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Estherville News wins INA award

February 11, 2019
Estherville News

DES MOINES - The Estherville News placed first in Government and Politics reporting for weekly newspaper class in the Iowa Newspaper Association awards, presented Friday in Des Moines.

Staff writer Amy H. Peterson's coverage of the rendering plant odor, an issue that wore on for months, was the winning entry.

Judges were members of the Indiana Newspaper Association. The judges' comments in awarding Estherville News first place touted the graphic that tracked the location of each odor complaint that came in to the Emmet County Assessor's Office.

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The judges said, "Impressive coverage of an ongoing news story on odor caused by a rendering plant. A front-page graphic showed readers exactly where complaints were coming from. Coverage also included [citizens'] voices in meeting coverage. Great example of local issues coverage."

The prizes for government and politics reporting all went to area newspapers. The Dickinson County News earned second place, and the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune earned third place in the category.

The Iowa Better Newspaper Contests are sponsored by the Iowa Newspaper Foundation. Entries for the 2019 prizes covered work published between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018.



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