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Math, reading scores stall in latest round of Minnesota testing
Man arrested after high-speed chase in Minnesota, pleads guilty to killing woman in Michigan
Motorist hits 115 mph as he leads trooper on I-94 chase
Former Willmar teacher charged for allegedly striking student
Willmar Municipal Utilities struggles to stockpile coal
Vikings extend contract of head coach Mike Zimmer
Freeman's four hits, five RBIs fuel Braves' 9-7 win
Towns embracing Minnesota as home
Peterson helping teammates set sights on Super Bowl
Stingers can't catch Express
Small town Lake Lillian gears up for big time production
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Anita "Ricky" Hoyt
Harvey Lee Peterson
Harry E. Lindbloom
Audrey O. Forkrud
Will: The path ahead for Hillary Clinton
Commentary: For Trump to Lose, GOP must let Clinton win
Commentary: Trump: Seeking victory through fear
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
May 16, 2014
Jury trial set for man in Highway 12 assault
LITCHFIELD — An August jury trial was set Friday for a 57-year-old Grove City man charged with first-degree assault for allegedly chasing and attacking two people Nov. 19 along U.S. Highway 12 west of Grove City. The trial for William Richard Dugan was set for Aug. 13 and 14 before...
May 16, 2014 - 11:09pm
May 5, 2014
Warrant issued, Friese fails to appear for sentencing for police assault
WILLMAR — An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 23-year-old Kandiyohi man who failed to appear for sentencing on two felony charges related to assaulting three Willmar police officers in December. Cody Lee Friese was to be sentenced Monday morning by District Judge Donald Spilseth...
May 5, 2014 - 11:18pm
April 29, 2014
Men face assault charges for weekend stabbing in Willmar
WILLMAR — Cesar Arce, 42, and Israel Salinas-Cruz, 31, of Willmar, both made their first court appearances Tuesday on second-degree assault charges for their alleged roles in stabbing a man early Sunday morning at a Willmar residence. Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 for each...
April 29, 2014 - 11:26pm
April 15, 2014
Teen faces assault charge, stabbed man multiple times
WILLMAR — A 17-year-old Willmar teenager pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a second-degree assault charge for allegedly stabbing a man Monday at a Willmar residence. River Theodore Pendleton is scheduled to make his next appearance April 24 in Kandiyohi County District Court. Felony...
April 15, 2014 - 11:44pm
April 8, 2014
Three men face slew of charges for alleged burglary, robbery
WILLMAR — Three Willmar men made their first court appearance Tuesday on multiple felony charges for their alleged roles in robbing and assaulting a man Saturday in Willmar. Unconditional bail was set at $100,000 for each of the men, Hippolito Manuel Sanchez, 23, Rene Rivera III,...
April 8, 2014 - 10:49pm
February 24, 2014
Armed robbery, assault reported at Subway in Alexandria
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- An armed robbery and assault was reported here Sunday night at a Subway restaurant. At around 8:30 p.m., an unknown white male entered the back door of Subway brandishing what appeared to be a handgun, according to the Alexandria Police Department. The...
February 24, 2014 - 10:32am
February 11, 2014
Man pleads to lesser charge for damaging door of cop squad car
WILLMAR — Edgard Valenzuela, 21, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended charge of gross misdemeanor damage to property for kicking the door of a Willmar Police Department squad car hard enough to bend the door so far that it would not close. As part of a plea agreement,...
February 11, 2014 - 11:18pm
January 25, 2014
Teen faces felony charges for knife incident at Target in Willmar
WILLMAR — A Willmar teenager faces two felony charges after allegedly threatening a store employee Thursday evening at the Willmar Target store. Omar Yanez Jr., 17, of Willmar, made his first appearance Friday in Kandiyohi County District Court on two felony charges of second-degree...
January 25, 2014 - 5:30am
Man pleads not guilty to assaulting Willmar officers, jury trial set for March
WILLMAR — Cody Lee Friese, 23, of Willmar, pleaded not guilty Friday to four felony charges of assault and obstructing the legal process, plus a gross misdemeanor assault count, for allegedly assaulting three Willmar Police Department officers in December. In the hearing before...
January 25, 2014 - 4:00am
January 15, 2014
Three women face assault, theft charges for beating woman
WILLMAR — Three Willmar women made their first court appearances Wednesday on felony third-degree assault and theft charges for their roles in allegedly beating a woman and then stealing her cell phone in October. Micahella Helen Froelich, 20, faces three felony charges, two for...
January 15, 2014 - 10:53pm
January 2, 2014
Man who dangled baby out window faces felony charges
WILLMAR — Erik Ozornia, 25, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Thursday on two felony charges, for domestic assault and terroristic threats, for allegedly assaulting a woman and then dangling a 6-month-old baby out a second-story window Tuesday afternoon when Willmar police...
January 2, 2014 - 11:31pm
December 20, 2013
Man who assaulted officers faces four felony charges
WILLMAR — The man who allegedly assaulted three Willmar Police Department officers Thursday faces four felony charges and is held on $25,000 bail at the Kandiyohi County Jail. Cody Lee Friese, 23, faces a third-degree assault charge for causing Sgt. Mike Markkanen to suffer a concussion...
December 20, 2013 - 11:15pm
UPDATE: Three Willmar Police officers hurt in assault, suspect in court today
WILLMAR — All three Willmar Police officers hurt in a Thursday afternoon assault by a 23-year-old man are doing fine, according to Police Chief David Wyffels. The three officers were attacked and assaulted when they went to arrest Cody Lee Friese of Willmar. The incident happened...
December 20, 2013 - 10:10am
Two Willmar police officers injured in Thursday night assault
WILLMAR – Two Willmar Police Department officers were treated for injuries Thursday at Rice Memorial Hospital after being attacked and assaulted by a 23-year-old man who is now in jail on felony assault charges. The incident happened at about 2:40 p.m. in the 800 block of...
December 20, 2013 - 7:01am
November 21, 2013
Grove City man spewed racial slurs during Hwy. 12 attack
GROVE CITY — A Grove City man who blocked both lanes of traffic Tuesday on U.S. Highway 12 shouted racial slurs as he chased and attacked two people who had tried to drive around the man’s vehicle. William Richard Dugan, 57, is accused of attacking a male with a nail-studded...
November 21, 2013 - 10:57pm