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Kittson County Enterprise wins three state awards

By Enterprise Staff
Another year of covering Kittson County news, sports, features and everything else has brought statewide recognition for the Enterprise staff.
Although the staff did not attend the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention this year, it’s exciting to share the awards received. The Enterprise competes against weekly newspapers across Minnesota in the category with circulations between 1,000 and 1,500 per week.
Editor Margie Holmgren brought in third place for Advertising Excellence in our circulation category. This award is judged by looking at three editions of the paper for “excellence in locally prepared display and classified advertising.” Judges consider several factors including consistency in ad quality, number of advertisers, total effect on readers, good design and creativity, and general appearance throughout the issues.
“Good job all around. The ‘Years of Service’ ad is a novel idea. Nicely done,” the judge commented.
To be recognized for an overall excellence award is a great accomplishment.
“It is always great to be acknowledged for our hard work,” Holmgren said, “especially when competing among our peers with 1,000 to 1,500 subscribers. Many of these papers have more than two people on staff so receiving an award for advertising excellence really means a lot to me.”
Reporter Anna Jauhola took first place in the Hard News category for the story, “Voters to get new ballots.” This article covered the news of misprinted ballots for the November 2022 election and the financial impact on the taxpayers of the county.
“In this age of concerns over election integrity, how do ballots get misprinted like this? An important community news story. Writer does a good job saying what the problems were, how they occurred and what the outcome was,” the judge commented.
The Enterprise really prides itself on regularly covering local government — good, bad and everything in between — because the public has a right to know.
“Covering public government meetings has always been the best part of my job as a reporter,” Jauhola said. “This particular issue was interesting because it had so many moving parts and affected the entire county. I’m grateful the judges recognized the article for first place among the hundreds of others submitted in our category from the amazing calibre of newspapers we compete against.”
Jauhola also won third place in in the Business Profile category for the article “Growing happy potatoes in Kittson County.” This story focused on the Hapka family who grows potatoes by Halma for Simplot and the Dagen family who grows seed potatoes.
“This was a fun story to write,” Jauhola said. “It’s hard not to enjoy writing an article when people give such good interviews. I was pleasantly surprised I received an award for this story.”
Receiving recognition from the state newspaper association is always thrilling and statisfying. However, as always, the praise and thanks received from the public nearly every week is gratifying and humbling. Thank you to all our readers, advertisers and contributors because without you, we wouldn’t have a medium in which share local news via articles, photos and advertising.

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