffmann,Tia Knetter —Coupon Blast » Second Award Best Online Advertising — Single Ad — Animated: Jackie Stenson — Miesfeld's Scratch and Sniff » Third Award Sports News Story: Adam Thompson — “Schwarz flies into the record books” » Third Award General News Photo: Gary C. Klein —”Life: Barbeau, 14, will be eligible for parole after 36 years” » Third Award Innovative Online Advertising: Jackie Stenson — Lakeshore Weekend Sheboygan Press Media is one of 10 Gan-

nett Wisconsin Media newspapers. Among them, the Green Bay Press-Gazette was named the WNA Daily Newspaper of the Year and best among Division ivision A large large-circulation newspapers. Plus the Manitopapers woc Herald Times Reporter was named best among Division C smaller-circulation daily newspapers. The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial from ed to a entries e t 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. WNA's membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The p p Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world.

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Post-Crescent Media journalists were recognized with 17 awards Friday night in the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s Better Newspaper ape Contest. Co test The newspaper earned four first-place awards, for a feature story about a Cold War fallout shelter, a special digital project about the impact of dementia, feature photography and a photo essay. “We are very proud to be honored by our peers for our efforts in covering the communities of the Fox Valley,” said Dan Flannery, executive editor of PostCrescent Media and regional executive editor of Gannett Wisconsin Media. Gannett Wisconsin Media won seven awards, including firsts for investigative reporting about heroin use in the state and enterprise/interpretive reporting about the mining industry. Both and h the daily dail weekly newspaper competitions are split into three divisions. Post-Crescent Media received its awards in the largest st division, DiD vision A, for newspapers of 25,000 circulation and above.

Post-Crescent Media’s awards First place » Feature: Duke Behnke » Feature photo: Dan Powers » Photo essay: Dan Powers » Web special project: Dan Powers, Cheryl Anderson Second place » Sports news story: Tim Froberg » Local sports column:

Brett Christopherson » Spot news photo: Dan Powers » Photo essay: William Glasheen » Reporting on local government: Nick Penzenstadler » Creative use of multimedia: William Glasheen Anderson » Graphics: Sean McKeownYoung Third place » Local column: Ed Berthiaume Behnke » Feature: Jen Zettel » General news photo: Sharon Cekada » Spot news photo: Powers William Glasheen » Reporting on local education: Duke Behnke » Continuing Web coverage: Dan Powers, Cheryl Anderson

Gannett Wisconsin Media’s awards First place » Investigative reporting: Eric Litke » Best newspaper promotion: Gary Vossekuil, Melissa Scherer » Enterprise/interpretive reporting: Kathleen Foody Second place » Feature: Eric Litke » Best newspaper promotion: Melissa Scherer, Gary Vossekuil, John Ferak » Open records/FOI Award: Kathleen Foody

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MILWAUKEE — The Beloit Daily News captured 16 awards in the statewide “Better Newspaper Contest.” The awards were presented Friday evening during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association/ Associated Press Editors annual convention and trade show held at the MilwauEymann kee Marriott West. Also at the convention, Beloit Daily News Publisher Kent Eymann completed his year as president of the Wisconsin Newsp paper Association Board of Directors. Eymann was recognized

for his work in several areas to promote Wisconsin newspaper interests during a gavel-passing ceremony. The awards presented to the newspaper include: • First place, best sports news story, Josh Flickinger for “It’s heartbreak for HHS.” • First place, Flickinger best reporting on local government, Shaun Zinck for “Darrius Lowery-Baptiste shooting series.” • First place, best reporting on local education, Hillary Gavan for “Faced with being displaced to make way for new school.”

• First place, best overall page design, Erica Pennington. • Second place, best editorial writing, William Barth. • Second place, Bill Payne Award, Malinda Obershaw and Khoury Helman. • Third place, best special section-editorial, 2013 Stateline Area Community Yearbook. Gavan • Third place, open records/ freedom of information award, Hillary Gavan for “Emails spark political fire.” • Third place, best local sports column, Jim Franz for “Snappers facing uncertain future.”

• Third place, best enterprise/ interpretive reporting, Hillary Gavan for “Fate of single-gender classes discussed.” • Third place, best lifestyle pages, Debra Jensen-De Hart, Erica Pennington and Geoff Bruce, f o r “ We e k e n d ” section. • Third place, best feature photograph, Erica Pennington Pennington for “Chick Tricks.” • Third place, best investigative reporting, Hillary Gavan for “Schools awarded marketing contract without bids.” • Third place, best use of color, composing department, 2013

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Spring Tourism section. • Third p place,, best niche publication, in paper, 2013 Stateline Area Community Yearbook. • Third place, best niche publication, out o f p a p e r, J i m Franz and Josh Flickinger, for 2013 Legends of Sports. First-place winners Erica Pennington, HillZinck ary Gavan and Shaun Zinck joined Publisher Kent Eymann, Editor William Barth and Business Development Directorr Todd Colling Collin representing the newspaper at the WNA/ AP dinner Friday F id night to accept their awards.


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WAUKESHA | The Baraboo News Republic brought home 10 awards Friday from two statewide contests. Each year, the Wisconsin Newspaper p p Association holds a Better Newspapers Contest honoring writers, photographers and designers in several categories. It also holds a Better Advertising Contest recognizing ad campaigns and designs. The News Republic won two first-place plaques: One for its editorial page, headed by editor Todd Krysiak; and another for assistant editor Ben Bromley’s humor column. This marks the

third consecutive win in the Local Column category for Bromley, who also won a thirdplace award for headline writing. Also honored was reporter Krysiak Tim Damos, whose coverage of the Baraboo School Board’s investigation into board member Ed Mortimer won second place in the Open Records/Freedom of Information category. Damos’ coverage of the placement of a volatile mental patient in a Baraboo home took third place in Investigative Reporting.

Designer Dusty Drew took second place among advertising spreads for Football Frenzy and second among niche publications Bromley not distributed with the paper for the Sauk County Travel Guide. Designer Nick Ahles took second place among niche publications inserted into the p paper for the Wine Guide. The News Republic staff as a whole took third place in both General Excellence and all-around newspaper

photography. “It’s always rewarding for members of our staff to be recognized by their peers with these awards,” Krysiak said. “Publishing a daily newspaper requires a lot of work from a group of people who seldom ask for much in terms of recognition for their effort. I’m glad to see so many earn these awards, some of which represent individual achievements and others that honor the entire staff.” Award selections were made by members of the Missouri and Kansas press associations, which judged entries for Wisconsin’s Better Newspaper and Advertising contests.

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The Door County Advocate received the General Excellence award from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation at the group’s annual awards dinner Friday. The Advocate received five first-place awards and four third-place awards in the WNAF Better Newspaper Contest for work published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. In addition to a first place in the category of General Excellence, the Advocate was honored for: » Sports pages, first place, Korey Mallien, sports editor; » Feature, first place, for “Not Giving Up,” Samantha Hernandez’s profile of Bo Johnson after the 13-year-old youth came back to Sister Bay to spend his last days at home; » Environmental Reporting, first place, for “Where’s the water?” Ramelle Bintz’s story about the impact of plummeting Lake Michigan water levels on Door County; and » General News Photo, first place, for “Day of sails,” Tina M. Gohr’s photo of tall ships entering the Sturgeon Bay canal from the vantage point of the Canal Station lighthouse. Bintz also received two third-place awards, for a feature story about the friendly political yard-sign war between two neighbors along Wisconsin 57, and for “Lure of the road,” a story about area residents and their motorcycles. Mallien received a thirdplace award for a sports photo, and Christopher Clough, editor of Your Key to the Door Weekly, received a third-place award for best entertainment pages. “These folks work hard every day to serve the Door County community and our readers online and on these pages,” news editor Warren Bluhm said. “I couldn’t be prouder to have their accomplishments recognized by our peers in the industry.”

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The Leader-Telegram editorial staff won 17 awards, including four first places, at the annual convention of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association on Friday in Waukesha. Ziemer Sports editor Joe Ziemer won first place for his local sports columns, and second place awards for sports feature and sports page design. Photographer Dan Reiland won first place Reiland in the feature photo competition and took second in the sports photo division. Former education reporter Jon Swedien, who now works in Albuquerque, N.M., won a first place award for investigative ing. reporting. Wachter The newspaper won first place for its Lifestyles section, edited by Blythe Wachter. The Leader-Telegram also took second place in the general excellence competition. Business editor Liam Marlaire won a second place award for his business coverage, while sports reporter

Ben Peterson took second in the sports news story division. Special projects editor Eric Lindquist won third places for breaking news coverage and environmental reporting. Copy editor Tom Gunderson won two third place awards, for overall page design and Page One design. Sports reporter Mike Klees took third places for sports feature and sports page design. The newspaper won third place for its editorial pages.

The Country Today The Country Today editorial staff won five awards in the weekly division. The Country Today is the Eau Claire ress Co Press Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rural life newspaper. Editor Jim Massey took second for a spot news photo and third for a sports feature. Copy editor Jenn Stirmel won a second place award for feature page deird for her front pages. sign and third Regional editor Sara Bredesen took second place in the lifestyles page division. Also at the convention, longtime Eau p y president p Claire Press Company and Leader-Telegram publisher Charles Graaskamp was inducted posthumously into the WNA Hall of Fame. Graaskamp, who died Oct. 8 at age 79, was WNA president in 1998 after serving nearly a decade on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of directors. He also served on the WNA Foundation board of directors from 2001 to 2006.

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Press-Gazette Media is W Wisconsin’s best daily newspaper for the third consecutive year. “To T be named NewsTo paper of the Year is quite an honor, but to win the last three against such strong competition is incredible,” said Press-Gazette publisher Scott Johnson. “It is a testament to the dedicated team at the Press-Gazette and our focus on providing must-have information for our readers and world-class solutions for our advertisers. When you focus on providing the best for your customers, the awards are icing on the cake.” Wisconsin NewspaW per Association announced the results of its 2013 Better Newspaper contest Friday » See P-G, A8

WISCONSIN NEWSPAPER P ASSOCIATION AWARDS Press-Gazette Media received the following awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest:

Lifestyle Pages » Dan Higgins: First in Special Pages (Family Time); third in Special Pages (Food for Thought) » Phap Lam, Des Moines Design Center: First in Feature Page Design » Amanda Holladay, Des Moines: Second in Feature Page Design

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» Doug Schneider, second in Open Records/FOI (Emergency Plans); third in Reporting on Local Government (Brown County). » Patti Zarling: Second in Reporting on Local Education. » Scott Williams: Third in Enterprise/Interpretive Reporting. » Richard Ryman: Third in Business Coverage » Staff: Second in General Excellence

FEATURES » Kendra Meinert: First in Local Column; first in Entertainment Pages; First in

» Staff: First in Sports Pages; second in Special Projects (WIAA) » Julie Larson: First in Headlines (with Brandon Gerrits); third in Headlines » Rob Demovsky: First in Sports News Story (University of Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball coach); third in Sports Feature (Keifer Sykes) » Jake Lovett, Des Moines: First in Sports Page Design » Pat Durkin: Second in Local Outdoor Column; third in Environmental Reporting » Scott Venci: Third in Local Sports Column

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» First in Continuing Web Coverage (WIAA tournament) » Second in General Web Excellence » Third in Web Special Project (Training Camp Live)

» Second – Editorial Pages; second – Special Pages (Perspective); third – Editorial

PHOTO » Evan Siegle: First in Sports Photo (Packers/Seattle); third in Photo Essay (Faces of Packers Nation); third in Creative Use of Multimedia (Along the Lines) » Lukas Keapproth: Second in Sports Photo (Notre Dame Girls) » Staff: Third in All-Around Newspaper Photography

COPY DESK » Brandon Gerrits: First in Headlines (with Julie Larson) » Steve Kirchman: Second in Headlines » Staff: First in Front Page; second in Overall Page Design » Joe Heller: First in Graphics

ADVERTISING » First – Donald Driver section: Best Advertising Special Section » First – Mother/Daughter Look-A-Like Contest: Online Revenue Builder » First – League of Lambeau: Best Circulation Promotion » First – Scholars of the Week: Best Advertising Idea (Series) » Second – WIAA special section: Best Advertising Special Section » Second – Cheese Madness Contest: Online Revenue Builder » Third – Super Sunday Employment: Harrison MacDonald Award » Third – Name the Wolf Contest: Online Revenue Builder

