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Fewer applicants this time as Willmar PD seeks to fill officer position
Democrats in disarray on eve of convention to nominate Clinton
Rumor of BNSF backing out of Willmar railroad bypass project called 'ludicrous'
Paynesville man, 22, injured in motorcycle crash
UPDATED: Rural church near Sacred Heart destroyed by fire
Jed Carlson column: 'Rand Jr.' looks back on his sports icon
Roundup: Chuckers earn spot in County Line title game
Stingers sweep pair on Sunday
Richards lifts Glenwood past BOLD and into state tournament
Hundreds enjoy an evening of music at Robbins Island
'American Crime Story,' 'Thrones" score top Emmy noms
Smithsonian exhibit on display at Prairie Woods
Sharing Netflix or HBO Go passwords now a federal crime
'My Ocean': On the Ordway Prairie in west central Minnesota
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
Dahl -- Schow
Live it: How a mentoring program helps Willmar-area girls find their way
Live it!: Local mentoring program has a lasting effect on the young lives it touches
June/July issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
Live it: Tips for DIY leatherworking in jewelry
Live it: Nothing screams spring like asparagus
Mark Donovan Goblirsch
Ardis "Rusty" Smith
Commentary: Latest VA fix creates new ills
Tribune Opinion: Willmar benefits from 'Moving Health Forward'
Letter: A credit to sports writing
Letter: Criticism of Peppin unwarranted
Cartoon by Bruce Plante
May 20, 2016
Man pleads guilty to setting Somali eatery on fire
FARGO — Before pleading to a federal hate crime, Matthew Gust paused. But he eventually pleaded to starting a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks on fire, an act some claim was racially charged. “Guilty,” Gust said. At the hearing, Gust admitted he set fire on Dec. 8 to Juba Coffee...
May 20, 2016 - 5:30am
January 23, 2016
Letter: We the people should stand up
I’ve never heard a politician in any country or state that promotes democracy make a statement like Gov. Mark Dayton did. He’s telling four- and five-generation Minnesota families that homesteaded and helped build this great state and great country, “If you don’t like the...
January 23, 2016 - 1:00am
December 18, 2015
Muslims in Willmar say life here has remained peaceful, free of harassment
WILLMAR — Vandalism at mosques and other harassment of Muslims has been reported in many parts of the country since a terrorist attack in...
December 18, 2015 - 12:11am
December 15, 2015
Minnesota man faces charges for fire at Somali restaurant
CROOKSTON -- The suspect in last week's arson attack on a Somali business in Grand Forks has been arrested. Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested...
December 15, 2015 - 8:41pm
December 10, 2015
Somali restaurant fire triggers FBI probe
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A possible arson attack reported Tuesday at a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks has triggered an FBI investigation, but the business’ owners are determined to rebuild. Ilhaam Hassam, one of the owners of the family-owned Juba Coffee House and Restaurant, said...
December 10, 2015 - 10:51pm
December 8, 2015
Marshals say fire at Somali shop intentional
GRAND FORKS, N.D.— Though investigators have “no idea” what motivated the deliberate torching of a Somali restaurant in Grand Forks, community...
December 8, 2015 - 11:47pm
Fire at Midwest Somali restaurant follows apparent Nazi symbol vandalism
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - An early morning fire heavily damaged Juba Coffee House, a popular Somali restaurant on South Washington Street. Grand Forks...
December 8, 2015 - 11:00am
August 25, 2015
Minnesota women convicted of aiding Somali group lose appeal
A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the convictions of two Somali-born women from Minnesota over their roles in raising money for al Shabaab, an al-Qaeda affiliated group that the U.S. has designated a foreign terrorist organization. The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in...
August 25, 2015 - 10:30pm
May 28, 2015
Student heads to Washington
WILLMAR — Four years ago, Muna Abdulahi was in seventh-grade English Language Learner classes at Willmar Middle School when it hit her that...
May 28, 2015 - 11:35pm
February 24, 2015
Minnesota Somalis condemn terrorist video
A video purportedly made by Somali terror group al-Shabab urging attacks at U.S. shopping malls, including the Mall of America, was quickly denounced Monday by Somali-American leaders in the Twin Cities. Community leaders condemned the video "in the strongest possible terms," said...
February 24, 2015 - 6:00am
November 21, 2014
Letter: Enos' comments were a disservice to Somalis and to Willmar
This letter is in answer to Bob Enos’s letter, “Explaining my own quote.” First, I want to thank Ward 3 residents for not voting Mr. Enos into any kind of office as your argument shows that you are biased against a specific ethnic group or immigrants as a whole, do not embrace...
November 21, 2014 - 5:00am
May 26, 2014
Local interpreting business expands services to offer instruction in cultural understanding
WILLMAR — An interpreting business in Willmar has expanded its services to include cultural competency training. Members of the Willmar Lakes...
May 26, 2014 - 11:18pm
Samatar, first Somali elected to Minn. office, dead at age 45
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hussein Samatar, a Minneapolis school board member and the first Somali elected to public office in Minnesota, has died of complications from leukemia. He was 45. Samatar played a prominent role in the city’s business and education communities. He was elected...
August 26, 2013 - 11:57pm
June 28, 2013
Thousands to celebrate Somali Independence Day in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS — Thousands of people are expected to flock to Minneapolis on Sunday for this year's Somali Independence Day festival. Organizers say the event is designed to celebrate Somalia's independence, and also pay homage to the United States — the country that gave refugees...
June 28, 2013 - 8:00am
February 16, 2013
Somali people who have settled in U.S. ‘toughest ones of all’
WILLMAR — After two decades of civil war and years spent in refugee camps, the Somali refugees who have come to the United States are among...
February 16, 2013 - 12:54am