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'Haunted by mistake,' gunman apologizes for killing 2 at Twin Cities hotel
Predicted big snowstorm fizzles out for much of Minnesota, SD
Prosecutors say Minnesota man was sex trafficker, while he says he was just women's driver
More than 200 officers clear muddy protest camp, but 46 arrested
Dakota Access oil could flow by March 6
Girls Basketball: Cardinals hit a bump in the road
Vikings' Spielman raves about running backs in NFL draft
Kaymer one behind two rookie leaders at Honda Classic
Twins plan to ease Mauer, Dozier into lineup
Local Roundup: Willmar hockey team clipped in 3A playoffs
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
'Fire & Ice': Diamond Edge figure skating show is Saturday, Sunday in Willmar
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
Anna Mae Hawley
Nicole Rae Ruff
Barbara Ann Berkeland
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
August 13, 2011
Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities honors Heitke, Schmit
ST. PAUL -- Former Willmar Mayor Les Heitke and former Willmar City Administrator Michael Schmit have been honored by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Willmar is a Coalition member. Heitke received the Jack Murray Award for his excellence in service to greater Minnesota...
August 13, 2011 - 12:00am
January 8, 2011
Letter: Thank you, Mr. Mayor
Mayor Heitke, I want to personally thank you for the years of service to the city of Willmar and its citizens. I was always treated with respect when I had a project to bring to you as the mayor for the city of Willmar. We always had a great discussion and if you felt it was good...
January 8, 2011 - 12:00am
January 6, 2011
City Council, Commission session hits on residency requirement
WILLMAR -- Should the Willmar City Charter continue to require that people appointed to city boards and commissions live within the city limits? That's a question members of the Charter Commission and City Council discussed but reached no consensus on during a 90-minute work session...
January 6, 2011 - 12:00am
December 18, 2010
Westwind begins renting
WILLMAR -- Eleven units are rented and four more units will be rented by the end of the month at the new Westwind Townhomes low-income housing...
December 18, 2010 - 12:00am
November 13, 2010
Mayor-elect: 'We're going to do the best job we can'
Mayor-elect Frank Yanish says he's received a mandate from Willmar voters. Yanish, who easily defeated incumbent Mayor Les Heitke in the Nov....
November 13, 2010 - 12:00am
November 6, 2010
Letter: Heitke served Willmar well
I had the honor of serving on the Willmar City Council for four years. Because I still have both family and business interests in Willmar, I am often asked my opinion about the events and people involved in the city of Willmar. Whenever the subject of Mayor Les Heitke comes up, I...
November 6, 2010 - 12:00am
Official city election results show Yanish, 4,121; Heitke, 2,447
WILLMAR -- Frank Yanish received 4,121 votes and incumbent Les Heitke received 2,447 votes in the race for the four-year term as mayor of Willmar in Tuesday's general election, according to ballots officially canvassed Friday by the Willmar City Council. The totals are comprised...
November 6, 2010 - 12:00am
November 2, 2010
Willmar: Frank Yanish wins Willmar mayor race, defeats incumbent Les Heitke
Challenger Frank Yanish has defeated incumbent Les Heitke in the Willmar mayor race, according to unofficial city results. Willmar votes show...
November 2, 2010 - 10:03pm
Old airport terminal is now steps from being torn down
WILLMAR -- The Willmar City Council approved motions Monday declaring the old airport terminal unsafe and requesting the Federal Aviation Administration to release the decades-old terminal to the city so it can be demolished. The motions were based on a consultant's analysis that...
November 2, 2010 - 12:00am
October 28, 2010
Editorial: Heitke is the best candidate for Willmar mayor
Willmar voters face a decision Nov. 2 of re-electing incumbent Mayor Les Heitke or electing challenger Frank Yanish. It is a choice between...
October 28, 2010 - 12:19am
October 20, 2010
Candidates offer solutions to fiscal and quality-of-life issues facing city
WILLMAR -- Candidates for mayor and City Council in the Nov. 2 general election responded to questions about budgets, land use, immigration enforcement...
October 20, 2010 - 12:00am
City's new wastewater treatment plant project may come in $3M under budget, consultant says
WILLMAR -- The cost of Willmar's new wastewater conveyance and treatment facility is expected to be $3 million under budget, according to an official with facility consultant Donohue and Associates. "We expect to be in the range of $3.1 million under budget,'' said Ken Sedmak, Donohue...
October 20, 2010 - 12:00am
October 9, 2010
Heitke says his main priority is what's best for Willmar
WILLMAR -- Mayor Les Heitke says his main priority is what's best for Willmar. Heitke is completing his fourth four-year term as mayor and is seeking a fifth term in the Nov. 2 general election. He is opposed by businessman Frank Yanish. Heitke said he's repeatedly asked about city...
October 9, 2010 - 12:00am
September 21, 2010
Willmar's chief of police says major crime incidents are not connected
WILLMAR -- Police Chief David Wyffels wants the public to know that five major criminal offenses that have occurred on the city's southeast side during the last month -- including last Wednesday incident in which a police officer and squad car were shot at -- are not connected to...
September 21, 2010 - 12:00am
September 13, 2010
City Council approves Garfield condition report
WILLMAR -- A local architectural firm will prepare a report for the Willmar City Council on the condition of the Garfield School building.
September 13, 2010 - 12:00am