DES MOINES, Iowa — Winners of the 2017 Iowa Association Press Media Editors newspaper contest were announced Feb. in Des Moines.

Fourteen daily newspapers submitted 517 entries in the contest. A list of winners can be found at: http://discover.ap.org/contests/Iowa-newspaper.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

Winners in the 2017 Iowa APME Newspaper Contest:

DIVISION III

Business: 1, Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, “Meredith’s ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Purchase”; 2, Jeff Montgomery and Ben Jacobson, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Flexsteel Stays”; 3, Jeff Montgomery, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Losing Their Lifeblood.”

Business Feature: 1, Donnelle Eller and Kevin Hardy, The Des Moines Register, “Is Wind Power Saving Rural Iowa or Wrecking it?”; 2, Bennet Goldstein, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “How Farms Work”; 3, Jennifer DeWitt, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Q-C International Struggles Match Nationwide Trend.”

Lifestyle Feature: 1, Amanda Hancock, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Ballet Quad-Cities is an Unlikely Success”; 2, Jack Cullen, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Behind the Scenes with Chad Pregracke and Living Lands & Waters”; 3, Tim Gallagher, Sioux City Journal, “Gehlen Coach Rallies While Battling Blindness.”

Continuing News Coverage: 1, Tony Leys and Jason Clayworth, The Des Moines Register, “Iowa Medicaid Privatization”; 2, , The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Muscatine Mayor”; 3, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Sullivan Sacrifice and Sullivan Media Brothers 75th Commemoration, Nov. 10.”

Editorials: 1, Andie Dominick, The Des Moines Register, “Legislators Should Repay State for Cheap Health Care”; 2, Jon Alexander, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Muscatine City Hall”; 3, Brian Cooper and Amy Gilligan, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Elective Office: Tough Decisions, not Sidestepping.”

General Feature: 1, Mike Day, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “The Legend of Kimbel Park”; 2, Mike Kilen, The Des Moines Register, “Iowa Soldier’s Legacy – A Son born 3 Years After His Combat Death”; 3, Amanda Hancock, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Lissie is Doing it Her Way.”

Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register, “Iowa in the Heart of China”; 2, Sioux City Journal, “Serving Her Country: Women in the Military”; 3, Bennet Goldstein, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “In Search of Opportunity.”

Investigative Reporting: 1, Alicia Yager and Bennet Goldstein, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Anatomy of a Shooting”; 2, Bret Hayworth and Dave Dreeszen, Sioux City Journal, “Investigative Reporting – School District Administrative Leave”; 3, Lee Rood, The Des Moines Register, “Child Welfare System Fails Other Kids.”

Spot News Reporting: 1, Nick Hytrek, Sioux City Journal, “BPI Claims Victory After Cutting Deal With ABC, Avila”; 2, William Petroski, The Des Moines Register, “Collective Bargaining Bill”; 3, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “Sullivan Sacrifice and Sullivan Brothers 75th Commemoration, Nov. 10.”

News Graphics: 1, Mike Day, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Anatomy of a Shooting”; 2, Mike Day, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Fireworks and Air Show Spectacular”; 3, Kristin Guess, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “STI Rates in Black Hawk County Already State’s Highest, Continue to Rise, April 30..”

Sports Enterprise: 1, The Des Moines Register, “D”; 2, Don Doxsie, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Shortage of Officials”; 3, Clay Cunningham, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, “To Kick or Not to Kick.”

Sports Feature: 1, Mark Emmert, The Des Moines Register, “24-Year-Old Knew Something Was Wrong With His Brain. He killed himself. His Family is Now Provided Hope for Others.”; 2, Jack Cullen, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Iowa’s ‘Court of Dreams’ Reopens Following Tragic Summer of 2016”; 3, Tommy Birch, The Des Moines Register, “Final Frame.”

Sports Spot News: 1, Randy Peterson and Tommy Birch, The Des Moines Register, “Jacob Park’s Departure”; 2, Jim Leitner, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “A title for T.J.”; 3, Matt Coss, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Worth the Wait: Knights Capture First State Softball Crown in Wee Hours.”

Business Photo: 1, Jessica Reilly, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Dentists”; 2, Michael Zamora and Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “Fall Harvest”; 3, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Foundry Worker Retires.”

Feature Photo: 1, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, “Big Hair Ball”; 2, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “The Harvest”; 3, John Schultz, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “River Rainbow.”

General News Photo: 1, Eileen Meslar, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Heated Town Hall Meeting”; 2, Jessica Reilly, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Black Friday Fun”; 3, Michael Zamora, The Des Moines Register, “Republican Town Hall.”

Picture Story: 1, Eileen Meslar and Jessica Reilly, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “A way of life”; 2, Nicki Kohl, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Drag Show”; 3, Kevin Schmidt and Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “The Great River – 400 Miles of the Mississippi.”

Sports Action: 1, Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal, “Sioux City Relays Pole Vault”; 2, Brian Powers, The Des Moines Register, “Touchdown Iowa”; 3, Brandon Pollock, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Sports Feature Photo: 1, Andy Abeyta, The (Davenport) Quad-City Times, “Walk Off”; 2, Eileen Meslar, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Helping Hand”; 3, Brian Powers, The Des Moines Register, “Relay Winner.”

Spot News Photo: 1, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “Entrapment”; 2, Dave Kettering, Dubuque Telegraph Herald, “House Fire”; 3, Rodney White, The Des Moines Register, “Pet Saved at Fire.”

DIVISION II

Business: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Tastes of Tradition”; 2, Chad Thompson, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Prestage Pork Plant Will Affect Much of North Central Iowa”; 3, Nick Moffitt, Clinton Herald, “Gazebo Antiques Back in Business.”

