The Wadena Pioneer Journal brought home a handful of awards from the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention Jan. 24-25 in Bloomington.

The Minnesota newspapers were judged by staff from Colorado newspapers this year.

The Pioneer Journal staff brought home the following awards in the advertising category for weeklies with a circulation of 1,501-2,500:

First place: Becky Wedde - Minnesota Newspaper Association 2019 Print Ad Design Contest - chosen by MNA members.

Third place: Becky Wedde and Carol Hennen - Use of color for weeklies up to 2,500 circulation.

Third place: Best advertisement - Becky Wedde and Britanie Rentz.

In the editorial category for weeklies 1,501-2,500:

First place: General reporting

Second place: Michael Johnson - Social Issues.

Second Place: Michael Johnson - Investigative Reporting.