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during its annual meeting in Waukesha. The Newspaper of the Year competition includes both editorial and advertising accomplishments. The Press-Gazette received 18 first-place awards and 45 awards overall. Prior to winning Newspaper of the Year in 2012 and 2011, the PressGazette was named Newspaper of the Year in 2008. Features editor Kendra Meinert received three first-place awards for her entertainment and lifestyle reporting and writing. Dan Higgins also received a first

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an honor to be recognized by our peers in this manner.” Other first-place finishers included Julie Larson and Brandon Gerrits for headline writing, and former cartoonist Joe Heller for graphics. Press-Gazette reporter Paul Srubas was also recognized with a prestigious Golden Gavel award, which is presented each year by the State Bar of Wisconsin. Srubas was honored for his series of stories about domestic violence. The Press-Gazette advertising department won eight awards, including four firsts ranging from Best Advertising Special Section to Best Circulation Promotion.

place for his reporting on family interests. Photographer Evan Siegle received a firstplace award for his photograph of the controversial Hail Mary touchdown scored by the Seattle Seahawks to defeat the Green Bay Packers in the third game of the 2012 season. The Press-Gazette sports staff received four first-place awards. “I am so proud of the entire team at the PressGazette. This is a remarkable honor, and to be named Newspaper of the Year three years in a row is no small feat,” said Executive Editor Mike Knuth. “Green Bay has a great story to tell, the Press-Gazette is thrilled to tell that story, and it is

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The daily newspaper division is split into three groups. The Press-Gazette received its awards in the largest division, Group A, for newspapers with circulation of 25,000 and above. The Press-Gazette received the Group A award. Judging in the statewide competition was done by members of the Kansas Press Association. Other newspapers affiliated with Press-Gazette Media also performed well. The Door County Advocate received nine awards, including first for general excellence. Other top awards for the Door County Advocate, which won its division in the weekly competition, went to Korey Mallien for sports pages, Samantha Hernandez for feature writing, Ramelle Bintz for environmental reporting and Tina Gohr for general news photo. The Advocate received four third-place awards. The De Pere Journal earned three firsts and one third. Editor Todd McMahon was selected for top honors in the weekly newspaper division for sports feature and headline writing. Kent Tempus of the Oconto Reporter received a second-place award for a sports news story about Oconto High School volleyball team’s second-place finish in the state tournament. Press-Gazette Community Engagement Editor Amber Paluch was elected to the Wisconsin Associated Press Editors Board at the convention. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the state’s largest newspaper, does not participate in the Better Newspaper Contest. — rryman@pressgazette media.com and follow him on Twitter @RichRymanPG or on Facebook at Richard Ryman-Press-Gazette.

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WAUKESHA, Wis. — The La Crosse Tribune and other River Valley Newspaper Group newspapers received several awards Friday night g at the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation convention. The Tribune staff won first place in the open records/ freedom of information award category for work on a regional audit of access to public records. Sports writer Todd Sommerfeldt was honored with first-place awards in both the sports column and sports feature categories. The Tribune also won two second place-awards and four third-place awards, including one for general excellence. The Jackson County Chronicle won 23 awards — 12 first-place, five second-place and six third-place. The Chronicle repeated as the overall top weekly paper in its circulation category in the state. Other River Valley papers receiving honors were the Westby Times with 13 awards, the Vernon County Broadcaster with three and the Tomah Journal with one. Chris Hardie, River Valley g Newspaper group weekly publisher and executive editor, was elected the association’s first vice president.

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Gannett Wisconsin Media selected as a top 10 digital marketing team Gannett Wisconsin Media

News-Herald Media, along with nine other Gannett Wisconsin Media companies, has been selected as a top 10 digital marketingteaminthefirst Digital Marketing Team of theYearAwardfordedication to professional development in digital marketing. Gannett Wisconsin Media ranked fourth in the nation as a result of training for 78 local sales representatives. These individuals accumulated a total of 265 certifications for Gannett Wisconsin Media. “This award confirms

our transformation into one of the leading digital marketing solution companies in the area,” said Genia Lovett, Gannett Wisconsin Media regional president and president/ publisherofPost-Crescent Media. “Local businesses can trust us to guide them to the right solutions to grow their businesses.” The award was created by Market Motive, the leading curriculum and training provider in online marketing, to distinguish the leading teams from 100-plus teams training with Market Motive in 2013. The top 10 were chosen based on criteria per-

taining to the percentage of each team that completed training, average number of certifications earned per person and the efficiency with which the teams progressed through the training. “The list this year represents the managers who invested in their teams as well as the team members themselves who committed to improving digital marketing skills,” Michael Stebbins, co-founder and CEO of Market Motive, said in a statement. “We’re proud of the success they’ve earned, and we’re happy to recognize their accomplishments.”

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Congratulations to our employees who received honors in the WNA 2013 Better Newspaper and Advertising Contests

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First: Open Records/FOI Investigative Reporting Logan Carlson

Second: Sports Page(s) Staff

First: General News Photo Megan McCormick

Second: Special Pages Logan Carlson Jan Zettler

First: Special Pages Jan Zettler Mystique Macomber

Second: Investigative Reporting Liz Welter

Second: Editorial Award Mystique Macomber Jonathan Gneiser Jan Zettler

Third: Special Section-Editorial Staff

Third: Open Records/ FOI Award Marisa Cuellar Third: Lifestyle Page(s) Jan Zettler Mystique Macomber Third: Front Page Staff

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The staff of NewsHerald Media received 14 awards for journalistic excellence during ceremonies Friday night in Waukesha. The honors were announced during the annual convention of tthe to o e Wisconsin Newspaper Association, one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest press associations. The associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Better Newspaper Contest annually recognizes work from o its member newspapers in several categories. Reporter Logan Carlson won two first place awards for Open Records/Freedom of Information and Investigative Reporting as a result of his series of stories on the discovery of the Marshfield School District super-

intendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salary being overpaid. Multimedia photojournalist Megan McCormick earned a first place for a General News Photo of Marge Wolf, the 96-year-old neighborhood grocery store owner who thwarted a robbery at knifepoint. The late Denny Tauscher was recognized with a first place for local sports columns. Lifestyle coordinator Jan Zettler and Features Editor Mystique Macomber received a first place for Healthy Lifestyle in the Special Pages category and a third place for Lifestyle pages. Macomber also won a second place for editorials. Carlson and Zettler were recognized with a

second place in the Special Pages category for Academic Excellence student profiles and school news. Reporter Liz Welter won a second place for Investigative Reporting on an unsolved murder. News-Herald sports staff members were recognized with a second place for sports pages. Reporter Marisa Cuellar earned two third places for business coverage in Central Wisconsin Sunday and Open Records/ Freedom of Information Award for reporting on a nurse facing drug fraud charges. You Magazine staff received a third place for special section, while News-Herald staff won a third place for front pages.

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The Portage Daily Register garnered 14 awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest, the principal annual competition for p the state’s newspapers. The awards were announced Friday at the WNA/Associated Press Convention and Trade Show, held at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. Features editor Craig Spychalla won three firstplace awards — for the Daily Register’s lifestyle page (called Current), for

feature page design and for entertainment pages. Reporter Lyn Jerde won a firstplace award Spychalla in environmental reporting, for her story on the proposed manure gas pipeline in Adams and Marquette counties, headlined “From mega-dairy to megawatts.” The Daily Register staff won a first-place award for front page. “These awards are a

testament to the quality of journalists we have at the Daily Register,” said EdiJerde tor Kerry Lechner. “Craig, Lyn and the entire staff are accomplished and dedicated news professionals who are always striving to improve and to provide the people of Portage and Columbia County with the most Please see AWARDS, Page A12

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accurate, comprehensive and interesting news coverage possible.” Second-place awards for the Daily Register went to the staff for general web excellence; to reporter Jen McCoy for her photo essay titled “Fourth of July Festivities;” to sports reporter Dan Larson for his story “Marching on;” and to Erika Gerhardt Obois for

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local column. The Daily Register’s third-place awards went to Spychalla for his feature “Iron and Oak” about a Civil War hero from Portage, Larson for his local sports column; Sports Editor Travis Houslet for his sports photo “Almost a great comeback;’ McCoy for reporting on local education; and former Editor Jason Maddux for overall page design. Several of the Daily Register’s sister newspapers also reaped

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his sports news story, Maddux for overall page design and Kabelowsky for sports page design. In addition, the paper won six second-place awards and two thirdplace awards. The Sauk Prairie Eagle won first-place awards for front page and general excellence. The Juneau County Star-Times took home first-place awards for front page and reporting on local government, as well as one thirdplace award.

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The Journal Times nabs 15 state awards AARON KNAPP aaron.knapp@journaltimes.com

RACINE — The Journal Times has first place awards from the earned five first-place Wisconsin Newspaper Association for work including breaking news coverage, business coverage and general web ence. excellence. The paper also won six second-place awards and four third-place awards. Two reporters also earned awards from the State Bar of Wisconsin. Shaver All of the awards were announced during the WNA’s convention Friday. “I’m thankful for the hard work and dedication of all of our staff,” said Managing Editor Rob Golub. “We have won first place in several key categories and we have a lot to be proud of.” Anderson The Journal Times took first-place awards for: ■ Breaking News Coverage: Current and former reporters Stephanie Jones, Alison Bauter, Luke Feuerherm and Lindsay Bullock as well as photographers Scott Anderson and Gregory Shaver were recognized for their continuing coverage of a fatal fire in Racine that took the lives of three children in November 2012.

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The Stoughton Courier Hub won two awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s convention last week, including a firstplace effort for photography. The Hub received first place for all-around photography and third place for assistant sports editor Anthony Iozzo’s feature on a local 12-year-old wrestling prodigy who won a tournament in Poland. The all-around photography award recognizes quality photography throughout the newspaper, including in community, news and sports stories. The Hub’s entry included photo pages featuring Syttende Mai, the Stoughton Junior Fair and Coffee Break. The WNA recognizes winners in six categories – daily and weekly newspapers of three sizes each. The Hub is in the middle category of weeklies, with circulations of 2,000-3,500.

2013 awards First place: All-Around Photography- staff Third place: Sports feature: “Top of the World,” Anthony Iozzo

The Hub is one of four Unified Newspaper Group news publications (with a fifth debuting next week), and our staff, which collaborates on all publications, totaled Iozzo 13 awards this year, including five first-place awards. The other first-place awards included coverage of business and education, headlines and a special section.

Norse Star wins $1,000 scholarship The Stoughton High School newspaper, The Norse Star, was honored with as the top classroom-based student newspaper (in a school with enrollment of 500 or more) in the state. The school will get a $1,000 scholarship for winning the award. The award was given Friday at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest in Milwaukee, for work completed in the 2012-13 academic year. The newspaper’s adviser is Jon Netzler.

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CEDARBURG — It was a news story that was probably seen by millions of people after it went viral. It was also award-winning news for the News Graphic. News Graphic reporter Lisa Curtis earned a Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation award for her coverage of the missing Italian Sausage of Klement's Racing Sausage fame. Guido was reported missing after Cedarburg’s Feb. 16, 2013, Winter Festival event. Guido’s popularity because of the sausage races at every Milwaukee Brewers home game made the story big news. What had become of Guido? Everyone wanted to know. Will he be missing from future sausage races? That remained to be seen. Curtis’ reporting of the story took first place in the Breaking News Coverage category of the WNA Foundation’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. The News Graphic competed against weekly newspapers statewide in the contest. Entries were judged by a panel of journalists from outside Wisconsin. Photographer Mark Justesen earned the News

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Guido, the Italian Sausage of Klement’s Racing Sausage fame, is seen in Cedarburg’s 2013 Winter Festival parade. Later that same day, the sausage costume was reported missing. Graphic two additional awards. Justesen placed second in the Sports Photo cate-

gory and third in the AllAround Newspaper Photography category. “I am proud of what Lisa and Mark have accomplished,” said Jan Rockley, News Graphic managing editor. “The awards recognize the fact that both of them are excellent journalists who work very hard at their craft. It’s not easy to win these awards. You have to earn them.” The awards were presented Friday at the WNA/Associated Press 2014 Convention & Trade Show at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. As it turned out, Guido wasn’t just missing. The sausage mascot costume, which is owned by the Milwaukee Brewers, was stolen. After Guido was reported missing, he was seen in two Cedarburg taverns. Less than a day after the story went viral, the costume was dropped off at TJ Ryan’s. The bartender said two people – one with a hoodie pulled tight around his face – dropped the costume off with the instructions, “You did not see anything.” Police found a note in a plastic bag outside the back door. The note, titled “Weenie Gate,” included the lines,

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News Graphic photographer Mark Justesen earned a second place award for this photo in the Sports Photo category of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest.The photo shows the Homestead High School football team celebrating its state championship victory in the fall of 2012. “Sorry I am such a sauced weenie. You probably think I’m the wurst.” The sausage costume was fine, except that it needed to be cleaned. Based on tips from users of Facebook and YouTube, Cedarburg police caught the perpetrators, a brother and

sister from Mequon and Cedarburg, respectively. Justesen’s winning sports photo was of the Homestead High School football team celebrating its state championship victory in the fall of 2012. The WNA’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest

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involved entries that had been published from September 2012 to the end of August 2013. In All-Around Newspaper Photography, Justesen needed to enter three different editions of the News Graphic, displaying his photography.


