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Winter storm leads to area school closings
State troopers respond to 16,500 crashes this winter, remind motorists to be safe
OSHA report on Oct. 17 incident at Jennie-O Turkey Store's Plant 4
Mayor Marv Calvin's email concerning criticism of proposed Willmar City Council retreat
Blizzard warning in effect today
Winter storm postpones 7 area postseason basketball games
Girls Basketball: NLS spreading the wealth
Vikings, Peterson re-open communication
Wild bringing former Gophers star Leopold back to Minnesota
Rubio’s triple-double not enough for Wolves
Star Trek's 'Mr. Spock,' Leonard Nimoy, dies at 83
Creative Minnesota presentation in Willmar, Minn., postponed
REVIEW: Barn’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ offers up a rousing good time
'Little Shop of Horrors' in full swing at The Barn
Smith triumphs with four Grammy wins, Beck gets best album
Lola June Gay
Donna M. Vigil
Kids and books in the kitchen
February/March edition of Live it! Magazine is now available online
Williams — DeRiso
Krueger — Lingle
Lund — Willenbring
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Editorial: It is time to fund Homeland Security
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: A cartway petition nightmare
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Kandiyohi County Jail licensed for full capacity starting Sept. 1 to accommodate more state prisoners
WILLMAR –– After sitting empty for about three years, an unused pod in the Kandiyohi County Jail will be reopened Sept.1, staffed with four new employees and ready for a new batch of prisoners from the state. Under a new contract with the state Department of Corrections, Kandiyohi...
news / local
August 3, 2014 - 11:09pm
June 18, 2014
Kandiyohi County considers accepting more state prisoners for up to $1.2M in revenue
WILLMAR –– Kandiyohi County could get up to $1.2 million in revenue in the next year by housing more prisoners from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The county already boards 40 DOC prisoners but in order to house the 20 additional prisoners the state would like to send...
news / local
June 18, 2014 - 11:24pm
May 6, 2014
Passion vs. time: Community Corrections ‘under a microscope’
WILLMAR –– An analysis of the Kandiyohi County Community Corrections Department reveals a deep “passion” by employees to help clients, along with frustration that increased data entry work is eating up time that could be spent helping those clients. In a report Tuesday to...
news / local
May 6, 2014 - 11:19pm
December 19, 2013
U.S. executions drop in 2013 as death penalty concerns rise: report
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - Executions in the United States are decreasing due to concerns about costs, flawed prosecutions and shortages of drugs needed to carry out lethal injections, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report on Thursday.
news / nation
December 19, 2013 - 9:41am
June 4, 2013
Association lauds Prairie Lakes Youth Programs of Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR — The Minnesota Association of County Probation Officers presented the Excellence in Corrections Award to Prairie Lakes Youth Programs of Willmar at the annual spring conference May 22. Darin Balken, executive director of Prairie Lakes Youth Programs, accepted the...
June 4, 2013 - 8:17am
September 8, 2012
Convicted murderer Delbert Huber now in DOC custody
ST. CLOUD -- The 82-year-old rural Paynesville man convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for shooting an Albertville man to death last fall is now in the custody of the Department of Corrections. According to the State DOC website, Delbert...
news / local
September 8, 2012 - 12:00am
Letter: CCA sets the record straight
The Associated Press story "Immigrants prove big business for prison companies," published by the West Central Tribune on Aug. 2, relied on selective information and speculation to advance a misguided hypothesis about the impact our company, Corrections Corporation of America (CCA),...
opinion / letters
August 8, 2012 - 12:00am
December 1, 2010
Guards shown watching inmate attack at private prison, company also owns Appleton prison
BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- The surveillance video from the overhead cameras shows Hanni Elabed being beaten by a fellow inmate in an Idaho prison,...
news / nation
December 1, 2010 - 9:33am
November 9, 2010
This is the records summary for Nov. 9. Ambulance checks passenger after crash near school WILLMAR -- A passenger was checked by ambulance crew members, but not taken to the hospital, for treatment of possible injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash around 8 a.m. Monday near Roosevelt...
November 9, 2010 - 12:00am
Closed Appleton prison could receive federal contract
APPLETON - Optimism is high that Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton will reopen its doors to house federal inmates, with the potential...
news / local
September 9, 2010 - 12:00am
June 17, 2010
Swift County looks at new plan in effort to operate sentence-to-service program on its own
BENSON -- After taking action last month to bow out of the state's revised sentence-to-service contract that would have increased local costs, the Swift County is looking for ways to operate the program on its own. At its meeting Tuesday night, the County Board of Commissioners appointed...
June 17, 2010 - 12:00am
June 8, 2010
Budget cuts mean more inmates will remain behind bars across the region
MONTEVIDEO -- Budget-driven decisions will keep more inmates behind bars in Lac qui Parle and Swift counties as the heat of summer arrives. Decisions to stop funding their participation in the sentence-to-serve program as of July 1 means a number of inmates in the two counties will...
news / region / community
June 8, 2010 - 12:00am
April 19, 2010
Red Wing prison guard accused of sexual contact with inmates
RED WING - Allegations of trysts with teenage male inmates could lead to time behind bars for a 37-year-old Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing corrections officer. Goodhue County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Suzanne Marie Walstrom, Plum City, with third-degree criminal...
news / state
April 19, 2010 - 12:04pm
October 9, 2009
Montevideo man sentenced to 41 months in prison for assault
MONTEVIDEO -- Joel Filberto Medellin, 29, of Montevideo, will serve 41 months in prison for his conviction in the beating and robbery of a man in a bathroom at Inn Like Flynn's in Montevideo. District Judge David Mennis sentenced Medellin in district court in Montevideo on Wednesday....
news / region
October 9, 2009 - 12:00am