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Xcel, FAA research using drones to inspect electric lines
Alaska man injured in morning rollover in New London Township
High speed chase ends in Willmar with arrest of juvenile
Convictions published Feb. 21
County proposes new traffic option for wye corridor
Blackhawks close in on first-place Wld with win in St. Paul
Boys Basketball: Montevideo overpowers YME
Boys Basketball: Dragons edge NLS
Boys Basketball: Eisenbacher's double-double leads ACGC
Boys Hockey: Willmar opens playoffs with big win
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
Around our region published Feb. 22
Many Americans unaware of important heart health numbers: survey
Slow cooker recipes for easy meals on weeknights
Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios
Reader News: Diaper Bears for Hope Pregnancy Center
Howard J. Powers
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Willmar Commentary: America's predictable pension crisis
Harrop commentary: Trump has media crying ... all the way to the bank
Parenting Perspectives: Let your kids choose -- or pave -- their own paths
July 27, 2016
Minnesota couple's tree house is what dreams are made of
COTTAGE GROVE - Michael and Paula Bushilla built a treehouse — but it certainly doesn't hold a "no girls allowed" policy. The 1,100-square-foot...
July 27, 2016 - 1:04pm
April 21, 2016
Teen, police injured in chemical incident in Cottage Grove home
COTTAGE GROVE — A chemical-related suicide attempt injured a teenager Wednesday, sent three Cottage Grove police officers to the hospital and...
April 21, 2016 - 5:30am
March 3, 2016
Minnesota phone store employee charged with sending nude photos of customer to himself
An employee at a cellphone store in Cottage Grove sent himself nude photographs that had been stored on a customer’s phone, according to a...
March 3, 2016 - 12:26pm
February 17, 2016
Victim identified in fatal crash; speed believed to be a factor
COTTAGE GROVE — Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal crash in Cottage Grove. Gordon Matthew Babbs, 52, of North Oaks, was killed in the fiery rollover early Saturday, police said Tuesday. Babbs was found dead inside a 2016 Lincoln MKX that had burned after crashing...
February 17, 2016 - 5:30am
October 7, 2015
Arrest of Minnesota man in underage sex sting, leads to chilling discovery in his vehicle
COTTAGE GROVE - A Maple Grove man is accused of responding to a 16-year-old girl’s online ad offering to exchange sex for money. Corwin...
October 7, 2015 - 9:24am
September 28, 2015
Seven escape from Cottage Grove house fire late Sunday
COTTAGE GROVE — Seven people escaped a fire late Sunday that left one Cottage Grove home a total loss and damaged two neighboring properties. Firefighters were called at 11:55 p.m. to a fire at 8887 91st St. When the first crews arrived nine minutes later, fire was visible from...
September 28, 2015 - 11:24pm
August 20, 2015
Cottage Grove names Stevens city administrator
COTTAGE GROVE -- After a nearly two-month search to fill the vacant position of city administrator, the Cottage Grove City Council has named...
August 20, 2015 - 11:24am
August 13, 2015
Cottage Grove names Stevens as city administrator finalist
COTTAGE GROVE — The city of Cottage Grove narrowed the search for its vacant city administrator position Wednesday, naming two Minnesota candidates as finalists. Jeffrey Dahl has served as the assistant city administrator and economic development director for the city of Chaska...
August 13, 2015 - 10:34pm
March 14, 2015
Cottage Grove woman convicted in federal child porn case
COTTAGE GROVE — A Cottage Grove woman has been convicted of producing child pornography after a North Dakota man offered her $100,000 for the illicit images. Roxanne Merrell, 35, was convicted of two counts of production of child pornography following a three-day trial in U.S....
March 14, 2015 - 7:00am
February 25, 2015
Carjackers, beware: This cop may be vacationing near you
COTTAGE GROVE — A carjacker picked the wrong vehicle Saturday in Orlando, Fla. Vacationing Brian Franck was at the wheel — that is, vacationing Cottage Grove police officer Brian Franck. “It was like, ‘Welcome to Orlando,’ ” Franck said Monday, two days after a man tried...
February 25, 2015 - 6:00am
December 4, 2014
Cottage Grove man charged with stealing front-door deliveries
STILLWATER — A Cottage Grove man complicated local residents’ Christmas shopping when he allegedly nabbed packages containing headphones...
December 4, 2014 - 9:59pm
December 1, 2014
Minnesota picks first medical marijuana makers
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota officials today announced two companies that will grow marijuana and process it into medicine. Production facilities...
December 1, 2014 - 11:16am
June 28, 2013
Cottage Grove man charged with torturing dog
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - A Cottage Grove man faces felony animal torture and cruelty charges after saying he killed his dog over a dispute about where the animal should be kept, authorities said. George R. Nichols, 37, was charged in Washington County District Court in the death...
June 28, 2013 - 9:00am