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BENSON -- The Benson City Council heard, but did not take action on proposed increases in the city's utility rates at the regular meeting Monday evening. The rates, if approved, would take effect on Jan. 1, according to city manager Rob Wolfington. City staff has been reviewing water, wastewater and electric rates and recommended the increases, which would include water, sewer, electric, garbage and taxes.
WILLMAR -- Asha Ali Sanweyne, 25, of Minneapolis and formerly of Willmar, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a felony charge of third-degree assault for a December assault on a woman that involved hitting the woman over the head with a glass Coca-Cola bottle. As part of a plea agreement entered in Kandiyohi County District Court, a felony second-degree assault charge and a misdemeanor assault charge will be dismissed. She will be sentenced Nov. 30 and will receive a stay of imposition on her sentence. The charges were filed after Willmar police were called around 6:30 p.m. Dec.
WILLMAR -- An arrest warrant was issued Monday for a 74-year-old Spicer man wanted on criminal sexual conduct charges for allegedly sexually abusing a young boy about 10 years ago. Marlin Leroy Kroona faces three felony charges, two first-degree charges and one second-degree count. According to the complaint, Kandiyohi County Sheriff's office deputies were called to a verbal domestic between Kroona and a 20-year-old man on Aug. 9. The younger man had spent the night at Kroona's home and said that he awakened to find Kroona touching his back and buttocks.
WILLMAR -- With rain clouds over their heads and muddy fields under their feet, area farmers are struggling to get the crops harvested this fall. The situation, with just 34 percent of the state's soybean crop harvested after weeks of rain delays, is serious, according to David Nicolai, University of Minnesota Extension Educator based in Hutchinson. "If this goes on into next week, it could be very serious," he said Tuesday afternoon. Extension officials are telling farmers to harvest the soybeans, both to get the crop out of the field and to prevent yield losses. "We're telling people, 'i
WILLMAR -- Jesus Elizabeth Vasquez, 32, and Ovidio Ochoa, 36, of Willmar, have both pleaded guilty to one felony count of wrongfully obtaining assistance for collecting more than $68,000 in public assistance while also working under false names. The pleas were entered Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Four other charges against Vasquez for violating the declaration requirements for public assistance will be dismissed. She is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 26. No sentencing date was set for Ochoa. The pair also each pleaded guilty to one aggravated forgery charge.
WILLMAR -- Miles David Edinburgh was found guilty Thursday of second-degree murder for the July 2008 stabbing death of Adam Kenneth Milton. The jury, seven men and five women, deliberated for about 12 hours before returning the verdict in Kandiyohi County District Court just after 2:30 p.m.
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains a derogatory racial term not normally used in the Tribune's stories and the term may be offensive to readers. However, the term's usage is considered a significant fact in this trial.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story contains a derogatory racial term not normally used in the Tribune's stories and the term may be offensive to readers. However, the term's usage is considered a significant fact in this trial. WILLMAR -- The jury was still deliberating at press time Wednesday in the murder trial of Miles David Edinburgh. The jury, seven men and five women, began deliberating around 4 p.m. Wednesday. The trial, before District Judge Jon Stafsholt, began Oct.
WILLMAR -- Ricardo Cadena, 24, of Willmar, was sentenced Tuesday to 30 months in prison on two charges stemming from a May 21 incident that involved kidnapping a teenager and stealing his car from the McDonald's parking lot. The sentence was handed down in Kandiyohi County District Court by Judge Michael J.