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August 20, 2016
Aug. 20, 2016: Meeker County girl found dead in Cass County, person of interest arrested
August 20, 2016 - 1:54pm
August 8, 2016
Families of teens killed in crash speak at sentencing of drunken driver from Paynesville
August 8, 2016 - 9:07pm
July 14, 2016
Gov. Mark Dayton hears stories Wednesday of those affected by Monday's storm in Litchfield. Brian Edwards / Tribuneplay button
Governor tours storm-affected areas
July 14, 2016 - 12:41am
Several homes and garages on Fourth Street in Watkins were completely damaged from the Monday night storm, almost unrecognizable the morning after. (Gretchen Brown / Tribune)
Emergency fund launched for Meeker County tornado recovery
July 14, 2016 - 12:20am
Gov. Mark Dayton, right, and Sen. Scott Newman hear the stories Wednesday of the Marquardt and Kusler families', whose homes in Litchfield were hit hard by Monday's storms. (Brian Edwards / Tribune)play button
Update: Dayton assesses aftermath of Monday's storms, thankful no lives were lost
July 14, 2016 - 12:00am
July 13, 2016
Gov. Mark Dayton talks with community members in Litchfield Wednesday afternoon. Dayton visited Litchfield and Watkins today to talk with residents and survey damage from Monday's storm in the respective towns. Tribune photo / Brian Edwards
Update: Gov. Dayton visits Litchfield to see storm damage, heads now to Watkins
July 13, 2016 - 9:56am
A trailer home in Litchfield appeared to have rolled nearly 30 feet as a result of a tornado passing through the area on Monday. (Brian Edwards / Tribune)
Litchfield, Watkins tornadoes are both rated EF-2
July 13, 2016 - 12:00am
People worked with chainsaws Tuesday morning to cut a tree into pieces and move it along Meeker Avenue in Watkins. One tree was completely uprooted by Monday evening's storm across this front yard. (Gretchen Brown / Tribune)
Watkins residents look toward recovery
July 13, 2016 - 12:00am
July 12, 2016
Emergency crews remove debris Monday in Litchfield after a tornado moved through the area. (Jake Schultz / Tribune)
Update: Three tornadoes damage and destroy dozens of homes and buildings in Meeker County
July 12, 2016 - 12:31pm
July 11, 2016
Videos posted of July 11's Litchfield-Watkins tornadoes
July 11, 2016 - 10:34pm
A garage at a home on Northridge Drive in Litchfield was ripped apart from storm damage that tore through the area Monday night. A tornado touch down was reported in Litchfield and Watkins. "I feel bad for what happened to them with their garage going down," Kathy Cruze, wife of Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze, said Monday. "We were lucky.” JAKE SCHULTZ/Tribune Photoplay button
Tornadoes damage parts of Litchfield and Watkins
July 11, 2016 - 10:09pm
July 5, 2016
Watkins man charged with sexual assaults of two children
July 5, 2016 - 12:00am
June 24, 2016
Watkins man charged with beating woman with baseball bat
June 24, 2016 - 11:14pm
April 8, 2016
Renee Cecilia Miller
Former Watkins church secretary sentenced for $21K theft
April 8, 2016 - 2:23pm
January 4, 2016
Paynesville man to appear on charges in fatal summer crash
January 4, 2016 - 12:35am