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Freedom Pursuit Editor Angie Griepentrog is pictured working Aug. 7, 2013 in a makeshift newspaper office set up inside an RV in her Hwy E driveway. At this time she was writing about the tornado storm that struck Freedom in the middle of the night. The RV had a generator to supply electricity to the computer while the whole town had no electricity. Pages were also designed in the RV for that issue. The storm story ended up winning first place in a 2013 state newspaPhoto by R.Griepentrog per contest.

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Freedom Pursuit nabs five state newspaper awards The Freedom Pursuit received five state newspaper awards in writing and photography categories in the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s (WNA) annual contest. Awards were announced in Milwaukee at the state newspaper convention on Feb. 28. In the Breaking News Coverage category, Pursuit Editor Angie Griepentrog won first place for her August 2013 storm story “Night Storm: Sleeping town lambasted.” “This is my first time winning first place in the WNA Foundation Better Newspaper Contest,” Griepentrog said. “To make it feel even better to me was to win it in the Breaking News writing category.” The judge’s comment on this story stated, “This is true breaking news coverage. What set this story apart from the other storm coverage were the eyewitness quotes, which made me feel really connected.” The morning after the August wind/tornado storm, Freedom was left with no electricity or internet. That was the day the Pursuit was supposed to be printing, too. Griepentrog and

her husband Roger drove all over Freedom finding the worst destruction and listening to fresh and candid personal experiences. The Pursuit office was then set up in an RV in their home’s front driveway in order to get a computer running with a generator. Around 2 a.m. they drove to a Menasha apartment building, where there was an internet connection, in order to send the Pursuit pages to the press. The paper hit the newsstands the next day. “So my first place story was written in a hurry in an RV, and I actually called my mom in Upper Michigan while writing it. She looked up certain words in an online thesaurus for me so I wouldn’t keep repeating the same words while explaining the storm. It was a unique writing experience,” Griepentrog said. Second place in the Breaking News Coverage category went to The Brillion News, and third went to Clintonville Chronicle. Griepentrog was awarded second place for her second storm story in the Features category. It was under the headline

“Emergency workers ran on fumes.” The judge’s comment on this story stated, “Great subject for a feature. Good write and read. Solid layout and use of photos.” In the Features category, first place went to Jackson County Chronicle in Black River Falls, and third went to The Woodville Leader. The other three awards were for photography. Griepentrog won second place in the Sports Photo category for a photo “Out at Second” taken during Freedom High School varsity softball in 2013. The judge said, “Are we sure she was out? Her hand is touching the base! Great action shot with lots to look at. Nice clear photo.” First place in the Sports Photo category went to The Brillion News, and third went to Westby Times. Griepentrog also received third place in the Spot News Photo category with a photo “Brothers on Duty” that was taken of firefighting brothers Derrick and Austin Green on scene at a fire call to Freedom Foods. The judge said, “Great photo capturing a rare moment of down time.” Taking first place in the Spot News Photo category was The Brillion News, and second went to The Fennimore Times. The final third place award went to Roger Griepentrog for a photo entered into the General News Photo category. It showed Josh Dalke standing next to his flipped car, and behind him was his grandparents’ collapsed home, which was totally destroyed in the August 2013 storm in Freedom. The judge said, “Nothing like photos of tornado damage to get people talking.” In the General News Photo category, first place went to Westby Times, and second went to The Brillion News. Competition in this contest included newspapers from all across Wisconsin with similar circulation counts. The Pursuit now has 21 state newspaper awards since it started business in the end of 2003.

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BY EMILY SCHENDEL The Crawford County Independent and Kickapoo Scout has done it again. In the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, the Independent-Scout brought home seven awards, includLQJWZRÀUVWSODFHDZDUGV The WNA Division F Awards for small weeklies, included a First Place Award for Jane Schmidt in the category of Local Column and a First Place Award for Erin Martin and Charley Preusser for Environmental Reporting. The newspaper also won three second place awards. They included a Second Place Award for Business

Coverage by Charley Preusser, and a Second Place Award for a Photo Essay by Erin Martin, Nancy Dowling, Dennis Kern, and Charley Preusser. The newspaper won a Second Place Award for Environmental Reporting for a story done by Charley Preusser. Along with those awards, the newspaper won two third place awards. Erin Martin, Howard Sherpe and John Gibbs won a Third Place Award for Editorial Pages, and Erin Martin won a Third Place Award for Enterprise/ Interpretive Reporting. “Winning seven awards in the WNA Better Newspaper Contest is exciting,” said Preusser of the accom-

plishment. “The honor of being chosen for the awards by your peers makes it special. Despite the importance and honor of the awards, the

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By CHARLEY PREUSSER Independent-Scout columnist Jane Schmidt won a Wisconsin Newspaper Association First Place Award for a Local Column last Friday at the WNA Convention held in Waukesha. Schmidt was dumbstruck by the news of her award, when she received a call from the Independent-Scout to inform her of her success last weekend. The lively newspaper colXPQLVW GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ SHUNHG XS as the news began to register. Yes, for the smallest weekly newspapers in the state, WNAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Division F, Jane Schmidt was judged to be the very best for her weekly column, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; What really makes the story amazing is that Schmidt just started writing her column on July 18 and the cutoff date for entries was August 31. This meant the three required entries had to be selected from just seven columns. Schmidt said she chose to write in the IndependentScout because she was familiar with the paper. ´, WKRXJKW , PLJKW Ă&#x20AC;W LQ and you might give me a chance,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt recalled. Well, the Independent-Scout did indeed give Jane Schmidt a chance and she ran with it. Her unique sense of humor and direct approach has appealed to readers and now the judges of the WNA Better Newspaper Contest as well. Schmidt is not afraid to laugh at herself or some of the trials and tribulations she faces as a single woman living in rural Wisconsin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot to laugh about,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I laugh at myself a lot. Not a day goes by that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not

laughing at something that happens in my life.â&#x20AC;? Self-deprecating humor is one of the columnistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regular approaches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a fool of yourself, you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell good stories,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt explained. The Independent-Scout selected the three columns for the entry and Schmidt pretty much agreed with the choices. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW FROXPQ ZDV Âś$ farmer and his concubine.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;concubine. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a classic Jane Schmidt malapropism or use of the wrong word. At a farmer friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house one day, Jane answered his telephone while he was still working in the Ă&#x20AC;HOG :KHQ WKH QHLJKERU asked where the farmer was, Jane didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hesitate to tell the caller that he was out in the Ă&#x20AC;HOGZLWKKLV´FRQFXELQHÂľRU what the rest of us might call a combine. Schmidt said that to this day the comment still can bring snickers and stares at the local feed store, particularly during the harvest season. Someone always needs to ask how the â&#x20AC;&#x153;concubineâ&#x20AC;? is doing. For all the joking and kidding around, there can also be a serious side to Jane Schmidt. One of the columns selected for the WNA Better Newspaper Contest concerned her love of a dog she found in Mexico and her effort to save himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Her Prince remembered.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Schmidt found the dog on Isla Mujeres during a visit there. She arranged to adopt the dog and try to give it a better life on her rural property near Viola. After considerable effort and the help of

friends, and friends of friends the dog arrived, and she was very happy. However, the dog suffered from a variety ailments and despite numerous visits to the veterinarian and treatments it had to be put to sleep. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like writing the story it was very painful,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt recalled. It was hard story to write. 7KH Ă&#x20AC;QDO FROXPQ VHOHFWHG for the contest was a typical â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; column â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Vacations, aliens and my underwear.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Yes, Jane, kidnapped by aliens, has her underwear stolen just as she leaves on vacation. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all Jane Schmidt and the laughs donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end, right up until the aliens, it seems, stash the missing bag of underwear under a bed in the guest room. Jane Schmidt guarantees she will keep the stories coming in her weekly Independent-Scout column, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Run out of stories? Not in this lifetime, not with this life,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I plan to keep writing my funny stories and the harder stories too.â&#x20AC;? Jane Schmidt is quick to credit some of the success of her columns in the Independent-Scout to the newspaperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s copy editing, as well as the proofreading of her friends Pat, Roger and Dane. Schmidt described being told she had won the WNA Award for being the best local columnist as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;most exciting thing thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happened to me, since I almost burned my house down.â&#x20AC;? There you have it. Look for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Janeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in its usual place next week. Congratulations Jane Schmidt from the Independent-Scout staff and all your loyal readers.

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By John Halverson jhalverson@lakegenevanews.net Last year the Regional News was rated the best newspaper of its size in the state by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. It also won seven other awards from the WNA. This year, we didn’t win the top award for General Excellence. But our crew overcompensated and won 24 other awards — including four first place honors. That was 16 more awards than the paper has ever won in the past. Two first place awards went to Jessica Franzene, editor of the Resorter. She won for best entertainment pages for the Resorter and overall page design for a layout in Welcome Home, our summer real estate supplement. The judges said the Resorter was “absolutely chock full of information” and noted the “brilliant use of images in ads.” I won a first for local columns. The judges based their decision on three column entries. We won another first place for best special project. This award was for “What is Lake Geneva Missing.” Staff members Phil Bonyata, Rob Ireland and Joy Kowald shared in the award, which featured local businessman Philip Sassano. Kowald and Bonyata make up our ReelLifeTV staff. As I said last year, awards aren’t our goal — but they are a great honor for all the hard work our staff puts in each and every week. Next year we plan to return to the top of the podium in the general excellence category. In the meantime, we’ll do our day jobs —which is to provide a mirror of the Lake Geneva area and hope to be part of making it better. Halverson is editor and general manager of the Regional News.

WISCONSIN NEWSPAPER ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION CONTEST WINNERS 2013 – DIVISION E First Award | Entertainment Pages | Jessica Franzene – The Resorter First Award | Local Columns | John Halverson – Based on three submitted columns First Award | Overall Page Design | Jessica Franzene – Welcome Home First Award | Special Projects | Joy Kowald, Phil Bonyata, Robert Ireland “What is Lake Geneva Missing?” Second Award | Innovative Online Advertising | Phil Bonyata, Joy Kowald, Jessica Franzene, Robert Ireland – Reel Life TV Second Award | Editorial Page(s) | Sarah Schauf, John Halverson – Community & Commentary pages Second Award | Open Records/FOI Award | Steve Targo, Robert Ireland – Genoa City Open Records Request Second Award | Local Sports Column | Mike Ramczyk – Mike Ramczyk columns Second Award | Business Coverage | Chris Schultz – The Cove coverage Second Award | Headlines | Robert Ireland – “Council backs dam solution” Second Award | Page Design – Feature | Jessica Franzene – Welcome Home Second Award | Page Design – Sports | Mike Ramczyk – “A winning streak begins” Second Award | Reporting on Local Government | Robert Ireland – Coverage of Walworth County, Genoa City Second Award | General Web Excellence | Robert Ireland, Jade Bolack – Lake Geneva Regional News: www.lakegenevanews.net Second Award | Online Revenue Builder | Phil Bonyata, Jessica Franzene, Joy Kowald, Robert Ireland – Reel Life TV Second Award | Editorial Award | John Halverson – Based on three submitted editorials Third Award | Creative use of Multimedia | Mike Ramczyk, Joy Kowald, Phil Bonyata – “Tony Romo Football Camp” Third Award | Spot News Photo | Joy Kowald – “Call it Puppy Love” Third Award | Sports Photo | Joy Kowald – “Title dreams dashed in thriller” Third Award | Photo Essay | Joy Kowald – “Circus comes to Lake Lawn” Third Award | Investigative Reporting | Jade Bolack – “Too close to kids” Third Award | Graphics | Sarah Schauf – “Where Does Your Tax Dollar Go?” Third Award | Continuing Web Coverage | Robert Ireland, Steve Targo – Genoa City Village Hall project Third Award | Web Special Project | Joy Kowald, Robert Ireland, Phil Bonyata – “What is Lake Geneva Missing?”

