Year in Review: Top news stories of 2011 in Willmar, Minn., region
While a number of stories played a part in shaping the region during 2011, the No. 1 news story of the year is the alleged murder of an Albertville man in rural Belgrade.
Two rural Paynesville men are in the Kandiyohi County Jail in Willmar pending further court appearances/rullings.
On the political front, the state shutdown and its impact locally ranked No. 2 on the list. Following is a look at the stories the Tribune news staff voted into the Top 10 for 2011: