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Bussler’s newspaper fares well in contest

A newspaper owned by a former Brownton resident did very well in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest, with winners being announced at the annual convention last week.
Rick Bussler, son of Cliff and June Bussler of Brownton, is the owner and publisher of the Blooming Prairie Times.
Among other awards, the Times won the prestigious Lynn Smith Community Leadership award for “The Invisible Scar,” which brought awareness to the issue of sexual abuse.
“Great story that needed to be told,” wrote contest judges. “As the publisher stated, ‘The full extent of this initiative may never be known, as sexual abuse is most commonly a taboo subject and not talked about.’ If nothing else, it left an opening for people to talk about it, giving others the opportunity to find help and eventually heal.”
Other awards won by the Times include: third place for typography and design; first place for editorial page as a whole; second place for headline writing; third place for social issues story; third place for local breaking news coverage; and second place for a feature photograph.
The Times competes with newspapers in a circulation class of 1,501 to 2,500 subscribers. Competition for the Lynn Smith award, however, is among all newspapers, regardless of size.
Bussler started his newspaper career in high school under the guidance of Publisher Chuck Warner at the Brownton Bulletin. He later did some television reporting and worked as a police officer before buying the Times.