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Local newspapers win national awards
Three Minneapolis neighborhood organizations received a GOLD-level Neighborhood Newsletter award from Neighborhoods USA, a national non-profit organization supporting neighborhood organizations.
Cocoran Neighborhood Organization produces the longest standing publication, The Corcoran News. Founded by long-time resident Dorothy LaDue and published 11 times a year, it has been hand-delivered to every Corcoran residence and business since 1985. Recent editors including Melanie Casiday, Ginny Gelms and Kath Lenk revived the volunteer effort behind the production. Resident-produced columns include a beat by youth reporter Oscar Cozza, Horoscopes by Alissa Fountain, neighbor profiles & sketches by Thomas Roark, and a friendly neighborhood advice column by The Meddler.
SENA News became a regularly produced bi-monthly newsletter in 1997 when a couple of residents – who happened to be editors by profession – volunteered to co-edit the publication. While Ann King and Judy Peacock agreed to do the job on a temporary basis, they are still producing the eight-page newsletter today, along with photo-editor Heidi Sonsteby-Naughton. Regular features include a spotlight on a neighborhood business, Events at the Parks, a Neighborhood Feature highlighting a resident or community amenity, and a Neighbor to Neighbor section where community members may thank a neighbor for good deeds done. SENA is published by the Standish-Ericsson Neighborhood Association, and is mailed to every residence and business in the neighborhoods it serves.
Lyndale Neighborhood Association prints the most ambitious project, Lyndale Neighborhood News, a 16-page color newspaper published 11 times per year. The paper is staff-driven with community input, and is described by Executive Director Mark Hinds as the organization’s “primary communication vehicle” with community members. LNA relies on partner organizations such as schools, the Business Association and City Council member to provide some of the content.
Local residents and business owners contribute as well, producing the columns Walking the Greenpath on issues of sustainability and Where the Wild Things on neighborhood pets and their owners. The paper also includes business highlights, a neighborhood volunteer spotlight and a section published in Spanish.
© 2011 Cynthia Frost