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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NEW YORK (AP) — Johnny Football just got himself a way cooler nickname: Johnny Heisman. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, taking college football's top individual prize Saturday night after a record-breaking debut.
IRVING, Texas - Police charged Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent with intoxication manslaughter Saturday after he flipped his car in a pre-dawn accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. Irving police spokesman John Argumaniz said the accident happened about 2:20 a.m. Saturday in the Dallas suburb, hours before Brent was to be on a team flight to Cincinnati for the Cowboys' game Sunday against the Bengals.
A winter storm is bearing down on west central Minnesota and the upper Midwest tonight through Sunday evening. A National Weather Service forecast late Saturday afternoon said blizzard conditions are expected across western Minnesota Sunday afternoon and evening. A powerful winter storm is organizing across the Dakota, according to the National Weather Service, and will begin affecting western Minnesota tonight and eastern Minnesota after Midnight.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — City officials in Aberdeen have notified a long-delayed beef processing plant that is trying to get up to speed that it is violating its wastewater permit. The Northern Beef Packers plant allegedly has failed to monitor pollutants and properly operate its treatment lagoons. It also does not have a certified wastewater supervisor on staff. City Attorney Adam Altman says that the violations are not acceptable. Plant officials declined comment. The plant won't be fined but has been given 10 days to start fixing the problems.
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PHILADELPHIA — The Minnesota Twins have acquired right-handed pitchers Vance Worley and Trevor May from the Philadelphia Phillies today in exchange for center fielder Ben Revere. The 25-year-old Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011 and helping the Phillies win their fifth-straight National League East Division title. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training. May, 23, was 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA at Class AA Reading.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s budget will face a $1.1 billion shortfall, state officials announced this morning.
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles police say they've recovered a stolen 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible that belongs to talk-show host Phil McGraw. Detective Jess Corral said Tuesday that investigators recovered McGraw's classic car, along with 13 others, after law enforcement began targeting auto theft rings. McGraw is known as television's "Dr. Phil. His car was stolen from the RODZ shop in Burbank in August, and was found with minor damage. The car is worth at least $80,000.
Minnesota lost a good journalist when Brad Swenson died Sunday. Family, friends, journalists and politicians will gather for a memorial service Monday in Bemidji. For three years I was fortunate to work directly with Brad at the Bemidji Pioneer and then indirectly for another 10 years as associates at separate Forum Communications newspapers. When I joined the Bemidji Pioneer as editor in November 1998, I found Brad could handle political coverage or opinion writing. And handle it he did.