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Wyoming Publisher Wins Top Award

October 20, 1986

CHICAGO (AP) _ Milton B. Chilcott, publisher of the Sheridan (Wyo.) Press, received the Inland Daily Press Association’s Ralph D. Casey Minnesota Award Monday for distinguished service in journalism.

As chairman of the Wyoming Press Association, Chilcott has played an important role in the passage of an open meetings law, and in the defeat of attempts to tax newspaper subscriptions, the association said.

The award is named for the former director of the University of Minnesota’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Chilcott was honored at the press association’s 101st convention meeting here through Tuesday.

The press group, which describes itself as the oldest and largest regional association of daily newspapers, also announced winners in various newspaper categories:

Investigative, interpreting and background reporting.

-Class A, up to 10,000 circulation. First place, The Daily Journal, Wheaton., Ill., series on child sex abuse; Second place, Olathe (Kan.) Daily News, stories on city manager’s expenses; Honorable mention, Shelbyville (Ill.) Daily Union.

-Class B, 10,000 to 25,000 circulation. First place, The Garden City (Kan.) Telegram, series on city school superintendent; Second place, The Hays (Kan.) Daily News, status of agriculture in northwestern Kansas.

-Class C, 25,001 to 100,000 circulation. First place, State Journal- Register, Springfield, Ill., sexual malfeasance by a priest; Second place, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, examining suburban transit. Honorable mention, Decatur (Ill.) Herald & Review.

-Class D, More than 100,000 circulation. First place, Wichita (Kan.) Eagle- Beacon, series on life in the Tri-State mining district; Second place, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, examining the nation’s farm problem. Honorable mention, Kansas City (Mo.) Star.

Deadline reporting of public affairs.

-Class A, First place, Glenwood Post, Glenwood Springs, Colo., explosion at the Rocky Mountain Natural Gas Co. Second place, The Daily Reporter, Greenfield, Ind., slayings of Malcolm Grass. Honorable mention, The Durango (Colo.) Herald.

-Class B, First place, Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald, J.I. Case adds 650 jobs; Second place, Shelbyville (Ind.) News, tornado damage. Honorable mention, Greeley (Colo.) Daily Tribune.

-Class C, First place, Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette, nightclub fire; Second place, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Daily Herald, race track fire; Honorable mention, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal-Gazette.

-Class D, First place, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, airlines merger.

General coverage of local government.

-Class A, First place, Durango (Colo.) Herald; Second place, The Loathe (Kan.) Daily News; Honorable mention, Glenwood Post, Glenwood Springs, Colo.

-Class B, First place, Daily Times Call, Longmont, Colo.; Second place, The News-Dispatch, Michigan City, Ind.

-Class C, First place, The Patriot-Ledger, Quincy, Mass.; Second place, The Capital Times, Madison, Wis.

-Class D, First place, Kansas City (Mo.) Times; Second place, Milwaukee Sentinel; Honorable mention, Minneapolis Star and Tribune.

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