2010 5 awards (2 firsts)

2011 2 awards (2nd & 3rd)

2012 8 awards (4 firsts)

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included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. The Mount Horeb Mail earned a Second Award for The Geiger Counter. This is editor Matt Geiger’s ninth Wisconsin Newspaper Association award,

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Courier wins four awards The Milton Courier received four awards in the “2013 Better Newspaper Contest” – including “Most Improved Newspaper” and “General Excellence” – during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s awards banquet Friday night in Waukesha. The WNA Foundation presented the awards at the Milwaukee Marriott West during the group’s 160th annual convention. The awards bestowed on the Courier included:  First place to the Courier staff for “Most Improved Newspaper,” an open-class category for weekly newspapers of all sizes. Entries consisted of three corresponding consecutive issues from Sept. 1, 2011, through Aug. 31, 2012, and from Sept. 1, 2010 through Aug. 31, 2011. “Judging this category was difficult until the Milton Courier … came up,” the judge wrote. “Other entries had very subtle or minor improvements, making it tough to choose a most improved. The Milton Courier didn’t improve from a pretty good tabloid format newspaper to a broadsheet, it updated to become an attractive, professionally produced broadsheet, its readers must be impressed. The easy winner of most improved. The format change allowed the paper to offer more of everything, photos, features, graphics, sports, commentary, advertising.”  First place to Managing Editor James Debilzen for “Investigative Reporting” in the Class E Weekly Division, which consists of newspapers with a weekly circulation between 2,001 and 3,500 copies. The award was for coverage of the leave of absence and subsequent resignation of then-School District of Milton District Administrator Michael Garrow in late 2012. “Despite being stonewalled at every turn, the journalist kept digging and requesting records until the truth was found. Great job,” the judge wrote.  Second place to the staff for “Best Niche Publication – Out of Paper” in the Class E Weekly Division for the “Koshkonong Camper’s Courier.”

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three children, Herb (Marion) Hoyer of Arlington Heights, Ill., Betty (Jack) Petry of Milton, David Hoyer of Wildwood, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Erica Petry, Jenny (Zach) Dombrowski, Justine (Nathan) Willar, Becky (fiance John Napoleon) Hoyer, David Petry, Brian (fiancé Jenni Getka) Petry, and Sarah Hoyer; three siblings, Melitta Nagel of Whitehall, Mont., Paula

Glenn E. Skatrud, 81 Glenn E. Skatrud, 81, of Milton, passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville, Wis. He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Manitowoc, Wis., the son of the late Erwin and Linda (Dedering) Skatrud. He attended grade school and high school in Mishicot, Wis. He then served in the Air Force for two years. Following his discharge he was a sales manager at Manitowoc Equipment Works. At the age of 30 he returned to college and seminary at Garrett Theological Seminary. He was pastor at WaldoHingham, Waukau, Eureka, North Rushford, Elo, Gillett, Hickory and Suring, Shullburg and Milton, where he retired. After retirement, he served as chaplain at Cedar Crest in Janesville where he retired again. Glenn then returned to ministering as visitation pastor at White-

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Glenn E. Skatrud water United Methodist Church, retiring for good in 2011. He enjoyed visiting with friends, children and his grandchildren. He spent all of his life devoted to ministry. Glenn married Lois Schultz Sept. 14, 1957, and enjoyed 56 years together. Glenn is survived by his wife, Lois, of Milton; children, Jeff (Lynn) of Brodhead, Wis., Dan (Ann) of Monroe, Wis., Heidi (Tim) of New Berlin, Wis., Leah

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(Tony) Chachula of Oak Lawn, Ill., and Ella Schmidt of Hot Springs, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and two sisters, Lydia Borowsky and Clara Pareigat. A memorial service was held Wednesday March 5, 2014, at the Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Janesville with the Rev. Tim Erickson officiating. Interment was in Irving Park Cemetery, Chicago. An additional visitation and service will be held on Thursday, March 6 at the Harvest Bible Chapel, 800 Rohlwing Road, Rolling Meadows, Ill. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6:30 p.m. Memorials would be appreciated to the Heartwarming House, Milton. For an online guestbook and condolences, visit www. schneiderfuneraldirectors. com.

and Stacy both of Milton, Wis., Scott of Darlington, Wis.; grandchildren, Emily (Jeremy) Gratz of Darlington, Josh Skatrud of Elkhorn, Kevin (Amanda) Skatrud of Janesville, Mark Maurer, Jonathan, and Elizabeth Skatrud all of Monroe, Mackenzie Skatrud of Milton, Max and Natalie Harty of New Berlin; various nieces and nephews; siblings, Joyce Kasmer (Richard), Joan Kornely (Jim), and Barbara Skatrud. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Wendy Wilson; granddaughter, Danielle Skatrud; brother, Noel Skatrud; sister, Marilyn Scherer; brother, Elwood “Scottie” Skatrud. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at the Milton United Methodist Church with Pastor Steve Scott officiating. Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Milton, was in charge of arrangements.

The following individuals were found guilty by the Town of Milton Municipal Court on Feb. 25: Roman G. Balderas, Whitewater, Operating While Suspended, $0. Speed-Exceed Posted Limit, $177. James C. Gaulke, Tulsa, Okla., Other Headlamp Equipment Violation, $303.

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Wayne A. Pastorius, 48 Wayne A. Pastorius, 48, Janesville, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center, Janesville. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Toynton Funeral Home, Sharon, Wis. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Fire/EMS Report FEBRUARY 23 8600 block of East County Highway A, Milton EMS dispatched for a “man/ woman/person down.”

FEBRUARY 24 400 block of South Janesville Street, Milton and Milton Township Fire Department dispatched for a gas leak. 5200 block of North Valleyview Drive, EMS dispatched for a fall victim.

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FEBRUARY 28 1200 block of East Lakeside Drive, EMS dispatched for a lift assist. 4100 block of East Bingham Road, EMS dispatched for chest pain. First block of Northside Drive, EMS dispatched for carbon monoxide poisoning.

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200 block of East Madison Avenue, EMS disFEBRUARY 25 patched for a breathing 200 block of East Madiproblem. son Avenue, EMS dis700 block of Jones Avpatched for a pulseless, non-breathing subject; fire enue, EMS dispatched for an unconscious/fainting department responded to subject. assist. First block of Morgan 700 block of West Street, EMS dispatched for Crandall Street, EMS dispatched for a breathing a pulseless, non-breathing subject. problem. 800 block of Arthur 9100 block of North John Street, EMS dispatched for Drive, EMS dispatched for a lift assist. a breathing problem. 400 block of Elm Street, EMS dispatched for a FEBRUARY 27 breathing problem. 800 block of Arthur Westbound Interstate 90, Drive, EMS dispatched for EMS and fire department a lift assist. dispatched for a traffic 800 block of Arthur Drive, EMS dispatched for crash.

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Child Development Day on March 10 The School District of Milton will hold Child Development Days, a screening for 3- and 4-year-olds, on Monday, March 10. Children will participate in a variety of activities with specialists in a play-based setting during which speech/language, preschool readiness and fine/gross motor skills will be reviewed. Contact Ellen Cummings at 868-9221 to schedule an appointment.

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Cemetery association meets March 18 The Johnstown Center Cemetery Association will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Johnstown Community Center. There will be an election for treasurer and a trustee.

CITY OF MILTON

Brick sale Saturday Representatives from the Parks & Recreation Commission will be selling memorial bricks for the Milton Area Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park at The Red Zone, 403 W. High Street, in Milton on Saturday, March 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Jerry Schuetz at 868-6900.

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Obituaries Olga Hoyer, 86, of Milton, died peacefully Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the Heartwarming House, Milton. She was born in Odessa, Ukraine, on Dec. 9, 1927, the daughter of Frederick and Olga (Wesch) Hochhalter. Olga and her family endured numerous hardships and tragedies in their lives, including Stalin’s Great Famine and ultimately fleeing the country and the Communist regime. She made her way to Chicago in 1953 and on July 2, 1955, she married William Hoyer. He preceded her in death on Oct. 1, 1985. They always found opportunity to share their faith and minister to others. Her rich Christian heritage helped guide her through the difficult times and she passed that onto her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her

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Michael Gouvion photo Milton Courier Managing Editor James Debilzen receives a first-place plaque for “Most Improved Newspaper” from Carol O’Leary, publisher of the Star News (Medford) and president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, during the WNA’s annual convention in Waukesha on Friday. notices. The staff awards named Debilzen, Sports Editor Michael Gouvion, Production Manager Susan Angell,  Third place to the staff Advertising Representative for “General Excellence” in Paul McMurray, Office Clerk the Class E Weekly Division, the top award category Judy Lippincott and Intern Brandon Feivor. in the Better Newspaper The 2013 Better NewspaContest. Entries were judged per Contest included 2,806 on an overall evaluation of total entries, including edithe newspaper’s quality of torial entries from 125 newswriting, headlines, use of papers. Eligible entries were photos, craftsmanship in page design, advertising de- published between Sept. 1, sign and treatment of public 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013.

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In addition to the Better Newspaper Contest awards, Debilzen was honored as one of five WNA “Future Headliners,” a new recognition program that honors and rewards emerging young leaders (age 30 and under) in Wisconsin’s newspaper industry. Nominees to the program included students majoring in business, journalism, media or communications fields, as well as practicing young professionals. The Future Headliners will also participate in ongoing educational and networking opportunities with WNA over the next two years. WNA’s membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The WNA was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world. Created by and for Wisconsin’s newspapers, WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers and to protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

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WAUKESHA - The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation presented awards to winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest at the Milwaukee Marriott West during the group’s 160th annual convention Friday. The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. The Geiger Counter, Middleton Times-Tribune editor Matt Geiger’s opinion column, earned a Second Award. This is Geiger’s ninth Wis-

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By Steve Dzubay sdzubay@rivertowns.net WAUKESHA — The New Richmond News was among several dozen newspapers recognized Friday night as the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation presented awards to winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest during the group’s 160th annual convention. Former New Richmond News editor Jeff Holmquist and designer Becki Lamar earned a second-place award for the content and composition of the newspaper’s front pages. Sales representative Judy Monette and the newspaper’s creative staff earned a first-

place award for Best Use of Color for an advertising campaign for All-Exteriors. The newspaper’s contributions to the 2013 edition of Dining & Destinations won a third-place award for Best Niche Publication-Out of Paper. The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Top winners included Publisher Tim Lyke and the Ripon Commonwealth Press (weekly Newspaper of the Year) and Publisher Scott

Johnson and the Green Bay Press-Gazette (daily Newspaper of the Year). Circulation Division winners among the six circulation classes included the Green Bay Press-Gazette; the Janesville Gazette; Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc; Vilas County News Review, Eagle River; Ripon Commonwealth Press; and the Jackson County Chronicle, Black River Falls, which is edited by UW-River Falls graduate and former Prescott Journal editor Matt Perenchio. Scholarships honoring excellence in high school journalism were presented to three Wisconsin student

newspapers, including Noctiluca, Appleton North High School; The Norse Star, Stoughton High School; and The Prowler, Chilton High School. Each received $1,000. WNA’s membership includes 31 daily newspapers and 192 weekly newspapers. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world. WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

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Helping to shape, define our community The National Newspaper Association finished a readership survey in 2013. The gist was that even in the electronic/digital age, two-thirds of small-town residents rely on their local paper for news and advertising information. The survey noted this reliance continues even as more readers use mobile devices to shop, read and communicate — 39% say they use smartphones to access local news. Newspaper websites, the survey found, remained the leading provider of local news, followed distantly by an area TV station and national online aggregators such as Google and Yahoo. NNA President Robert M. Williams Jr., publisher of the Blackshear Times in Georgia, said research consistently shows community papers are the dominant local news medium. “We know that it is very difficult for a good community to survive without a good newspaper and vice versa,” Williams said. “The high levels of trust, the consistent pass-along rate and the desire to find the newspaper in whatever medium wishes to use — whether mobile, print or web — demonstrate the value of good community journalism.” As a community paper, the River Falls Journal’s coverage is vast: Up-and-coming businesses, new businesses and the accomplishments of business leaders and employees; political races for mayor, city council, town, county and school boards; new housing developments; major road and highway projects; exposing a rural intersection safety problem; weather-related frozen pipe leaks and other havoc caused by major storms; school bomb threat; university and technical college happenings; obituaries; wedding and anniversary announcements; police, fire and court news; events like Community Education’s Daddy Daughter Dance and the upcoming Chamber of Commerce-sponsored St. Patrick’s Day on Main Street; sporting milestones like the girls Fusion hockey team going to state or a local speedskater again reaching the Winter Olympics; the school district’s new eSchool; the firefighter of the year; local authors and their new books or recording artists and their new CDs — all this and more, week after week in print, and hour by hour online. That’s what you find in your local paper, the Journal. Major news outlets, especially in the Twin Cities, swoop in when there’s high drama or human tragedy, like the 2012 Schauffhausen triple murders, but then move on to search elsewhere. The Journal, the local paper, stays behind to cover the local news — from the provocative to the more mundane. We’d like to think that recognition from peers during the annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association contest shows we’re on the right track. The Journal often is ranked near the top, even at the very top, among Wisconsin weeklies in WNA’s all-important General Excellence category. The range of news that we cover, including the partial and ever-changing list above, is what helps to shape and define the community we call River Falls. As we go along, we keep turning the page to see what the shape of our community becomes next. Thanks to those of you who keep turning the pages with us.

