- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa APME Newswriting and Photo Contest Winners:

Newswriting Sweepstakes

Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, “Booze Bureaucracy”.

Photo Sweepstakes

Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, “Rodeo Wait”.

First Amendment Award

The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye, “Autumn Steele Shooting”.

Bill Wundram Award for Column Writing

Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, “Davis City Resident Helps Family Scrape By” and “Medical Mystery”.

Mark Twain Award

The Hawk Eye Newsroom, The Hawk Eye.

News Writing

Division III (circulation 35,000 and above):

Business: 1, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Deere layoffs causing ripple effect through some suppliers’ workforces.”; 2, Jim Offner, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Raymond residents decry closure of town’s only bank”; 3, Jennifer Dewitt, Quad-City Times, “Young professionals fill new Moline apartments”.

Business Feature: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, “Booze bureaucracy “; 2, Joel Aschbrenner, The Des Moines Register, “Invest in Des Moines”; 3, Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register, “High nitrates plague 60 Iowa cities”.

Continuing News Coverage: 1, Brianne Pffannenstiel, The Des Moines Register, “Ongoing coverage of campaign finances at the Iowa Caucuses. “; 2, John Molseed, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Mumford and Sons”; 3, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, “Faces of medical marijuana in Iowa”.

Editorials: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, “Iowan wait for drugs”; 2, Jon Alexander, Quad-City Times, “End Gluba’s assault on transparency”.

General Features: 1, Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, “Iowa’s Epic Walker”; 2, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, “The last red tractor”; 3, Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register, “Meet two real Iowa bachelors”.

Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, “Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures”; 2, Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register, “Burma to Iowa”; 3, Kyle Munson, Kathy Bolten, Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, “Black Iowa”.

Investigative Reporting: 1, Alma Gaul, Quad-City Times, “Rise and Fall of Valley Bank”; 2, Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register, “Four firms have troubled pasts”; 3, Jason Clayworth, Grant Rodgers, The Des Moines Register, “Finders, keepers: Investigation of Iowa forfeitures”.

News Graphics: 1, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Work release graphic”; 2, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Tuttle graphic”; 3, David Hemenway, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Weapon flow chart”.

Sports Enterprise: 1, Mike Kilen, Andrew Logue, The Des Moines Register, “Last flight”; 2, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, “Iowa’s football team”; 3, Doug Newhoff, Jim Sullivan, Nick Petaros, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “College Costs, July 26-29”.

Sports Spot News: 1, Rick Brown, Chad Leistikow, Andy Hamilton, The Des Moines Register, ” Iowa grapple on the gridiron”; 2, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, “White, Hawkeyes get their fairy-tale finish”; 3, Don Doxsie, Quad-City Times, “Murray doesn’t disappoint in his first JDC”.

Spot News Reporting: 1, Staff , The Des Moines Register, “Democratic debate coverage”; 2, Mackenzie Elmer, The Des Moines Register, “Officer inside patrol car fatally shoots unarmed man”; 3, Thomas Geyer, Brian Wellner, Quad-City Times, “Tornado sweeps Scott, Clinton and Whiteside”.

Photos

Business Photos: 1, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “Deer classic”; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “YMCA implosion “; 3, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “Bird flu”.

Feature Photos: 1, Brandon Pollock, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “112015bp-snow-art-1”; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “Sweet smooch”; 3, The Des Moines Register, “Glorious skyline”.

General News Photos: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, “Ted Cruz”; 2, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, “Memorial Day”; 3, John Schultz, Quad-City Times, “Marriage Equality”.

Picture Story: 1, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Rock the Look fundraiser “.

Sports Action: 1, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, “Tripped Up”; 2, Courtney Collins, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “110715cc-uni-football-01”; 3, Matthew Putney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “020115mp-uni-missoui-state-9”.

Sports Feature: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, “Rodeo wait”; 2, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “Relays glow”; 3, Jeff Cook, Quad-City Times, “Game Winner”.

