Banner honored at newspaper banquet

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Posted: Friday, June 7, 2019 6:00 am

MEDORA, N.D. – The Hillsboro Banner was honored as one of the top weekly newspapers in the state during the North Dakota Newspaper Association’s annual convention Friday and Saturday in Medora.

The Banner won 49 awards, including 20 first-place awards, in the NDNA Better Newspaper Contest and won the sweepstakes award for midsize weeklies, which recognizes the paper with the most news, photo and ad awards.

The state’s oldest weekly newspaper, the Banner took second in general excellence behind the News-Monitor in Hankinson.

Editor Cole Short and reporters Cory Erickson and Pace Meier won first in feature series for their stories on retiring teachers and staff from Hillsboro High School.

Short and Erickson also took top honors for front-page design as well as spot news for coverage of spring flooding along the Goose River in Hillsboro.

As a staff, the Banner placed first in editorial page, second in overall design and third in second/feature front design and website.

Individual awards presented to the Banner staff at the convention included:

  • Erickson won in financial ad, apparel ad, small-space ad, outdoor/sports ad and ad series for a collection of ads promoting Halstad Telephone Co.

    He placed second in vehicle ad, home/gardening ad and promotion of community while taking third in political and agricultural advertisements.

    In the news and sports categories, he finished second in sports column and section/feature front design and third in feature reporting.

    Erickson won sports photo for his image of Hillsboro-Central Valley senior Ryan Troftgruben being lifted in the air after the 2018 state Class B championship basketball game.

    Erickson won agricultural photo for a photo of Aspyn Knutsvig of Buxton visiting a goat, pictorial photo (Buxton fireworks), feature photo (local pharmacist Randy Habeck tossing a beanbag) and portrait photo (H-CV volleyball team).

    He placed second in picture story and third in outdoor recreation photo.
  • Columnist Neil Nelson took third in food ad, second in humor column, and third in portrait photo for his image of image of the late military veteran Fred Jahn.
  • Co-publisher Alyssa Short finished first in single ad for an advertisement announcing the Banner office’s move to its new location along Caledonia Avenue.
  • Maier placed first in sports page and second in sports series for his coverage of the title-winning Burros boys basketball team. He finished third in sports reporting and sports feature.
  • Cole Short took first in humor column, government series and in business reporting for his story on the retirements of longtime grocers Dale and Doris Bakken and the opening of Miller’s Fresh Foods in Hillsboro.

    He placed second in reporting series, feature reporting, government reporting, editorial writing, serious column and outdoor rec photo. He finished third in ag photo.

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