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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Update 8 a.m. - This story has been updated to reflect Brainerd's superintendent search timeline and corrects the names of that district's candidates.
One of three finalists returning for a second interview for the Willmar superintendent position is a finalist scheduled to interview for a second time for the superintendent position with the Brainerd School District. Dr. Jerry Kjergaard of Waconia is a finalist for the Brainerd superintendent position and is currently in Brainerd.
WILLMAR -- The West Central Tribune recently introduced a new Money and Markets page which provides readers with analytic, explanatory and forward-looking financial data. The new service also provides an online site providing essential information for readers and investors. This may be accessed at: www.wctrib.com/business . A number of readers asked to have some mutual funds included in our print edition. Today, we have updated the page to include a listing of mutual funds. Thank you to all the readers who provided feedback -- positive and negative -- to the new Money and Markets page.
The public meeting of the Willmar Design Center scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday night at Bethel Lutheran Church has been cancelled. The meeting will be re-scheduled at a later date. This public meeting was to see a presentation on market street ideas and to solicit public input on a convertible street concept for Becker Avenue.
Fire and rescue personnel responded to a fire shortly after 10 a.m. Friday in a downtown Willmar building. Smoke could be viewed coming out of the upstairs apartment area of 402 Litchfield Avenue Southwest. The 400 block of Litchfield Avenue has been blocked off and one block northward toward the Kandiyohi County Building. One person has been removed from the scene by an ambulance. Fire departments from Willmar, Spicer, Pennock, Kandiyohi and Benson responded to the scene. Further updates will be posted on West Central Tribune Online www.wctrib.com .
Thunderstorms with heavy rainfall, large hail and strong winds swept through west central Minnesota mid-day Thursday. A tornado warning has been extended until 5 p.m. for Meeker County. The tornado warning for Kandiyohi County has expired. Much of central Minnesota remains under a tornado watch until early evening. Tornado warnings had been issued throughout the afternoon in Chippewa, Renville, Kandiyohi and Meeker counties in west central Minnesota. Those warnings have all expired. The storm track through southern Kandiyohi County created concerns in some school districts.
EDEN VALLEY - Three men were cited for disorderly conduct following an early morning fight Thursday in an Eden Valley alley, according to the Meeker County Sheriff's Department. The Meeker County Sheriff's Department assisted the Eden Valley Police Department in a call at 1:06 a.m. Thursday to a reported fight in an alley behind Tom's Carpet Kingdom in Eden Valley. Charles Gregory Haag, 27, and Jayson Ray Hamilton, 22, both of Eden Valley, were cited for disorderly conduct.
The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for much of west central and northwest Minnesota, predicting that the heat index will reach into the low 100-degree range. The heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Wednesday for much of west central Minne-sota. While temperatures will only range in the low to mid 90s in the region, the heat index -- the summertime counterpart to wind chill -- is expected to rise past 100 degrees. Willmar will see partly cloudy skies this afternoon, with highs 90 to 95 and south winds 5 to 15 mph.
If the weather conditions - excessive snow fall or blizzard conditions in the region - delay or make deliver impossible of the West Central Tribune Friday morning, our dedicated carriers will deliver your newspaper as soon road and safety conditions permit. The West Central Tribune went to press early Thursday night in order to assist our carrier force deliver your newspaper on time. However, some customers may not receive Friday's edition until Saturday. In the meantime, readers may visit our Web site at www.wctrib.com for continuing updates throughout the day.