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Willmar School Board meets Monday
Man found dead under television at Minnesota home
Woman, five children rescued from Alexandria townhome fire
Truck hits State Patrol car, injuring trooper, then drives off
Willmar teen gets probation, community service for bomb threat
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'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
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
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
November 5, 2010
Minnesota GOP lawmaker Buesgens pleads guilty in DWI case
BUFFALO, Minn. -- A Republican state legislator has pleaded guilty to a drunken driving charge in Wright County District Court under a deal to perform 60 hours of community service. Wright County authorities arrested Rep. Mark Buesgens of Jordan on September 18 after spotting his...
November 5, 2010 - 1:37pm
September 2, 2010
Menahga man arrested for driving 178 mph sentenced for DWI
WADENA, Minn. - A man who was stopped and arrested for reportedly driving a Corvette up to 178 miles per hour in Wadena County was sentenced Aug. 30 for driving while intoxicated during the incident. Michael James Johnson, 40, of Menahga, Minn. was convicted of DWI and careless driving...
September 2, 2010 - 4:54pm
August 24, 2010
Mankato mayor arrested for DWI in Golden Valley
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The mayor of Mankato is apologizing after his arrest for drunken driving in the Minneapolis suburb of Golden Valley. The Star Tribune reports John Brady was arrested Saturday afternoon after reportedly being seen driving erratically on Interstate 94 in south...
August 24, 2010 - 2:33pm
April 28, 2010
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