Detroit Lakes Tribune Wins 10 Minnesota Newspaper Association Awards – Detroit Lakes Tribune


The Detroit Lakes Tribune received 10 awards in this year’s Better Newspaper contest, an annual tradition of the Minnesota Newspaper Association. The Tribune won awards in several categories, including overall excellence, reporting, advertising, photography, design, sports, multimedia and more.

The front page of the July 25, 2021 issue of the Detroit Lakes Tribune. The Tribune won first place in Typography and Design and Use of Photography Overall in this year’s Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper competition.

(Detroit Lakes Tribune file photo)

The awards were announced Jan. 27 at the MNA’s 155th annual convention in Brooklyn Park.

Contest winners were determined by judges from award-winning newspapers in other states.

Judges commented on the “bold design”, the “well-organized news and sports sections” and the “very well done” articles. They called the winning ads “inviting” and “absolutely beautiful.”

“Lots of fun features and very fun and enjoyable to read,” wrote one judge, and another said, “Local reporters take a sophisticated approach, asking questions like ‘why’ and ‘how’ in their daily stories . Nice design makes it a pleasure to read.

The Tribune received the following awards:

  • The newspaper as a whole won first place in Typography and Design, first place in Use of Photography Overall, second place in Overall Excellence, and third place in Overall Report (among all Minnesota multiday newspapers with subscriptions up to 5000).
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Michael Achterling, multimedia manager at the Detroit Lakes Tribune

  • Michael Achterling, media editor of the Tribune, won the Dave Pyle New Journalist Award (third place among all Minnesota multiday newspapers.) Achterling also won a second prize for his sports reporting on local curling legend Roger Lee with less than 10,000 subscriptions).
  • Marie Johnson, editor of the Tribune, won second prize for Best Use of Multimedia for Destinations Magazine Online (all Minnesota multi-day newspapers.)
  • Elizabeth Molacek, Multimedia Sales Coordinator for the Tribune, along with ad designer Luanna Lake, won first place in the Best Commercial award for the ad, “Central Floral…Have and Hold From This Day On” ( among all Minnesota multi-day papers).
Elizabeth Molacek's best publicity ad for Central Floral.  Molacek won the award with designer Luanna Lake.
Elizabeth Molacek’s best publicity ad for Central Floral. Molacek won the award with designer Luanna Lake.

(Detroit Lakes Tribune file photo)

  • Robin Stalley, Multimedia Sales Coordinator for the Tribune, won second place for her “Realtor of the Month” ad campaign for Counselor Realty (out of all individuals). Stalley also won a runner-up for his institutional ad for Dynamic Homes, “Quality Value Lifestyle” (all multi-day newspapers).

And congratulations to a former Laker and Tribune

In particular, Annie Granlund (formerly Annie Harman), who got her start in journalism as a local high school columnist for the Detroit Lakes Tribune, won three awards in this year’s Better Newspaper contest.

Granlund is now the editor of Owatonna’s People’s Press. It won first place for investigative reporting (among all Minnesota multi-day newspapers) and second and third places in the Human Interest Story category (multi-day newspapers with up to 5,000 subscriptions).


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