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Officers dressed in riot gear staging near Dakota Access Pipeline camp
U.S. labor, housing markets data underscore economy's stamina
Friday snow storm expected to wallop southern Minn., less expected in the north
Trump revokes rules on transgender bathrooms
Bemidji police investigating shooting at Enbridge building, no one hurt
Timberwolves' Thibodeau hasn't found trade he likes 'at this point'
Red-hot Gophers upset No. 24 Maryland, win 6th straight
Local Roundup: Warrior teams win two on Wednesday
Twins' Sano working to put down roots at third base
Santana on track to start season opener
New London Little Theatre Review: 'Opal's Million Dollar Duck' is genuine
'9 to 5' one for the ages -- even in Willmar: Musical on Barn stage through Feb. 26
Mary Tyler Moore has died at the age of 80
Golden Globe Awards: 'La La Land' Breaks Record for Most Win
Streaming overtakes U.S. digital music sales for first time: Nielsen
Around our region published Feb. 22
Many Americans unaware of important heart health numbers: survey
Slow cooker recipes for easy meals on weeknights
Training can help surgeons tell patients best and worse scenarios
Reader News: Diaper Bears for Hope Pregnancy Center
Roger "Billy" Schlueter
Donald "Donnie" Clausen
Gladys M. Torbenson
Donna M. Goff
Tribune Editorial: Willmar City Council makes a good Holland decision
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Cartoon by Bruce Plante for Feb. 23
Minnesota Opinion: Kill Legislature's ridiculous secret-meeting exemption
Cartoon by Ed Fischer
June 25, 2012
Seniors often targets of financial fraud
WILLMAR -- Anyone can become a victim of financial fraud, but one demographic -- the elderly -- are especially vulnerable to these types of scams. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, senior citizens control nearly 70 percent of the nation's wealth...
June 25, 2012 - 12:00am
May 18, 2012
Fraudulent callers seek Visa card numbers
WILLMAR -- Citizens are being asked not to provide any information if they receive a fraudulent automated phone call asking them to activate their debit card and input their Visa card number and personal identification number (PIN). Both the Willmar Police Department and local bankers...
May 18, 2012 - 12:00am
March 5, 2012
Protect election integrity
Who doesn't want election integrity? That's why 80 percent of Minnesotans believe that a photo ID amendment should be added to our state's constitution, but will that guarantee integrity of an election? First we must distinguish between election fraud and voter fraud. Election fraud...
March 5, 2012 - 12:00am
February 15, 2012
Franken posts video explaining mortgage fraud settlement
WASHINGTON - Sen. Al Franken has issued a video to explain how the recent mortgage fraud settlement will affect Minnesotans. The settlement is between 49 of the states and five of the largest mortgage banks in the country. "When I first wrote to the Secretary of the Treasury and...
February 15, 2012 - 2:56pm
February 7, 2012
Letter: Keep election process honest
In my opinion, in his letter of Feb. 3, Graden West managed to spew out another unsubstantiated fact. It's no big secret that a few shortcomings exist in our electoral process that can make it susceptible to voter fraud. One of the shortcomings could have been corrected years ago,...
February 7, 2012 - 12:00am
Letter: Don't let cheaters vote
In response to those who would tolerate voter fraud, I'd say -- I don't want my vote diluted by cheaters. The statement was made that there is only .009 percent voter fraud in Minnesota. Misleading statements like that are on the edge of fraudulent in themselves. First it assumes...
February 7, 2012 - 12:00am
February 3, 2012
Letter; Protecting the right to vote
Have there been any cases of voter fraud in Minnesota? Answer -- 0.009 percent. With only that tiny amount it is obviously not worth the amount of money it will take to put voter ID on the ballot. Why would anyone, specifically Sen. Joe Gimse and other Republicans, want to place it...
February 3, 2012 - 12:00am
August 30, 2011
Pennock couple gets jail, probation for welfare fraud
WILLMAR -- A Pennock couple was both sentenced to jail time, probation and community service work on amended charges of theft for collecting more than $27,000 in state benefits while they owned property and received workers compensation and Social Security payments. Norma Vallejo...
August 30, 2011 - 12:00am
February 5, 2011
Woman faces 14 felonies
WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Willmar woman made her first court appearance Thursday on 14 felony charges for allegedly claiming more than $8,000...
February 5, 2011 - 12:00am
January 18, 2011
Businesses and other organizations can implement standards to avoid fraud
WILLMAR -- A small company's purchasing agent was having personal financial difficulties and worked out a deal with a vendor in which the agent would buy only the vendor's product. In return, the agent would overcharge the company and pocket the difference. The scheme continued for...
January 18, 2011 - 12:00am
January 15, 2011
Pennock couple charged with welfare fraud, perjury
WILLMAR -- A Pennock couple made their first court appearances Thursday on welfare fraud and perjury charges for allegedly collecting more than $27,000 in state benefits while they owned property and received workers compensation and Social Security payments. Norma Vallejo Hernandez,...
January 15, 2011 - 12:00am
December 21, 2010
Illinois couple sentenced after defrauding Best Buy out of $32.8 million
MINNEAPOLIS -- An Illinois couple convicted of defrauding Best Buy out of more than $32.8 million and failing to pay taxes on their fraudulent gains has been sentenced. Prosecutors alleged that Russell and Abby Cole of Deerfield, Ill. systematically overbilled the Richfield-based...
December 21, 2010 - 9:34am
December 10, 2010
Death of witness instrumental in dismissal of fraud charges
WILLMAR -- Three felony fraud charges against Kristi Friese, 43, of Willmar, have been dismissed because a necessary witness in the case has...
December 10, 2010 - 12:00am
December 1, 2010
This is the records summary for Dec. 1. Property damage WILLMAR -- Graffiti was reported around 12:45 p.m. Monday at the Kandi Mall, 1605 First St. S. Someone had left marks on doors, a tree, a fire hydrant and on the sidewalk outside of the mall. WILLMAR -- Vandalism to a vehicle...
December 1, 2010 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
Husband pleads to welfare fraud, wife's charge to be dismissed
WILLMAR -- Ernesto Pacheco Nieto, 49, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance for taking more than $7,000 in public benefits while he was employed. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am