Independent awarded first and second

BLOOMINGTON — The Marshall Independent was awarded a first place and a second place during the Minnesota Newspaper Association 2016-17 Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet held Jan. 25.

Joyce Larsen was awarded a first place for the “Faith Lodge” advertisement.

“The three pictures used in this ad highlight the lodge skillfully,” the judge wrote. “I like that when you read the ad and you get to the bottom, you are shown the full image of the lodge. Very impactful.”

The Independent also received a second place for use of photography as a whole.

“Jenny Kirk’s photos on a local rodeo were real standouts, showing a good mix of images from the action itself and from the young fans,” the judge wrote. “Sam Thiel and Brennan Rupp provided perhaps the strongest work in sports photography.”

The Independent competed in the category of dailies with circulation 10,000 and under