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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Memorial Day has always been a significant holiday in my family and the communities where I grew up. However, Memorial Day was not a day for the lake, fishing or other activities. Many instead attend a Memorial Day ceremony at one of the area cemeteries. The communities of Leader and Poplar where I grew up are no different from most in northern Minnesota. The citizens are common folk, who are hard-working, self-sustaining, independent and freedom-loving individuals. Many also stepped forward to serve their county in the military in time of war and in peace.
WILLMAR -- The blizzard storm system that hammered North and South Dakota on Monday is now bringing snowfall to Willmar and west central Minnesota. A winter storm warning in effect until 7 p.m. tonight, with blowing snow and possible near-blizzard conditions in some areas of the state. Snow began falling in Willmar about 6:45 a.m. this morning. Today's snow will be wet and heavy. The National Weather Service is forecasting snow and sleet in the morning in the Willmar region. Snow and sleet accumulation will become heavy at times in the afternoon, with expectations of 1 to 5 inches.
Three central Minnesota lawmakers have introduced a bill to combine all of Stearns and Benton counties plus the St. Cloud portion and Haven Township of Sherburne County into one new Minnesota county. The bill announced today by Sen. Tarryl Clark, DFL-St. Cloud; Rep. Larry Haws, DFL-St. Cloud and Rep. Larry Hosch, DFL-St. Joseph. The new county, conceptually entitled "Lake Wobegon County," would streamline and enhance services for citizens in the central Minnesota region of St. Cloud. The St.
The University of Minnesota/St. Cloud State University BioScience Focus Group meeting scheduled today at the MinnWest Technology Campus has been canceled due to weather.
Updated 8:50 a.m. Olivia Police Chief Donald Davern died unexpectedly Sunday. Davern's death was announced in a news release early Monday morning by the Olivia Police Department. No further details were released concerning his death. Davern had served 34 years in the Olivia Police Department, first as an officer and then as chief of police. He also was the Olivia Civil Defense Director. He had also served as Renville County Sheriff for four years. The Olivia Police Department has five full-time officers and other part-time staff. Funeral services are pending.
RAYMOND - A woman believed to be in her 40s has been reported missing here Monday morning. Law enforcement is hoping to locate the woman before the winds of the approaching winter storm pick and reduce visibility this afternoon. A relative reported the Raymond woman missing shortly before 10 a.m. Monday morning. Law enforcement and fire department personnel are searching an area northwest of Raymond. One witness reported seeing the woman walking out of town about 8:45 a.m. this morning.
Update Sat. Noon Sheriff's office says no help needed at this time
The Brainerd School Board has offered its superintendent position to Brainerd Assistant Superintendent Steve Razidlo, according to a district spokesperson. Waconia Superintendent Jerry Kjergaard was the other finalist considered at Thursday's meeting. The Brainerd board met at 12:30 p.m. Thursday and unanimously voted to offer the district's superintendent position to Razidlo. Kjergaard, one of three finalists in the second round of interviews, is in Willmar today. He will tour the district Thursday. He will meet at 2:30 p.m.
WILLMAR -- Willmar superintendent candidate Jerry Kjergaard has made the final two list in the Brainerd School District's search for its next superintendent. Waconia Superintendent Kjergaard and Brainerd Assistant Superintendent Steve Razidlo were named the two finalists Saturday by the Brainerd School Board. The board conducted one-hour interviews Saturday with its remaining four finalists -- Kjergaard, Razidlo, Brainerd Community Education Director Todd Lyscio and John Longtin, former Mendota Heights superintendent, the Brainerd Dispatch reported Saturday. The Brainerd School Board is sch