Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications.
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WILLMAR -- Three people made their first court appearances Monday on felony first-degree burglary and theft charges for their alleged roles in burglarizing an occupied residence Friday in rural Spicer. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000 for Shane Allen Peterson, 26, of Willmar. His next appearance is July 15 in Kandiyohi County District Court. William Michael Peterson, 43, and Dawn Jean Meyer, 39, both of Kerkhoven, are each charged with aiding and abetting first-degree burglary and theft. Both also make their next court appearance on July 15.
WILLMAR -- The Kandiyohi County Board will meet Tuesday morning in the board room on the second floor of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building. The board will discuss human services issues at 9 a.m. and has a public hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. to review a tax abatement request from Peaceful Thymes of Atwater. The board will also discuss the Vision 2040 effort. The board's meetings are recorded and shown on local cable Channel 19 at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and at 1 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.
WILLMAR -- Two fifth-degree arson charges were filed Friday against Jeffrey James Ackerman, 40, of Willmar, for burning two U.S. flags belonging to downtown Willmar businesses. Ackerman used a cigarette lighter to start the flags on fire, Police Chief David Wyffels said Sunday.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Police Department says officers have secured a confession from a 40-year-old white male for burning U.S. flags at two downtown Willmar businesses. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, the man, a local resident who will not be named until he is formally charged, confessed Thursday to burning both flags at the separate locations on June 1.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Police have secured a confession from a 40-year-old white male for burning U.S. … Archive Material - Subscription required to continue reading Log in or activate...
NEW LONDON -- The New London-Spicer School Board on Monday evening approved the district's budget for the 2013-2014 school year. The budget includes general fund revenues of $13.45 million and spending of $13.58 million, according to information provided by district Superintendent Paul Carlson.
WILLMAR -- Paul Alton Hanson, 50, of Willmar, made his first court appearance Wednesday on three felony charges of theft by swindle for allegedly stealing more than $60,000 from Tripolis Lutheran Church of rural Kandiyohi. According to the complaint filed in Kandiyohi County District Court, Hanson allegedly wrote 129 checks to himself between July 2011 and January 2013 for $61,623.83 and disguised his actions by writing apparently legitimate church expenses in the church's financial ledgers. Unconditional bail was set at $25,000. His next appearance is Aug. 14.
WILLMAR -- Donavan Douglas James Wold, 18, of Willmar, made his first appearance Wednesday on three felony charges for allegedly selling drugs at Willmar Senior High School. Unconditional bail was set at $50,000. His next appearance is Aug. 21. Wold faces two second-degree sale charges for selling drugs to someone under 18 years old and for selling drugs on school, park or public housing property, plus a fourth-degree drug possession charge.
SPICER — Crews from the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative and Great River Energy are working to get electricity restored to the cooperative’s customers, but have not been able to identify the...
WILLMAR -- A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Sept. 10 for Paul Anthony Wickenhauser, the 22-year-old Cokato man facing 15 felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide or operation for the triple fatal motor vehicle crash last summer east of Willmar. The trial is scheduled for five days before District Judge Donald M. Spilseth in Kandiyohi County District Court. Wickenhauser's pretrial hearing was continued from Monday to July 29, and there is also a trial management conference scheduled for Aug. 19.