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Newspapers of the Year: Take a bow
Each year SNA conducts the Newspaper of the Year contest which honors newspapers that exemplify creativity and innovation in all areas of the newspaper
including top-notch content, noteworthy graphic design and inviting layout and presentation. The competitive contest is made even more so by the discriminat-
ing and independent judging. Thanks to the faculty at Loyola University Chicago School of Journalism for undertaking the daunting judging task this year.
A total of if twenty-two newspapers, in various circulation and frequency classes, were awarded honors for 2010. In this final installment of our spotlight on
the winners, we honor daily newspapers with over 30,000 circulation.
2nd Place Newspaper of the Year - Tie
SIOUX CITY JOURNAL
Sioux City, IA
Editor: Mitch Pugh
“Interesting news topics that con-
nect local community with national
“Simple, sleek fonts and a level of
Metroland Media Group, Ltd.
Editor: Paul Berton
“Paper gets honorable mention
for its daring design executing for
A breezy, sun-cloud mix.
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KAZ NOVAK, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
Abbey Road, Steeltown style: The HPO’s music director James Sommerville, left, Leslie Newman (flute), Stephen Pierre (clarinet) and Neil Spaulding (horn) are stepping into new territory.
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is mixing up its 2011 pop series, adding a dash of Chantal Kreviazuk
to its more traditional program. The Canadian chanteuse will join a lineup that includes
Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussogorsky and east-coast blues singer Matt Andersen.
Graham Rockingham reveals what’s store on Go 14
Columnist Steve Milton
to the Max
Some Hamilton women tell
StephenHarper why they
are breaking up with him.
OTTAWA F The oppositioncallsit
explosive: a bombshelldraft report
by Canada’s auditor general, com-
plete with charges of pork-barrel
largesse, dubious government
spending and a “misinformed”
P arlia men t.
TheConservatives call itadud.
Either way, the early draft of
Sheila Fraser’s forthcoming report,
a chapter of which was shown to
The Canadian Press, promisesto
rattle podiums Tuesday when the
televised leaders’ debates get un-
de r way.
a chapter of which was seen by The
Canadian Press, says the govern-
ment misinformed Parliament to
win approval for a $50-million G8
fund that lavished money on
questionable projects in Industry
MinisterTony Clement’s riding.
And it suggeststhe process by
which the funding was approved
m ay hav e been ille gal.
Conservative cabinet minister
John Baird insisted Monday that
the final report differs from the
draft — most notably in that it
doesn’t say the government “mis-
in fo r med” Parl iame nt.
BY JOAN BRYDEN
report on G8
For years, Binbrook Conservation
Area’s reservoir Lake Niapenco
was thoughtto be relatively free of
po lluti on .
The popular five-kilometre-
long reservoir and Welland River
tributary feeding it are contami-
nated with a toxic chemical re-
stricted in Canada since 2004 to
such unsafe levels that the prov-
inceof Ontario now warns children
and women of child-bearing age
not to eat any fish at all from the
reservoir, andothers to eat no more
than two meals a mo nth. Furth er-
more, only smaller fish should be
consumed because the larger the
fish, thehigher the concentration
Thosefish consumption restric-
tions existfor only three other wa-
ter courses in Ontario — one of
them is the creek that flows into
LakeNiapenco, formally known as
The synthetic chemical, called
(PFOS) or perfluorooctane sulfo-
nate, is the key component in the
suppression foam airport fire
crews use tofightaviation fires.
It also usedto bethe main ingre-
dient inScotchgard, 3M’s stain re-
peller used in everything from
clothes to carpets until 3M began
stopped using itin the formula in
“I’m totally devastated by this,”
saidAndy Fevez, 70.
Fevez is a member of theNiagara
board of directors and a leading
member of theGlanbrook Conser-
vation Committee, a volunteer
group dedicated toimproving the
RON ALBERTSON, THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
Scott Roland Barron was trying his luck Monday in Lake Niapenco.
Don’t eat reservoir fish
Continued on A3
Courageous relatives who
gave crime victims a voice.
