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New security barriers installed around Queen's Windsor castle after London attack
Identical twins battle disease that afflicts only 500 in the U.S
Dayton says he will not sign Minn. House education bill
House Speaker Ryan backs embattled intelligence panel chairman
Trump tweets, then Ford announces investment in three Michigan plants
Trump declines Nationals' Opening Day first pitch offer
Frozen Four-bound Bulldogs thriving in overtime as 2011 champions did
Former, current, future BSU women's players join Team USA boycott
Twins coach tries to help Sano take the next step
Twins' Grossman says he'll be ready by Opening Day
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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Keith L. Sorenson
Doris I. Rasmusson
Cleo J. Holtberg
David "Doc" Halliday
Parenting Perspectives: Why I worry about what others think of me
Farmers leading progress on buffer requirement
Pinke: Rally around rural communities
Positively Beautiful: Health and wellness trends popping up everywhere
Swift: Hairstyling technique not all it is wrapped up to be
Dave & Vivian Swanson
May 14, 2012
Minneapolis anti-union fighter to be honored as fallen deputy
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis executive who was killed in a 1934 scuffle with union workers has been added to a law enforcement officers' memorial, a decision that doesn't sit well with some labor historians. C. Arthur Lyman was part of the Citizens Alliance, a group of employers...
May 14, 2012 - 8:07am
April 2, 2012
Two-vehicle crash Sunday near Nest Lake Bridge sends three to hospital
SPICER -- A two-vehicle collision near the Nest Lake Bridge in Kandiyohi County sent three people to Rice Memorial Hospital in Willmar at 1:17 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Robert Hopkins, 77, of Lake View, Iowa was driving a Dodge Dakota pickup.
April 2, 2012 - 11:00am
March 15, 2012
It's no blarney: St. Patrick's Day means extra drunken driving patrols
ST. PAUL -- Before you chug that first green beer, swallow this: extra DWI patrols will be on the roads on St. Patrick's Day to prevent alcohol-related crashes. Law enforcement agencies statewide will increase enforcement on a historically dangerous drinking and driving party period,...
March 15, 2012 - 12:32pm
March 9, 2012
Burglars shoot open doors with shotgun on grocery, convenience store in Milan and Clara City
MONTEVIDEO -- Burglars used a shotgun to blast glass doors on two Chippewa County businesses located 68 miles from one another. They may also be responsible for shooting out the windows and the radiator of a pickup truck parked at the Lac qui Parle Valley High School. The burglars...
March 9, 2012 - 3:04pm
March 7, 2012
Kandiyohi Co., Minn., converts to Next Gen 911 Network
WILLMAR -- Kandiyohi County is the second county in the state's multi-phase project to convert its 911 emergency dispatch operation to the Next Generation 911 high-speed voice and data network. Carver County was the first emergency dispatch operation to convert in November 2011 and...
March 7, 2012 - 12:00am
February 17, 2012
Inside Scoop blog: Reporter tries firearms simulation system
February 17, 2012 - 8:40am
January 31, 2012
Commercial vehicle, weight patrol meeting is Feb. 21 in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office is hosting an informational session on truck weight enforcement, implement of husbandry and other miscellaneous commercial vehicle laws from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 in the multi-purpose room of the Health and Human Services building. Sheriff's...
January 31, 2012 - 10:32am
December 29, 2011
Renville County, Minn., recognizes sheriff's deputy for community policing
OLIVIA -- Sheriff's Deputy Sam Olson has no hesitation when asked what he likes most about his job. "Putting on the uniform,'' said Olson. "I...
December 29, 2011 - 12:00am
December 27, 2011
Renville County recognizes Deputy Sam Olson as first recipient of Chris Domeier Community Oriented Policing Award
OLIVIA -- Sheriff's Deputy Sam Olson has no hesitation when he's asked what he likes most about his job. "Putting on the uniform,'' said Olson. "I...
December 27, 2011 - 6:06pm
November 22, 2011
Minnesota officers declaring open season on impaired road turkeys this holiday
WILLMAR -- Area law enforcement officers, along with Twin Cities law officers and the Minnesota State Patrol, are adding servings of driving while impaired enforcement this Thanksgiving holiday season. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety is coordinating...
November 22, 2011 - 1:18pm
November 3, 2011
Letter: Police should be a priority
We need more police officers on duty, on any given shift. The city of Willmar has grown, along with the crime rate and the boldness of the criminals. Four to five officers on duty per shift is not enough. The City Council members need to stop thinking that they are just going to...
November 3, 2011 - 12:00am
October 22, 2011
Danube, Minn., whistle blower pleads guilty
OLIVIA -- While she was publicly demanding that the town's police chief be suspended while investigated for an alleged wrong doing, Sharon Lothert was taking advantage of her position as a city council member and president of the Economic Development Agency in Danube to steal rent...
October 22, 2011 - 7:00am
Tobacco store manager charged, synthetic marijuana seized
WILLMAR -- The manager of the Tobacco Stop on South First Street in Willmar was arrested for selling synthetic marijuana, and what were described as "large amounts'' of a substance suspected of being the illegal product were seized during a search of the business on Thursday, according...
October 22, 2011 - 12:00am
September 16, 2011
Law still seeking Wrobleski, may still drive red pickup
OLIVIA -- The Renville County Sheriff's Office continues to aggressively pursue 37-year-old Matthew James Wrobleski, who is wanted on outstanding arrest warrants and is a suspect in numerous motor vehicle thefts in the area over the past week. According to an updated crime alert...
September 16, 2011 - 8:58am
August 10, 2011
Identity of victim in Fairfax area gravel pit is released
OLIVIA -- Renville County authorities have released the identity of the worker killed in an industrial-type accident in a gravel pit near Fairfax on Tuesday as Aaron D. Kaufmann, 24, of Hutchinson. He had become entangled in a piece of machinery and suffered an amputation. The...
August 10, 2011 - 12:19pm