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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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.
South Dakota authorities are asking for the public's help in the search for a Granite Falls native who has not been seen since late Thursday morning. Patrick Kulesa, 41, of rural Grenville, S.D., was last heard from about 11 a.m. Thursday when he talked with his family by cell phone, according to a news release from the Day County Sheriff's Office in Webster, S.D. The rancher was last seen around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at an Aberdeen, S.D., bank. Kulesa's aunt, Elaine Monson of Granite Falls, said Monday that Kulesa is the son of John and Katie Monson of Granite Falls.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings we have received. Fate can truly be a fickle thing. I spent some time Sunday night thinking about one small "what if" that happened 381 years ago that has affected this country ever since. A young Englishman named John Howland was contracted as a "man servant" at an early age in England. He would later travel with two other servants with along their master into the new world of North America. They sailed for America with other English seeking religious freedom during the reign of King James I.
It is Memorial Day weekend in America. To many it is the first major weekend of summer to go up north to the cabin by the lake or some other destination. In my family, it has always been something else -- a time for remembrance and honor. I never served in the military. The closest I got was being among the last group of young men registering for the draft in December 1974.
Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings we have received. Fate can truly be a fickle thing. I spent some time Sunday night thinking about one small...