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Willmar superintendent interviews set today, local candidate withdraws

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WILLMAR — The Willmar School Board will spend today interviewing three candidates for district superintendent. The fourth finalist - Cheryl Nash, the district’s director of teaching and learning - withdrew ...
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Three Lynx named to WNBA All-Star team

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MINNEAPOLIS -- It appears the dream of the entire Minnesota Lynx starting lineup being named to the WNBA All-Star Game in the Twin Cities is dead. Lynx players Maya Moore, ...
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Trump says he accepts US intelligence on Russian interference in election but denies collusion

From left, Rep. Jim Renacci (R-Ohio) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) look on as President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. Trump said that he had misspoken a day earlier in Helsinki, Finland, when he appeared to take the word of President Vladimir Putin of Russia over the conclusion of his own intelligence agencies on Russian election meddling in 2016. On Tuesday, Trump said he “accepts” those findings. (Tom Brenner/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday grudgingly sought to inch back his warm remarks about Russia and its leader during a summit in Helsinki a day earlier, saying he ...
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Woman seriously injured in Yellow Medicine County crash

GRANITE FALLS – An 84-year-old woman from Milan sustained serious injuries Tuesday afternoon in Yellow Medicine County when the vehicle she was driving collided with a semi. The incident was ...
Carolyn Lange

A reporter for 35 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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Officers identified in shooting of 16-year-old Minnesota boy

CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- Authorities on Tuesday, July 17, released the names of the Carver County sheriff’s deputies involved in fatally shooting a 16-year-old Chanhassen boy Friday along with details that ...
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Second-half surge? Breaking down the Twins at the All-Star break

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Stone barn rises like cathedral in far western Minnesota

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The Milky Way was photographed Friday, July 13, over the Schott Stone Barn southwest of Chokio during a moonless night in western Minnesota. The image was created from a long exposure where some star trails appear and a tungsten flashlight is used to illuminate the barn to show detail in the rock walls. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service2 / 5
In the July evening light, the Schott stone barn resembles a cathedral July 13 on the prairie located on the Big Stone and Steven’s county line southwest of Chokio. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service3 / 5
This photo, supplied by the Big Stone County Museum, shows the Schott stone barn near Chokio, Minnesota, during its working life with roof intact. Vandals set the roof on fire, but the main stone structure was saved. Submitted photo4 / 5
The interior of the barn had room for 14 cows and several horses. Many of the rocks that were used for the barn were split by Frank Schott, who was from a family of stone masons in Germany. The rocks were raised by a block and tackle with horses or a tractor. Steve Kohls / Forum News Service5 / 5
CHOKIO, Minn. -- A stone barn that rises out of the far western Minnesota prairie like a cathedral was built by Frank Schott and his sons, William and Anthony, starting ...
Steve Kohls
I started my career in photography after graduation from Moorhead State College with photography positions at the Daily News in Wahpeton, ND. , Country Echo in Pequot Lakes, The Journal in New Ulm and settling at the Brainerd Dispatch in 1975. I have been teaching fine art black and white and color photography at Central Lakes College for the past 15 years. Currently I have been teaching Underwater Photography for Central Lakes College and the Minnesota School of Diving for the past 7 years. From May to November you can find me at the Mineland Recreation Area either scuba diving and photographing the fish or enjoying the beauty of our area’s newest lakes.
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Report: Former Timberwolf Bjelica won't sign with 76ers, will return to Europe

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Nemanja Bjelica in action in March against the Philadelphia 76ers during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Bill Streicher / USA TODAY Sports
Free agent forward Nemanja Bjelica will not sign with the Philadelphia 76ers, opting instead to return to Europe, ESPN reported Tuesday. Per the report, Bjelica informed the 76ers of his ...
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As a pregnant teen, I felt like a failure. But then I realized failure wasn't an option.

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I lay on the table in an Atlanta hospital room almost a decade ago, watching as my doctor sliced me open and yanked two slimy, screaming balls of fire from ...
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