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Willmar soldiers return home
Governor to receive invite to tour Appleton prison
Records for Aug. 27
New London depot makes another historic move
Community steps forward to help as water recedes
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
NLS volleyball team wins two at Albany Invite
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
Molitor proceeding with caution on Mauer return
Maybe Bridgewater should just take a knee until Week 1
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
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
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
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Harold (Bill) William Wright
Cartoonist Opinions for Aug. 27
Letter: Our declining moral values
Why can't political ads be truthful?
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Letter: Nutrition must start early in life
Cottage Grove cop involved in GOP DWI dustup
COTTAGE GROVE - A Cottage Grove police officer has become part of a dustup between Republican legislators vying for their party's gubernatorial nomination, penning a letter that admonishes Rep. Tom Emmer's efforts last year to alter Minnesota's DWI laws. Sgt. Randy McAlister of the...
April 28, 2010 - 11:43am
April 21, 2010
DWI chair auctioned for $3,700
PROCTOR - It appears the much-discussed motorized easy chair that landed its previous owner a DWI conviction in Proctor will remain in the Northland. The...
April 21, 2010 - 10:24am
April 8, 2010
Off-duty trooper charged with DWI in Meeker County
LITCHFIELD -- Off-duty Minnesota State Trooper Scott Urdahl was arrested for driving while impaired following a two-vehicle injury crash Tuesday evening. The crash occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 12 in Darwin Township about two miles east of Litchfield. Urdahl,...
April 8, 2010 - 12:00am
April 6, 2010
Letter: Motorcycles, alcohol don't mix
It's that time of year again when motorcycles are pulled out of the Willmar-area garages after a long Minnesota winter. So it's time to review what any alcohol in the blood can do to judgment, especially to a motorcycle driver. A blood alcohol level of 0.01 (just one beer) to 0.04...
April 6, 2010 - 12:00am
February 27, 2010
Man gets 62 months for felony DWI, had child in back seat
WILLMAR -- Jose Luis Angel Salinas, 29, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 62 months in prison, plus a five-year conditional release period, on a felony charge of driving while impaired. According to court files, Salinas was arrested by Willmar police officers on Nov. 9 after...
February 27, 2010 - 12:00am
January 20, 2010
Notorious drunken driver sentenced for 27th DWI
WADENA -- One of the state's most notorious drunken drivers has been sent to prison for four years for his 27th driving while impaired conviction. Danny Lee Bettcher, who has also spelled his last name Boettcher, was sentenced Jan. 14 in Otter Tail County District Court to four...
January 20, 2010 - 11:29pm
January 16, 2010
Alcohol, driving don't mix
Opinion A friendly reminder from the Kandiyohi County ATOD (Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs) Coalition to not drink and drive. Alcohol and driving don't mix, especially with winter road conditions. It's a recipe for disaster. In 2008, Minnesota recorded 163 alcohol-related traffic...
January 16, 2010 - 12:00am
January 5, 2010
Man arrested for 12th DWI on New Year's Eve, another for his fifth
PARK RAPIDS -- A Becker County man was arrested by Park Rapids police minutes before midnight on New Year's Eve for his 12th impaired driving offense. William Lawrence Butcher, 48, was to appear today in Hubbard County District Court on a first-degree felony driving while impaired...
January 5, 2010 - 12:00am
November 11, 2009
Bidder's remorse: Winner of eBay DWI chair auction backs out of deal
Proctor is having problems getting rid of the internationally famous motorized chair seized from a drunk driver. The high bidder for the chair said he never meant to enter a $10,999.99 bid on eBay. "I am surprised that someone would bid on it and then try to back out of the contract,"...
November 11, 2009 - 1:43pm
July 2, 2009
Area traffic enforcement ramped up for the Fourth
WILLMAR -- July 1 saw the start of enhanced speed enforcement in west central Minnesota for this month. Because July is typically one of the deadliest times of year on Minnesota's roads, the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating a statewide Safe and Sober/Toward Zero...
July 2, 2009 - 6:05pm
May 9, 2009
DWI enforcement will be ramping up for fishing opener
Extra enforcement for driving while impaired surrounding the fishing opener weekend will serve as a kickoff to enhanced summer DWI patrols in Minnesota's 13 deadliest counties for impaired driving. Operation NightCAP activity is over and above ongoing, regular traffic enforcement....
May 9, 2009 - 12:00am
January 5, 2009
Local law nets 25 DWI arrests in December, about 300 for year
WILLMAR -- Law enforcement officers in Kandiyohi and Swift counties arrested 25 people for driving while impaired during December, with most of the arrests bunched in the weeks just before and after Christmas.
January 5, 2009 - 10:00am
January 3, 2009
DWI arrests made in December
WILLMAR -- The December holidays in west central Minnesota wrapped up with 20 arrests for driving while impaired in Kandiyohi County and five in Swift County during the month-long Safe and Sober campaign. Most of the arrests were made in the days before or after Christmas.
January 3, 2009 - 12:00am
November 20, 2008
District Court, Kandiyohi County, Nov. 20
- A Willmar man avoided prison time but will spend five years on probation after pleading guilty earlier this month to domestic assault and a firearms violation. Benjamin Allen Pierskalla, 24, could have faced up to 15 years in prison for possessing guns in spite of a prior assault...
November 20, 2008 - 12:00am
October 4, 2008
Records, Oct. 4, 2008
Police arrest three suspects in burglary WILLMAR -- Willmar police arrested three people in connection with a burglary in progress at approximately 1:37 a.m.
October 4, 2008 - 12:00am