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Kandiyohi County honored as MCIT County of the Year
Verizon to sell data centers to Equinix for $3.6 billion
OPEC oil output hits record high
Kandiyohi man, 83, injured in New London crash
Who's winning and losing in Minnesota's 2016 economy?
Bluejays girls team dominates Hendricks
Pitino has Gophers poised to take 12-1 record into Big Ten play
Is Dozier blockbuster trade in the works?
Wild remain unconcerned with middling special teams
Timberwolves' bench playing Minnesota's best basketball
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Bernice A. Benson
Belmer "Red" Fostvedt
Luella O. Carlson
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Editorial: Time for two school sides to find agreement
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
June 1, 2016
Dispute over man led woman to set rival on fire, charges say
MAPLEWOOD -- A dispute with a romantic rival led a woman to throw gasoline on another and set her on fire in a St. Paul apartment, prosecutors said. Laurel Lee Sykes, 32, of Maplewood was charged Wednesday in Ramsey County District Court with first-degree assault. The 28-year-old...
June 1, 2016 - 7:46pm
May 20, 2016
Man pleads guilty to setting Somali eatery on fire
FARGO — Before pleading to a federal hate crime, Matthew Gust paused. But he eventually pleaded to starting a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks on fire, an act some claim was racially charged. “Guilty,” Gust said. At the hearing, Gust admitted he set fire on Dec. 8 to Juba Coffee...
May 20, 2016 - 5:30am
May 10, 2016
Willmar police officers honored for their quick response to domestic assault, arson last year
BLOOMINGTON — Three Willmar police officers have been honored by the American Red Cross for their quick responses in a 2015 domestic assault...
May 10, 2016 - 12:00pm
May 3, 2016
Juveniles suspected in Wobegon Trail bridge arson
The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says investigators have interviewed two juvenile boys who they believe were behind Saturday's Lake Wobegon Trail arson. In a Tuesday news release, Sheriff John Sanner said the boys, ages 14 and 16, of Albany, admitted fault for the fire. The fire...
May 3, 2016 - 4:37pm
March 11, 2016
Minnesota investigators say they knew from the get-go who was behind bizarre arson case
MOORHEAD - Clay County deputies who investigated a Barnesville woman convicted of setting fires at her own farmhouse, arsons she tried to blame on an ex-lover, say it was a one-of-a-kind case. But despite all the twists and turns, the lead detective says he knew from the get-go who...
March 11, 2016 - 5:30am
February 18, 2016
Evidence against firefighter is invalid, court says
A former firefighter for the Villard Fire Department was charged in Pope County District Court with arson for allegedly setting three different fires in the Villard area. But in a Feb. 1 omnibus order, the court ruled that much of the evidence in the case was obtained through improperly...
February 18, 2016 - 12:02am
November 30, 2015
Minnesota man to serve more than two years in prison for setting his own home ablaze
A Minesota man found guilty of setting a rental house on fire Aug. 24 is headed to prison. Jade Wallace Hedlund, 21, of Detroit Lakes, was sentenced...
November 30, 2015 - 5:06pm
October 15, 2015
Willmar woman faces charges for arson, bodily harm and assault
WILLMAR — A Willmar woman faces five charges stemming from an alleged attempt to set a fire and cause an explosion in a house Sunday evening in a southwest Willmar neighborhood. Barbara Ann Nelson, 57, is charged with three felony counts of first-degree arson, first-degree foreseeable...
October 15, 2015 - 11:37pm
September 25, 2015
Fire is second arson case in month in Willmar
WILLMAR –– A fire that damaged an unoccupied home in southwest Willmar early Friday morning has been ruled arson. Willmar Police Chief Jim...
September 25, 2015 - 11:09pm
August 4, 2015
Former Villard firefighter charged with arson
Editor's note: This story has been corrected that the criminal charges were filed only in connection with one fire. GLENWOOD – A former firefighter for the Villard Fire Department is charged with arson for allegedly setting a grass fire in the Villard area. Nathan Ray...
August 4, 2015 - 11:30pm
July 30, 2015
Owner of Lake Lillian liquor store sentenced for setting it ablaze
WILLMAR — The woman accused of setting fire to her Lake Lillian business, K & M Liquor Store, was sentenced Thursday to three years of probation and ordered to pay about $30,857 of restitution on a charge of felony third-degree arson. Mary Sue Whitcomb, 52, of rural Atwater,...
July 30, 2015 - 11:37pm
June 11, 2015
Plea agreement reached in Lake Lillian arson case
WILLMAR — A plea agreement was reached Wednesday in an arson case involving a rural Atwater woman accused of setting fire to her liquor store. In an appearance before Eighth District Judge Jennifer Fischer, Mary Sue Whitcomb, 52, entered an Alford plea. In an Alford plea, the...
June 11, 2015 - 12:03am
May 26, 2015
Man to be resentenced for murder, arson
REDWOOD FALLS — A man convicted of murder and arson stemming from a fatal fire at a Redwood Falls apartment building in January 2013 has successfully appealed part of his case and will be resentenced in Redwood County District Court. Peter William Warren, 50, of Redwood Falls,...
May 26, 2015 - 11:07pm
May 6, 2015
Blackduck authorities suspect three juveniles in bridge fire
BLACKDUCK — Authorities have identified three juvenile suspects they say are responsible for burning a large portion of a historic, 113-year-old...
May 6, 2015 - 11:09pm
Willmar woman makes first appearance Monday on first-degree arson charge
WILLMAR — The woman who allegedly set a fire in an apartment building in southeast Willmar made her first appearance Wednesday on a charge of felony first-degree arson. Deborah Mae Pequette, 58, was given the option Monday to post $20,000 unconditional bail or be released on her...
May 6, 2015 - 10:51pm