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Bemidji Pioneer's Stromgren honored with AP journalism awards

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Bemidji Pioneer Sports Writer Eric Stromgren was among the award winners in the 2008 Minnesota Associated Press Sports Association sportswriting contest.

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The contest results were announced Tuesday.

Stromgren won a second place award in the spot news division, a third place award in the game story division and a third place award in the enterprise reporting division.

The nine divisions judged were split into competition between Minnesota newspapers with daily circulations over 20,000 and under 20,000.

The Bemidji Pioneer competed in the under 20,000 circulation category.

Spot news is judged on entries written in one day for the next day's edition or publication.

The spot news award was given for the entry "Program Threatened." The story appeared in The Pioneer on Oct. 30, 2008, the day after Bemidji State University announced plans to cut the men's track and field program at the end of the 2008-09 season as part of a reorganization plan.

The story explored how the loss of the team would affect BSU athletics, the University and community.

Bemidji State Athletic Director Rick Goeb announced last December that men's track and field would continue to be sponsored through 2009-10.

It will be sponsored beyond 2010 if fundraising efforts net an assistant coach, increased female participation goals are met and rosters across the entire athletics department are managed in accordance with University goals.

Game stories are judged on a single game event. Stromgren was awarded third place for the entry titled "Andersons take the hardware."

It was the championship story of Nathan and Amy Anderson, the teenage siblings from Oxbow, N.D. who won the men's and women's titles on the same day at The Birchmont golf tournament.

The story appeared in The Pioneer on Aug. 3, 2008.

Enterprise reporting is judged on reporter-developed material generated on one subject over a period of time.

Stromgren was awarded third place for his overall coverage of The 84th Birchmont, the annual match-play tournament at Bemidji Town & Country Club.

The 85th Birchmont will be held July 27-Aug. 1 this summer.

Stromgren received three the 14 total awards won by Forum Communications Company.

The Grand Forks Herald led the way with five awards in the over 20,000 category: four for individuals, one for a special section titled "Campaign" and one for design and editing.

The Duluth News Tribune won four awards in the over 20,000 category: two for individuals, one for their special section on Grandma's Marathon and one for general excellence.

The Red Wing Republican Eagle earned a third place award in the under 20,000 category for a special section titled '2008 Amateur Baseball Preview."

The awards will be presented at the MAPSA business meeting June 16 in Minneapolis.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Results in the 2008 Minnesota Associated Press Sports Association sportswriting contest.

COLUMN

Under 20,000

1, Marc Zarefsky, Faribault Daily News. 2, Jeff Bersch, Winona Daily News. 3, Rick Solem, Winona Daily News.

Over 20,000

1, Kevin Allenspach, St. Cloud Times. 2, Shane Frederick, The Free Press of Mankato. 3, Craig Swalboski, Post-Bulletin of Rochester.

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING

Under 20,000

No winners.

Over 20,000

1, "Paid? Or not?" Andy Greder and Chris Hamilton, Duluth News Tribune.

SPOT NEWS

Under 20,000

1, "Former OHS coach dies," Derek Sullivan, Owatonna People's Press. 2, "Program threatened," Eric Stromgren, The Pioneer of Bemidji. 3, "It needs work," Ian Stauffer, Owatonna People's Press.

Over 20,000

1, "Hudson will call it quits," Donny Henn, Post-Bulletin of Rochester. 2, "MSU loses Kalinski to Flyers," Shane Frederick, The Free Press of Mankato. 3, "Epic game, mild manner defines Mullins," Donny Henn, Post-Bulletin of Rochester.

FEATURE STORY

Under 20,000

1, "Bronco: The Man," Faye Whitbeck, The Daily Journal of International Falls. 2, "Playing with pain," Jeff Bersch, Winona Daily News. 3, "Sitting on the side," Marc Zarefsky, Faribault Daily News.

Over 20,000

1, "Thankful on the ice," Tom Elliott, St. Cloud Times. 2, "Tradition," Kevin Fee, Grand Forks Herald. 3, "Finding clarity on mats," Pat Ruff, Post-Bulletin of Rochester.

GAME STORY

Under 20,000

1, "Defining parent's night," Jim Johnson, The Daily Journal of International Falls. 2, "Back to back," Ian Stauffer, Owatonna People's Press. 3, "Andersons take the hardware," Eric Stromgren, The Pioneer of Bemidji.

Over 20,000

1, "Mile high meltdown," Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald. 2, "Five goal flurry," Shane Frederick, The Free Press of Mankato. 3, "Goucher makes the team," Kevin Pates, Duluth News Tribune.

ENTERPRISE

Under 20,000

1, "Prepping for the pros," Marc Zarefsky, Faribault Daily News. 2, "All access: FHS boys hockey team," Marc Zarefsky, Faribault Daily News. 3, "Birchmont Golf Tournament," Eric Stromgren, The Pioneer of Bemidji.

Over 20,000

1, "A tennis prodigy," Pat Ruff, Post-Bulletin of Rochester. 2, "Stick schtick," Brad Elliott Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald. 3, "Ex-UND coaching connection," Kevin Fee, Grand Forks Herald.

SPECIAL SECTION

Under 20,000

1, "Hometown Ballparks & Players," The Journal of New Ulm. 2, "Kickoff: The champs are back," Owatonna People's Press. 3, "2008 Amateur Baseball Preview," Red Wing Republican Eagle.

Over 20,000

1, "Prep Football 2008," St. Cloud Times. 2, "Campaign," Grand Forks Herald. 3, "Grandma's Marathon," Duluth News Tribune.

DESIGN AND EDITING

Under 20,000

1, Winona Daily News. 2, Owatonna People's Press. 3, The Journal of New Ulm.

Over 20,000

1, St. Cloud Times, 2, Grand Forks Herald. 3, The Free Press of Mankato.

GENERAL EXCELLENCE

Under 20,000

1, Winona Daily News. 2, Owatonna People's Press. 3, The Journal of New Ulm.

Over 20,000

1, St. Cloud Times. 2, The Free Press of Mankato. 3, Duluth News Tribune.

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