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'I knew it was him': Minnesotan was first responder on scene of crash that killed teen son
Willmar Police ask for public's help identifying theft suspects
Two arrested with 117 grams of meth, $1,700 during Minn. traffic stop
Feds find MNsure tech vulnerabilities, but state says they are fixed
Independent study film focuses on immigrant students
The Lynx look for one more win for the WNBA crown
WCT Sports Show: Cardinal boys soccer team onto state
Indians blank Jays to book trip to World Series
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Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
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Lady Gaga to perfom Super Bowl halftime show
Meander weekend features celebration of art, community
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May 14, 2016
Legislators fight back as overdose deaths rise
ST. PAUL — Minnesota drug overdose deaths have jumped four-fold since 2000, the Minnesota Health Department reported Friday as state legislators...
May 14, 2016 - 11:14am
July 18, 2014
24 and counting: Drug bust takes dealers out of circulation
WILLMAR –– At last count there were 24 people arrested in a widespread drug bust this week in Willmar and surrounding communities, but authorities say there will be more. “This will go on until everybody on this list is arrested,” said Sgt. Ross Ardoff, director of the CEE-VI...
July 18, 2014 - 11:07pm
November 16, 2012
Man pleads to drug sale and possession, plus theft charge
WILLMAR -- Tony Gerrero Jr., 19, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a third-degree drug sale for selling methamphetamine to CEE-VI Drug Task...
November 16, 2012 - 12:00am
November 3, 2012
Willmar woman faces drug sale charges for alleged sale of 200-plus pills in Olivia
OLIVIA -- Susan Marie Erickson, 46, of Willmar, pleaded not guilty Friday to first- and second-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling...
November 3, 2012 - 12:00am
October 18, 2012
Willmar, Minn.-area, patients notified in contaminated drug alert
WILLMAR -- As many as 50 local patients received eye injections with a drug from a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that has been tied to a fungal meningitis outbreak. None have become sick so far, but as a precaution the drug has been removed from the shelves at Affiliated Community...
October 18, 2012 - 12:00am
August 1, 2012
Two arrested for drugs at rural Dassel, Minn., address
LITCHFIELD -- Two men were arrested on felony drug possession charges after a traffic stop by a Meeker County deputy just before midnight Tuesday. According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the deputy stopped a 1994 Ford Tempo for expired registration at...
August 1, 2012 - 9:10am
July 24, 2012
Two of four defendants appear on charges related to alleged pot sale in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR -- Lauralee Mary Evans and Sergio Balladares Jr., both 20 and of Willmar, made their first court appearances Monday on fifth-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling one-quarter pound of marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in January. Unconditional bail...
July 24, 2012 - 12:00am
July 5, 2012
Woman pleads to lower charge for selling meth to informant
WILLMAR -- Erica Lynn Busse, 23, of Bagley and formerly of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to an amended charge of fourth-degree drug sale for her role in selling methamphetamine to a CEE-VI informant in January. As part of a plea agreement, the charge was reduced from a second-degree...
July 5, 2012 - 12:00am
May 30, 2012
State, federal agents serve search warrants in Litchfield
LITCHFIELD -- Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal agencies executed three search warrants and made multiple arrests around 7 a.m.
May 30, 2012 - 3:34pm
May 2, 2012
Meeker County, Minn., drug take-back yields 18 lbs., box takes in 40 lbs.
LITCHFIELD -- Meeker County officials collected 17.87 pounds of unused medication in the local portion Saturday of a national campaign effort of taking back old and unused prescription medication. According to a news release from Sheriff Jeff Norlin, the drugs were received during...
May 2, 2012 - 9:41am
May 1, 2012
Renville County, Minn., drug take-back yields 133 lbs., sheriff says "good start"
OLIVIA -- Renville County Sheriff Scott Hable is calling last Saturday's medication take-back initiative in Renville County "an excellent start." "After the four-hour collection window at six collection sites across Renville County, deputies and officers collected a combined total...
May 1, 2012 - 8:47am
April 25, 2012
New London man pleads to drug possession charge, found with drugs in car
WILLMAR -- Jeremiah Raymond Johnson, 32, of New London, pleaded guilty Monday to a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing 9.5 grams...
April 25, 2012 - 12:00am
April 23, 2012
Drug drop box has successful first year in Kandiyohi County, Minn.
WILLMAR -- During the first year the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office operated a drop box for unused and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter...
April 23, 2012 - 12:00am
March 31, 2012
Willmar, Minn., man faces drug, swindle charges after dealings with drug task force
WILLMAR -- Tony Gerrero Jr., 18, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Friday on a first-degree drug sale charge for selling methamphetamine to CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents on multiple occasions last fall. Gerrero also appeared on a felony charge of fifth-degree drug possession,...
March 31, 2012 - 12:00am
March 14, 2012
Skaalerud, Braness face charges for selling meth
WILLMAR -- Two Willmar men made their first court appearances Tuesday on drug sale charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine and marijuana...
March 14, 2012 - 12:00am