Schanen and editor William IV continue a strong family tradition. William Jr., who founded the paper in 1940, won the 1970 Elijah Lovejoy Award for courage in journalism. "Few have elevated the standards and appreciation for the community press more than the Schanens," wrote Bill Haupt, former editor and publisher of the Lodi Enterprise and former presdient of ISWNE and the Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
The ISWNE conference was held in the Green Bay area, and its other big winner was also from Wisconsin. The Golden Quill contest for editorials was won for a second time by Peter Weinschenk, editor of The Record-Review, a rural weekly in Marathon County for 32 years. He also won the Golden Quill in 2011, and was among the Golden Dozen's 11 runners-up in 2010 and 2012. "To say he’s on a roll would be an understatement," the newsletter says.
Weinschenk's winning editorial mocked the county's spending on things "to hip up the county a notch and lure young, highly educated professionals to this area. Our Balmain slim fit jeans are snugging up just below our waist just talking about it. . . . Look at other counties. What do they spend their tax money on? Well, all the normal dumb stuff. Road salt. Squad cars. Bed pans. Army surplus jackets and Led Zeppelin t-shirts for the undercover drug agent. In other words, boring."
Other winners in the Golden Dozen were George Brown of the Ponoka News in Alberta; Andrew Broman of the Independent Review in Litchfield, Minn.; Paul MacNeill of The Eastern Graphic in Montague, P.E.I.; Tim Waltner of the Freeman Courier in South Dakota; Roger Harnack of the Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle in Washington; Steve Ranson of the Lahontan Valley News in Fallon, Nev.; M. Dickey Drysdale of The Herald of Randolph, Vt.; Brian Wilson of The Star News in Medford, Wis.; Marcia Martinek of the Herald Democrat in Leadville, Colo.; and Cary Hines and Elliott Freireich for separate editorials in the West Valley View in Avondale, Ariz.
ISWNE's 2014 conference will be held in Durango, Colo. For more information on the organization see www.iswne.org.