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Severed fingers traced to 23-year-old man ... but mystery remains over how they wound up in Minnesota park
Feds say a number of Mexican restaurants in Minnesota were drug fronts
USDA expects corn and soybean production to set new record highs
Potential tragedy averted in shooting at Minnesota apartment
10-year-old boy dies in crash with 14-year-old driver
Bridgewater calms concerns about sore shoulder
Cabrera leads Tigers past Twins, 9-4
Willmar tennis opens season with sweep
Tigers overpower Twins
Reloaded Cardinals look to make further strides
Tickets on sale Friday for tours of Paisley Park
Mislabeled pills seized at Prince's home after his death
J.K. Rowling releasing 3 new 'Harry Potter' books
New Barn play continues this week
R2-D2 actor kenny Baker dead at 81
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Study finds 50 children per day nationwide injured in stroller, carrier accidents
10 tips to avoid summer sabotage of diet, exercise
Reader News: A five-generation photo
Live it: Get lost in the art of weaving
Live it!: The changing role of pets in a family
August/September 2016 issue of Live it! Magazine now available online
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
Gary G. Glein
Carol J. Hansen
Herbert K. Dittes
Emma Ruth Kassa
Melvin E. Anderson
Trump's new evolving immigration plan is no 'flip-flop'
Populism Even Republicans Can Get Behind
Commentary: A nice column about Donald Trump
Cartoon by Chris Britt
June 8, 2015
Appleton business owner pleads guilty to weapons charge
BENSON — Todd Arnold Erickson, 51, of Milan, pleaded guilty Monday in Swift County District Court to a felony charge of reckless discharge of a firearm in connection with Jan. 20 standoff with law enforcement at the Appleton Meat Center. Another felony charge of intentional discharge...
June 8, 2015 - 11:19pm
January 21, 2015
Update: Man arrested after standoff at Appleton Meat Center
APPLETON — The owner of Appleton Meat Center faces felony dangerous weapons charges after a standoff with law enforcement at his business. Todd Arnold Erickson, 51, of Milan, was arrested Tuesday and made his first court appearance Wednesday in Swift County District Court on felony...
January 21, 2015 - 10:45pm
May 1, 2014
Man knifes himself after standoff with police in Detroit Lakes
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. - A 25-year-old man was taken to the hospital after reportedly cutting himself with a knife during a short standoff with police in Detroit Lakes. The incident happened shortly after noon on Wednesday. According to the Detroit Lakes Police Department, officers...
May 1, 2014 - 2:04pm
November 22, 2013
Dawson father gets five years in prison for guns, son gets probation for June standoff with law
MADISON — The father of a boy who had an 8-hour standoff with law enforcement officers this summer in rural Lac qui Parle County was sentenced to five years in prison for wrongfully possessing guns and the boy was sentenced to probation and community service work for obstructing...
November 22, 2013 - 11:00pm
November 5, 2013
Update: Teens armed with BB guns arrested in Denver school standoff
DENVER (Reuters) - Denver police arrested two teenage boys early on Tuesday after they broke into a middle school carrying BB guns that looked like assault rifles and refused to leave for several hours. The two 15-year-old boys, each carrying a school bag and what a witness described...
November 5, 2013 - 12:42pm
August 14, 2013
Gunman and hostage killed in Louisiana bank standoff
By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A U.S. police SWAT team stormed a rural Louisiana bank early on Wednesday, killing a gunman after he shot two hostages, one of whom later died. In a dramatic end to a 12-hour standoff, State Police spokesman Albert Paxton said officers entered...
August 14, 2013 - 7:10am
June 27, 2013
Juvenile arrested after standoff in rural Lac qui Parle County, man faces gun charges
MADISON — A male juvenile was arrested after an 8-hour armed standoff with law enforcement Monday in rural Lac qui Parle County. According to a news release from County Sheriff Rick Halvorson, officers were investigating a report that Kevin Ernest Morris, 40, of rural Dawson,...
June 27, 2013 - 10:28am
December 20, 2012
Loader used to ‘dismantle' house, end standoff in N.D.
NEW TOWN, N.D. — Law enforcement used a front-end loader to break into New Town home and end a standoff with an armed man this morning. New Town Police Chief Art Walgren said used the piece of heavy equipment shortly before 10 a.m. to “dismantle the house” to the end the standoff...
December 20, 2012 - 11:19am
May 27, 2011
Editorial: Minnesota standoff: A budget showdown
Minnesota leaders -- on both political sides -- are upset they are not getting their way in the budget process and have failed to reach a balanced budget agreement that Gov. Mark Dayton will sign. The reality is that Minnesotans now face a government shutdown July 1, which will close...
May 27, 2011 - 12:00am
March 28, 2011
Man taken to crisis center after standoff in rural Watkins
LITCHFIELD -- A rural Watkins man was taken to Woodland Crisis Center in Willmar after a two-hour standoff with police Saturday afternoon. According to Meeker County Sheriff Jeff Norlin, deputies attempted to serve civil process, divorce papers, around 3:25 p.m. Saturday at a residence...
March 28, 2011 - 8:43am
October 19, 2010
Atwater man gets 3 years in prison for standoff with sheriff's deputies
WILLMAR -- James Arthur Hinman, 46, of Atwater, was sentenced Monday to 36 months in prison and a $1,500 fine on a second-degree assault charge...
October 19, 2010 - 12:00am
September 10, 2010
Atwater man enters plea in armed standoff
WILLMAR -- James Arthur Hinman, 46, of Atwater, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a second-degree assault charge for assaulting a woman with a loaded...
September 10, 2010 - 12:00am
March 26, 2010
Probation for man involved in police standoff
WILLMAR -- David Wayne Chambers, 42, of Willmar, was sentenced Thursday to 77 days in jail and five years of probation on a felony charge of...
March 26, 2010 - 12:00am
February 24, 2010
Chambers enters plea to felony charge in standoff
WILLMAR -- David Wayne Chambers, 42, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony charge of terroristic threats for threatening several officers during a five-hour armed standoff with local police on Jan. 7. As part of a plea agreement reached in Kandiyohi County District Court,...
February 24, 2010 - 12:00am
January 12, 2010
Bail is $75K for man facing felonies in standoff
WILLMAR -- Unconditional bail was set at $75,000 Monday for David Wayne Chambers, 42, of Willmar, who faces two felony charges in connection...
January 12, 2010 - 12:00am