The Brainerd Daily Dispatch recently took second place in the Inland Press Association Editorial Excellence Award Contest.
The award, co-sponsored by the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas, was presented Oct. 28 in Chicago. The Dispatch competed in the 10,000 - 25,000 circulation category.
The editorials submitted for the contest were:
-- "Vote yes." Support for a Brainerd School District operating referendum levy.
-- "Zero tolerance." Support for the Brainerd School District's zero tolerance policy regarding harassment.
-- "Elected judges." Criticism of the widespread practice of judges stepping down in the middle of their term so the governor can appoint their replacement, robbing potential candidates of the opportunity to run for an open seat.
-- "Olson's TV show." Response to criticisms of the newspaper made by a Brainerd City Council member on his cable television show.
-- "Atomic vets." Praise of Al "Smoky' Parrish of Hackensack for successfully fighting the federal bureaucracy and making it easier for veterans who were exposed to the fallout after atomic tests blasts to qualify for compensation and medical care.
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