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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
Earth Day 2017 celebrated April 22 in west central Minnesota
'Camper Cabins' guide to great outdoors
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March 14, 2017
Homeowner charged with arson after fire destroys Ottertail home
OTTERTAIL, Minn. — Fire heavily damaged a home here Saturday night, March 11, resulting in officials calling it a complete loss, an Otter...
March 14, 2017 - 8:26am
February 9, 2017
Olivia man charged with arson for Dec. 3 house fire
OLIVIA — A 20-year-old man lit his parents' Olivia home on fire early Dec. 3, authorities say — but not before he had moved his...
February 9, 2017 - 4:03pm
Paynesville man charged with arson of apartment complex
ST. CLOUD—Stearns County authorities on Thursday charged a 27-year-old Paynesville man with two felony counts of first-degree arson in...
February 9, 2017 - 12:39pm
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