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 Weekend is the official start of summer. The majority across west central Minnesota will head for the lake or a family gathering on the first three-day weekend of 2010. However, come Monday, many citizens in west central Minnesota will remember the true purpose of Memorial Day. Family and friends will gather in school auditoriums and local cemeteries to remember those who have died in the service of our country. There are many who will spend Monday at the lake fishing, swimming or water skiing.
WILLMAR -- Jason Anthony Hamstad of Willmar has been identified as the worker involved in an accident Thursday at the Monson gravel pit north of Willmar. Hamstad, 34, was injured in an accident at approximately 2:40 p.m. Thursday, suffering trauma to one of his arms after being caught in a piece of machinery. According to a Sheriff's Office news release, Hamstad was airlifted from the scene to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Hamstad's Caring Bridge Web site reported Friday that he underwent trauma surgery upon arrival at HCMC.
A Hancock High School graduate was killed Sunday in a noncombat-related injury, according to family sources. The soldier's father, Lyle Kruize of Hancock, confirmed Wednesday morning to the Hancock Record that Army Sgt. Kurt E. Kruize of Hancock died Sunday in Iraq. Sgt. Kruize's body arrived Tuesday night at Dover Air Force Base, Del. He and his wife, Billie Kruize, reside in St. Cloud, according to Lyle Kruize. They have four children. A 1993 graduate of Hancock High School, he was the son of Lyle and Bev Kruize. Sgt. Kruize was serving in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The Blair House Bipartisan Show is over and there are no winners. Maybe, the only winner was the American citizens who were able to see first hand the behavior of congressional Democratic and Republican leaders. There was little agreement on health care reform at the summit chaired by President Obama. Republicans were not buying what Democrats were selling on health care reform. In fact, the difference is a gap as wide as the Grand Canyon. American citizens are not yet ready for comprehensive health care reform. They have many unanswered questions concerning parts of the plan.
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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.