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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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 National Weather Service. Central Minnesota, including Meeker, Stearns, McLeod and Sibley counties, is in a wind chill advisory through mid-morning with wind chill temperatures fall to between 10 and 20 below zero as the arctic air front moves through.
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.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For many, Jack Klugman will always be the messy one. His portrayal of sloppy sportswriter Oscar Madison on TV's "The Odd Couple" left viewers laughing but it also gave Klugman the leverage to create a more serious character, the gruff medical examiner in "Quincy M.E." His everyman ethos and comic timing endeared him to audiences and led to a prolific, six-decade acting career that spanned stage, screen and television.
WILLMAR - The National Weather Service has continued the wind chill advisory through noon today for west central and central Minnesota. Wind chill readings ranging from 25 below to 30 below zero will continue this morning across much of west central and central Minnesota, expecially along and west of a line from Redwood Falls to St. Cloud to Mora. An arctic airmass is combining with light north winds to produce brutally cold winds chills across the region this Christmas morning.
Christmas Greetings from the staff of the West Central Tribune of Willmar.
All evening activities at Paynesville Area Secondary School have been cancelled for tonight, according to the Paynesville Area Schools website. In addition, all away 7-12 grade activities have also been cancelled for the evening. Scheduled sporting events included Paynesville boys' basketball at Litchfield, Paynesville wrestling at Eden Valley-Watkins and Fergus Falls at River Lakes girls' hockey at Paynesville. The Paynesville Area School Board meeting today has also been moved to the Paynesville Elementary School Media Center.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- To prevent a possible run on banks at the height of the financial crisis four years ago, Congress expanded government insurance for certain bank deposits to include totals above the usual $250,000 limit. Now that the ceiling is about to be re-imposed, community banks fear they'll lose customers to bigger banks and want Congress to come to their rescue. They are being opposed by conservative groups, among others, who say that the Transaction Account Guarantee program is no longer needed and discourages the wealthy investing in the economy.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks edged higher Monday on Wall Street after a strong sales report from McDonald's offset concerns about the surprise resignation of Italy's prime minister. Investors also waited for developments in crucial U.S. budget talks. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 18 points at 13,173 at 2:53 p.m. EST. The index traded within a range of less than 60 points throughout the day. The Standard and Poor's 500 was up less than a point at 1,418. The Nasdaq composite was up three points at 2,981.