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Daily Globe well represented at MNA convention

As steam from the warmer water rises into the frigid air Tuesday night in Worthington, a small flock of geese sets their wings and prepare to land amongst the hundreds already swimming in Lake Okabena. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Buntjer, Korthals among four award recipients

BLOOMINGTON -- The Daily Globe was the recipient of four first-place awards in the 2008-2009 Better Newspaper Contest Thursday night during the Minnesota Newspaper Association convention.

Reporter Julie Buntjer won first place in the Human Interest Story category for the Dailies Up to 10,000 division for her "One World, Different Lives" feature. "Julie painted a picture of the differences in Abang Ojullu's African life and the one she discovered here in the U.S.," judges commented. "She showed that it was so much more than culture shock and how she's given back to her adopted country. What a nice heart-warming piece."

Photographer Brian Korthals captured first place in the Best Feature Photo category among all daily newspapers for "Geese Take Flight." Wrote judges: "Nicely composed photo with an ethereal and timeless feeling. It would make a nice 16 x 20 on a wall."

Advertising sales representative Kari Wasmund took first place in the Best Use of Color in Advertising category among all daily newspapers for a Friendly Dental ad. "When many color ads try to go over the top with impact, it is the subtle elegance of the use of color and white space that makes this entry the top award winner," judges wrote. "The clean fonts and the mono-hued use of color express the brightness and clean look the advertiser is trying to communicate. The artist did a fantastic job carrying over the color and brightness of the photo into the design and the use of color into the body and copy of the ad. Overall, a great ad and a great job."

Former Daily Globe sports reporter Matt Huss earned first place in the Best Sports Story among all daily newspapers for "Excelling Against All Odds," a profile of Worthington HIgh School student-athlete Meghan Westendorf. "This penetrating take on the athlete battling sickness hits its stride in the middle with great detail," judges wrote. "It doesn't flinch from or gloss over the subject's likely early death, but it doesn't linger on that either. A well-informed profile."

Also in the Better Newspaper Contest, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead captured the Vance Trophy, given to the Minnesota daily newspaper who garners the most points based upon the number of first- and second-place awards it receives. It is the second time The Forum -- which, like the Daily Globe, is owned by Forum Communications Co. -- has won the Vance Trophy.