Minneapolis, May 2011 – Minnesota Monthly magazine received two Gold Awards at the 26th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition. One was for spread design; the winning entry was from the feature story “Up North,” which appeared in the magazine’s June 2010 issue. Additionally, five-time James Beard award-winning food editor, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl was honored with Gold for her food/dining writing.

“Minnesotans always like to think they’re above-average,” said Minnesota Monthly editor Joel Hoekstra, “So it’s sure nice when you’ve got the blue ribbons to prove it.”

Minnesota Monthly competes in the largest circulation category of the competition, against publications such as Texas Monthly, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia.

More than 85 judges, representing such publications as Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The American Prospect, Sports Illustrated, Good Housekeeping, Fitness, Taste of Home, Budget Travel, Men’s Health, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, ESPN the Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Whole Living Magazine, Outdoor Life, Country Gardens, and the USA Weekend, and journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism selected the finalists.

The competition is open to the more than 65 members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America. The contest is a 26-year-old national competition and is coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Greenspring Media Group publishes Minnesota Monthly as well as several other magazines, including Midwest Home, Drinks and Real Food and multiple custom publications. In addition to the publishing segment of its business, Greenspring Media Group produces signature special events including the Twin Cities Minnesota Monthly Food and Wine Experience, Midwest Home Luxury Home Tour, and the Midwest Home Show.