Perham Focus takes home five newspaper awards

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Staff from the Perham Focus Newspaper walked away with five prestigious journalism awards recently. The Minnesota Newspaper Association doled out the awards at its annual conference in Bloomington, which hosts newspapers of all sizes from across the state.

The Perham Focus earned first place for Best Website among weekly newspapers across the state with a 1,501-2,500 distribution in what the judge declared a "nice, clean design."

The Focus also earned second place among all weekly newspapers across the state for Best Magazine in its Perham High School 100 Years magazine.

It earned another second place among all weekly newspapers for Best Use of Photography as a Whole, with the judge commenting, "Good, bold photos. Nice presentation of photos in sports section."

Reporter Marie Johnson took home an individual award for second place in the category of Arts and Entertainment (weeklies 1,501-2,500) for her story "A place for the body, mind and soul", which featured a volunteer-driven park in Otter Tail County called God's Acres.

"A simple story about a simple place that appears to have a big impact," wrote the judge. "Sometimes the best stories are like that."

The Focus also took third place among all weeklies in the category of Design Portfolio, which essentially critiques the overall look of the newspaper's design, with credit being given to Perham Focus's regular designer Rob Beer.