By Chad Koenen
The New York Mills Dispatch received two awards, including second place in Use of Photography as a Whole and third place in Typography and Design during the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. The NY Mills Dispatch was recognized along with other newspapers from across the state at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association meeting from January 31-February 2 at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest hotel in Brooklyn Center.
A total of 4,095 entries were received in a variety of categories and circulation sizes for the annual contest. The NY Mills Dispatch competes in the category of weekly newspaper with a circulation under 1,000.
The Citizen’s Advocate in Henning, which also competes in the weekly newspaper with a circulation under 1,000 category, received 14 total awards including first place in General Excellence, as well as second place in Typography and Design, third place in Editorial Page as a Whole, second place in Sports Reporting and third place in Use of Photography as a Whole.
Co-publisher Chad Koenen received nine awards individually for work he completed for the Citizen’s Advocate including: first place in arts and entertainment, first and second place in business profile feature store, second place in business story, second place in best columnist, first place in portrait or personality photography, third place in best news photo, second place in best sports photo and second place in best sports feature.
The Frazee-Vergas Forum, which is also owned by Henning Publications, LLC, received six awards including Typography and Design, Use of Photography as a Whole and four individual awards for editor Robert Williams. The Forum competes in the category of weekly newspaper with a circulation between 1,001-1,500.
After serving as the president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association for the past two years, NY Mills Dispatch co-publisher Chad Koenen was named as the immediate past president of the nine person Minnesota Newspaper Association Board of Directors. He will serve in that capacity for one year.