Also awarded for advertising, hard news, photography

The Pelican Rapids Press was honored for its online website, taking first place in its class at the 2019 Minnesota Newspaper Association  contest.

The Press website, which was re-designed just over a year ago, was ranked by independent, out-of-state newspaper judges as the best site among newspapers in the 2,500 to 5,000 circulation class. 

The judges liked navigation of the site, and the photo links to articles on the home page.  They also noted the placement of the Larry’s Super Market link to the grocer’s weekly sales flyer. 

The Press also won second place for in the general category of “Advertising Excellence.” Editions that were judged included the Press’s advertising promotion of the community’s “Art in the Park,” the community calendar and numerous local advertisers. 

Winning two second place awards was managing editor Louis Hoglund. One was in the “Hard News” category, for follow up coverage of the abduction of an area rape victim in July of 2018. The judges noted the related story, which profiled firefighter Josh Steeves and wife Kellsey, who were the first to spot the suspect’s after the statewide abduction alert. Judges wrote that “the couple worked together…probably to save a life.”

Hoglund’s photography also earned a second place for “Photo Story,” which was a pictorial feature of the Pelican Rapids Baseball Association’s “Bark in the Park”–where fans were invited to bring their family pet to the ballpark as a promotional night. 

The “Better Newspaper Contest” is a centerpiece of the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association convention,  which was held in the Twin Cities Jan. 23-25. 

In most categories, The Press competed against much larger weekly newspapers with circulation ranging from 2,500 to 5,000.