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The Daily Republic wins top award

The Daily Republic has been judged the best small daily newspaper in South Dakota for the fourth consecutive year. Friday evening during a banquet at Mount Rushmore, the Mitchell newspaper was presented with the General Excellence award for South...

The Daily Republic has been judged the best small daily newspaper in South Dakota for the fourth consecutive year.

Friday evening during a banquet at Mount Rushmore, the Mitchell newspaper was presented with the General Excellence award for South Dakota daily newspapers that circulate fewer than 12,000 printed copies.

The banquet was part of the firstever joint convention of the South Dakota and North Dakota newspaper associations, held Thursday through Saturday with most events at the Ramkota Hotel and Conference Center in Rapid City.

The Daily Republic's circulation division includes seven other daily newspapers in Brookings, Huron, Madison, Pierre, Spearfish, Watertown and Yankton. The competition, called the Better Newspapers Contest, is managed by the South Dakota Newspaper Association and was judged this year by members of the Oklahoma Press Association.

Other Daily Republic highlights from the contest included the Sweepstakes award for its circulation division, which is presented to the newspaper that compiles the most points from the individual awards; and the designation of Sports Editor Luke Hagen as the Outstanding Young Journalist among all daily newspapers in the state.

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Hagen is the second consecutive and fourth overall Daily Republic winner of the award since the award's inception in 2000. One winner is chosen annually from a weekly newspaper and a daily newspaper, and entrants must be younger than 30.

Overall, The Daily Republic won 27 awards in the contest, including 21 in news and six in advertising.

The SDNA contest results were the second round of awards announced last week for South Dakota newspapers.

In results of The Associated Press Great Plains Contest announced earlier in the week, The Daily Republic won first place in 10 of 15 categories in its circulation division, and won 22 of the 45 available awards in the division.

Following is a list of The Daily Republic's awards in the SDNA contest announced Friday. Unless otherwise noted, the awards were in the division for daily newspapers with circulation of less than 12,000.

News

Best Freedom of Information Project, all newspapers daily and weekly, first, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper.

Outstanding Young Journalist, all daily newspapers, Luke Hagen.

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Best Newspaper Website, all daily newspapers, third, Denise Ross.

Best Public Service Project, all daily newspapers, second, Korrie Wenzel.

Best News Series, third, Chris Mueller, Anna Jauhola.

Best Feature Story, first, Tom Lawrence.

Best Feature Story, third, Candy DenOuden.

Best Feature Series, second, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper, Chris Huber.

Best Sports Reporting, first, Brooke Cersosimo.

Best Sports Series, third, Luke Hagen.

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Best Sports Column, second, Luke Hagen.

Best Editorial Writing, first, Korrie Wenzel.

Best Editorial Writing, second, Seth Tupper.

Best Local General Interest Column, first, Korrie Wenzel.

Best Local Humorous Column, third, Candy DenOuden.

Best Spot News Photo, first, Chris Huber.

Best Sports Photo, first, Luke Hagen.

Best Sports Photo, third, Chris Huber.

Best Typography and Design, second, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper.

General Excellence, first, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper and staff.

Sweepstakes, first, Korrie Wenzel, Seth Tupper and staff.

Advertising

Best Use of Color, first, Jen Phillips.

Best Classified Section, first, Penny Hohbach and staff.

Best Use of Art Service, third, Krissy Weber.

Best Use of Local Photography, second, Janet DeRouchey and Chris Huber.

Best Use of Local Photography, third, Lorie Hansen.

Best 2x4 Ad, third, Laura Senska.

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