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Audit: Minn. welfare programs have lax eligibility checks
It's back: Minnesota Senate has plan to revive Real ID
Planned Parenthood sees brief reprieve after healthcare bill yanked
State Fair doughnut fry leads to political fray
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CMCS rebounds to play for consolation crown
State Basketball: CMCS rebounds in consolation bracket
New England keeper Cropper has Minnesota roots
Gophers riding turnaround into NCAA Tournament
Relief prospect Chargois optioned to Triple-A
Donald Trump once called actress Emma Thompson for a date
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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American wines are gaining in popularity
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April 19, 2010
Red Wing prison guard accused of sexual contact with inmates
RED WING - Allegations of trysts with teenage male inmates could lead to time behind bars for a 37-year-old Minnesota Correctional Facility-Red Wing corrections officer. Goodhue County prosecutors on Wednesday charged Suzanne Marie Walstrom, Plum City, with third-degree criminal...
April 19, 2010 - 12:04pm
April 10, 2010
Cartoon by Gary Markstein
April 10, 2010 - 12:00am
April 8, 2010
Court affirms man's commitment to sex offender program
MONTEVIDEO -- The Minnesota Court of Appeals has affirmed Steven Allan Housman's commitment to the state sex offender program in St.
April 8, 2010 - 12:00am
April 7, 2010
Legislation could sock counties for long-term sex offender costs
WILLMAR -- Potential legislation that would saddle counties with the long-term costs of civilly committed sex offenders could cost local taxpayers millions of dollars. "We've got to scream and we've got to scream loud," said Kandiyohi County Family Services Director Jay Kieft. During...
April 7, 2010 - 12:00am
March 24, 2010
Second priest in the Irish sex abuse scandal served in North Dakota parishes
The key figure and most notorious abuser in a children's sex abuse scandal currently rocking the country of Ireland served as a priest in the Catholic Diocese of Fargo from 1979-83 The Rev. John Smythe, as he was known in North Dakota, also abused altar boys in St. Alphonsus parish...
March 24, 2010 - 2:20pm
March 6, 2010
Commentary: Protection from sex offenders
SAN DIEGO -- Like most in the San Diego area -- especially those of us who are parents -- I've spent the last few days processing the events surrounding the murder of 17-year-old Chelsea King with a mixture of sadness, frustration and rage. Mostly rage. Naturally, most of this anger...
March 6, 2010 - 12:00am
March 1, 2010
Lawyer: 15-yr sentence for Wisconsin sex scam 'fair'
WAUKESHA, Wis. - The lawyer for a Wisconsin teen convicted of using a Facebook scam to blackmail classmates into sex says the 15-year sentence is fair. Craig Kuhary represented 19-year-old Anthony Stancl of New Berlin. The teen pleaded no contest to two felony charges of sexual assault. Investigators...
March 1, 2010 - 10:06am
February 22, 2010
Minnesota legislative negotiators leave out sex offender facility expansion
ST. PAUL - Minnesota House and Senate negotiators early today rejected Gov. Tim Pawlenty's major request for a public works funding bill - $89 million to expand a Moose Lake sex offender treatment facility. Negotiators on the House-Senate conference committee that made the sex offender...
February 22, 2010 - 11:02am
Talks involve sex offender facility
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House and Senate negotiators considered expanding the state's sex offender treatment facilities and whether to protect communities downstream from a proposed Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project Sunday night. Legislative leaders want to take up the final version...
February 22, 2010 - 12:00am
February 10, 2010
Gov. wants longer sentences for those convicted of first-degree sex crimes
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to double some sex offender sentences, the latest in a series of related moves over the years. Under the...
February 10, 2010 - 12:00am
February 9, 2010
Update 11 a.m.: Pawlenty wants longer sex offender sentences
Update 11 a.m.
February 9, 2010 - 11:00am
February 4, 2010
Former Willmar resident faces sex charges for assaulting girl
WILLMAR -- A 31-year-old man from Brownsville, Texas, made his first court appearance Tuesday on multiple criminal sexual conduct charges for...
February 4, 2010 - 12:00am
December 16, 2009
Teen faces charges for alleged sexual assault of a toddler
WILLMAR -- A 19-year-old Willmar man made his first appearance Monday on criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a girl while she was between the ages of 1 and 3 years old. Martin William Danielson faces two first-degree charges as a juvenile in Kandiyohi...
December 16, 2009 - 12:00am
December 15, 2009
Chippewa County sex predator committed to offender program
MONTEVIDEO -- A convicted sex offender who had been just a few hours from being released from prison to the streets of his hometown is now indefinitely...
December 15, 2009 - 12:00am
December 10, 2009
Spicer man faces crim sex charge after DNA evidence implicates him in performing sex act on man while he slept
WILLMAR -- A 45-year-old Spicer man made his first appearance Tuesday on a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge for allegedly performing...
December 10, 2009 - 12:00am