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Minnesota teacher under investigation found dead on island with husband
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
Heavy storms lead to flash flooding in central Minn.
Docs facing more parents who refuse to vaccinate kids
Traffic deaths rise 7.2% in 2015; almost half involved no seat belt use
Relaxed Serena set to open quest for more history
Chargers like stadium better than new turf
MURPHY: Bridgewater shows there's no reason to panic
Berger gets his turn at center
Cardinal volleyball has state on its mind
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
George Michael "Mike" McCarthy
Lawrence "Larry" Frederick Harding
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
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
Updated: Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
January 26, 2015
Betting on newsprint
BROOTEN — In November, Randy Olson stopped in at the Bonanza Valley Voice in Brooten to see if he could do some freelance reporting for the...
January 26, 2015 - 11:55pm
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
July 25, 2014
Brooten man injured, charged in Grand Forks pickup-train crash
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The driver of a pickup truck that collided with a train in Grand Forks early Thursday has been identified.
July 25, 2014 - 2:55pm
May 14, 2014
Request denied: BBE to consider whether to pursue four-day week after 2015-16 year
BELGRADE — Whether to pursue keeping a four-day school week after the 2014-15 school year will be on the agenda Monday for the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa board of education. BBE and MACCRAY are among area school districts to have recently received a letter from the Department of Education...
May 14, 2014 - 11:28pm
April 23, 2014
Sustaining groundwater: DNR project studying Bonanza Valley water management
BROOTEN –– The development of a plan to protect and preserve Minnesota’s groundwater supply for the future is being shaped by what’s...
April 23, 2014 - 11:18pm
April 21, 2014
Use of Bonanza Valley groundwater subject of meeting Wednesday
BROOTEN — The use of groundwater in the Bonanza Valley area, which has increased more quickly than in any other area in the state, is the subject of a meeting Wednesday in Brooten. The meeting will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Classic Company Dinner Theater. According to the...
April 21, 2014 - 7:00am
January 13, 2014
Groundwater area being created
BROOTEN — The public is invited to an open house Jan. 22 to learn more about a project to designate a groundwater management area in the Bonanza Valley watershed. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host the event from 6 to 9 p.m. at BBE High School in Belgrade. Minnesota’s...
January 13, 2014 - 11:40pm
June 28, 2013
Fire destroys home near Brooten
BROOTEN -- A house near Brooten was declared a complete loss after a fire Thursday night.
June 28, 2013 - 9:49am
June 25, 2013
Belgrade teen airlifted after Monday evening ATV crash
BELGRADE — A 15-year-old Belgrade teen was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained Monday evening in an all-terrain vehicle crash north of Belgrade. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Zachary Walz was driving a 2004 Polaris four-wheeler...
June 25, 2013 - 9:13am
June 3, 2013
Brooten teen hurt in Sunday night crash
BROOTEN — A 17-year-old Brooten girl was taken to Glacial Ridge Hospital in Glenwood for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in motor vehicle crash just before 10 p.m. Sunday in Brooten. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Marissa Quade was attempting...
June 3, 2013 - 9:37am
April 15, 2013
Three local runners reportedly safe after Boston Marathon explosion
WILLMAR – Three local runners are reportedly safe after running today in the Boston marathon, where explosions killed at least two people and...
April 15, 2013 - 3:22pm
January 3, 2013
Video on social media site leads to felony gun charge for Brooten, Minn., man
WILLMAR — A video clip posted to Facebook has resulted in a felony charge against a Brooten man who is prohibited from possessing firearms because he has previously been convicted of a violent crime. David Lawrence Pillatzki Jr., 36, made his first court appearance Thursday on one...
January 3, 2013 - 11:10pm
May 30, 2012
Brooten, Minn., man pleads to drug possession after 4 pounds of pot found in house
WILLMAR -- Joshua Mark Dechon, 39, of Brooten, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge after more than 4 pounds of marijuana...
May 30, 2012 - 12:00am
April 13, 2012
Barn fire north of Brooten, Minn., under investigation
BROOTEN -- A fire that burned a barn just north of Brooten Thursday evening is under investigation by the Stearns County Sheriff's office. According to Sheriff John Sanner, deputies and the Brooten fire department and ambulance were called around 7:20 p.m. Thursday to 25711 County...
April 13, 2012 - 8:48am
February 15, 2012
Brooten, Minn., man dead after crash along 19th Avenue Southwest
WILLMAR -- A 72-year-old Brooten man was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon after a one-vehicle crash around 3:10 p.m. along 19th Avenue Southwest. According to Willmar Police Capt. Jim Felt, Wayne Lyle Chadwick was the lone occupant of an eastbound 1995 Chevy pickup that left the...
February 15, 2012 - 8:50am