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As racial politics loom over election, Obama's legacy is seen as mixed
FDA wants donated blood tested for Zika virus
Hillary Clinton says family's foundation looking for partners
Minnesota DNR reports two more cases of starry stonewort
Fed's Yellen says case for interest rate hike has strengthened
BKMS tennis team runs record to 6-0
Bridgewater calms concerns about sore shoulder
Cabrera leads Tigers past Twins, 9-4
Willmar tennis opens season with sweep
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
Carol J. Hansen
Alan Lee Midby
Paul J. Willems
Connie Lee Ulferts (Key Carelli)
Thomas: Abolishing 'man' at Princeton
Klinger: Where Has All the Money for Our Schools Gone?
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Commentary: Trump 'charm' offensive will not work with women
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
November 22, 2012
Update: Dawson, Minn., man killed in head-on crash near Clara City
UPDATE: CLARA CITY -- A 29-year-old man from Dawson was killed Wednesday in a head-on collision near Clara City. The Minnesota State Patrol identified the victim this morning as Jesse Tollakson. According to the State Patrol, Tollakson was driving a 2001 Ford Ranger pickup west...
November 22, 2012 - 9:17am
Dassel, Minn., man held on child porn, sex charges
LITCHFIELD -- A 23-year-old Dassel man is in the Meeker County Jail awaiting his first court appearance on criminal sexual conduct, use of a minor in sexual performance and child pornography possession charges. According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, investigators...
October 22, 2012 - 9:26am
October 16, 2012
UPDATE: Belgrade, Minn., bicyclist killed this morning was teacher, coach at BBE
BELGRADE -- The bicyclist killed early this morning near Belgrade, Minn., was a teacher and coach in the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa School District. Richard...
October 16, 2012 - 11:54am
September 19, 2012
Hector, Minn., man faces felony assault charges, allegedly threw wrench at boy
OLIVIA -- A 31-year-old Hector man faces two assault charges, for first- and second-degree charges, for allegedly throwing a wrench at a then 7-year-old boy in June, striking the boy in the head and causing severe, potentially life-threatening injuries. Dean Michael Lentz appeared...
September 19, 2012 - 11:00am
September 17, 2012
Early morning fire at Paynesville, Minn., Township residence takes one life
A fire in a rural Paynesville Township residence early Monday morning has resulted in one death. A passing motorist reported a fire about 6 a.m. this morning at 19503 293rd Avenue, rural Paynesville. The mobile home structure was fully engulfed in flames when the Paynesville Fire...
September 17, 2012 - 12:00pm
September 13, 2012
No injuries, "all clear" issued in Olivia, Minn., as gas leak repaired
OLIVIA -- The Olivia Police Department was able to give the "all clear'' shortly after 4 p.m., or about an hour after evacuating the northwest corner of the community this afternoon due to a report of a gas leak, according to information from the Renville County Sheriff's Department. The...
September 13, 2012 - 5:13pm
Gas leak forces evacuation of nursing home, NW section of Olivia this afternoon
OLIVIA -- The Olivia Police Department is evacuating the northwest corner of the community this afternoon, including residents of the Golden Living Center nursing facility due to a report of a gas leak, according to information from the Renville County Sheriff's Department. Police...
September 13, 2012 - 3:15pm
Two new cases of H3N2v flu strain reported in Minnesota
Two new possible cases of variant H3N2 influenza cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health, state health officials said Thursday. The new cases occurred in a school-aged girl from the Twin Cities area and a preschool-aged boy from greater Minnesota. Neither child...
September 13, 2012 - 3:08pm
September 11, 2012
UPDATE: Injured man in critical condition after fire at rural Spicer, Minn., home
SPICER, Minn. -- A man is in critical condition today after suffering burn injuries Monday night in a fire that destroyed a rural Spicer home....
September 11, 2012 - 10:53am
One injured in Monday night fire that destroyed a rural Spicer, Minn., home
SPICER - One man was seriously injured last night in a fire that destroyed a rural Spicer home. Two other occupants escaped by jumping out of a second story window. The fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. at 4317 133 Ave. NE, on the west side of Nest Lake. Fueled by strong southerly...
September 11, 2012 - 9:00am
September 7, 2012
Convicted murderer Delbert Huber now in Dept. of Corrections custody
ST. CLOUD -- The 82-year-old rural Paynesville man sentenced to more than 30 years in prison for shooting and killed an Albertville man last...
September 7, 2012 - 10:12am
September 4, 2012
Delbert Huber sentenced to 30 years for murder in rural Belgrade, Minn.
WILLMAR -- Delbert Huber was sentenced today to 30 years 7 months in prison for murdering Timothy Larson, 43, of Albertville. Huber, 82, of rural Paynesville pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month and admitted that he shot and killed Larson on Oct. 8, 2011, in rural Belgrade. Judge...
September 4, 2012 - 10:17am
Clara City woman dies in crash north of Pennock, Minn.
PENNOCK -- Names of the drivers in a fatal motor vehicle crash near Pennock Monday have been released. Julie Bedel, 41, of Clara City was pronounced dead at Rice Memorial Hospital after the collision at the intersections of Kandiyohi County roads 1 and 27 north of Pennock, according...
September 4, 2012 - 9:51am
August 31, 2012
3 new cases of influenza linked to swine exposure at Minn. State Fair
Three people are believed to have developed a strain of influenza known as variant H1N2 (H1N2v) after exhibiting pigs or spending time in the swine barn at the Minnesota State Fair, the Minnesota Department of Health said Friday afternoon. One of the three cases has been confirmed...
August 31, 2012 - 4:52pm
August 30, 2012
Rural Dassel, Minn., boy stuck in head by ricocheting bullet, taken to Children's Hospital
DASSEL -- An 8-year-old rural Dassel boy was taken by ambulance to Meeker Memorial Hospital and later transported to Children's Hospital in Minneapolis this afternoon after he was accidentally shot in the head at his home. According to a news release from Meeker County Sheriff Jeff...
August 30, 2012 - 5:18pm