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Bat-killing fungus expanding across Minnesota
U.S.-Israeli teen arrested in Israel for Jewish center bomb threats
House delays vote on health care bill
WATCH: Minnesota patrolman brings highway chase to dramatic end
Bob Dylan says 'not yearning' for good old days
United States celebrates first World Baseball Classic title
Injured Lavine, his upbeat attitude still part of Timberwolves
Minnesota-born Lundquist chose broadcasting over the ministry 50-plus years ago
Bluejays ready to roll
Phil Hughes recalls visiting pitching guru Tom House
'Wheel of Fortune' unfortunate guess goes viral
'Sesame Street' to welcome muppet character with autism
Kim Kardashian breaks silence on Paris robbery
'Beauty and the Beast' smashes records with towering $170 million debut
'The Big Bang Theory' spinoff 'Young Sheldon' officially ordered at CBS
'Dogs!' Children's musical opens tonight at The Barn in Willmar
Willmar High School band and choir concerts rescheduled
Pirrotta Park: Spicer to rename downtown park
Volunteer training for AIS detection to begin in April
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Milton M. Hamann
Marian A. Hanson
Ruth O. Jones
Hoops on Hops: Delve into the wide range of beer books
Port: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls criticism over #NoDAPL protests response “inaccurate and offensive”
American wines are gaining in popularity
Lost Italian: It all starts with Pasta Aglio e Olio
Swift: The new 'Maximum Overdrive': Could our appliances be too smart?
May 31, 2014
Commentary: Fight heroin with some marijuana
A plague of heroin addiction is upon us. Another plague. Heroin was the crisis that prompted Richard Nixon to launch the war on drugs in 1971. Time marched on. Cocaine and then crack cocaine and then methamphetamine overtook heroin as the drugs of the moment. Now heroin is back —...
May 31, 2014 - 1:00am
May 15, 2014
Guilty plea, sentencing in meth, marijuana case
WILLMAR — Jose Juan Rodriguez, 27, of Willmar, pleaded guilty Thursday to a second-degree drug possession charge for possessing methamphetamine and marijuana found in a Willmar residence when law enforcement officers served a search warrant in February. As part of a plea agreement,...
May 15, 2014 - 11:26pm
Relief on the way? Marijuana compromise brings tears of happiness
ST. PAUL — Angie Weaver shed tears, again. “This means the world to our family,” the Hibbing mother said between tears of joy Thursday,...
May 15, 2014 - 11:12pm
May 7, 2014
Senate passes medical marijuana bill, House prepares to debate issue Friday
ST. PAUL – Minnesotans suffering conditions they feel only marijuana can help cheered Tuesday as senators overwhelmingly approved using extracts...
May 7, 2014 - 3:00am
January 2, 2014
World's first state-licensed marijuana retailers open doors in Colorado
DENVER (Reuters) - The world's first state-licensed marijuana retailers legally permitted to sell pot for recreational use opened for business in Colorado on Wednesday with long lines of customers, marking a new chapter in America's drug culture.
January 2, 2014 - 7:12am
December 13, 2013
Couple faces drug charges after search warrant reveals cocaine, pot
WILLMAR — Manuel Antonio Luna and Nora Lizeth Luna, both 30, of Willmar, each made their first court appearance Friday on second-degree drug possession charges for 11 grams of cocaine found in their residence Thursday during a search by CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents. Unconditional...
December 13, 2013 - 11:04pm
December 11, 2013
Uruguay becomes first country to legalize marijuana trade
MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay became the first country to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalization.
December 11, 2013 - 9:00am
October 23, 2013
For first time, most Americans favor legalizing marijuana: poll
(Reuters) - For the first time, a clear majority of Americans say they favor legalizing marijuana, as recreational and medical use of the drug gains acceptance across the nation, a poll released on Tuesday showed.
October 23, 2013 - 10:41am
August 29, 2013
Two men charged for synthetic pot, shipment intercepted at Willmar, Minn., post office
WILLMAR — Two Willmar men made their first court appearances Wednesday on felony charges for synthetic cannabinoid for allegedly ordering 2.8 pounds of the substance on the Internet and receiving the shipment of more than 300 ready-to-sell packets at the Willmar post office....
August 29, 2013 - 11:14pm
June 27, 2013
Juvenile arrested after standoff in rural Lac qui Parle County, man faces gun charges
MADISON — A male juvenile was arrested after an 8-hour armed standoff with law enforcement Monday in rural Lac qui Parle County. According to a news release from County Sheriff Rick Halvorson, officers were investigating a report that Kevin Ernest Morris, 40, of rural Dawson,...
June 27, 2013 - 10:28am
April 30, 2013
Commentary: Legal pot: More state dollars, less for gangs
By Froma Harrop The good things that should happen after marijuana is legalized are happening in Colorado. In November, voters in Colorado — and Washington state — legalized pot for recreational use. (Many states allow medical use of marijuana.) What are the good things? For...
April 30, 2013 - 12:00am
February 21, 2013
Woman appears on drug charges for large amount of marijuana, child neglect
WILLMAR — Ashley Jean Swanson, 22, of Willmar, made her first court appearance Wednesday on felony charges of fifth-degree drug sale and possession, plus a gross misdemeanor charge of child neglect and a petty misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, for 1.9 pounds of marijuana...
February 21, 2013 - 11:11pm
January 16, 2013
New London, Minn., man pleads to drug possession
WILLMAR — Jason Charles Strehlow, 33, of New London, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a fifth-degree drug possession charge for possessing approximately 1.7 pounds of marijuana found in his home in November 2011 by CEE-VI Drug Task Force agents. As part of a plea agreement in Kandiyohi...
January 16, 2013 - 11:22pm
September 14, 2012
Four arrested after meth lab found in Lowry, marijuana purchased in Starbuck, Minn.
STARBUCK -- Four people were arrested on drug charges after two separate search warrants were served Wednesday and Thursday by law enforcement agents in Lowry and Starbuck. According to the West Central Minnesota Narcotics Task Force, Travis Dean Ryks, 27, and Randall Scott Nemec,...
September 14, 2012 - 8:54am
July 24, 2012
Two of four defendants appear on charges related to alleged pot sale in Willmar, Minn.
WILLMAR -- Lauralee Mary Evans and Sergio Balladares Jr., both 20 and of Willmar, made their first court appearances Monday on fifth-degree drug sale charges for allegedly selling one-quarter pound of marijuana to a CEE-VI Drug Task Force informant in January. Unconditional bail...
July 24, 2012 - 12:00am