The Havre Daily News won 12 awards at the Montana Newspaper Association convention last weekend.
The Daily News took third place in its division in the General Excellence Advertising category, behind Big Sky's Lone Peak Outlook and Livingston's Park County Weekly.
HDN took second place in the Division I Excellence in Design and Presentation category, which included all weeklies and dailies.
Other awards won by the Havre Daily News are:
First place, Best Sports Feature Story, "Tumor sidelines..." by Jason Shoot.
First place, Best Single Ad (color), "Gary & Leo's," by Paula Reynolds.
Third place, Best Headline Writing.
Second place, Best Short Feature Story, "Roush holds final class May Day," by Tim Leeds.
Honorable mention, Best Lifestyle Coverage, Hi-Line Living.
Third place, Best Spot News Picture, "Spang arrested again," by Brent McCown.
Third place, Best Single Ad (non-color), "She loved to kiss," by Julie Groven.
Third place, Best Single Ad (color), "R-New Trading Post," by Laurie Harvey.
Third place, Best Newspaper Promotion Advertising, "Where can you go," by Craig Otterstrom.
Honorable mention, Best Newspaper Promotion Advertising, "SOAR," by Laurie Harvey.
The Missoulian won the Sam Gilluly Sweepstakes Award as the best daily newspaper in Montana, ending two consecutive victories by the Great Falls Tribune. The Missoulian was last selected as the Gilluly Award winner 10 years ago, in the 1990 BNC competition.
The Jefferson County Courier won the Thomas Dimsdale Sweepstakes Award as the best nondaily newspaper published in the state. Courier Editor and Publisher Jan Anderson launched the tabloid publication in April of 1997.
The sweepstakes awards in the weekly and daily divisions of the Better Newspaper Contest are for issues printed during 2000 and are based on total points accumulated for placing in the various categories of the contest, which include feature and editorial writing, reporting, sports, photography, advertising, typography, and layout and design.
There were 2,308 individual and newspaper entries representing 50 MNA newspapers in the contest, which was judged by members of the Wyoming Press Association.
In other convention news, Steve Newman, editor and publisher of the Tobacco Valley News in Eureka, was elected president of the Montana Newspaper Association for the coming year.
Jeff Martinsen, publisher of the Choteau Acantha, is president of the Montana Newspaper Advertising Service.