ABC Newspapers’ publications were among the most-awarded papers in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2019-2020 contest.

Judged by out-of-state peers in the journalism industry, the annual competition honors some of the top work by community journalists in Minnesota. Winners were recognized in a virtual ceremony Jan. 28.

In total, the Anoka County UnionHerald and Blaine/Spring Lake Park/Fridley/Columbia Heights Life and their staff earned 24 statewide awards, including first place in general excellence for the Life in its size bracket.

The papers and staff won five first-place awards, nine second-place awards and 10 third-place awards. Some awards were within a specific size bracket, and others were competitions among all participating newspapers.

Here are the awards to ABC Newspapers and staff:

First place

• General Excellence, Life (in size bracket)

• Typography & Design, Life (in size bracket)

• Best Use of Multimedia, Jonathan Young (among all non-dailies)

• Explanation of News Operations or Newspaper Ethics, Jonathan Young (among all newspapers)

• Feature Photo, Paige Kieffer (in size bracket)

Second place

• Typography & Design, UnionHerald (in size bracket)

• Sports Reporting, Life (in size bracket)

• Sports Feature Story, Patrick Slack (in size bracket)

• Local Breaking News Coverage, Paige Kieffer (in size bracket)

• Feature Photo, Paige Kieffer (in size bracket)

• News Photo, Paige Kieffer (in size bracket)

• News Photo, Jonathan Young (in size bracket)

• Photo Story, Jonathan Young (in size bracket)

• Portrait & Personality Photo, Paige Kieffer (in size bracket)

Third place

• General Reporting, UnionHerald (in size bracket)

• Editorial Page as a Whole, UnionHerald (in size bracket)

• Editorial Page as a Whole, Life (in size bracket)

• Use of Photography as a Whole, UnionHerald (in size bracket)

• Headline Writing, UnionHerald (in size bracket)

• Arts & Entertainment Story, Patrick Slack (in size bracket)

• Columnist, Paige Kieffer, (in size bracket)

• Feature Photo, Jonathan Young (in size bracket)

• Human Interest Story, Paige Kieffer (in size bracket)

• Press Photographer’s Portfolio, Jonathan Young (among all non-dailies)

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