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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A single-vehicle rollover crash on U.S. Highway 12 in east Willmar shut down traffic on Sunday evening.
A summer thunderstorm rolled across much of west central Minnesota Sunday night. Winds of 50 mph were reported in some areas. About 1.5 inches of rain fell in the Willmar area. View the video above of the approaching storm. The video is looking northwest from U.S. Highway 12 near Grove City.
U.S. Navy Motor Machinist John E. Anderson was laid to rest today at Fairview Cemetery in Willmar, Minnesota. Anderson was killed in action aboard LCT 30 as the ship withdrew from Omaha Beach during the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was buried in an unidentified grave at the Normandy American Military Cemetery in France for the past 72 years.
For Willmar native John Emanuel Anderson, the return to Kandiyohi County has taken more than 72 years. The remains of Motor Machinist Mate 1st Class John E. Anderson were returned to Willmar Thursday evening just in time for Memorial Day Weekend. As the hearse carried his remains to Willmar Thursday night, people gathered in respect in every town along U.S. Highway 12.
The Willmar junior hockey team is seeking suggestions from the public for the new franchise name. "We want to hear from area hockey fans and want their input on our...
Rand Middleton’s relationship with the West Central Tribune and its readers has spanned four decades. He has been covering Willmar football since September 1974. I am going to break newspaper style and refer to him by his first name for the remainder of this column as everyone in the Tribune’s coverage area knows him as “Rand.” Rand will be one of six inductees into the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame tonight in Minneapolis. It is an honor well-deserved. Congratulations, Rand.
Forum News Service The trouble with “free college” is that it would be hugely expensive, might hurt the world-leading quality of American universities (as Neal McCluskey explains in his column)...
WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission will conduct interviews Thursday for their executive director position. The interviews will be held at the MinnWest Technology Campus, 1707 Technology Drive. There will be a briefing from 8:15-8:55 a.m. There are four finalists to be interviewed as follows: Jay Scherbenske, 9-10 a.m.; Scott Marquardt, 10:15-11:15 a.m.; Aaron Backman, 12:30-1:30 p.m; and Vickie Martin, 1:45-2:45 p.m. The board will hold deliberations beginning at 3 p.m.
Here are links to weather-related sites: National Weather Service offices' links: National Weather Service NWS Forecast Office - Chanhassen NWS Forecast Office - Aberdeen, S.D. NWS Forecast Office - Sioux Falls, S.D.
“We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.” — Dave Barry With the new year Friday, longtime journalist David Little is retiring from the newsroom at the West Central Tribune. Little has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune since February 1982, when he was hired by then-editor John Tradup. During his tenure here, Little has worked for five editors: Tradup, Forrest Peterson, Dana Yost, Ruth Newman and myself.