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Waukesha. Reporter Rachelle Blair won a first place award for On the local Web governSee winning ment entries at www. repwnanews. ortcom. ing, including her Lodi City Cou-ncil coverage of alcohol ordinance changes and

the city settling a lawsuit with a contractor that was paid but didn't complete work. Her coverage of the town of West Point's denial of vacation rentals was also honored as part of the award. Blair also received a second place award for sports page design. Managing Editor Jennifer Fetterly received a first place award for reporting on local education, includ-

ing school finances, and others Lodi School District issues. She also took home a third place award for reporting on local government, including her coverage of the new Lodi Town Hall approval process and concealed carry issue. Fetterly also claimed a third place award for front page design of the Lodi Enterprise. The annual See AWARDS, page 2

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from 125 newspapers across the state. Last year the Enterprise received six awards from WNA for reporting, writing and design. Overall, the Hometown News publishing group received 36 editorial and advertising awards in the 2013 contest.

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The Oregon Observer won four awards from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s convention last week, including two first-place honors, for coverage of business and local education. The Observer also took second in the highly competitive feature category and both second and third place in sports news. Unified Newspaper Group staff collaborated on its business coverage, with Bill Livick and former employees Seth Jovaag and Derek Spellman (both of whom continue to contribute for our publications) sending in four stories that tackled unusual subjects. Those included a piece on the local hockey arena’s rise from financial trouble, a local business couple’s effort to restore historic downtown buildings

and profiles of two quirky businesses – one building robots and the other specializing in uncommon Iozzo fruits. Jovaag’s coverage of local education included an enterprising story – on the Oregon School District’s Spellman attempts to bring technology to every student – as well as delicate news subjects, on a school board election and complaints about discrepancies in teachers’ summer school pay. Jovaag also took second place for his

Awards First place Business coverage: Bill Livick, Derek Spellman, Seth Jovaag Local education: Seth Jovaag Second place Sports news: Safety in Numbers, Anthony Iozzo Feature: What’s behind that Valentine, Victoria Vlisides Third place Sports news: State bonds, Jeremy Jones

coverage of education in the Verona Press. He dominated this category during his seven years with UNG, winning six awards overall, including four for first place. Assistant sports editor Anthony Iozzo took second

place for his enterprising story on concussions in youth football, and community reporter Victoria Vlisides took second for an offbeat feature on Valentine’s Day cards based on a local historical society display. She also had taken

second place in that category two years ago. Sports editor Jeremy Jones took third with his story on the cross country Jones team’s run to the sectional title. The WNA recognizes winners in six categories – daily and weekly Vlisides newspapers of three sizes each. The Observer is in the middle category of weeklies, with circulations of 2,000-3,500. The Observer is one of four Unified Newspaper Group news publications (with a

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fifth debuting next week), and our staff, which collaborates on all publications, totaled 13 awards t h i s y e a r , Jovaag including five first-place awards. The other firstplace awards included allaround photography, headlines and Livick a special section. The Observer also won five awards last year, including in page design, photography, local government coverage and sports news and for Your Family magazine.


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The Portage County Gazette received four awards when the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) Foundation presented awards to winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest at the Milwaukee Marriott West during the group’s 160th annual convention Friday, Feb. 28. Sports editor John Kemmeter received a firstplace award in the Sports Feature category for his story “Jesse Raczek shines in special Senior Night for family.” The story appeared in the Oct. 17, 2012, Gazette. Paula O’Kray, production coordinator,

received a first-place award in the Best Use of Art Service category for her design of an ad for Design Inspirations in the Home and Garden special section. The Gazette took the top two places in the Best Advertising Special Section, taking the first-place award for the “Football Preview 2013.” The ads were sold by Kevin Sullivan and Matt Clucas, the section’s design was handled by O’Kray and the stories were written by John and Gene Kemmeter. The judges said, “Printing is exceptional! Good use of color action shots. Informative

preview for upcoming season. Good job!” The second-place award was earned by the “Shop Local for the Holidays” special section. The ads were sold by Kevin Sullivan and Matt Clucas, the section’s design was handled by O’Kray and the stories were written by former editor Scott Steuck. The judges said, “Printing is exceptional! Very crisp. Nice bios about the advertising business. Good ad design. Great use of color. Good job!” The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries

from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31 2013. WNA’s membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world. Created by and for Wisconsin’s newspapers WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information

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Times staffers win awards in newspaper contest MONROE — The Monroe Times earned numerous awards, including several first-place honors, during the Wisconsin Newspapers Association Foundation’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. “Earning these honors is very gratifying, as it recognizes the talent and hard work of the Times staff,” said Carl Hearing, vice president and general manager of Monroe Publishing, LLC. “Their collaboration and efforts

to produce a top quality news product have helped us to continue to steadily grow our circulation as we serve our readers and adverstisers alike.” Earning a first-place award for Breaking News Coverage was reporter Katjusa Cisar for coverage of a house fire in Argyle that killed three young children. Also garnering first-place awards was the National Ag Week section in the Best Advertising Special Section

category; the Shop Locally promotion for Best Multiple Advertiser Spread; and Source in the Best Niche Publication-In Paper category. The Times’ advertisting team is comprised of Laura Hughes, Steve Allen, Diane Albright, Tai Ruegsegger and Mae Burke. Ad Design Manager Jaimie Tran designed and produced Source, with photos by Times photographer Anthony Wahl. A second-place award went to

Editor Mary Jane Grenzow for Overall Page Design. The Times’ editorial pages also won a second-place award in the contest. Wahl earned two second-place honors: His photo of the Juda polling booths for the 2012 election won in the General News Photo category, while his photo of an EdgewoodMonroe soccer match won in the See AWARDS, Page A6

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The Daily Citizen earned three awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. Those awards included second place for creative use of multi-media for the 100 Year Flood by Ben Rueter and Megan Sheridan. The same series earned a third place for special web project for Rueter. In addition, Sheridan earned a second place for special web project for a story she did on The Wall Dogs who visited Beaver Dam last summer. Reporter Trista Pruett received a commendation from the State Bar of Wisconsin for her story â&#x20AC;&#x153;Authorities not concerned with OWI decision.â&#x20AC;? All of the stories can be found at the Daily Citizen website.

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The Star earned 14 Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) awards in the association’s Better Newspaper Contest. Winners were announced Feb. 28 during the WNA’s 160th annual Convention and Trade Show held at the Marriott-Milwaukee West in Waukesha. The Star earned first place awards for Best Niche Publication Out of Paper; Innovative Online Advertising; Best Online Advertising-Single Ad Animated; and Best Advertising Sales tool. Second place awards were received for Special SectionEditorial for the August issue of Health Sense magazine; Graphics for three graphics that appeared during the year; the Bill Payne award for an Angell Park Speedway full page schedule promotion; and Best Niche Publication In Paper for the Fall 2013 Rec Connection. Third Place awards were given for the Volunteerism special section; page design in The Star’s Sports section; Best Advertising Special Section for the Spring Home & Garden Guide; Best Niche PublicationIn Paper for Xplore magazine; Most Improved Newspaper and Special Projects. The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Top winners included

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The Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest also featured District 2 Alder and State Bar of Wisconsin Public Relations Coordinator Andrea Gage presenting the Golden Gavel Awards to three Wisconsin newspapers.

Publisher Tim Lyke and the Ripon Commonwealth Press (Weekly Newspaper of the Year) and former Star sales manager and now Publisher Scott Johnson for the Green Bay Press-Gazette (Daily Newspaper of the Year). Circulation Division winners were: Best Daily Division A, Green Bay Press-Gazette; Best Daily Division B, The Janesville Gazette; Best Daily Division C, Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc; Best Weekly Division D, Vilas County News Review, Eagle River; Best Weekly Division E, Ripon Commonwealth Press; Best

Weekly Division F, Jackson County Chronicle, Black River Falls. The awards ceremony also included the presentation of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Golden Gavel Awards by Andrea Gage, the Sun Prairie District 2 alder who works as Public Relations Coordinator for the organization. Gage presented Golden Gavel Awards to Shereen Siewert of the Wausau Daily Herald; Paul Srubas of the Green Bay Press Gazette; and Kristen Zambo and Stephanie Jones from The Journal-Times. Racine. The awards ceremony also included recognition of future headliners that included James Debilzen, former managing editor of The DeForest TimesTribune and current managing editor of The Milton Courier, also a Hometown News publication. The award recognized young newspaper professionals as ones to watch in the industry in the coming years. WNA's membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world. Created by and for Wisconsin's newspapers, WNA exists to strengthen the newspaper industry, enhance public understanding of the role of newspapers, and protect basic freedoms of press, speech and the free flow of information.

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Production artists Addie Krosschell (left) and Nathan Sheeks hold up the four first place plaques earned by The Star for Best Niche Publication Out of Paper (the Sun Prairie Recreation’s

Summer Fun Guide), Innovative Online Advertising; Best Online Advertising Single Ad-Animated and Best Advertising Tool.

Production artists Addie Krosschell, Sue Spahn and Nathan Sheeks hold up the second place awards won for Best Niche Publication In Paper (Rec Connection Fall 2013), Special Section Editorial (the August issue of Health Sense maga-

zine), and the Bill Payne Award for the Angell Park Speedway full page schedule promotion that also appeared in The Star. Award were presented Feb. 28 during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual convention in Waukesha.

LEGALS LEGALS LOT. EXHIBIT E THE FIRST DAY TO VOTE (Type E Notice) AN ABSENTEE BALLOT IN NOTICE TO ELECTORS OF THE CLERK'S OFFICE IS THE SUN PRAIRIE AREA MARCH 17, 2014. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DEADLINE FOR VOTING AN RELATING TO ABSENTEE VOTING PROCEDURES FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE IS 5:00 A SCHOOL P.M. ON THE FRIDAY BEBOARD ELECTION THE ELECTION, TAKE NOTICE that a School FORE Board Election shall be held on MARCH 28, 2014. MUNICIPAL CLERK April 1, 2014, in the Sun Prairie THE Area School District. The ab- WILL DELIVER VOTED BALsentee voting procedures for LOTS RETURNED ON OR the school board election are BEFORE ELECTION DAY TO THE PROPER POLLING

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he room was full of optimistic people wearing nice clothes. This felt strange, because I was at a newspaper convention. For a moment I thought I had wandered into the wrong banquet hall. But as it turned out, I was in the right place at the right time. That’s a rarity for a guy who runs perpetually five minutes late and who chose a career in newspapers just before the Internet took over the world. Friday night brought the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s annual banquet and awards ceremony. It was carried out in a hopeful spirit that countered the many voices eager to pronounce this industry dead. This marked a refreshing change from constantly spitting out the dirt everyone’s always shoveling on us. Given that print journalists are taught to spot and expose balderdash – “Your mother says she loves you? Get a second source to confirm” – it was surprising to see that so many ink-stained wretches consider their glasses of gin half-full. That wasn’t the only shocker, though. For one thing, almost everyone was dressed up. That’s quite a statement for news scribes,

