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Willmar School Board meets Monday
Man found dead under television at Minnesota home
Woman, five children rescued from Alexandria townhome fire
Truck hits State Patrol car, injuring trooper, then drives off
Willmar teen gets probation, community service for bomb threat
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
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'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
August 6, 2013
Luthier knows no better place than home to practice his craft (with video)
BENSON -- There remains a place in the modern economy for the skilled artisan. The best place of all for this artisan - a luthier known all over...
August 6, 2013 - 12:10am
Benson, Minn., luthier's opinion is part of heated debate over Titanic
BENSON --EMDASH-- On a chilly night in Benson, Ken Amundson took a perfectly-good violin, placed it in a leather case, and submerged it outside...
August 6, 2013 - 12:08am
June 21, 2013
Thunderstorm causes damage in Swift County, Minn., west central area
BENSON -- A thunderstorm packing rain, hail and strong wind early Friday morning roared through the west central area, including Swift County, damaging many homes, outbuildings and trees. The National Weather Service office in Chanhassen listed a wind speed of 85 mph at 1:33 a.m....
June 21, 2013 - 11:06pm
June 20, 2013
Rendezvous: Play about trafficking of young girls gets first out-state showing Sunday in Benson
BENSON — A 14-year-old Minnesota girl faced with the harsh results of selling her body for money is the focus of a play on human trafficking...
June 20, 2013 - 11:14am
June 19, 2013
Heartland Girls’ Ranch plays key role in efforts to address human trafficking
BENSON - The first thing to know about human trafficking is that it doesn't just happen to other people in distant countries. It happens here....
June 19, 2013 - 11:30pm
June 16, 2013
Westrum ends 21-year tenure at Benson School District
BENSON — When Lee Westrum was a fresh college graduate from Bemidji State University in 1992, his first job was as a social studies teacher...
June 16, 2013 - 10:51pm
April 26, 2013
Benson schools names new superintendent
BENSON — The Benson School Board voted Thursday to hire Dennis Laumeyer as the district’s new superintendent. Laumeyer will also serve as high school principal, a position he has held for the last two years. He has been with Benson Public Schools for seven years —...
April 26, 2013 - 11:59pm
April 19, 2013
Benson, Willmar police are seeking help looking for missing teenage girl
BENSON — Law enforcement officers in Swift and Kandiyohi counties are asking the public’s help in locating a missing teenage girl. Jade Ovando,...
April 19, 2013 - 3:55pm
April 17, 2013
Benson, Minn., will not build flood barrier
BENSON — Benson city council members unanimously rejected a proposal Monday to build a flood barrier to protect the Hawleywood subdivision...
April 17, 2013 - 10:50pm
April 16, 2013
Benson will not build flood barrier for subdivision along golf course
BENSON – Benson city council members unanimously rejected a proposal to build a flood barrier to protect the Hawleywood subdivision along the golf course at their meeting on Monday. The decision came just over a week after council members hosted an open meeting with...
April 16, 2013 - 5:25pm
April 3, 2013
Benson: Small downtown area boasts family values, tradition
Though it has a true small-town feel, Benson’s downtown area has enough shops for residents to live comfortably, with a grocery store, several...
April 3, 2013 - 6:00am
February 19, 2013
Weather Service: 39 below wind chill at Clara City and Morris this morning
CHANHASSEN — The National Weather Service reports that the coldest wind chill of the current storm was recorded around 9:30 a.m. today near...
February 19, 2013 - 11:49am
January 31, 2013
Adverse health events remain flat but deaths, serious injuries in 2012 increase
WILLMAR — Minnesota saw little change last year in the overall number of adverse events reported by hospitals and surgery centers. But there was a rise in deaths and serious injuries, most of them related to falls. The annual report is being released today by the Minnesota Department...
January 31, 2013 - 2:00am
November 7, 2012
Benson voters cast ballots
November 7, 2012 - 12:00am
November 5, 2012
West central Minn. law officers cite 75 for no seat belt during Click It campaign
WILLMAR -- Area law enforcement officers cited 75 people for seat belt violations during the extra Click It or Ticket enforcement patrols from Oct. 12 to 26 in Swift and Kandiyohi counties. The Atwater, Benson and Willmar police departments and the Kandiyohi County and Swift County...
November 5, 2012 - 1:33pm