Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: insidescoop.areavoices.com or the Tribune's blog at: westcentraltribune.areavoices.com.
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The driver of a horse-drawn wagon injured Saturday during a ride in rural Willmar died Thursday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The death notice for Fred R. Zwart, 80, of New London, was posted Thursday on the Harvey Anderson and Johnson Funeral Home web site.
The Willmar City Council Monday night approved a contract with Mike McGuire to be the interim city administrator for the city of Willmar. McGuire has previously served as city manager in Prior Lake and Maplewood. He also has worked as a contract city administrator in Fairbault, Bayport, Pine City and Grand Rapids, and operated McGuire Consulting Services. He has a masters in urban and regional studies from Minnesota State University-Mankato. He has served on the Prior Lake City Council since February 2013.
Fifteen years ago Sunday, America's homeland was attacked for the first time since Pearl Harbor. It was just 15 years ago, yet it seems like yesterday and yet so far away. The seniors that started their final year of high school last week are too young to remember their parents' frightened looks and tears of Sept. 11, 2001. Within months, America went to war in Afghanistan. Today's seniors who have retired remember the first reports of Pearl Harbor and the fear that followed. America was at war with Japan and Germany within days.
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Share your storm photos and video from Willmar and west central Minnesota with the West Central Tribune. Send them to: email@example.com . The newsroom will post them as soon as we can.
A flash flood watch remains in effect until 1 a.m. Friday in Kandiyohi, Renville, Meeker, McLeod, Renville and Redwood counties in west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service. The flood watch also covers much of southern Minnesota. The flood watch has been cancelled in counties to the west and north of Willmar and in central Minnesota as the rain has ended and significant rainfall is not anticipated. Rain and thunderstorms have ended this morning at this point. More than 7.5 inches have been reported in the Willmar area Wednesdady and overnight.
A single-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 12 in east Willmar shut down traffic on Sunday evening.
A summer thunderstorm rolled across much of west central Minnesota Sunday night. Winds of 50 mph were reported in some areas. About 1.5 inches of rain fell in the Willmar area. View the video above of the approaching storm. The video is looking northwest from U.S. Highway 12 near Grove City.
U.S. Navy Motor Machinist John E. Anderson was laid to rest today at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar, Minnesota. Anderson was killed in action aboard LCT 30 as the ship withdrew from Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was buried in an unidentified grave at the Normandy American Military Cemetery in France for the past 72 years.