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(From left)The Belle Plaine Herald's Casey Ek, Dan Townsend and the Henderson Independent's Rachel (Wittrock) Miller celebrated following the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest awards banquet Thursday night. Ek won two photography awards, including first place for his portrait and personality photo entry and second place for his photographic portfolio as a whole. Miller and the Henderson Independent came home with two first place awards for headline writing and breaking news coverage, and a third place award for a sports story. All of the group's awards were based on weekly circulation categories. 

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