WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --     Special — Last Thursday and Friday Tom and June Merchant,  along with five other New Century Press employees, attended the Minnesota Newspaper Convention held at the Double Tree Hilton Hotel in Bloomington.

    At the Thursday Noon Luncheon, Merchant and his wife June were honored along with five other members of the association for having over fifty years in the printing and  publishing business, to the MNA “Half Century Club.”

    That evening the Merchant’s attended the Annual MNA Awards Banquet where Tom Merchant and New Century Press received awards.

    Merchant received the second place News Photo award for a photo of the H.E.A.T. Team in Westbrook. Lisa Miller, General Manager of New Century Press received an award for third place in best advertisement at the Moorhead Extra by Megan Punt.

    Other area newspapers receiving awards were: Worthington Daily Globe, Marshall Independent, Cottonwood County Citizen, Tracy Headlight Herald, Tyler Tribute, and the Mountain Lake Observer Advocate.