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April 21, 2017
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Rich Radtke said he never saw a bill, thanks to James Rothers, for the 32-foot by 48-foot building behind him. The new building replaced a barn destroyed by fire on the Radtke farm east of Kerkhoven in March 2014.
Mayor Rothers came to one couple's rescue
April 21, 2017 - 8:41pm
Tom Cherveny / Tribune  

James Rothers and the city of Kerkhoven remain at odds over the 54-foot tower he built in front of his property along U.S. Highway 12 on the town's west end.
Tower pits mayor vs. city of Kerkhoven
April 21, 2017 - 8:40pm
March 12, 2017
The National Weather Service advised Minnesota drivers to be cautious while driving Sunday afternoon as a significant snowfall was expected. This still photo from a Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow camera shows snow accumulating around 2 p.m. in Willmar.
Caution advised as winter storm moves into west central Minnesota
March 12, 2017 - 2:54pm
March 2, 2017
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Permits to carry handguns in Minnesota rose in 2016 to the highest number of permits issued in a single year since the current firearm laws were implemented in 2003. Kandiyohi County issued nearly twice as many permits in 2016 as 2015, and Lac qui Parle County nearly quadrupled the number it issued.
Kandiyohi County permits to carry nearly doubled in 2016
March 2, 2017 - 10:19am
November 26, 2016
Christian Goyne-Yarns takes his blank ballot into a voting booth Nov. 8 at Word of Faith Family Church in Willmar. Most voters still prefer to cast ballots on Election Day, but there were an increased number of voters who utilized absentee voting this year.

Briana Sanchez / Tribune file photo
Absentee voting numbers up in region
November 26, 2016 - 7:34am
November 22, 2016
As shown on this map from the National Weather Service, most of central Minnesota is under a Winter Weather advisory that began Tuesday morning and will last through Wednesday at 6 a.m.
Snow and freezing rain expected to continue through holiday weekend
November 22, 2016 - 1:54pm
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The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently designated the Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area. It is designed to protect the groundwater resources in an area including portions of Stearns, Pope, and Kandiyohi counties as well as lesser areas of Douglas, Meeker, Swift and Todd counties.
Minnesota DNR designates Bonanza Valley Groundwater Management Area
October 22, 2016 - 9:24am
September 29, 2016
Doug Pederson enjoys the quiet time of creating art in his shop. His works celebrating the beauty of the Upper Minnesota River Valley region have served to inspire many to explore its rivers, woodlands and open prairie. (Tom Cherveny / Tribune)
Celebrating the spirit of the landscape he loves
September 29, 2016 - 11:11am
September 22, 2016
Zebra mussels have been confirmed in Lac qui Parle Lake, putting them in the waters of a popular destination for anglers and hunters from throughout much of the state as well as the Minnesota River system.
Zebra mussels confirmed in Lac qui Parle Lake
September 22, 2016 - 1:44pm
August 29, 2016
Tribune file photo 

The Chippewa River Project is aiming to increase the amount of perennial cover in the watershed to improve water quality. Part of that effort included last summer’s Simon Lake Bio-Blitz, shown here, where participants could view the benefits of perennial cover. Two reports on water quality in the watershed are  available for public comment until Sept. 7.
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
August 29, 2016 - 9:33pm
November 5, 2014
Voters decide municipal races in region
November 5, 2014 - 12:59pm
June 6, 2014
Stearns County trio saved after canoe capsizes, water is high, swift
June 6, 2014 - 9:08am
December 27, 2013
Weather advisory as Arctic blast on way
Weather advisory as Arctic blast on way
December 27, 2013 - 10:53pm
August 26, 2013
Weather Service warns oppressive heat to peak in region today
August 26, 2013 - 11:28am
November 8, 2012
Auditor and recorder will be appointed positions in Swift County, Minn.
November 8, 2012 - 12:00am