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Pioneer staff earns NDNA contest honors

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The West Fargo Pioneer staff received 16 awards, including three first place honors, at the 126th Annual Convention of the North Dakota Newspaper Association held May 4-5 in Williston.

The first place awards were for advertising efforts for newspapers over 2000 circulation. They included: Will Foss - Financial Ad, 1st International Bank & Trust - 100 years; Will Foss and Jamie Grant - Food Ad, Spitfire - Food with Attitude; and Will Foss and Jamie Grant - Celebrate our Freedom, a signature page.

Other award recipients were: Tyler Shoberg, a second place for headline writing, "Mr. Moe shaves the day," third for sports reporting "Boys Golf Best," and honorable mention for reporting "Winter White Out;" Karen Huber, third place for special news section "Pioneer Days;" Jamie Grant, second for Best Web Page, and third for promotion of the newspaper - "Not another Cookie Cutter;" Will Foss, third for financial ad "Western State Bank - Happy Holidays, and three honorable mentions for an agricultural ad, Farmers Market & Beyond, vehicle ad "Dave's Tire & Service -Hit a Home Run," and ad series "Bonanzaville - What's New?" and Dave Samson, second place for a sports photo "Loose Ball."

The staff also took third place for their annual 2012 West Fargo Pioneer Calendar and honorable mention for Pioneer Days 2011, both in the special advertising section category.

The convention also saw Donovan Witham and the late Wayne Lubenow recognized with Distinguished Service Awards.

Witham was the founder of the West Fargo Pioneer, and Lubenow a longtime reporter and columnist.

Witham, with his late wife, Betty, established the West Fargo Pioneer in 1967 and operated the weekly newspaper and other publications until their retirement in 2004. Betty passed away in March of this year and Donovan now makes his home in Fargo.

Lubenow began his professional career at The Bismarck Tribune, and was a reporter and columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead for many years. In 1971, Lubenow began writing feature stories and columns for weekly newspapers in North Dakota, which he continued until his death in 1991.

NDNA's membership is comprised of the 80 weekly and 10 daily newspapers in North Dakota.