Born and attended public schools in Willmar, Minn. Served 20 years in U.S. Navy as a photojournalist. Worked at West Central Tribune since retiring from the Navy in 1994.
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Sushi chef Will Wei prepares a Tokyo roll Tuesday for a customer at the Hoja All Asain restaurant located in the former Wendy's building on First Street South in Willmar.
My arms glistened with sweat streaked with sun block. My eyes stung from perspiration. My heart pounded as it seemed to crawl from its usual location to my throat. That was inconvenient because I was gasping for air as I pedaled up what seemed like another in an endless series of hills surrounding the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. It seemed that most of the other 559 riders in the tour had passed me. And, if that wasn't bad enough, my friend, Bob Hines, was among them.
An semi-truck and trailer of Everstrong Construction of Redwood Falls, Minn., was involved in an accident Monday morning on the entry ramp from U.S. Highway 71 to the Highway 23/71 Bypass on the south side of Willmar. No further accident details are available at this time. The Minnesota State Patrol, Willmar Police Department and the Willmar Fire Department personnel responded to the scene.
LAKE LILLIAN -- As supper time approached Tuesday, so did 27 bicyclists ready to join area residents for a meal, some conversation and a chance to rest. The cyclists had pedaled 89 miles from Minneapolis, but that was a just a little more riding than a typical day for the group of mostly college students. They have been riding their bikes most days since they left Baltimore in late May with a goal of covering the more than 4,000 miles to Seattle in 70 days. Lake Lillian's visitors are one of three teams riding in the 11th annual 4K for Cancer, a program created to involve young adults in un
WILLMAR -- Motorists driving over Willmar's First Street Bridge have been dealing with two fewer lanes to use since Monday. That situation could continue for several more days because of maintenance by city and state workers. "The city doesn't have a bridge crew," said T.J. Melcher, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation District 8, based in Willmar.
WILLMAR -- Mayors, public works directors and people who just like riding their bikes met Monday with state officials to discuss what could be done to improve cycling in Minnesota. About 30 people attended the Statewide Bicycle Planning Study public meeting at the Willmar Municipal Utilities building. There state transportation department officials and consultants led the group through a series of activities to determine the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by efforts to improve cycling opportunities throughout the state. "What changes can we begin to make today?" aske