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Philando Castile family reaches nearly $3 million settlement with city for fatal traffic stop
1 dead, 2 treated after apparent CO poisoning during weekend boating excursion
Minn. DNR fee increases take effect July 1
Dusty wheat fields signal peak for glut
Harvick makes strong case as NASCAR title contender
Former Green Bay Packers star charged with slapping daughter
Minor league baseball players lose appeal over wages
Willmar Fests tennis champs crowned
Running: Gustafson, Reigstad win Foot Lake 4 races
Sandy Hook families urge NBC to drop Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones interview
20 new and returning TV shows that you should check out this summer
'Bachelor in Paradise' production halted, show in question after alleged 'misconduct' on set
'Big Fish' a lovely piece of Americana at The Barn in Willmar
Sam Hunt, the R&B-loving country star, is challenging Nashville rules - and winning
Pedal for Project Impact 2017: Local cyclists ride for a reason
Exhibit documents Willmar festival
Studio Hop 2017 continues today
'Sweet Land the Musical': Rural debut is tonight where movie was made
'Red, White and Tuna': Comedy opens tonight at Little Theatre in New London
Latest issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
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AstroBob: Fireflies - green sparks in the dark
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Column: How can we lift the tension between law enforcement and motorists of color?
Faith Conversations: Wife moving forward after sudden death ministry partner
Column: 4-H speaking inspires, prompts memories of grandfather
Apple TV may be getting Amazon video app this fall
WCT Sports Show: Three things we've learned
U.S. appeals court blocks release of Guantanamo Bay force-feeding videos
WCT Sports Show: Top 10 Basketball Games of the Year
Video: State Basketball: Miracle heave sends CMCS to defeat in Class A quarters
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April 2, 2016
Commentary: Rand to receive a football honor
Rand Middleton’s relationship with the West Central Tribune and its readers has spanned four decades. He has been covering Willmar football...
April 2, 2016 - 3:00am
March 17, 2011
Crowe ending his pool years
You might refer to Steve Crow in this town as "Mr. Youth Swimming." For 26 years he's coached competitive swimming for kids starting as young as five years old. He's stepping down this month. No particular reason, he said. "It just seems right after 41 years (around the pool)." The...
March 17, 2011 - 12:00am
March 10, 2011
Ex-Cardinals guide team to Big Show
Dave Aus, whose Blaine Bengals played here in early December winning 6-4, takes the school from the Metro's north suburbs back to the boys Class AA state tournament a sixth straight year. Lee Smith's Eden Prairie Eagles got bumped out of sections by Minnetonka last year after winning...
March 10, 2011 - 12:00am
January 13, 2011
No place like Nome for Ridgewater wrestler
When Lonnie Booshu, an Eskimo by birth, went home for the holidays, it was a 15-hour-plus trip via Alaska Airlines. He's back now, in Willmar, admittedly a little homesick already. Booshu wrestles at 125 pounds for the Ridgewater College team. He graduated in a class of 46 from Nome...
January 13, 2011 - 12:00am
November 26, 2010
Willmar boys hockey ready to scrap with big dogs
The Willmar Cardinal football team didn't always win, but they were never boring. Even in the 14-point loss to Brainerd, Willmar piled up 320 yards of offense and had three explosive runs from 45 to 70 yards. The boys hockey team could deliver much of the same entertainment. Like...
November 26, 2010 - 12:00am
September 30, 2010
Lady Warriors red-hot with local flavoring
The hottest team in town, not the hottest ticket -- that would be Cardinal football -- is the Ridgewater College women's volleyball team. Crowds are small, but growing as the victories mount. The Lady Warriors are 21-1 and, for what it's worth, voted No. 1 by Division III coaches...
September 30, 2010 - 12:00am
August 13, 2010
Wrestling coach takes job at Albany
Casey Johnson has the Willmar Cardinals wrestling program on an upward trajectory but he won't be on board to savor it. The 29-year-old physical education teacher will be teaching and coaching elsewhere this school year. "It's bittersweet," he said this week of his departure after...
August 13, 2010 - 12:00am
June 9, 2010
Erickson throwing in grandpa's circle: Hannah Smith to play for L. Warriors
ary Erickson will end her high school sports career at the state track meet on Friday. She will compete in the discus throw, the Class AA division, on Friday morning at Hamline University. She takes after her late grandfather, Bob Erickson, who threw the plate for the Cardinals....
June 9, 2010 - 12:00am
May 6, 2010
50 years in the dugout ends for Elsie
Elsie Klemmetson has hinted at retirement before but this time he means it. He's turned in his VFW uniforms, scorebooks and lineup cards. That...
May 6, 2010 - 12:00am
April 15, 2010
Sussenguth to play at Southwest Minnesota State
After three years on the Willmar Cardinal varsity and two with the Ridgewater College Warriors, Casey Sussenguth leaves town next fall to attend Southwest Minnesota State University. "I really wanted to play at the next level," said Sussenguth, who averaged 20.6 points, 9.6 rebounds...
April 15, 2010 - 12:00am
July 8, 2009
Netland: A catcher behind a keyboard
Dwayne Netland had a long and brilliant career in journalism, but the spring of 1950 stands out. He was a senior at Willmar High School, getting ready for graduation and, presumably, for prom. He was the catcher and leadoff hitter for the Willmar Cardinals baseball team that won...
July 8, 2009 - 12:00am
April 2, 2009
When Red River overflowed, youth came running
Where it sits, Fargo/Moorhead just asks for trouble. The flatland twin towns straddle the Red River, lazy in summer but a hellion come spring. Neither city has protected itself with permanent levees or a diversion canal substantial enough to keep the river in its channel. When the...
April 2, 2009 - 12:00am
What was great in '08 ... one reporter's notebook
Memories are little mental snapshots we carry with us, sometimes for days, others for a lifetime. Here's my top recollections from the Willmar sports beat in 2008, in no particular order and in no way meant to be definitive. . Adam Lindblad hitting a pull-up jump shot from the...
January 2, 2009 - 12:00am
December 4, 2008
New Card hoops team has tough act to follow
What will the Willmar boys basketball team do for an encore? Last season will be hard to equal -- a 17-1 conference record, Section 2AAA champion, third place in the state tournament and 25 wins. The last time Willmar took home hardware from the state tournament was in 1958. The...
December 4, 2008 - 12:00am
September 20, 2008
Land's natural beauty preserved for all
I don't get around much, but last fall I found myself on main street in Moab, Utah. Moviemakers discovered Moab in the 1950s. Nearby parks and the Colorado River drew tourists and adventures. Most recently, mountain bikers made the hard-rock plateaus surrounding this distance outpost...
September 20, 2008 - 12:00am