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January 3, 2015
2014 Year in Review for West Central Minnesota
Crime stories were once again the No. 1 news story in the region, as voted by members of the Tribune staff. Much of that has to do with the fallout from killings which occurred in 2013, and the culmination of those court cases, with a few new tragedies thrown into the mix. The finding...
life / extra
January 3, 2015 - 3:33am
December 31, 2014
Believe it or not: A tree felled in Madison, Minnesota, can land in Florida
DAWSON — Drop a large cottonwood tree in Madison, Minnesota, and it might just land in Orlando, Florida, believe it or not. Which is right where it did land: At the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum. There were a few stops on the way to Orlando, including Keystone, South Dakota,...
entertainment / showcase
December 31, 2014 - 9:27am
December 29, 2014
Bundle up as frigid conditions take hold
WILLMAR — Bundle up when venturing out. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen is advising that the area will see frigid temperatures for the next couple of days. Tonight’s temperature will dip to minus 8 degrees, and a northwest wind at 10 miles per hour will bring the...
news / local
December 29, 2014 - 10:30am
December 24, 2014
Weather mild, a little snowy for Christmas
Weather for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is forecast to be a bit gloomy in west central Minnesota with a little snow. There’s a chance of freezing drizzle followed by fog on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day brings a chance of snow and sleet in the morning and a chance of...
news / local
December 24, 2014 - 12:30pm
December 16, 2014
Litchfield hospital limits visitors due to flu
LITCHFIELD — Meeker Memorial Hospital has implemented visitor restrictions, effective immediately, to help protect patients, staff and the community from the spread of influenza. It is recommended that no children visit hospital patients. No one under 18 is allowed at this time...
December 16, 2014 - 11:14pm
Worthington farm fire kills 7,500 poults Tuesday
WORTHINGTON — About 7,500 three-week-old turkeys were lost in a turkey farm fire near Worthington early Tuesday morning. The nearby Round Lake Fire Department was dispatched at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday to a farm owned by Tim Meyer and Jeff Barber to the fire that’s believed to have...
December 16, 2014 - 11:12pm
December 14, 2014
Convictions published Dec. 15
The following is a list of convictions in Kandiyohi County for felony, gross misdemeanor and/or misdemeanor charges. The date listed is the date of the offense. Felony Bo Brian Anderson, 23, Faribault, theft, Oct. 9, 2013 Bo Brian Anderson, 23, Faribault, first-degree criminal...
news / local
December 14, 2014 - 11:33pm
December 12, 2014
Delivery of the West Central Tribune will be delayed Saturday
WILLMAR -- Delivery of the weekend edition of the West Central Tribune will be delayed due to production problems Friday night. Tribune presses normally start at midnight to ensure delivery to subscribers' doors by early morning, but difficulties Friday night have delayed production,...
news / local
December 12, 2014 - 11:27pm
Births published Dec. 13
Willmar births Girl to Cassandra Louise Bratts, Nov. 5 Girl to Rashelle Lee and Jamie Lee Mead, Nov. 11 Girl to Yajaira Sujery Calderon and Alex Isidro Sanots Rivera, Nov. 12 Girl to Fainus Siyad Watin and Sahane Bare Ali, Nov. 13 Girl to Megan Kay and Nathan Blaine Field, Nov....
news / local
December 12, 2014 - 10:17pm
November 30, 2014
Big Stone County GOP chairman resigns over Muslim comments
ORTONVILLE — The western Minnesota Republican Party county chairman who was criticized for comments about Muslims on his Facebook page has resigned. Big Stone County GOP Chair Jack Whitley called Muslims “parasites” and wrote “FRAG ‘EM!” when they travel to Mecca, which...
November 30, 2014 - 10:19pm
Records for Dec. 1
This is the records summary for Dec. 1. Theft WILLMAR — A wallet was reportedly stolen from a person at the Kandi Mall sometime Thursday night. The theft was reported at 10:32 a.m. Friday. SPICER — A resident in the 12000 block of Kandiyohi County Road 9 Northeast reported...
November 30, 2014 - 10:17pm
November 28, 2014
Warm the Children campaign gets underway for 2014
WILLMAR — The West Central Tribune has kicked off its 21st annual Warm the Children campaign. This campaign is designed to help provide warm winter clothing to area children. It is expected that up to 500 children across the region will receive clothing again this year, through...
November 28, 2014 - 11:37pm
Records for Nov. 29
This is the records summary for Nov. 29. Fire WILLMAR — A small fire started by oil from a turkey was reported at 10:27 a.m. Thursday in the 1800 block of Fifth Street Southwest. The Willmar Fire Department was called and assisted with ventilation. Theft WILLMAR — A resident...
November 28, 2014 - 11:36pm
November 27, 2014
Younger Hexum to serve probation for fleeing police after shooting near Granite Falls
MARSHALL — Derek Michael Hexum, 19, of Balaton, charged in connection with a shooting near Granite Falls, was sentenced this week in Lyon County on a charge stemming from a multi-county chase a few days after the shooting. Derek Hexum and his brother, Devin Donald Hexum, 21, of...
November 27, 2014 - 11:07pm
Records for Nov. 28
This is the records summary for Nov. 28. Accident MORGAN — One man was reportedly injured as the result of an accident Wednesday morning in Morgan. Rodney D. Voorhees, 52, of Montevideo, was traveling southbound on Minnesota Highway 67 when another car at a stop sign on Redwood...
November 27, 2014 - 11:03pm