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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
November 5, 2014
Voters decide municipal races in region
The following are election results for municipal posts in selected cities in the region. Results are reported from the Secretary of State’s website and local officials, and they are unofficial until canvassing boards meet. The unofficial winners are marked with an...
November 5, 2014 - 12:59pm
June 6, 2014
Stearns County trio saved after canoe capsizes, water is high, swift
ST. CLOUD — Two people were able to swim to safety and another person was rescued from an island after their canoe capsized Thursday evening on the Sauk River. According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Jared Stroeing, 27, of Sauk Rapids and Lisa Fowler, 25, of St....
June 6, 2014 - 9:08am
December 27, 2013
Weather advisory as Arctic blast on way
WILLMAR — Strong winds and snow are on the way, leading the National Weather Service in the Twin Cities to issue a weather advisory for the...
December 27, 2013 - 10:53pm
August 26, 2013
Weather Service warns oppressive heat to peak in region today
WILLMAR — The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued an excessive heat advisory for the region today. It warns that dangerously hot conditions will persist through Tuesday. The temperature is expected to reach 96 degrees in Willmar this afternoon. High humidity...
August 26, 2013 - 11:28am
November 8, 2012
Auditor and recorder will be appointed positions in Swift County, Minn.
BENSON -- Voters in Swift County overwhelmingly approved two separate measures Tuesday that will allow the County Commissioners to hire the auditor and recorder. Giving up the right to elect those positions is not something Minnesota voters readily do. Similar ballot measures were...
November 8, 2012 - 12:00am
November 7, 2012
County commission, contested SWCD races for west central Minn. counties
The following are unofficial election results for contested races only for county board posts in the region. Results are reported from the Secretary of State's website and are unofficial until canvassing boards meet. Terms on county boards are typically four years, but some districts...
November 7, 2012 - 9:39am
Swift County voters approve measures to appoint auditor and recorder; similar measure fails in neighboring Pope County
BENSON - Swift County voters approved two measures Tuesday that will allow the County Commissioners to appoint an auditor and recorder. In the past voters elected people to those positions. The vote on measure one to appoint an auditor was approved on a vote of 2,732 to 2,215. The...
November 7, 2012 - 8:52am
November 5, 2012
West central Minn. law officers cite 75 for no seat belt during Click It campaign
WILLMAR -- Area law enforcement officers cited 75 people for seat belt violations during the extra Click It or Ticket enforcement patrols from Oct. 12 to 26 in Swift and Kandiyohi counties. The Atwater, Benson and Willmar police departments and the Kandiyohi County and Swift County...
November 5, 2012 - 1:33pm
November 2, 2012
Swift County voters to decide future of auditor and recorder positions
BENSON -- Swift County voters will decide Tuesday whether the county auditor and recorder should remain elected offices or be appointed positions hired by the County Board. There are two separate questions on the ballot in Swift County that seek voters' approval to appoint, rather...
November 2, 2012 - 12:00am
October 30, 2012
Man shoots self in Kerkhoven, Minn., park, case under investigation
KERKHOVEN -- A 21-year-old Willmar man was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of a self-inflicted gunshot wound that happened Sunday evening in a Kerkhoven park. According to a news release from Swift County Sheriff John Holtz, Jordan Pierce shot himself in...
October 30, 2012 - 1:36pm
October 4, 2012
Outdoor community theater to open Meander weekend in Granite Falls, Minn.
October 4, 2012 - 7:50am
October 3, 2012
Buckle Up: Seat belt patrols coming in Minnesota, Kandiyohi, Swift counties
WILLMAR -- Law enforcement agencies across Minnesota, including those in Kandiyohi and Swift counties, are planning extra seat belt patrols between Oct. 12 and 26 to encourage motorists to buckle up. The Atwater, Benson and Willmar police departments and the Kandiyohi and Swift county...
October 3, 2012 - 9:44am
September 10, 2012
Swift County Commissioners give preliminary approval to 3-percent levy increase
BENSON -- The Swift County Board of Commissioners gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a 3 percent increase in the 2013 levy. The total proposed levy for next year is $8.79 million, compared to $8.54 million this year. The $256,204 levy increase reflects, in part, the county's continually...
September 10, 2012 - 12:00am
August 31, 2012
Swift County releases names of man and woman found dead in home north of Benson
BENSON -- The man and woman found deceased at a residence north of Benson on Wednesday were identified this afternoon as Holly Ann Hagen, 45, and Mark Richard Hamilton, 53, according to information from the Swift County Sheriff's Department. Their bodies were found at a residence...
August 31, 2012 - 5:24pm
August 30, 2012
Two people found dead at rural Benson, Minn., home
BENSON - Authorities are investigating the deaths of a 45-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man who were found dead last night at a home north of Benson. According to a news release from the Swift County Sheriff's Office, officers were asked to conduct a welfare check at about 8:26...
August 30, 2012 - 1:15pm