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August 06, 2013 | 12:39 PM
The Lake Geneva Regional News recently won two national awards from the National Newspaper Association.

A column, written by Editor/General Manager John Halverson, entitled "Heroes, forgiveness, ragged hope," won first place for best serious column and third place for best feature.

Click here to read the column

A sports column by Sports Editor Mike Ramczyk entitled "The Bad Side of Sports" won honorable mention in the Best Sports Column category.

The Halverson column was about two Lake Geneva children who were at the Sikh temple during the shooting in Oak Creek Aug. 5, 2012.

They were credited with saving lives by warning others.

The serious column award was in non-daily papers with circulations between 3,000 and 5,999.

The feature category was for nondaily papers with circulations between 2,000 and 3,999.

The judges said:

"Very detailed and therefore powerful rendition of this harrowing occasion. I tried to be cynical about this, but was unable to be"

"The story holds the reader from beginning to end. And is timely in its message of bravery as well when threats are in children's lives. Excellent work."

The Ramczyk column was for nondaily papers with circulations of less than 6,000. He wrote about a basketball coach who was accused of running up the score.

An awards ceremony will be held during NNA's 127th Annual Convention and Trade Show in September in Phoenix, Ariz.

The National Newspaper Association has more than 2,300 members, making it the largest newspaper trade association in the United States.

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