Business Feature: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Easing the Squeeze”; 2, Zach Berg, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “UI Student Taps Into Growing E-Sports trend at new Iowa City Video Game Business”; 3, Holly Hines, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Legend of Zelda’ Dream Comes True at Iowa City Milk Bar.”

Lifestyle Feature: 1, Rebecca McKinsey, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Losing Their Grip”; 2, Rebecca McKinsey, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Jenna’s Journey”; 3, Douglas Burns, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Never Bored, Always Learning.”

Continuing News Coverage: 1, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Seclusion Rooms in Iowa City Schools”; 2, The (Council Bluffs) Daily Nonpareil, “Death of Pottawattamie County Deputy Mark Burbridge”; 3, Molly Montag, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Outpouring of Grief for 5 Mason City Crash Victims.”

Editorials: 1, Katie Brumbeloe and editorial board, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Culture of Fear Breeds Distrust in Iowa City School District Leadership”; 2, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, “Changes to State Wrestling Tournament a Sellout to Greed”; 3, Matt Milner, The Ottumwa Courier, “Integrity Lost, Chelgren Should Resign.”

General Feature: 1, Douglas Burns, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Last Salute”; 2, Rebecca McKinsey, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Justin’s Final Journey”; 3, Zach Berg, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Bastion of Books in Iowa City, Paul Ingram Retires From Prairie Lights.”

Interpretive Story or Series: 1, Stephen Gruber-Miller, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “We’re Completely in the Dark’: Families Still Uncertain After Iowa Medicaid Transition”; 2, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “How CHS Changed its Approach”; 3, Elizabeth Meyer, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “Sessions Shines Spotlight on LGBT Teen’s Murder.”

Investigative Reporting: 1, Scott Levine, Clinton Herald, “Hoping To House”; 2, Ashley Miller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Mason City School Board Emails: Director’s 27% Pay Bump Raises Eyebrows”; 3, Winona Whitaker, The Ottumwa Courier, “Activities Director Admits Spending Errors.”

Spot News Reporting: 1, Stephen Gruber-Miller, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Flag Burning on Iowa City Pedestrian Mall”; 2, Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Carroll Cop Who Courted Teenage Girls Resigns”; 3, Molly Montag, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “5 killed in Mason City Crash Mourned by Family, Friends.”

News Graphics: 1, Stephen Peters, Clinton Herald, “All-Area Wrestling”; 2, Stephen Peters, Clinton Herald, “Hoping To House”; 3, Stephen Peters, Clinton Herald, “Unemployment Stats.”

Sports Enterprise: 1, Matthew Bain, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “”How Liberty High Could Permanently Change Iowa City’s Sports Landscape””; 2, Blake Baxter, The (Council Bluffs) Daily Nonpareil, “For Media Production Students, it’s Friday Night Lights, Camera, Action”; 3, Eric Pratt, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “CIML: Changes Impacting Modern Landscape.”

Sports Feature: 1, Matthew Bain, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “How Two Iowa Boys, Each Missing a Part of an Arm, Have Formed an Incredible Friendship”; 2, Kaleb Carter, Creston News Advertiser, “Bentley’s Helmet”; 3, Larry Peterson, Creston News Advertiser, “SWCC Golfer Charts New Path.”

Sports Spot News: 1, Matthew Bain, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Top In-State Target John Waggoner Commits to the Iowa Hawkeyes”; 2, John Bohnenkamp, The (Burlington) Hawk Eye, “A Day of Redemption”; 3, Eric Pratt, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Mutual Respect: Dodgers, Humboldt Attend Regional Finals.”

Business Photo: 1, Jeff Storjohann, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “Adam Goes Solar”; 2, Jared Strong, Carroll Daily Times Herald, “The Real Stuff”; 3, Rachael Keating, Clinton Herald, “Jane and Dave Foster on Tuesday Share A Pork Tenderloin at Stout’s Irish Pub and Grill. .”

Feature Photo: 1, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Sock Hop”; 2, Rachael Keating, Clinton Herald, “John O’Quinn of Davenport Cleans Windows for Businesses Thursday along Fifth Avenue South. “; 3, Scott Vicker, Creston News Advertiser, “Sunset Harvest.”

General News Photo: 1, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Laid to Rest”; 2, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Mourning a Tragedy”; 3, Rachael Keating, Clinton Herald, “Elivette Holst, 4, Hangs onto her Sheep Saturday to Get the Best Score in the Mutton Bustin’ Competition at the Clinton County Fair in DeWitt..”

Picture Story: 1, David Scrivner, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Tom Brands, UI Wrestling Coach”; 2, Rachael Keating, Clinton Herald, “A Canyon Christmas”; 3, Scott Vicker, Creston News Advertiser, “Bus Barn Hill Sledding.”

Sports Action: 1, David Scrivner, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Hurdles”; 2, Britt Kudla, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “I’ve Got It”; 3, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Stopped Short.”

Sports Feature Photo: 1, David Scrivner, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Loss”; 2, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Defeated”; 3, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Friends in Competition.”

Spot News Photo: 1, David Scrivner, Iowa City Press-Citizen, “Flag Burning Protest in Iowa City”; 2, Chris Zoeller, (Mason City) Globe Gazette, “Apartment Fire”; 3, Chad Thompson, The (Fort Dodge) Messenger, “Tased and Arrested.”

ALL DIVISIONS:

Bill Wundram Column Writing: Kyle Munson, The Des Moines Register.

Newswriting Sweepstakes: The Des Moines Register.

Photo Sweepstakes: Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

Iowa Associated Press Member of the Year: The Des Moines Register.