Skip to main content
West Central Tribune
U.S. jobless claims decline from five-month high
CIA: Russia intervened to help Trump win
Wall Street again marks new highs in post-election run
Litchfield police officer facing DWI charges
Holiday Express rolls through Kandiyohi County
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
October 19, 2016
Merle Larson letter: We deserve more than gridlock
The fact that we had no special legislative session this summer shouldn't surprise anyone, since it followed two years of inaction by the state...
October 19, 2016 - 12:16pm
October 6, 2016
Meeker County man airlifted after ATV accident
DASSEL – A Meeker County man sustained serious injuries Wednesday when the ATV he was driving flipped over. Daniel Miller, 48, of rural Dassel,...
October 6, 2016 - 9:11am
October 22, 2015
Records published Oct. 22
This is the records summary for Oct. 22, 2015. Fire call WILLMAR — The Willmar Fire Department was called at 11:47 p.m. Tuesday to a small fire in the coal pile behind the Municipal Utilities power plant. Firefighters were on the scene for about half an hour. Firefighters...
October 22, 2015 - 12:06am
June 29, 2015
Dassel man sentenced for sex crimes
LITCHFIELD — A 26-year-old Dassel man was sentenced Friday in Meeker County District Court to 30 years of prison on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a young girl. Nathan Charles Robert Schwartz was sentenced to 360 months of prison,...
June 29, 2015 - 10:20pm
June 3, 2015
Dassel man pleads not guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct
LITCHFIELD — A Dassel man accused of sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Michael James Rarer also pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a felony second-degree drug charge stemming from the same incident....
June 3, 2015 - 11:23pm
May 14, 2015
Dassel men accused of sexually assaulting girl appear in court
LITCHFIELD — Court appearances continue for two Dassel men each charged with first-degree criminal sexual assault involving the alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl they reportedly met on a social networking website. Michael James Rarer, 22, and Kenneth Gerald Cope, 48, both...
May 14, 2015 - 11:15pm
April 27, 2015
Two Dassel men face charges for alleged sexual assault of girl
LITCHFIELD — Two Dassel men are charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl they met on a social networking website. Michael James Rarer, 22, and Kenneth Gerald Cope, 48, each made their first court appearances on the charges...
April 27, 2015 - 11:34pm
April 26, 2015
Five injured in three-vehicle crash Friday north of Dassel
DASSEL — Five people were injured in a three-vehicle accident reported at 6:12 p.m. Friday north of Dassel. Andrew T. Sarkinen, 17, of Roseville was reportedly traveling westbound in a Ford Focus on Meeker County Road 21, approaching Highway 15, when his vehicle was broadsided at...
April 26, 2015 - 11:45pm
April 25, 2015
Five injured in three-vehicle crash north of Dassel Friday evening
Five people were injured, one of whom suffered serious injuries, in an accident shortly after 6 p.m. Friday north of Dassel. A 2005 Ford Focus driven by Andrew Sarkinen, 17, of Roseville, was traveling west on Meeker County Road 21 south of Kingston Township, according to the...
April 25, 2015 - 1:02am
April 23, 2015
Two Dassel men face pending criminal sexual conduct charges
DASSEL – The Meeker County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Dassel men Wednesday who allegedly sexually assaulted a juvenile female. The suspects, a 22-year-old man and a 48-year-old man, each face a pending charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Both suspects remained...
April 23, 2015 - 11:18pm
January 16, 2015
Dassel man found guilty of criminal sexual conduct
LITCHFIELD — A rural Dassel man was found guilty Wednesday of first- and second-degree charges of criminal sexual conduct for assaulting a young girl. According to a news release from the Meeker County Attorney’s office, Charles Robert Schwartz, 25, was found guilty of the charges...
January 16, 2015 - 10:50pm
January 14, 2015
Records published Jan. 15
This is the records summary for Jan. 15. Willmar man injured in Dassel car accident DASSEL — An 18-year-old Willmar man was reportedly injured Wednesday morning when his vehicle collided with a tree along U.S. Highway 12 in Dassel. Siyad M. Mahamed was reportedly driving a 2003...
January 14, 2015 - 11:45am
October 20, 2014
Records published Oct. 21
This is the records summary for Oct. 21. Tractor valued at $600,000 stolen, driven through Meeker County DASSEL — A tractor and cultivator valued at $600,000 were reportedly stolen Friday night from McLeod County and taken on a joyride through Meeker County. An unknown person...
October 20, 2014 - 11:17pm
October 1, 2014
Two Dassel men arrested, face drug and possession of stolen property charges
Two Dassel men were arrested and face charges for drug and possession of stolen property after law enforcement found more than a pound of methamphetamine, about six ounces of marijuana, numerous guns, $2,500 cash and stolen property Tuesday at a rural residence south of Dassel. Renville...
October 1, 2014 - 10:07am
June 10, 2014
Records for June 11
This is the records summary for June 11. Ammonia smell activates emergency crews in Dassel DASSEL — The Dassel Fire Department responded around 9:45 p.m. Monday to Crop Production Services, along the 500 block of Atlantic Avenue East, after a citizen reported that there was an...
June 10, 2014 - 11:03pm