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Crowds gather at Jennie-O Turkey Store anniversary celebration
Records published July 26
Higher minimum wage, new laws begin Aug. 1 in Minnesota
Willmar Utilities to test its network security
Former ag association treasurer to serve jail time for $50,000 theft
Fighting injuries, Vikings OL Loadholt plans to retire
MLB notebook: Yankees send Chapman to Cubs
Vikings rookie Treadwell says he's finally healthy after 2014 injury
10 possibilities for Twins' GM job
Injury forces Loadholt to retire
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
Northland Outdoors TV goes in search of monster trout
Swanson — Winther
Schmidt -- Danielson
Lang -- Nieman
Frye -- Birkland
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
R. Vernon Benson
Stanley A. Nelson
Linda Kay Larson
Fern A. Heglund
Commentary: The path ahead for Hillary Clinton
Commentary: For Trump to Lose, GOP must let Clinton win
Commentary: Trump: Seeking victory through fear
Cartoon by Ken Catalino
Commentary: Ted Cruz holds his nose
September 18, 2015
Van is not a concern, police say
The Willmar Police Department debunked a rumor floating around Facebook Friday night. According to a post on its Facebook page, a photo of a vehicle dubbed as dangerous circulating on Facebook is not a cause for concern. “We have not had any complaints directly with that...
September 18, 2015 - 9:53pm
October 26, 2012
Beckman, Van Hon named as Eighth District Judges
ST. PAUL - Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Stephanie Beckman and Thomas Van Hon as District Court judges in Minnesota's Eighth Judicial District. Beckman will replace Judge Steven E. Drange who retired earlier this year. She will be chambered in Litchfield in Meeker County. Beckman...
October 26, 2012 - 2:17pm
July 13, 2011
Teen flees after motorcycle-van crash in Willmar
WILLMAR -- A 15-year-old boy fled from the scene of a two-vehicle motor vehicle crash around 6:20 p.m. Tuesday that injured the driver of the motorcycle involved in the crash. According to a news release from Willmar Police Sgt. Michael Jahnke, the motorcyclist, whose name was not...
July 13, 2011 - 9:08am
November 18, 2010
This is the records summary for Nov. 18. Stolen van recovered WILLMAR -- A stolen vehicle, a 2007 Dodge van, was recovered around 8 p.m. Tuesday along the 600 block of Charlotte Street Southeast. Nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle, however, it had 1,000 more miles on...
November 18, 2010 - 12:00am
November 9, 2010
Letter: Corporate campaigning
A drive from east to west through Willmar this election season revealed five businesses displaying Republican campaign signs. As a livestock farmer, businessman and Democrat, I had been inclined to smile to myself, shrug my shoulders and do business with these companies anyhow. But...
November 9, 2010 - 12:00am
October 13, 2010
Mental health patient overpowers driver, hijacks van near Alexandria
A patient being moved in a van from a state-run mental health facility in Fergus Falls, Minn., to the Twin Cities overpowered the driver Wednesday morning along the route in Todd County and fled alone in the vehicle, authorities said. David Beutner, 37, who was being taken from Community...
October 13, 2010 - 4:39pm
October 12, 2010
Pawlenty appoints Van Binsbergen to state board
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty has appointed Scott Van Binsbergen of Montevideo to the Board of Accountancy. The board examines, licenses, and regulates certified public accountants.
October 12, 2010 - 12:00am
March 9, 2010
Lawsuit against Willmar special education teacher denied another hearing by federal appeals court
WILLMAR -- The federal lawsuit against the Willmar School District, several administrators and a special education teacher regarding the treatment...
March 9, 2010 - 12:00am
January 8, 2010
Federal appeals court says teacher can't be sued by child who left school district
WILLMAR -- A federal appeals court has said a child and her mother did not have standing to sue the Willmar School District over alleged mistreatment...
January 8, 2010 - 12:00am
January 7, 2010
Web update: Girl loses appeal in federal suit claiming mistreatment by Willmar teacher
WILLMAR -- A federal appeals court has said a child and her mother did not have standing to sue the Willmar School District over alleged mistreatment by a special education teacher. Because Jackie Nelson filed a claim after she had transferred her child to another district, she no...
January 7, 2010 - 11:56am
December 2, 2009
State appeals court: No violation by local special ed teacher
WILLMAR -- In a split ruling, the Minnesota Court of Appeals says that a special education teacher from Willmar did not violate maltreatment...
December 2, 2009 - 12:00am
August 28, 2009
Woman has died from injuries in Wednesday crash
WILLMAR -- Jenna L. Van Buren, 19, of Willmar, died as a result of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 11 a.m. Wednesday along U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar. Van Buren's grandmother, Marilyn Faber-Schafer, confirmed this morning that the young woman was taken to a...
August 28, 2009 - 12:00am
August 26, 2009
Willmar woman critical after Highway 71 crash
WILLMAR -- A 19-year-old Willmar woman is in critical condition due to injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash around 11 a.m. this morning along U.S. Highway 71 north of Willmar. According to the State Patrol, Jenna L. Van Buren was driving a 1998 Mercury that collided with a 2005...
August 26, 2009 - 3:26pm
July 9, 2009
Prechel enters no plea in death of 3½-month-old boy
OLIVIA -- Nicolle Marie Mercedes Prechel, 31, of Willmar, entered no plea Wednesday to seven charges as she made her first appearance in court...
July 9, 2009 - 12:00am
July 6, 2009
Infant killed when van backs over tent at Renville County campground
A 4-month-old infant died Sunday morning after a van backed into the tent where he and his parents were staying at a Renville County campground near Morton. The Renville County Sheriff's Office was called to the campground at Beaver Falls Park at around 8:40 a.m. The sheriff's office...
July 6, 2009 - 12:00am