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Agriculture funding bills prioritize new Minnesota crops
Pipeline opponents vow fight as Trump approves Keystone XL
GOP scrambling for health bill votes after ultimatum from Trump
Ms. Simplicity: Gift-giving during a health crisis
New London man charged with stalking
State Basketball: CMCS rebounds in consolation bracket
Bears sign QB Sanchez to one-year deal
Minnesota State Boys Basketball Tournament -- Thursday roundup
Flyers keep Wild in check as Minnesota woes continue
Boys basketball: 'Jays leave feeling blue
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
Play our Basketball Brackets Challenge
Ruth O. Jones
John E. Vold
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
Port: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response “inaccurate and offensive”
American wines are gaining in popularity
Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Swift: The new 'Maximum Overdrive': Could our appliances be too smart?
February 9, 2017
Paynesville man charged with arson of apartment complex
ST. CLOUD—Stearns County authorities on Thursday charged a 27-year-old Paynesville man with two felony counts of first-degree arson in...
February 9, 2017 - 12:39pm
September 28, 2016
Willmar Police dog helps track, apprehend suspect
WILLMAR—A 38-year-old Spicer man with a warrant is in jail Wednesday, partially thanks to Willmar Police K-9 dog Axel, who tracked the...
September 28, 2016 - 10:04am
July 25, 2016
Former ag association treasurer to serve jail time for $50,000 theft
WILLMAR -- Before he was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail, the former treasurer of the West Central Ag Sales Association apologized to the...
July 25, 2016 - 11:50pm
June 23, 2016
Man pleads guilty to assaulting a corrections officer
WILLMAR — A 47-year-old man accused of assaulting a police officer at the Kandiyohi County Jail last summer pleaded guilty to fourth-degree...
June 23, 2016 - 9:34pm
May 8, 2016
Jail inmates with mental health needs
By Marino Eccher and Elizabeth Mohr St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL — Tim Leslie still remembers the house on Victoria and Selby where he’d regularly respond to calls as a patrol officer from a resident who was convinced there was something landing on the roof. There wasn’t,...
May 8, 2016 - 11:02pm
May 2, 2016
Woman accused of trying to bring drugs into jail appears in court
OLIVIA — A woman who attempted to take cocaine, methamphetamine, a hypodermic needle and two cans of beer into the Renville County Jail using...
May 2, 2016 - 10:00pm
March 4, 2016
Minnesota county jails fail the mentally ill
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s office released a highly critical report Thursday on the state of mental health services within the county jail system. The report detailed a lack of training and resources for correctional workers — and noted that state laws didn’t...
March 4, 2016 - 5:30am
October 9, 2015
Economic tipping point triggers prison campaign
APPLETON — At a time when most agricultural counties were adding jobs, Swift County saw its unemployment rate pop up to 8.3 percent, the highest in the state. This was in June, when county officials also learned about a proposal by the Minnesota Department of Corrections asking...
October 9, 2015 - 10:10pm
September 1, 2015
Kandiyohi County to contract out jail health services
WILLMAR — In a transition expected to be complete by the end of this year, health services at the Kandiyohi County Jail will be turned over to a private contractor. The measure, which will include increased access to much needed mental health services, was approved Tuesday by the...
September 1, 2015 - 11:11pm
August 18, 2015
Renville County Jail receives good reviews
OLIVIA — There are not too many accolades given to county jails, but the Renville County Jail has picked up a few important ones recently. One came from a rock star “guest” that put the jail in the national limelight. The other came from the federal Department of Corrections. Ned...
August 18, 2015 - 11:11pm
May 7, 2015
Three inmates escape from New Richmond (Wis.) correctional center; New Richmond schools closed
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. -- New Richmond Schools are closed Thursday following an escape by three inmates from the St. Croix County Correctional Center in New Richmond at about 10:15 Wednesday night. The inmates are still at large, but New Richmond Police Chief Mark Samelstad said Thursday...
May 7, 2015 - 11:22am
April 22, 2015
Northern Minn. jailer accused of having sex with inmate
PARK RAPIDS -- A former Hubbard County jailer has been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct after being accused of having an affair with an inmate. Emily Louise Yliniemi, 36, Ponsford, left the department under pressure in late February. She makes an initial appearance...
April 22, 2015 - 9:00am
March 4, 2015
Kandiyohi County Community Corrections continues to restructure
WILLMAR— Following a year of intense review, the Kandiyohi County Community Corrections Department is taking another step forward to restructure how employees do their jobs. The end result could be more face-to-face time with clients in the county’s criminal justice system instead...
March 4, 2015 - 11:16pm
August 3, 2014
Kandiyohi County Jail licensed for full capacity starting Sept. 1 to accommodate more state prisoners
WILLMAR –– After sitting empty for about three years, an unused pod in the Kandiyohi County Jail will be reopened Sept.1, staffed with four...
August 3, 2014 - 11:09pm
June 18, 2014
Kandiyohi County considers accepting more state prisoners for up to $1.2M in revenue
WILLMAR –– Kandiyohi County could get up to $1.2 million in revenue in the next year by housing more prisoners from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The county already boards 40 DOC prisoners but in order to house the 20 additional prisoners the state would like to send...
June 18, 2014 - 11:24pm