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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
U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals; shares slide
Freak lightening storm kills 323 reindeer in Norway
Finally, the Wolves might give the Target Center two good teams
Roundup: Rockets advance in Class C state tournament
Anderson repeats in Match Play tourney
Vikings open new stadium with preseason win
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
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
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Barbara A. Erickson
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
May 26, 2012
Commentary: It's time to remember all of our Civil War veterans
Today I am writing about the Civil War generation in Minnesota and the importance of remembering their service and sacrifice. This Memorial...
May 26, 2012 - 12:00am
May 22, 2012
MPCA actions total $1.1M in last month
May 22, 2012 - 12:00am
January 24, 2012
Judge's order gives two taxpayers partial victory in suit against Yellow Medicine East
GRANITE FALLS -- A district judge's order gives a partial victory to two taxpayers challenging how the Yellow Medicine East district financed...
January 24, 2012 - 10:32am
January 18, 2012
Commentary: Snapshot of a new conflict of civil rights and protection
LOS ANGELES -- Shawn Nee, 35, works in television but hopes to publish a book of photographs. Shane Quentin, 31, repairs bicycles but enjoys photographing industrial scenes at night. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department probably wishes both would find other hobbies.
January 18, 2012 - 12:00am
January 12, 2012
Library exhibit in Willmar, Minn., invites discussion on Lincoln, Civil War
The Gettysburg Address is less than 300 words in length. It can be recited in under two minutes. But Abraham Lincoln was wrong when he said in...
January 12, 2012 - 12:15am
September 22, 2011
Civil War history comes to life in Willmar, Minn., Saturday
One hundred and 50 years after the start of the American Civil War, there is still a strong respect for the veterans who fought in the long,...
September 22, 2011 - 12:32am
August 27, 2011
Court dismisses suit over Hawk Creek bridges
MONTEVIDEO -- A district judge has dismissed a civil lawsuit by Lone Tree Township landowners in Chippewa County challenging a decision by the Joint Ditch Authority for Hawk Creek to replace two, timber-frame bridges with culverts, rather than open span bridges. District Judge David...
August 27, 2011 - 12:00am
July 5, 2011
Civil Air Patrol members from Willmar, Minn., traveling to Hutchinson after local squadron deactivates
WILLMAR -- After facing deactivation in November 2010, the Willmar Civil Air Patrol squadron had a choice to make: either find a new squadron or stop serving. Nearly eight months later, Willmar volunteers, like Ruth Hoffman, chose to continue their service and make the drive to Hutchinson...
July 5, 2011 - 12:00am
July 1, 2011
Trial to be set in case against western Minn. school district's financing of building improvements
GRANITE FALLS -- As contractors work to complete the final leg of more than $10 million in improvements before the start of school, litigation over how the Yellow Medicine East School District is financing nearly one-third of the project is headed to trial. District Judge Randall...
July 1, 2011 - 8:00am
May 19, 2011
Civil War replica cannons showcased
While a youngster on his family farm three miles south of Elrosa, David Heinze enjoyed what every young boy liked -- making a bang. What Heinze...
May 19, 2011 - 8:56am
May 7, 2011
Jackpot Junction to pay civil fine over failure to file accurate, timely reports
MORTON -- The Lower Sioux Community, doing business as Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel, has agreed to pay a civil penalty as assessed by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Treasury, according to a news release from the community and the U.S. Treasury. The assessment...
May 7, 2011 - 12:00am
April 9, 2011
Tribune editorial: The Civil War did change our state
Exactly 150 years ago Tuesday -- on April 12, 1861 -- Confederate forces fired upon Fort Sumter in South Carolina. This war, that began 1,422 miles from Willmar, also changed the future of west central Minnesota and the rest of the state. The Civil War began a wave of change that...
April 9, 2011 - 12:00am
January 21, 2011
Lawsuit against YME on its way to trial
OLIVIA -- A lawsuit by two taxpayers against the Yellow Medicine East School District is headed to trial, with the potential for what their attorney termed a "train wreck'' should they prevail. The two parties did not reach a settlement Thursday during a conference in District Court...
January 21, 2011 - 12:00am
October 5, 2010
Battlefield gains national designation
GRANITE FALLS -- The land where warriors and soldiers fought the final battle of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 will be recognized as a national historic site. Wood Lake Battlefield has been approved to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tom Hosier, founder of the...
October 5, 2010 - 12:00am
September 25, 2010
Gimse: Agreement reached with bank on loans, taxes now paid on development project land
WILLMAR -- Gimse Brothers Inc., the land development and construction company co-owned by State Sen. Joe Gimse, has reached an agreement with...
September 25, 2010 - 12:00am