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Daily Republic wins 17 AP awards, including General Excellence

The Daily Republic won 17 awards -- the most in its division -- and took the General Excellence category in the 2017 Associated Press Great Plains News and Photo Contest.

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The Daily Republic won 17 awards - the most in its division - and took the General Excellence category in the 2017 Associated Press Great Plains News and Photo Contest.

The winners were announced Monday by The Associated Press. The competition covers Nebraska and the Dakotas for work published in 2017.

The Daily Republic won four categories, including first-place awards to Sara Bertsch, Caitlynn Peetz, Ryan Deal and Matt Gade.

Here is a full list of The Daily Republic's Associated Press awards:

Spot News: 2. Evan Hendershot, Mitchell city council coverage; 3. Caitlynn Peetz, Trapped in a trench, Man rescued in Emery.

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Feature: 1. Sara Bertsch, Running for their lives; 2. Caitlynn Peetz, Assault victim adjusting to life following April attack.

Enterprise: 1. Caitlynn Peetz, One of the guys.

Spot sports: 2. Eric Mayer, Sioux Falls tabbed to host NAIA men's basketball tournament.

Sports feature: 1. Ryan Deal, Diamond in the rough.

Sports column: 2. Luke Hagen, Wagner's wrestling success outshines town's crime.

Personal column: 2. Luke Hagen, Parenting Perspectives: Talking about miscarriages.

General news: 3. Luke Hagen, Terminated for whistleblowing?

Headlines: 3. Angie Putnam, Angie's headlines.

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Feature photo: 2. Matt Gade, Perfection; 3. Matt Gade, Swimming feature.

Sports action photo: 2. Matt Gade, He's safe.

General news photo: 1. Matt Gade, Veterans wall; 2. Matt Gade, Return of the 153rd.

General Excellence Award: The Daily Republic.

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