WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --     Special — This past week Tom and June Merchant attended the Minnesota Newspaper Convention at the Double  Tree Hilton in Bloomington.

    Merchant received a second place award for his photo of a young girl participating in the Laura and Nellie Contest at the Walnut Grove Family Festival last July.

    The award was presented at the MNA Better Newspaper Contest last Thursday evening. The award was in the Portraits and Personality photo division for newspapers under 1,500 circulation. The judges comment was “The joy of the moment shows in the little girl’s face and eyes.”

    There were over 3,900 entries in all categories in this years contest. Newspapers from this area receiving awards included: the Marshall Independent, Worthington Globe, Pipestone County Star, Cottonwood County Citizen,  Tracy Headlight Herald, and, The Lakefield Standard.