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It's time to play! Willmar Destination Playground is officially open
Block Party highlights Willmar Fests activities
Nevada's Heller is fifth GOP senator to oppose health-care bill
'Everything was a mess': A Minn. turkey farm is still picking up the pieces from a powerful storm
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Devils tab Hischier with No. 1 pick in 2017 NHL draft
Rebuild-a-Bulls: Butler trade signals hard Chicago reset
Stingers: Wheels come off in Willmar's loss to St. Cloud
Wolves Jimmy a trade
Dreary day turns ugly for Twins in loss to White Sox
Sandy Hook families urge NBC to drop Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview
20 new and returning TV shows that you should check out this summer
'Bachelor in Paradise' production halted, show in question after alleged 'misconduct' on set
'Big Fish' a lovely piece of Americana at The Barn in Willmar
Sam Hunt, the R&B-loving country star, is challenging Nashville rules - and winning
Exhibit documents Willmar festival
Studio Hop 2017 continues today
'Sweet Land the Musical': Rural debut is tonight where movie was made
'Red, White and Tuna': Comedy opens tonight at Little Theatre in New London
Willmar Community Center: Art for and about the community
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From Russia With Love: A story of Facebook and frustration
Port: The NRA needs to speak out on Philando Castille
World of Wine: An introduction to the world of sherry wine
Apple TV may be getting Amazon video app this fall
WCT Sports Show: Three things we've learned
U.S. appeals court blocks release of Guantanamo Bay force-feeding videos
WCT Sports Show: Top 10 Basketball Games of the Year
Video: State Basketball: Miracle heave sends CMCS to defeat in Class A quarters
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May 8, 2017
Help for young adults with criminal record re-entering community
WILLMAR — Young adults coming out of jail or prison can receive extra help reintegrating into the community under a newly launched project...
May 8, 2017 - 5:25am
March 11, 2017
Legislators hopeful for Appleton prison legislation
APPLETON — Local legislators are hopeful legislation will be approved this session calling on the state of Minnesota to either lease or...
March 11, 2017 - 6:37am
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