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Contract awarded for Peach Creek diversion
Veteran’s issues topic for town hall meeting Tuesday in Willmar
Watkins man charged with beating woman with baseball bat
Citizens’ group asks Benson Schools to reconsider decision to close pool
City takes over fuel sales at Willmar Airport
NWL Baseball: Bucks score four in 10th to best Stingers
WNBA: Sparks put emphatic end to Lynx’ record win streak
Area Baseball: SH/M Legion splits two games at tourney
MLB: Yankees hand Twins 50th loss
NHL: Wild buy out Thomas Vanek
Chippewa County Fair featuring two big bands in one night
Pioneer Public TV announces local PBS Kids Writers contest winners
Willmar woman to audition for 'The Voice'
Netflix price hikes could lead to customers bailing
Review: Hats off to 'Mary Poppins'
Here are the Willmar Fests Ambassador nominees
Cardettes final tune-up for Fests parade
Willmar Fests Kiddie Parade marches on
Willmar Fests new Junior Ambassadors picked
Spicer Graffiti: 'I was a Teenage Carhop'
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
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Perry H. Smith
Lois (Rheingans) Aasland
Edgar B. Zimmerman
Larry D. Ellingson
Orrian W. Syverson
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Midwest Opinion: Great Lakes diversion deal is a good outcome
Commentary: The risk factor of Donald Trump
Commentary: Trump's pivot to Damascus
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
Global markets dive, Prime Minister David Cameron to resign after British vote to leave EU
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...
opinion / commentary
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...
sports / Cardinals
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...
sports / Ridgewater
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...
sports / college / Ridgewater
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....
sports / prep
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...
sports / prep
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