BEN BROMLEY IT’S A FUNNY THING who typically show up for work in dirty jeans and old concert T-shirts. For official affairs, such as court hearings, we put on collared flannel shirts without sleeves. You know, something nice, in the interest of decorum. Also, the group was on its best behavior, which is unlike us. The crowd listened attentively to the speakers and clapped politely for each of what felt like 1.62 million award winners. It was as if everyone had just graduated from charm school. Keep in mind, we’re the kind of people who aren’t above interrupting a prayer to point out a split infinitive. Give us a free pizza, and we’ll complain about having to pick off the olives. The greatest surprise of all, though, was seeing a room full of journalists optimistic about something. Point out a gorgeous sunset and we’ll note that

the colors are enhanced by air pollution. Ask us to hold an adorably chubby baby, and we’ll rattle off statistics about Type 2 diabetes. You see a cute puppy: We see shedding dander and rabies. Yet somehow, the scribes managed to see a silver lining – smog-induced though it may be – around the newspaper industry, of all things. Sure, the economy has smacked us around for years, but we’re hardly alone there. And yes, we erred in putting our content online for free, and face a long road in acclimating customers to paying for access to our work. But between the printed product and our websites, newspapers – especially local ones – have more readers than ever before. And one look at the winning entries in the state newspaper contest shows a lot of great work is being done from Beloit to Bayfield. You might consider Friday night’s speakers Pollyannas preaching to the choir. “Of COURSE they WANT to convince themselves newspapers have a future,” you might say. Feel free to take it all with a grain of salt, like those of us who had the roast beef Friday night. We recognize our

many challenges. With websites and social media proliferating, newspapers face more competition for breaking news. But we’d like to think that when consumers want bona fide information, they turn to a reliable source: The local newspaper. Rumors of our demise have been grossly exaggerated for generations. First it was the advent of radio, then television, and now the web. Yet we continue to publish. Those eager to sign our death certificate will have to keep waiting. We know our heyday has passed. Most cities have one newspaper, instead of several. Those fortunate enough to survive have half the news staff they did a decade ago. But consumers always will want to know what’s going on around them, and the local newspaper – be it on the printed page or on a high-definition screen – will continue to have a place in homes and businesses. So please stop shoveling dirt on us. We’re tired of spitting it out, and we’re trying to enjoy the roast beef. For the third consecutive year, Ben Bromley’s column was named best among those published by Wisconsin’s small-town dailies.

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News-Shield wins WNA Ärst place reporting award The Barron News-Shield has won a Àrst-place award from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation for its efforts to examine and explain hydraulic frac sand mining to its readers, according to results of the association’s 2013 “Better Newspaper Contest.” News-Shield editor Bob Zientara accepted the award in the paper’s behalf on Friday night, Feb. 28, at the association’s annual meeting, held in Waukesha. The paper also won a merit award from the Wisconsin State Bar Association for its work in interpreting and reporting on the legal system. The Chetek Alert, another publication in a group of weeklies owned by Bell Press, Inc., won two additional awards in the contest. The contest included competition in both editorial and advertising. It was judged by reporters and editors from the Kansas and Missouri press associations. Three awards are given in each category, according to circulation. The News-Shield competes in the largest of three weekly newspa-

per circulation classes. The Chetek Alert competes in the second circulation category. There are separate awards for daily newspapers, in three circulation classes. Frac sand The News-Shield won Àrst place in the category of “enterprise and interpretive reporting” for stories that were published between September 2012 through August 2013. The coverage addressed the frac sand industry on several fronts: • Opposition to frac sand mines and processing plants from local residents concerned about potential water and air contamination, increased trafÀc, noise and light. • The industry’s effect on government spending, including the cost of widening and strengthening road used by heavy frac sand-hauling trucks, and how to recover those costs. • The political fallout from the in(See Award page 12)

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that election. A retired U.S. Air Force captain, Deutsch is chief executive ofÀcer for Eau Claire-based DCS Netlink, a provider of information technology services for business clients. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and University of Wisconsin-Stout and has a master’s degree in information technology. Deutsch lives in Rice Lake with his wife, Katharine Joy. They have four children and four grandchildren.

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for the 2012 “‘Tis the Season” special section. The section included the efforts of publisher Jim Bell and staff members Urban, Julie LeMoine, Tyler Florczak, April Solberg and Kayla Ostenson.

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» The topic was “College Nicknames,” the question was “Missouri-Kansas City.” We were stumped. Stumped, I tell ya. “I remember it’s something goofy,” I said. “But that’s all I got.” That’s when Red, who’d been reading about Australia that afternoon, ventured, “Is it the Kangaroos?” “OMG,” I said, “I think it is.” And it is. And on capricious moments like that hung the 11th annual Sturgeon Bay Breakfast Rotary Club Trivia Night, easily the highlight of this and 10 other Door County winters. Paul Schmitt and his fellow Rotarians gather 14 teams of eight players and toss them 100 questions that are the perfect blend of stumpers and gimmes. Hilarity ensues — I do not exaggerate. And I’m not just saying that because I was on the winning United Way of Door County team, which earned back (after a two-year slump) the bragging rights we’d won twice before. Several years ago we stumbled on the perfect blend of trivial minds: Jon and Leslie Gast, Jay and Trudy Herbst, Glen and Grace Rossman, and C.J. Townsend and me. This year Jim and Cathy Knipfer blended perfectly as pinch-hitters while Glen was being awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest recognition a Boy Scout council can bestow on an adult volunteer leader. Congratulations, Glen! We’re proud of you. » It’s nine years since the wonderful night that the Advocate was named Newspaper of the Year by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. We did not receive that honor this past Friday night, but we did earn the first-place award in General Excellence, and in many ways that was just as sweet. Both awards recognize terrific work by terrific teams of people. The formula for such success is simple but sometimes elusive: Do your best to tell your community’s stories, and care about those stories. We’ve been fortunate over the years to have a pile of folks who believe that. » A couple of weeks ago we printed the story about the salute that Tanum Forest Lutheran Church gave to its retiring pastor, the Rev. Phil Peterson, along with one of three photos that had been submitted with the article. We heard from more than one person at Tanum Forest that they were disappointed that if we had room for only one picture, it wasn’t the one of Pastor Peterson with his wife, Vivian. Being a pastor (and for 50 years!) is not a oneperson operation; it takes a great teammate and partner. Please consider this an attempt to rectify the oversight and recognize a special helpmate. Warren Bluhm is news editor of the Door County Advocate. Contact him at wbluhm@doorcountyadvocate.com or (920) 743-3321, Ext. 122.

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award in General Web Excellence and a second award in General Excellence. Judges from the Kansas and Missouri press associations said: “Great writing on the ‘monster’ story. Catchy layout and engaging headlines.” “Being recognized for general excellence is a reflection on the entire newspaper, from the front cover to the back page, and is an indication of the job we strive to

do each issue,” said Ross Evavold, editor and general manager of the Chippewa Herald, the News’ sister paper in Chippewa Falls. DCN Editor Barbara Lyon and Sports/Community Editor Brett Hart each received two individual awards. Lyon, who has earned 12 individual BNC awards since 1999, earned a second-place finish in the Continuing Web Coverage category for her online

coverage of a semi crash into the Red Cedar River that resulted in the death of two Minneapolis men. She also received a thirdplace award for Breaking News Coverage of the same incident. Hart picked up his 21st career individual BNC award since 2004. He received a second-place finish for a Sports Photo entitled “Nose to the grindstone,” depicting a Colfax softball player diving into

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third base while planting her face in the dirt.”Sometimes bloopers are the main action,” the judge observed. “Great shot. Great timing. But I do feel bad for the girl.” Hart also earned a third-place award for Environmental Reporting for a story explaining the EPA’s involvement in the issue of algae bloom on local lakes. See AWARDS, A3


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Herald’s ad, editorial work recognized with WNA awards The Pierce County Herald was among several dozen newspapers recognized Friday night as the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation presented awards to winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest during the group’s 160th annual convention. An advertising campaign built to help call attention to Ptacek IGA’s 100th anniversary celebration and the Herald’s annual “Portraits in Pierce” special section were singled out for first- and thirdplace awards Friday as the Wisconsin Newspaper Association recognized the best editorial and advertising work among the state’s weekly and daily newspapers at its annual convention. Sales representative Tracy Webb and designer Meg Andrewa O’Keefe won the first place Bill Payne Award for the Prescott grocer’s birthday celebration, which included creation of a 53-foot bratwurst. The two women also won a first place award for Best

Online Advertising - Single Ad, for a message produced to invite the public to attend the all-day celebration at Ptacek’s store. Webb, Herald manager Vicky Howe, editor Bill Kirk and the rest of the staff also earned a third place award for last year’s production of Portraits In Pierce – Private Collections. The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. Top winners included Publisher Tim Lyke and the Ripon Commonwealth Press (weekly Newspaper of the Year) and Publisher Scott Johnson and the Green Bay Press-Gazette (daily Newspaper of the Year). Circulation Division winners among the six circulation classes included the Green Bay Press-Gazette; the Janesville Gazette; Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc; Vilas

County News Review, Eagle River; Ripon Commonwealth Press; and the Jackson County Chronicle, Black River Falls, which is edited by UW-River Falls graduate and former Prescott Journal editor Matt Perenchio. Scholarships honoring excellence in high school journalism were presented to three Wisconsin student newspapers, including Noctiluca, Appleton North High School; The Norse Star, Stoughton High School; and The Prowler, Chilton High School. Each received $1,000. WNA’s membership includes 31 daily- and 192 weekly newspapers. Carol O’Leary, publisher of the Star News, Medford, was elected Friday as WNA president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) at the Milwaukee Marriott West during the group’s 160th annual convention. She succeeds Kent Eymann, publisher of the Beloit Daily News.

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MADISON — For the second time in three years, the Vilas County News-Review was named the best large weekly newspaper in the state after receiving a company-best 17 Better Newspaper Contest awards last week for writing, photography and ad design. Contest winners were honored last Friday night at the 160th annual convention of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA), staged at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. The WNA Foundation received 2,806 entries from 125 newspapers, awarding the News-Review eight firsts, five seconds and four thirds. The News-Review also publishes The Three Lakes News.

The biggest award came at the end of the awards ceremony when, based on total awards points for the 60 largest weekly newspapers in the state, News-Review Publisher Kurt Krueger was presented the trophy for the best weekly in Division D. It was the third year that the WNA recognized the best daily and weekly newspapers in six classes, with three daily divisions and three weekly divisions. The Vilas County News-Review also won the award in 2012. Joining Krueger at the awards ceremony were Editor Gary Ridderbusch, Assistant Editor Anthony Drew, Production Manager Jean To AWARDS, Pg. 3A

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FROM PAGE 1A Drew, Assistant Production Manager Betsy Bleicher and Photo Technician Sharina Adams. Krueger said the awards place the News-Review as one of the top large weekly newspapers in the state, proven by the Best Weekly Division D award. “Though we’ve been consistently near the top in many categories for years, it’s an honor to win a second Best Weekly award in the three years that it has been presented for each of the three weekly divisions,” said Krueger. “It means we are inarguably one of the best weekly newspapers in the state.” Krueger said the paper’s unprecedented 17 awards reflect the excellent work being done by the entire staff, including the printing staff at Wisconsin-Michigan Publishers in Eagle River. “It is the staff’s commitment to excellence that maintains the quality and consistency needed week after week,” said Krueger. “I truly believe we’ve got one of the best newspaper staffs in the state. Most of the papers we compete with in the large weekly category have more than twice the editorial staff.” The top awards included first-place plaques for AllAround Newspaper Photography, Editorial Pages, Open Records/Freedom of Information, Special Section-Editorial and Photo Essay in news categories; and the Bill Payne Award, Best Use of Local Photography and Best Newspaper Promotion in the advertising category. The News-Review has won first place in the All-Around Newspaper Photo-graphy category five out of the last eight years. Of the newspaper’s photography, the judges wrote: “This paper rocks its images.

