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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
January 27, 2014
Felon’s Facebook video gives evidence for guilty verdict
BRAINERD, Minn. - Video on a defendant’s Facebook page helped a jury convict him last week of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The Crow Wing County jury returned the guilty verdict Thursday against Justin A. Hanson, 21. The criminal complaint alleged that on Aug....
January 27, 2014 - 11:40am
January 16, 2014
Auditor suggests legal clarity on governor use of state plane
ST. PAUL -- State law is not clear on whether Minnesota's governor can use a state airplane to travel to political events, the legislative auditor said today. The auditor scolded Gov. Mark Dayton for taking a campaign aide with him to Bemidji and International Falls in 2012. Dayton’s...
January 16, 2014 - 11:50am
January 15, 2014
Ice deemed safe for Brainerd-area fishing contest
BRAINERD, Minn. -- After digging through Tuesday morning’s freshly fallen snow and ice on Gull Lake, Crow Wing County Sheriff Todd Dahl gave the green light for the Brainerd Jaycees’ annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Dahl and Sgt. Adam Kronstedt with the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s...
January 15, 2014 - 11:45am
December 27, 2013
Updated: Forum Communications enters deal for Brainerd area newspapers
FARGO – Forum Communications Co. has entered into an agreement to purchase newspaper properties in the lakes country of north-central Minnesota...
December 27, 2013 - 9:14am
October 4, 2013
Minn. teen pleads guilty to fatally shooting father
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A teenager has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his father two years ago at their home in Crow Wing County. Seventeen-year-old Karsen King entered the plea Thursday to second-degree unintentional murder. He admitted shooting his father, Stanley King,...
October 4, 2013 - 3:03pm
September 10, 2013
Boys Soccer: Willmar edges Warriors to extend unbeaten streak to five
BAXTER — Nick McLouth scored in the first minute and the Willmar defense, front of goalie Charlie Trochlil, made it hold up as the Willmar Cardinals jarred the Brainerd Warriors 1-0 on Tuesday. It was the first loss after three wins in the Central Lakes Conference for the host...
September 10, 2013 - 11:51pm
Girls Soccer: Willmar girls break scoreless drought but fall to Brainerd
WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals ended a four-match scoreless streak with a second-half goal in a lopsided 10-1 loss to the Brainerd Warriors...
September 10, 2013 - 11:45pm
Prep Volleyball: Cardinals top Brainerd to improve to 3-1
WILLMAR — The Willmar Cardinals had a season-high 26 ace blocks to snuff Brainerd in four games on Tuesday in Central Lakes volleyball. “I think we had more blocks today than all season,” said Willmar coach Traci Grussing. “But that is something we’ve been working on....
September 10, 2013 - 11:41pm
August 15, 2013
Authorities fatally shoot man near Brainerd after deputy wounded
BRAINERD (AP) — Authorities say a man in a tree was killed by officers after he shot and wounded a Crow Wing County sheriff's deputy. Officers were called to check on someone at a residence near Brainerd Wednesday afternoon. When they arrived, they found the man in a tree with...
August 15, 2013 - 10:02am
June 26, 2013
Mills Fleet Farm executive planning to seek 8th District seat in Congress
ST. PAUL, Minn. - A Brainerd businessman with a familiar family name is pushing ahead with a bid for Congress as a Republican in the recently competitive 8th District in northern Minnesota. Stewart Mills III, grandson of the founder of Mills Fleet Farm chain of stores, planned...
June 26, 2013 - 11:08am
February 18, 2013
Student sues Brainerd college over Facebook comments
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A nursing student has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at Brainerd's Central Lakes College, alleging that he was wrongly expelled over comments he posted on Facebook. Craig Keefe, 37, of Gull Lake, filed the suit in U.S. District Court naming the...
February 18, 2013 - 10:54am
October 24, 2011
Some voters take issue with vulnerable adults
BRAINERD (AP) -- On a warm day in Washington state, two days after Jim Stene's 12th birthday, he faced a decision that would alter his life forever. And eventually place him at the center of a 2010 voting fraud allegation regarding vulnerable adults. On June 28, 1987, Jim and his...
October 24, 2011 - 12:00am
September 10, 2011
Cardinals fall to Brainerd
BRAINERD -- Some things don't change. Year in and year out Brainerd is big, physical and deep -- too much for most of their Central Lakes foes, including Willmar. The Blue Wave washed over the outnumbered Cardinals 31-7 on Friday night at Adamson Field. Willmar has good numbers...
September 10, 2011 - 1:33am
February 21, 2011
Anti-racism event moved up after Brainerd assault
BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) -- An anti-racism event that was scheduled for May has been moved up to this weekend in Baxter after a black man was beaten in an alleged racial attack two weeks ago. The free workshop will be held Saturday. Its sponsors include the First Congregational United...
February 21, 2011 - 1:30pm
February 5, 2011
2 women ejected from runaway dogsled near Brainerd
BAXTER, Minn. (AP) -- What started out as a 75th birthday celebration turned into a wild ride for two women taking a sled dog excursion on the...
February 5, 2011 - 9:20am