Awards will be presented Tuesday, June 26, at the group's annual meeting in Minneapolis.


Here are the results of the 2011 Minnesota Associated Press Sports Association writing, editing and design contest. Awards will be presented Tuesday, June 26, at the group's annual meeting in Minneapolis.

Division I (under-20,000 circulation)

Column
1st: Ian Stauffer, Owatonna People's Press
2nd: Rand Middleton, West Central Tribune, Willmar
3rd: Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Faribault Daily News

Investigative reporting
1st: "Taken to the Mat," by Ian Stauffer, Owatonna People's Press
2nd: No winner
3rd: No winner

Spot News
1st: "The $50K Kid," by Kyle Stevens, Owatonna People's Press
2nd: "No 50K for kid who made hockey shot," by Josh Berhow, Faribault Daily News
3rd: "Morrissey named FHS boys basketball coach," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Faribault Daily News

Feature story
1st: "The beautiful team," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Faribault Daily News
2nd: "Finding a New Home," by Matt Dahlseid, Marshall Independent
3rd: "I made a mistake," by Scott Thoma, West Central Tribune, Willmar

Game story
1st: "First time's the charm," by Tom Larson, West Central Tribune, Willmar
2nd: "Champs! The perfect match at the perfect time," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Faribault Daily News
3rd: "Beavers bite back," by Eric Stromgren, The Pioneer, Bemidji

Enterprise
1st: "A Decade of Dominance," by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Faribault Daily News
2nd: "Where have all the fishermen gone?" by Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Faribault Daily News
3rd: "Now we know better," by Pat Miller, The Pioneer, Bemidji

Special Section
1st: Winter Sports, The Pioneer, Bemidji
2nd: 2011-12 Winter Sports Preview, by Brendan Burnett-Kurie and Josh Berhow, Faribault Daily News
3rd: The History of Pirate Football, by Derek Martin, Crookston Daily Times

Design and editing
1st: Marshall Independent
2nd: Owatonna People's Press
3rd: Faribault Daily News

General excellence
1st: Marshall Independent
2nd: Owatonna People's Press
3rd: West Central Tribune, Willmar
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Division II (over-20,000 circulation)

Column
1st: Rick Lubbers, Duluth News Tribune
2nd: Mick Hatten, St. Cloud Times
3rd: Guy Limbeck, Post-Bulletin, Rochester

Investigative reporting
1st: "Eligibility fuels debate," by Ryan Clark, The Forum, Fargo
2nd: "Source: UND pushed resolution early," by Jeff Kolpack, The Forum, Fargo
3rd: "Donations, loyalty lead to priority," by Eric Peterson, The Forum, Fargo

Spot News
1st: "Abukar plays in state loss," by Tom Elliott, St. Cloud Times
2nd: "Final goodbyes said to legendary UMD coach," by Jon Nowacki, Duluth News Tribune
3rd: "Baseball squad rescues motorist," by Jeff Kolpack, The Forum, Fargo

Feature story
1st: "Cancer scare put soccer in perspective," by Donny Henn, Post Bulletin, Rochester
2nd: "SCSU senior back on field after accident," by Andy Rennecke, St. Cloud Times
3rd: "In a better place," by Ben Pherson, Post-Bulletin, Rochester

Game story
1st: "Racing ahead, young and old," by Mick Hatten, St. Cloud Times
2nd: "Eagle rewarded for their perseverance," Pat Ruff, Post-Bulletin, Rochester
3rd: "The west was won," by Wayne Nelson, Grand Forks Herald

Enterprise
1st: "Caught in coaching's 'Bermuda Triangle'," by Brett Boese, Post-Bulletin, Rochester
2nd: "SCSU hockey program leaders, fans hopeful for strong future; community reacts to conference changes," by Mick Hatten, David Unze and Dave Aeikens, St. Cloud Times
3rd: "A season long series: 50th anniversary of Roger Maris 61-homerun season," by Heath Hotzler, Jeff Kolpack, Eric Peterson, Hayden Goethe and Kevin Schnepf, The Forum, Fargo

Special Section
1st: No Place Like Home, Bobbi Duchamp and Brad Schlossman, Grand Forks Herald
2nd: Pigskin Preview 2011, Post-Bulletin, Rochester
3rd: Prep Football 2011: Changing Formation, St. Cloud Times

Design and editing
1st: The Forum, Fargo
2nd: St. Cloud Times
3rd: The Free Press, Mankato

General excellence
1st: Grand Forks Herald
2nd: The Forum, Fargo
3rd: St. Cloud Times