Big and bold and outdoors. Images jump off the pages at the reader. Really nice job Vilas County folks.” The News-Review also won a first-place award for its editorial pages. The judges wrote: “Great work! Each issue has three pages of opinion columns, readers’ views and the newspaper’s view. I’ll bet these are the first pages Vilas County readers turn to.” Krueger and Ridderbusch teamed up to win the Open Records/Freedom of Information Award on a story and editorial about the Three Lakes Town Board trying to secure town-related emails from former Chairman Don Sidlowski. The judges wrote: “Good coverage of a rather unique situation involving a former elected official. Informative and well written.” The News-Review staff also teamed up to win a Special Section-Editorial Award for a section titled “Military Salute 2013.” The special section honoring the military and veterans was inserted in the newspaper prior to Memorial Day weekend. The judges wrote: “An excellent tribute to the many women and men of Vilas County who keep our country free. Great work!” Krueger also won a firstplace award for his frontpage photo essay titled, “Spring Show.” It’s the second straight year Krueger won a first-place photo essay award. Ridderbusch won second place in the Environmental Reporting category on stories related to the battle against aquatic invasive species. The judges wrote: “Fantastic coverage of the problem with introduced species.” Krueger, Ridderbusch and Anthony Drew won second place for the newspaper’s Outdoors section in the Special Pages category. On this entry, the judges wrote: “Good

photos and overall nice work.” Drew won a pair of secondplace awards in the General News Photo and Feature Photo categories for a frontpage photo at the Polar Bear Plunge in St. Germain. The feature photo judge wrote: “There is a clear emotion on the women’s faces, and it was well done to catch the splash without having motion blur on the water or the women’s faces.” The general news photo judge wrote: “Nice moment and anticipation of a wicked cold splashdown. Fun image to view.” Ridderbusch and Drew teamed up for third place in the Sports News Story category for coverage of the 50th anniversary of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby. The judges wrote: “Engaging read all the way.” The News-Review has won an award for Derby coverage in 12 of the last 13 years, either in the Sports Story or Special Project categories. The final third-place award in the newspaper category went to Production Manager Jean Drew and Ridderbusch for Overall Page Design. Advertising awards On the advertising side of the annual contest, the News-Review was awarded three first-place plaques along with one second- and two third-place certificates. Bleicher, Krueger and Ridderbusch teamed up to win the Bill Payne Award for the best locally-prepared advertisement of the year. The award recognized the volunteers and supporters of the 50th anniversary of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. About the ad, the judges wrote: “Really clean and to the point. Love the use of the photos.” The News-Review also received first- and third-

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place awards in the Best Use of Local Photography category. Bleicher, Krueger, Ridderbusch and Anthony Drew teamed up for a firstplace ad called Best in Nation, highlighting the newspaper’s photography. The judge’s wrote: “What better way to show winners of a photo contest than with photos. Really liked the balance of this ad.” The group also won third place in the category for the Derby ad called 50 Years. The judges said: “This ad brings the Derby to life. Great photos. Loved the crowd shot that really makes it look like the community is involved.” Krueger and Bleicher also received first- and secondplace awards in the Best Newspaper Promotion category, with first place for April Special and the second place for Best in Nation. The final advertising award was a third place for Best Use of Art Service. It was presented to Bleicher for the newspaper’s Home Improvement Guide. Other staff at the NewsReview office in Eagle River include Lifestyle Editor Ryan Burgy, Production Technician Carly Ratliff, Circulation Manager Elizabeth Schmidt, Accounting Manager Terry Posto, proofreaders Jacki Risjord and Kelli Bartmann, classifieds consultant Karen Crochiere, and advertising consultants Mary Jo Adamovich, Sandy Roelle, Steve Waier and Marcia Heyer. Ridderbusch said producing a quality newspaper wouldn’t be possible without the assistance of freelance writers, including news correspondent Ken Anderson who provides coverage of the Vilas County Board, Eagle River City Council and Northland Pines School Board, and community correspondents Jan Hintz in Three Lakes, Wally Geist in St. Germain, Sharon Gifford in Phelps, Janet Garling in Conover and Jill James in Land O’ Lakes.

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For the second time in three years, the Vilas County News-Review was named last Friday as the Best Weekly Newspaper in the circulation category that comprises the state’s largest and best weekly newspapers, those with more than 3,500 subscribers. The “Best Weekly” honor came from the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) at its annual convention in Waukesha, where winners of the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest were announced. Judging was based on a point system for each award, with firsts garnering the most. No other newspaper in our division won more editorial and advertising awards. The News-Review and its sister publication in Oneida County, The Three Lakes News, received a newspaper-best 17 awards. Of the total, the News-Review won eight firsts, five seconds and four thirds. Most of them came in competition with the state’s 60 largest weekly newspapers. The biggest honor aside from the Best Weekly designation was winning first in the Open Records/Freedom of Information category for a story and editorial related to the town of Three Lakes’ struggle to get its former town chairman to turn over thousands of emails that are public records. Other first-place plaques were received for publishing the state’s best editorial/opinion pages, for the editorial content of the 2013 Military Salute special section, for All-Around Newspaper Photography, and in the photo essay category — this particular entry showing off the North’s splendid wildlife. Second-place awards came for Gary Ridderbusch’s environmental reporting on issues related to aquatic invasive species, for news and feature photos taken by Anthony Drew, and for the best special pages — in this case, our Outdoor pages. The News-Review’s coverage of the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby took a third-place honor for sports writing, the 11th time in 12 years that Derby coverage won an award. On the advertising side of the contest, graphic artist Betsy Bleicher and staff won three first-place plaques for best design, best newspaper promotion and best use of local photography. A Derby ad thanking the community won first for the best overall ad of the year — The Bill Payne Award. Though honored to be recognized and extremely proud of our small but talented staff, the credit is not all ours to take. There are those who came before us and left a legacy of quality journalism. There are real people in all sorts of places who trust us with their news tips, stories, comments and photos.

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Loyal subscribers and advertisers make it all possible. A newspaper staff cannot fulfill the responsibilities of a free press for very long without economic success. Our readers and business partners make that possible. Much of what fills our paper every week is in response to what is happening in some of the most vibrant communities in Wisconsin. This is a community newspaper — your newspaper — which is why we devote so much time and space to events put on mostly by volunteers. Our editorial staff is among the smallest in Wisconsin, but it makes up the difference with talent and decades of experience. It’s a team effort.

Behind the editorial ‘we’ Members of the Vilas County NewsReview editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.

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The Jackson County Chronicle was again recognized last week as the best among similar-sized newspapers in the state. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association honored the Chronicle with a trophy for being the top weekly paper in its circulation division after the paper received 23 awards in the 2013 Better Newspaper and Advertising Contest. Three daily papers and two other weeklies also were recognized for being the best in their respective circulation divisions. The Chronicle garnered 12 first-place awards, five second-place awards and six third-place awards for its news stories, photos, content, layout and advertising. It’s the most awards the paper has won in a year and is the second year in a row it was top in its division. “It’s always an honor and humbling to be recognized like this because, obviously, winning awards is not our goal in putting out a professional, timely and balanced newspaper week in and week out,” said Chronicle executive editor Matthew Perenchio. “What’s nice about this is that we can share in this with Jackson County as a whole. I’ve always considered papers like the Chronicle to be a community newspaper — without the support of readers, advertisers and community leaders and their willingness to talk to us or even provide tips, this would be a tough job to do.” Daily and weekly newspapers throughout Wisconsin gathered at the WNA’s 160th annual convention Feb. 28-27 in Waukesha, which concluded with a banquet announcing the winners of the contest Friday. The contest drew about 2,800 entries from 125 newspapers based on editions published from September 2012 to August 2013, and members of the Kansas and Missouri press associations judged this year’s competition. The Ripon Commonwealth Press was

judged Weekly Newspaper of the Year, and the Green Bay Press-Gazette was named Daily Newspaper of the Year. R e p o r te rs C a s s a n dra Colson and Patrick B. Anderson won the firstplace Freedom of Information Award for coverage and ultimate discovery of what led to the suspension and resignation of the former Black River Falls School District superintendent. Perenchio took first for his investigative reporting that looked into how and why Jackson County was chosen in a route for a high-voltage transmission line. Perenchio and Colson shared the first-place award for enterprise and interpretive reporting for coverage for their five-part Staycation series, which looked at inexpensive opportunities in Jackson County that families can do instead of traveling for summer vacations. Colson won first for business coverage, Perenchio took first in feature writing and former Ridgerunner Reports columnist Jim Solberg took top honors for best local outdoor column. The Chronicle won first place for special pages for its Voter’s Guide and election coverage sections, and its Jackson County Fair preview section took first in the best advertising special section category. The paper also took first for editorial pages, lifestyle pages, special projects and general web excellence. Colson won second place for reporting on local government, feature page design and the sports news story on local graduate Jack Taylor breaking a singlegame NCAA basketball scoring record. “Quantum Retirement” columnist Dan McDonald won second in the local column category, and the fair preview section took second among best editorial special sections. Third-place awards went to Perenchio for overall page design and sports page design and to Colson for reporting on education. The paper as a whole received third-place awards for

AWARDS WON BY THE CHRONICLE FIRST PLACE Business Coverage Editorial Pages Enterprise and Interpretive Reporting Feature General Web Excellence Investigative Reporting Lifestyle Pages Local Outdoor Column Open Records/Freedom of Information Award Special Pages Special Projects Special Section (Advertising) SECOND PLACE Local Column Page Design (Feature) Reporting on Local Government Sports News Story Special Section (Editorial) THIRD PLACE Best Advertising Idea Series Overall Page Design Page Design (Sports) Reporting on Local Education Special Pages Sports Pages sports pages, special pages and best advertising idea in a series. The Jackson County Chronicle, named Weekly Newspaper of the Year three years ago, is owned by Lee Enterprises and is a part of the River Valley Newspaper Group. Formerly known as the Melrose Chronicle, the paper was established in 1896. Four other RVNG newspapers received awards. The La Crosse Tribune received three first-place awards, two seconds and four thirds. The Westby Times received one first, five seconds and seven thirds; the Vernon County Broadcaster received one first, one second and one third; and the Tomah Journal received a third-place award. WNA’s membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The WNA was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world.

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Congratulations to our employees who received honors in the WNA 2013 Better Newspaper and Advertising Contests

First: Open Records/FOI Investigative Reporting Logan Carlson

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Third: Open Records/ FOI Award Marisa Cuellar Third: Lifestyle Page(s) Jan Zettler Mystique Macomber Third: Front Page Staff

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The Oconto County Reporter received one award in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest held by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation. Editor Kent Tempus received a second place award for best sports news story. The story – headlined “Celebrating Silver” — was about the Oconto girls volleyball team’s second place finish at the state tournament in Green Bay in November 2012. The awards were announced at WNA’s 160th annual convention Friday at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. This was the third year in a row the Reporter received an award.

Last year, Tempus received a second place award for business coverage, for an entry of four businesses stories published during the year. Two years ago, the Reporter was given the Most Improved Newspaper award in its division, for weekly papers of 2,500 to 5,000 circulation. Eligible entries for this year were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. There were 2,806 total entries from 125 weekly and daily newspapers. The Green Bay PressGazette was named Daily Newspaper of the Year, while the Ripon Commonwealth Press was named Weekly Newspaper of the Year.

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For the fifth time in the past six years, the Sauk Prairie Eagle earned the top award in its category, as selected by its peers. The Eagle received the First Place award for General Excellence among weekly newspapers its size Feb. 28 during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s Todd Krysiak annual convention in Waukesha. “It’s really exciting for us to keep this streak going,” said Sauk Prairie Eagle Editor Todd Krysiak. “The General Excellence Award is coveted because it represents the effort of the entire staff of the Eagle, not just an individual.” The selection was made by members of the Missouri and Kansas Press associations, which judged entries for this year’s Wisconsin Newspaper Association Better Newspaper and Advertising contests. The General Excellence award takes into account all aspects of newspaper publication, including breadth of coverage, design, photography, headlines and other considerations. Sauk Prairie Eagle Reporter Kim Lamoreaux earned several awards during her time as a reporter with the Eagle’s sister publication the Reedsburg Times-Press. Lamoreaux, along with former Times-Press Editor Jason Maddux, took second place for open records reporting; second place for front page design with Maddux and current editor Julie Belschner; and third place for investigative reporting. Lamoreaux left the TimesPress to join the Eagle in July. Krysiak also was recognized during the convention with a first place award for his design work on the Eagle’s front page. Contact the Sauk Prairie Eagle at SPE-News@capitalnewspapers. com.

