The County Seat

Bell Press newspapers in Ladysmith, Chetek and Barron were presented awards last weekend during the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention at the Sheraton Hotel in Madison.

Competing among newspapers of “medium-circulation,” the Chetek Alert captured first prize in the breaking news coverage category for its work in the aftermath of the deadly tornado that struck Barron County on May 16, 2016. Staff member Carl Cooley was the writer and photographer for the coverage.

Chetek sports editor Tyler Florczak was recognized with a first place award for his feature photo of a chickadee landing next to a cardinal on a bird feeder.

Competing among large-circulation weeklies were the Ladysmith News and the Barron News-Shield, also owned by Bell Press.

Ladysmith News editor Luke Klink was awarded first place for his ongoing coverage of the aftermath of the shooting death of Rusk County Sheriff’s Deputy Dan Glaze Jr.

Photos by Klink and the New-Shield’s Bob Zientara, titled “Fallen officer remembered at memorial service, candlelight vigil,” earned second place in the photo essay category.

Zientara won third place for investigative reporting for “Getting the lead out an issue at armories,” which reported on the high levels of lead dust at the Rice Lake National Guard Armory and efforts to clean it up.

“Fallen officer remembered at memorial service, candlelight vigil,” earned Klink an honorable mention in the “general news photo” category.