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 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.
Blizzard conditions are developing in west central Minnesota later this afternoon along with dangerous wind chills by nightfall, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. The blizzard warning was issued at 3 p.m. this afternoon and runs through noon Sunday. A powerful Arctic cold front will move through the region later this afternoon with northwest winds of 30 to 35 mph. Gusts of 40 to 45 mph along the Minnesota River Valley in western Minnesota are expected.
Today is my mother Ruth’s 90th birthday. We are happy to see her celebrate this milestone. It was on a cold December night in 1923 that her mother Grace gave birth to this fourth child, with her grandma Susie serving as midwife and aunt Gladys assisting. Ruth has lived a challenging, interesting and inspiring life.
Two waves of snowfall can be expected through tonight across west central Minnesota, according to the National Weather Service.The first will move through this morning before noon, while the second is expected to move through after midnight tonight.Up to an inch of snow can be expected between the two systems.There is potential for a strong storm system to impact the region Thursday and Thursday night. There is still much uncertainty regarding the track of this system, which will be the determining factor for the snowfall amount.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota student says a man who sexually assaulted her claimed to be a police officer. Authorities say the woman was walking near campus about...
MINNEAPOLIS - Minneapolis police say a 2-month-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by a stray bullet. Related story: Uncle fired bullet that struck baby in Minneapolis The Minneapolis Star Tribune ( http://bit.ly/153x4en ) reports early Friday that the shooting happened about 9 p.m.