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Saltwater shrimp grown on the prairie
Records published Aug. 30
Minnesota teacher under investigation found dead on island with husband
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
Heavy storms lead to flash flooding in central Minn.
Card girls dominate Shocky Strand cross country race
Cardinal volleyball has state on its mind
Berger gets his turn at center
MURPHY: Bridgewater shows there's no reason to panic
Chargers like stadium better than new turf
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
George Michael "Mike" McCarthy
Lawrence "Larry" Frederick Harding
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cohen: The alchemy of turning bribes into gifts
Thomas: Where there's smoke there is fire
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Updated: Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
May 17, 2012
Commentary: Explaining our stadium vote
Sometimes we need to step back from a legislative issue to look at the big picture. The recent stadium issue is a prime example. It is important...
May 17, 2012 - 12:00am
February 11, 2012
ND university dean died in apparent suicide after report of hundreds of degrees to foreign students who didn't earn them
DICKINSON -- A high-ranking and longtime Dickinson State University staff member has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Dickinson Police Department said Friday that Doug LaPlante's body was found in Fairway Park. LaPlante, 59, was DSU's dean of the college of...
February 11, 2012 - 12:00am
September 10, 2011
Johnson: 'I walked up into that big aircraft and I looked and there were eight flag-draped caskets. I'll never forget it the rest of my life'
The 9/11 attacks stunned America, and the country has not been the same since then, says a local pastor who worked with families of military members. "I've said many times the terrorists accomplished exactly what they wanted to do. They upset the economy, this country, the world,''...
September 10, 2011 - 12:00am
July 7, 2011
Letter: Shutdown is unnecessary
I profoundly regret that our budget situation came to a state shutdown. Gov. Mark Dayton did not need to do this. We offered three major compromises to him that he rejected. The governor demanded that we raise taxes. Please understand these tax increases would impact everyone, not...
July 7, 2011 - 12:00am
May 13, 2011
Letter: Working together on lakes
After reading the story called "Area lakes threatened" in the West Central Tribune this week, I need to write another letter. All lake users need to work together to prevent the spread of invasive species. Pointing fingers at fishing tournaments does not solve this problem. What it...
May 13, 2011 - 12:00am
February 9, 2011
Letter: A near flawless rescue
On behalf of the Kandiyohi County Board of Commissioners and the citizens of Kandiyohi County, we want to extend a public thank you to everyone for working together and assisting in the rescue of Cory Kluver on Feb.
February 9, 2011 - 12:00am
December 21, 2010
Kind of nostalgic: Glenwood man begins improvement to downtown Willmar landmark
WILLMAR -- Dean Peterson of Glenwood grew up in Kerkhoven but hung out as a kid on Fourth Street in downtown Willmar. "If you wanted to be where...
December 21, 2010 - 12:00am
November 3, 2010
Urdahl elected to fifth term in District 18B
GROVE CITY -- Voters in District 18B have re-elected Dean Urdahl to a fifth term in the House of Representatives. Unofficial final results showed Urdahl with 9,615 votes, 63 percent of those cast, and DFL challenger Darrin Anderson with 5,417, 36 percent of the ballots cast. Anderson,...
November 3, 2010 - 6:34am
October 30, 2010
House 18B: Re-elect Dean Urdahl
The House 18B seat is a race between Republican incumbent Dean Urdahl and Democratic challenger Darrin Anderson. Anderson lives in Litchfield and teaches in the Prairie Lakes Detention Center in Willmar. His priorities include education, business growth and fair tax structure. He...
October 30, 2010 - 12:00am
Kandiyohi Co. District 3: Dean Shuck endorsed for re-election
The District 3 race is between incumbent Dean Shuck of Sunburg and challenger Doug Lindblad of Willmar. This district includes the northwest section of the county and two precincts in east Willmar. Lindblad is an electrician by trade and a U.S. Navy veteran. He served 25 years on...
October 30, 2010 - 12:00am
October 29, 2010
House 18B: Urdahl says there's no quit in him
GROVE CITY -- It was a long, arduous process to create and fund the new Greenleaf Recreational Area in Meeker County, but Rep. Dean Urdahl doesn't...
October 29, 2010 - 12:00am
October 7, 2010
Lindblad says local voters need a choice
WILLMAR -- Doug Lindblad's 25 years on the Willmar Fire Department, including a decade spent as fire chief, taught him how to put out fires,...
October 7, 2010 - 12:00am
August 28, 2010
Watch for late-season soybean diseases
ST. PAUL -- Although the weather this summer has been good for soybean growth in much of Minnesota, the same weather has favored development of soybean diseases. Several root and stem diseases that have potential to significantly damage yields have been appearing. Sudden death syndrome...
August 28, 2010 - 12:00am
May 5, 2010
County, seeing the value in the work produced, picks up much larger tab for its sentence to serve program
WILLMAR -- A popular corrections program that puts offenders to work on community cleanup projects is going to cost Kandiyohi County more money...
May 5, 2010 - 12:00am
November 12, 2009
Willmar elementary schools continue their tradition of lunch with a veteran
Across the cafeteria full of third-graders, veterans of all ages answered questions and chatted with kids as they ate. More than 80 military...
November 12, 2009 - 12:00am