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Times staffers win awards in newspaper contest
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MONROE - The Monroe Times earned numerous awards, including several first-place honors, during the Wisconsin Newspapers Association Foundation's 2013 Better Newspaper Contest.

"Earning these honors is very gratifying, as it recognizes the talent and hard work of the Times staff," said Carl Hearing, vice president and general manager of Monroe Publishing, LLC. "Their collaboration and efforts to produce a top quality news product have helped us to continue to steadily grow our circulation as we serve our readers and adverstisers alike."

Earning a first-place award for Breaking News Coverage was reporter Katjusa Cisar for coverage of a house fire in Argyle that killed three young children.

Also garnering first-place awards was the National Ag Week section in the Best Advertising Special Section category; the Shop Locally promotion for Best Multiple Advertiser Spread; and Source in the Best Niche Publication-In Paper category. The Times' advertisting team is comprised of Laura Hughes, Steve Allen, Diane Albright, Tai Ruegsegger and Mae Burke. Ad Design Manager Jaimie Tran designed and produced Source, with photos by Times photographer Anthony Wahl.

A second-place award went to Editor Mary Jane Grenzow for Overall Page Design. The Times' editorial pages also won a second-place award in the contest.

Wahl earned two second-place honors: His photo of the Juda polling booths for the 2012 election won in the General News Photo category, while his photo of an Edgewood-Monroe soccer match won in the Sports Photo category.

The Green County Cheese Days 2012 won second place for best Advertising Special Section.

Times sports reporter Mark Nesbitt won a third-place award for Page Design in Sports, while reporter Tere Dunlap netted third place in Local Government Reporting.

In advertising, Hughes and the Times classified department earned third place for City Wide Garage Sales, and Ruegsegger won third for Best Use of Color on a Newcomer Funeral Home ad. Albright took third for Best Use of Photography for a County KK Tire Service ad.

The ad team won third-place for a National FFA Week promotion in the Best Multiple Advertiser Spread. It also earned third also in Best Niche Publication-Out of Paper for a Monroe Chamer of Commerce map.

The Monroe Times competes in the small daily division, which includes newspapers from around the state with circulation up to 10,000. Entries are judged by a panel of out-of-state newspaper professionals.

Winners were honored as part of the WNA's annual convention in Waukesha Friday, Feb. 28. The contest included entries published between Sept. 1, 2012 and Aug. 31, 2013.