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Kandiyohi County Board to meet Friday
Truth-in-Taxation hearing to be held Monday at Willmar council meeting
U.S. presidential commission issues recommendations on cyber security
AgweekTV: Weather outlook
U.S. retirement investors not hitting post-election panic button
Dragons win first of two on northern road trip
Slagter scores 31 in Cards' tournament win
Aggressive D key to Cardinals' victory
Sartell/Sauk Rapids blanks Willmar
Gophers look to toughen up after first loss
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'
Willmar area cattle sorters leaving their mark on growing sport
Read Live it! December-January issue
Knowing personalized risk for diabetes may not change lifestyles
Around our region published Nov. 30
Willmar Senior High announces first-term honor roll
Evelyn R. Yanish
Todd D. Johnson
Helen W. Olson
Cartoon by Tom Stiglich
Letter: Treat all ladies with respect
Minnesota Opinion: Free Vikes-tix perk 'looks bad' for all
Estrich commentary: Living in the Trump twilight
Editorial: Time for two school sides to find agreement
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
June 2, 2016
Man, 82, to pay four female family members $37,500 each in sexual abuse settlement
GLENWOOD — In a joint lawsuit settlement, four family members of an 82-year-old Starbuck man will receive a combined $150,000 from him as judgment for sexual abuse they say happened as long ago as 1973 and as recently as 2013. The personal injury lawsuit filed in March against Walter...
June 2, 2016 - 11:11pm
April 19, 2016
Advocates aim to keep Crookston Diocese priest convicted of sex abuse from return to ministry
FARGO -- In hopes of preventing a Catholic priest from returning to the ministry after his conviction for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl while serving in the region more than a decade ago, a support group is seeking possible victims in the Fargo area. Megan Peterson and Barbara...
April 19, 2016 - 5:30am
March 29, 2016
List of the 16 former priests of the New Ulm Diocese accused of sexual abuse
The names of 16 former priests of the New Ulm Diocese, who have been identified as being credibly accused of sexually abusing minors, were released...
March 29, 2016 - 6:48pm
Willmar women speak out as New Ulm Diocese priests accused of sexual abuse are named
WILLMAR -- The names of 16 former priests of the New Ulm Diocese, who have been identified as being credibly accused of sexually abusing minors,...
March 29, 2016 - 6:45pm
March 8, 2016
Dawson man, 61, faces charges after massaging 14-year-old girl
DAWSON — A 61-year-old Dawson man has been charged with second-degree and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct in Lac qui Parle County District Court. Garry Lee Ochsendorf was arrested in February after a 14-year-old girl told law enforcement she had been sexually abused by him....
March 8, 2016 - 11:23pm
March 3, 2016
Businessman faces lawsuits related to sexual abuse
WILLMAR — Willmar businessman Peter Clare Hoagland pleaded guilty in October to eight counts of criminal sexual conduct in Kandiyohi County...
March 3, 2016 - 12:21pm
October 15, 2014
Editorial: Agreement is historic in nature and healing
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and sexual abuse victims took a major step toward healing Monday with the announcement of a historic lawsuit settlement and agreement on future child protection. At an emotional news conference Monday, church officials and sexual abuse...
October 15, 2014 - 5:00am
April 16, 2014
Minn. religous sect leader charged with sexually abusing girls, remains at large
PINE CITY, Minn. – A minister who led a cult-like religious sect in northern Pine County sexually abused numerous girls and young women who...
April 16, 2014 - 1:00pm
December 24, 2013
Wright Co. cancels contract with ex-priest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former priest who denies accusations of sexual abuse from the 1960s and 1980s has been suspended from teaching sex education for Wright County. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/1hBuoZq ) Harry Walsh has taught birth control, sexual disease prevention...
December 24, 2013 - 8:00am
December 12, 2013
Sex abuse lawsuit filed against New Ulm Diocese; lawyers seeking accused priest names
WILLMAR — Attorneys from the Jeff Anderson law firm have filed a sexual abuse lawsuit on behalf of a man who says he was abused in 1982 by the Rev. Francis Markey at St. Andrew Parish in Granite Falls. They are also requesting the release of the names of priests accused of abusing...
December 12, 2013 - 11:16pm
Sex abuse lawsuit filed against New Ulm Diocese, lawyers seeking accused priest names
WILLMAR — Attorneys from the Jeff Anderson law firm will announce today the filing of a sexual abuse lawsuit, on behalf of a man abused in 1982 by the Rev. Francis Markey at St. Andrew Parish in Granite Falls. The lawsuit names the Diocese of New Ulm and Servants of the Paraclete...
December 12, 2013 - 11:55am
October 18, 2013
Minn. police ask sex abuse victims to step up
ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Paul police on Thursday asked anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse by a priest to come forward and report their experiences to law enforcement. Police Cmdr. Mary Nash addressed potential victims directly during a news conference, saying: "We want to...
October 18, 2013 - 8:05am
September 16, 2013
Women take Catholic diocese to court over Willmar priest abuse
ST. PAUL -- Two women who say a Willmar Catholic priest abused them as girls said today they are taking church officials to court to prevent...
September 16, 2013 - 5:00pm
August 22, 2013
Bemidji, Minn., School District sued over alleged sex abuse
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- The Bemidji School District was named as the defendant in three lawsuits filed Wednesday in regards to alleged sexual abuse carried out by a former teacher. St. Paul-based attorney Jeff Anderson filed the suits on behalf of three victims who say they were sexually...
August 22, 2013 - 2:55pm
August 7, 2013
Mille Lacs County, Minn., deputy could face more abuse allegations, prosecutor says
FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- An Otter Tail County prosecutor believes more victims may have been sexually abused by a Mille Lacs County deputy at summer camp. Aaron Heuer, 29, is accused of having sexual contact with four boys while volunteering as a fishing guide at Lutheran Island...
August 7, 2013 - 11:00am