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Legislators drop increased penalties for highway protesters in exchange for ban on undocumented immigrant driver's licenses
UPDATE: At least 19 dead in blast at Ariana Grande concert in British arena
State senator's father dies, but she's at work keeping one-vote majority for GOP
Minnesota budget talks go on behind closed doors, as legislators plan to work past midnight deadline to get work done
Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe after Comey revealed its existence
Baseball: Wildcats split but clinch
Local Roundup: Litchfield tennis team heading back to state
True Team Track: Willmar boys repeat as Class AA champions
Curry hits 36 as Golden State advances to NBA finals
Richard Pitino's message to Minnesota: 'We can really take the next step'
Three more Fox News employees file discrimination suits
Minnesota judge officially confirms heirs to Prince's $200M estate
'Last Man Standing': 20th Century Fox TV to seek new home for Tim Allen comedy
ABC's 'American Idol' reboot lands pop music superstar as first confirmed judge
'Scandal' will end next year, ABC president confirms
Fishing: Area opener a ray of sunshine
Art competition: High school artists gather in New London
Stories needed to create 'Milan: The Musical!'
Minnesota Orchestra brings classical music to Willmar
Vinyls unveiled for traffic signal boxes in Willmar
Lisa Rierson Axelson
Michel H. Hinrichsen
Michael Thomas Cullen
Richard G. Black
Minnesota Opinion: Taxing charitable donations is just wrong
Letter: Book doesn't belong in classroom
Letter: Reinvest in higher education
Thomas: Will America ever learn?
Mike McFeely: For Ailes, the goal was to turn back the clock
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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