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Times staffers win awards in statewide competition
MADISON - The Monroe Times earned numerous awards during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual convention in Madison this week.

Times reporter Katjusa Cisar earned a first-place award in Enterprise/Interpretative Reporting for her three-part series on heroin use in the area. She also earned a third-place award for local education reporting for stories on the Black Hawk school district's decision to close the Gratiot middle school.

Sports reporter Mark Nesbitt earned a second-place award for sports page design and a third-place award for sports pages.

Photographer Anthony Wahl earned a third-place award in sports photography for a photo of a golf tournament at Monroe Country Club, as well as a third-place award for a photo essay of the Green County Fair.

Times advertising staff also picked up accolades in the statewide competition. The ad team, which includes Tai Ruesegger, Diane Albright, Steve Allen, Mae Burke and Laura Hughes, earned a first-place award for Best Newspaper Promotion for "Celebrating Our Past."

They also received a second-place award for Best Niche Publication-In Paper for "Source"; a third-place award for Best Advertising Idea (Series) for "Remember When"; and a third-place award for Online Revenue Builder for the Stateline 411 online business directory.

Entries published from Sept. 1, 2011 to Aug. 31, 2012 were eligible for the competition.