MADISON, Wis. — The Marinette Menominee EagleHerald received three awards in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation 2015 Better Newspaper Contest.

The awards were presented last week at the WNA convention and awards banquet in Madison. The EagleHerald’s “People Making A Difference 2014” section was a first-place winner for Special Sections Division C.

The judge wrote: “Great job on what local papers do best — tell the stories of your neighbors and friends. This must be quite a treat each year for your readers.”

Showcasing the team effort of the project, 12 members of the EagleHerald’s news team were listed on the plaque.

People Making A Difference is an annual special section that focuses on people in our community who are extraordinary citizens. Some are well-known and some may fly under the radar, but they all make a difference.

The 2013 edition of People Making A Difference took second place last year.

After a five-year run, there will be some changes made regarding People Making A Difference. Those changes will be announced next week.

Penny Mullins, news editor/digital director, earned a second-place award in the Breaking News Coverage category for her story on a home invasion and subsequent shooting in Menominee County. The entry was titled, “Home intruder shot, killed.”

The judge wrote: “Great organization and solid writing. The reporter’s success in getting information on the deceased young man’s job as a zookeeper was impressive.”

EagleHerald editor Dan Kitkowski received a third-place award in editorial writing. The entry was titled, “TAD, Drug Court on the right track,” based on Marinette County’s new drug court.

One of Kitkowski’s other editorials in this category was about struggles with the Marinette Water Department.

The judge wrote: “Strong entry. The water department mess was quite the saga, and the editorial, I’m sure, hit home for many residents living in that muck.”

The Janesville Gazette — the lead paper in Bliss Communications, which includes the EagleHerald — was named the daily Newspaper of the Year. The Ripon Commonwealth Press won that award for weekly papers.

Division winners for daily papers were: Division A, Green Bay Press-Gazette; Division B, The Gazette, Janesville; and Division C, Daily News, West Bend.

Division winners for weekly papers were: Division D, Lakeland Times, Minocqua, and Vilas County News Review, Eagle River; Division E, Ripon Commonwealth Press; and Division F, Jackson County Chronicle, Black River Falls.

Divisions are based on circulation.

The 2015 contest included 2,957 entrants from 152 newspapers. Entries were judged by members of the Minnesota Newspaper Association.