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Minnesota teacher under investigation found dead on island with husband
MPCA seeks comment on water quality reports for Chippewa River Watershed
Heavy storms lead to flash flooding in central Minn.
Docs facing more parents who refuse to vaccinate kids
Traffic deaths rise 7.2% in 2015; almost half involved no seat belt use
Relaxed Serena set to open quest for more history
Chargers like stadium better than new turf
MURPHY: Bridgewater shows there's no reason to panic
Berger gets his turn at center
Cardinal volleyball has state on its mind
Comedy legend Gene Wilder dead at 83
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
Box office: 'Don't Breathe' Scares Up $26.1 million as hot summer for horror continues
Milestones launching in September
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
George Michael "Mike" McCarthy
Lawrence "Larry" Frederick Harding
Oliver "Ollie" Moldestad
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Cohen: The alchemy of turning bribes into gifts
Thomas: Where there's smoke there is fire
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Cartoon by Dave Granlund
Updated: Five injured in three-vehicle crash in Willmar
May 6, 2015
Fraud prevention saves Kandiyohi County money
WILLMAR –– Compared to the thousands of public assistance cases that are processed every year in Kandiyohi County for such things as cash support, food support or medical assistance, the number of people who fraudulently receive services is very small. But through rigorous investigations...
May 6, 2015 - 10:56pm
December 17, 2012
West central Minn. school officials preparing to talk to students and review their emergency plans
WILLMAR — Principal Nathan Cox gathered with his staff before school started Monday at Roosevelt Elementary School in Willmar. “The unthinkable has happened,” he told them, and they had a conversation about what to say to children who asked about the school shooting that occurred...
December 17, 2012 - 11:25pm
December 7, 2012
Letter: Welfare for some farmers?
During this year’s harvest, my best ever, the radio was awash with pundits analyzing this past election. Amongst all that noise, I heard this: “The farm bill represents one of the largest income redistribution programs in the U.S. today.” When I think of government redistributing...
December 7, 2012 - 12:00am
November 1, 2012
Humane Society: rescued mares to be released to homes; prognosis poor for colt
WILLMAR -- A spokesperson for the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties said Thursday the prognosis for a rescued colt is "poor at best," while the two mares that were rescued were being released to homes on Thursday. According to Bobbie Bauman, director of operations,...
November 1, 2012 - 1:51pm
October 29, 2012
Neglected horses surrendered to Willmar, Minn., shelter; help sought with veterinary costs
WILLMAR -- Three horses are in the care of the Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties after being surrendered over the weekend by their Kerkhoven owners. The two mares and one colt were suffering from neglect and in need of veterinary care, Steve Gardner, chairman of the...
October 29, 2012 - 5:26pm
August 30, 2011
Pennock couple gets jail, probation for welfare fraud
WILLMAR -- A Pennock couple was both sentenced to jail time, probation and community service work on amended charges of theft for collecting more than $27,000 in state benefits while they owned property and received workers compensation and Social Security payments. Norma Vallejo...
August 30, 2011 - 12:00am
May 14, 2011
Commissioner follows footsteps of family service workers for a day
WILLMAR -- After accepting a hefty information packet that included advisories and messages in bold print with words like "must" and "required,"...
May 14, 2011 - 12:00am
March 5, 2011
Letter: Singling out the poor
He looks indignant as he stands at the lectern in the photo that appears on page 3 of the Jan. 21 edition of the West Central Tribune. In the background and in the photo above are other indignant-looking people. The caption explains that the fellow at the microphone is Republican...
March 5, 2011 - 12:00am
Woman faces 14 felonies
WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Willmar woman made her first court appearance Thursday on 14 felony charges for allegedly claiming more than $8,000...
February 5, 2011 - 12:00am
January 21, 2011
Partnership between co. and Workforce Center has successes and challenges
WILLMAR -- A partnership between Kandiyohi County's Family Services Department and the Job Service/Workforce Center has helped people leave welfare and enter the job force, but there are challenges and changes that need to be addressed. In a report this week to the Kandiyohi County...
January 21, 2011 - 12:00am
Lawmakers call for tightening of welfare payments
ST. PAUL -- Two Republican legislators want to crack down on what they call welfare waste, but Democrats say their idea likely would cost more...
January 21, 2011 - 12:00am
January 15, 2011
Pennock couple charged with welfare fraud, perjury
WILLMAR -- A Pennock couple made their first court appearances Thursday on welfare fraud and perjury charges for allegedly collecting more than $27,000 in state benefits while they owned property and received workers compensation and Social Security payments. Norma Vallejo Hernandez,...
January 15, 2011 - 12:00am
November 24, 2010
Video: HSUS report on abuse allegations at Willmar Poultry Co.
Here is the video report from the Humane Society of the United States on its allegations of routine abuse and cruelty at Willmar Poultry Com...
November 24, 2010 - 12:52am
Turkey abuse at Willmar hatchery is alleged by Humane Society
WILLMAR -- An undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States has documented what the organization alleges is routine abuse...
November 24, 2010 - 12:00am
July 21, 2010
Husband pleads to welfare fraud, wife's charge to be dismissed
WILLMAR -- Ernesto Pacheco Nieto, 49, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Monday to an amended felony charge of wrongfully obtaining assistance for taking more than $7,000 in public benefits while he was employed. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi County District Court, the charge...
July 21, 2010 - 12:00am