Dan Burdett is the community content coordinator at the West Central Tribune. He has 13 years experience in print media, to include four years enlisted service in the United States Air Force. He has been an employee of Forum Communications since 2005, joining the company after spending two years as the managing editor of the Redwood Gazette and Livewire in Redwood Falls. Prior to his current position, Dan was the presentation editor at the Tribune.
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Brady Toops has definitely lost his how-to-talk Minnesotan dialect. In a recent telephone interview from his home in Nashville, the 2000 New London-Spicer top academic graduate, star high-school and college athlete and former professional baseball player carried the lilt of the southern community where he is hitting his stride as a singer and songwriter. After producing several extended play (EP) recordings, Toops is releasing his first full-length album this month: the self-titled CD "Brady Toops."
WILLMAR - The Willmar Care Center will close its doors on Oct. 1, nursing home officials said Monday. A relocation plan for the facility's residents also has been accepted by the Minnesota Department of Health. Since the announcement a month ago of the home's closing, staff have been working with state and county officials to find new placements for the residents. "It's going very well," Brianne Wolters, Willmar Care Center administrator, said Monday. Some residents have already been moved to other facilities and some have gone back into the community, she said.
The distances in the Rice Care Center’s newly renovated east wing are shorter for aging legs to walk. There are private rooms and baths, a dining room overlooking a garden,...
Folklore and facts met head-to-head on the history of Kandiyohi County's Snogo snowplow. Many in the county Highway Department had believed the plow was purchased in January of 1941 in response to the historic Armistice Day Blizzard in November of 1940. That storm killed 49 Minnesotans and created 20-foot snowdrifts in Willmar. Minutes from a Jan. 7, 1941, meeting of the Kandiyohi County Board show the purchase of a Snogo plow. This would have been about 1½ months after the storm.
MOORE, Okla. — With an ominous storm approaching, the Moore Public School District flashed a text alert to parents: “We are currently holding all students until the current storm danger...
WILLMAR -- Linda Ann Evans, 47, and Lance Anthony Klein, 56, both of Olivia, made their first court appearance Tuesday on second-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools charges for allegedly entering a rural Lake Lillian residence Saturday, and stealing copper wire and piping from the home. Unconditional bail was set at $20,000 for both defendants. They also face misdemeanor theft and property damage charges. Their next appearances in Kandiyohi County District Court are scheduled for June 3.
WILLMAR -- Commencement ceremonies at Ridgewater College will be held today in Hutchinson and Friday evening in Willmar. The community and technical college expects to award degrees, diplomas and certificates to 383 Hutchinson graduates and 752 Willmar graduates. The Hutchinson ceremony will be at 7 p.m. today in the commercial building at the McLeod County Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. The Willmar ceremony will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Willmar Civic Center.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota is a Senate vote and a governor's signature away from becoming the 12th state to allow gay marriage. Same-sex marriage supporters are optimistic because the House was regarded as the biggest hurdle. After the bill passed the House surprisingly easily 75-59, they were euphoric. The Senate is due to take up the bill Monday and Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says he will sign it.
RENVILLE -- Foreign competition. This American manufacturer says bring it on. "That's where we get competitive,'' said Matt Clemens, manager of operations for K & M Manufacturing in Renville. K & M Manufacturing looks for the opportunity to compare its products side by side with any foreign-made version. Foreign competitors may enjoy some price advantages, but K & M will win the competition hands down when it comes to quality, delivery and service, the company says.
WILLMAR — For Todd Goggleye, who came to Willmar from a Twin Cities school, the generosity of Willmar businesses and individuals has been a pleasant surprise. The Kennedy Elementary School...