Spot News Photos: 1, Bryon Houlgrave, The Des Moines Register, “Freedom summit protester “; 2, Louis Brems, Quad-City Times, “House Fire”; 3, Kelsey Kremer, The Des Moines Register, “Flash flooding evacuation”.

Division II (circulation 10,000-34,999)

News Writing

Business: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, “$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City”; 2, Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, “Landowners hope pipeline not a done deal”; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, “Losses escalate as bird flu virus spreads in region”.

Business Feature: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, “Massive structures rising up at CF expansion site”; 2, Mark Newman, The Ottumwa Courier, “Idaho here we come”; 3, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, “Restaurants, consumers stung by record cattle, beef prices”.

Continuing News Coverage: 1, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, “Wastewater treatment plant violations”; 2, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, “Coverage of pork plant in Sioux City”; 3, Molly Montag, Peggy Senzarino, Arian Schuessler, Globe Gazette, “Sexual Abuse accusations against Henry Rayhons”.

Editorials: 1, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, “Our opinion”; 2, Amy Gilligan, Brian Cooper, Telegraph Herald, “A time to part: Strelo, school board”; 3, The Hawk Eye editorial board, The Hawk Eye, “A judge will decide”.

General Features: 1, Jeff Montgomery, Telegraph Herald, ” From tragedy, miracles”; 2, Joey Aguirre, The Hawk Eye, “From Burlington to Iowa City she’s with Jackson”; 3, Mike Bell, Sioux City Journal, “A cowboy and his trolley”.

Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Staff , Sioux City Journal, “Vietnam: Service with honor”; 2, Kathleen Sloan, Will Smith, Joey Aguirre, Sarah Tomkinson, The Hawk Eye, “Mental Health Institute closing (part 1)”; 3, Mike Bell, Kirby Kaufman, Sioux City Journal, “Series: Rental crunch”.

Investigative Reporting: 1, Kathleen Sloan, The Hawk Eye, “Operating outside the law”; 2, Sioux City Journal, “Case shows gaps in teacher-student sex law”; 3, Dolly Butz, Sioux City Journal, “Day care dilemma”.

Sports Enterprise: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, “The perfect ties”; 2, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, “A big man on campus”; 3, Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal, “Hoops encounter shows different side of the news”.

Sports Spot News: 1, John Bohnenkamp, The Hawk Eye, “Crowd-pleaser”; 2, Jared Patterson, Globe Gazette, “Hogan swats walk-off grand slam”; 3, Barry Poe, Sioux City Journal, “National champs drew inspiration from Muhl”.

Spot News Reporting: 1, Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, “$264M pork plant to employ 1,100 in Sioux City”; 2, Andy Hoffman, The Hawk Eye, “Women fatally shot by officer”; 3, Nick Hytrek, Barbara Walker, Sioux City Journal, “From ‘shots fired’ to life sentence”.

Photos

Business Photos: 1, Josh Newell, The Hawk Eye, “What a view”; 2, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, “Grand Downtown”; 3, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, “Steel work at Silgan”.

Feature Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, “Bubbling up with excitement”; 2, Nicki Kohl, Telegraph Herald, “Catching a Whopper”; 3, Patrick Shelby, The Ottumwa Courier, “Blood moon over Blakesburg barn”.

General News Photos: 1, Ben Roberts, The Ottumwa Courier, “Hot air balloons take flight over Ottumwa”; 2, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, “Storm slams festival”; 3, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, “Bracewell Stadium class of 1968”.

Picture Story: 1, Jessica Reilly, Telegraph Herald, “The Life of Conner”; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, “Call it a night”; 3, John Lovretta, Lauren Kastner, The Hawk Eye, “It’s a kid world at the fair”.

Sports Action: 1, John Gaines, The Hawk Eye, “Out of bullets”; 2, Chris Zoeller, Globe Gazette, “Heading the ball”; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, “Whitewater fun”.

Sports Feature: 1, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, “Explorers fan high-five”; 2, Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal, “Iowa girls state basketball: Unity Christian undefeated”; 3, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, “Scheelhaase finds relief, redemption in relay victory”.

