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Opening eyes to danger on the road
Willmar hospital and clinic seek affiliation with CentraCare of St. Cloud
Minnesota heroin dealer found guilty in first of 4 deaths
Residents of halfway house found two men dead from overdoses - their drug counselors
Minnesota lawmakers plan to wrap up special session Thursday as hundreds protest
Prep Softball: Gjerde does Saints' heavy lifting
Local Roundup: Area tennis players advance to 6A semifinals
Vikings still don't know if Bridgewater will ever play in NFL again
Twins' Hughes may not miss many games
Former Minnesota high school hockey star, current Penguins veteran Cullen playing Game 7 like it's his last
Former Arkansas Gov. takes 'Huckabee' from Fox News to religious broadcaster
Ellen DeGeneres lands new Netflix stand up special
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
David J. Peterson
Marilyn Ruth Rusthoven
Dr. Richard Clausen
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Commentary: The genius of Roger Ailes
Letter: Give families options for early childhood education
Commentary: Federal power spins its ever-growing web
Parents of slain DNC staffer: Stop politicizing our son's murder
June 9, 2016
Plymouth officer not charged in shooting death
MINNEAPOLIS — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he will not press charges against a Plymouth police officer who shot a man to death during a struggle last summer at an Arby’s restaurant. Officer Amy Therkelsen and three restaurant employees wrestled to get the Plymouth...
June 9, 2016 - 9:30pm
April 15, 2016
Letter: Willmar officer goes above and beyond
My husband and I would like to thank one of our local police officers, Officer Jason Keith. A few years ago I was in a car accident and Officer...
April 15, 2016 - 2:00am
February 12, 2016
Suspect in Fargo officer shooting was charged with murder in 1988
FARGO — Officer Jason Moszer isn't the first man Marcus Schumacher is accused of shooting and killing.
February 12, 2016 - 9:26am
November 19, 2015
Videos show Minnesota officer having sex in city office, another entering admin's locked office
NEWPORT, Minn. -- A Newport patrol officer and a custodian were caught on surveillance video entering a city administrator’s locked office after hours, and separate surveillance footage shows another police officer having sex in a public works office, a report says. The details...
November 19, 2015 - 1:09pm
December 17, 2014
Local law enforcement agencies welcome two new four-legged officers
WILLMAR — The newest members of the local law enforcement family have arrived: canine officers Axel and Cooper. Axel and Cooper, one-year-old...
December 17, 2014 - 10:55pm
November 24, 2014
Prosecutor: No indictment for Ferguson officer Wilson
A white Missouri police officer will not be charged for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in August, authorities said on Monday, after...
November 24, 2014 - 8:30pm
May 29, 2014
'Hurts like heck': Thief steals officer's coat, medals from 94-year-old World War II veteran
WAHPETON, N.D. Maybe the thief wanted something to wear on Memorial Day.
May 29, 2014 - 9:00am
December 20, 2013
UPDATE: Three Willmar Police officers hurt in assault, suspect in court today
WILLMAR — All three Willmar Police officers hurt in a Thursday afternoon assault by a 23-year-old man are doing fine, according to Police Chief David Wyffels. The three officers were attacked and assaulted when they went to arrest Cody Lee Friese of Willmar. The incident happened...
December 20, 2013 - 10:10am
November 30, 2013
Cold Spring marks 1 year since officer's death
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — Residents of Cold Spring marked the one-year anniversary of the shooting death of local police officer Tom Decker with an evening candlelight vigil. The St. Cloud Times reports that city employees organized the Friday vigil at the request of Decker's...
November 30, 2013 - 7:00am
January 4, 2013
Different suspect questioned in Cold Spring officer slaying commits suicide
January 4, 2013 - 5:14pm
November 30, 2012
Slain Cold Spring officer had previously worked in Watkins Police Dept. in Meeker County
Police officer Tom Decker, who was fatally shot in Cold Spring, had formerly worked in law enforcement in Meeker County. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Decker died at the scene after he was shot late Thursday behind an apartment in Cold Springs. Officer Decker, 31, worked...
November 30, 2012 - 10:01am
UPDATE: Authorities identify Cold Spring police officer killed during routine check
COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities say the police officer who was fatally shot in central Minnesota is 31-year-old Tom Decker of the Cold Spring Police Department. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner says Decker died at the scene after he was shot late Thursday behind an apartment...
November 30, 2012 - 9:27am
July 5, 2012
Willmar man faces fleeing charge; allegedly fled deputy at over 100 mph
WILLMAR -- Dennis James Vosbury, 23, of Willmar, made his first appearance Tuesday on a felony charge of fleeing a peace officer for allegedly fleeing from a Kandiyohi County Sheriff's deputy at speeds over 100 mph early Sunday morning. Unconditional bail was set at $10,000. His...
July 5, 2012 - 10:00am
January 19, 2012
Editorial: Council is right on hiring officers
The Willmar City Council correctly approved the recommendation to hire two replacement police officers. The council's decision was decided by Mayor Frank Yanish's tiebreaking vote in support of the police officer hires, which was recommended by the Labor Relations Committee, City...
January 19, 2012 - 12:00am
June 14, 2011
Park Rapids officer injured after being dragged by shoplifting suspect in high speed getaway attempt
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. - A Park Rapids police officer was injured trying to detain a shoplifting suspect Tuesday afternoon, who then led police on a high speed chase through Park Rapids.
June 14, 2011 - 4:17pm