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Willmar teen injured Tuesday in crash with parked car
Public invited to comment of special fishing regulations
Shell's U.S deal to unlock global oil asset disposals
Two held in dragging death of teen in Wright County
Soybean plantings to rise in 2017, corn to fall
Card girls dominate Shocky Strand cross country race
Cardinal volleyball has state on its mind
Berger gets his turn at center
MURPHY: Bridgewater shows there's no reason to panic
Chargers like stadium better than new turf
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
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
Lawrence "Larry" Frederick Harding
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Dr. Harris P. Hinderaker
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cohen: The alchemy of turning bribes into gifts
Thomas: Where there's smoke there is fire
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
August 22, 2016
Bird Island woman to serve 42 months for stealing $1.7 million from employer
MINNEAPOLIS—A Bird Island woman who has served as a caregiver to her two grandchildren and described as honest and giving to others will serve 42 months in federal prison for stealing $1.7 million from her former employer.
August 22, 2016 - 3:56pm
August 5, 2016
Fire heavily damages Rural Bird Island home
BIRD ISLAND -- A fire Thursday morning heavily damaged a rural Bird Island house and has left owners Dennis and Roberta Pyland without a home....
August 5, 2016 - 9:21am
June 19, 2016
Petting a prickly African pygmy hedgehog at Island Days
Madalyn Schwer softly touches a prickly African pygmy hedgehog watched by Savannah, near, and Sophyah Vivion Saturday at Island Days in Bird...
June 19, 2016 - 11:22pm
Strange and lovely animals at Island Days
A visit to Island Days by Tribune photographer Rand Middleton on Saturday, around noon. Featured here in the Bird Island city park is the Sauk...
June 19, 2016 - 7:53am
June 16, 2016
Teen injured in Bird Island two-vehicle crash
Updated: 11:22 p.m. BIRD ISLAND-- A Burnsville teen was injured 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 212 at 1st Street South...
June 16, 2016 - 6:25pm
May 20, 2016
Apartment owners, sheriff's deputy agree to dismissal of housing discrimination lawsuit
OLIVIA — A Renville County sheriff’s deputy’s discrimination lawsuit against his former Bird Island apartment complex, which he said evicted him because he is gay, was dismissed Tuesday in Renville County District Court after both parties agreed to end the proceeding. The...
May 20, 2016 - 10:47pm
April 12, 2016
Bird Island man sentenced in scheme to blackmail woman
OLIVIA — An online connection fostered on the socialization app “Meet Me” turned sinister when a Bird Island man blackmailed the woman...
April 12, 2016 - 10:00pm
July 27, 2015
Puddle of Mudd singer plays jail house blues in Olivia
OLIVIA — The City of Olivia hosted its biggest rock star since Olivia Newton-John came for Corn Capital Days in 1978, but this latest visitor arrived unwillingly and slipped out of town quietly after a one-night stay in the local jail. Wesley Reid Scantlin, 42, vocalist and...
July 27, 2015 - 6:19pm
July 19, 2015
Bird Island man killed in crash Friday in rural Hector
HECTOR — Authorities have named the driver who was killed Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash at a rural intersection northeast of Hector. According to a news release from the Renville County Sheriff’s Office, Richard Strey, 61, of Bird Island, died in the crash. He was initially...
July 19, 2015 - 9:09pm
July 4, 2015
Video: Fire destroys Bird Island home
BIRD ISLAND -- A house fire in Bird Island was reported at about 10:42 a.m, Friday to the Renville County Sheriff's Office. When units arrived...
July 4, 2015 - 12:00am
April 22, 2015
Like opening a soda can: Local firefighters attend crude by rail emergency response training
WILLMAR — Railroad disasters involving Bakken crude oil are much like opening a can of highly carbonated soda, but instead involve dangerous,...
April 22, 2015 - 11:11pm
Rural Bird Island man dies in farm accident
BIRD ISLAND -- A 53-year-old rural Bird Island man died Saturday evening in a farm accident, according to a report from the Renville County Sheriff's Office. Jonathan Dean Roker, 53, was reportedly attempting to place a dual tire on a tractor when the tire fell on top of him....
March 22, 2015 - 11:39am
March 19, 2015
Governor to return to Orth ‘Jam the Gym’ event
BIRD ISLAND — Governor Mark Dayton is returning to the Tim Orth Memorial Foundation’s “Jam the Gym’’ Saturday in Bird Island. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event, which raises funds to help families with children facing major medical challenges. Doors open...
March 19, 2015 - 11:07pm
November 5, 2014
Municipal election results
The following are election results for municipal posts in selected cities in the region. Results are reported from the Secretary of State’s website and local officials, and they are unofficial until canvassing boards meet. The unofficial winners are marked with an asterisk. Details...
November 5, 2014 - 11:18pm
September 12, 2014
Drones find niche in local agriculture
BIRD ISLAND –– Kyle VanOverbeke logs a flight pattern on a laptop computer and prepares to launch the latest weapon in agricultural production...
September 12, 2014 - 11:52pm