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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
Bruce & Deb Johnson
Russel & Dorraine Miller
October 21, 2016
Marcus commentary: Trump's alleged groping in depressing
WASHINGTON—The arm went around my shoulder. Then the hand began to creep, farther and farther, down the neckline of my dress. I was 20,...
October 21, 2016 - 12:52am
September 8, 2016
Brainerd H.S. prom night sexual assault case continues
One man has taken a plea deal and another is awaiting a jury trial in an alleged rape case involving two victims occurring the night of the 2014...
September 8, 2016 - 10:27pm
July 9, 2016
Civil trial in sex assault case set for 2017
WILLMAR—A jury trial has been set in the civil case against Willmar businessman Peter Clare Hoagland, accused of sexual assault against minors. The next hearing in the civil personal injury lawsuit, pursued by two of the alleged victims, is not scheduled until summer of 2017....
July 9, 2016 - 12:24am
June 10, 2016
‘Monster” of a man gets 30 years for turning 13-year-old Minnesotan into online sex slave
LAKE ELMO -- A man convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl — whom he never met in person — got a prison sentence of nearly 30 years Thursday...
June 10, 2016 - 5:30am
June 3, 2016
Court filing details why Heinrich is suspected in Wetterling case
MINNEAPOLIS - A court document filed this week in connection with the federal child pornography case against Danny Heinrich spells out why he...
June 3, 2016 - 5:30am
May 24, 2016
Bill Cosby to stand trial in sexual assault case
LOS ANGELES - Bill Cosby will be tried on all charges of sexual assault brought by a Pennsylvania district attorney, a judge ruled on Tuesday.Cosby...
May 24, 2016 - 12:42pm
May 2, 2016
Employee of Granite Falls home for vulnerable adults faces sexual assault charges
GRANITE FALLS — A male employee at a Granite Falls home for vulnerable adults has been charged in Yellow Medicine County District Court for...
May 2, 2016 - 11:00pm
April 3, 2016
South Dakota rancher sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for aggravated incest
WINNER, S.D. - A 40-year-old Winner rancher will spend 4.5 years in prison for aggravated incest, according to the South Dakota U.S. attorney’s office. Clinton Pierce was sentenced earlier this week by U.S. District Judge Roberto Lange. According to his indictment, between...
April 3, 2016 - 12:26pm
March 16, 2016
Minnesotan who impregnated 12-year-old girl is sentenced
WALKER -- A 27-year-old Maplewood man will serve 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old female and impregnating her during the assault that took place in August of 2014 at the Palace Casino in Cass Lake, court documents stated. Travion Jarel Allen pled guilty last...
March 16, 2016 - 9:06am
February 13, 2016
Man gets 13 years for sexually assaulting Litchfield boy
LITCHFIELD — The Meeker County Attorney sought a life sentence for Michael James Vieau, a St. Paul man convicted of first-degree criminal sexual...
February 13, 2016 - 12:04am
February 9, 2016
Court orders mental health treatment for man charged in sexual assault
WILLMAR — A Willmar man charged with sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in December 2014 was deemed mentally ill at a court hearing Tuesday. Richard Gerald Otterness, 77, was ordered in Kandiyohi County District Court to serve six months in a treatment facility. Otterness was...
February 9, 2016 - 8:41pm
January 18, 2016
Minnesota man allegedly attempts sexual assault during daughter’s sleepover
CROSBY - A 34-year-old man is facing two criminal sexual conduct charges after Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office investigated a report of a sexual assault. Ricky Matthew Venne allegedly lured his daughter’s 16-year-old friend to his bedroom to sexually assault her in the early hours...
January 18, 2016 - 11:42pm
December 30, 2015
Bill Cosby charged with felony sexual assault in Pennsylvania
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) - Comedian Bill Cosby was charged on Wednesday with sexually assaulting a woman in 2004 after plying her with drugs and alcohol, marking the first criminal case against a once-beloved performer whose father-figure persona was already left tattered by dozens...
December 30, 2015 - 1:17pm
September 20, 2015
Grant allows authorities, sex assault victims to collaborate
DULUTH — Earlier this summer, the Duluth Police Department reported to the state that it had 565 untested sexual assault kits going back more than 20 years. It’s a number that law enforcement officers, prosecutors and victims’ advocates alike want to see reduced. Those untested...
September 20, 2015 - 11:08pm
August 28, 2015
Fourth girl accuses priest of sexual assault
DULUTH — A Hibbing priest has been named by a fourth accuser for sexual assault and now faces seven felony counts in State District Court. Fr. Brian Michael Lederer, who was charged in May with inappropriately touching three girls, has now been charged with touching another girl. He’s...
August 28, 2015 - 10:17pm