The Forum wins top prizes in North Dakota Newspaper Association contest
The awards were given out during NDNA's annual convention in Bismarck.
FARGO — The Forum took home the Sweepstakes Award for cumulative wins in the 2022 North Dakota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest, winning 24 first-place, 27 second-place and 17 third-place awards, as well as 17 honorable mentions.
The awards were given out during NDNA's annual convention May 6 in Bismarck. The awards were for work done in 2021.
Photographer David Samson won Photo of the Year for his photo of the West Fargo Packers cutting the net after the North Dakota Class A boys basketball tournament championship game.
The Forum was also named the North SCAN Top Seller for ad sales.
Also at the convention, Forum reporter Barry Amundson was inducted into the NDNA 50-Year Club . Amundson began working for newspapers at age 16 and plans to retire this summer.
Steve Andrist, former owner of Journal Publishing and former NDNA executive director, was inducted into the NDNA Hall of Fame, marking the first time three generations of a family have been given such an honor. His father, John Andrist, and grandfather, Calvin Andrist, were inducted in 2000 and 1978, respectively.
Jack McDonald, longtime NDNA counsel, received the first-ever Jack McDonald Freedom Award, an honor named after him that recognizes a person or organization that demonstrates extraordinary efforts to preserve or enhance government transparency.
Reporting: April Baumgarten, " Not a mistake you're allowed to make "
Headline: Archie Ingersoll, " Burying the bayonet, Zip to Zap participant forgives soldier "
Government reporting: Jeremy Turley, " Lawmakers, observers say Peace Garden politics becoming toxic "
Feature reporting: Jeremy Turley and Adam Willis, " Baby's nearly fatal fight with COVID-19 signals new risk "
Editorial page: Forum staff.
Sports reporting: Carissa Wigginton, " ‘He always had a smile’: Former Bruins basketball player killed in crash touched many lives "
Sports column: Mike McFeely, "Gopher state great"
Picture story: Alyssa Goelzer, "FM Pride wraps up with a loud and proud parade"
Sports photo and portrait photo: David Samson, "Birrenkott cuts the final strands of net" and "Monarch Mama"
News photo and outdoor recreation photo: Michael Vosburg, "Larry Evans sentencing" and "Dancing in the fountain"
Informational graphics: Troy Becker, Tokyo 2020
Front page design: Emily Beaman
Standing news front and Section/feature front design: Marcy Nickel
Promo of community ad: Brenda Lawrence and Tim Couchman, Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity
Best digital ad: Dan Young and Tim Couchman, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Small space ad: Jenn Phillips and Jamie Dettling, Fargo Public Library Tails and Tales
Ad series: Keith Harriger, Branda Lawrence, Andy Goble and Bethany Loida, Blow's Sew-n-Vac
Use of color in ads: Luanna Lake and Tim Couchman, Outlet Recreation Fall into Spring Sale
Apparel ad: Tammy Doyle and Tim Couchman, Kappy Shack promotion
Feature reporting, government series and agricultural coverage: Adam Willis, " The last place on earth ," Watchdog coverage of ND's newly formed Energy Authority, and " Midwest pipeline: Test for ND's carbon capture goals hits snags "
Sports feature: Jeff Kolpack, " Amy's Army "
Headline: Kaity Young and Dave Olson, "No gripes about grapes"
Best use of social media: Eric Peterson and Mike McFeely, NFL draft
Editorial: Forum staff, " Jupiter Paulson died because the criminal justice system failed "
Best website: Forum staff
Online coverage of breaking news: Forum staff, " 14-year-old girl stabbed more than 20 times during attack "
Best website, overall design excellence and general excellence: Forum staff
News photo, feature photo and pictorial photo: David Samson, "Bidding farewell to a friend," "Paying homage to the fallen" and "Rainy reprieve"
Front page design: Thayer Tessar
Standing news front and Section/feature front design: Becca Clemmens
Ag ad: Anne Malvin and the Creative Team, R.D. Offutt Farms
Outdoor/sports ad: Carli Greninger, WDAY Sports livestream
Signature ad page: Creative team
Single ad: Katie Hastings and Keith Harriger, Blow's Sew-n-Vac
Vehicle ad: Rachel Poser and Keith Harriger, Muscatell Subaru
Feature reporting: C.S. Hagen, " It's about softballs ."
Spot news: Helmut Schmidt, " Lutheran Social Services of ND to close its doors "
Ag coverage: Tammy Swift, " Moorhead couple leaps at chance to raise crickets to make flour "
Personal column - serious: Tracy Briggs
Online coverage of breaking news: Tracy Briggs and Matt Henson, " Police say 7 dead in incident at south Moorhead home "
Sports page and special news section: Forum staff
Sports photo and ag photo: Alyssa Goelzer, "Cup claimed" and "How to start flower and vegetable seeds indoors"
Spot news photo: David Samson, "Officers take aim"
Feature photo and picture story: Michael Vosburg, "Ice-cold beats" and "End of an era"
Section/feature front design: Cindy Gilster, "Dishing out drag"
Signature ad page: Anne Malvin and Creative team, Fargo-Moorhead Christmas Church Serivces
Food ad: Katie Hastings and Keith Harriger, Dairy Queen $7 Buck Lunch
Single ad: Rebekah Ness and Keith Harriger, Muscatell Pre-Owned
Vehicle ad: Tasha Kenyon and Kevin Bauer, Northwest Truck & Trailer
Spot news: C.S. Hagen, "Mosque vandalized with hate speech"
Headline: Helmut Schmidt, " Having a ruff day? "
Government series: Jeremy Turley, " ND jails refuse to offer COVID-19 shots to inmates "
Feature reporting: Eric Peterson, "Ole hangs up the overalls"
Personal column - humorous: Tammy Swift
Reporting series: Tammy Swift, Laura Butterbrodt, Sam Easter, Mark Wasson, Keff Kiger, Alex Derosier and Matthew Stolle, "Great resignation" series
Feature series and sports feature: Tracy Briggs, "Where are they now?" and " Former Fargo elite skater reflects on loss of '61 skating team "
Sports reporting: Jeff Kolpack, "Night I'll never forget"
Outdoor recreation photo: David Samson, "Cross country skier"
Spot news photo and sports photo: Michael Vosburg, "Man drives burning van" and "Carter Zink"
Section/feature front design: Jason Magstadt, "Pixar's soul"
Front page design: Paula Chhetri, Jessica Gaden and Mark Merck
Small space ad: Tammy Doyle and Jen Strand, Bruggeman's SuperValu
Use of ad color: Tasha Kenyon and Jamie Dettling, Sunset Memorial Gardens