Skip to main content
West Central Tribune
Willmar School Board meets Monday
Man found dead under television at Minnesota home
Woman, five children rescued from Alexandria townhome fire
Truck hits State Patrol car, injuring trooper, then drives off
Willmar teen gets probation, community service for bomb threat
Blaze makes first appearance at CMCS pep rally
Bluejays take down LQPV on road
WarHawks hit hard early, fall to 'Jacks
Vikings look to climb back into playoff race
Willmar artist to paint community mural
'Mostly Minnesota Christmas' now playing
Lauded singer, poet Leonard Cohen dead at 82
'The Wall' on stage Friday at The Barn
Singer with regional ties talks about time on 'The Voice'
'Prairie Angels' makes a timely arrival in Renville County
Who's the most overpaid actor in Hollywood?
Benson, Minn., native pens: 'Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love'"
Heavy teenage drinking linked to abnormal brain development
PieLogNog: A great holiday mashup
Curtis Burr Accola
Gregory W. Johnson
Ruth V. Thayer
Frances A. King
Vernon "Bud" Blindt
Letter: Let's show more appreciation
Letter: Why downtowns are failing
Letter: More alike than different
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Our values have hit rock bottom
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
August 27, 2013
Heat leaves mark on state fair with major decline in daily attendance
FALCON HEIGHTS — The Bennett family was well prepared for searing heat at the Minnesota State Fair. The frozen grapes, plentiful water, white T-shirts, changes of clothes and extra deodorant helped, but were not enough to make the Rice Lake, Wis., family actually cool Tuesday. “Just...
August 27, 2013 - 11:46pm
August 26, 2013
Samatar, first Somali elected to Minn. office, dead at age 45
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hussein Samatar, a Minneapolis school board member and the first Somali elected to public office in Minnesota, has died of complications from leukemia. He was 45. Samatar played a prominent role in the city’s business and education communities. He was elected...
August 26, 2013 - 11:57pm
State test scores indicate improvement in math
WILLMAR — Minnesota’s students scored better than last year in state standardized tests in math but not quite as well in science. The...
August 26, 2013 - 11:36pm
August 24, 2013
Editorial: The time for reconciliation is now here
It has been more than 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War broke out in the Minnesota River Valley. The war started on Aug. 17, 1862, when four young Dakota men murdered five white settlers near Acton Township in Meeker County. It ended on Sept. 26, 1862, when the Dakota Peace Party...
August 24, 2013 - 6:52am
Letter: Correcting the ag record
I'm sorry that I once again have to correct the record with respect to the comments offered by Tim Miller. First, let me say that the overall response to our agriculture bill was very positive. By working with farmers and producers, we passed a bill that further strengthened our state's...
August 24, 2013 - 5:05am
August 23, 2013
Editorial: State Fair remains the great Minnesota Get-Together
Minnesota's State Fair -- 12 days for fun-filled excitement -- has begun on the fairgrounds in Falcon Heights. This fair is big. In fact, the fair's own media guide totals more than 100 pages. You can follow the State Fair on Twitter @mnstatefair, on Instagram @mnstatefair or Facebook....
August 23, 2013 - 6:56am
August 22, 2013
Drought making comeback in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Drought is making a comeback in Minnesota. Thursday's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows a new area of moderate drought centered on Carlton and northern Pine counties in eastern Minnesota. Farmers there have been struggling with stressed crops and...
August 22, 2013 - 11:06am
August 21, 2013
Farm tax cancellation not part of special legislative session
ST. PAUL -- Farmers will have to wait to see if legislators will overturn a new tax they pay. Legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton this...
August 21, 2013 - 11:10am
August 20, 2013
Opinions on guns continue to divide
ST. PAUL — Gun opponents testified Tuesday that they felt uncomfortable earlier this year when they knew gun advocates were packing in the Capitol, but a key opponent admitted he likely will not win a gun ban. Gun proponents far outnumbered opponents in the meeting, called to...
August 20, 2013 - 11:54pm
August 19, 2013
Update: Minnesota man charged with 1999 Iowa slaying
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota man is facing a first-degree murder charge in the 1999 slaying of an Iowa woman after a recent review of the cold case developed new information leading to the arrest, police said. Deshaun Lamont Phillips, 34, of Lakeville, Minn., was already...
August 19, 2013 - 1:47pm
Human remains found in ashes of hunting shack in Minnesota
TOWER, Minn. (AP) — St. Louis County authorities say human remains have been found in the ashes of a hunting shack near Tower in northeastern Minnesota. A statement from the St. Louis County sheriff's office says the owner of the hunting shack discovered the structure had been...
August 19, 2013 - 8:29am
August 17, 2013
Updated: 4 teen girls hurt in Belgrade, Minn., crash, 1 remains hospitalized
BELGRADE -- Four teenaged girls were injured in a two-vehicle accident Friday night in Belgrade. Two of the girls sustained serious injuries. According to the State Patrol, at about 10 p.m. a 2001 Nissan Altima driven by Arianna Vidger, 18, of Fargo, was going north on U.S....
August 17, 2013 - 6:43am
Editorial: Statewide housing outlook is improving
There are positive signs in the real estate market across west central Minnesota and the rest of the state. The number of foreclosures is continuing to decline across the state, according to the Minnesota Homeownership Center. Housing demand is beginning to stabilize or increase...
August 17, 2013 - 5:00am
August 16, 2013
Minnesota Opinion: On MNsure plan heads in right direction:
From The Associated Press An excerpt from recent Minnesota editorials. On MNsure plan heads in right direction: As Minnesota embarks on its plan to open the state health insurance exchange Oct. 1, public buy-in will be key to its success and that buy-in will be driven by the quantity...
August 16, 2013 - 2:00am
August 14, 2013
Minnesota group wants wolf hunt canceled
ST. PAUL — An organization opposed to wolf hunting and trapping launched a petition drive Wednesday in hopes of killing this year’s season. Pointing to a state report showing a 700 wolf population decline in five years, Howling for Wolves founder Maureen Hackett called the...
August 14, 2013 - 11:28pm