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Willmar airport invites public to celebrate a decade of landings, takeoffs
Plans unveiled for new Willmar Surgery Center
Sioux Indian group wants Supreme Court to grant them promised land in heart of Minnesota
Family of Minnesota veteran lost to PTSD creates foundation for those returning from war
Small plane crash reported at Minnesota airport
Willmar offense comes alive in second half, downs Eagles
Cards fall to Rocori
Willmar loses early lead in loss to Marshall
Cardinals open season with shutout loss
Updated: Bridgewater out for season with dislocated knee, torn ACL
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
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
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
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
Victoria "Vicki" Lee
Steven Warren Sachs
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Connie Lee Ulferts (aka Key Carelli)
Will: A 'slush fund' by any other name
Letter: Day of reckoning is near
Letter: Governor should call special session
Marcus: Obliging a donor is not necessarily criminal
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Letter: Attack on Koenen wrong
In a letter to this paper on Oct. 29 Sue Quist, a supporter of Sen. Joe Gimse, complained that attacks on him were wrong. Despite using words such as slander, she didn't do much in the way of explaining what those attacks were and refuting them. Instead she chose to attack Sen. Lyle...
October 31, 2012 - 8:43am
Letter: District 17 need a good team
The new legislative District 17 (Kandiyohi, Renville, Chippewa and Swift counties) has the opportunity on Nov. 6 to elect an experienced and energetic team to represent them in St. Paul. The team is headed up by Sen. Lyle Koenen who has more than nine years of experience in the House...
October 31, 2012 - 8:30am
August 1, 2012
Letter: I am voting for Koenen
Dear fellow constituents and voters of state Senate District 17: Aug. 14 is primary election day in Minnesota. I have been a moderately conservative voter since 1974. I have supported Republicans perhaps 70 to 75 percent of the time. However, this year in the primary, I endorse...
August 1, 2012 - 12:00am
April 18, 2012
Lyle Koenen sworn in as District 20 senator
Lyle Koenen took the oath to become a Minnesota state senator Wednesday, taking the seat vacated with the death of veteran lawmaker Gary Kubly. "Welcome...
April 18, 2012 - 1:41pm
November 3, 2010
Koenen narrowly wins, returns in House District 20B
Lyle Koenen, DFL, Clara City, won election to a fifth term to represent a district that has been a DFL-stronghold by holding off a challenge by a young, but energetic and emerging Republican challenger, Brian Kohout of Olivia. Koenen held a 6,687 to 6,461 lead as unofficial results...
November 3, 2010 - 6:47am
District 20B: Lyle Koenen beats Brian Kohout with narrow 165-vote win
Update 4:00 a.m. Incumbent Lyle Koenen won a narrow 165-vote win over challenger Brian Kohout in House 20B with 100 percent of precincts reporting. With 77 of 77 precincts reporting as of 4:00 a.m., Koenen, D-Clara City, had 6,893 votes and Kohout, R-Olivia, had 6,728 votes.
November 3, 2010 - 4:00am
October 30, 2010
House 20B: Re-elect Lyle Koenen
The House 20B race is between Democrat incumbent Lyle Koenen and Republican challenger Brian Kohout. Koenen is seeking his fifth term. He has been a dairy farmer and is now a contract milk and school bus driver. His priority has been the rural needs of his district. He worked for...
October 30, 2010 - 12:00am
April 7, 2010
Photos as Sgt. Kruize's body arrives at Dover Air Force Base
A photo gallery of Sgt. Kruize's body arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware April 6, 2010.
April 7, 2010 - 4:21pm
Updated: 1993 Hancock graduate killed Sunday in Iraq
A Hancock High School graduate was killed Sunday in a noncombat-related injury, according to family sources. The soldier's father, Lyle Kruize...
April 7, 2010 - 12:28pm
November 11, 2009
For Willmar man, his war heroics aren't forgotten by faraway land
WILLMAR -- Lyle Sande of Willmar said he was surprised when a UPS driver delivered a letter-size package to his door last month. The package...
November 11, 2009 - 12:00am
November 10, 2009
Gatz announces bid for House District 20A seat
GRANITE FALLS -- Michelle Gatz, veteran's affairs and emergency management director in Yellow Medicine County, has announced her candidacy for...
November 10, 2009 - 12:00am
February 5, 2009
Pawlenty could cut LGA by 25%, leaving the amount cities receive at levels of more than a decade past
ST. PAUL -- Bill Clinton was president. Arne Carlson was governor. Gasoline was $1.15 a gallon. Six more years of new television episodes were...
February 5, 2009 - 12:00am
January 14, 2009
District Court, Kandiyohi County, Jan. 14
n Emilio Ozornia, 24, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, plus misdemeanor charges of driving after revocation and receiving stolen property. Unconditional bail was set at $75,000. His next appearance is...
January 14, 2009 - 12:00am
December 19, 2008
Smith gets 150 days in jail, stayed prison time for golf course burglary, theft and sale of scrap metal
WILLMAR -- Timothy Lee Smith, 22, of Litchfield was sentenced to 13 months in prison, which was stayed, $100 in fines and five years of probation on a third-degree burglary charge for burglarizing the Island Pines Golf Course in Atwater and a felony theft charge for stealing auto...
December 19, 2008 - 12:00am
December 17, 2008
Koenen says counties will feel state's pain
GRANITE FALLS -- Counties are sure to feel the state's financial pain, perhaps even before the Legislature convenes, State Rep. Lyle Koenen, DFL-Clara City, warned the Yellow Medicine County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday. Koenen told the commissioners that he expects Gov. Tim...
December 17, 2008 - 12:00am