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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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in parts of west central Minnesota due to heavy snow, blowing snow and very poor visibility. Increasing winds will likely cause conditions to continue to deteriorate through today into Monday. This no travel advisory includes Becker, Big Stone, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Mahnomen, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties.
The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department is advising no travel due to the rapidly deteriorating driving conditions in Kandiyohi County. Law enforcement said state highways and county road conditions are difficult as of 10 a.m. this morning and are expected to deteriorate further as this winter storm proceeds through west central Minnesota. The National Weather Service has placed Kandiyohi County and much of west central Minnesota in a winter storm warning through this evening and a blizzard warning from 9 p.m. tonight through 6 p.m. Monday.
A winter storm has started this morning across west central Minnesota. This storm is expected to become a blizzard across western Minnesota tonight and continue into Monday. A winter storm warning has been issued and remains in effect through Sunday evening. A blizzard warning is in effect for west central Minnesota through the Minnesota River Valley from 9 p.m. tonight through 6 p.m. Monday. This significant storm has now started to impact the upper Mississippi Valley. Snow started falling in Willmar about 8 a.m. today.
Morning Update for Feb. 6: Here are some story highlights this morning from Wctrib.com :
MILAN – Emergency responders and law enforcement officers are on the scene of a fatal accident north of Milan. Little information is available at this time, but according to the State Patrol the accident was reported shortly before 7 a.m. today on state Highway 7 north of Milan in Chippewa County.
Gov. Mark Dayton announced his budget proposal Tuesday which includes some sweeping changes in Minnesota’s tax system. His budget proposal unveiled a $37.9 biennial budget in which is he seeks to balance the $1.1 billion budget, invest in education and fund the biggest tax reform effort since the early 1970s. Among his key points of his budget are:
CHANHASSEN, Minn. - An Arctic air mass will push out of the Red River Valley region into central and southern Minnesota this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. This strong front will bring the coldest air of the season so far, with northwest winds in the wake of this frontincreasing to 25 to 35 mph, with gusts up to 50 mph.
The wind chill tempeatures will occasionally fall to between 10 and 20 below zero in west central Minnesota as arctic air passes through the region this morning, according to the...
NEW LONDON - U.S. Highway 71 has now reopened, according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Department. Highway 71 had been closed north of Highway 9 since about 11:15 a.m. today due to a two-vehicle crash near the intersection of Highway 71 and 9. The crash involves a semi truck and a minivan. Both vehicles came to rest in the ditch. The Minnesota State Patrol said the accident did include fatalities. No further information has been released at this time.