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Friday, February 16, 2007

The Week honored with four awards

The Week was honored with four awards Friday, Nov. 9 at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual convention.

This year's convention was held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. Although many conventioneers were spotted in the water park Saturday after the event had wrapped up, the main attraction was Friday night's awards banquet and dinner.

In the WNA Better Newspaper contest, The Week received:

-- A first place award to an outdoor column by contributing writer Denny Murawska for a column where he described how he--albeit clumsily--demonstrated his love of the outdoors to his wife. Murawska, a Genoa City resident and science teacher in Illinois, has been a longtime contributing writer for The Week. The column is reprinted on page 5B of this week's issue.

-- A first place award for feature writing to staff reporter Mike Heine. Although Heine's regular beat is Walworth County courts and government, Heine has a knack for picking up on a good story. His award-winning feature profiled Don Larsen, who has been delivering milk to area schools for the last 50 years.

Heine heard about Larsen while working on a story about Lakeland School's building plan debate by the county board. While doing some research, Heine ran across mention of Larsen in Lakeland School's family newsletter. Heine turned that brief mention into a compelling and heart-warming profile of the type of person so vital to keeping our communities vibrant. The story has been posted on our Web site at theweekextra.com

-- A certificate of merit to staff writer Donna Lenz Wright for her story on self-described former Nazi Ted Junker and his memorial to Adolf Hitler on his property in Millard. Junker's plans to hold a grand opening were unknown in the community until Lenz-Wright's story was published. After a firestorm of controversy, including threats by the county of legal action, Junker cancelled the grand opening and promised not to hold any public events at the site in the future. The story has been posted on our Web site at theweekextra.com

Awards were also presented in the Wisconsin Newspaper Advertising Executives Association Advertising contest. In that contest The Week was honored with:

-- A second place award for our Taste of the Lakes menu guide. This popular special section, produced by the graphic designers of The Week's Creative Department in cooperation with the advertising sales staff, highlights menus from the areas finest places to eat. An online version of Taste of the Lakes is on our Web site at theweekextra.com

This is the first year that The Week has been a WNA member and participated in the contests. Until recently, the WNA was closed to publications with circulation that was distributed mostly for free. The rules were changed recently, allowing The Week to become a member.

The association represents the majority of daily and weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

~Dan Plutchak, editor


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