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Saving Rick's place: Friends rally to help keep Willmar man in his home
Chris Wallace to Reince Priebus: 'You Don't Get to Tell Us What to Do'
Box Office: 'Lego Batman' flies high over 'Great Wall,' 'Fist Fight'
Five injured in Pope County head-on crash with ambulance
Restarting out of bankruptcy, company revives former MN mining operation
Local Roundup: WarHawks drop second straight at New Ulm
Four Cards off to state
Prep Wrestling: Willmar wins fourth-straight section crown
Zucker and linemates lead Wild past Predators
Berrios more comfortable, feels command improving
New London Little Theatre Review: 'Opal's Million Dollar Duck' is genuine
'9 to 5' one for the ages -- even in Willmar: Musical on Barn stage through Feb. 26
Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
Golden Globe Awards: 'La La Land' Breaks Record for Most Win
Streaming overtakes U.S. digital music sales for first time: Nielsen
Driving a hard bargain for taxes
States' rights? Not so much, when it comes to retirement savings
Murder and Mayhem are hers to tell in Redwood County
Fagen Fighters Museum in Granite Falls listed as a top Minnesota attraction
The many meanings of Valentine's Day
Winifred E. O'Leary
Ronnie D. Clark
Donna M. Goff
Marlyn K. Sandry
Arlene L. Mortenson
AstroBob: Ride the roller coaster to solar minimum
Swift: Do-it-yourself Dad may be least patient patient of all
Veeder: The new good 'ol days are on their way
Phillips: Dealing with difficult people easier with kindness
Minding Our Elders: Recovery from double grief may require professional care
August 29, 2016
U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals; shares slide
WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Monday that he directed his advisory council to evaluate whether the agency should continue to contract with private prisons, news that hit shares of private prison operators. Immigration and Customs...
August 29, 2016 - 3:51pm
August 27, 2016
Governor to receive invite to tour Appleton prison
APPLETON—An invitation will be on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton to tour the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton. Rep. Tim Miller, R-Prinsburg,...
August 27, 2016 - 9:00am
May 2, 2016
Experts say residency restrictions do not promote public safety
WILLMAR — For the past few months the city of Willmar has considered enacting an ordinance that would restrict where Level 3 sex offenders and those offenders who committed a sex crime against a minor could live within the city. While the stated intent of the ordinance is to protect...
May 2, 2016 - 12:11am
April 30, 2016
Reopening of Appleton prison still alive after Minnesota House vote
APPLETON — A proposal that would reopen the Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton took its biggest step forward to date.
April 30, 2016 - 12:11am
March 23, 2016
Racial tensions stop prison committee discussion
ST. PAUL -- Black-white and urban-rural tensions filled a Minnesota House committee room Tuesday, with black protesters telling the mostly white...
March 23, 2016 - 9:38am
August 3, 2014
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
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),...
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,...
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...
September 9, 2010 - 12:00am