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 Section 3A boys swimming diving prelims event scheduled for tonight at Hutchinson Middle School has been postponed due to the approaching snow storm. Diving prelims for Willmar and other 3A teams will be held Friday at Hutchinson Middle School, 1365 South Grade Road, in Hutchinson.
The Section 3A boys hockey game between Willmar and Windom scheduled for tonight in Willmar has been postponed due to the approaching snow storm. Willmar and Windom will play their section game at 3 p.m. Friday at Willmar Civic Center, 2707 Arena Drive NE, Willmar.
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U.S. Highway 212 is closed in both directions in Eden Prairie until at least noon following a police chase and subsequent police-involved shooting that left two dead. Highway 12 is specifically closed between Minnesota Highway 5 in Eden Prairie and Minnesota 101in Chanhassen, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Multiple police vehicles are visible on MnDOT traffic cameras surrounding another vehicle on U.S. 212 near the Eden Prairie border, between Minnesota Highway 101 and Dell Road about 8 a.m., according to the St.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reporting that a section of U.S. Highway 212 is closed in both directions until at least noon in the area of the border of Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. Highway 12 is specifically closed between Minnesota Highway 5 in Eden Prairie and Minnesota 101in Chanhassen. West central Minnesotans traveling east on Highway 212 this morning are encouraged to seek out other routes. MnDOT's 511MN.org web site is reporting that a law enforcement action along this Highway 212 sector is the reason for the road closing.
WILLMAR - The Willmar Stingers announced Wednesday night that PJ McIntee will returning as assistant coach and Andy Ogdahl has been named as assistant general manager for the upcoming 2014 season. The Stingers are a member of the Northwoods League, a developmental baseball league now in its 21st season of summer collegiate baseball. Read more on this story Friday in the West Central Tribune.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation office in Willmar says the lane restrictions on U.S. Highway 71 in Kandiyohi County south of Kandiyohi County Road 40 have now ended. The highway lane had been restricted due to a motor vehicle accident.
A wind chill warning remains in effect for all of Minnesota through noon Tuesday. The coldest airmass since at least 1996 will continue to bring dangerous wind chills to west central Minnesota into Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. High temperatures today will only make a small recovery from lows last night and will be close to all-time cold records in many locations. This Arctic cold will be accompanied by brisk northwest winds.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued a wind chill warning for all of west central Minnesota until noon today. It also issued a wind chill advisory through noon Monday. The weather service has cancelled the blizzard warning issued Saturday afternoon. Cold wind chills are forecast for today and tonight, with wind chill values 35 to 45 below. These wind chill values will cause frostbite in minutes. Arctic air will continue to rush into west central Minnesota behind the departing cold from that moved through the region Saturday night.