Spot News Photos: 1, John Lovretta, The Hawk Eye, “Man killed in shooting”; 2, Mike Burley, Telegraph Herald, “Train Explosion”; 3, Dave Kettering, Telegraph Herald, “Citizens come to the rescue”.

Division I (Under 10,000 circulation)

News Writing

Business: 1, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, “Going once, going twice: Mall of the Bluffs will go on the auction block Monday”; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, “Denison fights to keep Tyson workers in town”; 3, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, “New in-school bank connects elementary, high school opportunities”.

Business Feature: 1, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, “16th Avenue still lined with memories”; 2, Jon Leu, The Daily Nonpareil, “Grease Monkey celebrates 30 year anniversary Wednesday”; 3, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, “‘They’re just gorgeous”’.

Continuing News Coverage: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, “State board dissolves Farragut school district”; 2, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, “IWCC votes to phase out sign language program”; 3, Brenden West, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, “Gas tax issues in Clinton”.

Editorials: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Plan needs adjusting during big snowstorms”; 2, Charlene Bielema, Clinton Herald, “Clinton’s intent on gas tax plan misunderstood”; 3, John Schreier, The Daily Nonpareil, “Time for Iowa to expand firework sales”.

General Features: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “A shadow of harvest”; 2, Kiley Wellendorf, Daily Times Herald, “Making memories with Myles”; 3, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, “Battle Buddies”.

Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Audrey Ingram, Daily Times Herald, “Battle buddies”; 2, Jared Strong, Douglas Burns, Rebecca McKinsey, Daily Times Herald, “Water Works lawsuit coverage”; 3, Amy Kent, Clinton Herald, “Want solid waste pickup?”.

Investigative Reporting: 1, Scott Stewart, The Daily Nonpareil, “Ethics complaints, lawsuit filed against Treynor superintendent”; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “Affair website hackers expose dozens of Carroll men”.

Sports Enterprise: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Hometown proud of player, person/Early star potential”; 2, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, “Family of coaches hoping to change fortunes of 3 T.J. athletic programs”; 3, Evan Bland, The Daily Nonpareil, “A day in the life of a swim champion”.

Sports Spot News: 1, Brett Christie, Daily Times Herald, “CHS honors Feldman in walk-off winner”; 2, Kevin White, The Daily Nonpareil, “MVAO reaches 1-A final”; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, “IN 7(00)TH HEAVEN”.

Spot News Reporting: 1, Scott Levine, Amy Kent, Nick Moffitt, Clinton Herald, “Campus closing”; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “Militiamen’s political spat ends with gunshot”; 3, Scott Stewart, John Schreier, Tim Rohwer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Governor’s line-item vetoes affect school budgets, mental health facilities”.

Photos

Business Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “Doughnuts on display”; 2, Douglas Burns, Daily Times Herald, “Rollin’ and rockin”’; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Pizza Counter thrives in new location”.

Feature Photos: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Dog days of summer”; 2, Daily Times Herald, “Battle buddies”; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Sumo bots take center stage at Heartland Christian”.

General News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “Killer mocks his victims’ family”; 2, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “Rick Meister sits in his new tractor”; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Center ballroom dances make feet happy”.

Picture Story: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “A shadow of harvest”; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Fallen Officer Kerrie Orozco laid to rest”.

Sports Action: 1, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, “Clinton’s Sydney Laufenberg is greeted by a downpour”; 2, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, “The sand flies as Rodney Gossard lands”; 3, Jon Gremmels, Clinton Herald, “Clinton senior Damon Dann scores”.

Sports Feature: 1, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Riders fly high at ArenaCross”; 2, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Treynor celebrates state tournament berth”; 3, Zach James, Clinton Herald, “Northeast celebrates after scoring”.

Spot News Photos: 1, Jared Strong, Daily Times Herald, “Killer mocks his victims’ family”; 2, Jeff Storjohann, Daily Times Herald, “‘Everything else is gone”’; 3, Joe Shearer, The Daily Nonpareil, “Cattle truck crash on interstate”.

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