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Western Wisconsin blogger wins national writing award

Julie Holmquist, whose blog is featured on the New Richmond News website, recently received a national award for her publication.

Her blog, "God Tracks: The Evidence of God in Ordinary Lives," is also featured on several Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota newspaper websites

Holmquist's blog, found at, was honored by the 2012 Evangelical Press Association Awards of Excellence. Each year the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) contest honors the best work done by EPA-member publications during the past calendar year.

The award was presented at EPA's annual convention May 9-11, 2012 in Colorado Springs , Col. The Awards of Excellence honor overall excellence of a publication. Judges in this category evaluate a number of criteria, including writing quality, content choices and design. Holmquist received the Award of Merit in this category and was one of two winning bloggers. The blog posts true stories about people and how Jesus Christ is making a difference in their lives.

Judges commented that the blog was "all-around exceptional" and that "You can count on each post to be thorough, engaging and thought-provoking. The reader is drawn in from the very first sentence."

"Jesus is working in amazing ways this very moment, and people have stories to tell," Holmquist said. "I'm just passing these stories on, hoping to give glory to God and encourage others. Anyone with stories to tell can contact me at I'd love to hear from them."

Holmquist is the communications coordinator for a nonprofit in Bloomington, Minn. and lives in Dresser, Wis.