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Local TV stations honored at Midwest Regional Emmys

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Local television news stations were honored at the Midwest Regional Emmy awards – the area's highest media honors – Saturday night.

More than 40 different media companies across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and western Wisconsin received awards at the event, with KARE 11 taking home 23 Emmy statuettes – eight of which went to longtime reporter Boyd Huppert, the Pioneer Press says.

One of Huppert's wins came from his story on Erling Kindem, a World War II veteran, and Emmett Rychner, a young boy, who became unlikely friends. The story went viral over the summer.

A number of other local TV outlets took home awards: Twin Cities Public Television won 15 Emmys, FOX 9 won 11, FOX Sports North won nine, WCCO and KSTP won two apiece. (For a complete list of winners, click here.)

"Hockey Day Minnesota: From St. Paul to Kuwait" – produced by Fox Sports North, the Minnesota Wild, the Minnesota National Guard, the Metropolitan Airports Commission and Serving Our Troops – won the prestigious Governors Emmy Award, which is the only award voted on by the Upper Midwest Chapter Board of Governors, the award website says.

Some tweets from the night:

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