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Detroit Lakes Tribune wins 10 awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association

The Tribune won in several categories, including general excellence, reporting, advertising, photography, design, sports, multimedia and more. As a special note, Annie Granlund (nee Harman), who got her start in journalism as a high school columnist for the Tribune, won three awards for her work at the Owatonna newspaper.

Tribune building
The Detroit Lakes Newspapers building, at 511 Washington Ave.
(Tribune File Photo)

The Detroit Lakes Tribune was honored with 10 awards at this year’s Better Newspaper Contest, an annual tradition of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The Tribune won awards in several categories, including general excellence, reporting, advertising, photography, design, sports, multimedia and more.

The front page of the Detroit Lakes Tribune's July 25, 2021 issue.
The front page of the Detroit Lakes Tribune's July 25, 2021 issue. The Tribune won first place awards in Typography and Design and in Use of Photography as a Whole at this year's Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest. <br/>
(Detroit Lakes Tribune File Photo)

The awards were announced Jan. 27 at the MNA’s 155th annual convention in Brooklyn Park.

Contest winners were determined by judges from award-winning newspapers in other states.

Judges commented on the Tribune’s “bold design,” “well-organized news and sports sections,” and “very well done” stories. They called the winning ads “inviting” and “absolutely beautiful.”

“Lots of fun features and very fun and enjoyable to read,” wrote one judge, and another said, “Local reporters take a sophisticated approach, asking questions such as ‘why’ and ‘how’ in their daily stories. A nice design makes this a joy to read.”

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The Tribune received the following awards:

  • The newspaper as a whole won first place in Typography and Design, first place in Use of Photography as a Whole, second place in General Excellence and third place in General Reporting (among all Minnesota multi-day papers with subscriptions of up to 5,000).
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Michael Achterling, Multimedia Lead at the Detroit Lakes Tribune

  • Michael Achterling, the Tribune’s multimedia lead, won a Dave Pyle New Journalist Award (third place among all Minnesota multi-day papers.) Achterling also won a second place award for his Sports Feature Story on local curling legend Roger Lee (multi-day papers with subscriptions of under 10,000).
  • Marie Johnson, the Tribune’s managing editor, won a second place award for Best Use of Multimedia for Destinations Magazine Online (all Minnesota multi-day papers.)
  • Elizabeth Molacek, a multimedia sales coordinator for the Tribune, along with ad designer Luanna Lake, won a first place Best Advertisement award for the ad, “Central Floral… To have and to hold from this day forward” (among all Minnesota multi-day papers).
Elizabeth Molacek's winning Best Advertisement ad for Central Floral. Molacek won the award along with designer Luanna Lake.
Elizabeth Molacek's winning Best Advertisement ad for Central Floral. Molacek won the award along with designer Luanna Lake.
(Detroit Lakes Tribune File Photo)

  • Robin Stalley, a multimedia sales coordinator for the Tribune, won a second place award for her “Realtor of the Month” Advertising Campaign for Counselor Realty (among all individuals). Stalley also won a second place award for her Institutional Advertisement for Dynamic Homes, “Quality Value Lifestyle” (all multi-day papers).

And congratulations to a Laker and Tribune alum

As a special note, Annie Granlund (formerly Annie Harman), who got her start in journalism as a local high school columnist for the Detroit Lakes Tribune, won three awards at this year’s Better Newspaper Contest.

Granlund is now the editor of the Owatonna People’s Press. She won a first place award for investigative reporting (among all Minnesota multi-day newspapers), and both second and third place awards in the Human Interest Story category (multi-day papers with up to 5,000 subscriptions).

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