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Marsh Nelson Media Luncheon and Award Ceremony 2019
The 20th annual Marsh Nelson Media Luncheon and Award Ceremony in the Lake Superior Ballroom at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center honors a media member or group to recognize outstanding commitment to the coverage and development of Grandma’s Marathon. It is named in memory of former KDLH-TV sports director Marsh Nelson for his passion for covering Grandma’s Marathon and other local athletic events.
Local newspaper owner Jake Benson is the recipient of the 2019 award. Benson is owner, publisher and editor of the Proctor Journal, Hermantown Star and Floodwood Forum. Since 1906, the Proctor Journal has been publishing as a small, independent, family-owned and operated company loyally covering Grandma’s Marathon since nearly the beginning. Benson began his newspaper career when he was 13. Following three-years serving in the U.S. Army working in public relations and as a photojournalist, he returned to Proctor. There he has been active in civic efforts and city government, serving on the council and as mayor. Benson has also served as an officer and president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association.