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Safety coalition rewards drivers for buckling up
Records published Oct. 26
Trump comes out ahead in Willmar High School mock election
County Board candidates square off at forum
Renville County parks to close to motor vehicles in winter
Four-goal period sparks Wild to rout of Bruins
Ness runs wild in NLS victory
Prahl helps Dragons overcome Holdingford
Kluber, Indians blank Cubs in World Series opener
Cardinals preparing for stingy Northfield defense
1960's icon Bobby Vee dies at Minnesota care facility
Prince’s legendary vault is now open; song due out in November
Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize in Literature
'Wayside School' opens tonight at The Barn
Rolling Stones to release new album in December
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS: Meet a central Minnesota family whose made its living off wild rice for four generations
Now is the perfect time for houseplant tasks
Social Security Administration declared a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2017
An Epic journey
Spooktacular: The whole family can help make ghostly yard ornaments
Aldean "Swede" Carlson
John G. Schmidt
Dale Richard Johnson
Harold E. Lee
Steven G. Smith
Cohen: Could WIkiLeaks hurt transparency?
Jill R. Benson letter: Sawatzky will bring positive change
Inga Mae B. Urke letter: Get informed, then go out and vote
Joe Jorgenson letter: Our legislators' choices matter
Sharyl R. Helgeson letter: Asmus has long record of service
April 14, 2016
Northern Minnesota man charged with trying to light son, dirt bike and tractor on fire
THIEF RIVER FALLS -- A Thief River Falls man is facing three felonies after police said he tried to set a tractor, a dirt bike and his son on...
April 14, 2016 - 10:57am
November 4, 2015
Appleton woman pleads guilty to criminal sex charge
BENSON — An Appleton woman pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with a juvenile male. In an appearance in Swift County District Court, Kelly...
November 4, 2015 - 11:11am
June 8, 2015
Alleged smash-and-grab robber charged
WILLMAR — Carlos Lee Rey Garza, 22, made his first appearance Monday in Kandiyohi County District Court in connection with a smash-and-grab incident last month at Wal-Mart that resulted in the theft of 28 iPads and a backpack into which he allegedly stuffed the electronics. The...
June 8, 2015 - 11:23pm
May 21, 2015
Willmar couple pleads guilty to one count felony tax charge each; court drops 15
WILLMAR — The couple who formerly faced 16 felony counts for failing to file $290,000 of state income and sales tax returns for the La Michoacana grocery store in Willmar each pleaded guilty Thursday to one felony charge. Juan Carlos Mejia, 44, and Martha A. Mejia, 43, of Long...
May 21, 2015 - 11:14pm
September 10, 2014
Willmar man suspected of impersonating decorated soldier
WILLMAR — A 54-year-old Willmar man who reportedly has been impersonating a decorated soldier in the U.S. Army at various events is in custody...
September 10, 2014 - 11:41pm
April 2, 2014
Woman arrested for felony-level charge of drunken driving in Willmar
WILLMAR — A 34-year-old Clara City woman made her first appearance Wednesday on felony charges of driving while impaired for allegedly driving a vehicle that was involved in a property damage crash at a Willmar apartment complex and then stopped by law officers in downtown Willmar. Denise...
April 2, 2014 - 11:34pm
January 29, 2014
Willmar woman faces felony drunken driving charge
WILLMAR — Jane Leslie Docken, 56, of Willmar, made her first court appearance Wednesday on two felony charges of driving while impaired, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of driving after cancellation – inimical to public safety and a misdemeanor count of open bottle. Unconditional...
January 29, 2014 - 11:29pm
December 5, 2013
Willmar man facing felony charges for assault on boy with bike chain
WILLMAR — Christopher Peter Padin, 36, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Thursday on two felony charges of second-degree assault and domestic assault by strangulation for allegedly assaulting a teenager with a bike chain. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next...
December 5, 2013 - 11:39pm
June 19, 2013
Teen faces felony charges for allegedly selling drugs at Willmar, Minn., Senior High School
WILLMAR -- Donavan Douglas James Wold, 18, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on three felony charges for allegedly selling drugs at Willmar Senior High School. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is Aug. 21. Wold faces two second-degree sale charges...
June 19, 2013 - 11:21pm
February 14, 2013
Man charged for allegedly stealing beer from garage of Willmar, Minn., home
WILLMAR — Kevin Gene Sorenson, 50, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on a felony charge of third-degree burglary for allegedly...
February 14, 2013 - 11:04pm
January 29, 2013
19-year-old Willmar, Minn., man sentenced to more than 6 years in prison
WILLMAR — Andrew Charles Wyman, 19, of Willmar, is going to prison for 75 months on the first-degree arson charge originally filed against...
January 29, 2013 - 11:11pm
January 24, 2013
Five felonies for Willmar, Minn., man linked to damages at local mall
WILLMAR — Robert Friedgen, 57, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on five felony charges of third-degree burglary and first-degree property damage for allegedly breaking into the Centre Point Mall in downtown Willmar and causing more than $14,000 in damage to...
January 24, 2013 - 10:51pm
January 3, 2013
Video on social media site leads to felony gun charge for Brooten, Minn., man
WILLMAR — A video clip posted to Facebook has resulted in a felony charge against a Brooten man who is prohibited from possessing firearms because he has previously been convicted of a violent crime. David Lawrence Pillatzki Jr., 36, made his first court appearance Thursday on one...
January 3, 2013 - 11:10pm
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
October 26, 2011
Willmar, Minn., man faces nine felonies in Renville County
OLIVIA -- Matthew James Wrobleski, 38, of Willmar, made his first court appearance this morning in Renville County District Court on a total of nine felony charges for motor vehicle theft, fleeing a peace officer, receiving stolen property, burglary and possession of weapons by a...
October 26, 2011 - 1:53pm