Observer wins MPA awards 10.10

Written by David Green.

The State Line Observer won eight awards in this year’s Better Newspaper Contest sponsored by the Michigan Press Association.

The Observer earned a general excellence award again this year, as it has for all but one of the past 11 years.

A judge from the Wisconsin Press Association awarded third place in general excellence to the Observer, among 17 of the entries in the small weekly division.

The judge commented: “Very clean look. Easy-to-read pages. They know how to lay out attractive front pages in small tab format. Stories informative.”

Members of the Heritage Newspaper chain from Dexter and Chelsea finished ahead of the Observer this year.

The Observer placed second in design. The judge said: “This front page is a knock-out with dramatic nameplate and well-chosen cutout as teasers. Visual effects in packaging stories are tasteful and attractive. Inside pages reinforce strong, cutting-edge design throughout.”

Other awards included third place in editorial writing, second place to David Green for a news photo of a house fire and third place for a news photo of an accident near the intersection of U.S. 20 and St. Rt. 108; second place for David Green’s sports story about Zac Johnson’s state wrestling championship; third place for lifestyle pages; and an honorable mention for Jeff Pickell’s column, “Standard Deviant.”

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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