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 severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect for Yellow Medicine, Swift, western Chippewa and eastern Lac Qui Parle counties in west central Minnesota until 7 a.m. this morning. At 6:17 a.m., severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from 10 miles north of Benson to Montevideo to Minneota. This line of thunderstorms is moving east at 40 mph. This system has posted winds gusts in the 60 mph range. A wind gust of 65 was reported by the automated weather station at Madison..
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The search-and-rescue operation at a deadly building collapse in Philadelphia has been halted for the moment. After working through the night, firefighters and rescue workers remain at the scene Thursday morning but are not actively combing through debris. Video: 13 injured, 6 dead after 4-story building collapse Authorities have not officially
DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler says its sales rose 11 percent in May, a sign that auto sales rebounded from a slight dip in April. The automaker says it sold almost 167,000 cars and trucks last month for its best May since 2007. The performance was led by the Ram pickup with a 22 percent increase over a year ago. The company's performance surprised some industry analysts who expected Chrysler to post a decline. Analysts expect U.S. sales to rebound in May to an annual rate of about 15.2 million vehicles.
Willmar and west central Minnesota remain in a National Weather Service-issued red flag warning this morning. As warm, dry air and gusty winds move into the area, temperatures are expected to reach into the mid-90s by the afternoon. Wind gusts could reach as high as 40 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecasted to dissipate by 1 p.m. Pope, Stearns, Lac Qui Parle, Swift, Chippewa, Kandiyohi, Meeker, Renville and Stevens counties are all included in the red flag warning, which will remain in effect until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — State officials say a St. Cloud auto parts company has paid $50,000 to a former employee who claimed her firing amounted to marriage discrimination. The Minnesota Department of Human Rights says Auto Value Parts terminated JoDee Goblirsch when her husband went to work for a competitor. Parent company, Automotive Parts, says Goblirsch's continued employment was a conflict-of-interest because she had access to privileged information.
Citizens in west central Minnesota can watch the gay marriage debate in the Minnesota House today live via several methods. Television: The House gay marriage debate may be watched on public television Minnesota Channel throughout the state. Link: Debate feed from House TV Link: Debate feed from The Uptake
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated. The job increases helped reduce the unemployment rate from 7.6 percent to a four-year low of 7.5 percent. The report Friday from the Labor Department was a reassuring sign that the U.S. job market is improving despite higher taxes and government spending cuts that took effect this year.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. - The Roseville police dog partially paralyzed by a criminal has died at age 11. Officer John Jorgensen says his K-9 partner, Major, was euthanized this week at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center after contracting a bladder infection and pneumonia. Jorgensen says Major, a German shepherd, had an active law enforcement career.
Believe or not, warmer temperatures are just a couple days away for west central Minnesota as the jetstream shifts northward bringing warmer temps. Today’s weather will be mostly sunny across the region, with a high around 35 with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The region has a slight chance of snow before midday Wednesday under partly cloudy skies, followed with a mix of rain and snow through Wednesday night. The Wednesday high will likely be near 40. Thenthe warmup begins with a change in weather patterns.
A winter storm is now imminent later today and into night as a projected heavy snow band shifts north and intensified. This storm will impact parts of west central Minnesota. A low pressure system will track from the Southern Plains into southwest Wisconsin by midnight tonight. Precipitation will spread over the region from the southwest today, which will become all snow this afternoon and early evening.