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Pine Journal honored with Better Newspaper Contest awards

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The Pine Journal took three first-place awards and one third-place award for its circulation class in the Better Newspaper Contest at last Thursday's Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention in Minneapolis.

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Here's what the judges said:

Use of Photography as a Whole, weeklies 2,501-5,000, 20 entries. First place. Pine Journal, Cloquet

"A dominant, strong image anchors the photograph choices throughout. The lead news and sports photographs are real moments and peak action that tell the story."

Social Issues Story, weeklies 2,501-5,000, 50 entries. First place. Pine Journal, Cloquet, Jana Peterson

Biocremation

"The first-place winner clearly stood out because of

balanced reporting and good writing."

Local Breaking News Coverage, weeklies 2,501-5,000, 20 entries. First place. Pine Journal, Cloquet,

Jana Peterson

Epic flooding sweeps Carlton County

"Wonderful story telling. Multiple parts come together to reveal the human story in this tragedy."

Pine Journal Publisher Wendy Johnson brought home a third place award for her column, In Our Backyard. Johnson has been writing her column for almost 16 years.

The specific columns entered in the contest were:

"The gales of November draw near" ~ Nov. 3, 2011

"Take a lesson from a yellow lab" ~ Dec. 29, 2011

"The night of the Full Wolf Moon" ~ Jan. 12, 2012

We are honored to be able to tell your stories. Thanks to all our readers (and to our fabulous staff members, who all do at least three or four jobs just to keep the office and the newspaper going)!

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