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Man's decapitation apparently in retaliation for alleged rape
Family of rural New London man restores his classic muscle car
Landmark Minnesota restaurant reduced to ashes
Girls pleaded for their lives in Texas before being gunned down by mother
Burial to take place at 2 p.m. for Willmar boys who drowned in Foot Lake
Willmar's Ditmarson wins pitchers' duel
NWL Baseball: Stingers can't solve Rox pitchers
Women's Basketball: Remembering Pat Summitt
Flustered Williams advances in straight sets at Wimbledon
NBA: High school coach remembers Timberwolves’ Dunn’s accomplishments
Children’s production on stage at The Barn this weekend
Comedy production opens Thursday in New London
Little Crow Skiers All-School Reunion at Willmar Fests
Chippewa County Fair featuring two big bands in one night
Pioneer Public TV announces local PBS Kids Writers contest winners
Here are the Willmar Fests Ambassador nominees
Foot Lake 4 registrations totaled 669 Saturday
Willmar Fests Grande Day Parade
KMS Marching Saints: honoring "The Greatest Generation"
Cardettes final tune-up for Fests parade
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
Arthur Wayne Osmundson
Albert L. Wheeler, Jr.
Cartoon by Steve Benson
Midwest Opinion: Great Lakes diversion deal is a good outcome
Commentary: The risk factor of Donald Trump
Commentary: Trump's pivot to Damascus
Cartoon by Marshall Ramsey
June 13, 2012
25th annual marching band festival Thursday in Benson, Minn.
BENSON -- The 25th annual Pioneerland Band Festival begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Benson. A total of 11 high school marching bands will participate in the parade. The bands will march through Benson, beginning at Highway 12 to 14th Street North and ending at the high school. The...
News / region
June 13, 2012 - 12:00am
June 1, 2012
Assessor in Swift Co., Minn., mum after decision to put him on leave
BENSON -- It remains unknown whether Swift County assessor Ed Pederson will challenge action by the county board of commissioners placing him on paid leave and ending his appointment at year's end. Reached recently at his home, Pederson said he is not able to comment on the matter,...
News / region
June 1, 2012 - 12:00am
May 28, 2012
Detour begins Tuesday on Minnesota Hwy. 29 between Starbuck, Benson
BENSON -- Motorists on state Highway 29 between Starbuck and Benson will experience delays when a road resurfacing project and detour begins Tuesday. According to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, starting Tuesday, traffic will use a detour on state...
News / region
May 28, 2012 - 8:28am
May 21, 2012
Detour begins next week between Starbuck and Benson, Minn.
BENSON - Motorists on Highway 29 between Starbuck and Benson will experience delays when a road resurfacing project and detour begins next week. Starting on May 29, traffic will use a detour on Highway 28, Stevens County Road 1 and Highway 9 through late June while crews replace...
News / local
May 21, 2012 - 12:03pm
May 2, 2012
Update: Runaway girl located in Benson, Minn.
WILLMAR -- The 16-year-old girl reported as a runaway Tuesday was located around 10:30 a.m. today in Benson, according to Kandiyohi County Sheriff Dan Hartog. In his news release announcing the information, Hartog thanked the public for their assistance in locating the girl. The...
May 2, 2012 - 11:43am
Update 11:15 a.m.: Runaway Kandiyohi County girl located in Benson
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department reports that the missing 16-year-old runaway was located about 10:30 a.m. this morning in Benson. Kandiyohi County Sheriff Daniel Hartog thanked the public for their assistance in this search. Update 10:15 a.m.: Runaway Kandiyohi County...
News / local / region
May 2, 2012 - 11:00am
Accountant at Willmar, Minn., firm earns CPA credentials
The accounting firm of Westberg Eischens of Willmar announces staff accountant Mandi Vlach has successfully completed and received her certified public accountant credentials. Vlach joined the Westberg Eischens team of accountants in 2009 after graduating with a degree in accounting...
May 2, 2012 - 9:52am
April 21, 2012
Benson, Minn., teacher not afraid of a few extra miles for additional history lessons
BENSON -- Some of the best lessons are learned outside of the classroom, and in this case, the farther away the better. Since 1994, Benson instructor...
News / region / education
April 21, 2012 - 12:00am
April 12, 2012
Benson: Benson Bakery takes pride in delivering local products to schools
The Benson Bakery may look like a small business, but Toby Johannessen and his staff can bake hundreds of dozens of whole grain rolls in a single...
April 12, 2012 - 3:04pm
March 14, 2012
Benson, Minn., garage fire ruled arson, reward offered for information
BENSON -- A $2,500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an arson fire early Monday morning in Benson. According to Benson Police Chief Mike Jambor, the fire was reported along the 200 block of 15th Street...
News / region
March 14, 2012 - 3:41pm
Boys basketball: Dragons too hot for Benson
COLLEGEVILLE -- How the years fly by. Can it be 9 years already since the Litchfield Dragons last found their way to a section final? In 2003,...
sports / prep
March 14, 2012 - 12:00am
February 23, 2012
Former Benson school superintendent dies after falling through ice near Pierre, S.D.
BENSON -- A former superintendent of the Benson Schools died Tuesday after falling through the ice near Pierre, S.D., while trying to rescue...
News / region / education
February 23, 2012 - 10:30am
February 10, 2012
Area superintendents pleased to have 'No Child' waiver
WILLMAR -- A waiver from some of the requirements of federal education law was welcome news to public school superintendents in west central Minnesota, as well as across the state. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius called Thursday "a fresh start" for the state's...
News / local / region / education
February 10, 2012 - 12:00am
February 2, 2012
Minn. owners of Shakers vodka file Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition
BENSON -- The company that put Benson on the map as a distiller of fine spirits and Shakers on store shelves as an ultra-premium vodka has filed...
News / Business
February 2, 2012 - 12:00am
January 27, 2012
Swift County, Minn., assessor gets continuance for having a gun in courthouse
BENSON -- Bringing a cased, unloaded and badly damaged shotgun to his office in the Swift County courthouse in Benson cost Edward Pederson a month's work and pay, along with attorney fees and a $600 charge for the criminal prosecution against him. But what a special prosecutor calls...
January 27, 2012 - 12:00am