Daily News, News-Monitor excel in NDNA contests

Daily News Publisher Ken Harty and Reporter Erin Hevern show off the General Excellence award and Rookie Reporter of the Year award, respectively. The Daily News took home five first places, three second places, three third places and two honorable mentions. The News-Monitor took home three first places, 10 second places, three third places and two honorable mentions. The News-Monitor and The Daily News are sister papers owned by Wick Communications. News-Monitor Managing Editor Kathleen Leinen was also elected to the NDNA Board of Directors. Daily News photo.

Sister papers, The Daily News and The News-Monitor of Hankinson, again brought home several awards from the North Dakota Newspaper Convention.

The Daily News took home five first places, three second places, three third places and two honorable mentions.

The News-Monitor took home three first places, 10 second places, three third places and two honorable mentions.

Both the Daily News and the News-Monitor took second in General Excellence in their respective categories.

Daily News Reporter Erin Hevern brought home a special award. In her first year of reporting, Hevern received the Rookie of the Year award.

“Accepting this award at the NDNA convention in the presence of such a talented group of men and women was a huge honor and an amazing accomplishment for me,” Hevern said. “A year ago I was just graduating college and I could have never imagined getting ‘Rookie Reporter of the Year’ at that time.”

First place awards for the Daily News include, two ads by Sharla Nordick, an ad by Sherry Hasbargen, an editorial column by Timothy Holmseth and reporting series on the Breckenridge School Board by Timothy Holmseth.

Second place awards include, General Excellence, an ad by Sharla Nordick, a sports feature by Kristin Anderson and

Third places include an ad by Sharla Nordick, an ad by Sherry Hasbargen, a sports reporting series by Kristin Anderson and a standing front by Sharla Nordick.

Honorable mentions include, an ad by Sherry Hasbargen and an ad by Sharla Nordick.

NDNA members also elected three people to the association’s Board of Directors. Elected to a one-year term was Kathleen Leinen, managing editor of the News-Monitor, which is published in Hankinson. Elected to two-year terms were Jill Freisz, publisher of the Grant County News, Elgin, and the Carson Press; and John Irby, editor of the Bismarck Tribune.

For the second straight year, the News-Monitor was awarded a second place finish in general excellence.

“This is a huge honor as it is a special award,” Leinen said. “The entire paper is judged. And from front to back, it means we are doing something right in southeastern North Dakota.”

The first place awards were in best editorial page, spot news from a story on the National Guard arriving to build up the road at Lake Elsie and a third first in reporting series on property tax increase around Lake Elsie.

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