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Deja vu, WNA Convention and Better Newspaper Awards, “There’s No Place Like Home” Last week in this column I wrote about my return from a brief three-day trip to Florida: “Welcome home to White Hell!” This past last Wednesday I traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (actually Waukesha) just to the west of Milwaukee for the 160th Annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) convention at the Milwaukee Marriott West. I returned early Saturday evening for the Baldwin Brawl, only to discover it had to be rescheduled for Saturday, March 15, 2014, because the diesel semi-truck had frozen up that afternoon and couldn’t get started for the trip to Baldwin. It was “déjà vu all over again” as the 2014 Winter Apocalypse was continuing in full bloom and still is. The house is making loud creaking and cracking noises while the thermometer plunges once again below zero with deaththreatening wind chills predicted for this Sunday night/Monday morning as I scribble away with my electronic quill. If the wind chills don’t kill us the propane bills surely will…or the overburdened

snow laden roof will collapse or the water pipes will freeze and burst. Or perhaps we will all just slide into another vehicle or into the ditch as the Pierce County Highway Department can’t seem to find any sand to clear the roadways they are supposedly responsible for. One has to wonder why the roads are in such better condition in St. Croix County; have you noticed the difference as you cross the county lines? Will spring ever come again? By the calendar it is less than 20 days away and Daylight Savings Time begins next Sunday. Remember to reset your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night to “spring ahead” one hour. While I was away it snowed again on Friday and once again my dear neighbor Joe Vandenberge, who was cat sitting Mr. Stripe, once more braved the devilish elements with his plow mounted four-wheeler to battle the latest edition of “White Hell” and cleared a drivable pathway to my front steps. I and Mr. Stripe are again most grateful for the kindness of our good neighbor Joe. The 2014 WNA convention was a good experience beginning with the Board of Directors meeting that was hosted and held at the Milwaukee Press Club in the cozy and fascinating News Pub that adjoins the equally fascinating Safe House Restaurant across the street from the Pabst Theater in downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Press Club has a rich history dating back to its founding in 1886. One of the highlights for me of visiting the News Pub was seeing the Milwaukee Press Club’s display of their extensive collection of autographs from guests to the club over the past many decades that included presidents and politicians, artists and noted journalists and many other celebrities. It was exciting to see the signatures of Presidents: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Howard Taft, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and many others on one wall reserved for of our country’s leaders. Another wall featured great musicians such as Waukesha’s own Les Paul along side that of the famous trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Journalist and TV broadcasting icon Walter Cronkite’s autograph was one of several others among the featured guests who left their names for all to see at the

Milwaukee Press Club. Among the other interesting collection of items of interest at the Club that I couldn’t resist fondling was a fishnet stocking ‘Leg’ lamp like the famous one in the classic “A Christmas Story” movie. The convention began in earnest on Thursday morning with seminars, some priceless networking, a good Trade Show and a working lunch session that explained the extremely positive demographics of Wisconsin newspaper readers from a survey conducted by Stoddard Research that should be of keen interest to our advertisers. In the afternoon there were more concurrent educational seminars to choose from and attend before the Wisconsin AP Editors’ dinner with an interesting keynote address by award winning Marty Kaiser, Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Friday morning WNAconvention began for all attendees with an inspiring Kick-Off address: “Buried alive with the will to survive – from devastation to inspiration” by retired New York City Firefighter Lt. Joe Torrillo. He was buried alive twice on September 11, 2001. Lt. Torrillo shared his amazing stories and strong messages that are as unforgettable as 9/11. He is traveling the world with a quest to make our country the “ReUnited States of America,” resurrecting patriotism, trumpeting the men and women of theArmed Services, mentoring adolescents and inspiring audiences like the WNA to embrace change and never give up on their dreams. It was really an honor to meet Lt. Joe Torrillo and a thrill that he accepted my invitation to join us at our table for the Honors luncheon where the WNA Golden Member 2014 and WNA Foundation Hall of Fame 2014 members were inducted. The luncheon also featured the Collegiate Better Newspaper Contest Awards. The afternoon was filled with more excellent seminars, networking, visits to the Trade Show and concluded with an Ice Cream Social on the Trade Show floor. The 2014WNAconvention concluded on Friday night with the Awards dinner. The 2013 Better Newspaper Contest included 2,806 total entries, including editorial entries from 125 newspapers. Eligible entries were published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug. 31, 2013. It gave me great pride to have Gateway

Publishing staff be recognized with three awards: The Sun-Argus, Second Award for Investigative Reporting to Kaye Bird for “Steve’s Story.” The Woodville Leader, Third Award for Feature to Kaye Bird for “The Fabulous 8 celebrates 50 years...” and the Third Award for Special Projects to Becky Leland, Kaye Bird and Howard Sherpe for Syttende Mai 2013. Congratulations to Kaye, Becky and Howard, you are the best and Gateway is blessed to have you on our team! With the 160th Annual Wisconsin Newspaper Association convention over it was time to turn the Flex west on Saturday morning. With the Baldwin Brawl rescheduled there was only one thing left to do --- go home. The Flex is unpacked, two loads of laundry have been done, the driveway has been cleaned up from that last snow attack and in spite of all that I can say following all of my recent travels, as Dorothy did in the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ “There is no place like home!” Thank you for reading our newspapers. Thanks also to our loyal advertisers whose support along with yours provides the resources to serve our communities with the weekly newspapers and the local news online 24/7 at the still free access MyGatewayNews.com. I am so very grateful for you both! “May all your news be good news this week!”

I love this ‘lamp’at the Milwaukee Press Club. Photo by Mary Callen, WNA

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The Chetek Alert has received two awards in the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation annual journalism contest. The entire Chetek Alert staff was recognized with a third-place award in the special projects category for the 2012 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tis the Season special section published Dec. 19, 2012. Ryan Urban, former news editor, was recognized with a second-place award in the enterprise/ interpretive reporting category for his writing

and photos in a three-part series on frac sand mining that ran in the May 29, June 5 and June 12, 2013, issues. Three awards are given in seven subscription categories. The Chetek Alert is in the Class E category for newspapers with a weekly circulation between 2,001 and 3,500 copies. The contest was judged by members of the Kansas Press Association and awards were presented at the annual SEE AWARDS, PAGE A9

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tablished in 1853, is the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest press association. The WNA and its notfor-profit Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, founded in 1980, work to improve the quality and future of Wisconsin newspaper enterprises, the industry and the communities they serve.

The Barron News-Shield, another publication in a group of weeklies owned by Bell Press Inc., won a first-place award for its efforts to examine and explain hydraulic frac sand mining to its readers and won a merit award from the Wisconsin State Bar Association for its work in interpreting and reporting the legal system.

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The Gazette has been named the best newspaper in Wisconsin in its circulation class for the third consecutive year. The Janesville-based newspaper took that award and dozens of others in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation’s 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Friday at an awards banquet at the WNA/AP Convention and Trade Show at the Milwaukee Marriott West in Waukesha. The “best newspaper” designation is based on points earned by awards in the news and advertising contests. The WNA first bestowed such honors in its 2011 contest, and The Gazette has won the award all three years. The Gazette competes with about a dozen newspapers with circulations between 10,000 and 25,000. The newspaper won 54 awards in the contests, including 18 firsts. Among the first awards was “General Excellence,” which is the top judged award. Each newspaper submits three newspapers that judges review for overall quality. Judges from the Kansas Press Association cited The Gazette’s “attention to local detail throughout the paper with a strong presence in the community. “Editorial pages also have well-written strong editorials. Good writing, photography and clean design work to deliver a wonderful newspaper.”

The Gazette’s first-plac winners in the news contest ■Local Outdoor Column— Anna Marie Lux. ■ Special Section, Editori al—Vision 2020. ■ Feature—Neil Johnson homelessness. ■ Environmental Report ing—Marcia Nelesen, ash bor er. ■ Page Design, feature— Ann Fiore. ■ General Web Excel lence—gazettextra.com. ■ General Excellence— Staff. The newspapers first-plac winners in the advertising contest: ■ Bill Payne Award—Juli Daun and Donna Hanson. ■ Best Advertising Specia Section—Summer Source. ■ Best Multiple Advertise Spread—Marci McCarten Staff. ■ Best Use of Art Service— Marci McCarten, Donna Han son. ■ Best Use of Local Photog raphy—Marci McCarten, Di ane Braunreiter. ■ Best Advertising Sale Tool—Tom Bradley, Terry Fleig. ■ Best Niche Publication In Paper Sales—Staff. ■ Best Niche Publication Out of Paper—Tom Bradley Donna Hanson, Staff. ■ Best Online Advertising Single Ad-Static—Dan Both un, Laura Feit, Terry Fleig Kacey Kaderly. ■ Harrison MacDonald Award—Michele Richardson Nikkii Taber, Melissa Born bach. ■ Best Newspaper Promo tion—Staff.

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The Burlington Standard Press is the winner of six awards – including two first place – in the 2013 Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation Better Newspaper Contest. The award winners were announced Friday during the WNA’s annual convention in Waukesha. The Standard Press earned first-place recognition among mid-sized weekly newspapers for lifestyle pages and feature writing; second-place awards for breaking news coverage, general news photo and photo essay; and a third-place award for feature writing. Editor Jennifer Eisenbart took home the top award in the feature-writing category for her story about a local woman, Sophie Branen, who as a teen overcame a harrowing medical odyssey due to a rare affliction. “Excellent writing, excellent subject, excellent feature,” the judges wrote of Eisenbart’s story headlined “Lost in a moment.” The first-place award for lifestyle pages recognized a collaborative entry of work by Editor in Chief Ed Nadolski, Special Sections Editor Tracy Ouellette and graphic designer Sherry Gordon. “The stories told in this section were well done, but what really put it over the top was

the beautiful design and artwork,” the judges commented. The Standard Press’ coverage of the massive Echo Lake Foods fire early in 2013 resulted in three second-place awards. Nadolski and Eisenbart were honored for their reporting in the breaking news category and Nadolski earned two more second-place awards for his photography of the fire and its aftermath in the general news and photo essay categories. “Awesome photo,” the judges wrote of Nadolski’s picture of a rainbow stretched out over the charred and ice-encrusted remains of the fire scene. Nadolski also earned third-place recognition in the feature-writing category for his story, “A brief, but beautiful life,” about Shaymus Guinn, a local grade school student who lost his battle with cancer in late 2012. Standard Press Sports Editor Mike Ramczyk was recognized for work he did as a member of the Lake Geneva Regional News staff during the contest period. The Regional News won second-place awards for Ramczyk’s sports columns and sports page design. Ramczyk was also part of Regional News team that received a thirdplace award for creative use of multimedia for a web video feature on the Tony Romo football camp.

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Carol O'Leary, publisher of the Courier Sentinel, was elected president of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) at the Milwaukee Marriott West, during the group's 160th annual convention. O'Leary has served the WNA since 1998, when she began her first term on the WNA Foundation Board of Directors. She continued on the Foundation board in various capacities, including president, until 2009, when she began her first term on the WNA Board of Directors. She became third vice president in 2011. She has served on the Inland Press Association Foundation Board, was president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors in 2005-06, and is a member of the National Newspaper Association. She is an owner of Central Wisconsin Publications, Inc. and publisher of The Star News serving Taylor County and the Courier Sentinel serving Cadott, Cornell and Holcombe.

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She is also the owner of Tristar Printing Co., Inc., a central printing plant in Abbotsford, which prints 10 weekly newspapers. O'Leary's career in newspapers began in 1964 at the Times Journal in Savanna, Ill. She and her late husband, J.A. O'Leary, purchased The Tribune-Phonograph and Record Review weekly newspapers in Abbotsford in 1971. They started The Central Wisconsin Shopper in 1971, and in 1986 they purchased The Star News and Shopper in Medford. After her husband's death in 1997, daughter, Kris O'Leary, and her husband, Kevin Flink, joined the organization. Together they purchased the Tribune Record Gleaner in Loyal, in 2010, and the Courier Sentinel, in 2012. A native of Savanna, Ill., she has been active in her communities, including serving two terms as president of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce, on the fundraising committee to build a new city hall/library and public safety buildings in that community and a hospital expansion in Medford. She is treasurer of the Medford Friends of the Downtown and serves on the Medford Library Foundation board. For about 35 years she has been active in the Abbotsford Christmas parade, making and repairing hundreds of costumes, and received a community service award from the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce in 2005. O'Leary succeeds Kent Eymann, publisher of the Beloit Daily News. Carol O’Leary is not the only member of her family active on the state and international level of the newspaper industry, Kris, general manager of The Star News and publisher of the Tribune Phonograph, The Record Review and Tribune Record Gleaner newspapers, was re-elected president of the WNA Foundation. WNA's membership includes 31 daily and 192 weekly newspapers. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association (WNA) was established in 1853 and is among the oldest press associations in the world.

Immediate past president Kent Eymann, publisher of the Beloit Daily News, presents Carol O’Leary with the president’s gavel during her installation as part of the Wisconsin Newspaper Assocation conference held last week. The WNA is the oldest press association in the country. (Photo by Brian Wilson)

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