Skip to main content
West Central Tribune
Special election set Aug. 22
Lawmakers advance two anti-abortion bills, but Dayton says he'll veto them
Tribal members, SD dance family among 15 charged in dealing in eagle, migratory bird trafficking
Brainerd family says final goodbyes to man who was missing for more than 2 years
Man whose boat crashed on Minnesota river found alive
UPDATE: Twins to appeal Sano's one game for 'aggressive actions'
SHIPLEY: 'It' factor is no mystery, but the Wild need to find it
China's Shao Ting getting acclimated to Lynx and hoping to make roster
Vikings likely to select a guard earlier than usual in the draft
Former Vikings RB Adrian Peterson 'closing in' on contract with Saints
'Flip or Flop' stars returning for multiple episodes of HGTV show amid divorce
Elton John recovering from 'potentially deadly' bacterial infection
Soul singer Cuba Gooding Sr. found dead in his car
Adam Sandler to make rare appearance in Minnesota
Carrie Fisher won't appear in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'
Intestinal diseases increasing in Canadian children
Younger hot flashes may signal heart risk later
Focus 2017: Spotlight on Public Service
'Kitchen Witches': Comedy opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar chain of lakes focus of Wednesday's public meeting
Iris M. Hanson-Cain
Dennis R. Erdman
Minnesota Opinion: Now is not the time to sit out, play politics
George Will: The 'Oh, never mind' president
Susan Estrich: The Amazon 1-Star System
Letter: U of M proud of local partnerships
Swift: Taxes must be particularly taxing
Jen Wetterling- Martin Bridal Shower
April 4, 2016
The man behind Appleton’s ‘sweet spot’
APPLETON — Allen Tonak knows a little something about business, and proved it as a straight ‘A’ student while completing Ridgewater College’s...
April 4, 2016 - 11:58pm
Letter: Thank you Swift County residents
I’d like to thank the residents of Appleton and Swift County who made the long trip to St. Paul in order to testify on behalf of reopening the Appleton prison. I’d also like to apologize for the behavior of the protesters at the committee hearing who clearly tried to limit your...
April 4, 2016 - 12:00am
March 24, 2016
Dayton opens door to buying private prison some day
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton continues to say he would veto a bill to open a shuttered western Minnesota private prison, but Wednesday said...
March 24, 2016 - 12:02am
March 6, 2016
Appleton puts out a casting call for theater production
APPLETON - PlaceBase Productions is looking for 50 to 100 local performers, musicians, artists, singers, puppeteers, volunteers, dancers and Appleton enthusiasts to help create an original, site-specific, walking theater production that will take place on and around Main Street in...
March 6, 2016 - 11:09pm
March 4, 2016
Volunteers pick up garbage on LQP Lake
DAWSON — Shannon Larson intended to show his son, Holt, some ice fishing action when they ventured out on the north side of Lac qui Parle Lake...
March 4, 2016 - 11:54pm
February 25, 2016
Nearly 300 gather for meeting on reopening Prairie Correctional Facility
APPLETON — Gov. Mark Dayton holds the key to reopening the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, local legislators told a crowd of nearly...
February 25, 2016 - 11:51pm
February 23, 2016
A view from inside the Appleton prison
APPLETON — One by one, Jackie Sigdahl met with the employees losing their jobs with the closing of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton...
February 23, 2016 - 11:48pm
Coalition opposes lease of Appleton prison
MINNEAPOLIS — A coalition of Minnesota-based community, faith, labor and civil rights organizations is opposing the public lease of the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton, owned by Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison corporation. The coalition, led by ISAIAH,...
February 23, 2016 - 11:30pm
February 19, 2016
Community meeting to discuss prison proposal in Appleton
APPLETON — Appleton has a message for the state of Minnesota, and will tell it first to a home audience. It is hosting a community meeting...
February 19, 2016 - 11:38pm
February 16, 2016
Prairie Correctional Facility waits at the ready
APPLETON — Security cameras keep a constant vigil on silent hallways leading to nearly 400 prison cells, every one empty but kept ready. Books...
February 16, 2016 - 12:12am
January 14, 2016
Dayton rejects plan to reopen Appleton prison
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton will not ask legislators to fix a prison overcrowding problem by borrowing state money to reopen a west-central...
January 14, 2016 - 1:55pm
Short film produced in Appleton prompts discussion on societal issues
Masked aliens from outer space make an abandoned house in Appleton their destination. One of them drops in at the Paddle Bar in the downtown....
January 14, 2016 - 10:53am
January 5, 2016
Appleton woman sentenced for having sex with juvenile
BENSON — An Appleton woman who pleaded guilty to having sex with a juvenile male will be on probation for 15 years and must register as a predatory...
January 5, 2016 - 10:15pm
December 14, 2015
Pioneer Public Television to move headquarters, studio to Granite Falls
GRANITE FALLS — Pioneer Public Television will move its headquarters and main studio to a facility to be constructed in Granite Falls. Ron...
December 14, 2015 - 11:20pm
Pioneer Public TV moving headquarters to Granite Falls
GRANITE FALLS - Pioneer Public Television will be moving its headquarters and main studio to Granite Falls, the station’s board of directors...
December 14, 2015 - 12:49pm