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The Bozeman Daily Chronicle was named the best daily newspaper in the state at the Montana Newspaper Association’s annual better newspaper contest last weekend in Butte.

The Chronicle also took first place in the general excellence category.

In the category of best sports story, Gidal Kaiser won first place for a feature on a Montana State University sports videographer who died of cancer. Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez, photographer, won first for best sports photo; Ben Pierce, outdoors editor, placed first for best lifestyles photo; and photographer Mike Greener took first place for best feature photo.

Pierce also placed first for best page layout and design.

Other award winners were:

• Second place, Mark Henckel outdoor writing award, Laura Lundquist

• Second place, best front page

• Second place, best page layout and design

• Second place, best sports photo, Greener

• Second place, best feature photo, Sanchez-Gonzalez

• Third place, best news story, Gail Schontzler

• Third place, best enterprise journalism, Jason Bacaj

• Third place, best sports photo, Sanchez-Gonzalez

• Third place, best lifestyles photo, Sanchez-Gonzalez

• First place, best newspaper special section for ‘Cat-Griz, Jon Maletz, Kyle Sample, Gidal Kaiser, Chris Kerr

The Chronicle’s advertising department also won several awards:

• First place, best niche publication, “A Montana Wedding”

• First place, best image building ad, Christine Dubbs

• Second place, best image building ad, Duncan Bullock

• Second place, best newspaper promotional ad, Tess Arvesen

• Second place, best combination print and online ad, Bullock

• Third place, best ad to sell or promote merchandise, Tyrel Thornton

• Third place, best newspaper special section for “At Home,” Tiffany Jerry and Dubbs

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