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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
U.S. immigration agency to review private prison deals; shares slide
Freak lightening storm kills 323 reindeer in Norway
Finally, the Wolves might give the Target Center two good teams
Roundup: Rockets advance in Class C state tournament
Anderson repeats in Match Play tourney
Vikings open new stadium with preseason win
Ridgewater rallies past Ellsworth, opens 2-0
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
Kenneth C. Hensch
Roland E. "Rollie" Swenson
Barbara A. Erickson
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
April 20, 2016
Team to explore Lac qui Parle County’s history
MADISON — People have made what we know as Minnesota their home since the last glaciers retreated, but we know very little about these first...
April 20, 2016 - 11:48pm
March 7, 2016
Habitat for Humanity names new executive director
WILLMAR — Marybeth Nelson is the new executive director of Habitat for Humanity of West Central Minnesota. She started March 1 and is filling the vacancy left when Joline Hovland retired in February. “I am honored and elated to have the opportunity to continue to serve and further...
March 7, 2016 - 11:04pm
March 6, 2016
Keep vehicles off the ice, officials warn
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office are warning people of deteriorating ice conditions....
March 6, 2016 - 11:12pm
February 16, 2016
County considers proposal for public Wi-Fi hotspots
WILLMAR — A proposed partnership between Kandiyohi County and MVTV Wireless could bring free Wi-Fi “hotspots” to rural areas of the county that lack Internet access. It won’t solve the county’s most pressing issues with broadband but it would help fill some of the immediate...
February 16, 2016 - 11:49pm
February 11, 2016
Mental health care concerns providers, policy makers
WILLMAR — A roundtable discussion with lawmakers Thursday at Rice Memorial Hospital centered around mental health and the challenges facing...
February 11, 2016 - 11:07pm
January 8, 2016
Cold temperatures could stick around through Thursday
A cold front is sweeping into Minnesota this weekend. With a low temperature Saturday night forecasted for 10 degrees below zero, and winds of up to 10 to 15 mph, it’s a stark contrast from last January’s mild weather. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook...
January 8, 2016 - 11:23pm
December 21, 2015
Willmar family appear in Christmas light TV show contest
The Koosman family of Willmar did not win "The Great Christmas Light Fight," which aired tonight on ABC. Read more in tomorrow's West Central...
December 21, 2015 - 9:06pm
December 11, 2015
Bagpiper entertains shoppers
Chris Schmitz of Redwood Falls plays Christmas tunes on bagpipes Friday afternoon outside J.C. Penney at the Kandi Mall in Willmar. A long-time...
December 11, 2015 - 11:09pm
September 22, 2015
MnDOT says rain could cause travel problems
WILLMAR — The heavy rain predicted this week could cause problems for travelers in west central and southwest Minnesota. Because flash flooding is difficult to predict, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said roads may be closed or restricted without warning. They also...
September 22, 2015 - 10:35pm
September 1, 2015
Area expects high crop yields
WILLMAR –– While fully acknowledging that a crop “isn’t made until it’s in the bin,” Kandiyohi County Farm Service Agency Director...
September 1, 2015 - 11:19pm
Grass fires reported in Willmar area, red flag warning issued
WILLMAR — Strong winds and low humidity have caused a number of grass fires this week in Kandiyohi County, and have also caused the National...
April 1, 2015 - 11:27pm
April 16, 2014
Spring storm continues to batter area; 8-inches of snow in Olivia, Litchfield
WILLMAR — Olivia and Litchfield were reporting eight inches of snow as a spring snow storm continued to make its way through the region late Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Willmar recorded nearly five inches of snow by 5 p.m.,...
April 16, 2014 - 5:38pm
Snow, strong winds will make difficult travel conditions in Willmar area
WILLMAR — Snow and strong, gusting winds will make travel difficult through the day in west central Minnesota, with hazardous conditions forecast for areas north and east of Alexandria. The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reporting difficult road conditions in...
April 16, 2014 - 9:48am
December 19, 2013
A light snowfall is on its way
WILLMAR — A light snowfall is on its way later this afternoon and will continue into the nighttime hours, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. The Weather Service is expecting the snow to reach the Willmar area around 4 p.m. About one-half inch of snow will...
December 19, 2013 - 9:50am