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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WILLMAR -- A former Willmar resident and graduate suspected of a Colorado homicide and attempting to steal an empty passenger jet was found dead on the plane from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Tuesday at a small Utah airport. Brian Hedglin, 40, of Colorado Springs, was a SkyWest Airlines pilot. He is suspected of killing his ex-girlfriend in Colorado Springs and authorities have been searching for him since Friday when authorities found her body. His FAA certifications, under the name Brian Joseph Heglind, certified him as a transport pilot and commercial pilot.
Photo gallery from Swenson Motor Co. fire scene
Thanksgiving Day remains a special holiday across America. It is an important time for family and for giving thanks for all our blessings. In our family, there was always something special about Thanksgiving Day.
Memorial Day is aptly named, as it is a day to remember those men and women who gave their life in the service of the United States. There is no greater sacrifice than one who gives their life for of their country. Americans -- young and old -- have gathered in communities around the country since 1868 to honor and remember those individuals who have made this ultimate sacrifice. Soldiers from our region killed in recent years include: * Pfc. Ryane G. Clark, 22, of New London, died Oct.
Two rounds of winter weather are likely in portions of west central and southwest Minnesota Thursday and Friday, which could include fog, rain or snow. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen has issued winter weather advisory for west central and southwest Minnesota from very early Thursday morning into Thursday evening. This advisory currently includes the counties of Pope, Stevens, Swift, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine. This same area is under a winter storm watch for Friday. This watch area could expand eastward later Wednesday as the first system moves in.
The Christmas Day forecast for the Willmar region is for a chance of flurries and freezing drizzle. Skies will be cloudy, with a high near 18 and north northwest wind between 5 and 9 mph. Sunday will be mostly sunny with high near 13. Wind chill values will be between 5 below and 4 above.
WILLMAR - A multi-car accident about 8 a.m. today closed part of northbound Business 71 north of Willmar. Northbound traffic was detoured along the frontage road for several blocks while law enforcement and emergency personnel responded to the accident scene. No additional details are available at this time.
Here is a Nov. 29 snow report on Minnesota Native Daughter by blogger Jannet Walsh.
The body of the 53-year-old man pulled found Tuesday in the Crow River in New London has been identified as Paul Lindberg of New London according to the Kandiyohi County Sheriffs Department. Lindberg's body was found around noon Tuesday in the Crow River by a construction worker, just north of the new dam construction site. Responding deputies arriving at the scene found Lindberg deceased and the county coroner was then called to the scene. There appears to be no signs of foul play, but the body has been sent to the Anoka County Medical Examiner's office of an autopsy.
Several west central Minnesota legislators were named to committee chair posts today by the Legislature's Republican leadership. Area senators named as committee chairs are: * Sen. Joe Gimse, R-Willmar, Transportation Budget and Policy * Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, Higher Education Budget and Policy * Sen. Bill Ingebrigtsen, Environmental and Natural Resources Budget and Policy Area representatives named as committee chairs are: * Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City, Legacy Funding Division * Rep. Torrey Westrom, R-Elbow Lake, Civil Law Committee