Bravery in the
face of tragedy
WEATHER: More on page A2 and at siouxcityjournal.com
Why does the city provide recycling containers and ask
us to separate our trash if both containers are emptied
into the same truck?
Larry Theoblad, Sioux City
MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2011
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MIRACLE IN MAPLETON
‘GRACE OF GOD’
AMAZING AFTERMATH: Massive twister wipes out 120 homes, somehow all survive.
BATTERED, NOT BEATEN: Residents start digging out, vow to rebuild their hometown.
LONG RECOVERY AHEAD: Officials estimate local cleanup costs will be in ‘millions.’
Journalphoto by Jim Lee/ Find more photos and buy copies at siouxcityjournal.com
Carol Pritchard pauses for a moment as she helps search for belongings in her brother’s house as Mapleton, Iowa, residents begin cleanup efforts on Sunday after a tornado devastated
part of the town Saturday evening. An estimated 120 of the town’s 600-plus homes were destroyed, with an estimated two-thirds to three-fourths sustaining damage.
Journal photo by Tim Hynds
Destruction in Mapleton, Iowa, is shown Sunday afternoon. The town of 1,294 residents
about 45 miles southeast of Sioux City was hit by a tornado Saturday night.
BY TIM GALLAGHER AND DAVE DREESZEN
Journal staff writers
MAPLETON, Iowa — Tales of survival,
luck and an efficient warning system rose
Sunday from Mapleton, a town that stag-
geredto its feet, bruisedand bloodiedfrom a
potentially deadly storm that did everything
but kill someone.
“I believe in the good Lord, and he saved
this town,” Monona County Sheriff Jeff Pratt
Pratt’s work played a key life-saving role
as well. His department spotted the tornado
near Onawa, Iowa, at 6:45 p.m. Saturday.
Officials with a number of agencieskept the
twister in their sights as it barreled toward
this city of 1,294.
The advance warning system sounded.
Pratt said sirens wailed at 7:05 p.m. in
Mapleton, allowing residents 15 minutes
to take cover. They huddled in basements
and bathrooms and hid beneath furniture
or stairwells when winds up to 140 mph
sucked, twisted and spit buildings, homes
and vehicles across town.
“We had a pretty decent neighborhood at
one time,” said Larry Castle, who lost two
vehicles and three homes in the 400 block
ofSouthSecondStreet in Mapleton’s south-
west corner, the area hit first, hit hardest.
“There ain’t much of it left now.”
Mapleton City Clerk Karla Uhl examined
a city map with Mayor Fred Standa. They
estimated more than 120 of the city’s 600-
plus homes were destroyed. Two-thirds to
three-quarters of Mapleton ’s homes sus-
tained damage in the twister, one measured
at half- to three-quarters of a mile wide.
The biggest number? Zero. As in, no fa-
talities. Just three people were treated for
Mapleton tornado takes
everything but a life
Storms plague region
Mapleton wasn’t the onlyNorthwest Iowa town
to feel Mother Nature’s wrath on Saturday.
In Mapleton, a dozen businesses were heavily
damaged or destroyed. Prospects for re-open-
ing soon for some appear grim. LOCALA4
The Federal Emergency Management Agency
and Congressman Steve King have pledged
support for the cleanup in Mapleton. LOCALA5
How you can help
Want to help the victims of Saturday’ storms?
Find out how and see how to seekhelp if you’ve
been affected. LOCAL A5
• See more than 100 photos fromthe
scene on the ground and the view from
the air at siouxcityjournal.com.
• See video of the tornado before
it struckand scenes fromSunday’s
clean up in Mapleton at siouxcity
TORNADO, PAGE A5
1st Place Newspaper of the Year
ARIZONA DAILY STAR
Lee Enterprises, Inc.
Editor: Bobbie Jo Buel
“Excellent array of topics that touch
all aspects of the community.”
“Elegant, classic typography. Good
headlines & mixing of type and
3rd Place Newspaper of the Year
Crystal Lake, IL
Editor: Dan McCaleb
“News stories cater to diverse group
“Solid use of typography gives paper
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